A division of Kane Constructions

Our Team

Tristan Forster
Joint Managing Director

Tristan joined Kane Constructions in 2002 having previously worked for Multiplex in both Australia and the United Kingdom. As a Project Manager with Kane Constructions, Tristan spent a number of years based at Melbourne Airport delivering a wide variety of projects. He also managed multiple projects at the Geelong Hospital prior to transitioning into the role of Business Development Manager in late 2007. He was appointed as a Director in 2009. Tristan’s primary focus is to ensure the company continues to evolve via access to new and challenging opportunities.

Richard Frisina
Joint Managing Director

Richard commenced employment with Kane Constructions in January 2005 and has provided outstanding leadership on significant, technically and operationally complex institutional projects.

Prior to joining Kane, Richard worked for a major national contractor where he gained experience on large scale projects in the residential, sports and aviation sectors. At Kane he has been responsible for delivery of the RACV Torquay Resort, ELF Stage 1 Puckapunyal as well as a major expansion to the RMAF Butterworth air force base in Malaysia where Kane was Managing Contractor for Department of Defence.

His thorough practical knowledge, experience, skills in negotiating and commercial focus ensures Richard is well known and respected in the industry.

Richard's focus is construction delivery within our Victorian operations.

Steve Bowers
General Manager, Queensland

Steve is a highly experienced and motivated construction professional with a career spanning over 20 years within Australia and the UK.  Steve joined Kane and following several years in project management completing prestigious projects in Brisbane for Optus, Gadens Lawyers, CBRE, DHL as well as numerous retail and hospitality clients.

A strong believer in teamwork, Steve believes in open and on-going communication with clients and staff and leads the team from the front with a ‘hands-on’ approach. In his role as General Manager, Steve overseas the project teams as well as actively works in a business development, mentoring and commercial management capacity.

Steve enjoys the opportunity for a close level of engagement in all of arete's projects and actively works toward the ongoing development and growth of the business. 

Diarmuid O’Mahony
Pre-Construction Manager, Victoria

Diarmuid’s role as Pre-Construction Manager is to manage the functions of the pre-construction team - interpreting documentation to prepare clear and competitive estimates and identifying and utilising suitable and qualified subcontractors. He also leads our project teams by working with architects, designers and consultants to ensure buildability issues are presented upfront, programming and methodologies of each project are detailed and the project environments and clients are managed proficiently. 

As a qualified Quantity Surveyor with over 15 years of construction experience, Diarmuid has worked in construction management, site supervision and senior quantity surveying/estimator capacities providing him with a complete understanding of all aspects of fitout and refurbishment projects. Diarmuid takes an early involvement approach on all projects, allowing him to establish strong communication channels with clients and relevant stakeholders, produce effective construction and procurement programs and evaluate value engineering and cost saving options. Diarmuid ensures by early involvement on successful projects a smooth transition from estimating to construction.   


Matthew Rossi
Construction Manager, Victoria

Matt is the Construction Manager for arete Australia’s Victorian Division.  Matt has over 15 years’ experience in the construction and fit out industry within the Melbourne Market including having previously managed a construction division with an annual turnover in excess of $30m.

Prior to joining arete, Matt worked on a variety of projects in major sectors including Commercial, Tertiary, Education, Health , Community, Government, Industrial, Manufacturing, Banking, Sport and high end residential for some of Australia’s premier construction and built environment firms.

With a breadth of knowledge accrued across numerous sectors and construction contract types including Construction, Construction Management & Design & Construct Matt will lead all activities through the design (when required), construction and transition phases of all projects.

He has a proven reliability in his management of clients, consultants, subcontractors and construction teams through his continued successful delivery of projects.

Jonathan Angelopoulos
Business Development Manager, Victoria

Jonathan 'Jange' as he likes to be called has over 9 years' experience working in the construction industry.  He studied a Bachelor of Planning & Design and a Bachelor of Property & Construction at The University of Melbourne and has worked a large part of his career in an estimating role. His passion for everything construction shines through most when he is working with clients to provide them with budgets, cost plans, value management, buildability advice and feasibility report for their projects. Jonathan is a well rounded Business Development Manager with excellent networking skills and a has a strong focus on long term business partnerships.  He not only secures new business opportunities, but also plays a large part in driving the bid process for tender submissions.