Meet the Team.

From dedicated Project Managers, to Draftspeople and Architectural Designers, Finance Management, Marketing right through to manufacturing Tradespeople, our whole team collaboratively produce each pod to the highest quality, all while delivering a signature client experience.

Stuart Giles
Executive Chairman & Managing Director

Stuart Giles was the driving force behind the establishment of Australia’s largest comprehensive cancer care provider, Icon Group, and played a key role from 2016 in driving substantial international expansion across Asia. A pharmacist by background, Stuart and his wife, and long-term business partner, Cathie Reid AM, have owned and operated a network of pharmacies around Australia for nearly 25 years. Following the sale of Icon Group, Stuart stepped down as Founding Chairman of Icon Group in late 2020 to focus on Arc31 Family Office opportunities and philanthropic investment initiatives.

In July 2021 Stuart was appointed the inaugural Founder in Residence of the Transformer program, providing mentoring to entrepreneurial students at Bond University. Through his role at Bond, Stuart was able to see the potential and opportunity of ModnPods as a solution for the housing affordability crisis, holiday park accommodation, meeting challenges around workforce provision and job creation, as well as housing and workforce scarcity in regional and remote areas.

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John Christie

John is originally from the United States and migrated over to Australia in 2014. Before moving to Australia, John spent seven years in the corporate world and an additional six years in the United States Navy as a Search and Rescue Swimmer.

John left the US Navy in 2014 to pursue his long-held vision to start his own business, which led him to Australia to complete his MBA and Master of Finance at Bond University on the Gold Coast, achieving exceptional academic results.

Driven by his sense of purpose and service oriented vision, it was during this time that John founded ModnPods in 2015. Originally formulated on a container model, ModnPods quickly evolved into the architecturally designed, environmentally conscious, prefabricated modular pods range that is attracting substantial interest from clientele in the residential, property development, tourism, education, agricultural and mining sectors, who are looking for affordable quality, beauty and sustainability in full end-to-end housing solutions.

ModnPods has been a passion of Johns along with traveling, surfing and spending as much time with friends and family as he can.

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Andrew Reid
Chief Financial Officer


Andrew is a talented business leader with a commitment to achieving sustainable growth in a responsible manner with an emphasis on values-based organisations.


A Chartered Accountant, Andrew’s financial management experience developed over more than a decade working with a wide range of businesses spanning multiple industries, from micro-businesses to national and international operations. Moving into healthcare, Andrew’s strengths including his interest and experience in M&A helped develop and grow businesses from existing, turnaround and startup positions, and as CEO delivered high growth and expansion with more than 10x growth in activity and earnings while maintaining organization-wide commitment to patient care.


Crystal Russell
Director - QIC

Crystal joined QIC in April 2007 having the opportunity to be involved in the program build from the ground up post the inception of the program in late 2005. Crystal now leads the Brisbane based team focused on Asia Pacific opportunity which is predominantly focused on Australia across fund, co-investment and direct Queensland mandates.
Crystal is a member of the QPC Leadership Team and Investment Committee. Crystal has worked across the global portfolio from European buyouts to Venture and Growth. Crystal led our investment in a number of Queensland based investments including Icon Group and North Australian Pastoral Company.
Crystal sits on a number of fund Advisory Boards and as an Observer or Board member of investee companies.

Jess Asrawe | ModnPods

Jess Asrawe
Marketing Coordinator

Born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia, Jess made the move to the Sunshine State in January 2022 and has been embracing the Gold Coast life ever since.

Working within multiple sectors of business, she quickly found that Marketing is where she shines. Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Print Marketing, Email Marketing, Personal Marketing, the list goes on. You name it, she’s done it. 

With a background in Real Estate, she brings both her creative skills and process-driven work ethic to the table for our team.

Her diversity within the Marketing space will offer a fresh set of eyes, and innovative initiatives to the team here at ModnPods. 

Outside of work, Jess enjoys the coastal lifestyle the Gold Coast has to offer. Coffee walks with friends, beach days, reading and pilates, just to name a few.

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Joshua Weldon
Design Manager

Building and renovating houses for fun in his spare time, it’s no surprise Josh has a deep rooted passion for design.

Holding a Diploma of Building Design, Josh assists with product design development, guides the drafting team through large scale projects and formulates structured procedures that integrate design with estimating, procurement and manufacturing.

Leaning into ModnPods values of sustainability and innovative design, Josh leverages his extensive experience working in the industry for many years, including running his own business and the opportunities he’s had to create bespoke housing and spaces for great clients enables Josh to implement new pathways for ModnPods to service at the highest level.

Josh pairs his creativity for design with his ability to look at the overall goals of the company and see how he and the team can assist, by formulating structured plans and identifying bottle-necks that could prevent efficiency within design production.

Having moved down from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, mainly for his love of surfing, Josh is yet to find time to surf in his spare time that is now filled up with his new born son and beautiful wife.

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Alex Piccolo
Drafting Manager

With over 20 years in the Architecture and Construction industry working in different countries and many different roles, Alex brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the ModnPods Team.

Having completed a Bachelor Degree in Architecture and Town Planning in Brazil, he then further studied Building Design and Construction here in Australia. Since moving from Brazil to Australia, Alex’s focus has been on project development and drafting, allowing him to further develop exceptional skills in the design and renovation of both residential and commercial projects.

He has a strong ability to anticipate obstacles and present innovative solutions. Each project is unique and presents its own challenges and he believes that this is what makes his job exciting! When not at work, Alex enjoys spending time with his family. He is also a keen Surfer and can be found in the ocean whenever he has some spare time.

Alba Berger | ModnPods

Alba Berger
Interior Designer

Having studied interior design, architecture and sustainability, Alba’s diverse knowledge and skillset are invaluable to her role and impact here at ModnPods. Half Brazilian and half Salvadoran, Alba grew up in El Salvador and speaks Spanish, Portuguese and English fluently.

Most recently Alba lived in Brazil, but left to follow her dream of studying sustainability here in Australia. With a passion for tiny houses, sustainability, bio construction and innovation, Alba truly lives and breathes all things ModnPods.

In her free time she loves getting stuck into a good book, travelling and connecting to nature wherever possible.

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Michael Condliffe

Starting his career as a qualified carpenter, Michael spent the next 16 years in construction, specialising as finishing hand. Following his passion for building and manufacturing, he found himself studying to become an architectural draftsman which he would soon find himself doing for the following 14 years.


With an array of qualifications, an enormous amount of experience and a lot of passion, Michael achieved career highlights including being part of an award-winning Master Builders House of the Year and Kitchen of the Year project in Napier, New Zealand and lead the redesign and project management of the Hill Song auditorium in Scottsdale, Phoenix, USA.


As a Designer / Drafter at ModnPods, Mike combines an excellent sense of design with solid technical abilities, he’s a dedicated problem solver and collaborative team member.


Working in design is a passion for me. The creativity involved in construction and the development of new concepts and details are what drive me every day. It’s the opportunity to transform ideas into tangible structures that fuels my enthusiasm for design.”


Outside of the professional sphere, Michael spends quality time with his family. Additionally, he enjoys unwinding on the golf course, pursuing personal fitness goals at the gym, and exploring new challenges that life offers.

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Matthew Thacker
Production Manager

After an illustrious career spanning 26 years with Australia’s largest Premium luxury Motoryacht builder, one of the biggest achievements Matt holds is leading a team that produced a completed, luxury 47’ Marine craft every three days through the implementation of lean manufacturing practices. As Production Manager at ModnPods, Matt brings this excitement, work ethic and drive for lean manufacturing to our team each and every day.

With an extensive background and a Diploma in Competitive Manufacturing, Matt holds a wealth of knowledge and motivation to manage the manufacture and production of each pod, while overseeing the factory team and keeping a high focus on safety, product quality, efficiency and project delivery.

Matt celebrates the highs and lows of each project, keeping the team environment as a number 1 priority while continuously developing team structure that offers direction to each staff member, and clarity to the lean manufacturing model. Workplace organisation is where he shines, demonstrating improved productivity, house-keeping, safety and in turn, a better work environment as a whole.

Being based on the Gold Coast since 1995, Matt unwinds from the fast paced factory life with his beautiful wife and three children, fishing and camping with friends and family whenever he can.

Guy Martin | ModnPods

Guy Martin
General Manager Developments

With over 25 years of experience in construction management, Guy is skilled in collaborating with industry professionals and creating partnerships to deliver premium products for the housing market.

His management of internal trade teams and external consultants is hugely beneficial to our team and meeting deadlines for our customers. He has a thorough and technical understanding of modern and innovative building materials and their performance best suited to the harsh weather elements throughout Australia.

Guy carries a positive attitude toward achieving ‘operation excellence’ within our organisation and believes sharing success with all team members is a vital reward for hard work and dedication when reaching business milestones. He also sweetens workers with lollies on Fridays before disappearing for the weekend.

Emma Jensen | ModnPods

Emma Jensen
Project Manager

Emma kick-started her career at Mantra (now Accor), where she oversaw fit-outs and projects across an impressive lineup of 130 hotels, including Mantra, Peppers, Art Series, and BreakFree, all over Australia.
Eager to broaden her construction horizons, she then made her way to a commercial builder, where she thrived as a Project Coordinator. There, she successfully wrapped up refurbishment and fit-out projects for the Hospitality and Aged Care sectors.
Now, Emma brings her keen eye for detail and passion for process improvement to our team as our Project Manager. She will be the mastermind behind your project, ensuring everything runs smoothly until the final delivery and installation stages.
Outside of work, Emma’s heart belongs to her adorable Husky, Havana who joins her on all kinds of adventures around the beautiful Gold Coast.

Lisa Rattray | ModnPods

Lisa Rattray
Project Coordinator

Originally from across the ditch in New Zealand, Lisa made Australia her home in 2009 before embarking on a decade-long career in Artist Management, specialising in touring logistics and events with Sony Music Australia.

Her management talents extended to a roster of acts spawning from hit TV series’ X-Factor, Australia’s Got Talent and Australian Idol.

Lisa has recently settled into Gold Coast life where she splits her time between the beach, tennis, hiking and, of course – live music.

Her impeccable skills in logistics and coordination combined with a passion for modular living, make her a perfect addition to the ModnPods family.

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Claire Mccarthy
Accounts Administrator

After working for two decades as a Registered Nurse throughout Ireland, Claire and her family packed up and made the move to the Gold Coast in 2019. With this move, Claire has swapped out the fast paced environment of RN life, to utilise her impeccable attention to detail and now focuses on her Accountancy and HR Management qualifications.

Managing ModnPods day-to-day accounts payable, Claire is at the frontline of communication with our suppliers and maintains valuable relationships with them all, while offering support to our Chief Financial Officer. Claire also plays a large role in the growth of the business with Human Resource Administrative support, processing payroll and generally keeping us all on track.

Claire is quoted to say that her career highlights are ‘saving lives and balancing numbers’, it’s safe to say that Claire is a dedicated and passionate team member, bringing her positive attitude to each and every task.

When Claire isn’t at work, she loves to spend valuable time with her husband and daughter, including taking her to Irish dancing practice and competitions. Of course the family’s other two babies are always a long for the ride, Eywa and Luna (Golden Retrievers).

Larissa Rose | ModnPods | Sustainability Manager

Larissa Rose
Sustainability Manager

Larissa Rose, the Director and Founder of GG Enviro, and a wealth of knowledge in environment, climate change, sustainability, and renewable energy. She is the recipient of multiple awards and is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the environment, as well as the critical roles that adaptation and mitigation play presently and in the future. Larissa excels at setting and achieving goals that align with ModnPods environmentally conscious foundation and business model, while continuously being an incredible mentor to our team in this space.