Meet the team
“While each of us has a very diverse background, cohesively the team works incredibly well together. Each of us brings a different skillset. All of us have families and kids, therefore family is our priority and is one of our pillars that form our values. Essentially, we work in a way that we hope will make our kids proud of us. This means always staying true to our values and doing what is ethically right. This core pillar filters down to the way we operate on a daily basis but also how we plan our long-term vision.”
Gavin, Aaron and Peter
Meet the Directors
Dad had always been involved in property development and l think that is where my passion for construction really evolved from. After completing my studies and traveling for a while, l knew that it was Construction Project Management and Land Development that called me. Prior to starting Thorne Group, we developed St Marks at Sterling Drive and Urban Ridge at Brookfield. The development at Urban Ridge spanned more than 20 years and consists of hundreds of sites, all of which l either oversaw or personally Project Managed. As I grew in the art of Project Management, always thinking ten steps ahead became second nature. It was constantly being approached by others wanting us to manage their builds that led to Thorne Group being established, along with Gavin and my brother-in-law Pete. I am a proud Mount-local where I was born and raised and now live with my wife and two young sons. I am really proud of what we have created at Thorne Group and how our company has evolved over the years. In what little spare time l have l love nothing more than heading out on the water to enjoy some fishing.
Aaron Thorne: Managing Director
I grew up at the Mount and consider myself a true local. I always had a passion for construction and building, even as a kid. After completing an apprenticeship and qualifying in NZ, l headed to London for the traditional OE experience. Working on high-end homes in London created a passion for wanting to go above and beyond in detailing, ensuring the best end result was achieved. Striving for perfection became ingrained. Working with Aaron and Pete over the years led to me becoming part-owner of newly formed Thorne Group building company on returning to the BOP. I believe it is key to look at job from both a macro and a micro perspective, ultimately creating the finish the client is wanting to achieve. My passion is to find solutions to challenging details. l love nothing better to figuring out a problem and coming up with an amazing result that creates the ultimate ‘wow’ factor. I live at the Mount with my wife Karlie and two kids. My other huge passion is fishing, fishing and more fishing.
Gavin Morrow: Construction Director
After university, I started my career in Fund Management. Working in Sydney, then moving to London to work for one of the world’s largest investment management companies. Working within the global financial markets gave me a very good understanding of the many facets of business. When Lisa became pregnant with our first child we decided to move back to the Mount. It took a while for the Mount to feel like home, it was a big change from Sydney and London! Near on two decades down the track l can honestly say there is nowhere else l would rather live.
In 2007 we started Thorne Group with Gavin and my brother-in-law Aaron. I’m proud of the business we have created and above all, am extremely proud of the ethical way we do business. While a portion of my time is now spent overseeing PRAGA Holdings (the capital arm of Thorne Group) I continue to have an active role in finance, governance, and strategy. I am passionate about the outdoors (particularly skiing, hiking, and water activities with family) and my wish is to find a bit more balance in life to enjoy these.