Meet the team


You’ll find the Improva team is as excited about your renovation as you are. They also know renovating is often a big milestone in your life. They’re experienced renovators who share Blake’s values of making renovating fun and enjoyable for each and every client.


And if your project includes a new kitchen, you’ll find you’re in particularly safe hands, because our whole team are enthusiastic home cooks who know exactly how a kitchen needs to work. They will bring that hands-on perspective to creating yours.


I'm a renovation geek with over 15 years’ experience in the renovation industry. Due to the growth of my business, I can’t design many projects anymore, but when I do, I still love it. As a renovation broker, I will connect you with a dream team of suppliers. My key objective is for you to have an effortless renovation. I'm so fortunate to be living my dream of running a family business, and having a great team behind me. A sports enthusiast, whether it be surfing, tennis, golf or any other sport known to man. My true love is my wife, Emily, daughter, Grace, and my entire extended family.

Blake Riley

Director & Renovation Broker

A young designer, with a passion for residential architecture. Coming from a manufacturing background, he has found love in managing projects, problem solving and bringing excitement to your project. He is driven to learn, takes satisfaction in knowing his clients are happy and always goes above and beyond, making him the perfect person in your corner to help you during your renovation. Mitchell is a big friendly giant and will make the best of friends with any of your furry companions.

Mitchell Prohm

Client & Project Manager

Laurese is enthusiastic about helping clients through a unique and catered renovation experience. She is a motivated individual who is committed to growing professionally and due to previous experience, her pursuit for client satisfaction. Her role is to aid the team in providing you with quality service on the backend of our processes. In her free time you can find her spending time with friends or going to the beach.

Laurese Zakout

Assistant Project Manager

Adam is our head of design and looks after most of our client projects. He has over 20 years’ experience, has personally renovated 8 times and won the first series of the biggest renovation television show in Australia, ‘The Block’, with his wife, Fiona. You can be sure that you are in safe hands when it comes to all things design, renovations and also estimating renovation costs. He's been married to Fiona for 15 years and has two beautiful daughters. His biggest passions are renovation/design, his family and snowboarding.

Adam Thorn

Head Of Design

An industrial designer with over 8 years' experience designing furniture products and joinery. She is passionate about cooking, so is able to design beautiful and functional kitchens and any other bespoke spaces for our clients. She also facilitates our interior design service by fine tuning the final selections for a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing result. When she is not working you can find her surfing, doing yoga or enjoying a camping trip. Alicia believes we are lucky to live on such a beautiful planet and loves an adventure holiday to discover more of it.

Alicia Gonzalez

CAD & Interior Designer

Simone is passionate about being supportive for new clients and ensuring a smooth design process from start to finish. With a background in interior design, she understands the value of having a beautiful home that you will love forever. She is there to assist you with any of your enquiries so you feel confident throughout the design process. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends or getting creative with cake decorating.

Simone Hayes

CAD & Interior Designer

Having spent 15 years as a Production Manager in the television industry in the UK and Australia, Emily hung up her TV boots and chose to divide her time between being a Mum to daughter, Grace, and working for the family business in an industry that she initially had no idea about. If she's not working or running around after Grace, you’ll find her doing a hit class at the gym, socialising with friends or travelling.

Emily Riley

Finance & Marketing Manager

Katrina brings administrative experience and a strong interest in home interiors. She supports Blake and the team to ensure the backend runs smoothly and efficiently. Her outstanding customer service skills and amicable personality, shines through when interacting with our clients. On her weekends, you will find Katrina appreciating quality time spent with family and friends or find her in the kitchen baking an array of aesthetic cakes.

Katrina Zdrafkoski

Personal & Administration Assistant

I’m the daughter of Blake and Emily. I love eating, laughing, singing and having a blast of a time. I keep my Mummy and Daddy on their toes when they are not at work making their clients happy.

Grace Riley

Daughter & Little Terror



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