Coffee & Chit Chat: Daniel Zammit, General Manager at Camillo

The foundation that keeps every Camillo build standing proud is not just the raw materialthat binds it together, it’s the steady hands who are responsible for delivering a smooth project. It’s every single touch point: from labourers to the decision makers, working handin- hand, collaboratively, consistently.

Without the talent, expertise, and knowledge of our team, we wouldn’t be the respected building company we are today; known for exceptional results, every time.

Let’s get to know the people behind the builds.

Share a coffee with…

Daniel Zammit, General Manager

Daniel has been with Camillo from the start. Bringing 25 years of industry experience to his role as General Manager, he has managed residential, commercial, and complex heritage and fit out projects.

Daniel actively oversees Camillo and its projects across all stages, from conception to completion. Driving a culture of safety, quality, and excellence, he leads his team through every Camillo project and ensures our clients expectations are being met, and then some.

Camillo: First up – what are you sipping on?
Daniel: Normally it would be a cappuccino but at the moment I’m only drinking black coffee (trying to lose a couple of Christmas kilos).

Camillo: Tell us a bit about how you got your start in the industry.
Daniel: When I left school, I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I spent a bit of time travelling the world. At that time, I think I wanted to be a physiotherapist. In hindsight I am so glad I didn’t go down that path. When I got back home, I took a job at the NSW Public Works office and got my first experience of construction. I worked with Project Managers who were looking after huge casino projects and managing large government properties. I just loved going to sites and seeing the dynamic nature of construction – new things happening every day, seeing tangible results from the work being done. It was very exciting. From there, I enrolled into uni and ended up with a Bachelor of Building degree while I worked part time in various roles such as Estimator, Contract Administration and Project management. Then I worked my way from there.

Camillo: What’s one thing that surprised you about your role?
Daniel: How much there is to learn, and how nimble you have to be to evolve with the changing times and challenges that come with the world and the industry at the moment. It’s fair to say that the industry is currently seeing its most challenging times it has seen in a long while.

Camillo: What’s one thing you wish people knew about what you do?
Daniel: That I love getting into the detail of projects – so as the General Manager, I do like to understand the projects in fine detail, so I can support my project teams to the best of my ability, as well as making sure we are delivering on the client’s expectations.

Camillo: Name the most interesting project you’ve completed to date.
Daniel: If I had to pick one project that was most interesting and challenging, it would have to be The London in Port Melbourne, which had one of the most complicated and ambitious basement constructions in Melbourne at the time. Engineering it was extremely complicated any missteps would have consequences. All our consultant teams and peers were advising us that we were crazy for taking the project on, however, we left no stone unturned and after many sleepless nights – we succeeded in proving everyone wrong.

The London, Port Melbourne.

What are you most proud of in your career so far?
Daniel: Starting Camillo as a new business from scratch. This means, 1) being able to experience the business’ growth firsthand, 2) the development of new teams and subcontractors, and the relationships with other stakeholders and peers, 3) seeing us becoming a respected player in the market.

Camillo: After talking shop – what’s your idea of a perfect Melbourne weekend?
Daniel: My perfect weekend would include being outdoors and active, whether it be on the coast, surfing, fishing or in the mountains camping or hiking.

Camillo: Final question – can you share your favourite hidden spot in Melbourne?
Daniel: I’m a resident of the inner western suburbs and I love the diversity that Footscray has to offer. While it’s not exactly hidden, there are so many cool little bars and restaurants within the Footscray/Yarraville area that I think are unknown to a lot of people because they don’t venture out west. I would say, just spend a couple of hours or day exploring this part of town and you’ll discover some gems.


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