"A note from director, David Wellman"


The idea of owning and running my own business has been with me from an early age. I am not altogether sure why. Perhaps it was the thought that it would underpin a meaningful pursuit in my lifetime and give me purpose or, perhaps it had much to do with the fact that my parents owned and operated a family business which influenced my perceptions on what that entailed. Whatever the origin, I suspect if I had been privy to the stresses that went hand in hand with such an endeavour, I may have reconsidered!

At the time, I had absolutely no idea what my own business might be or, to be fair, what running a business entailed, but the fact that some 30 plus years on, I am now the owner of a strata management firm is testament to the experiences that I was exposed to during my childhood years.

Following school, I took up a position with a well-regarded building and construction company and enrolled in a cadetship. This was largely due to the fact that I was not 100% sure what to do with my life or, what direction I would take. I intended to use this time to work out whether I would apply my hand at further studies and consider a different career path. At that particular time, I was tossing up between architectural or engineering studies, building or even seeking employment with a property developer. One thing that was pretty clear, I wanted to work in property.

After completing the cadetship, I decided I wanted to pursue real estate and enrolled in further studies. A few weeks into the course, a classmate passed comment to me about strata management and the role of a strata manager. The thought of it appealed instantly.

I applied for a job the next week and was successful in securing employment with one of the largest (then ASX listed) strata management companies in Australia. It wasn’t long before I knew that this was an industry that had great potential and something that I knew I was well suited to. The passion had found its spark and I started to learn my craft.

That was in 1999.

Fast forward 22 years and it’s fair to say the industry that I am now proudly part of has blossomed and continues to establish itself as a very necessary element of strata living. Over the last 10 to 15 years, with heavy construction pipelines, population growth, government rezoning and the complexity of new developments, a professional strata management service is an essential part of property ownership.

In 2009, I established Wellman Strata and opened one of the many doors of opportunity that I had envisioned from a younger age.

The company achieved unexpected growth in its opening years; and we’ve continued in a similar growth trajectory ever since. We quickly outgrew our office in Glebe and have since moved twice more into larger premises.

Historically, strata management services would be limited to secretarial duties. However, as the industry has evolved, so too has the diversity of our role in today’s strata market which excites me.

I like helping people make better decisions and it gives me great pleasure when those decisions yield a positive outcome. And this is why I like doing what I do.

I enjoy the interaction that my role affords me with people from other backgrounds and professions and I like seeing people succeed.

Making a difference 

It’s clear to me that family was a key driver for me and my business aspirations. Even through the challenges and changes in life – some pushing me to learn and grow quickly as a business owner – the family values that I hold dear, have filtered down throughout our core values. Values such as respect, integrity, support and appreciation for each other form who and what we are every day, and this is what resonates with our clients.

Every day, we do our best to set a benchmark when it comes to providing proactive guidance to support our clients through their current and future needs. Partnering with us means partnering with people who love, and are genuinely passionate about, what we do.

What’s more, we have fun doing it.

Working with Wellman Strata you will see that we’re motivated by the right things and the best part? We’re just getting started.