At DevCore, we’re proud to help landowners across New South Wales realise the full value and potential of their properties: with life-changing outcomes for them and their families while injecting enduring value into local communities.
We are open, approachable, responsive and respectful. We work across government, advisors and stakeholders with an uncompromising focus on doing what’s right – at every point in a development’s lifecycle
We know that trust is precious for everyone involved – and we’re proud that so many professionals recommend us to their clients. It’s a responsibility we take seriously, and we reward it with genuine all-round value.
We work with other industry professionals in a spirit of honesty, integrity and mutual client focus. And importantly, we get it done – making it easier for sellers, their advisors and backers, and importantly approvers. No unexpected surprises, no expensive delays
Meet the team
At DevCore, we bring top-tier experience and established networks – with the personal focus and flexibility of a tight, agile team.
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Managing Director of DevCore, Paul Thompson, has a career spanning more than 15 years with Lendlease, one of Australia’s largest, ASX-listed property development companies.
In a move that marks his transition to the private sector, Paul has been instrumental in the establishment of DevCore as an exciting new presence in the NSW property development market.
Building on his experience and expertise in land acquisition and development for a diverse array of projects, including large scale residential developments, Paul’s focus is on the strategic growth of DevCore through targeted land development opportunities.
Like his partners in DevCore, his passion lies in realising the value and potential of land – working with landowners, Councils and stakeholders to pave the way for the creation of well-planned, vibrant and connected communities.
Born and raised in regional NSW, Paul places a strong emphasis on relationships based on trust and honest, straight-forward communication, backed by the skills and commitment to deliver.
A former member of the Board of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW, Paul is recognised as a leader in the property industry with an extensive network and is adept in stakeholder engagement across all levels of government.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Construction Management, Masters in Property Development and a Masters in Finance.
A land development specialist with more than 15 years’ experience, Ben Hogan has been the driving force behind the acquisition and development of land for residential communities across NSW and the ACT.
In his role as Executive Director of DevCore, Ben draws on his wealth of knowledge and expertise to deliver outstanding outcomes for landowners, investors and government and community stakeholders.
For more than a decade, Ben led Rawson Communities, the development arm of Rawson Group, following earlier roles within the land development divisions of Investa Land and Clarendon. Under the guidance of the Rawson brothers, Ben honed his eye for identifying development opportunities and cemented his belief in the importance of putting people first, always, to achieve truly successful outcomes.
Ben’s pragmatic approach, commercial acumen and in-depth understanding of the land development process, ensure DevCore clients and partners have access to a steady hand to guide them through the sale and development of their land.
For Ben, the foundation for DevCore’s success now and into the future is a highly skilled team of people who have a genuine love for what they do and share an uncompromising focus on doing what’s right – for the business and its stakeholders, at every point in a development’s lifecycle.
Ben holds a degree in Land Economics and a Masters in Property Development.
As a Senior Development Manager for DevCore, Andrew Cooper brings 15 years’ of local and international experience working in the property development and construction industry. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Construction Management & Property from UNSW and a Master of Commerce from the University of Sydney.
Andrew’s focus is on the planning, approval and delivery of key projects within the DevCore portfolio as well as the acquisition of new projects.
Andrew joins the DevCore team after most recently working for Canada’s largest privately-owned developer managing large industrial built-to-suit projects for international business clients, including Amazon and FedEx.
The majority of Andrew’s career has been spent in NSW, working for prominent residential developers including Rawson Group and Landcom. He has experience in managing both city shaping mixed-use apartment projects and award-winning master-planned communities.
Andrew is looking forward to working with stakeholder groups to bring new high-quality real estate offerings to market, whilst creating value for investors. Throughout his career, Andrew has developed strong leadership and clear communication skills resulting in the delivery of many successful projects under a wide range of ownership structures including partnerships, Joint Ventures and Project Delivery Agreements.
Andrew is excited to join DevCore as a key member of their development team. He believes that the organisation’s collective industry experience, well regarded reputation and entrepreneurial nature ensure DevCore are perfectly placed to deliver innovative & successful projects.
From a 15 year career in the property industry Cameron Beames brings a diversified background in Marketing, Business Development and Development Management from large scale property development projects.
Cameron’s experience in land acquisition across multiple market segments across Australia, market understanding and strategy for launching and trading successful projects in the ACT and NSW and collaboration with Government authorities in planning approvals will help drive value for all DevCore projects and landowner partners.
As Development Manager and key member of the DevCore development team, Cameron brings a wide range of knowledge and expertise across all facets of development and will draw on 15 years of corporate exposure through his time with global property developer Lendlease where he acquired and delivered many successful, innovative and sustainable residential developments.
Cameron’s focus is to use his commercial skills to help facilitate customer focussed solutions for landowners as DevCore grow their development pipeline and deliver market led projects that residents will be excited to live and grow in.
Cameron holds a double degree with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and Bachelor of Management (Marketing) from the University of Ballarat.
A stalwart of the Australian property industry, Peter Rawson, founded Rawson Homes in 1978. The company name that became synonymous with quality residential developments over four decades of operation with Peter, and his brothers Lawrie and Mark, at the helm.
Following the 2017 sale of Rawson Group, and its subsidiaries Rawson Homes, Rawson Communities and Thrive Homes, Peter re-entered the development industry with a renewed energy and focus through the establishment of DevCore.
As a Director of DevCore, Peter lends his knowledge, wisdom and industry insights to guide the strategic development of the company’s portfolio; and the creation of a company culture which places honesty and integrity at the fore.
For Peter, people are at the heart of every business and every development. The relationships the DevCore team forms – with landowners, project partners and the Councils and community stakeholders in which a development is taking place – underpin the company’s success.
His vision for DevCore is the acquisition and development of land which form the foundation for communities in which people are proud to live.
Born and raised in Mudgee, NSW, Peter resides in Sydney.
DevCore Director, Lawrie Rawson, has spent more than 40 years bringing people’s dreams to life – designing and building quality homes throughout NSW and the ACT.
A former Director of Rawson Group, Lawrie played a pivotal role in the business’ growth from a small, family-owned and operated home building company based in regional NSW to one of the State’s leading home builders and residential development companies.
It is this experience, and an intuitive understanding of what’s required to transform land into a thriving community, that Lawrie brings to the DevCore team.
Following the sale of Rawson Group in 2017, Lawrie is relishing the opportunity to work alongside his brothers, Peter and Mark, and fellow Directors, Paul and Ben, to forge a successful future for DevCore. It is a business founded on the same values of integrity, honesty and excellence which saw Rawson Group set the industry benchmark for developments.
Based between Sydney and his family property in the Hunter Valley, Lawrie retains his life-long passion for development and a steadfast belief in its power to shape strong, prosperous communities in our cities and regions.
DevCore Director, Mark Rawson’s vision for the company is to deliver excellent developments with sustainable outcomes for all.
A Civil Engineer, Mark cut his teeth building high rise and industrial developments for Civic, before joining his brothers in the Rawson Group. Working alongside Peter and Mark for close to four decades, Mark helped grow the business into one of NSW’s largest and most respected residential development companies.
From their first commercial project in Dubbo to the family’s entry into land development with the 300-lot Yarrawonga residential estate, Mark’s singular focus was on understanding what the customer wanted, and how the company could achieve that. A philosophy he holds to this day.
Ultimately, Mark believes a business’ strength lies in having the right people and culture, backed by the technology, systems and processes they need to perform at their best for their clients, partners and stakeholders.
As a Director of DevCore, Mark ensures the company benefits from his astute guidance in the areas of finance, investment and risk management, governance and operational systems.
Renowned for his professionalism and integrity, his eye for detail and willingness to go the extra mile for others, Mark looks forward to a bright future with his like-minded and equally dedicated DevCore team members.
As General Counsel, Neala brings over 20 years of experience specialising in property transactions and property development.
Prior to joining DevCore, Neala was the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Rawson Group and provided safe hands for Rawson Group in all aspects of property, building and construction, corporate, commercial, employment and dispute matters.
Neala brings a wealth of experience to the team in property acquisition and development. As Neala has worked in both private practice and as a General Counsel she is well versed in negotiating and working with multiple stakeholders on multiple projects.
Neala’s unique legal experience and knowledge will see her providing DevCore with practical and proactive legal advice to ensure timely contract negotiations and early resolution of any issues which may arise. Neala approaches transactions with a focus on the individual circumstances and objectives, and enjoys offering relevant options and practical commercial solutions to complex issues.
Neala holds Bachelor degrees in Law and Business Administration from Macquarie University and a Master of Laws from Sydney University.