Brendan Crotty
Former Managing Director of Australand

I am pleased to provide testamentary support for Matthew Joyce based on my commercial and personal relationship with Matthew since 1997. I was Managing Director of the Australand Property Group and its predecessor organisations for a period of 17 years, until I retired in mid 2007 and now hold several private and public sector non-executive directorships.

Matthew was initially the General Manager of Australand’s Land Development operations in Perth and subsequently became Executive General Manager of the company’s Land Development Division in early 2000 and held that position until he resigned to pursue what he perceived to be a better career opportunity elsewhere.

I held a high opinion of Matthew as an executive and as a person to the extent that I acted as a referee for Matthew when the opportunity arose for him to take a senior role with Nakheel Corporation in Dubai. Matthew is a very competent executive with high personal standards and a very well developed sense of morality and ethics.

I shall always be happy to provide further testimony regarding Matthew if requested.

Brendan Crotty

Peter Dransfield
Company Director and Property Consultant
Former Multiplex non Executive Director

I had the pleasure of working with Matthew for four years at Australand – where we were both Executive General Managers of our respective Divisions. Matthew was always capable, talented and hardworking and had a very good understanding of the markets in which he operated. He generated a high degree of loyalty from those who worked both for him and with him and many of us considered that he was a candidate for the position of CEO at a later time. He led his division into some very good projects and made significant gains in winning work from Government agencies.

When Matthew left Australand and joined St Hilliers, I worked with him again as a Non Executive member of several fund investment committees where Matthew showed a high degree of motivation to successfully establish the funds management activities of St Hilliers. In addition Matthew was helpful to me in linking up the Multiplex people in Dubai with projects that suited their skill base.

I do hope that Matthew is able to win his legal fight in Dubai and come back to Australia with his name and reputation restored to the position it was in prior to his overseas career.

Peter Dransfield

Karl Fender
Director Fender Katsalidis Mirams Architects
President Australian Institute of Architects, Victorian Chapter

Mathew has played senior and pivotal roles for major development companies throughout Australia and around the world. It has certainly been a privilege and a pleasure working with him towards great architectural and urban design outcomes. He leads by example and has that rare ability to command deep respect from peers at all levels of a corporate environment. Three particular experiences working with him come to mind…

The first was while Matthew worked at Australand. He managed a competition for a major project of urban renewal in Sydney called Second Ponds Creek. He implored the consultant group to focus on triple bottom line outcomes with particular emphasis on community and sustainability. This approach was embraced by the team and viewed favourably by the Government. The project was awarded to the team based on a strong platform created by Matthew from the outset. His focussed leadership and high commercial principles provided rare exemplar to the team.

Later Matthew invited us to Dubai to undertake a peer review of the new city plan for Nakheel at Dubai Waterfront. Interestingly, his challenge was not to import foreign design strategies on the Dubai landscape but to embrace local and traditional planning techniques and adopt these in the new master plan. He suggested we read about history and culture of Dubai before designing for it and avoid imposing Western ideology upon an ancient land and an ancient people. He was obviously deeply committed to respecting the local culture and it`s environmental expectations. His personal respect for the local community was obvious.

Matthew championed the notion of walkable neighbourhoods. He challenged the dominance of car dependent culture endemic in the developed and developing world. He supported our call to adopt these principles in a residential masterplan at Dubai waterfront in the face of sometimes callous commercial imperatives. The strategy proved highly successful with the project selling out in four days. This was one of the most locally appropriate and successful projects launched in Dubai.

Matthew’s quiet, determined and passionate respect for culture and environment is infectious. His ability to effect change by empowering others with high values is an outstanding attribute. I wish him well in his path to recovery in Dubai and look forward to seeing him retain his position as a highly respected professional and individual.

Karl Fender
www.fkmarchitects.com

Dunstan De Souza
Managing Partner Colin Biggers & Paisley

I first met Matthew about ten years ago when I was a solicitor doing work for Australand and Matt came across to Sydney as the NSW General Manager for residential development. Over the years I have gotten to know Matthew through extensive and varied dealings from acquiring and developing property to doing some personal legal work for him and also having the opportunity to spend time with Matthew and his family socially.

Matthew's word has always been his bond. He has been honest and consistent in his behaviour. In my extensive dealings with Matthew, his integrity is not something that I would ever place any doubt upon.

Matthew is a loving husband and father and a great asset to his family. He is also a loyal, trusting and trusted friend.

Dunstan De Souza
www.cbp.com.au

Mike Day
Founding Partner Roberts Day

Matthew Joyce is an exceptional leader in our industry in Australia who has established an enviable reputation through promoting the highest community ideals and business integrity. Matthew has been a passionate champion of contemporary community development and has pioneered many property industry innovations in Australia and Dubai.

The fact that Matthew was approached by Egon Zehnder, on behalf of the Dubai Government’s premier property development entity, Nakheel, to assume the role of Managing Director of the emirate’s signature 12,000 hectare Waterfront City project attests to Matt’s standing within the international urban development fraternity. During the three years Matthew held the role at Nakheel he gained considerable respect from the Emirati community for what he publicly acknowledged as the privileged position he held in laying the foundation for future communities to evolve and to reflect and respect the local Arab culture, rather than simply creating real estate.

Matthew was often asked to assume additional responsibilities for the Chairman of Dubai World, including representing Nakheel internationally on a number of the Company’s global property portfolio responsibilities and in mid 2008 received a personal commendation from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for the ethos, erudition and financial success Matthew brought to Waterfront City and Nakheel.

Mike Day
www.robertsday.com.au

David Lawrence
Former Company Executive Australand and Nakheel

I have known Matthew Joyce for a period of 14 years. During this period he has been my line manager both in Australia and the UAE. Matthew had the attributes as a leader and was highly respected by corporate Australia for his ability and skills in all facets of property development. As I am aware he was also highly respected in the UAE in his capacity as Managing Director, Waterfront, a subsidiary company of Nakheel.

As a colleague and as my line manager I have always found Matthew to be diligent, honest, loyal and above all he had the necessary people skills as well as people management skills to command the post and mandate of Managing Director.

I have always found Matthew to be personable and caring from a business and personal point of view. I consider him to be an excellent corporate and civil citizen, in my humble opinion, Matthew is an outstanding husband and father, highly respected in corporate life and would not jeopardise his family and reputation in acting inappropriately.

David Lawrence

Geoff Roberts
Director Manidis Roberts

I had the privilege of working with Matthew over a number of years until he decided to go to UAE. I am a person who works on large land development and infrastructure projects, particularly in there planning phases. I worked with Matthew on more than 10 of these such projects. In most of these cases my contribution was to bring the sustainability overlay to the project with Matt playing the project director role.

It was in this area that Matthew really excelled and to this day is unquestionably one of the best clients I have ever had in a career spanning 30 years. Matthew’s drive a culture of innovation and industry best practice and was a pioneer in Sydney in water conservation, urban design and broader sustainability outcomes. The one particular project that stands out for me is the Landcom Second Ponds Creek project where, as a team led by Matthew, we really did produce internationally significant outcomes. This project was significant not just because of the outcomes we achieved as a team but because this was an incubator project in the true sense of the word. The ideas that were developed on this project have been further refined by the project team on a number of other large land development projects since this time.

Matthew is all about teams achieving great outcomes, he has a personal style of setting outcomes and letting his advisors determine the best way of achieving these. He is a motivator with a trusting personality and a commitment to excellence.

I wish him well.
Geoff Roberts
www.manidisroberts.com.au

Marcus Gillezeau
Producer/Director Firelight Productions

My wife Ellenor and I first met Matt through Ange Higgins in 1999. We were producing a documentary for Channel 7 about a tall ship that was located in Perth. Ange was always very generous, providing us with a place to stay, loans of her car and great meals. They moved to Sydney not long after this.

We got to know Matt better once they arrived in Sydney. We would often enjoy barbeques and long dinners through summer and in winter we managed to get a regular tennis game going. We soon realised that Ange was about to marry one of the most generous, intelligent and genuine people we know. Matt has that rare quality where he is truly interested in understanding your interests, what you do and what your passions are.

We both had our first children around the same time. Their son Jack and our daughter Elsie soon became best mates and we spent a lot of time together.

It was around this time that I was given an incredible opportunity by Matt to work on assisting with a tender to design and develop "the greenest suburb ever" in the north west of Sydney. As a filmmaker, this was a rare opportunity to work outside my normal environment, yet have the chance to apply my knowledge and skills on a relatively large scale. During this project, I came to realise that Matt was determined to try and make a difference with the way that our cities, suburbs and lives could be shaped by introducing simple but highly effective changes to way we created communities. The tender was successful and the legacy of this project is being borne out as I write.
 
Both our families also had a great holiday together in Crescent Head one summer. During our stay, bush fires raged through to the south of the small village and tragically Elle's brothers home was destroyed, along with most of the family's possessions. Ange and Matt didn't hesitate when they got back to Sydney to pack a box of clothes, toys and other goods to send up to Elle's brother and his kids.

When Matt and Ange told us they were heading to Dubai, we were at once excited for them, but also very sad that our good friends were leaving for several years. Our daughter Elsie was still quite young, but we also knew that her and Jack that wouldn't get to meet again until later in life. I did manage to visit Matt and Ange in Dubai and was impressed once again that, despite the scale and pace of development in Dubai, Matt was still intent on trying to make a difference with the way that the developments were being created to ensure that they took in to account the environmental needs of our future.

Matt is one of those rare people who actually does what he believes. He is, without doubt, one of the most honest and real people we know.

Marcus Gillezeau
www.firelight.com.au

Charlie Gubbins

I was telling my family this week about the time that Matt saved Lisa and I from certain death at Peterborough many years ago. We drove to a fishing spot near London Bridge to look at the Ocean on a day that the sea was raging. I took Matt and Lisa down some limestone steps to my favorite fishing spot about 10 meters above the water at the end of a narrow ledge. Had we all gone in it would have been my fault for leading my two friends into this death trap. 

We stood on the ledge in the side of the cliff watching the awesome waves from above and listening to their mighty roar. Sure enough there was a wave so big that it came up the side of the cliff and hit us. We were knocked over and very nearly went in but not quite. I got to my feet and headed for home along the narrow ledge and beckoned the others to follow. It was Matt's cool head that looked out to sea and spotted the next the wave that was seconds away and would have met me half way along the ledge. He instructed us to huddle against the cliff while we got pounded by the set of waves before carefully following the ledge out to safety.

I cant imagine that he has been this cool for all of the past 7 months but I do think that he is up for this challenge more than almost anyone I know. I believe deep down that as tough as it must be, he is tough enough to overcome the stress that he must be under. 

Charlie Gubbins

Sean O'Toole
Managing Director and Chief Executive Landcom

I first met Matthew Joyce when he worked with Australand  with whom Landcom had a number of partnering arrangements.We at Landcom were pleased to work with Matthew because, of all our private sector partners at the time, he demonstrated the most genuine commitment to the principles of sustainability. On a business level I found Matthew to be a man of the highest integrity, a man on whom you could rely and trust.

Personally, Matthew is a delightful human being, well liked and respected  by all who know him. On behalf of my colleagues we send our support and want Matthew to know that he enjoys our utmost confidence.

Sean O'Toole

www.landcom.com.au

Robert (Bas) Seymour and Jonathan (Jo) Breadmore
Former Grazier and Former Chairman of Geelong Grammar School Council

We have followed the life of Matthew Joyce with great interest. Not only have we been close friends with Matthew's parents, Rob and Janet, our own son's have gone through school together and remain close friends. This friendship extended to the coincidence that the three boys were all living in the UAE at the same time. Having known Matthew from a very young age, we have found him to be a quiet, sensible and reliable person with many loyal friends. He is a caring father and husband.
 
We have watched Mathew's professional progress with interest and admire the success he has achieved. During our long association we have never had any cause to question his honesty or integrity.
 
We are saddened by his present predicament and we give our full support to him clearing his name and returning to Australia. 

Cullen Gunn
Landscape Architect

1978 was the first time I met Matthew. For the next 15 years he was what I would describe as one of those ‘stalwart’ friends. One of a group of 3-4 that shepherd each other through the vagaries of adolescence and young adulthood.  We worked together, lived together, played sport together and took holidays together. They were formative years and for my part it was a privilege to have someone like Matthew alongside me.  

We had our disagreements but they didn’t last long. Most of the time we were a consolidated force working together chasing similar dreams - as one has in youth. While the outcomes of this effort were  rarely as planned it was mostly extremely positive and often a great experience.  Through this extended period and since I have never once had cause to question Matthew’s loyalty, integrity or character at any level.  He is one of those people that exude stability and surety – one whose example it was always worth following.  Often providing support to those less sure or less able to deal with various ‘life’ situations.  

He was reliable - almost to a robotic level.  I think back over the years and remember running around the bush in the 1980’s – three times a week, two short runs and one long run.  I also remember that one bloke won every week and that Matthew, without fail came second in every single race – time after time, like a machine – just kept fronting up.  It was admirable stuff.  Then there was that one race, just one where Matthew won - it was such a turn up it still ranks as one of my fondest memories from that period.  Matthew’s reliability and honesty was broadly recognised.  He was one of a small group hand picked out of 300 possibles to go searching for lost hikers – and ultimately was in the group that found them.

Into adulthood we went our separate ways, different industries, different and expanded groups of friends.  When possible we kept in touch but things drifted to a point I found myself watching Matthew’s career from the outside.  It was no surprise to me to see him have such success in work and with family – he basically has admirable core values that are recognizable, highly prized and readily transferable.  

His current situation is gut-wrenching to watch.  However, it is important that ‘distance challenged’ but highly skilled Australian’s like Matthew have the courage to take themselves and their families into totally different environments and cultures.  Working with other cultures and nations is a fundamental pre-requisite for the future of a ‘cooperative global community’ – there is much to be said for it and for those that undertake it. In Matthew’s case he has always had a desire to contribute – always keen to produce something and make a difference.  I never felt it was much about chasing personal success but more about contributing in the best way he could.  

Individuals like this often find themselves having a level of success. My distant observations on this point suggest success does bring with it greater rewards but also greater risks. Simple decisions of early career escalate in later life to become future defining - either for good or bad.  Success involves informed risks and the ability to make hard and very hard decisions.  Such environments are double edged fostering both winners and losers, envy and adulation, leaders and scapegoats.  It would appear to me that few at the top work a full life immune from a perceived social, financial or emotional glitch in the eyes of others at some point.  
 
Matthew has courage, resilience and an open honest character. I would happily extol his virtues at any given opportunity.  I remain optimistic and confident of his long term future – and will do whatever I can to support he and family.

Cullen Gunn

David Rogers

I have known Matthew Joyce since we were kids and he is a person that I love and respect. Matthew Joyce is a man that I can rely on and is married to the lovely Ange and they have three wonderful kids. I find the uncertainty of Matthew's current situation hard to believe. All efforts must be made to ensure he clears his name and can return home to his country.

David Rogers

Paddy Moore

I have known Matthew for many years having grown up with him at the beachside mecca of Peterborough. With a great sence of humour and a happy outlook on life we had a lot of fun. It is hard to imagine he is in this situation. I wish him well.

Paddy Moore

Wendy Jamieson

I have always known Matthew as "Joycey" and he is one of my oldest friends. Our families lived in the same rural community and have shared friendships that now span several generations. Joycey and I went to school together, shared a house in Melbourne for a short time after leaving University and then both ended up in Sydney where we started our families. I look forward to another generation of friendship between our families as our children grow up. In all my dealings with Joycey over the years, as an adolescent and as an adult I have always found him to be reliable, generous, thoughtful, considerate, dependable and hardworking. He is the type of person you would always want on your team. I echo Cullen Gunn and Charlie Gubbins sentiments about his loyalty, common sense and maturity. Joycey is an admirable and honorable person and I am proud to call him my friend.

Wendy Jamieson

 Shaun Wildey

I got to know Matt in Dubai when the family moved into the villa behind us. In fact, I was stood on my balcony half-dressed when Ange yelled over "how's it living here?" as she was being shown around for the first time. The answer was that once the Joyces had moved in, living there was fabulous. Our backdoors were always opened to each other and the adjoining gardens were as one property as we would to and fro trading frosties and endless evenings just talking all sorts of rubbish. We had never lived so close to anyone ever, but being neighbours with Matt, Ange and the kids it was the most natural thing to pass life in close proximity. Throughout the year we lived in the villas we got to know their friends and relations and having moved from Dubai, we miss that a lot. I know that there will be many people dying to see them all when Matt can finally leave Dubai, but as I've always said to him, there's a frosty in my fridge in England and I hope they come over to claim it!

Shaun Wildey

Yu Hon Nam (Paul Yu)

I was the former colleague in Waterfront of Nakheel, and that time I was the construction manager for Omran and I was under Shehad and Conrade group. I meet Matt in the ceremony for the completion of Omran Labour accomodation. Matt is very kindly and warn to the staff. But after financial fall down in Dubai we have to force to separate. Suddenly today I found Matt's web site and I hope we can meet and again together. Right now I was worked in Xiamen of China and my contact is (86)18606932833.

Paul Yu

Dale Alcock

I first met Matthew in the late 1990's when he joined Australand in Perth, as General Manager of Australand Holdings, Western Australia. Matthew always demonstated excellent leadership characteristics, high integrity and gained an excellent reputation within the land development and housing industries. Following Matthew's departure from Perth to advance his career, I subsequently lost contact with him, however I have followed his career with interest and noted his obvious character and skills provided him the opportunity to pursue his professional career aspirations. This eventually leading him to a senior position within Nakheel Corporation in Dubai. Upon learning of Matthew's plight and following his story with interest, I have and will continue to lobby media and Government to ensure that Matthew's situation is treated with urgency and that he has the best possible opportunity to return home as soon as possible.

Dale Alcock

Matthew Vincent

Matt is my friend and I want him to come home now, enough is enough. As you can see by the many important people who have contributed, this bloke is of decent moral fabric and anyone who cannot recognise that has rocks in their head. If others had as much courage and honesty as Matthew Joyce has in his little finger on his left hand they would be war heroes. Time to come home Matt.

Matthew Vincent 

Ross Biancato - former General Manager Australand

I was one of Matthew's direct reports at Australand. He is a man of the highest integrity and I found that he applied that standard to all of his business dealings and expected nothing less from those around him. The recent decision by the Victorian Supreme Court demonstrates that he could only find himself in this situation as a result of the deceit of others who have made a bad business decision and tried to cover it up. These people have no regard for Matt, his family or the others wrongly implicated by their incompetence and inability to accept responsibility. I trust that the Australian Government will make every effort to convince the UAE to right the wrongs that have been done to Matt and his family and secure his, and his colleagues, immediate release.

Ross Biancato

David Jamieson 

The interview by Jon Faine of Jack Rush QC should be listened to by all.  It shows the difficulties and the complexities of the legal system and the world we live in today.  Matt and his family have maintained an extraordinary ability to maintain sane and positive throughout this ordeal, due to the differences in opinions of state, legalities, governments and judicial systems in foreign countries, contributions from all walks of life need to realise, innocence, honesty, and loyalty will always prevail.  The Joyce family are by no means out of the woods, a number of leading interviews and articles have been posted before, with very little reflection on the case in Dubai.  I would encourage all to contribute and fight for the right of justice, in particular for the Joyce family, but also reflect on the other families that have been exposed to a similar upheaval.

David Jamieson

John Fiocco  LL.M 

Until I read the article in " The Australian" Magazine today, I was unaware of the continuing distressing situation facing Matt, Ange & their family. I came to know Matt through Ange, when she was pursuing a promising documentary film career in Western Australia and I was acting as the Lawyer to the Production Company. I was immediately struck by Matt's warmth, sincerity, intelligence & obvious deep affection for Ange. We had many common interests and my conversations with him revealed a committed, professional & obviously ethical approach to property development. The evidence & findings of the Victorian Supreme Court are a compelling vindication the allegations against Matt are completely without foundation. In these circumstances, the Australian Government must respectfully request the UAE to reconsider its continued house arrest of Matt & allow him & his family to return to Australia without further delay.

John Fiocco LL.M Barrister & Solicitor Principal Fiocco's Lawyers

David Rundle

Whilst I have not seen my old school friend Joycey for several years one thing I would like to say is that he is and has always been an affable man of the utmost integrity. With this quality It was no surprise to me to see him achieving great success in his chosen profession in the property industry. With this in mind it is been most alarming following his and his family's plight in Dubai. Given I have not been in direct contact with Matt for many years it is important that he understands that his nightmarish situation does not go unnoticed by many of his old friends and acquaintances. He can rest assured knowing that upon his eventual return to Australia he will always be welcomed and not judged. The esteem in which he has always held amongst his peers will remain unquestionable One would hope that the Federal government, namely Bob Carr and Julia Gillard, recognize the travesty of Matt Joyce and his family's predicament and make the strongest representations to the UAE to expedite his release from house arrest and allow him to return to Australia.

David Rundle

George Rounis

I had the pleasure of working with Matthew for 5 years whilst at Australand. During this period,I worked closely with Matthew and the senior executive team in my role as Acquisitions Manager, responsible for acquiring land for development by the NSW Residential Land and Housing Division. With Matthew's support,guidance and leadership we were successful in securing numerous projects,including various Joint Venture partnerships with Government. Matthew always made himself available to assist and provide advice when required. He was inspirational in managing people and excelled in establishing key business relationships. As an individual I have always found Matthew to be professional, courteous and friendly. He deserves the opportunity to clear his name bring his family back home.

George Rounis

 

 

 

 

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