Mark Abramson

Mark Abramson :: Associate Director

Mark has over ten years experience within all facets involved in the office transition, design and construction industry.

Mark’s role as the project executive starts from day one and follows right through to project completion. Mark assists to manage protocol and procedures internally within Concept Office Interiors as well as overseeing the operations of the project team during the project’s design and construction phases.

Mark’s role is to ensure that Concept Office Interiors clients’ overall requirements are facilitated effectively, efficiently and interpreted coherently throughout the entire process. He achieves this by liaising frequently with all stakeholders involved (external and internal). Mark’s continually assesses the critical path and/ or unforeseen complexities that may arise throughout the duration of the project to ensure that projects are completed on time and on budget.


  • Bachelor of Management (BMgt)
  • Certificate III – Occupation Health & Safety
  • Master Builders Association (Member)

Tim McBain :: Business Development Manager

Tim has 8 years experience within the property sector and a strong understanding of the complexities of the property market. One of Tim’s role is to ensure that the initial consultation through to the project’s completion is finalised with ease, resulting in an outcome that satisfies his clients.
Tim preferences face to face meetings over remote meetings in order to manage his client’s expectations and to guarantee every client’s need is reached. This ensures that each project completed exceeds his client’s requirements and expectations.

With every project he undertakes, it is completed with diligence, professionalism and pride.


    • Bachelor of Property and Real Estate (Facilities Major)
    • REIV Agents Rep
    • Master Builders Association (Member)




Ben Mensink:: Business Development Manager

Ben has a combined 6 years of property experience starting his career
as a commercial property valuer then a national analyst and finally investment sales at CBRE before joining Concept Office Interiors.

Ben’s role at Concept Office Interiors is to manage clients in a
manner that makes them feel confident that all aspects of the fitout
process will be handled professionally, efficiently and of high quality.
He will be involved in the entire process from the initial meeting
through to the completion of the fitout.


  • Bachelor of Property and Real Estate
  • REIV Agents Representative
  • Commerical Property Valuer (CPV)

Paul Williamson :: Senior Project Manager

Paul has a range of experience from managing multi-million dollar data centres, university chemical labs, medical clinics, office refurbishments and multi level fit outs both in Melbourne and London. With a Bachelor and a Masters of Architecture, Paul has a range of experience designing as well as managing large and small scale projects. Key areas of focus  include completing the project on time, on budget with zero defects whilst maintaining a safe working environment and meeting the Core Client Importance (CCI).


  • Bachelor of Architecture 2007 (RMIT)
  • Certified Home Sustainability Assessor 2009
  • Master of Architecture 2009 (RMIT)

Paul Williamson


Andrew Cotanidis :: Project Manager

Andrew Cotanidis understands the need for modern design and concept, so much that he envisions Concept Office Interiors the sole purpose of providing highly effective workmanship and customer service. He believes in providing his clients with effective, efficient and personalised results.
Andrew has a commitment to achieving the highest possible standard on all projects through professionalism, timeliness and an ability to communicate issues clearly and concisely.
Andrew has a proven track record with managing projects from commencement stage through to project handover. He understands the technical and complex components which may arise during a construction fit out and knows how to drive and motivate his team in order to achieve positive outcomes.

  • Diploma of Building and Construction
  • Certificate IV Estimating
  • Member of Master Building Association
  • Member of Australian Shop and Office Fitting Industry Association
  • Member of Facilities Management Association of Australia
  • Member of Australian Shop and Office Fitting Industry Association

Andy Smith :: Project Manager

Andy has a proven track record delivering construction projects across a variety of sectors. From early planning stages to project handover Andy has a commitment to achieving positive construction outcomes.
Andy is a proactive team leader and understands that effective communication is essential in delivering challenging projects on time and under budget.


  • Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Science) – Monash University
  • Master of Environmental Planning – RMIT University



Susan Illingworth :: Head Designer

Susan is focused on working with our client’s to deliver them a vibrant, refreshing yet practical environment that will uplift work productivity, staff performance within the company and attract their own clients. Focusing on tailoring fit outs to the required budget and to meet deadlines to the client needs is considered crucial.
Susan has been a professional Interior Designer for over 14 years working in both Sydney and Melbourne.
With vast experience in Workspace Design along with Base Building upgrades she has also worked extensively in other design sectors such as Retail, Education Design, Hospitality, Residential and Health Care.


  • Bachelor of Interior Design (UTS – Sydney)

Emilio Zarro :: Senior Interior Designer

As a practicing Interior Designer for 20+ years, Emilio’s folio encompasses the design of many significant projects throughout Asia Pacific in the hospitality, workplace / commercial, residential and retail sectors.
Graduating from RMIT University with a Industrial design degree he progressed to the interior design field were he has experience in all aspects of a project from inception, through delivery and post-occupancy provides an invaluable loop in knowledge and communication with stakeholders.


  • Bachelor of Arts (industrial Design) RMIT
  • Bachelor of Arts (Interior Design) RMIT
  • Diploma (Architectural Drafting) RMIT



Iva Ivakic :: Interior Designer

Iva has been a professional Interior Designer for over 20 years working in both Perth and Melbourne, with extensive experience in workplace design.
She has worked in all stages of design from concept phase, production of coloured visuals to documentation and joinery detailing.
She loves translating clients’ branding into their work environment, improving work flow within their office and creating spaces that answers the client’s requirements.


  • Bachelor of Applied Science ( Interior Design )- Curtin University, Perth

Maria Mayo :: Interior Designer / Interior Documenter

Maria believes that every project is unique and the solution to every design challenge is a collaboration between the client and the designer. Designing with the end users in mind is a priority. Maria believes in giving her best to make sure the client receives the design that they envision.
Maria has been in the industry for more than 10 years. Working on Projects in the Philippines, Singapore, China and Melbourne. She has been involved in designing project types such as Commercial, Industrial, Educational, Residential, Health Care and Hospitality. strong skill in conceptual ideas, spatial awareness, and presentation graphics.


  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)



David O'Keeffe :: Interior Designer / Interior Documenter

David has been a professional Designer for over 11 years working both Locally in Melbourne and Internationally in both London and Dublin, with extensive experience in workplace, commercial and residential design.
He has worked in all stages of design from initial concept phase, production of presentation visuals to documentation and construction detailing.
David is passionate about design and loves meeting clients, translating their brief from a simple conversation into a detailed design and finally a fully realised stylish work environment, which answers the client’s requirements in every way.
He has worked on a huge verity of projects ranging from renovations to the Iconic Grade II listed Centre Point building on New Oxford Street in London, to the conversion of a former Thames oil barge into four apartments.


  • BSc. ARCHITECTURE – University Bedfordshire
  • BA. 3D DESIGN (Furniture and Product) – London Metropolitan University

Nick van Lierop :: Interior Designer

Nick has been Architecturally trained at RMIT, He has 4 years experience in the area of Interior Design. Having had an extensive education in various fields of design, He has a passion for the various features of them; Including Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and historical research. He strives to bring these skills to designs when appropriate and is constantly endeavouring to find alternative views, processes and greater understanding of each facets of these elements.
Nick is well versed in all stages of the design process as well as having experience in company imagery and branding. Having worked on many high end commercial projects including work for QIC and QPAC, Nick understands the need for individuality and a quality finish for projects in order for them to respond appropriately to a client’s needs and professional branding.


  • Bachelor of Architecture RMIT
  • Masters of Architecture RMIT