The Pod Canberra is a family owned and run business.

We pride ourselves on our service, product and quality.

Rob Valk

Robert Valk

As Director of VRD Developments Robert uses his design skills, his 40 years of experience in the industry with his building license to project manage your project, quality check and will work with you to get the best result for your POD.

Jacqueline Valk

Previously working in property development, real estate and finance, Jacki overseas the whole operation and is your go-to person for anything you need. She currently handles marketing, project management and customer relations.

Debra Valk

Debra has had over 4 decades of bookkeeping and accounting experience. She manages the business bookkeeping and accounts. She also liaises between the client and bank when progress payments have reached certain stages.

Operations Team

Cindy Rarela

Cindy started with The Pod in November 2018, She has previously worked with customer service, sales and support. Cindy is a great asset to the team, she creates online site checks, organises site inspections, handles all enquiries and assists Jacki with Client management.

Lira Alvarez

Lira started with The Pod in October 2018, she is the digital mind behind the digital marketing of The Pod. She manages: Social media, SEO, newsletter marketing and online enquiries. Lira has worked in many various industries to make her perfect for this role.

Aileen Lozano

Aileen started with The Pod during May 2019, she has come on board to help with the bookkeeping and much more. When you purchase a Pod you’ll be dealing with Deb and Aileen when organising accounts and finances. 


Andy is our internal company projectmanager who is our newest member of The Pod . We look forward to him implimenting processes and new projects to help the business grow to it’s fullest potential.

Plans & Approvals team- VRD Design

Rob Valk

Robert Valk

Robert is also the Director at VRD Design. Our partner company that manages all plans, consultants and approvals. He manages his team, clients and has a range of experience in the DA and BA process. He also has great approval knowledge so the majority of the time he will be able to tell you what can or cannot get approved on the spot.

Check out VRD Design’s other work here

matthew lippiatt-sidman
Senior Architect

As the senior designer at VRD Design our partner company. Matt and Rob created and designed what the Pod is today. Matt has been with VRD Design for over 12 years and is in charge of placing your new pod on your block and making sure all of the plans comply with council approvals and disability requirements.

Check out VRD Design’s other work here