Meet Our Directors – Alex & Mark

Mark and Alex are passionate about the construction industry, business and their team.

Mark and Alex started Backyard Grannys in 2011 due to market demand. Backyard Grannys was formed with the goal to be the leading granny flat builders in Newcastle and the Central Coast. We are leading the way having completed in excess of 100 granny flats in 2016.

Mark and Alex enjoy coming to work and their goal is to see their employees also enjoy themselves and loving coming to work. They have created an enjoyable office and site environment where their employees have the opportunity to succeed and grow. There is a genuine emphasis from Mark and Alex to provide apprenticeships and training opportunities to all employees of Backyard Grannys.

Both directors have a high expectation of quality with their motto being “If it’s not good enough for our own home, then it’s not good enough for anyone else”.

Mark and Alex are proud of the Backyard Grannys brand and they are both very driven to complete projects at a high standard and to make sure the client is satisfied with every aspect of the project. They care about the clients, their team and the industry.

  • Alex Mitchell
    Alex Mitchell Managing Director

    Alex has more than 14 years’ experience since completing his Bachelor of Construction Management from the University of Newcastle.

    Alex’s construction career began in 2002, just after he finished university, when he moved to Sydney to join a mid-tier construction company. He spent the next 8 years in Sydney in project management roles working on projects in the range of 1 – 10 million.

    Alex has developed a strong background in the commercial construction sector – working on a range of projects such as fit outs, major club construction projects, retirement villages and nursing homes. He has established his skills in systems and applies them now to his current businesses. Alex is structured, systematic and has a passion for residential building.

    In 2014 Alex won the Young Entrepreneur Award with Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards and in 2015 received the Hunter Business Chamber Merit Award.

    Alex is also passionate about creating an enjoyable work culture and together with his team they put the clients first to achieve quality outcomes.

  • Mark Neumann
    Mark Neumann Director/Construction Manager

    Mark has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and has developed a strong reputation as one of the most respected and highest quality builders in the Newcastle area.

    Mark’s career in construction began with a Carpentry Joinery Apprenticeship in residential homes; standing frames and learning carpentry, which led him to become a foreman. Soon enough he was running his own business, which he operated for many years before teaming up with Alex to form Nulex Construction and Backyard Grannys.

    Throughout his career Mark has worked in a huge variety of areas; he’s built everything from power stations through to luxury homes. He has a strong background in residential building and gained his carpentry credentials through this.

    Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to Backyard Grannys. He believes that the customer journey is one of the most important aspects of the building process, you can see this through his enjoyable personality and likeable nature and the way he treats his clients.