James Hawley – Operations Manager – Peel Street
James is originally from Wales, UK. He has experience working in the student accommodation sector in the UK and Australia for the past 7 years in a variety of roles which has enabled James to continually develop his knowledge of the industry. James has called Melbourne home since 2017 and loves the diversity and quality of life that Melbourne offers. James loves his sport in particular soccer (Manchester City Fan), cricket and golf. James is excited about offering the best possible experience to staff and residents at Atira.
Syed A Ali – Evening Duty Manager – Peel Street
Syed has over 10 years of Hospitality experience working with different brands from Hilton Abu Dhabi and Yas Viceroy Hotel to Accor Groups and many independent hotels. Focusing specifically on Front Office roles, he has enjoyed supporting successful hotel operations within the hospitality sector. Syed understands the importance of a customer-centric approach to student accommodation and possesses a can-do attitude whilst placing a strong emphasis on culture. Syed likes playing pool, cricket and badminton.
Vicky Cheung – Customer Service Assistant – Peel Street
Vicky was brought up in the multicultural city of Hong Kong, and boasts experience in community development and social service. She’s passionate about travelling, reading, watching movies and hiking. She loves to meet new friends from all over the world and enjoys maintaining a lively, warm and friendly community. Vicky is very excited with her new role in customer services support and enjoys being a part of the Atira family.
Saratou Issoufou – Customer Service Assistant – Peel Street
Sara is passionate about foreign languages and cultures. Originally from Canada, she graduated in Spanish translations and modern Chinese. After living in Spain and China during her studies, she worked at the airport of Montreal as an interpreter for Latin American transit passengers. Although she loves her city, she decided to expand her horizons and opportunities by coming to Australia. She enjoys working with Atira residents and relishes the opportunity to create new connections with people from across the globe.
Livi Scritchley – Senior Resident Assistant – Peel Street
Livi is Australian born but has been living overseas since she was 6 years old, coming back to Melbourne to pursue tertiary studies in Economics and Politics & International Studies. With an outgoing personality and attention to detail, she loves to create enjoyable residential life events for students and be on hand to answer any questions. Livi is always down to chat with residents and is looking forward to providing a safe, welcoming environment at Atira Peel Street with the RA team.
Zoe Gan – Resident Assistant – Peel Street
Zoe is a commerce student from Malaysia who loves meeting new people. She has many interests and is always open to trying new things. Mindful and considerate of others, Zoe is passionate about helping people with their problems or difficulties. She is honoured to be apart of the RA team and intends to work together with our staff and residents to create an inclusive and welcoming community at Atira.
Nicollas Branchini Do Vale – Resident Assistant – Peel Street
Nicollas was raised in Brazil and moved to Melbourne to study physics. With experience in organising and hosting events, he is committed to making every student’s experience at Atira a memorable one. He is looking forward to fostering a healthy and supportive multicultural community. Nicollas is honoured to be a part of Atira’s team and does his best to make every student feel at home.
Lisa Nathan – Resident Assistant – Peel Street
Lisa is an 18 year old student, studying a Bachelor of Design and Majoring in Digital Technologies at the University of Melbourne. Born in Singapore but raised in Perth, she has grown up in a diverse, multicultural environment. Lisa is an information technology enthusiast who enjoys computer programming, designing websites and editing videos. In her spare time, you can catch her at the shopping mall, eating spaghetti or chilling at the beach! Lisa looks forward to working with the Atira team to build a friendly, diverse community that supports our residents at Atira Peel Street.
Lance Tan – Resident Assistant – Peel Street
Lance is a Marketing Communications student from the Philippines. An ambivert at heart, he enjoys all kinds of activities – from sleeping to partying, from reading books to hiking. Don’t let his goofball personality fool you, he’s always willing to lend a helping hand. Lance is extremely excited to be a part of a close, tight-knit community at Atira Peel Street.
Caitlin Owyong – Resident Assistant – Peel Street
Cait loves bringing people together and making new connections, which is why she makes a fantastic member of the Peel Street RA Team! Born and raised in Perth with Malaysian/Singaporean heritage, Cait is an avid beach-lover with a taste for Asian cuisine. She is committed to making Atira a warm, welcoming community that residents are glad to call home. Cait always strives to use her skills in a way that will benefit students, whether it be running writing workshops or hosting weekend outings.
Alex Mienczakowski – Resident Assistant – Peel Street
Born in Australia but having lived in the UAE and Malaysia for most of his life, Alex has many experiences in life that has shaped his cultural understanding. He’s easily approachable and always keen to give a helping hand. Currently studying design, Alex possesses a strong interest in sport and is enthusiastic about making Atira Peel Street an active and enjoyable environment with plenty of events. Alex is very excited to be working as an RA for Atira Peel Street and looks forward to working in a great community.
Claire Chen – Resident Assistant – Peel Street
Claire is a passionate Chinese student studying at the University of Melbourne. She loves making connections and building relationships with people from various cultural backgrounds. With over 6 years’ experience working in various student organisations, Claire relishes providing support to Atira Peel Street residents. Working together with the wonderful RA team, she contributes to creating a warmer and more welcoming community with unique events that residents can enjoy.
Christopher Fredes – Resident Assistant – Peel Street
Christopher is a 24 year old Australian-born passionate Paramedic Student with a Chilean background. With experience across a range of roles including event management to being a chef, Christopher has knowledge in numerous fields and industries. A lover of sport, family and travel, Christopher is friendly and willing to go the extra mile to support our residents at Atira Peel Street.
Katy Li – Resident Assistant – Peel Street
Katy was born and raised in Shanghai and studied in Auckland for three years. She now calls Melbourne home where she enjoys a mix of metropolitan lifestyle and country living. Her experience has gifted her with a good understanding of how Eastern and Western cultures differ. She aims to bridge this gap by encouraging students to engage in our various residential life events and be a part of the multicultural Atira Peel Street community. In her spare time, she loves playing badminton (at the badminton club at Melbourne uni) and ice-skating, and is open for anyone who would love to join her!
Paul Robic – Facilities Manager – La Trobe & Peel Street
Paul joins Atira with over 18 years experience within the commercial and residential sector as a Customer Service Officer, Maintenance Officer and Essential Services Technician. For the last 5 years Paul has managed numerous large-scale residential apartments within the Docklands area in Melbourne. Outside of work Paul enjoys heading out to Melbourne’s many sporting events, exploring the city’s hidden laneways and socialising with close friends and loved ones.
Jason Wellington – Evening Duty Manager – La Trobe Street
Originally from country Victoria, Jason relocated to Melbourne in 2005. He joins the Atira La Trobe Street team with 15 years experience working in the Security and Safety industry where he has provided security for numerous major Melbourne landmarks including the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Crown Casino. Jason is a passionate Collingwood Football Club supporter and enjoys barracking at the footy with his family and exploring the great outdoors of Victoria.
Daphne Alkema – Evening Duty Manager – Glen Road
Originally from the Netherlands, Daphne relocated to Australia almost 5 years ago with her partner where they lived on Hamilton Island before recently moving to Brisbane to enjoy “the real world” instead of Island life. In her spare time, Daphne is a keen sailor who enjoys traveling and soaking up the sun in the nice Australian weather.
Jack Marshall – Financial Accountant – Sydney Head Office
Jack joined Atira earlier this year in our Finance Team in Sydney as a Financial Accountant. Born and raised on the mean streets of Sydney’s inner-west, Jack enjoys reading, catching the latest movie and spending time trying to work out new ways to make his son laugh.
Nigel Nesakumar – Financial Accountant – Sydney Head Office
Joining Atira earlier in 2019, Nigel is a Financial Accountant in the Finance Team. Based in Sydney, Nigel is fun, charismatic and enjoys having a laugh. When he isn’t at work, Nigel enjoys listening to music, playing sport, finance (of course), and technology.