the plancost team

Our team is full of bright curious minds, inspired to make a positive difference

PlanCost Australia was established in 1999 by Steve Grimes a former director at Slattery Australia. Since this time, the business has built a highly skilled and experienced team of cost planning consultants lead by Simon Grimes, Managing Director.

Simon Grimes – Managing Director

Simon has been with PlanCost for 16 years and took up the helm as Managing Director in the start of 2018. Simon’s broad and extensive quantity surveying experience is uniquely enhanced by his engineering knowledge, which combines excellence in technical knowledge and creative problem solving.

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Engineering 2008 (Electronics & Computer Systems) (First Class Honours) – Swinburne University of Technology

Professional Associations:
Affiliate member of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors

Professional Experience:
Appointed Managing director in 2018
Appointed Director of PlanCost Australia in 2010
Commenced work at PlanCost Australia in 2005

 

Steve Grimes – Founding Director

Steve has had 40 years’ experience in the Quantity Surveying profession, establishing himself at the forefront of Quantity Surveying. His extensive experience covers a wide range of projects for both public and private clients.
He is a recipient of the AIQS Victorian Chapter President’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Promotion of the Profession for his work in Environmentally Sustainable Design.

Qualifications:
Diploma in Quantity Surveying 1983 – Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Registered Building Practitioner QS-1008

Professional Associations:
Fellow of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors

Professional Experience:
Commenced PlanCost Australia in 1999 Specialising in Master Planning and Cost Planning
Appointed Director of Slattery Australia in 1990
Commenced practical training as a Quantity Surveyor in 1976

 

Holly Phillips – Senior Quantity Surveyor

Holly has been with PlanCost for 8 years and has built a substantial base of experience and depth of knowledge and skills. She has a First-Class Honours from RMIT in Construction Management. Holly has a highly professional approach to Quantity Surveying, evidenced in the quality of her work.

Qualifications:
Diploma of Building & Construction 2014 – Swinburne University
Bachelor of Applied Science 2017 (Construction Mgt) (First Class Honours) RMIT
Registered Building Practitioner QS-63 954

Professional Associations
Member of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors

Professional Experience:
Joined the PlanCost team in 2013.

 

 

Mathew Hinkley – Quantity Surveyor

Mat has been with PlanCost for 6 years and has built a substantial base of experience and depth of knowledge and skills. He has a First-Class Honours from RMIT in Construction Management. Mat is a highly skilled, and valued member of our team.

Mat is currently on an extended break ‘researching projects’ around Australia.

Qualifications:
Diploma of Building & Construction 2014 – RMIT
Bachelor of Applied Science 2017 (Construction Mgt) (First Class Honours) – RMIT
Registered Building Practitioner QS-63 940

Professional Associations
Member of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors

Professional Experience:
Joined the PlanCost team in 2015.

 

 

Lyn Chu – Senior Quantity Surveyor

Lyn recently joined our team quickly found her feet, jumping straight into projects which have benefited from her strong cost planning and construction cost management skills. Lyn’s broad experience spans a broad range of projects including education, residential, commercial and health care. She brings her positive ‘can-do’ attitude to her work and is a strong contributor to her project teams.

Qualifications:
Master of Construction Management 2013 – University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Civil Engineering 2007 – Shanghai University, China

Professional Associations:
Certified Member of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors

Professional Experience:
Joined the PlanCost team in 2021
Mitchell Brandtman 2018-2021
ATR Building Consulting 2016-2018
Charter Keck Cramer 2013-2016
Shanghai Construction No 4 (Group) 2007-2010

Sudath Abaya – Senior Quantity Surveyor

Sudath recently joined our team, bringing with him broad and extensive experience in the Victorian construction sector and international projects. He has a solution focused approach to his work which, together with his strong commercial skills and technical know-how, makes him a versatile addition to our team.

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Science (Quantity Surveying), 1994-1998 University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Professional Associations:
Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Professional Experience:
Joined the PlanCost team in 2021
M P Cordia & Associates 2016-2021
Damac properties Pty. Ltd, Dubai, U.A.E 2011-2016

William Chen – Quantity Surveyor

William has been with Plancost three years. He has a thorough, results driven approach to his work and possesses excellent analytical and problem-solving skills. These traits along with his excellent communication skills and creative mind have made William a valued member of the PlanCost team.

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Engineering 2008 – Chongqing University
Master of Engineering Structures 2010 – The University of Melbourne
Master of Engineering Project Management 2011 – The University of Melbourne
Master of Environment 2013– The University of Melbourne

Professional Associations:
Member of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors

Professional Experience:
Joined the PlanCost team in 2018
Ralph Beattie Bosworth Pty Ltd, Melbourne

Andrew Lu – Quantity Surveyor

We welcomed Andrew aboard our team in 2020. His optimistic attitude and relevant project experience, gained at RBB and Slattery, made him a great fit for our team. Andrew has worked in commercial, residential and government sectors, adding value across all aspects of quantity surveying and cost management.

Qualifications:
Master of Construction Management (Honours) 2016-2018 The University of Melbourne
Master of Philosophy 2013 -2016 Capital Normal University, Beijing
Bachelor of Construction Management 2005-2009 Dongbei University of Finance & Economics

Professional Associations:
Member of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors

Professional Experience:
Joined PlanCost team in 2020
RBB – Melbourne 2019-2020
Slattery Australia 2018-2019

Danni Li – Graduate Quantity Surveyor

Danni joined our team as a high achiever graduate and hit the ground running. Since then, she has rapidly built her experience and skills. Her bright mind and solution mindset make her a valued team member.

Qualifications:
Master of Construction Management 2019 – University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Math and Economics 2016 – Boston University
Certified Translator English to Chinese 2017- National Accreditation Authority

Professional Associations:
Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors

Professional Experience:
Joined the PlanCost team in 2020

Yubin Lin – Quantity Surveyor

Yubin is our newest recruit, and her experience reflects a strong focus on customer needs and effective problem-solving skills. She is a highly motivated and result-driven quantity surveyor and a great addition to our team.

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management – Honours),  RMIT University

Professional Associations:
Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors

Professional Experience:
Joined the PlanCost team in 2021
Bello Constructions 2019-2021

Akhilesh Goorwappa – Cadet Quantity Surveyor

Akhilesh is in his last year of studies and rapidly building his skills & experience, and thriving on the opportunity to apply his academic learnings to live projects.

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Construction Management & Economics • Holmesglen Institute (Final Year)
Peter Grundy Scholarship Recipient (2020) • Holmesglen Institute

Professional Associations:
Student Member of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
Student Member of the Australian Institute of Building
Student Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

Professional Experience:
Joined the PlanCost team in 2021
John Holland Virtual internship Program 2020

…and keeping things running smoothly are our
Office Managers:

Katrina Jack

Julie Jobson