Who We Are

Denwol is a Sydney-based diversified property group owned and controlled by Phillip Wolanski AM.

For over 40 years, the Group has brought a strong blend of market knowledge, progressive thought and originality to Denwol’s established record of success.

Denwol is focused on four separate activities – Commercial Property Investment, Property Development, Property Trading and Hospitality Development and Investment.

Property Investment

Denwol invests principally in commercial property. The Group’s investment portfolio includes hotels, residential, retail, industrial properties and third party signage.

Asset & Property Management

The Group’s Asset Management team oversees and enacts capital transactions, funding, development and capital expenditure for the Group and Joint Ventures. This includes property management on a day-to-day basis of all our properties.

Property Development

Denwol is an active developer of residential, commercial, industrial, retail and hotel properties. This includes demonstrated capabilities in the innovative redevelopment of investment properties through the Group’s experience in securing re-zonings, development applications, re-engineering of existing buildings, changed tenancy mixes, subdivisions and strata subdivisions.

Hotel Development and Investment

Denwol invests in, develops and asset manages hotel assets. The group has successfully developed 4 hotels.

Key People

Phillip Wolanski AM
Managing Director

Phillip Wolanski has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.

Phillip began employment with Denwol Group in 1978 and soon became responsible for property management and property development within the family group. He was appointed a Director in 1979 and later took over the day to day responsibilities of running the company. In 1993 he became Chairman and Managing Director of the group.

Phillip has over 30 years’ experience in many facets of the property industry ranging from residential development to development of City office buildings which have been held by the group as investments to unit refurbishments.

Phillip has dealt extensively with government at both state and local level.

Harold Kopelowitz
Chief Operating Officer

Harold Kopelowitz graduated with a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 1986. After having been admitted as a chartered accountant, Harold worked as a manager with Ernst & Young in Johannesburg.

Harold joined the group in 1991 and was initially responsible for the financial control and development finance functions within the group including systems implementation and accounting management. In 1992 his role widened to include management of the group’s investment properties and an overseeing role in the group’s development activities. In 1996 Harold took over responsibility for the group’s developments.

Craig Blackstone
General Manager Developments

Craig Blackstone is an architectural graduate of the University of Witwatersrand with a post graduate degree in Property Development and Management.

Craig has over 20 years’ experience in the building industry and has completed and successfully managed numerous residential, hospitality, mixed use and commercial developments.

Craig joined the group in 2009 and is responsible for development of the group’s hospitality’s and residential assets. Craig was also awarded a number of bursaries including for the researching of a PHD in Sustainable Building Principles, which is ongoing.

John Hawkins
NATIONAL Development Manager

John Hawkins is a Certified Practising Valuer, Registered Public Valuer and Licensed Real Estate agent as well as an Associate of the Australian Property Institute.

John has more than 40 years ‘hands – on’ involvement in real estate development and property dealing with specific skills in the areas of:

Site identification and valuation.
Authorities navigation (including legal challenges)
Sales and marketing co-ordination.

John has wide recent experience in the metropolitan areas of Sydney, Melbourne and South East Queensland. John has considerable expertise in the acquisition, management and disposal of both investment and development properties.

George Favotto
General Manager Finance

George Favotto graduated from the University of Western Sydney with a Bachelor of Business Degree, Accounting Major in 1987. After completing his traineeship with Deloitte Ross Tohmatsu, George was admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant in 1990.

George joined the Denwol Group in 2005 to assume responsibility for the financial operations of the group. His responsibility comprises financial reporting, including the group’s many joint venture partners, property feasibility analysis and working closely with financiers.

George has over 20 years experience in property development and property management including listing a company on the Australian Stock Exchange.