Who we are

We are a passionate team of property professionals with a wealth of experience in business across a multitude of disciplines. And like every business, our aim is to be as successful as we can. We’ve found the best way to do that is to ensure all stakeholders benefit from the experience too. So our focus is on creating property opportunities that make economic and lifestyle sense to everyone involved in journey. Our in-house team has the proven capabilities to take a project from the sale of an existing property, through the planning process right through to the handing over the keys to a new townhome. And at every step along the way, our Bayland directors are ready to assist.


  • Steven Pharr
    Steven PharrManaging Director

    Opportunities are everywhere and it’s the entrepreneurial minded among us that create them. After selling his former IT business to a publically listed company in 2007, Steve saw an opportunity in the property development market and began his journey.

    He learnt all facets of residential property development from industry leaders and started a business with a fresh vision – of fairness, new efficiencies and financial rewards for all stakeholders.

    Steve’s passion helped build a motivated team and together they’ve made Bayland the company it is today. From 1 development in the first year, they’ve grown into one of the largest suburban developers in Victoria. Steve’s primary role now is to ensure that the business remains true to its vision as it grows.

  • Phil Richardson
    Phil RichardsonDevelopment Director

    Phil has been with Bayland from its inception and brings a wealth of experience from a commercial building background. Large-scale projects with tight timelines and building relationships with a mix of stakeholders are both things he has a reputation for excelling at.

    His commitment to detail, effective team/ project management and communication ensure smooth delivery of all Bayland development projects, with the help of his design development team.

  • Francis Galbally
    Francis GalballyNon-Executive Chairman

    Francis Galbally has over 30 years of experience in international business and commercial law. He was a partner in the leading law firm Galbally & O’Bryan during which time he successfully led a number of landmark commercial litigation cases.

    Having been a director and chairman of a number of Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) listed companies. Mr Galbally has first-hand operational experience in growing ‘small cap’ companies.

  • Gerard Zahra
      Gerard Zahra

      Gerard has been part of the Bayland Advisory Team from its inception and brings over 30 years of business, professional accounting, taxation and finance skills and experience to the business.

      He is the principal of an accounting firm based in Melbourne with a number of clients in the property sector.

    • Sarah Dougherty
      Sarah DoughertyChief Financial Officer

      Sarah started with Bayland 18 months ago and her role is to ensure the delivery of the highest standard company accounts functions and payroll services.

      She is also responsible for developing and maintaining accounting principles, practices and procedures. Sarah has been in the Real Estate industry for over 18 years and her commitment to detail ensures a smooth running of this department.

    • Chris Pharr
      Chris PharrSale & Acquistions

      Chris joined Bayland Sales & Acquisition Team in 2014 and brings a wide skill set from several years in the property industry, both in valuations and commercial CBD sales. Having completed a Bachelor of Accounting in 2008 and working within the industry for two years Chris went back to Melbourne University in 2010 to complete a Graduate Diploma in Property Valuations while concurrently being trained as a property valuer at WPB Property Group.


    • Cathy Lombardo
      Cathy LombardoSales & Acquisitions

      Friendly, calm, caring and totally dedicated, Cathy brings over 20 years of real estate experience to Bayland. Her attention to detail, professional attitude and vast experience in residential sales, property marketing, subdivisions, developments, and town planning keep her busy, focused and in demand.


    • Paul Byrnes
      Paul ByrnesSales & Acquisitions

      Joining Bayland in 2015 Paul brings a wealth of marketing and property experience spanning 25 years. His main focus is on the acquisition of development sites in prime established suburbs and the overall sales and marketing for the Bayland group.

      An experienced marketer, Paul understands the need to create a product that will be in high demand for owners and investors alike.


    • Edgar Gottschalk
      Edgar GottschalkPlanning Manager

      With strong technical planning knowledge and a strong work ethic, Edgar is committed to the highest levels of professional and personal excellence. For over 15 years Edgar has been involved in a diverse range of property projects including large mixed use, residential, commercial, education and masterplanned developments.

    • Aleesha Lally
      Aleesha LallyTown Planner

      Aleesha joined Bayland in 2015 and has a Bachelor of Urban Design and Planning from Bond University. She has practiced as a consultant town planner since 2013.

      Since working within the industry, Aleesha has been involved in a broad range of projects across Victoria and continues to work collaboratively with various stakeholders to ensure desired outcomes are achieved in a timely manner.

      Through her studies and industry experience, Aleesha has obtained strong skills in statutory planning, strategic planning and urban design.


    • Lucy White
      Lucy WhiteDevelopment Coordinator

      Lucy has been with Bayland since it started and joined the team as a design draftsperson while in her final year of studying Building Design at Victoria University. Lucy’s experience in design and drafting has given her extensive knowledge of the entire development process from design inception through to completion.

      This background of skills has helped Lucy to move into her current position of Development Coordinator where she is responsible for helping deliver projects of varying size and complexity. As Development Coordinator she is responsible for directing, organising and controlling project development activities.


    Our Difference

    Keeping you updated, even if it’s just to let you know there’s nothing to update you on, is what you can expect. We’ll return your calls and emails, answer your questions and meet milestone deadlines. And we’re not just saying it, we do it. It’s one of the things that sets us apart.