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The Fairbrother Management Team


Royce Fairbrother, Chairman

Royce Fairbrother

The inspiration behind the Fairbrother brand, Royce left Devonport High School at the age of 15 to pursue a trade qualification. After 7 years in the joinery trade and a further 3 as a carpenter, Royce in partnership with his wife Thea, founded the Fairbrother business.

Royce is an outstanding example of success made possible through on the job training, hard work, persistence and an unwavering set of values.  Royce says, “the most valuable lesson that life has taught me is the need to be honest with yourself and the people you deal with.”

After leading the company as Managing Director for 30 years, in 2003 Royce embraced the challenging new role of company Chairman. In this role he is responsible for providing leadership, strategic direction and vision to the entire Fairbrother group of companies.

Royce is a former recipient of the Institute of Company Directors Tasmanian Division Gold Medal Award and was the inaugural recipient of the national Minister’s Award for Commitment to Australian Apprenticeships.

Fairbrother Executive


Since commencing with Fairbrother in 1989 as a Trainee Estimator/Site Administrator, Craig has enjoyed a remarkable career which includes 12 years as the manager of the Northern Construction Division before being appointed to the role of Managing Director and more recently, CEO of the Fairbrother Group. A major achievement for Craig in his current capacity was the acquisition of a Bendigo-based company, paving the way for Fairbrother’s growth into Regional Victoria.

In addition to championing the development of a culture in line with the Fairbrother Purpose, Vision and Values, Craig is an Executive Director on the Fairbrother Board, where he works in close consultation with Royce to ensure the achievement of the company’s strategic goals.

A key contributor to the growth and sustainability of the Tasmanian building industry, Craig is also a member of the Tasmanian Building & Construction Training Board and a State Councillor of the Master Builders Association of Tasmania.


A member of the Fairbrother Executive Management Team and an Executive Director of the Fairbrother Board, Mark as Chief Financial Officer for the Fairbrother Group is responsible for providing financial leadership and governance to both our Board of Directors and Business Units. Mark also leads a team of skilled professionals and administrative support staff who provide essential centralised services.

Mark’s extensive work experience encompasses business management and accounting, administration and human resources. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce through UTAS and is a member of CPA Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mark is also a Director of Degree C Pty Ltd, B&E Building Society, a Board Member of OzHelp Tasmania and a Trustee Board member of the Fairbrother Employees Retirement Fund.


Commencing with Fairbrother as an Apprentice Carpenter/Joiner in 1995, Kurt has enjoyed a stellar career which includes 7 years as Manager of Fairbrother Joinery before recently being appointed to his current position as General Manager of Construction, Joinery & Facility Management (Tasmania) in 2016.

He has over 21 years of experience working within the commercial construction industry. This has involved working on high profile projects across the country, predominately in Tasmania, but also in Victoria and New South Wales.
In his role as General Manager, Kurt is responsible for the effective coordination of the experienced and dedicated team that forms Fairbrother Construction, Joinery & Facility Management across the state.
Kurt and his team have a proven record for being prepared to tackle the most difficult of projects, they gain a great deal of satisfaction from successfully delivering the most challenging of tasks.
Kurt is also a Trustee Board member of the Fairbrother Employees Retirement Fund.



Michael has recently joined Fairbrother as the General Manager for Victoria and he brings with him a wealth of construction knowledge.

He has successfully delivered some of the most complex projects with the most arduous time constraints in recent history, namely Loddon Prison, a new 272-bed facility to the value of $60.0 million delivered in 13 months.

Michael leads from the front and has exceptional communication skills and programming prowess, which enables him to mentor his team with his hands on approach.

Michael’s experience stems from more than 20 years in the industry, with his broad range of expertise stemming from high-end domestic construction, heritage-listed renovations to the construction of a secure facility with a level of security second to none.



Prior to the restructure of the business in mid 2012, Michael served as General Manager of our Facility Management business unit and as Manager of Fairbrother Developments – our in-house project development and prospecting arm.

A former senior public servant, Michael has extensive experience in the property and asset management field having managed assets valued at more than $2 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania. Michael has almost 30 years experience in the building and maintenance industry and like several of our Executive and Senior Managers, his career started in the trade and has grown steadily to encompass all facets of business management. Michael holds a Diploma in Social Science, a Certificate in Project Management and a Diploma in Construction. 

As General Manager of Degree C he is responsible for a diverse contracting business which plays a key role in the building supply chain across Tasmania and beyond.

DARRYN SMITH, Business Development Manager

Darryn joined Fairbrother in 1995 as an Estimator/Project Manager and held the position of North West Manager for 14 years before he was appointed Business Development Manager in January 2017.

Based in Devonport, Darryn is a skilled negotiator and has a proven track record as an estimator and project manager with a broad range of commercial, civil and industrial projects to his name.

His extensive industry experience of over 34 years and established industry networks has enabled him to secure and deliver a broad range and majority off the key projects undertaken in North West Tasmania.

In his current role, Darryn will focus on in-house developments and play a key role in our company’s growth and expansion in to other regional areas of Australia.


Divisional Managers - Tasmania


After joining Fairbrother in 2006 as an Apprentice Carpenter, Marcus enjoyed a rapid rise through the management ranks of the North West Construction division to be appointed Manager in January 2017.

An Estimator/Project Manager for 6 years, Marcus has delivered numerous projects up to $20 million in the commercial, civil and industrial sectors and, since 2013, he has fulfilled the role of North West Construction Assistant Manager, honing his management skills and further building key relationships.

In his role as Divisional Manager North West Construction, Marcus is focused on securing future works and delivering current projects safely and to the highest quality standard.


Dion assumed the role of Divisional Manager in early 2016 and brings with him 13 years of industry experience in joinery manufacture and Project Management.

After starting with Fairbrother in 2003 as an Apprentice Carpenter Joiner, Dion has played an important role in the growth of the joinery division. As a Project Manager, Dion was involved in many significant projects across the state, and was recently responsible for the delivery of Fairbrother’s largest joinery project to date, the refurbishments of Spirit of Tasmania 1 and 2.

He is a previous winner of the prestigious MBA National Apprentice of the Year award.

In his current role, he is responsible for overseeing the delivery of quality commercial joinery and bespoke furniture, with a high focus on servicing our client’s needs.


Nick is the newest member of the Fairbrother Construction, Joinery & Facility Management team.  Having served previously as an Estimator/Project Manager, which saw him working on a number of major projects including the iconic Saffire Resort on Tasmania’s east coast, Nick rose to the challenge and assumed responsibility for the Northern Division in June 2012.

Working from our Launceston office, Nick is focused on securing new work opportunities whilst maintaining an unwavering focus on quality and safety standards.  Nick’s prior experience has equipped him with an extensive network of suppliers and subcontractors and he is committed to fostering sustainable client relationships in the region.


Based in Hobart, Paul is responsible for the operational management and development of our Southern Construction Division. Since joining the company in 1996 as an Estimator/Project Manager, Paul has been instrumental in the growth of the Southern Division.

Paul assumed the role of Divisional Manager in 2006 and has made a significant contribution by expanding the Division's capability and project experience. 

He has established a large network of clients, subcontractors and suppliers and is an outspoken advocate for safety standards across the industry.


Richard has been actively involved in the development of our Facility Management Division (FM) since its inception in 2004. His outstanding contract management skills and in-depth knowledge of statutory building maintenance, allow him to provide a uniquely tailored service to any client.

In his current role he is responsible for the effective coordination of a team of Facility Managers located throughout Tasmania, and for delivery of a number of complex, long-term maintenance contracts. 

Richard works collaboratively with his Construction & Joinery peers to provide unparalleled customer service.


Divisional Managers - Victoria


Andrew ‘Billy’ Edis joined the company in February 2011 to take up the new role of Project Manager in Warrnambool.  Already an experienced Site Foreman, Billy’s broad construction expertise coupled with an extensive network of subcontractors and suppliers, enabled him to deliver our debut project in the South West Region – the iconic Warrnambool Entertainment Centre.

Spurred on by the success of this project, Billy went on to establish a permanent office in Warrnambool and has successfully secured additional long-term project work.

He provides leadership to two full-time Foremen and is responsible for building sustainable relationships with new clients and subcontract partners.