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Senior team

Michael Jessett


BSc (Robert Gordons Uni), MRICS, LLB (Uni of London), MBA (Property and Real Estate) (Uni of Reading), Grad Dip Finance and Investment (SIA), Grad Dip Public Infrastructure PPPs (Uni of Melb)

michael jessettMichael is the founding Director of Highgate and has over 30 years experience in property and social infrastructure development. In 1992 he established Highgate Management to develop university student housing. Michael has overseen the firms evolution into a QA accredited and leading Development Advisory and Project Management consultancy group. Michael has acted for a range of blue chip investment groups, government departments and smaller private clients in most property sectors.

Michael is passionate about building a Highgate team of highly motivated and talented professionals who really enjoy what they do which translates into meeting Clients expectations each time Highgate is engaged.


David Hume


BE(Civil)Hons (UTS), MIEAust, CPEng, MAIPM, RegPM-MPD, AQF Level 6, Grad Dip Urban Estate Management (UTS)

David Hume

David joined Highgate as a Director in 2008. David has over 30 years of experience in project delivery and property development as both a consultant and the Principal. His interest and formal qualifications in land economics, project management and engineering combined with his project and business experience in leading and driving successful project, development and business solutions provides him with a commercially astute approach to his work.

David has advised on and been directly responsible for managing large complex projects for both private and public clients, across a broad range of property sectors including residential, retail, commercial, industrial, defence, health, mineral processing.



Garry Silk

Senior Property and Urban Renewal Consultant

BSc In Valuation & Estate Management (Uni of Western England)

Garry Silk

Garry has extensive experience in both UK and Australian property. He gained major redevelopment experience working for Milton Keynes and London Docklands Development Corporations in the UK and subsequently in Australia for the City West Development Corporation (CWDC) where he was Operations Manager and 2 i/c and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) where he was Director of Development and Property Management with over 300 properties under management.

He opened and managed JLW’s (now JLL) office in London Docklands, offering full transactional, management and valuation services, worked extensively on the early stages of Canary Wharf, and emigrated with them in 1989.

Garry has advised Government departments, banks, major developers and commercial and industrial concerns on transactions, asset management, planning, property, development and community relations strategies and assisted in their implementation.

John Dwyer

Senior Consultant

Dip Corp Mgt, (AGSM), BE(Civil) (UTS), Australian Institute of Urban Studies (AIUS), Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), Justice of the Peace, New South Wales

John Dwyer

John has 35 years of experience in the design and delivery of large public and private urban infrastructure projects. John has delivered an extensive range of projects in the capacity of Project Director:

Urban Renewal of Green Square Town Centre, Sydney – finalisation of commercial relationships, inclusive of State & Federal government and commercial entities commitments to planning agreements and compensatory funding.

Kingston Foreshore, Canberra –Masterplanning and development design of precinct subdivisions, infrastructure, public domain and placemaking. Engagement of remediation and delivery providers.

Sydney Olympic Park – Delivery of Athletic Stadium, Aquatic Centre, Olympic Boulevard and public domain. Adjacent Printing facilities for News Limited & ACP Holdings.

Wies Nowak

Associate Director

BSc – Civil Engineering (Hons), University of Surrey, MAIPM

Wies has over 35 years of experience in the property, building and civil infrastructure gained internationally and in Australia.

He has been Project Director on several high-profile projects across various industry sectors including; commercial, retail, residential, industrial, transport, education and Defence, involving a close working relationship with both private and public-sector Clients.

Wies interacts with projects throughout the project life cycle from the initial feasibility, the planning phase and in  delivery to completion, handover and demobalisation.   Throughout project assignments Wies will integrate the technical and commercial aspects with a balanced approach to reflect project and our clients needs.  Wies blends excellent communication skills with a confident leadership style to ensure that stakeholders and team members share the same objectives and are outcome focused.

Gary Henderson

Senior Consultant Project Controls

Member of the Association of Cost Engineers – ACostE, Member of the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering

gary henderson

Gary has over 25 years’ experience in the industry. He has been involved in some of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects and work programs and has worked with a wide range of EPCM’s, utility companies, government bodies, engineers and developers.

His experience spans across a number of sectors and has had exposure to complex Project Control and First Principles Estimating Gary has a reputation for problem solving and providing proactive input that adds to successful project result.




Chris Brasler

Senior Development Consultant

Chris Brasler

Chris is an experienced brownfield developer and asset manager. He has successfully delivered, over the past 15 years, multiple mixed-use property transformations from abandoned or underperforming assets to institutional grade stabilized market competitive facilities.

Chris’ unique experience providing solutions to both regional and global corporations in the core US manufacturing and distribution location in the Mid Atlantic US coast resulted in key knowledge of logistics and warehouse management as well as manufacturing operations including; military heavy vehicle maintenance, corrugated paper, tractor trailer chassis and bed, plastic extrusion, special metal fabrication, food packaging and hazardous chemical space compliance.

Chris has been directly responsible for acquiring, developing, marketing, property operations, contract negotiations and disposal of over 350,000 Square metres of multi-tenant projects on behalf of institutional equity and clubhouse investors.

In USA, Highgate operates in collaboration with Brasler Properties on select assignments. More on Brasler Propertiesbrasler properties

Geoff Fletcher

Senior Consultant (North America)

RICS Quantity Surveying 1982 (Napier University, Edinburgh UK), Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)

geoff fletcher

Geoff has over 36 years experience in Project Management, Quantity Surveying, Project Controls and Facilities Management and covering Commercial Property, Retail, Tourism and Leisure, Healthcare, Education, Rail, Nuclear, Manufacturing & Process and Oil & Gas in the UK, Unites States and the Middle East.

He was appointed a Regional Director with Faithful and Gould in the UK in 1994 and after moving to the US in 1998 was made a Vice President where he set up offices in Portland and Seattle and pursued business opportunities with Light Rail, Manufacturing and Government Projects.

In 2010 Geoff opted for a change joining Shell as a Senior Contracts Manager being responsible for setting up a global supply chain to support a worldwide portfolio of small scale LNG projects. During this time he also worked on offshore platform facility fabrication contracts in Texas and Louisiana plus a challenging 12 month spell in 2015/2016 in Iraq and Dubai working with Shell and the Iraqi Government providing Project Control services on the upgrading of various gas facilities for the Basra Gas Company.