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From Small Things, Great Things Grow

Villawood Properties has amassed a catalogue – past, present and future – totalling more than 100 residential developments.

We started in 1989, with a small syndicate of 16 people, and have accumulated many more friends and associates along the journey, particularly so over the last 15 years.



Villawood has successfully partnered with a great variety of participants: from land-owners and original farmers to financial institutions such as ISPT and Investec bank.

We have partnered with government, with responsible authorities – of particular note, South East Water at Aquarevo – with clubs like Midlands Golf Club at Ballarat, even religious orders such as the Salesians at Sunbury’s Sherwood Grange.

Villawood has the expertise and the ability to deliver the best communities in Australia. We create great communities and profitable outcomes. We deliver what we promise.

We are happy to talk with anybody with a property they wish to deliver into a successful community. We can detail the best way of realising your aspirations and something of which you can be justifiably proud.

Land-owners and sophisticated investors may contact our office by phone (03) 9695 3000 or email villawood@villawoodproperties.com


– Rory Costelloe, Tony Johnson, executive directors, Villawood Properties

Rory Costelloe

Executive Director

Rory Costelloe has more than 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.

Rory holds formal qualifications in engineering and contributes to a broad range of industry and community boards and leadership committees, as well as sector, academic and government think-tanks.

He is recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

Tony Johnson

Executive Director

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 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.

Alan Miller

Chief Executive Officer

Alan is one of Australia’s most credentialed property executives, with 30 years of experience behind him as well as holding qualifications in Structural and Civil Engineering and Accountancy.

Prior to joining Villawood Properties in August 2019, Alan held senior leadership roles in some of Australia’s largest and most respected developers including Peet, Lend Lease, Delfin and CIC Australia Limited.

Alan’s nationwide expertise spans all aspects of masterplanned urban development, including urban design and the design of housing types to cater for a range of different segments, mixed use infill development, retail and commercial integration, as well as apartment developments and turn key housing.

Dean Pappas

Chief Financial Officer

Dean holds two decades of experience across many and varied industries including significant national construction firms and property developers.

He is a chartered accountant with a background in taxation, corporate finance including mergers and acquisitions, and financial reporting.

Dean has looked after large companies’ finance and treasury needs and led multi-disciplinary teams. He and his team manage Villawood’s day-to-day financial requirements.

Mary Hennessy

General Manager of Marketing

Mary joined Villawood Properties in 2011, having enjoyed a successful career in media, property, advertising, and destination marketing. Before joining Villawood, Mary was Head of Business for national property and retail clients at Adcorp Australia, one of Australia’s largest advertising agencies.

Prior to Adcorp, Mary was National Director of Marketing at the Nine Network. At City of Melbourne, she managed the development and commercialisation of Brand Melbourne, managing destination marketing, major events, retail development and tourism services. And at Walker Corporation, she was Manager of Corporate and Business Development.

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