The Team

Our fabulous people are the reason for our ongoing growth and success. We'd love you to meet the Hearty Homes team, who are all committed to bringing your new Ballarat home to life.

Our Management Team

Kevin Cropped



As Director of Hearty Homes, Kevin began the company in 2012 and oversees the running of the business, working with his employees to ensure processes are constantly improving and we are evolving and growing to suit our client needs.

Kevin is Ballarat born & bred, working as a bricklayer with his father before commencing his own bricklaying business. This progressed to land and townhouse development prior to Hearty Homes. Kevin’s ambition is to do the best he can in life and not look back with regrets.

Cindy Cropped


Directors Assistant

Cindy is the other half of Hearty Homes. In 2021 her role evolved to looking after marketing and community grants & donations, and continues with human resources and accounts responsibilities. She completed a tourism/business degree at university and has worked on project management and marketing in other fields. She loves where she lives, close to everything needed for her family. Cindy & Kevin have travelled a lot with their three children and will continue to see unique parts of the world and Australia. It’s rare that she has time to herself but loves a movie and going to the gym.

George Cropped


Constructions Manager

George has worked on projects with Kevin for many years including his own home. His commenced his new role as Construction Manager in July 2021 after being a Supervisor with Hearty Homes since 2015. He is responsible in overseeing our on-site supervisors and the construction of our home builds from start to finish.

As a valued team member and respected by clients and the industry George is very thorough and always thinking of a better way to do things. His motto is quality with a capital Q. He enjoys the tranquility of living just out of town with his wife and two sons. Camping on the river, four wheel driving, bbq’s, bonfires and visiting family in Romania are his favourite pastimes.

Our Sales Team



New Home Sales

With Ben’s sixteen-plus years of experience in the building industry, it is welcoming to know that he will assist clients with the building steps to begin their new home journey.

He is keen to help clients design home that best suits their needs and witness progress from start to finish. We are pleased to have Ben joining us in 2022 as part of the Hearty Homes team.  He enjoys playing golf, basketball with his son, and barracking for Essendon. What makes him tick is thinking outside the square and finding solutions to a problem.  Come in and meet Ben at our display homes and find out how he can get your new home underway with our great range of house plans and designs.

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New Home Sales

Moving to Ballarat from Ballan when she was younger, Julie considers herself one of the locals. She started her career in the Melbourne real estate industry and then thanks to her love of travel became a flight attendant to not only work but also see more of the world. Julie's role with Hearty Homes will be to assist clients on their path to building their new homes and ensuring they achieve a result that will give them joy for many years.

Away from work, she enjoys shopping, baking, North Melbourne, and watching Friends on TV.  She does get annoyed with traffic, but overall genuinely loves helping people whenever she can.  You will find Julie at our display homes so come in, meet her and chat about building your dream home.

Our Office Team

Lesanne Cropped


Client Consultant

Lesanne’s role as Client Consultant since February 2019 is to assist our clients with choosing everything exterior and interior for their new home.

With the experience of building and renovating six homes she is now fulfilling her passion in the building industry, following many roles in different industry sectors and a qualification in interior design. She has enjoyed the fun of family holidays seeing Australia and now has the overseas travel bug, especially cruising. She loves spending precious time with her husband, children, grand-daughters and friends.



Finance & Administration Officer

Karen has lived in Ballarat for four years and loves the people, the lake, restaurants and even the weather!  She has joined the Hearty Homes team in March 2021 as our finance & administration officer and we welcome the knowledge and experience she brings. Born in New Zealand and growing up on a farm, she loved working alongside her father training harness racing horses. 

Having worked for an international airline she has been fortunate to have travelled across the world, with her favourite spots apart from Australia and New Zealand being Europe.  She loves new adventures, supporting the Geelong Cats along with her son who was born in Geelong, and any type of cuisine as long as she doesn’t have to cook it.




We welcome Bailey to our team in 2022 as part of the administration team.  He will assist with tasks throughout our clients building process as well as greet you when you come into our office and showroom.  He has experience in retail and hospitality since graduating from high school and is keen to learn within the building industry.

His interests include pop culture collectables, gaming with mates, watching movies and playing with his labrador Miley.  He’s not a fan of slow drivers, and food tends to keep him ticking, so let Bailey help you as best he can when he can.

Phil Cropped



Phil is a great addition to our estimating department and will play a major part for our team in further developing our systems and BOQ’s. Born in Ararat he now lives as a local in Ballarat and loves his home. With many years working in building supplies, followed by an estimating role for the last six years after receiving relevant construction qualifications.

Away from work he enjoys relaxing with his wife, two daughters and pet staffi, as well as watching all sorts of sport, barracking for Essendon and KFC. Phil has enjoyed numerous trips to Queensland and one big trip to the USA.

Amanda Cropped



As our Estimator it’s always a busy day for Amanda. Her role since August 2016 entails creating bill of quantities, estimating material and labour requirements and placing orders for each build.

She has a wealth of experience in trade hardware and brings all that knowledge into her job. Weekends are best when she can head out for breakfast with friends to any of the great places Ballarat has to offer or heading off to concerts and V8 car racing. Planning lots of holidays, she is looking forward to going on a cruise with her two sons.




Nicole has been part of our Drafting team since early 2018, liaising with clients and our sales team to create new home designs.  She has completed an Advanced Diploma of Building Design and desires to do further education in architecture and interior design in the future

Embracing defense family life, she often works remotely as they move around Australia. Nicole & her partner have two dogs, a golden retriever & labrador, who make for very cuddly office colleagues.  Nicole loves binge-watching the latest Netflix hit, taking their dogs to the beach, and exploring new destinations.




Paul comes to us in 2021 with vast experience and knowledge in the truss and frame industry and will slot in nicely with our drafting team.  Born in Hamilton he has now lived in Ballarat for over 20 years. 

His qualifications include Diplomas in Business, and Management, Associate Diploma in Building Construction & Design, and currently studying an Advanced Diploma in Architectural Drafting.  Away from work he enjoys running, gym, sports, family time, his pet dogs, and travelling Australia. His favorite things are seafood, anything with a Ford badge, basketball and barracking for St Kilda.  Friends and family make him tick

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Will joined Hearty Homes in March 2023 to assist our drafting team in design work and completion of construction plans.  He is studying an Advanced Diploma of Building Design while working part-time for us. Born, bred, and educated in Ballarat he enjoys camping with mates, watching footy on TV, playing basketball, and spending time with family and friends. 

An interesting family trip he had recently was visiting as many pubs as they could while driving to Canberra and Sydney.  Like the rest of us, Will gets a little annoyed with the constant roadworks around town but can only look forward to the outcomes.  We are sure Will’s participation with our team will reflect and contribute to our Hearty Homes values.

Our On-Site Team

Cal Cropped



We are happy to have Cal join us at Hearty Homes with a background in carpentry and construction site supervising. His experience and knowledge is a a great benefit to our team. Born in Scotland and moving to Ballarat at the age of 16 he has now made this regional town his home.  His hobbies include gym/fitness, cinema, reading and golf, and he’s also an Essendon supporter. 

His love of travel has taken him to Europe including the UK and Scandinavia, the US and Indonesia, and in 2018 he enjoyed travelling with his wife for six months. Keep a look out for Cal as he takes on his role as site supervisor, possibly on your next home.




We welcomed Jarrod to our site supervisor’s team in October 2023. As a local he has a 15 year background working in the building industry and as a carpenter in the Ballarat region.

Spending time outdoors with his young family is a must as well as enjoying his interest in music, local metal bands, following Essendon, and watching all types of motorsports. Jarrod is here to assist you with his knowledge and skills and ensure we provide you with an enjoyable experience as we build your future home.