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LEADERSHIP TEAM

The MDLR leadership team has a broad spectrum of skillsets and strong depth of experience across a diverse range of industry sectors.

 

From construction, property and architecture to business strategy, corporate governance and finance, we have established a balanced team of industry leaders to ensure we position ourselves for sustainable growth. 

RYAN BROWN

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER / DIRECTOR

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With over 17 years working in the property development and construction industry, Ryan has broad construction and management experience.

Ryan is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of MDLR Pty Ltd, an innovative business utilising modular construction methodologies to create building solutions for a range of sectors including tourism and health.

Ryan spent over a decade at McMahon Services, a privately-owned National construction services company where he undertook the senior executive role as National Business Development & Brand Manager and was a member of the management Board for over 6 years. Ryan led large bid teams, driving overall strategy and successfully secured many large-scale projects in the order of over $500 million including significant joint ventures.

As a marketing and business development professional working within the construction and property industry for over 17 years, Ryan has worked hard at developing meaningful relationships, strengthening brands and creating opportunities for new business. Ryan has a strong focus on unlocking value for clients through an enhanced project delivery approach adopting modern methods of construction.​

Ryan also co-founded luxury tourism business Escapod, that combines pre-fabricated luxury suites with an immersive accommodation experience. 

MARK BALNAVES

CHAIRMAN / DIRECTOR

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Mark Balnaves has more than 20 years of director, strategic advisory and infrastructure experience. Mark is experienced in a wide range of projects having advised on major property and infrastructure projects around Australia for Government, Universities and private investors.

Mark has significant director experience, including as the independent chairman of Celsus (which designed, financed, constructed and now manages and maintains the Royal Adelaide Hospital PPP) and 12 years as chairman of the National Wine Centre of Australia. Mark also acts as independent advisory board chairman of a number of private businesses and has extensive merger and acquisition experience across a wide range of industries.

Mark holds degrees in Economics and Law and a Masters in Finance from London Business School.

DINO VRYNIOS

DIRECTOR

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Having completed his Master of Architecture in 2008, Dino is a registered Architect in South Australia and Victoria who has worked in both large and small practice for 12 years. ​In February 2019, Dino joined his partner Sara Horstmann at the helm of Das Studio, following nearly seven years as an Associate at Grieve Gillett Andersen. Since joining Das, he has overseen the expansion of the practice into a team of 15. ​
 
In his role as a Project Architect, Associate and now Director, Dino has delivered a wide range of project typologies of varying scale, cost and complexity, namely in the Education, Health, Arts, Tourism and Cultural sectors as well as numerous award-winning Residential projects. 

In 2015, Dino received the Jack Hobbs McConnell Travelling Fellowship in Architecture for his submission titled Modulation. Dino was able to spend extensive periods of time in Victoria and travel to Asia and Europe — researching and studying the world’s best practice in Advanced Construction methodologies. ​
 
In addition to his work in practice, Dino is a fierce advocate for several professional and social causes. He has served as a two-term chapter councilor of the Australian Institute of Architects and is co-founder and Creative Director of the Festival of Architecture and Design (FAD).  He is board member of disability-led arts organisation Tutti, is frequently sought out to lecture at both Adelaide Universities, as well as to provide policy and advocacy input for professional bodies such as the AIA, Property Council of Australia and Design Institute of Australia.
 
More recently, he has overseen the development and expansion of Future Forum and 20:MinuteCity — an event and podcast series which brings together a diverse group of experts to consider and discuss emerging issues and opportunities for South Australia.

NICK MCARDLE

DIRECTOR

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Nick is an experienced business advisor who has worked both in-house and at leading professional services firms to help a wide range of organisations plan, grow and structure their operations to deliver improved business performance, drive shareholder value and create a competitive sustainable advantage.
 
Nick is currently the Executive General Manager of Strategy & Projects at the Adelaide Football Club. Nick’s portfolio includes business strategy, innovation, actionable insights and growth projects.  Prior to working at Adelaide Football Club, Nick worked at Glencore Xstrata, KPMG & EY delivering projects across Australia.
 
Nick’s focus areas are business improvement, strategy, business modelling, innovation & transactions. Nick holds a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Chartered Accountant, holds a Masters in Applied Finance & Securities Law and is a Director of Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation.

ANDREW JONATS

DIRECTOR

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In his 20 years as a professional, Andrew has worked in London, Sydney and Adelaide advising a vast array of businesses from multi-nationals, government, not-for profit to small private operators.

Andrew’s greatest strength is his ability to follow through his advice to clients and work with them to turn that advice into reality.

Andrew is a chartered accountant, registered company auditor, registered real estate agent and registered tax agent enabling Andrew to provide a broad set of skills to assist any client.

Andrew has significant consulting and management experience. He has extensive experience in a range of consulting projects including leasing, strategic planning, property management, retail strategy and business management.

Andrew advises on a large number of strategic and operational matters for a diverse range of clients including government, universities, private companies and individuals. Industries include manufacturing, agriculture, wine, property, retail, food and beverage.

Evans + Ayers manages a large commercial and retail property portfolio, providing services including financial management, lease negotiation and facilities management.

In the years prior to the commencement at Evans + Ayers, Andrew worked for international chartered accounting firms in Adelaide, Sydney and London on engagements for entities in public and private sector, profit and non-profit.

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