Neil Sunners
Neil SunnersDirector and Managing Director
It’s rare to find a company Director with such a passionate, hands-on approach to running a construction business, but Neil Sunners is no ordinary Director and Sunbuild is far from being a typical construction company.

As Founder of Sunbuild, Neil has used his extensive experience in building to develop an impressive business that has become the frontrunner among Darwin construction companies. Driving its success is the ethos that has seen Sunbuild collect 35 major Master Builder Awards.

‘Building with Pride’ is the core value that Neil has successfully applied to all levels of the business. Determined to create an industry leader that prides itself on a holistic approach, Neil Sunners has helped Sunbuild evolve into a company that not only conceptualises, designs and constructs, but also owns the equipment and materials that ensure timely delivery and cost efficiency.

With 40 years construction experience and 30 years in the Northern Territory, Neil is a highly respected businessman and member of the community. He’s certainly earned the respect of Sunbuild’s many clients, delivering solutions in the key private, corporate, education and Government sectors and maintaining the company’s impressive track record of return business.

At an executive level, Neil doesn’t mind rolling up his sleeves and personally managing key divisions of Sunbuild, overseeing the business’ major plant, precast factory and formwork divisions. His passion for Sunbuild and its impressive achievements motivates staff and clients alike.

Having founded the company and playing a crucial role in its incredible growth, you can be sure Neil Sunners’ hands-on approach will further contribute to more rapid expansion in the future as Sunbuild seeks to deliver increasingly ambitious constructions.

Desley Sunners
Desley SunnersDirector and Financial Controller
Sunbuild’s incredible evolution over the past three decades wouldn’t have been possible without the astute financial management and organisational abilities of founder, Desley Sunners.

Drawing on the company’s holistic approach and mantra of ‘Build with Pride’, Desley has applied the same ethos to the company’s finances and operations.

From her roles in the bank industry Director and Financial Controller of a leader among Darwin construction companies, Desley now has over 40 years experience.

Her leadership and skill in the day-to-day management of the company sets the foundation for Sunbuild’s continued expansion.

Lindsay Sunners
Lindsay SunnersPlant Manager and Site Supervisor
As Sunbuild’s Plant Manager Lindsay is responsible for all aspects of Sunbuild’s extensive plant including; tower cranes, man and material hoists, forklifts, concrete pump and Sunbuild’s fleet of vehicles.

With over 20 years construction experience, Lindsay oversees the erection and dismantling of equipment on site, all maintenance and repairs and the purchase of new equipment. Lindsay is also the lead on key Sunbuild projects including renovations, civil works and extensions.

One of Lindsay’s key attributes is dealing with the sub-contractors on a day-to-day basis and liaising with clients and superintendents. He possesses the necessary skills to oversee administrative duties such as daily diaries, safety reports, invoice approval and quality assurance administration.

Lindsay’s qualifications and training include:

  • Certificate IV – Building and Construction
  • Contract Management Fundamentals
  • Self Erecting Tower Crane
  • Hoist – Man and Material
  • First Aid and CPR
  • OHS for Supervisors and Managers
  • HIRAC
  • Fire Warden
  • Issue Work Permits
  • Conduct Hazard Analysis
  • Heavy Rigid, Tower Crane, Hoists, Forklift, Scissor Lift
  • Advanced Rigging
  • Self-Erecting Tower Crane
  • Working at Heights
  • Construction Industry White Card
Stephen Cousins
Stephen CousinsHSEQ Manager
Stephen is an experienced and highly qualified Senior Manager specialising in Occupational and Environmental Health & Safety, Quality and Enterprise Risk Management.

Stephen has over 20 years experience working on complex construction, demolition, mining, civil and infrastructure sites including oil and gas, petrol and chemical.

In his role as HSEQ Manager for Sunbuild, his responsibilities are to manage health, safety, environment, quality and training to ensure accreditation with the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner (OFSC) and AS/NZS 4801: 2004 and ISO 45001: 2018.

Stephens qualifications and training include:

• Associated Diploma in OHS
• Certificate IV in Workplace Health and Safety
• Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
• Lead Auditor HSE Management Systems
• National OH&S Level 3 – Certification in OH&S Management Responsibilities
• Construction Industry White Card
• First Aid and CPR

Rob Thompson
Rob ThompsonProject Manager
With qualifications as a Carpenter & Joiner and holding a Builder’s License, Rob Thompson is a perfect example of Sunbuild’s approach to developing outstanding executive talent.

Hands-on, meticulous and taking great pride in each construction, Rob has risen from his initial role as Site Foreman to become one of Sunbuild’s—and the Territory’s—finest Project Managers.

Rob’s 30 years experience provides an edge as he oversees incredibly complex projects requiring impeccable product knowledge, a deep understanding of the Darwin region and an ability to drive teams to reach milestones.

Instrumental in the delivery of Sunbuild’s major projects like the Darwin Abattoir, Charles Darwin University Nurses Accommodation Units and the refurbishment of 9 Cavenagh Street, Rob has the experience and skills to plan and deliver large-scale constructions.

Rob’s skills in client liaison, subcontract procurement, programming of works and managing site supervisors makes him one of Sunbuild’s finest.

Joe Martin
Joe MartinProject Manager
Joe Martin commenced his construction career as an apprentice Carpenter Joiner with Sunbuild. Now a Project Manager, Joe has a unique ability to understand documents, work to a schedule/program and maintain strong rapport with subcontractors, labours and clients.

Joe’s qualifications and training include:

• Certificate III – Construction
• Forklift
• Working at Heights
• First Aid and CPR
• Warden Training
• OHS for Managers
• Issue Work Permits
• Conduct Hazard Analysis
• HIRAC
• Construction Industry White Card

John Gergelifi
John GergelifiProject Manager
John is a highly skilled and dedicated professional with over 35 years experience in both the technical and management aspects of the building industry.

John has worked on a number of iconic projects including Laing O’Rourke’s flagship 100 Mount St Project in North Sydney and Hyatt Capital Gate, ‘The World’s Most Leaning Tower’ in Abu Dhabi UAE in a Project Director and Senior Project Manager capacity.

With a proven track record in leading specialist teams John has always strived to satisfy clients expectations. He has successfully programmed projects to meet extremely tight deadlines while innovating to find solutions to unforeseen problems.

John brings to Sunbuild a determined attention to detail and quality to drive the delivery of outstanding results. Being a team player and foremost a team leader, he has managed projects to an exceptionally high standard of OH &S and workers welfare.

John’s qualifications and training include:

  • Carpenter and Joiner Trade Certificate
  • Project Management
  • Advanced Diploma in Building and Construction Management
  • Construction Industry White Card