OUR LIGHTING EXPERTS

Matt Hicks

Founder

Matt founded Light Project in 2008, and has since built a solid foundation as a leading supplier of lighting technology and control. He has a passion for lighting and technology and an appreciation for great architecture and design. Matt's approachable, knowledgeable and down-to-earth personality has seen Light Project grow into an award-winning lighting supply specialist, servicing the design and construction industries of Australia and beyond.

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Simonne Bailey

Chief Executive Officer

Simonne has over 20 years’ experience in the property sector. She is recognised as a thought leader and futurist with a passion for socially sustainable and commercially successful outcomes across communities. Simonne has a track record is using design-led principles through the lifecycle of an asset whilst implementing innovative large-scale placemaking and building solutions, demonstrated across a variety of sectors including commercial, multi-use, education, social and affordable residential developments.

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Robert Kilenny

Sales and Marketing Director

Robert has a wealth of experience and a proven track record in the lighting industry as an innovator and recognised industry leader. His ability to grow businesses, coupled with his specialization in design, supply and local manufacturing brings valuable insights and fresh perspective to the Light Project team. Robert is a charismatic leader who guides with respect, honesty, and genuine passion for education and training.

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Simone Hicks

Chief Operating Officer

Simone brings legal and business acumen to her role ensuring a solid governance structure underpins the high performance of her team. In her role as Chief Operating Officer she oversees the end to end operations of the business and is always looking for new ways to improve and accelerate its growth. Simone encourages a team-based environment to support Light Project’s growth and the ongoing operational excellence demanded and relied upon by our customers.

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Ian Harrop

Director | NZ

Ian has extensive experience in supplying customer focused lighting solutions spanning 20 years, and now head of Light Project New Zealand's offering. Formerly working in design roles in the Middle East with a background in Interior Architecture & Design, Ian has held various senior sales roles promoting some of the biggest brands in lighting. He brings to Light Project his valuable knowledge and experience to the New Zealand market nationally. Focused on developing established relationships with key clients using creative solutions and best practice, Ian enjoys the detailed design process, using light to enhance architecture.

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Tom Curtis

General Manager

Tom has been a valued member of the Light Project family for over 10 years. As part of our original sales team, Tom has an inherent understanding of Light Project’s history, the value of our relationships and the knowledge and experience we proudly represent. Tom’s former experience as a practicing Architect is fundamental to his collaborative approach to supplying lighting solutions. He has an understanding of space and design and a love for lighting that combined help realise the best lighting outcomes. Tom naturally brings passion and enthusiasm to everything he does - always available to share his time and experience to collaborate with the team, clients and stakeholders.

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Stefan Isherwood

Design Manager

Steven's journey as a lighting designer began in theatre, captivating audiences through the play of light and shadow. Venturing into architecture, he gained recognition for his contributions to prestigious projects worldwide. With over a decade of experience, Steven consistently delivers exceptional lighting designs, distinguishing himself in the industry. His pragmatic approach ensures stunning outcomes for clients by transforming their visions into reality. Steven's extensive experience and innate understanding of light and space allow him to create impactful designs. As the head of our Design Team, he brings a wealth of talent, expertise, and dedication, consistently exceeding expectations and providing exceptional lighting experiences.

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Mertkan Gülcü

Technical Consultant

Mertkan is a key member of our team bringing a unique blend of architectural acumen and lighting design expertise. Following his Architecture studies in Turkey, he pursued his interest in design and the perception of space to study master's studies at the Politecnico di Milano Lighting Design and LED Technologies. He has since collaborated on projects across Europe, the Middle East, and now Australia, working seamlessly to integrate innovative lighting solutions into architectural spaces that create an environment are not only aesthetically pleasing but also functionally efficient.

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Robert Cavalieri

Technical Consultant

Robert is a passionate lighting consultant who embarked on a career in the lighting industry after completing an electrical apprenticeship. He since delved into manufacturing high-end lighting solutions, drawing inspiration from his background in photography. Robert prioritizes quality over quantity crafting tailored lighting solutions to diverse client needs, ensuring each solution delivered with precision and creativity.

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Emily Stuart-Jones

Technical Consultant

Emily began her career in lighting with a focus on Project Coordination and Lighting Consultation. Over the years her expertise in end to end commercial lighting supply has shaped her into a problem solver, blending practical, technical and creative solutions seamlessly. Emily’s journey in lighting is anchored in a foundation of design, holding a Bachelor of Design Honors in Interior Architecture. This academic background provides her with a deep insight into the built environment and experiential interior design, and she is passionate about collaborating with experts to innovate and merge construction with design.

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Ajab Gandhi

Project Coordinator

Ajab brings a vast and diverse background of experience in Customer Service, CRM and Project Management. She is a self-starter and quick learner, who always goes the extra mile and does whatever it takes to get the job done efficiently and in a safe manner. Ajab amiable nature and ability to collaborate with both internal and external stakeholders whilst always putting the client’s needs first sees her managing and driving any project towards success with ease.

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Damon Andersen

Project Coordinator

Damon is a seasoned Project Coordinator with over 20 years of customer service experience. His customer service has been primarily in the wholesale industry, where he honed his skills as a project estimator and later transitioned his skill to the lighting industry, excelling as both a lighting estimator and project coordinator. Damon’s deep understanding of customer needs coupled with his proficiency in project coordination have been instrumental in consistently delivering quality and efficient results.

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Cecilia Xu

Accountant

Cecilia manages Light Project's accounting function and reporting. Cecilia is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and has substantial experience in payroll, accounts payable and receivable functions in both large corporate and small business. She is relied upon by the entire Light Project team - diligent, attentive to detail and always responsive - she is a team player able to surpass performance goals, whilst effectively explaining complex information to our team in a comprehensible manner.

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Rebecca Dolan

Supply Chain Coordinator

Rebecca has over 15 years’ experience working within the construction and manufacturing sectors where she has gained a comprehensive understanding of finance, credit management, operations and procurement. In her role she oversee all inventory-related activities and her primary focus revolves around supporting supply chain operations. She actively engages in communication with suppliers and freight forwarders while managing all inbound and outbound processes. Rebecca’s pivotal role ensures the seamless flow of products through the Light Project supply chain, ensuring they reach the end customer without disruptions.

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Adem Kara

Warehouse Coordinator

Adem is pivotal in managing the warehouse and logistics with exceptional precision. His calm, methodical approach and meticulous attention to detail ensures that every product dispatched meets the highest quality standards. Adem has excelled in streamlining operations, implementing efficient processes for consolidating and scheduling deliveries. His diligent approach ensures that customer programs and priorities are met seamlessly, offering a hassle-free experience for Light Project’s valued customers.

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