Key People

Our Key People

Enhancing Value Through Experience

Ronald Perera

PBM Bsc (Bldg Mgt), Grad , Dip ( Bldg Mgt) , Dip ( Strata Mgt ), Dip ( Training), FSIET , CPSM Certified Practising Strata Manager Accredited Member of Strata Communities Association ( SCA) Member of Facilities Managers Australia( FMA)

Managing Director

Ronald has more than 28 years of working experience in the field of Owners Corporation and is well versed in the Owners Corporation legislation. Ronald’s experience, knowledge and passion will ensure your property is in safe hands.

As the 2015 REIV Owners Corporation Manager of the Year, Ronald’s experience has been recognised by his peers.
He has worked for multi-national companies such as Colliers International, Jones Lang La Salle and Kodak in Singapore, as well as some of the largest owners corporation companies in Melbourne.

The experience he has gained from the in-depth involvement and management of a wide and diverse portfolio of large commercial, industrial, residential and service apartment developments in Singapore, Melbourne and New South Wales will be a valuable contribution to the management of your owners corporation.

Ronald is hard working and service orientated and works closely with committees. He is a certified practising strata manager, is a trained community mediator and has accumulated vast experience in people management and conflict resolution.

Notable Achievements

  • – 2015 REIV Owners Corporation Manager of the Year winner.
  • – 2015 finalist for Australian Owners Corporation Manager of the Year.
  • – Founder Strata Communities Owners Association (SCOA)


Notable Achievements

  • – Member of the Strata Communities Australia (VIC) 
  • – Awarded the post nominal of Certified Practising Strata Manager  (CPSM)
  • – He is on the sub-committee of SCA (VIC)

Melinda Cohen


Melinda has over 30 years’ experience in asset management. This includes a strong background in facility management, compliance management, ethical business practices, trust account supervision as well as specialist knowledge in mixed use owners’ corporations and complex strata, community and building management committee schemes.

She is passionate about the strata industry and is a member of owner’s corporations in NSW, South Australia, Queensland and Victoria.

Melinda provides commercial associations with exceptional customer service and the highest level of professionalism and transparency in her operations. Her exposure to the building industry allowed her to develop expertise in project management, an understanding of all aspects of buildings as well as gained a wide range of expertise in building defects and strata improvements.

Melinda holds qualifications in property, project management, building design & construction and is a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Emma Elsworth

Legal Counsel

Emma is a qualified property lawyer and accredited property law specialist of the Law Institute of Victoria. She has practised for the last 2 decades, and has worked in the private and public sphere. Her expertise is in strata and facilities management and associated legal issues in residential and commercial subdivisions is an asset to the company.

Emma understands stratum company arrangements, having acting for private clients buying and selling apartments which are governed by a stratum service company. She has advised clients seeking to convert a stratum subdivision plan to a strata plan of subdivision. Emma understands the conversion process which involves:

  • – Land surveying.
  • – Building compliance requirements triggered by a subdivision.
  • – Dealing with proprietors and their mortgagees/encumbrances of stratum-titled apartments.
  • – Dividing the residual land and allocating accessory parcels to apartment owners and the stamp duty implications, and legal advice.

  • – Planning permit requirements to obtain approval to subdivide the land.
  • – The Corporations Act 20012 (Cth) and the stratum company’s compliance requirements.
  • – Winding down of the stratum service company and creation of an owner’s corporation upon registration of the plan of subdivision.


Earl Perera

Executive Director, Operations

Earl is our Executive Director of Operations. He has been surrounded by owners corporation his entire life and is a valuable asset to the company and the strata communities that he looks after. He has worked for the largest corporates in Australia including Macquarie Bank, the National Australia Bank as well as a major Silicon Valley company. He is tertiary qualified with a bachelor of business (majoring in accounting) and is an associate member of CPA Australia.

Richard Lay

Executive Director Business Development

Richard Lay is our Executive Director, Business Development.He has spent close to a decade working at National Australia Bank in key relationship management roles, responsible for managing large relationship accounts prior to joining Advance Strata Consulting Group.

Richard is responsible for overseeing the Business Development and new project activity at Advance Strata Consulting Group. He is a hands on director and  has experience managing a diverse owners corporation portfolio ranging from blocks of units, apartment blocks, townhouses and factories.

Outside work, he is a keen property investor and has a keen interest in property developments and has an in depth understanding of the property developing process which  greatly compliments our Property Developer clients in offering advice during the development and design stage to help minimize maintenance and running operation costs and to also help prevent oversights in design.

Stephen Yin

Director Of Strategy, Growth & Assurance

Stephen wealth of experience working with some of the largest global multi-national companies and holds a Bachelor of Laws. He leads the companies growth blueprint and strategic direction of the company.

Ricky Cohen

Marketing and Sales Manager

While Ricky is the youngest member of our team, his energetic passion for sales and marketing has been a great addition to Advance Strata Consulting. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing and a certificate in Digital Marketing and many other academic achievements. Notably Ricky has worked in Marketing and Sales in the property industry where he won Best Marketing Campaign over $40,000 at the REIV Awards and previously worked in marketing for UberEATS. He has a keen interest in digital marketing, technology and innovation.