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As a high-end townhouse builder, it’s important to us that our team is knowledgeable and highly skilled. We are lucky enough to have a team that is passionate about building, developing, real estate, interior design, and customer service, and are just all round great people!
James George – Director
James George has over 20 years’ experience in the Australian building industry. After a decade running a successful carpentry business, he founded Highlife Homes and progressed steadily from renovations, to new homes, luxury homes, duplexes and then townhouse developments.
Property development has always been James’ passion and goal, with the intention of cultivating a community of property investors and developers across Australia, for unique property opportunities and philanthropic endeavours.
In 2016, James won Rising Star at the 2016 QLD Master Builders Awards. With a focus on hiring people with integrity and an intrinsic desire for excellence, James has been able to continue evolving the company while maintaining client care and first-class workmanship.
James takes excellent care of his clients, and oversees operations of Highlife Homes and his associated companies.
Elyse Hickey – Development & Finance Manager
After moving from Perth and having previously owned her own marketing agency, Elyse founded Highlife Homes with James George in 2011, and focused on building the Highlife Homes’ brand and managing finances.
Since James and Elyse launched into managing developments, Elyse has been ever-refining their unique and highly complex feasibility calculator for projecting the profitability of their residential development projects. This feasibility has become a vital tool in the success of client projects.
Then, in 2016, Elyse became a registered real estate agent in QLD & NSW. On the front line of their townhouse sales, Elyse has developed a deeper understanding of what the Gold Coast market wants in order to evaluate interior design choices in terms of their cost vs sales value, maximising profitability and saleability for clients.
Elyse manages the Highlife brand, as well as overseeing Highlife Homes’ finances, and residential developments undertaken by associated companies.
Megan Windsor – Client Manager
Megan has been with Highlife Homes since 2015. With a background in commercial interiors, Megan has worked on both commercial and residential fitouts for the past 12 years, including a clientele such as BHP, Curtin and Edith Cowan Universities, and WA Government department offices. Megan also managed the launch event for several new Japanese products into the Australian market for one of Australia’s leading commercial interiors companies.
At Highlife Homes, Megan works in partnership with clients to source the best finishes possible in order to bring their vision to life. Megan takes the complexity out of the broad range of fixtures, finishes, and inclusions available in the market to get the best result for Highlife Homes’ clients, and all while keeping within their budget.
Megan is every client’s dream, sourcing and coordinating beautiful interior selections, seamlessly managing the development approval process, and providing endless support to her clients during the construction and post-construction phases.
Graeme Bird – Construction Manager
Graeme has over 25 years in the construction industry in both domestic and civil construction.
In the mid-2000s, after living much of his life in the UK, and travelling the world managing civil construction projects, he moved to Adelaide with his wife Alice and first daughter (now three!). Passionate about residential construction, Graeme became Site Supervisor and then Project Manager for a high-end custom home builder in Adelaide, managing projects up to $10m, and winning ‘Best Display Home’ at the Master Builders Awards for a home under his supervision.
Graeme then obtained his own medium rise builder’s licence, undertaking a number of developments in Adelaide before moving to the great lifestyle, climate and culture of the Gold Coast. Graeme was drawn to Highlife Homes ethos and integrity. In his own words, “I read a great quote that says ‘Surround yourself with these 5 people; the inspired, the passionate, the motivated, the grateful, and the open-minded.” I think this perfectly describes the team at Highlife Homes.”
Graeme oversees every Highlife Homes’ build. His commitment to excellence and attention to detail ensures that each and every project is completed to the highest standard.
Aron Barber – Site Supervisor
Aron has been in construction for over 20 years, working on all range of projects from commercial to residential, renovations and multi-million-dollar architectural luxury homes, including an award-winning $3.5m luxury home on the Northern beaches of Sydney. His work has even featured on Better Homes & Garden, and the architectural television series Sandcastles on the ABC.
After moving from Hawksbury NSW to the coastal lifestyle on the Gold Coast, Aron re-established himself with a new set of builders. Highlife Homes quickly noticed his attention to detail and friendly nature, as well as his broad range of skills and knowledge in all aspects of commercial and residential building, and offered Aron a site supervisor position on their team.
Aron manages the day to day operations on site, efficiently organising and managing the subcontractors and delivery of materials, ensuring a high standard of workplace health and safety, overseeing the quality of workmanship.
Emma Hudson – Senior Estimator
Emma has been a core part of the Highlife Homes family since 2013. After living most of her life in the UK, and always dreaming of living in Australia, Emma moved here in 2006 with her family.
Emma’s background is in finance mortgage advice, but after building her own home and loving the process, she decided in 2011 that it was time to follow her passion for construction. She attained her Cert IV in Building and Construction in 2012, and then sought out work in estimating and contract administration, before finding her dream job with Highlife Homes. The alignment of passion and values was obvious for Emma, James and Elyse, and the rest is history. Emma became Highlife Homes’ first estimator, and has developed with the company into a highly proficient senior estimator.
Emma’s passion for construction is ever-present. She absolutely loves her job, the people she works with at Highlife Homes, and the great work environment of the company.
For each project, Emma makes sure every element of the build is accounted for, and the best prices have been achieved for the clients.
Melissa Goedhart – Accounts & Purchasing Officer
Melissa has been involved in accounts and business administration her whole working life. She holds a BComm Marketing and Accounting Degree, and is continually looking to upskill. She joined Highlife Homes in early 2019, drawn to the company’s values and the team of genuine, caring and passionate people.
Melissa grew up in South Africa and lived in London for 6 years working for a reputable construction management company. She moved to Australia in 2008 and fell in love with outer Gold Coast lifestyle and natural beauty.
Melissa loves accounts and business, but she is also passionate about making positive differences in her community. She regularly volunteers for local community initiatives such as providing Christmas Hampers to families in need, and participating in worker bees for community groups. She is also the Treasurer for the P&C at a local school and partners with other charities.
Melissa handles the issuing of purchase orders to trades and suppliers, and diligently manages accounts payable in order to cost control the project budgets.
Franklin Righes – Maintenance Manager
Franklin moved to Australia from Brazil in June 2018, to get to know a new culture and embark on a new adventure. After just one week on Australia shores, he was snapped up by Highlife Homes for his positive attitude, strong morals, and incredible work ethic.
Franklin has a 15 year background in telecommunication infrastructure. He has worked on a number of big data projects back in Brazil as well as England and France. Having also worked in construction during that time, Frank came to Australia open to different study and work opportunities in these areas.
Frank came across Highlife Home on a chance encounter the day after he arrived in the country, when, on a walk, he noticed James outside Highlife Homes’ duplex site in Isle of Capri. James loved Frank’s enthusiasm and character, and although he didn’t have any roles available at the time, offered him a labouring position. Frank has since developed with the company to become their maintenance manager.
Frank manages the Highlife Homes labouring team, ensuring all Highlife Homes construction sites stay safe and organised, and also lends his expertise in the finer details of construction.