Management Team

Each member of our Management Team brings individual expertise and specialist experience to our business. But they are united in delivering our vision of a successful, diversified family-owned company built on respect, trust, excellence, and quality.

John Groppoli – Corporate Counsel

John has been associated with Eastcourt for more than 30 years. In his role as Corporate Counsel, John acts as Advisor to the Executive Chairman and is responsible for legal strategy and advice, risk management and commercial governance for the Eastcourt Group. John also heads Eastcourt Capital and in that role is responsible for investee assessment, transaction execution and custodial oversight of Eastcourt Capital’s range of investments. In this respect, John is a non-executive director of Airbridge Australia—a major strategic investment of Eastcourt Capital. Airbridge is privately owned Australian company with a globally patented, revolutionary technology that captures carbon for repurposing into valuable, essential global commodities.

John’s experience initially as a corporate partner of a national firm for 20+ years and subsequently as principal of a boutique legal and commercial advisory practice has seen him engaged in select areas of mergers, acquisitions, retail, franchise and wholesale distribution networks and corporate succession planning.

John is also currently the Chairman of Hunt Architects and McDowell Affleck Australia Consulting Engineers and is a non-executive director of ASX company, Stealth Global Holdings Ltd.

Matthew Palmieri – Development Manager

Matthew joined Eastcourt in 2021, bringing with him a wealth of experience in the planning, design and delivery of large-scale greenfield and complex infill residential developments.

A consummate communicator, Matthew fosters a collaborative working environment for our project team, ensuring value-adding opportunities are identified and implemented through the full project life cycle.

Matthew’s technical and analytical skills result in informed decisions and ensure timely, practical and cost-efficient outcomes, for our contemporary residential developments and stakeholders alike.

Committed to making sure our residents are proud to call their Eastcourt Living estate home, Matthew brings a balanced approach to project delivery.

Supporting the Eastcourt philosophy of always looking at the big picture, he fully considers both the social and environmental outcomes, as well as the commercial.

Sam Gill – General Manager – Land Development

Sam brings experience working on thriving master-planned residential communities for some of Australia’s largest diversified property groups to his role with Eastcourt.

Possessing detailed knowledge and skills across the full project life cycle, he applies rigour and fresh thinking to all aspects of our residential developments.

Sam’s technical expertise is complemented by his ability to build strong and
collaborative relationships with consultants, sub-contractors, stakeholders, and the community.

This ensures our projects deliver sound commercial outcomes and lasting benefits for the people who call our Eastcourt Living estates home.

Tom Oosterhof – Strategic Advisor

Tom joined Eastcourt in 2015 and during his time as Chief Executive Officer was instrumental in our evolution into a diversified investment firm and a partner of choice for legacy-creating development projects.

Tom takes pride in building lasting relationships and robust partnerships with our valued clients, suppliers and indeed all stakeholders. To that end, Tom has assumed the role of Strategic Advisor having elected to pursue an independent business path including the acquisition of the professional services firm, Hunt Architects.

Tom supports a high-performance culture and in his role as Strategic Advisor, he is building on our rich and successful heritage, by driving an exciting vision for our family-owned company.

Michael Oosterhof – Executive Chairman

Michael has built Eastcourt into one of Western Australia’s most respected property development and investment companies.

For more than 40 years, he has successfully identified Perth’s growth corridors and has been able to acquire and develop well-connected land, strategically located to meet future demand across commercial, industrial and residential sectors.

From cleverly-designed industrial estates and customised commercial premises to residential estates offering (both) optimal choice and lifestyle amenity, Michael has consistently demonstrated his ability to deliver innovative (and sustainable) land developments. In his role as Executive Chairman, Michael ensures that the Eastcourt Group sets the benchmark for professional, sustainable development.

In addition, Michael has played a significant role in the philanthropic sector over many decades through the Eastcourt Foundation.

The Foundation searches for projects that range from grass root programs and charitable donations, to ongoing pro-bono advisory support. As a result, the Foundation has been able to bring to life its (unique) philosophy of seeing beyond the now; of building philanthropic partnerships that bring long-term, lasting benefits in the areas of community, arts and culture, social enterprise and medical research.

Craig Matthews – Group General Manager

Craig is a respected professional of the Western Australian property sector, with a proven track record in delivering quality industrial, commercial, and residential land projects.

With well over a decade in senior management at Eastcourt, Craig provides
oversight across all facets of our operations.

Craig keeps Eastcourt at the forefront of supplying contemporary industrial estates and purpose-built premises to support the productivity, sustainability, and employment needs of our clients.

He also oversees the company’s visionary transformation of residential land into urban neighbourhoods that proudly bear the Eastcourt Living banner.

Michelle Richardson – Manager Finance and Administration

Michelle manages the financial and administrative activities of our business to ensure Eastcourt achieves its growth and sustainability objectives.

She provides high level strategic and business planning advice and reporting insights to assist our Management Team to make optimum decisions for the company and our people.

Michelle maintains a best practice approach to policy compliance, accounting, transparent procurement, and budget performance monitoring across every aspect of our business.

This commitment to the highest standards of financial management and
administrative efficiency has contributed significantly to Eastcourt’s corporate reputation.

Franziska Forrer – Property Manager

Franziska is an Architectural Technician with extensive experience in facilities management for large industrial sites and multi-sites operated by some of Australia’s most prominent names in distribution, manufacturing, and logistics.

Known for her extraordinary attention to detail and can-do attitude, she is the trusted link between Eastcourt and our valued property tenants.

Responsible for negotiating maintenance contracts and organising the effective management of buildings, grounds, plant, and equipment, Franziska, has earned high praise for our Eastcourt Property offering.

Genuinely responsive and a great communicator, she turns standard landlord/tenant relationships into true partnerships.

Rory Feely – General Manager – Commercial Property

Rory combines an innate technical understanding of commercial property with exceptional business acumen, integrity, and a collaborative mindset.

Skilled in property marketing, leasing negotiations, portfolio management and business development, he prides himself on building strong tenant relationships and delivering valuable property development and project outcomes.

He is a confident property advisor and transaction specialist who provides strategic insights to our commercial property acquisitions and development capability.

A dedicated property career professional, Rory joined our multi-generational family business in 2021, bringing with him years of experience with one of the biggest names in commercial and industrial real estate in Perth.

As well as establishing new business relationships, Rory is instrumental in maintaining the strong client partnerships Eastcourt has built over the past 40 years.

Kerryn Swann – Property Manager

Kerryn joined Eastcourt in 2022, bringing intimate knowledge and expertise in property and facilities management and administration developed through roles in a variety of national and multinational industrial businesses.

With a diversified skill set in managing industrial and commercial facilities, Kerryn is able to understand and respond to tenants’ requirements to ensure successful outcomes and long-lasting and collaborative relationships with our tenants.

She prides herself in her diligent and personable approach when it comes to looking after our tenants’ needs, and is committed to ensuring the ongoing successful partnership between our tenants and Eastcourt.