Founder and Executive Director of Villawood Properties boasts 30 years of experience in local government, engineering and broad acre development management. He is acknowledged as one of Australia’s most creative and innovative developers and with Tony Johnson has ensured that Villawood Properties today sets the standard in quality and premium design.
From humble beginnings as a Bendigo-based property syndicate group, Rory’s hands on management has seen Villawood grow to become one of the Australia’s most successful and credentialed property companies.
With formal qualifications in Engineering, Rory contributes to a range of sector boards and leadership committees, as well as industry, academic and government think-tanks.
Rory is a guest lecturer for the RMIT Planning and Property courses, a Fellow of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association (VPELA) and mentors a range of property related students and young workers, and in 2017 was awarded the lifetime achievement award by the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).
Tony Johnson is one of Australia’s most experienced and accomplished developers with extensive experience in the property market throughout Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
Tony commenced his career as a valuer and transitioned into property development.
He has held several positions in a variety of private and public companies, including the Wilbow Group, before joining Villawood Properties as a joint Executive Director in 2006.
Tony served as President of the UDIA Victoria from 2000-2003 and was a Director afterwards for some 10 years. Tony was recognised for his significant contribution to the property industry in December 2018, receiving the UDIA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Tony has been responsible for the success of several award-winning residential developments including Marriott Waters, which was awarded the industry’s highest accolade in 2013 – the UDIA Best Masterplanned Community Award.
Tony is the driving force of Villawood’s acquisitions team as well as being the guiding influence of operations in Queensland and NSW. He is also a Director of the retail industry division.
Phil has 30 years’ experience in the property sector, commencing his career in planning and have worked in both Local and State Government.
In 2001, Phil moved from planning to property development and has worked for some of the biggest organisations in the sector, including VicUrban and Stockland, before joining Villawood Properties in 2008. Over the past 10 years, Phil has overseen the launch and delivery of 20 projects across Victoria, NSW and QLD in a fast paced, growing business that has won multiple industry awards for project excellence.
Phil took the role of Chief Executive Officer in December 2017 and his focus has been in building a strong, resilient team that is future focused, adaptable to change and capable of creating consistently high-quality communities.