Meet The Team

Derek — Collins W Collins In Port Macquarie, NSW

Derek

What You Do:

I am the Owner and Director alongside my Brother James. My Role is working closely with our design team to deliver projects to their highest quality in design and documentation.

Years in the Biz:

From the very beginning, back in 2003.

What you love about CWC:

I love being able to work alongside our designers and staff in all aspects of the business. Its great to see everyone bring their own personal touch and qualities to enable CWC to offer the service we do as well as have a bit of fun along the way.

What do you love outside work:

I Love being on the Farm away from the hustle of the work week to rejuvenate and enjoy life. Camping I think is a lot of Aussies escape as well, so how could I not enjoy that.

James

What You Do:

DESIGN! I love design... especially those that are challenging. Oh, and I'm also the boss!

Years in the Biz:

From the very start.

What you love about CWC:

Other than having great staff, I love the people you meet on each project.

What do you love outside work:

I love my fishing and camping with my family. After all, we do live in paradise.

James — Collins W Collins In Port Macquarie, NSW
Tamika

Tamika

What You Do:

A little of this and a lot of that! In a nutshell, I'm an accredited NatHERS Assessor and primarily my role is to complete Thermal Performance Simulations/NatHERS Certificates and BASIX Certificates. Additionally, I write reports for Council applications and assist with accounts and administration.

Years in the Biz:

Since day 1!

What you love about CWC:

Our team! We have got a great bunch of people who are like-minded in delivering high quality service and products to our clients. Both in and out of the office, our team are always up for a good time - some even like to play practical jokes on the bosses, especially around State of Origin time!

What do you love outside work:

Farm life and family! I live on 200 acres and I love all that there is to love about a rural lifestyle, including the half hour drive in/out of town. My family and I love travelling and camping, getting out to see the areas where not many people go to. We've done a couple of treks in Australia and looking forward to hitching the camper on sometime soon!

Shannon

What You Do:

Keep the Bosses in Check........ Accounts, HR and Marketing.

Years in the Biz:

CWC started in my kitchen, so I have been involved since day one, but officially a part of the team since 2013.

What you love about CWC:

What's not to love? We have an awesome team here at CWC (even if the majority of those people are family!) which makes coming to work each day that much easier. Working in an environment where no project is the same keeps things interesting.

What do you love outside work:

Born and bred in Port Macquarie, outside work is (also) all about family! My 'spare' time is usually spent running between netball and football or swimming lessons and soccer with our kids or spending time with our extended families, relaxing around our gorgeous property.

Shannon — Collins W Collins In Port Macquarie, NSW
Dan — Collins W Collins In Port Macquarie, NSW

Dan

What You Do:

Building Designer & Graphics Manager

Years in the Biz:

Straight out of University back in 2011.

What you love about CWC:

To see an initial vision/sketch flow through to a fully constructed home – from pen and paper to bricks and mortar, that’s such a great feeling.

What do you love outside work:

Spending time with my family and being outdoors.

Matt

What You Do:

Assistant building designer as well as some other essential jobs behind the scenes

Years in the Biz:

A while now… started back in 2014

What you love about CWC:

That we have come from a small family business evolving & growing every year, but still with that family feel

What do you love outside work:

I was getting into the quarantine hobby and border closure watching hobby - but that got boring quickly. But now try do more outdoor things with the family, occasional 4wd out into the neighboring state forests, playing pc games and working on my car.

Matt — Collins W Collins In Port Macquarie, NSW
Andy — Collins W Collins In Port Macquarie, NSW

Andy

What You Do:

Building Designer and Architecture Student. I design all ranges of structures in the built environment including residential homes, commercial premises', industrial premises' and alterations and additions to all the above.

Years in the Biz:

I have been around since 2017

What you love about CWC:

Being able to take a client’s thoughts and ideas and turn them into reality. I also feel it is really important to want to improve where you live with quality designed structures and homes, which not only perform well but also aesthetically improve the streetscape.

What do you love outside work:

Riding my Mountain Bike and attempting anything sport related really.

Boyd

What You Do:

Design buildings. My role is to work with the design managers to capture a client's needs and work with them to create their ideal space.

Years in the Biz:

I have been in the industry since 2013 and with CWC since 2020. I studied design in Sydney, Canberra and Milan, and have experience working in architecture and interior design, specializing in residential projects.

What you love about CWC:

I love working in such a supportive environment. It is a great crew and they encourage me to come up with creative design solutions that exceed expectations.

What do you love outside work:

I like staying active and social, and any combination of the two is a winner. I also enjoy eating tacos and watching videos of raccoons.

Boyd — Collins W Collins In Port Macquarie, NSW
Justin — Collins W Collins In Port Macquarie, NSW

Justin

What You Do:

Interpret other people's ideas and then model, draw, document, etc. until someone's dreams come into fruition.

Years in the Biz:

Started with CWC in 2021 and have been in the industry since 2014, while studying the Diploma of Building Design at TAFE.

What you love about CWC:

The building we work in is pretty amazing and the people I get to work with!

What do you love outside work:

Surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, ice hockey and getting outdoors and camping when I can find the time.

Marcus

What You Do:

Drafting

Years in the Biz:

I have had 15+ years' experience in drafting and design for the major events industry throughout Australia and Asia. I recently decided to follow my passion for building design and architecture, so have made a career change. This is my first year in the residential design industry and am loving the challenges and learning it has provided.

What you love about CWC:

The family atmosphere in the office where everyone genuinely cares about the success of each other and how this reflects in the work and client interactions. Everyone is happy and willing to share their knowledge and skills to ensure the best outcome possible.

What do you love outside work:

My family, wife and teenage daughter, and time spent with them. I'm also quite active, gym, mountain biking, golf and anything else that gets the heart pumping. Luckily this balances my love of fine food and good wine!

Marcus — Collins W Collins In Port Macquarie, NSW
Dennis — Collins W Collins In Port Macquarie, NSW

Dennis

What You Do:

Draw lines for feasible forms - From concept design to documentation for DA and CC plans

Years in the Biz:

From September 2020

What you love about CWC:

The vibrant vibe!

What do you love outside work:

I am a big fan of football both playing and watching. Also, I love enjoying nature with my wife.

Logan

What You Do:

Drafting. Assisting the other designers on whatever jobs they need completed.

Years in the Biz:

Started work placement in October 2020, moved onto 2 days a week in January 2021

What you love about CWC:

I love the work environment and availability of support provided from the other designers as I learn more.

What do you love outside work:

I love riding motorbikes and doing things outdoors.

Logan
Michelle — Collins W Collins In Port Macquarie, NSW

Michelle

What You Do:

Primarily, my focus is to work towards Collins W Collins leading the way in efficient delivery, with exceptional start to end services in Building Design and Planning. My main role is working to improve processes for the entire Collins W Collins team, in both Port Macquarie and our Taree offices. Although working on Operations, I continue to provide a leadership role alongside Tamika to our planning team, with continued training and backup as the industry and legislations are continually changing.

Years in the Biz:

I started back in 2015

What you love about CWC:

The fact that Collins W Collins is locally owned, and a long standing business in our community. Coming to work feels like belonging to the family. Its great to be a part of the whole team structure whilst working with an extremely knowledgeable and diverse team of designers, trainees and management. There's a wealth of experience with us all.

What do you love outside work:

Surfing the great point breaks we have along our beautiful coastline, along with a lot of camping in our National Parks just north of Port Macquarie. Love catching up with old friends on these camp trips. Also enjoy keeping active and key is enjoying the outdoors and nature. As I'm more at home in work boots, spending time in the garden is also enjoyable, I'm looking forward to the new challenge of designing and planting out my couple of acres as a Native Garden.

Jess

What You Do:

Planning - writing SOEEs, liaison and admin

Years in the Biz:

2 years in the UK before starting at CWC in 2021

What you love about CWC:

The lovely team and variety of projects. Each project is unique and it’s exciting to be involved in planning future homes!

What do you love outside work:

Walking my springer spaniel, yoga, beach days and exploring beautiful NSW!

Jessica — Collins W Collins In Port Macquarie, NSW
Lucy — Collins W Collins In Port Macquarie, NSW

Lucy

What You Do:

Administration and Accounts support. When you call our offices, I will probably be your first point of contact.

Years in the Biz:

Started at the beginning of the year, 2021. Excited to work and grow with the company.

What you love about CWC:

The team! Its great working for and with very caring and same minded people. Everyone works together in such a positive way. Always lending a helping hand where needed.

What do you love outside work:

The beautiful Australian weather and getting outside with my Partner. Coming from England, I’m not sure how I survived the wet weather for so long. I love hiking, reading, swimming, and socializing with my friends over a nice rose.

Gemma

What You Do:

Planning - my role is to liaise with Council as well as clients.

Years in the Biz:

Started in May 2021.

What you love about CWC:

I love that everyone is so supportive of one another and always willing to lend a helping hand.

What do you love outside work:

I love to spend time with my family, friends, and partner, getting out in the sunshine with my dog, and playing video games.

Gemma
Collins W Collins Office — Collins W Collins In Port Macquarie, NSW