Leadership Team

A family business

We are very proud to be a tight-knit family business, driven by solid values. This proud history stretches back to W H Deague’s arrival from England in 1867. He quickly established himself as Melbourne’s pre-eminent builder, and five generations have followed in his footsteps as master builders, cementing the Deague family as integral to the history of Australian property development. Today, led by patriarch David and sons, William and Jonathan, the company continues to grow and prosper with in a culture of creativity and excellence.

The Deague Family

David Deague
Chairman/Founder

"What gives me great passion is working alongside my four children after fifty years in the industry."

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David Deague is one of Melbourne’s most renowned property developers, with a strong focus on family values and a love of Australian art. He is best known for building the family-owned firm that’s known today as the Deague Group.

APG specialises in Melbourne commercial and boutique hotel property development. David holds a commercial building licence and takes great pride in being a hands-on founder of the company. Over the years he has built strong relationships with sub-contractors and trusted suppliers, many of whom have worked with the company for 30 years or more.

Upholding the Deague tradition, David is joined by sons William (Chief Executive Officer) and Jonathan (Managing Director), who continue to build on 150 years of passion and commitment to property development and construction.

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William Deague
Chief Executive Officer

"I am passionate about the continued growth of our group and being involved in such a diverse and innovative business"

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William Hunter Deague is Chief Executive Officer of Deague Group.

Educated at Melbourne Grammar, he graduated from Harvard Business School in 2013 after completing the Owners Presidents Managers program and, in 2012, won the Australian Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award (Emerging Category) in the Southern Region finals.

Since commencing with Deague Group in 1996 and becoming CEO in 2008 Will has overseen the major projects completed by the Group including the construction and development of the Art Series Hotels across Australia, the re-development of the PANCH hospital Preston into what is now known as ‘Bell City’, the opening of Asian Pacific Serviced Offices and Asian Pacific Car Parking across thirteen locations Australia wide, along with the construction and development of residential and commercial projects in Hawthorn, East Melbourne, Frankston, Potts Point, Box Hill, West Melbourne and the Melbourne CBD.

Will is married to Natalie and has two children Hugo and Sibella. He holds a Domestic Builders Licence (unlimited).

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Jonathan Deague
Managing Director

“Dealing with clients and finding those magical win/wins is what drives me.”

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Jonathan Deague joined the family business in 1999. As Managing Director, he heads up the two key pillars of the business: Property and Development, and our group of companies which consist of our service businesses and our Art Series Hotel Group.

His diverse career within the Group includes a major focus on clients day to day — an experience which greatly informs his current role as the lead for sales and marketing strategies across Deague Group’s portfolio of commercial mixed-use and “business precinct” properties, high-end apartments and the aforementioned ground-breaking boutique Art Series Hotels. He’s also responsible for developing and managing the teams for each of these areas.

Jonathan is a licensed real estate agent and has completed Harvard Business School’s Program in Leadership Development.  He is married to Ella and has two children, Jack and Poppy.

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Anthony Deague

“Creating great living experiences for our end clients, and hearing their 'wow' is what excites me most.”

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Anthony joined Deague Group in 2001, and in 2009 joined a national professional services firm.

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and an MBA (Finance) from Bond University. Anthony likes endurance sports, natural health strategies and real estate development.

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Camilla Speer
Senior Marketing and Partnerships Executive

"My passion is to create unique guest experiences – we like to engage at every touch point of the guest’s hotel journey."

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Camilla joined the family business in 2011 after working in the travel industry for several years in Sydney and Paris. Working within the Art Series Hotel Group marketing team, she engages her passion for creating unique customer experiences by rolling-out major projects and strategic alignments.

Projects she’s worked on include the opening of The Schaller Studio, The Larwill Studio and The Watson. Camilla holds a Master of Arts in Global Communications from the American University of Paris as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) from the University of Melbourne.

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Executive Team

Our highly-focused executive team of leading industry specialists bring an unrivalled level of collective property experience to our operations.

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Matthew Toms

Matthew Toms
Chief Operating Officer

Matthew joined the Deague Group in 2002 and has been its Chief Operating Officer since 2011. He is directly responsible for the Art Series Hotel Group, our six commercial service businesses and our central Marketing, Sales, HR and IT teams. Matthew also has operational oversight and provides support to Deague Group's Legal and Finance teams.

Matthew joined the Deague Group in 2002 and has been its Chief Operating Officer since 2011. He is directly responsible for the Art Series Hotel Group, our six commercial service businesses and our central Marketing, Sales, HR and IT teams. Matthew also has operational oversight and provides support to Deague Group's Legal and Finance teams.

The scale and diversity of the Group’s extensive range of businesses presents exciting challenges and requires Matthew to maintain a clear and constant focus on performance. Supported by his team, he drives the Group’s vision, strategy, high performance culture, business development, financials and innovation. He also provides strategic input to the Board to ensure our leadership stays aligned to our vision, strategy and objectives. In addition to focusing on new business and service innovation, Matthew inspires and mentors our Managers to deliver strategic and accountable leadership throughout the Group.

Matthew graduated from Harvard Business School (GMP) in 2008 and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) in 2014.

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Daniel Faigen (LLB, LM)

Daniel Faigen (LLB, LM)
Group Counsel and Development Manager

Daniel joined the Deague Group in 2007 and currently fills the dual roles of Group Counsel and Development Manager. His 15 years' experience as a property lawyer, commercial advisor and development manager gives him a rare insight into what drives core project value, and how to manage complex teams with numerous stakeholders.

Daniel joined the Deague Group in 2007 and currently fills the dual roles of Group Counsel and Development Manager. His 15 years' experience as a property lawyer, commercial advisor and development manager gives him a rare insight into what drives core project value, and how to manage complex teams with numerous stakeholders.

Daniel takes a very strategic and collaborative approach, working with internal and external stakeholders, consultants and partners to deliver both large-scale and boutique apartment developments, mixed-use commercial developments, and five-star hotels. Daniel’s legal and business acumen, passion and strong negotiation skills are essential to the Group’s long-term security, diversification and expansion.

His passion for property and commitment to excellence at every stage of an APG development is evidenced through his outstanding delivery and management.

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Peter Linnane

Peter Linnane
Chief Financial Officer

Peter joined us as CFO in January 2011 and reports to CEO William Deague. He holds a Bachelor of Business Degree (Accounting) and is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in finance and accounting. He plays a crucial role in the business by providing the Asian Pacific Group board with all-important accounting, taxation and treasury services.

Peter joined us as CFO in January 2011 and reports to CEO William Deague. He holds a Bachelor of Business Degree (Accounting) and is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in finance and accounting. He plays a crucial role in the business by providing the Asian Pacific Group board with all-important accounting, taxation and treasury services.

In a past life Peter was previously a senior manager in the Deloitte Assurance and Advisory Group, and boasts broad experience in both Australia and overseas across a wide range of industries and companies from large, listed entities and multi-nationals to private groups.

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