Rhodes has at its helm an executive and advisory board with considerable and proven expertise across numerous sectors and countries. Our boards works closely with an impressive executive team to advise and lead our expanding multi-national operations.


Emanuel Papas

Managing Director

Emanuel is a founding director of Rhodes. He has extensive technical and commercial experience in domestic construction, commercial construction, and project management, as well as financial management. He has over 10 years’ experience establishing and developing key networks with overseas manufacturing partners and is a multi-state registered commercial and domestic builder.


Andrew Avenell

Andrew is a founding director of Rhodes with more than 25 years’ business development and leadership experience in engineering, manufacturing and construction. A remote site building specialist, he has particular expertise in R&D and delivery of fit for purpose social infrastructure and climate change resilient buildings, particularly suited for developing nations. Rhodes is well served by Andrew’s considerable international operational expertise as well as his global procurement and supply chain management skills.


Brenda Tibola

Brenda is a project manager and community relations and engagement manager. She has 15 years’ experience working in the Pacific’s engineering and construction industries, with particular expertise on remote and challenging worksites. Brenda is also a health and women’s rights community educator.

Liz Keane

Liz Keane

Liz has over 20 years’ experience in marketing, strategic planning, sales and general management across diverse sectors including construction, mining and manufacturing. Although now based in Australia, Liz lived and worked in the Pacific for more than 10 years and she continues to provide her expertise to numerous Pacific business operations – multi-nationals, landowner companies, and NGOs.

Linda Van Leeuwen

Linda Van Leeuwen

Dr Linda Van Leeuwen is a marketing professional and capacity building specialist with more than 10 years’ experience living and working in the Pacific. On the board of the PNG Business Coalition for Women and the Pacific Women Gender Advisory Panel, Linda helps the Australia-Pacific business community develop and implement initiatives to improve gender equity.

Executive Team

Our high calibre Executive Team leads a vast network of the industry’s finest professionals across multiple countries. Their collective breadth and depth of experiences, drive and commitment is unparalleled. A core part of our Executive Team are our Country General Managers, who are experts at harnessing and maximising the talent and local knowledge of their workforces, with exceptional capabilities to navigate the business environments of the many countries in which we operate.

Maria DiTonto

GM Australia

Michael Van Beek

GM Finance

Halit Altuntas

GM Papua New Guinea

David Mackenzie

BDM PNG & Pacific

James Remotin

Country Manager Philippines