Overview

The Deague Group has an extensive portfolio of Australian commercial, residential and hotel property projects. We pride ourselves on being agile, efficient and responsive. Our business model is anchored in a long term vision that builds on our 158-year heritage. The company’s success has given us enormous freedom to pursue our vision with absolute confidence and clarity. Our strategy of taking a broad geographic focus allows us to go wherever we find suitable opportunities that accord with our long term vision.

Leadership Team

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William Deague
William Deague
Chief Executive Officer

Will joined us as a Director in 1997 and has overseen most of our major property developments such as Bell City (Preston) and our award-winning Art Series Hotels throughout Melbourne.

 

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.

 

Will holds a domestic builders licence as well as a private fixed-wing and helicopter licence. He is married to Natalie and has two children, Hugo and Sibella.

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Jonathan Deague
Jonathan Deague
Managing Director

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 the 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.

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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 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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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, IT and Legal 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.

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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 Deague 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.