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On the move, May 2017

Lunny leaves Argosy
Lochead-MacMillan joins Lock Finance
Gimblett named development general manager at Goodman
Changes at Heritage NZ & Maori Heritage Council
Duggan moves to Green Building Council
Beca appoints Jon Williams as its 5th chief specialist
RCP names Watchorn as regional manager, welcomes back Koolen
Inno Capital secures Roger Kerr for new project
RDT Pacific moves into Creative Spaces’ old office
3 reappointed to National Infrastructure Advisory Board
Opus appoints new Malaysian director
Arnold joins Markets Disciplinary Tribunal
Housing NZ awards scholarships
Mint’s Richardson assumes chair at corporate governance forum
Beverley named deputy chair of PFI
RCP promotes 7 staff
Key to join Air NZ board

On the move is a Bob Dey Property Report column about comings, goings, rises & falls. Contributions are welcome, including photos – email [email protected] with details (of the coming or going) & a jpeg or png image.

30 May 2017:

Lunny leaves Argosy

Scott Lunny has resigned as Argosy Property Ltd’s investor relations manager to take up a role as chief financial officer of a private company.

Mr Lunny was financial controller for his first 7 years at Argosy, moving to investor relations manager in 2013. For the previous 5 years he was fund accountant at ING (NZ) Ltd. Following 2 years working for various fund managers in the UK.

He’s a chartered accountant and has a bachelor of business studies degree and a postgraduate diploma in business & administration, majoring in finance, both from Massey University.

25 May 2017:

Lochead-MacMillan joins Lock Finance

Sarah Lochead-MacMillan.

Lock Finance Ltd has appointed business mentor Sarah Lochead-MacMillan as its business development manager.

Mrs Lochead-MacMillan came to New Zealand from England with her family in 2006, “living on a rural lifestyle block and thoroughly embracing the life”. She gained her experience in the finance sector in the UK with Barclays PLC and Close Brothers Private Bank and in New Zealand with ANZ Bank, in frontline & operational roles.

Since then, she said, “With more than a decade of experience in networking, business advisory & business finance, I have specialised in helping business owners improve their cashflow management & profitability. I am an accredited business mentor, banking & finance mentor and published author.”

She’s treasurer and a board member of the local business association, trustee for the Manukau Heads Lighthouse Trust and a volunteer with Business Mentors NZ.

Lock Finance Ltd & SH Lock (NZ) Ltd are finance arms of the Amalgamated Dairies Group, controlled by the Goodfellow family. Peter Goodfellow, who chairs SH Lock & fishing company Sanford Ltd, has also chaired the National Party for the last 8 years. The finance companies offer funding options targeting small & medium-sized businesses include working capital, trade finance, debtor finance & factoring.

24 May 2017:

Gimblett named development general manager at Goodman

Michael Gimblett.

The Goodman Property Trust’s manager, Goodman (NZ) Ltd, has appointed Michael Gimblett as development general manager, effective 1 June. He replaces Peter Dufaur, who is leaving the business in September.

Mr Gimblett has over 15 years’ experience in the property industry and joined Goodman in 2004 after 4 years as a leasing broker at Colliers. He leads its property services team and has been responsible for the active management of the trust’s stabilised property portfolio. He’s also held roles in acquisition, portfolio management & development management.

Changes at Heritage NZ & Maori Heritage Council

Arts, Culture & Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has announced the appointment of 4 new members to the Heritage NZ board and Maori Heritage Council.

The new members of the Heritage NZ Pouhere Taonga board are Bryce Barnett, Chris Cochran, Kim Ngarimu & David Nicoll and the new members of the Maori Heritage Council are Chris Cochran, Rebecca (Liz) Mellish & Paul White.

Wayne Marriott has retired from both boards, Brian McGuinness & Storm McVay from Heritage NZ and Richard Bradley & Antoine Coffin from the Maori Heritage board after 3-year terms.

Bryce Barnett, a chartered accountant & fellow of the Property Institute, founded syndication company KCL Property Ltd in 1993 and took it into a merger with NZX-listed Augusta Capital Ltd in 2013. He’s an executive director of the parent company & its syndication subsidiary, Augusta Funds Management Ltd.

He’s also been restoring a heritage property in Northland, is a trustee of the National Military Heritage Charitable Trust which runs the Great War Exhibition, a trustee of Puke Ariki Development Trust and chairs the Taranaki Helicopter Trust.

Chris Cochran, a member of the NZ Order of Merit, is one of New Zealand’s most experienced conservation architects, having worked for the Ministry of Works in an advisory role to the Government on heritage buildings and then practised on his own account since 1988. Among the buildings he’s worked on are Old St Paul’s, Parliament Buildings &d Futuna Chapel in Wellington, the Sarjeant Art Gallery in Whanganui and the Scott & Shackleton huts in the Antarctic.

Liz Mellish (Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Ngati Ruanui) chairs the Palmerston North Maori Reserve Trust and has been a trustee of the Ngahuru Charitable Trust, Wharewaka o Poneke Charitable Trust and Matiu Island Charitable Trust.  She’s an advisor to the Lion Foundation, director of Wharewaka o Poneke Enterprises Ltd, member of Ara Tahi (committee of Greater Wellington Regional Council), chair of the Roopu Tiaki and chair of the Card Reserve Artificial Surface Trust.

Kim Ngarimu (Te Aitanga a Mate, Ngati Porou) chaired the officials committee that supported the Cabinet Committee on Treaty of Waitangi negotiations. She’s the director of consulting company Taua Ltd, which provides public policy & management advice. She was deputy secretary at Te Puni Kokiri for 7 years and the acting chief executive of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs for 6 months in 2012, and was recently appointed to the Te Mangai Paho board.

David Nicoll is an Auckland lawyer with experience in governance & fundraising in the heritage & cultural sectors, including being a founding trustee of the Auckland Museum Foundation. He’s also associated with the Melanesian Mission & other Auckland heritage projects.

Paul White (Te Rarawa), a Northland management & development consultant, has been involved in Maori development for over 25 years and has wide experience in the public sector. He was the chief executive of Ngai Tahu Development Corp Ltd, regional director for Te Puni Kokiri in Tai Tokerau and branch manager for the Housing Corp in Northland. He is a director of Top Energy Board, chairs Te Rarawa’s asset holding company, is a Te Rarawa representative on Te Hiku o te Ika Leadership Forum and an elected negotiator for Te Rarawa’s iIwi research & development group, which co-ordinates & integrates research at iwi & hapu levels.

17 May 2017:

Duggan moves to Green Building Council

Joanne Duggan.

The NZ Green Building Council has appointed Joanne Duggan as director of marketing & partnerships, starting in the new role next month.

Ms Duggan said, “The launch of new residential & commercial buildings services provides an exceptionally exciting time to join the council. I believe we will see a surge in the demand and awareness of the need for more quality & resilience in our built environment.
My passion for sustainability drew me to Resene and I am proud of the stance they’ve made to the paint industry in New Zealand. I’m now really looking forward to working at an industry level for such an important organisation and contributing towards the sector moving forward.”
Ms Duggan has worked for product manufacturers for 23 years, including being architectural & specifier market manager at Resene Paints Ltd for the last 11 years.

She will assist the Green Building Council to build on the tenfold increase in Homestar ratings, the residential tool for healthier warmer homes and the launch of Green Star Performance, a new tool for existing buildings.

Beca appoints Jon Williams as its 5th chief specialist

Jon Williams.

Engineering & professional services consultancy Beca Ltd has appointed its technical practice group delivery manager, Jon Williams, as project & digital delivery chief specialist. The appointment recognises his technical expertise, external reputation and proven judgment in balancing risk and commercial & technical drivers.

The company limits itself to one chief specialist in a particular field at a time and has only 4 others, all appointed in 2014 – Do Van Toan, Ian Billings, Bruce Marks & Alan Powell.

Executive chair David Carter, who presented the award at Beca’s annual leadership conference, highlighted the value Mr Williams had contributed to the business and to the wider engineering community: “Jon is one of those rare individuals who is sought after for his professional leadership, both internally & externally. He delivers in the present while preparing for our future.”

Mr Williams joined Beca’s building services team 20 years ago, with specialist expertise in electrical system design & implementation, vertical transport design and project & design management. After holding roles in the building services team, he led the delivery of a number of large projects in Indonesia, including the vertical transport strategy for the 111-storey Signature Tower. Locally, he’s led delivery at Princes Wharf, Auckland Hospital and the Wiri & Paremoremo prisons. He also leads risk reviews & mitigation for the global buildings business.

In 2014, Mr Williams’ role transitioned into practice development business director, which added a group-wide overview of design software & BIM (building information modelling) to his responsibilities. A key focus in this role has been using BIM to drive a positive change in the building industry and working with clients to help achieve this.

Brett Watchorn.

Outside Beca, Mr Williams chairs the NZ Chartered Professional Engineers Council, sits on the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Emloyment BIM Acceleration Committee and is a member of the industry advisory group for the AUT Engineering School. He’s been involved in the drafting & updating of the NZ BIM Handbook and the NZ Construction Industry Council design documentation guidelines.

RCP names Watchorn as regional manager, welcomes back Koolen

Project management company RCP Ltd has appointed Brett Watchorn as its central North Island manager and welcomed Andre Koolen back to its Auckland office as a senior associate.

Mr Watchorn has been in the company’s North Island team for 5 years and the wider RCP business for 10 years, and has been extensively involved in operations, programme management & consulting in the private sector.

Andre Koolen.

Mr Koolen worked at RCP from 2007-14 and completed many varied & complex projects. He went to New York in 2014 where he worked with Gardiner & Theobald LLP to further develop his project experience, and has returned from the delivery of significant projects at Hudson Yards & the World Trade Centre in Manhattan.

Inno Capital secures Roger Kerr for new project

Auckland headquartered non-bank financier Inno Capital Management Ltd (brothers John & Michael Chow and Clint Webber) said last week it had “tapped into the wisdom & experience of one of New Zealand’s top governance & financial risk/treasury management advisors, securing Roger J Kerr as independent director & chairman of the board of a yet to be announced new project”.

Roger Kerr.

John Chow said: “Inno Capital is a young, fast-growing company that was established 2 years ago. At this stage in our development and in view of future plans, we see value in having a level of independent governance and a fresh perspective from someone who has no financial interest in the business and no bias.”

Mr Kerr retired as a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers NZ in June last year and now acts as a consultant for the PwC Treasury Advisor Services business unit. He’s been a director of many companies, including Financial Services Complaints Ltd, Pie Funds Management Ltd, Trust Investments Management Ltd & the National Provident Fund.

12 May 2017:

RDT Pacific moves into Creative Spaces’ old office

2 Augustus Terrace, Parnell.

RDT Pacific Ltd moves its Auckland office from 110 Symonds St to level 3, 2a Augustus Terrace, at the foot of Parnell on Monday.

The project management & quantity surveying firm is taking over the space previously occupied by design firm Creative Spaces Ltd, which became part of the GHD Group in December and moved to GHD NZ’s head office overlooking the motorway from Napier St, Freemans Bay.

9 May 2017:

3 reappointed to National Infrastructure Advisory Board

The Government has reappointed Margaret Devlin, Edward Guy & Carl Hansen to the National Infrastructure Advisory Board, which provides independent expert advice to the National Infrastructure Unit & the Minister of Finance.

The board is the conduit for interaction between the Government and the private sector, local government & others to promote best practice in the evaluation, planning, funding & delivery of infrastructure, contributing to new policy thinking and undertaking quality review, including for the national infrastructure plan.

Margaret Devlin.

The terms for all 3 appointees are from 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2020.

Margaret Devlin, of Hamilton, has infrastructure industry experience in New Zealand & the UK.  She’s a director of the Metservice, Waikato Regional Airport Ltd, WEL Networks Ltd, Titanium Park Ltd, City Care Ltd & Watercare Services Ltd and chairs Harrison Grierson Holdings Ltd.

Edward Guy.

Edward Guy, of Queenstown, has worked with Crown, local government, private & jointly owned infrastructure assets for 20 years.  His experience includes water supply & wastewater asset management planning, land transport asset management planning, an integrated transport strategy (Queenstown Lakes local roads & state highways) and solid waste asset management & valuation.

Carl Hansen

Carl Hansen, of Wellington, has been chief executive of the Electricity Authority since it was established in November 2010.  Previously he worked for M-Co Consultancy Ltd (now Efficient Market Services Ltd), originally as chief economist and then as chief executive. He’s worked for the Law & Economics Consulting Group Ltd (now Sapere Research Group Ltd), and has held a wide range of policy development & operations roles at Treasury & the Reserve Bank.

Opus appoints new Malaysian director

Low Chee Yen.

Low Chee Yen replaced Datuk Nik Airina Nik Jaffar yesterday as a director of Opus International Consultants Ltd, effective from 8 May 2017.

Ms Low heads the corporate planning division of UEM Edgenta Bhd, one of the largest asset management & infrastructure consultancies in Asia & the Pacific, and listed on the Malaysian stock exchange.

UEM said Ms Low spearheads the company’s transformation, leads strategic alliance & corporate transactions and supervises its investor relations function. Previously she held finance & investment advisory roles at CIMB Group & KPMG. She’s a chartered financial analyst with an economics & finance degree from RMIT University, Melbourne.

Opus, formerly the consultancy division of Works & Development Services Corp NZ Ltd (the state-owned enterprise version of the Ministry of Works & Development), was sold in 1996 to Kinta Kellas Plc of Malaysia. It’s now 61% owned by Kinta Kellas successor UEM Edgenta.

Arnold joins Markets Disciplinary Tribunal

Sir Terence Arnold.

Former solicitor-general Sir Terence Arnold retired compulsorily as a Supreme Court judge on 7 April on turning 70, and a month later has been appointed to the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal for a 3-year term. The Financial Markets Authority has confirmed the appointment.

Sir Terence was a partner at Chapman Tripp before becoming a barrister sole in 1994 and a Queen’s counsel in 1997. He was the solicitor-general from 2000-06 and was appointed a judge of the High Court & the Court of Appeal in 2006, and judge of the Supreme Court in 2013.

He gained a BA & doctorate of laws at Victoria University of Wellington and a second LlM from New York University, and taught law at Victoria University as well as at several Canadian universities.

8 May 2017:

Housing NZ awards scholarships

Housing NZ awarded the first of its annual scholarships to 2 BProp/BCom students last week to help foster talent & awareness of opportunities in the public housing sector.

Asset development general manager Patrick Dougherty awarded the scholarships to 2 Auckland University students, fifth-year student Vernon Sequeira & fourth-year student Alex Saifiti. Each will receive $5000/year to offset their study fees.

Mr Dougherty said: “The scholarship aims to encourage excellence in the study of property and to support those seeking careers in development or project management within the public housing sector.”

Mr Sequeira, who’s studying for a master of property degree and works part-time at Colliers, said the scholarship would help him embark on a research project into New Zealand public housing. He was in a team which travelled to the US last year to compete in the USC Marshall International property case competitions and has previously won the Blair Hargreaves/Colliers International Scholarship.

Mr Saifiti works at Colliers as a research assistant, did work on the Port Hills residential red zone project with Land Information NZ and was recently a pro bono consultant for the charity Garden to Table. He’s won the Paul Kelly undergraduate scholarship and Ngai Tahu Holdings Corp Ltd’s Matakahi Scholarship, and did a summer internship with ASB Bank’s Maori financial solutions team.

Mint’s Richardson assumes chair at corporate governance forum

Mint Asset Management Ltd has taken over from the NZ Superannuation Fund as secretariat of the NZ Corporate Governance Forum, and Mint executive director Paul Richardson has replaced Anne-Maree O’Connor as chair. Hayley Cassidy, general counsel & company secretary at Nikko Asset Management NZ Ltd, is deputy chair.

Ms O’Connor, head of responsible investment at the superannuation fund, chaired the forum for its first 2 years, overseeing its development into a recognised body of institutional investors focused on promoting good corporate governance and respect for shareholder rights.

The forum released a set of best practice corporate governance guidelines for listed companies, made submissions to the review of the NZX corporate governance code and established member working groups focusing on policy, board quality, remuneration & reporting.

Mint and Richardson, supported by Nikko and Cassidy, will see the Forum through its next phase of development as it continues to raise awareness of global governance trends and good practice amongst companies, regulators and investors for the long-term benefit of the New Zealand market.

5 May 2017:

Beverley named deputy chair of PFI

Anthony Beverley.

Property for Industry Ltd has appointed Anthony Beverley as deputy chair, with effect from yesterday. The chair, Peter Masfen, has been a director of PFI since 2002.

Mr Beverley joined the PFI board in 2001 during his 20 years at AMP Capital Investors (NZ) Ltd, where he retired as head of property in 2011. AMP managed PFI from July 2003 until January 2012, when it sold the management rights to DPF Management Ltd (now PFIM Ltd). Shareholders will vote in June on a proposal to internalise management, with the same team in charge.

Mr Beverley, who consults to both the private & public sectors on a wide variety of property matters, chairs the PFI board’s audit & risk and nomination committees. He’s a chartered fellow of the Institute of Directors and a fellow of the Institute of Valuers, the Property Institute and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Earlier stories, 24 February 2011: Beverley ends 20 years as AMP property executive, looks for new horizons

3 April 2017: PFI proposes internal management after 6 years of external

RCP promotes 7 staff

Project management company RCP Ltd has appointed 2 staff as senior associates & 5 as associates.

Matt Murphy.

Senior associates:

Matt Murphy joined RCP in 2004 and has been a leader in the fitout management space for major construction projects. He’s also a green star-accredited professional and has been integral in the implementation of sustainability initiatives at RCP and in the projects it manages.

Mat Wade.

Mat Wade, a member of the programme management team. RCP said his commitment to continuous innovation & improvement had seen RCP cement its presence in the provision of programme management services for key clients across New Zealand. Mat’s communication and IT skills have also enabled RCP to keep pace with the changing technological environment and to implement initiatives to improve our overall service delivery and connectivity with Clients and project teams alike.

Associates:

Helen Ewing.

Helen Ewing has over 10 years’ international & national project & design management experience. RCP said her management & co-ordination capabilities had contributed to the success of numerous complex projects.

Mark Pearson.

Mark Pearson joined RCP in 2005. RCP said he’d exhibited strong leadership & management skills, particularly in the onsite construction management & delivery phases of complex operating environments in the aviation sector.

Matt Lory is a senior member of RCP’s specialist infrastructure management team.

Matt Lory.

He has a civil & engineering background and 10 years’ construction management experience.

Sarah Nightingale.

Sarah Nightingale has been at RCP for 8 years. The company said her holistic & practical approach to design management had been invaluable.

Sebastian Stanczuk has been lead project manager on a number of projects in Wellington since he joined RCP in 2003.

Sebastian Stanczuk.

He has a national diploma in architectural technology from Technikon Witwatersrand in South Africa and an MSc in project management from Westminster University in London.

1 May 2017:

Key to join Air NZ board

Air NZ Ltd has appointed former Prime Minister & Tourism Minister John Key as a director, effective 1 September.

Mr Key resigned in December after 8 years as prime minister, handing over to his deputy, Bill English, and gave his valedictory speech in Parliament on 22 March. But his resignation only took effect on 14 April, within 6 months of the 23 September election so a by-election wouldn’t be called.

Airline chair Tony Carter said today the board had been searching for a director with strong international business experience & a deep knowledge of tourism for about a year, because growth of its international operations around the Pacific Rim was a strong focus.

“When John Key announced he was stepping down as prime minister and moving to a new phase of life outside of politics, it became a priority for the board to try & secure his services as a director. John will bring extensive international commercial experience, outstanding leadership skills, global perspective & a keen understanding of the tourism sector gained during the years he was tourism minister as well as prime minister of New Zealand.”

Air NZ’s longest serving director, Paul Bingham, will retire at the annual meeting in September. He was appointed in July 2008. He was the airline’s marketing services manager for 4 years in the 1990s and group marketing manager for Tourism Holdings Ltd before becoming managing director of Black Cat Cruises of Lyttelton in 1999, moving up to chair the company in 2014. He’s also a director of Ngai Tahu Tourism Ltd & Shuttlerock Ltd, chaired Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism for 9 years and was a director of Tourism NZ for 6 years.

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On the move, April 2017

Government board appointments
4 new directors & associate directors at Rider Levett Bucknall
Adams adds a Smith housing portfolio to her collection
3 new board members for Auckland Transport – plus Patrick Reynolds as an internal watchdog
Actor takes up real estate
CBRE leasing quartet moves to Barfoots
Hanok Shin retires from Barfoots
14 Harrison Grierson staff recognised
Carter assumes chair at Beca
Leah La Hood opens own agency
Macken takes helm at Kiwibank
Blair to head Opus in Australia & NZ
Green Building Council gets 4 new directors
Lisa Bryan to manage B:HIVE at Smales Farm
Craig Alexander becomes consultant at law firm he founded
Dibble rejoins Bayleys 
Hodson to manage Beca’s northern region

On the move is a Bob Dey Property Report column about comings, goings, rises & falls. Contributions are welcome, including photos – email [email protected] with details (of the coming or going) & a jpeg or png image.

28 April 2017:

Government board appointments

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has appointed & reappointed members of the boards of the NZ Transport Agency, Maritime NZ & the Civil Aviation Authority.

The NZ Transport Agency gets 2 new members – former Queenstown mayor Vanessa van Uden and professional director Mark Darrow – and Adrienne Young-Cooper, a member since August 2011, has been reappointed.

Peter Cowper, a member of the Maritime NZ board since May 2011, has been reappointed. This Crown entity’s primary function is to ensure the safety, security & environmental protection of New Zealand’s coastal & inland waterways.

At the Civil Aviation Authority, lawyer Anna Adams has been appointed and Grant Lilly reappointed. Ms Adams chairs law firm Meredith Connell, which is the Crown prosecutor in Auckland. Mr Lilly, a board member since 2011, is a director of Queenstown Airport Ltd, NZ Experience Ltd, Rainbows End Ltd, and is a former regional manager of Qantas Airways, regional sales & marketing manager for Air NZ and a director of Air Nelson Ltd & Eagle Airways Ltd.

26 April 2017:

4 new directors & associate directors at Rider Levett Bucknall

Hamish Dackers.

Rider Levett Bucknall, which specialises in cost management & quantity surveying, project management & advisory services, has appointed 2 new directors & 2 new associates to its senior management team in New Zealand.

Hamish Dackers, director, joined RLB in 2002 and has been a key member of its Auckland-based team. Before that, he was a consultant & contractor, including roles at Aspec Construction Ltd and Mainzeal Property & Construction Ltd. At RLB, he has built up expertise, most notably in tertiary research facilities, hotel & multi-unit residential and largescale commercial projects.

Tony Tudor.

Tony Tudor, director, has over 20 years’ experience as a consultant quantity surveyor and joined RLB in 2012. He leads its team in Queenstown.

His experience covers all facets of cost management, from cost planning to post-contract cost management within a variety of construction sectors, including education, public sector works, commercial, airports, custodial, health, and research & development in the South Island. His strengths relate primarily to cost planning & strategic advice in the preconstruction phase.

Esther Greet.

Esther Greet, associate director, joined RLB in Auckland in 2002. She has over 34 years’ experience in the construction industry – as a quantity surveyor for 17 years, then as a civil & structural engineer. She specialises in cost planning, from feasibility through to construction stage, and has expertise in bank funds monitoring, tax depreciation and lifecycle costings.

Her experience covers health, education, housing, major shopping centres, hotels, custodial facilities and remediation of leaky buildings.

Olin Reed.

Olin Reed, associate director, joined RLB in 2005 after several years of mechanical contracting and now leads its building services team. He has particular expertise in detailed cost build-ups at early design stages and undertakes many complex & challenging projects requiring lateral problem-solving approaches. His pre- & post-contract roles involve in-depth cost planning & estimating services from early concept planning through to completion of construction.

In addition, Mr Reed has taken a lead role in the implementation of ROSS 5D – RLB’s measurement & estimation software, as well as internal training in BIM (building information modelling).

Adams adds a Smith housing portfolio to her collection

Prime Minister Bill English announced more changes to the housing portfolios on Friday, along with the reshuffle following the decisions of Foreign Minister Murray McCully & Education Minister Hekia Parata to retire from Parliament.

Amy Adams.

Social Housing Minister Amy Adams will take responsibility for the Crown land programme from Nick Smith and have a closer involvement in the Government’s overall house-building programme. She will remain responsible for Housing NZ and all aspects of the Government’s supply of social & emergency housing.

Dr Smith, who lost the title of housing minister in Mr English’s December reshuffle, retains the roles of building & construction minister and environment minister.

Dr Nick Smith.

Mr English said Dr Smith “will continue to oversee the various aspects of building regulation, including planning, minimum codes & building sector productivity issues”.

Ms Adams is also Minister of Justice, Minister for Courts, Minister Responsible for Social Investment and Associate Minister of Finance.

She will be ranked 6th in the new Cabinet, after leaping from 15th to 7th in October 2014. Dr Smith, now ranked 14th, was deputy leader in 2003, was ranked 5th in 2004, but was dropped from 11 to 16 in the December reshuffle.

The new ministers will be sworn in next Tuesday and the new Cabinet will hold its first meeting on 8 May.

24 April 2017:

3 new board members for Auckland Transport – plus Patrick Reynolds as an internal watchdog

Auckland Council has approved the appointments of 3 new members of the board of council-controlled Auckland Transport – former Finance Minister Sir Michael Cullen, Mary-Jane Daly & Kylie Clegg – and has also added Patrick Reynolds as a co-opted member of its customer focus committee. The appointments were approved by the council’s appointments & performance review committee on 29 March, announced last Friday and take effect on 1 May.

Mayor Phil Goff said: “Auckland Transport has a vital role to play in addressing the city’s major transport challenges caused by unprecedented population growth. I need a strong & effective board to ensure good governance & delivery of key performance indicators. All 3 members have governance & business experience. Between them, they bring the financial, legal & political skills we need on the board.

“With 9 years’ experience as finance minister of New Zealand, Sir Michael Cullen will be invaluable in ensuring the organisation has a strong understanding of the relationship with central government. Collaboration with government is vital in addressing Auckland’s need for infrastructure funding.

“Mary-Jane Daly & Kylie Clegg have excellent financial & legal skills and also bring a better gender balance to the board. Patrick Reynolds, as a co-opted committee member, will also help challenge the board’s thinking and broaden its perspective.”

Auckland Transport chair Lester Levy said Mr Reynolds was “a well-known transport commentator with an urban design background who was a candidate for one of the vacant director positions. He has a background which will bring an even greater emphasis to improving the customer experience across all modes.”

Sir Michael Cullen on his knighthood in 2012.

Sir Michael Cullen, now 72 & living at Ohope, entered Parliament as a Labour MP in 1981 and was finance minister from 1999-2008 and deputy prime minister to Helen Clark from 2002-08. He established the NZ Superannuation Fund & KiwiSaver, was deputy chair then chair of NZ Post and a director of Kiwibank, retiring from both businesses last October. He was appointed a director of Retirement Income Group Ltd in February.

Mary-Jane Daly.

Mary-Jane Daly is director of Cigna Insurance NZ Ltd, a director of Kiwi Property Group Ltd, chair of the NZ Green Building Council, and deputy chair of Airways Corp Ltd & the Earthquake Commission.

She worked in London in corporate finance and for the National Bank & Toronto-Dominion Bank for 9 years, led group treasury & risk management at Fonterra Ltd for 4 years, was a director of global industry groups for the Bank of NZ for 3 years and spent 6 years at IAG NZ Ltd as chief financial officer & State Insurance executive general manager. Ms Daly graduated from Canterbury University with a BCom in economics & business administration in 1986 and the Cass business school in London with an MBA in finance & international business in 1993.

Kylie Clegg.

Kylie Clegg joined Auckland Council’s board observer programme at Auckland Transport in 2014. She’s deputy chair of the Waitemata District Health Board, a board member of Hockey NZ and chairs the NZ Hockey Foundation, is a double Olympian and former NZ Olympic hockey captain.

Ms Clegg has a corporate legal background, having specialised in mergers & acquisitions across a range of industries. Her previous governance experience has been as a board member of the NZ Olympic Committee & the Halberg Disability Sports Foundation.

Patrick Reynolds.

Patrick Reynolds is a professional photographer specialising in architecture & urban design photography, is a member of the Urban Auckland advocacy group & the Auckland Council advisory panel for art in public places, but has risen to prominence over the last 9 years as a commentator – and unremitting Auckland Transport critic – at Transport Blog (now Greater Auckland).

21 April 2017:

Shane Cortese.

Actor takes up real estate

Actor Shane Cortese has joined premium real estate brand NZ Sotheby’s International Realty, working from the agency’s new Takapuna office and the Herne Bay office.

He’s appeared in Shortland St & Outrageous Fortune, and on stage in London’s West End, and said the new role wouldn’t spell the end to his acting career. Instead, it would enable him to remain in New Zealand with his family, and be more selective in television opportunities.

19 April 2017:

CBRE leasing quartet moves to Barfoots

Barfoot & Thompson Commercial has bolstered its commercial leasing team, pulling a team of 4 agents from CBRE this month.

David Campbell.

Barfoots’ commercial manager, John Urlich, said the agency had hired Lorne Somerville, Nick Bernecker, Elliot Keyes & David Campbell to lift its cbd & fringe leasing.

Mr Campbell is a non-cbd sales & leasing specialist, and was South Auckland office services director for CBRE. After graduating from Auckland University with a bachelor of property degree in 1993, he spent 2 years at Colliers as an asset manager, 15 months at JLL as a valuer and 13 years at CBRE.

Nick Bernecker.

Mr Somerville entered real estate in 2005 as a leasing agent at Bayleys, then moved to CBRE for the next 10 years. Before real estate, he implemented SAP computer software around the world for 8 years, including projects in New Zealand, the UK, France & Australia, and held several consultant & project management roles.

Elliot Keyes.

He graduated from Waikato University in 1993 with a Bachelor in Management Studies degree.

Mr Bernecker was an associate director in CBRE’s office services division for 9 years and is a leasing specialist in the city fringe market.

Mr Keyes joined CBRE as a database manager in 2011 and was a senior agent there for the last 16 months. He graduated from Auckland University in 2011 with bachelor’s degrees in property & commercial law.

Hanok Shin retires from Barfoots

Hanok Shin.

Hanok Shin retired as a specialist apartment agent at Barfoot & Thompson on 31 March – but was still in the building a fortnight later, making sure his sons, Stephen & Leo, were doing a good job without him.

“They don’t need me,” he confessed – with a smile – as he walked out of the auction room. His older son, Stephen, heads Team Shin – a multilingual team of Barfoots agents specialising in apartment sales.

Hanok Shin has spent 25 years in real estate in Auckland, starting at Bayleys in commercial property and moving to Barfoots 18 years ago, initially in residential sales.

14 Harrison Grierson staff recognised

Harrison Grierson Group Ltd has recognised 14 staff members for their technical excellence & leadership.  From 1 April, one senior staff member has been made a technical director, 7 senior staff are new principals and 6 have become associates.

Ash Deshpande.

Managing director Glen Cornelius said the recognition reflected each person’s high performance & technical expertise, together with their contribution & commitment to both the company & its clients.

Appointed technical director: 
Ash Deshpande, lead process engineer, Auckland

Appointed principal: 
Anita Simpson, senior process engineer, Auckland
Tim Fergusson, planning manager, Whakatane
Rob Rimmer, team leader, Land Development, Christchurch
Nicky Smalberger, team leader, Water, Auckland
Ian Ho, senior process engineer, Auckland
Will Platts, team leader, land development, Auckland
John Petrovic, project engineer, Auckland

Appointed associate:
Alice Lin, senior planner, Auckland Airport
Mona Liao, civil engineer, Auckland
Holger Zipfel, team leader, Mechanical, Auckland
Rita Clark, licensed cadastral surveyor, Christchurch
Sarah Rasmussen, project financial advisor, Christchurch
Nigel Fernando, senior engineer, Auckland Airport.

Carter assumes chair at Beca

David Carter.

David Carter has taken over as Beca Ltd’s executive chair this month, a move signalled in January when Richard Aitken was made an officer of the NZ Order of Merit for services to business & engineering and indicated he intended to step down after 8 years heading the Auckland-based professional services consultancy.

Mr Carter, son of founding partner Sir Ron Carter, has had a long & distinguished career in the business himself, including being regional director for Asia, managing director of Beca Australia and managing director of corporate operations. He holds numerous board roles with Beca, has nearly 30 years of experience in strategy & management and has an extensive track record in leading & delivering major infrastructure projects.

Richard Aitken.

Mr Carter will also continue as chief technical officer & Beca Asia regional director. He’s also a trustee of the University of Auckland Foundation, chairs Hutt Valley Water Services Ltd and is a non-executive board member of the Leadership Development Centre.

Mr Aitken has been an executive at Beca for over 40 years. He was group chief executive for 10 years and will continue to hold a number of roles for Beca, including chairing the Waterview Connection Project Alliance board.

12 April 2017:

Leah La Hood opens own agency

Leah La Hood.

Retail leasing specialist Leah La Hood has stepped out on her own, setting up her company, Blu Realty Ltd, after gaining her agency licence last month. After 5 years in sales & leasing at Bayleys, and 2 years in the middle of that time working on Andy Davies’ Ponsonby Central project then managing his commercial property portfolio of 13 multi-tenanted buildings, Ms La Hood joined ABC Business Sales Ltd at the end of 2015.

Ms La Hood said she expected to continue working with a handful of clients, and she could see other agents branching out in a similar fashion: “It’s not so much about the brand name, it’s about the individual services,” she said.

She’s spent most of her time in real estate in hospitality leasing, business sales & commercial property sales. Before Bayleys, she had a career in print advertising as key account manager for the TV Guide magazine, and worked as a brand manager in the footwear & apparel sector for brands such as Driza-Bone, Sperry Topsider & Keds.

Macken takes helm at Kiwibank

Dr Susan Macken.

Kiwibank Group Holdings Ltd director Susan Macken assumes the chair tomorrow following the resignations of chair Rob Morrison & deputy chair Rhoda Phillipo, announced on Monday.

Mr Morrison joined the board and became chair in 2011, and Mrs Phillipo & Dr Macken joined the board last year.

The bank said in a statement Mr Morrison & Mrs Phillipo were stepping down “following a transition period that saw new shareholders – the NZ Super Fund & the Accident Compensation Corp – settle their investment in Kiwi Group in October 2016.

“Under his leadership, Kiwibank has become firmly established as a strong New Zealand-owned bank in a sector heavily dominated by Australian-owned banks. It has reported sustained profitability & growth in all key areas of customer numbers, loans & deposits through that time.”

The board will appoint a new deputy chair.

Dr Macken is deputy chair of urban redevelopment company Tamaki Redevelopment Co Ltd, deputy chair of Auckland Council’s urban renewal agency Panuku Development Auckland, director of the advisory board to the Treasury and chair of Treasury’s risk & assurance committee, and a director of medical technology company Fertility Associates Ltd. She chairs Australian underwater lighting manufacturer & distributor Spa Electrics Pty Ltd.

Dr Macken’s past directorships include the Bank of NZ (2005-16). She held senior management roles in the Fletcher group of companies, the Kiwifruit Marketing Board and was chief executive of the Auckland Regional economic development strategy a decade ago.

10 April 2017:

Blair to head Opus in Australia & NZ

Ian Blair.

Opus International Consultants Ltd has appointed Ian Blair as managing director for Australia & New Zealand, following on from the global restructure last year and the merging of operations in the 2 countries to drive greater collaboration & efficiency between markets. He will join Opus in June.

Opus said Mr Blair “is a proven leader, with a record of delivering strong results across different international markets & segments. His experience in senior roles, predominantly in the demanding finance industry, will bring new perspective to the senior team at Opus.”

Since 2004, he’s held senior management positions at Westpac Bank in Australia & New Zealand, including general manager of business then retail banking based in Auckland, and for the last 2 years he’s been principal consultant at his own advisory business in Auckland, Sapience Ltd.

Green Building Council gets 4 new directors

The NZ Green Building Council has 4 new board members, elected last week – Anna Palairet, property & infrastructure general manager at Air NZ, representing the occupier industry group; Robyn Phipps, professor in construction at Massey University’s School of Engineering & Advanced Technology, representing the research & policy industry group; Brendon Dwyer, buildings services operations manager at Beca Ltd, an independent director; and Patrick Clifford, Architectus director, representing the consultants industry group.

Anna Palairet.

Anna Palairet joined Air NZ in 2006, was appointed head of procurement in 2012 and property & infrastructure general manager in 2015, and embarked on a transformation programme refocusing property as a key enabler in employee & customer engagement.

Professor Robyn Phipps.

Robyn Phipps is the director of construction programmes & cluster leader of the built environment staff at Massey University. She has expertise in the design & management of healthy buildings, indoor air quality, heating & ventilation.

Brendon Dwyer.

Brendon Dwyer is responsible for a team of over 250 building services engineers in Australia & New Zealand and has advised a number of New Zealand’s leading corporate tenants on embedding sustainability outcomes in major lease commitments.

Patrick Clifford.

Patrick Clifford has been responsible for the design leadership of all major projects by Architectus Auckland. He was awarded the NZ Institute of Architects’ gold medal in 2014.

They join chair Mary-Jane Daly, who’s an independent director of Kiwi Property Group Ltd, Airways Corp of NZ Ltd & Cigna Ltd, and a member of the Earthquake Commission; Gail Calder, Fonterra Group Ltd’s property & facilities general manager; Gary Walker, Hawkins Construction Ltd’s executive general manager; and Steve Aschebrock, co-owner & director of Inzide Commercial Ltd.

Lisa Bryan to manage B:HIVE at Smales Farm

Lisa Bryan.

Smales Farm Management has appointed Lisa Bryan to the new role of B:HIVE business manager ahead of the building’s completion later this year.

The building’s Australian architects, BVN, have described B:HIVE as a brave project and a prototype for a new kind of shared working environment.

Ms Bryan’s role will be to develop, lead & oversee the operations of the B:HIVE business to ensure the delivery of a dynamic, flexible working environment for tenants, their employees, guests & visitors.

She said she was “thrilled to be taking on this unique & exciting role during the development phase”. The B:HIVE is designed to break the rules of traditional office buildings, to create a workplace that boasts a thriving & diverse eco-system dedicated to a smarter way of working & collaborating. The ultimate aim is to enable businesses of all sizes to enjoy the same benefits & features normally the reserve of big business, while at the same time building a community where employees simply enjoy coming to work.

Ms Bryan has over 12 years’ industry experience in leasing, tenant representation, valuation & project management, giving her a broad commercial property background and a holistic understanding of both tenant & landlord drivers. She’s a registered valuer and a licensed real estate agent, was a tenant representative & leasing broker at Colliers over the last 2 years and previously worked at RCP & the Building Intelligence Group.

Craig Alexander becomes consultant at law firm he founded

Craig Alexander.

Craig Alexander went from partner to consultant on 1 April at the law firm he & Debra Dorrington founded as a partnership in 1999. The firm also changed its name on 1 March, from AD Law Ltd to AlexanderDorrington Ltd.

Jourdan Griffin.

The firm has appointed Jourdan Griffin as a director, joining Denise Marsden & Debra Dorrington. Mr Griffin joined the firm in 2006 after graduating with a law degree from Birmingham University and law & arts degrees from Auckland University.

4 April 2017:

Dibble rejoins Bayleys 

Chris Dibble.

Chris Dibble has rejoined Bayleys Realty Group in a new role of content marketing manager, working alongside the agency’s marketing team.

The newly established role is intended to gain leverage from his decade of experience in the property sector, providing award-wining content and delivering bespoke projects to a wide audience.

“The appointment will help the Bayleys brand on its ongoing focus on customer engagement, property content & delivery strategies,” the agency said.

Mr Dibble spent the last 4 years as research & consulting director at Colliers, following nearly 5 years as research & consulting associate director at JLL. He spent his first 2 years in real estate research at Bayleys

Hodson to manage Beca’s northern region

Rupert Hodson.

Professional services firm Beca Ltd has appointed Rupert Hodson as manager for its northern region, based in Auckland.

Mr Hodson has 17 years’ experience in planning & environmental consulting in New Zealand & the UK, leading & participating in the stakeholder & planning components of a wide variety of multi-disciplinary projects, from site masterplanning & precinct planning through to large infrastructure projects. Alongside his regional manager role, he’ll continue as business director of the environments business line, which has nearly 50 planning & environmental practitioners based in Auckland.

Over his 13 years at Beca, he’s managed its Auckland planning & architecture division and also been technical director.

Beca has over 1100 staff in its Auckland office providing engineering, environmental, project management, design, advisory & community infrastructure services across multiple markets.

Chief strategy & operations officer Don Lyon said Beca was growing rapidly as an advisory business and expanding into new markets in New Zealand, Australia & Asia.

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On the move, March 2017

Dufaur quits Goodman
Sabbatical & raise for Steel & Tube’s Elrick
Gurton takes over from Field at RCP Wellington
Thacker & Waalkens move to Bayleys Valuations
Kernahan replaces Darlow as head of Fletcher Construction
Kiwi Property’s transactions head leaves
Jasmax appoints senior interior designer for residential team
Tommy’s appoints head for new property management division
Rathbun joins Commercial Realty
Ex-Horowhenua mayor added to Local Government Commission for year
Malpass joins Steel & Tube board

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Peter Dufaur.

28 March 2017:

Dufaur quits Goodman

Peter Dufaur has resigned as development general manager for the Goodman Property Trust, and will leave the business on 30 September.

John Dakin, chief executive of trust manager Goodman (NZ) Ltd, said: “Peter has led a very successful development business for Goodman over the last 12 years, including the build-out of the Highbrook Business Park, now a $1 billion investment for Goodman Property Trust.”

Before joining Goodman, Mr Dufaur specialised in retail development for the Kiwi Income Property Trust.

Sabbatical & raise for Steel & Tube’s Elrick

Steel & Tube NZ Ltd has granted its chief financial officer & company secretary, Jane Elrick, an 8-month sabbatical, with the intention that she will return to a new executive position in February 2018. The company is seeking a replacement to fill her old roles.

Ms Elrick joined Steel & Tube in 2011 after finance roles at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, the NZ Dairy Group, Fonterra Ltd, Zespri Group Ltd, Synlait Ltd & Livestock Improvement Corp Ltd.

Ben Gurton.

26 March 2017:

Gurton takes over from Field at RCP Wellington

Ben Gurton will take over from Andrew Field as RCP Ltd’s Wellington manager on 1 April, with a 3-month transition after that.

Mr Field is moving to Auckland on 1 July to lead a redevelopment workstream at Auckland University.

Andrew Field.

RCP managing director Jeremy Hay and director Cristean Monreal said the change came as RCP widened its services to include infrastructure management.

Mr Field has been RCP’s Wellington manager since 2010 and also worked for the company from 2002-05. He’s also worked at The Estimator, Worley Architects & Rider Levett Bucknall. He has a master of architectural studies degree from Auckland University and is a LEED-accredited professional.

Mr Gurton joined RCP in 2006 and was made an associate last year. He has a masters in construction management from AUT and a BSc (Hons) in construction project management from Brighton University in the UK.

Nick Thacker.

24 March 2017:

Thacker & Waalkens move to Bayleys Valuations

Bayleys Corp Ltd has appointed 2 former JLL valuers, Nick Thacker & Carl Waalkens, as directors of its valuation services division. Mr Thacker was at JLL for 10 years and Mr Waalkens for 8.

Mr Thacker’s expertise is predominantly in Auckland’s commercial, retail, development & childcare sectors and he’s also advised on a number of intensive housing developments & subdivisions.

Carl Waalkens.

Mr Waalkens’ expertise is predominantly in the Auckland commercial & industrial sectors. He also completes regular valuation exercises around regional North Island centres and has advised on a number of Auckland apartment developments.

Kernahan replaces Darlow as head of Fletcher Construction

Michele Kernahan.

In the wake of the disclosure of an estimated $110 million profit cut arising from losses & further downside risk in its construction division, Fletcher Building Ltd elevated Michele Kernahan to construction division chief executive yesterday, weeks after she was appointed as the division’s chief operating officer.

Her predecessor as chief executive, Graham Darlow, will remain on site, not retiring until the end of the financial year, 30 June.

Group chief executive Mark Adamson said Ms Kernahan “is an outstanding leader who has held a number of general management positions across the Fletcher Building group. Michele has an outstanding track record of delivery at Fletcher Building. She is a strong people leader who has consistently developed a high performance & customer-leading culture within the business units she has led. She is a great example of our commitment to developing our internal talent and we are proud to announce her appointment.”

Her previous general management roles include Laminex Australia (2 years in Melbourne until her move back to Auckland in February), Golden Bay Cement and Fletcher EQR, where she led the team managing the rebuild efforts in Christchurch.

Graham Darlow.

Ms Kernahan has an MBA from Canterbury University and has graduated from leadership & management programmes at the Wharton Business School, Stanford University Graduate School of Business and most recently the Harvard Business School.

Mr Darlow will retire at the end of the financial year after 29 years at Fletcher, the last 5 as construction chief executive. He joined the group in 1988 and worked on many landmark construction projects, including New Zealand’s museum Te Papa and the Waterview Connection in Auckland.

Earlier stories, 20 March 2017:
Fletcher Building cuts earnings guidance by $110 million
Fletcher Building to explain construction loss Monday morning

22 March 2017:

Kiwi Property’s transactions head leaves

Kiwi Property Group Ltd is looking for a replacement for head of transactions Miles Brown, who’s resigned and will leave the company on 11 April to run his own business.

Mr Brown began joined Kiwi Property in 2003 as special projects manager and was promoted to commercial portfolio manager in 2008 and head of transactions in 2011.

Chief executive Chris Gudgeon said: “Miles has been a key player in helping Kiwi Property realise its core property portfolio ambitions, through the strategic acquisition & sale of assets. While we are sorry to see Miles go, we wish him all the very best in his future endeavours as a business owner and thank him for his significant contribution here at Kiwi Property.”

Jasmax appoints senior interior designer for residential team

Tessa Pawson.

Architectural firm Jasmax Group Ltd has appointed Tessa Pawson as senior interior designer leading interior design for its residential team.

Ms Pawson has been an interior designer in Australia & New Zealand for 13 years, more recently leading a team in Auckland delivering award winning projects. She is a specialist in high end, multi-unit residential & apartment work for some of New Zealand’s foremost developers, and has also produced designs for commercial, hospitality & retirement developments.

She said the challenge & pleasure for her was in tailoring the design specifically & creatively for the client & the target demographic: “Key elements for me in any project are simplicity, texture & tone. Tastes differ greatly and a client’s brief is of utmost importance. My job therefore is to interpret these individual characteristics to deliver projects that exceed expectations.”

She has noted that there is a rapidly growing market in Auckland & other New Zealand centres for a fast-retiring baby-boomer market, a market segment which has previously received little focus.

“The target market is a key influence in how a designer plans the interior space. Empty-nesters, for example, are moving from large houses in the suburbs often into superb locations in the inner city. They still want bigger spaces with superior features and a much higher level of finish is expected. We are seeing more developers creating amenity spaces which encourage interaction, such as lounges & leisure areas where owners of these apartments can socialise or entertain.“

Ms Pawson has a Bachelor of Design (Interior) from Unitec, and her award-winning projects include Caro’s (Grey Lynn) & TRG Imaging (Milford).

Tommy’s appoints head for new property management division

Harrison Vaughan.

Tommy’s Real Estate in Wellington has appointed Harrison Vaughan to a newly created role as head of it property management division.

Managing director David Platt said: “Investment buyers are an important part of our business, and for some time we have considered establishing a property management service to meet the needs of this group of buyers. In Harrison, we have found someone with the necessary skills & qualities to head a small team offering a personal hands-on boutique service that will expand as demand dictates.

“Each year we sell in the order of 1000 residential properties from our city office alone and, with the growth in the rental market, a number of new owners are seeking reliable property & tenancy management.”

Mr Vaughan completed a Bachelor of Commerce at Victoria University of Wellington this year, majoring in marketing & information systems. He started his career at Tommy’s in an administration role in 2012 and became its information technology manager while completing his degree.

Mr Platt said Tommy’s was responsible for about 30% of residential property sales in Wellington city.

10 March 2017:

Brad Rathbun.

Rathbun joins Commercial Realty

Brad Rathbun has joined Commercial Realty Ltd as a leasing & sales consultant in its commercial & industrial services team. Mr Rathbun graduated from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Property degree in 2015. While at university, he worked as an on-site building manager at the Alpha & Victopia Apartments, where he assisted in leasing & management of over 300 individual apartments.

6 March 2017:

Ex-Horowhenua mayor added to Local Government Commission for year

Brendan Duffy, ousted as mayor of Horowhenua last October after 12 years in that role & 10 years as a councillor, has joined the Local Government Commission as a temporary member for one year. He was also appointed deputy chair of the MidCentral District Health Board in December.

Local Government Minister Anne Tolley said the appointment of Mr Duffy would assist the commission with its reorganisation work, particularly in the Wairarapa.

The commission is chaired by Sir Wira Gardiner, with members Janie Annear & Leigh Auton, and one other temporary member, Geoff Dangerfield, who was appointed last August to focus on Auckland.

5 March 2017:

Malpass joins Steel & Tube board

Mark Malpass.

Steel & Tube Holdings Ltd has appointed Mark Malpass to its board, effective 1 March.

Mr Malpass is a mechanical engineer, holds an MBA from Victoria University and has worked in the oil & gas sector with ExxonMobil for over 19 years, in New Zealand & internationally. His roles included Mobil Oil NZ country manager, and global planning based in Washington DC. He also held Asia Pacific regional & strategic roles based in Singapore.

After returning to New Zealand in 2011, Mr Malpass joined Fletcher Building Ltd. He was chief executive of its largest division, Infrastructure Products, which included steel distribution & manufacturing businesses. Since then he’s been providing strategic & advisory services to a range of Australasian businesses, including Fulton Hogan Ltd.

Mr Malpass is on the board of trustees of Auckland Grammar School and is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors. His previous chair, directorship & governance positions include The NZ Refining Co Ltd, the Sims Pacific Metals joint venture, the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment business advisory panel and Canterbury University Quake Centre.

New Steel & Tube chair Susan Paterson said Mr Malpass’s broad commercial skills and industry knowledge & relationships, specifically within the steel sector, would add value to the board.

Ms Paterson joined the board on 16 January and assumed the chair on 17 February. Sir John Anderson, who was appointed a director in November 2011 & chair in October 2012, will retire from the board on 31 March.

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On the move, February 2017

Millennium & Copthorne shakeup –
Devereux takes over Aurecon’s NZ leadership
Hinton to quit full-time role at Augusta
East-West & Northern Corridor boards of inquiry appointed
CBRE makes 3 capital markets appointments
Thompson scores new hotels & tourism role at Bayleys
Bayleys, Mayne Wetherell & Augusta move to Gaunt St
Tarullo exit opens up Fed control
Andrew Wong joins Summerset board
Industrial specialist Scott Campbell takes new role at Bayleys
Wheeler sticks to one term at Reserve Bank, Spencer to fill in post-election 
Venables takes senior role at Context Architects
AWF Madison restructures management

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28 February 2017:

Millennium & Copthorne shakeup

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc group chief executive Aloysius Lee Tse Sang, who handed in his notice last August ”in order to pursue philanthropic, mentoring & educational interests”, and asked for it to take effect at the end of January, has just been replaced internationally & in New Zealand.

Mr Lee was appointed group chief executive in February 2015 and joined the boards of NZX-listed CDL Investments NZ Ltd and Millennium & Copthorne Hotels NZ Ltd on 1 April 2015 as a non-executive director.

Tan Kian Seng, who joined the group as group chief of staff & interim president of M&C Hotels plc Asia last October, will assume the position of interim group chief executive and a director of the 2 New Zealand companies tomorrow.

The group said Mr Lee had been transitioning his responsibilities to Mr Tan for several weeks and would continue to do so as necessary to ensure a smooth handover process.

Mr Tan is based in Singapore and hasn’t been appointed as a director, although the company expected he would spend significant time in London and attend board meetings. Before joining Millennium & Copthorne, Mr Tan had over 30 years of senior executive experience in operations & managing finance, legal, investor relations, purchasing, business development, human resources & information technology. Most recently he was advisor to the chief executive & chair of Singapore-listed Venture Corp Ltd, a global provider of technology services, products & solutions.

Mr Tan joined Venture in 2001 and held increasingly senior roles in various jurisdictions, including vice-president of operations in Malaysia until 2006, chief financial officer until 2012 and group president from 2011 until February 2016.

Before joining Venture, Mr Tan was finance director and held other senior finance roles with LenovoEMC (formerly Iomega Corp) and financial controller & accounting roles with various technology & toy manufacturers. He started his career as an accountant in the UK with Deloitte and audit manager in Malaysia with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

2 independent directors of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc will retire at the annual meeting in May. Author Alec Waugh & accountant Nicholas George announced early this month that they’d retire after 8 years.

Howard Wu was appointed as an independent non-executive director with effect from 17 February. The company said he brought broad information technology, data security & e-commerce experience to the board, having held senior positions with technology companies in North America & Europe. Most recently, he’s been vice-president, head of software defined infrastructure at Ericsson and technology advisor to the office of the mayor of Taipei, Taiwan.

He was president for greater China for software & services company Joyent Inc, and founder & chief executive of Layerboom Systems, a company specialising in cloud infrastructure software that Joyent acquired. He was educated in the US & Canada.

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc is the UK holding company for the 2 NZX-listed entities, and all are members of the Hong Leong Group of Singapore.

Carl Devereux.

Devereux takes over Aurecon’s NZ leadership

Global engineering & infrastructure advisory company Aurecon Group has appointed its South Island manager of the last 3½ years, Carl Devereux, as regional director for New Zealand. He succeeds Bruce Manners, who’s retired after 5½ years in the regional role.

Mr Devereux was previously Aurecon’s technical director in Christchurch for 9½ years, was lead engineer for the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority’s significant buildings unit for 18 months after the 2011 earthquake. He graduated from Canterbury University with a BEng degree in 1995.

21 February 2017:

Hinton to quit full-time role at Augusta

Augusta Capital Ltd said on Monday general manager Phil Hinton had decided to retire from a full-time role, effective in June. Mr Hinton will retire at the same time as a director of Augusta subsidiary Augusta Funds Management Ltd. However, he will remain a consultant, based in New Plymouth, assisting the company on key projects, particularly in investor relations.

Mr Hinton & Bryce Barnett, also New Plymouth-based, joined Augusta in 2014 when they sold their property syndication business, KCL Property Ltd, to Augusta. A third KCL shareholder, Cheryl Macaulay, incorporated a new syndication company, Silverfin Capital Ltd, in 2015.

Mr Hinton spent 12 years with KCL after a 20-year career as a valuer & partner at Telfer Young (Taranaki) Ltd. He was president of the Property Institute for 2 years.

East-West & Northern Corridor boards of inquiry appointed

The Government has appointed boards of inquiry for 2 major Auckland road projects, the East-West Link and the Northern Corridor.

For the East-West Link the board is retired High Court judge Dr John Priestly QC (chair), environment management consultant Michael Parsonson, civil engineer Alan Bickers and independent hearings commissioner Sheena Tepania.

For the Northern Corridor, the board is Environment Judge Melanie Harland (chair), resource management consultant Conway Stewart and civil engineer Nigel Mark-Brown.

The $1.5 billion East-West Link roading proposal involves the construction of a new 4-lane arterial road between State Highway 20, the Neilson St interchange & State Highway 1 at Mt Wellington.

The $700 million Northern Corridor project will complete the Western Ring Route. It will establish motorway interchange connections between State Highways 1 & 18, and capacity & safety improvements on State Highway 1 from Constellation Drive to Oteha Valley Rd, and on State Highway 18 between State Highway 1 and the Albany Highway.

17 February 2017:

CBRE makes 3 capital markets appointments

Brett Whalley.

CBRE Capital Markets has made 3 new appointments – Brett Whalley from the United Arab Emirates, Buzz Scown from Ray White in Queenstown and James Fraser from CBRE’s retirement housing and healthcare valuation & advisory services team.

Brett Whalley has been appointed national director of metropolitan investments after 10 years in the United Arab Emirates, where he held a number of senior leadership roles with agency, investment & development companies focused on project sales, leasing & new business development. Before moving to Dubai, Mr Whalley had extensive agency experience in New Zealand.

CBRE’s national director of capital markets, Andrew Stringer, said Mr Whalley’s appointment would enable CBRE to expand its metropolitan investments capabilities, focused primarily on Auckland.

Buzz Scown.

Buzz Scown has joined the Auckland capital markets team from Queenstown, where he operated as a property professional for over 20 years, including spells with Ray White and Bayleys. He will be working with Mr Whalley to focus on the Auckland metropolitan investment sector. Mr Scown’s expertise covers largescale development land, particularly high density projects & masterplan opportunities, and he’s recently been involved in a series of transactions at Karaka & Drury. While based in Auckland and with a principal focus locally, Mr Scown will continue to use his market knowledge to work with CBRE clients in the Lakes district.

James Fraser.

James Fraser has joined the Auckland capital markets team as senior negotiator after 4 years in CBRE’s retirement housing and healthcare valuation & advisory services team. His new focus is on leveraging his specialisation & experience to provide a comprehensive investment sales skillset to the retirement housing & healthcare market. Mr Stringer said that, combined with recent senior appointments in Australia in this sector, CBRE can provide clients with market-leading skills & expertise in New Zealand & the greater Pacific region.

Mr Stringer, recently named as CBRE’s managing director for Auckland, said: “It’s an exciting time for the capital markets team. We have a culture of specialisation to deliver our clients genuine expertise, and the appointment of Buzz & James reinforces that. Brett’s leadership skills & sales management expertise will enable us to aggressively expand into new markets.”

Thompson scores new hotels & tourism role at Bayleys

Nick Thompson.

Bayleys Real Estate has appointed Nick Thompson to the newly created role of hotels & tourism director, based in Auckland. He has over 10 years’ experience in the property industry, much of it focused on hotels & tourism, and has acted for some of the largest hotel owners & operators in New Zealand.

Mr Thompson has a BCom in valuation & property management from Lincoln University and a post-graduate diploma in business & finance and a masters in finance from Massey University, spent a year in the Navy as a sub-lieutenant and 3 years at Telfer Young (Auckland) Ltd as a valuer before moving into agency 6 years ago, first as a vice-president of JLL Hotels nd then as an associate director at Colliers.

15 February 2017:

Bayleys House at 30 Gaunt St, Wynyard Quarter.

Bayleys, Mayne Wetherell & Augusta move to Gaunt St

Bayleys Real Estate moved into its new premises – Bayleys House at 30 Gaunt St in the Wynyard Quarter – on Monday. Its auctions today and for the rest of this month will be held at the Sofitel Hotel on Viaduct Harbour Avenue, and its first Total Property auction at the new address will be on Wednesday 8 March.

Law firm Mayne Wetherell has moved into level 5 of Bayleys House and NZX-listed property & funds manager Augusta Capital Ltd is moving into level 2.

11 February 2017:

Tarullo exit opens up Fed control

A firmly Democratic member of the US Federal Reserve board, Daniel Tarullo, handed in his notice to President Trump on Friday, opening the way for the new president to secure Republican control not just of the Supreme Court but also the central bank in his first month in charge.

Mr Tarullo, 64, was appointed on 28 January 2009 and made his resignation effective “on or around” 5 April.

Fed chair Janet Yellen, who’s already laid down a challenge over control of the central bank although she’s 70, said in December she intended to serve out the remainder of her 4-year term in the chair, which began in October 2014, Her 14-year term as a member of the board runs until January 2024.

Ms Yellen, also a Democrat, also said in December that, although there was room to make some changes to the Dodd-Frank Act regulating banks since the global financial crisis, “like eliminating the burden of compliance with the Volcker rule or incentive compensation regulations for smaller banks or modestly raising the threshold for banks that are subject to enhanced credential supervision,” it was important not to roll back the whole act. However, the Republicans & President Trump are intent on dismantling it.

Ms Yellen said Mr Tarullo had led the Fed’s work “to craft a new framework for ensuring the safety & soundness of our financial system following the financial crisis… My colleagues & I will truly miss his deep expertise, impeccable judgment, wise insight & strategic counsel.”

President Obama appointed Mr Tarullo to the board for an unexpired term ending on 31 January 2022. He chaired the committee on supervision & regulation and the Financial Stability Board’s standing committee on supervisory & regulatory co-operation.

Before joining the Board, Mr Tarullo was a law professor at the Georgetown University Law Centre, where he taught courses in international financial regulation, international law & banking law. He held several senior positions in the Clinton administration and was on the staff of the late Senator Edward Kennedy.

10 February 2017:

Andrew Wong joins Summerset board

Summerset Group Holdings Ltd has appointed Dr Andrew Wong as a non-executive independent director, effective 1 March.

Dr Wong is managing director of MercyAscot Hospital Group and Healthcare Holdings Ltd, is a director of a number of medical organisations covering areas such as surgical hospitals, day surgeries, diagnostic radiology & cancer care, and is registered with the Medical Council as a public health medicine specialist.

Summerset chair Rob Campbell said Dr Wong’s mix of medical & commercial experience would bring a unique skillset to the board table. “Care is an essential part of our offering for customers and, over the last 3 years, we have increased the weighting of care beds & serviced apartments in our villages and added secure dementia. We will continue to deepen this focus on care & support in response to customer needs.”

All 6 board members are independent.

7 February 2017:

Industrial specialist Scott Campbell takes new role at Bayleys

Scott Campbell.

Bayleys Real Estate has appointed Scott Campbell as industrial national director. He was development & property assets general manager for Southpark Corp Ltd over the last 2 years, development manager for Goodman Property Trust for 7 years and CBRE’s industrial sales & leasing national director for 4 years.

Bayleys’ commercial national director, John Church, said Mr Campbell’s position was a new one created to grow the agency’s industrial market share: “Scott’s skills & reputation within the industrial property sector are second to none and his experience & networks of industrial developers & tenants will add significant value to our business.”

Wheeler sticks to one term at Reserve Bank, Spencer to fill in post-election

Graeme Wheeler.

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler said today he wouldn’t seek a second term when his current term ends on 26 September, a month before his 66th birthday.

Deputy governor Grant Spencer, who’d already announced his intention to retire this year, will stay on as acting governor for 6 months after Mr Wheeler leaves, because of the general election scheduled for 23 September.

Under the Reserve Bank of NZ Act, the finance minister appoints the governor for a 5-year term on the recommendation of the Reserve Bank board. Board chair Professor Neil Quigley said the Government had advised the board that, because of the proximity of the election, the board’s recruitment process to identify a successor needed to start later in the year.

Mr Wheeler said: “It was my intention, when I was appointed, to serve one term, and then to take on governance roles.”

He worked at the World Bank from 1997-2010, as vice-president & treasurer from 2001-06 and as operations managing director from 2006-10. As managing director, Mr Wheeler led the bank’s interactions with the IMF (International Monetary Fund) on the global financial crisis. He ran his own advisory business in the US from 2010-12. Earlier, Mr Wheeler was deputy secretary & treasurer of the Debt Management Office at the NZ Treasury from 1993-97.

Grant Spencer.

Mr Spencer was appointed as both deputy governor & head of financial stability in 2007, after 3 years as assistant governor & head of economics, and 5 years from 1985-90 as chief manager of the bank’s economics department. He was a senior executive in treasury & strategy at the ANZ Banking Group from 1995-2004, in New Zealand & Australia.

He was appointed to chair the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development)’s committee on financial markets in 2015. He’s also been a special advisor for the IMF’s European department, New Zealand’s alternate executive director at the IMF, chaired the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development)’s committee on financial markets, and chaired the EMEAP (Executives’ Meeting of East Asia Pacific Central Banks) working group on financial markets.

Mr Spencer holds a BA(Hons) in economics & information science from Victoria University of Wellington, and an MSc in econometrics & mathematical economics from the London School of Economics & Political Science.

Venables takes senior role at Context Architects

Rachel Venables.

Context Architects Ltd has promoted Rachel Venables to senior architect a year after her arrival. She leads teams to deliver masterplanned housing communities.

A winner of multiple industry awards for residential as well as furniture design, Ms Venables opened her own practice in 2002 and was one of the youngest architects to be named a fellow of the NZ Institute of Architects, in 2010.

She’s also worked for Studio D4 Ltd, Alexander & Co Ltd and Robin O’Donnell Architects Ltd.

Context principal Scott Cracknell said: “Rachel is a skilled architect & future leader. She supports our clients with professionalism & efficiency, designing well thought-out developments that offer strong returns.”

Ms Venables believes medium-density residential development is the future: “Achieving greater density through beautiful, sustainable design is key to increasing affordability and reducing sprawl. And density needs great design to be successful for everyone in the community.

“Designing developments as a whole creates a more pleasant environment. You have more of an opportunity to provide sight lines, a sense of borrowed space. If there’s gaps between buildings, there’s a sense of openness and it’s more enjoyable to live in and look at. You don’t need a lot of space with great design – good orientation, indoor & outdoor spaces relating to each other and manageable gardens that free people up to do other things with their spare time are all very desirable.”

5 February 2017:

AWF Madison restructures management

AWF Madison Group Ltd has reviewed its management structure following the resignation of subsidiary company AWF Ltd’s chief operating officer, Alex Park, 2 weeks ago, to be effective in March.

Group chief executive Simon Bennett said on Friday the board agreed with him that it was an appropriate time to divide operations geographically into northern & southern regions: “Each region will report to a general manager, who will report to the chief executive. This will allow for a greater strategic business focus & flexibility, and drive operational & systems improvement to support the business as it grows.”

With effect from March, Fleur Board will manage the northern region and Donna Lynch will manage the southern region.

Ms Board has worked in recruitment services in Australia & New Zealand for 30 years, the last 8 years at AWF. Before moving to AWF in 2008 she was chief executive of Adecco NZ Ltd for the last 4 of the 18 years she worked for that company, winning a claim for unjustified dismissal after her position was disestablished. She will be based in Auckland.

Donna Lynch, based in Palmerston North, will manage the southern region. She’s held senior management roles in sales & marketing in fields of human capital & operations in her 20-year career, including a year as NZ managing director for Adecco Personnel Ltd.

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On the move, January 2017

Batistich moves from Bell Gully to Kensington Swan
Bell Gully appoints 5 partners & 2 special counsel
Park to leave AWF
CBRE names Stringer as Auckland managing director
French-Wright to join Augusta from Melbourne
Oyster appoints 2 facility managers
Turners makes leadership appointments
Cooper leaving Baycorp to head Warehouse Financial Services
Timbs promoted to associate at Berry Simons

Downer NZ chief resigns to join Fulton Hogan
Nicol returns to CBRE from London
Valuers Silverton Alexander open for business in Hamilton
7 New Year gongs

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27 January 2017:

Batistich moves from Bell Gully to Kensington Swan

Marija Batistich.

Resource management & environmental lawyer Marija Batistich moved from Bell Gully to Kensington Swan’s environment & planning team in Auckland on Monday as special counsel. She spent 11 years at Bell Gully, where she was a senior associate, 5 years before that in London and her first 4 years in law at Russell McVeagh and Simpson Grierson.

She’s a specialist in consenting major infrastructure, having worked on some of Auckland’s most important transport & other place-shaping projects. She also has expertise in public law & liquor licensing. She is a past member of the Auckland committee of the Resource Management Law Association and is a member of the Auckland Women’s Lawyers Association.

Kensington Swan said Ms Batistich’s appointment was part of a wider commitment to provide excellent service to its infrastructure & commercial clients, particularly in the area of environment & planning. She will be working alongside partners Christina Sheard (Auckland) & Nicky McIndoe (Wellington), and senior associates Natalie Amos (Auckland), Frances Wedde (Wellington) & Ezekiel Hudspith (Wellington) to lead the specialist team of 12.

Kensington Swan has also promoted Duncan Halliwell, who specialises in construction & infrastructure, to special counsel, and Natalie Amos & Tom McLaughlin to senior associates.

Bell Gully appoints 5 partners & 2 special counsel

Karl Anderson.

Law firm Bell Gully has appointed 5 new partners and a further 2 special counsel, effective 1 January.

The new partners are Karl Anderson, Tim Fitzgerald, Tania Goatley, Chris Goddard & Graham Murray. The 2 special counsel are Sarah McQueen & Sally Whincop.

Tim Fitzgerald.

Karl Anderson specialises in commercial property & real estate, with expertise in the sale, acquisition, development & leasing of property, and acting on the property-related aspects of largescale corporate & banking transactions. Before joining Bell Gully in 2014, he was an associate in the real estate departments of Addleshaw Goddard and King & Wood Mallesons in London.

Tim Fitzgerald has 13 years’ commercial litigation experience, with expertise in insolvency, regulatory, banking, company law & insurance disputes.

Tania Goatley.

Tania Goatley has 16 years’ experience as a commercial litigator. Her expertise is in media law (including defamation, advertising, fair trading & passing-off issues), intellectual property & privacy law.

Chris Goddard.

Chris Goddard joined Bell Gully after working for Herbert Smith in London and is in the corporate team, specialising in securities offerings and mergers & acquisitions.

Graham Murray.

Graham Murray advises on the tax aspects of mergers & acquisitions, investment structuring, financing (particularly securitisation), managed funds, employee share arrangements & tax disputes.

Sarah McQueen.

Sarah McQueen returned to Bell Gully in 2010 after working for Slaughter & May in London. She’s a financial services specialist advising on managed funds law, including superannuation. She also advises on insurance regulation & policy reviews.

Sally Whincop.

Sally Whincop has specialised in commercial property, acting for 20 years on high profile property transactions.

Park to leave AWF

Alex Park.

The chief operating officer of AWF Madison Group Ltd subsidiary AWF Ltd, Alex Park, resigned this week, effective in March, to pursue other interests.

AWF appointed him in May 2015 and said he’d been instrumental in implementing new systems and driving change towards a more sustainable operational structure.
Chief executive Simon Bennett said Mr Park had done an excellent job in an often challenging environment, and positioned the company well for the future. Mr Bennett said he would review the company’s management structure as a result of Mr Park’s departure.

Mr Park was previously executive general manager of Australia’s Skilled Group for 9 years and a ship’s officer for Solstad Offshore ASA for 10 years.

25 January 2017:

CBRE names Stringer as Auckland managing director

Andrew Stringer.

CBRE has promoted Andrew Stringer to Auckland managing director. He will retain his position as capital markets national director and will continue to work alongside the property consultancy’s New Zealand executive committee.

CBRE’s senior managing director for New Zealand, Brent McGregor, said: “Andrew’s experience, knowledge & drive will ensure strong leadership for the Auckland office and we are excited to be working with him in this new capacity.”

Mr Stringer has over 20 years’ experience in commercial markets at a senior management level, covering cbd office markets, major retail investments & residential land development. He has had executive roles at Kiwi Income Property Trust (now Kiwi Property Group Ltd), Precinct Properties NZ Ltd & Landco Ltd (now Todd Property Group Ltd).

Mr Stringer has extensive professional affiliations, including being a licensed real estate salesman, a registered valuer, a senior member of the Property Institute, an associate of the Institute of Valuers and a member of the Institute of Directors.

He said: “I returned to CBRE in 2015 because the company clearly offered the strongest local market expertise combined with global integration. I’m looking forward to leveraging my corporate experience within the CBRE platform to continue to grow the business.”

CBRE’s previous appointment of a managing director for Auckland was not a success. The agency announced the appointment last June of Richard Kirke to the role, to have been effective in August, but instead Mr Kirke went to Colliers on his return from Hong Kong. He’s been Colliers’ capital markets international sales director since October. Mr Kirke began his real estate career at CBRE in South Auckland in 2004 and held several roles at CBRE in New Zealand, including managing director of its North Shore office, before joining Colliers in 2009 as managing director in Hong Kong. At the beginning of 2015 he returned to CBRE as head of capital markets for Asia & the Pacific.

French-Wright to join Augusta from Melbourne

Augusta Capital Ltd has appointed Guy French-Wright as chief operating officer, starting in March. Managing director Mark Francis said the recent success & growth of Augusta’s funds management business had driven the need for this position.

Mr French-Wright is development general manager at Quintessential Equity Pty Ltd, a wholesale property fund manager based in Melbourne, where he’s been responsible for building a diversified development business. Before that, he was commercial development director at the Mirvac Group in Melbourne and he’s held a range of other management positions at Mirvac Group, Salta Properties & Austcorp Group in Australia.

He started his career as an investment banking associate at Macquarie Bank. The appointment marks a return to New Zealand for Mr French-Wright, who grew up in Christchurch and obtained property & finance qualifications from Lincoln & Otago Universities.

Oyster appoints 2 facility managers

Property & fund manager Oyster Property Group Ltd has appointed 2 facilities managers, reflecting growth of the company’s assets under management.

Greg Wilder.

Greg Wilder has been appointed facilities manager for Oyster’s Auckland southern corridor properties. He will be based onsite and be primarily focused on the Millennium Centre business park in Greenlane.

Oyster bought the Millennium Centre – a commercial hub of 7 office buildings with total net lettable area of 43,500m² – unconditionally last year in New Zealand’s biggest single office transaction. It’s being syndicated as a wholesale investment fund, with settlement on the purchase scheduled for 28 February.

Mr Wilder joins Oyster from Jones Lang LaSalle, where he was the onsite facilities manager for Eden Business Park, with operational responsibility for 5 buildings across a net lettable area of 19,069m². He was also the acting facilities manager for a further 3 buildings, comprising a mix of commercial, industrial & retail assets. In 2016, he won the Facilities Managers Association’s facilities manager of the year award.

Craig Nicholson.

Craig Nicholson joins Oyster as retail facilities manager supporting onsite management teams in the company’s national shopping centre portfolio, which includes the Dress-Smart outlet centres, Coast Plaza at Whangaparaoa, newly developed Tauranga Crossing, Morrison Square in Nelson and Meridian Mall in Dunedin.

Mr Nicholson has extensive experience in facilities management. Most recently he was a regional property manager for Ryman Healthcare Ltd, responsible for 12 retirement villages throughout New Zealand. Before he was property & facilities manager for Motat (the Museum of Transport & Technology) and previously a facilities manager for Urban Partners Ltd, managing a portfolio of commercial properties comprising shopping centres, restaurants & a cinema.

Following settlement of the Millennium Centre purchase, Oyster will have $1.2 billion of property assets under management through a combination of public & wholesale property funds, and institutional & private investor property management mandates.

Turners makes leadership appointments

Integrated automotive financial services group Turners Ltd has made a number of appointments to its leadership team. The company operates through 4 divisions – automotive retail, finance, insurance and debt management, supported by senior executives at group level.

At group level, Turners Cars’ chief operating officer Aaron Saunders has been appointed as group chief financial officer of Turners Ltd and will transition into the new role for the start of the new financial year in April. Before his Turners Cars role, he was chief financial officer of Turners Auctions.

New group general managers have been confirmed for the insurance and finance divisions. Turners Finance general manager Dion Jones will become group general manager finance and James Searle, who has been running the DPL Insurance business for 5 years, becomes group general manager insurance. Mr Searle has played a key role in the Autosure transaction and worked for many years with Lumley and IAG before joining the Turners business. Mr Jones has experience in intermediated finance business and the more traditional banking & insurance markets.

Turners Ltd chief executive Todd Hunter has been managing Turners Group NZ and Buy Right Cars but said recruitment for a Turners Automotive Retail chief executive would start soon.

Cooper leaving Baycorp to head Warehouse Financial Services

Donna Cooper.

The Warehouse Group Ltd has appointed Donna Cooper as chief executive of The Warehouse Financial Services Ltd with effect from 13 March.

She’s been general manager of Baycorp in New Zealand for 3 years and is a director of Baycorp Holdings (NZ) Ltd, and worked for American Express for the previous 10 years – 4 years in New Zealand as customer & product management director, followed by vice-presidency in consumer products in India, then Australia & New Zealand.

Ms Cooper is on the executive of the Financial Services Federation NZ. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in business, management & international business from the Auckland Institute of Technology.

The Warehouse set up its financial services business in 2014 after buying Diners Club (NZ) Ltd. Its executive general manager, Hadyn Halls, announced his intention to leave the company last year, giving the business time to recruit & induct a new leader.

19 January 2017:

Timbs promoted to associate at Berry Simons

Chris Timbs.

Law firm Berry Simons has promoted solicitor Chris Timbs to be an associate from 1 January. Mr Timbs graduated from Otago University with an LlB and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree, majoring in environmental management, and joined Berry Simons last June after 4 years in the environmental law team at Gallaway Cook Allan in Dunedin.

He’s been working on issues such as the Thames-Coromandel District Council proposed district plan appeals, local alcohol policy throughout New Zealand, and a raft of other ongoing advice & case-related work.

His appointment as an associate means Berry Simons now comprises 3 partners, 3 senior associates, 2 associates & 2 solicitors. Partner Simon Berry said the boutique law firm had the right mix of talent & experience to compete with environmental law teams in the larger firms.

16 January 2017:

Downer NZ chief resigns to join Fulton Hogan

Cos Bruyn.

The chief executive of Downer EDI Ltd’s New Zealand business, Cos Bruyn, has resigned after 13 years with the company to join Fulton Hogan Ltd as group chief executive.

In an earlier stint at Fulton Hogan, Mr Bruyn was northern zine general manager for 4½ years. He also worked at Works Infrastructure Ltd for 3 years.

Downer chief executive Grant Fenn said today Mr Bruyn would relinquish all Downer management responsibilities immediately and be subject to a 9-month post-employment restraint period before he joins Fulton Hogan.

Steve Killeen.

Steve Killeen, group executive manager for strategy & development, will assume the role of acting chief executive of Downer’s New Zealand business. Mr Killeen has been working for Downer for 12 years and has extensive senior management experience. His roles in New Zealand have included being executive general manager of the northern region and of infrastructure.

Downer provides services in roads, telecommunications, infrastructure projects, power & water.

12 January 2017:

Nicol returns to CBRE from London

Glenn Nicol.

Glenn Nicol has returned from 2 years working for CBRE in London and has rejoined CBRE Valuation & Advisory Services in Auckland as an associate director, specialising in retirement housing & healthcare.

Mr Nicol is a registered valuer providing professional valuation services and financial & market analysis advice for investors, operators, lenders & other advisors.

He worked for CBRE NZ from 2006-14 and spent the last 2 years working as a senior surveyor in CBRE’s specialist markets healthcare team in London.

10 January 2017:

Valuers Silverton Alexander open for business in Hamilton

Matt Silverton (left) & Jeff Alexander.

New valuation firm Silverton Alexander Ltd (Jeff Alexander & Matt Silverton) opened its doors in Hamilton yesterday.

Both of the owners previously worked for Curnow Tizard Ltd in Hamilton, Mr Alexander for the last 7 years, Mr Silverton since 2005, with a short break at Bayleys Valuations Ltd in Auckland. Mr Alexander has also worked as a real estate agent for Harcourts and Barfoot & Thompson in Auckland, and as an assistant property manager for the Dilworth Trust Board in Auckland, after graduating from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Property degree.

Mr Alexander is an associate member & councillor for the Institute of Valuers, and past Waikato branch chair of the Property Institute. He has particular experience in compensation matters, residential subdivision development, commercial & industrial valuations and high value residential/lifestyle properties.

Mr Silverton was born & bred in the Waikato and, with the exception of the stint undertaking commercial valuation work in Auckland’s cbd, has spent his professional life based in Hamilton. He gained a BCom (Valuation & Property Management) from Lincoln University, is also a registered valuer, is a full member of the Property Institute and an associate member of the Institute of Valuers. He’s also a past chair of the Waikato branch of the Property Institute. Mr Silverton has experience in a wide range of commercial/industrial & residential property types and has undertaken more specialist work on coolstores & coldstores, childcare centres and motels.

They’ll move to new premises in the London State Building at 678 Victoria St, Hamilton, on 1 March and intend to operate throughout the greater Waikato region.

Link: Silverton Alexander

7 January 2017:

7 New Year gongs

6 prominent Aucklanders and a Wellingtonian who has a new association with Auckland were named in the New Year’s honours list.

Knight (knight companion of the NZ order of merit)

Brian Roche.

Brian Roche, Wellington, for services to the state & business.

Mr Roche has been chief executive of NZ Post since 2010, but announced in August he intended to leave that job in April. He retired in June as a non-executive director of Kiwibank Ltd.

Auckland Council & the Government appointed him just before Christmas as the establishment chair of City Rail Link Ltd. He was the inaugural chair of the Auckland Regional Transport Authority in 2004 and the first chair of the NZ Transport Authority when it was established in 2008.

Mr Roche’s citation said he was regarded as a ‘go to’ person and his leadership skills had been called upon to solve strategic issues in public sector organisations & private sector businesses. He was head of the bid project team for the 2011 Rugby World Cup and chaired the company which ran the tournament. He chaired the World War I centenary panel, was chief Crown negotiator on Treaty of Waitangi settlements in the 1990s and was recognised as having been a major contributor to the successful outcome of the Ngai Tahu settlement, which laid the framework for subsequent treaty negotiations.

He’s recognised as having played a significant role in business transformations, including the Gas Industry Co Ltd. Mr Roche has been an independent chair of Hurricanes Rugby since 2013 and chairs Antarctica NZ, the Government’s Major Events Investment Panel, Tait Ltd (ex-Tait Electronics Ltd) and the Wellington Gateway Project (Transmission Gully), and was briefly a director of the general partner of Gareth Morgan Investments LP in 2014.
Earlier stories:
22 December 2016: Roche to head rail link company
17 May 2009: Half up & half down is new Waterview Connection plan

David Williams QC.

David Williams QC, Auckland, for services to international law & arbitration.

Mr Williams took the unusual step of resigning as a High Court judge only 3 years after his appointment in 1991, when the generalist approach of the courts meant there was less call for him to apply his expertise in commercial law. He’d been a litigation partner at Russell McVeagh in Auckland for 18 years, was appointed a QC in 1987 and, after his spell on the High Court bench, went on to be an arbitrator in more than 150 international disputes.

He helped establish a New Zealand branch of the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce’s International Court of Arbitration, which enabled New Zealand lawyers to serve on the international court in Paris. He was the first New Zealand appointee to the court, serving from 1999-2002.

Mr Williams has long been a member of the Arbitrators’ & Mediators’ Institute of NZ and was its president from 2004-06, when it established its arbitration appeals tribunal. He’s involved with AMINZ International, which seeks to promote New Zealand as a venue for international arbitrations from Australia, New Zealand & Oceania. He’s been a judge in the Cook Islands for over 15 years and is president of the Cook Islands Court of Appeal. In 2010 he drafted the Arbitration Act which was passed by the Cook Islands Parliament.

With Ms Amokura Kawharu he authored New Zealand’s leading text on arbitration. Early in his career Mr Williams helped found the Environmental Defence Society and wrote New Zealand’s first legal text book on environmental law.
Link: Bankside Chambers, David Williams profile

CNZM (companion of the NZ order of merit)

Phil Goff.

Phil Goff, Auckland, for services as a member of Parliament.

Mr Goff, who resigned his seat as MP for Mt Roskill after winning election as mayor of Auckland last October, was first elected to Parliament in 1981, and was leader of both the Labour Party & Opposition from November 2008-December 2011.

He held the Roskill seat from 1981-90 and was a cabinet minister in the fourth Labour government following the 1984 election, holding the housing, employment, environment, youth affairs, tourism & education portfolios during the next 6 years.

After 3 years out of office, he returned to Parliament in 1993 and, in the fifth Labour government from 1999-2008, held the foreign affairs, trade, justice, Pacific Island affairs, corrections and defence & disarmament portfolios.

ONZM (officer of the NZ order of merit)

Richard Aitken.

Richard Aitken, Auckland, for services to business & engineering.

Mr Aitken, an executive director of Beca Group Ltd or predecessor companies for 40 years and currently its executive chair, received an honorary degree of doctor of engineering from Auckland University last June

His citation for the New Year’s honour says he “has a reputation for delivering on time, under budget and above the quality & performance standards and has overseen major projects such as the Manukau wastewater plant, Auckland motorway projects and the Waterview tunnel.

“Beyond Beca Group, he has helped to develop young engineers, represented the profession on legislative & industry bodies and promoted New Zealand’s engineering capabilities overseas.”

Mr Aitken’s appointments to external boards include Trustpower Ltd, Manukau Wastewater Services Ltd, Development Auckland and Hutt Valley Water Services Ltd, and he was recently appointed chair of the board of Te Punaha Matatini, a new national centre of research excellence hosted by Auckland University. He’s a distinguished fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers NZ and a fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers UK.

Bruce Sheppard.

Bruce Sheppard, Auckland, for services to business.

Mr Sheppard co-founded Gilligan Sheppard Chartered Accountants in 1985 and remains a partner, and founded the NZ Shareholders’ Association in 2001 to represent shareholders and improve the equity investment market. In the 10 years he chaired it, the association grew from a membership of 100 to over 1000, and 6 branches.

He advocated for the association to develop financial literacy as a key objective, including the development of education courses, particularly for the elderly. He led the campaign for financial market reform & accountability, particularly the Companies Act & Securities Act and the right to take an action on behalf of investors.

He encouraged the establishment of the Financial Markets Authority and was a member of its establishment & foundation boards. He’s a frequent speaker at professional events, corporate governance conferences, for community groups and as a guest lecturer & expert witness. Mr Sheppard is a shareholder & director himself, having been involved in a number of new & often innovative ventures, including Argus Fire Protection Ltd & Connexionz Ltd.

MNZM (member of the NZ order of merit)

Alan Dormer.

Alan Dormer, Auckland, for services to the law.

Mr Dormer chaired the technical advisory group the Government appointed in 2009 to produce phase 1 changes intended to simplify & streamline the Resource Management Act, chaired the urban advisory group appointed in 2010 and was a member of the infrastructure advisory group, also appointed in 2010.

He has practised law in the fields of resource management, local government & liquor licensing and, since the Resource Management Act was introduced in 1991, has applied himself, according to his citation, “to ensuring that those in local government understood the workings & implication of the ever-changing legislation”.

Other ministerial appointments include to the Rugby World Cup Authority in 2010 and to the independent board of inquiry for the NZ Transport Agency’s proposal for the Waterview Connection project.

He’s been an advisor to the Law Commission, has been appointed as a hearings commissioner by 9 local authorities, was president of the Resource Management Law Association in 2005-06, was legal editor of Local Government magazine and contributed a regular column to the magazine for 10 years, advocated for professional development programmes to upskill elected councillors in decision-making and was one of the first trainers for the Making good decisions programme.
Earlier stories:
10 October 2011: Dormer to head new advisory group on putting greater RMA weight on natural hazards
17 December 2008: Dormer to head RMA reform advisory group

Derek Firth.

Derek Firth, Auckland, for services to arbitration & education.

Mr Firth has been vice-president of the Arbitrators’ & Mediators’ Institute of NZ for 3 years and president for 2 and serves on various institute panels & committees, was an alternate member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration for 5 years and chaired the court’s New Zealand national committee, and has been appointed by the World Bank to assess cases.

He’s the immediate past chair of the Dilworth Trust Board and served as a trustee from 1975-2015. Among the improvements during his time as chair, he’s overseen improvement of education outcomes, particularly among Maori & Pacific children, and a strengthening of the endowment used to fully fund the 640 students.

Mr Firth has been a member of the Melanesian Mission Trust Board, HE Fairey Trust for Disabled Children, NZ Special Air Service Trust, Chinese Language Foundation & the Confucius Institute of NZ, and chair of Kristin School (New Zealand’s largest independent co-educational school).

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On the move, December 2016

Paterson joins Steel & Tube board as step towards chair
Alexander resigns from Stride
Tindal & Parsons join Mainfreight board
Hollings to lead Pizza Hut expansion
Douglas retiring from Steel & Tube
GHD takes over Creative Spaces
Regulators approve SkyCity board appointments
Mortensen to return to operations role at SkyCity
Dandy replaces Ito at hotel company
Heartland looks at new challenges as Owen resigns
Malaysian fund replaces Shahudin with Harris on Opus board
Gamby returns and Murdoch appointed to valuers board
Tucker joins Methven board

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22 December 2016:

Paterson joins Steel & Tube board as step towards chair

Susan Paterson.

Steel & Tube Holdings Ltd has appointed Susan Paterson as a director, effective 16 January, and said she would take over as chair when Sir John Anderson retires in the first half of 2017.

Sir John, who’s 71, also faces termination of his chairmanship of listed property company NPT Ltd under a proposal by Augusta Capital Ltd to inject properties into the NPT portfolio and to take over the company’s management contract. Augusta has proposed replacing the 3-man NPT board. However, the present NPT board has said it prefers a proposal from Kiwi Property Group Ltd, which would also inject properties and take over the management contract but would leave the existing board intact – with a succession plan in place.

Ms Paterson has been a professional director for 20 years and is a chartered fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Having trained & practised as a pharmacist, she completed her MBA at London Business School then worked in strategy and IT consulting & management roles in New Zealand, Europe & the US. She’s also held a variety of executive positions with Fletcher Challenge Ltd, including the steel sector and as general manager of Wiremakers.

Ms Paterson was made an officer of the NZ Order of Merit in the 2015 New Year’s honours for her services to corporate governance. She has owned her own pharmacy business for nearly 20 years, chairs IT consultancy Theta Systems Ltd, is a director of Arvida Ltd, Goodman NZ Ltd, Les Mills NZ Ltd & Sky Network TV Ltd, and is on the board of the Electricity Authority.

Her previous chair, deputy chair & governance positions include Abano Healthcare Group Ltd, Airways Corp of NZ Ltd, America’s Cup Village Ltd, Auckland Regional Holdings, the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority, Housing NZ Ltd, International Accreditation NZ, Ports of Auckland Ltd, Tower Health & Life Ltd & Transpower NZ Ltd.

Sir John Anderson said he was delighted to welcome Ms Paterson, and that her governance experience, commercial skills & investment knowledge, including her experience with Fletcher’s focusing on steel- & wire-based products, would add value to the board. Her time as a council member of International Accreditation NZ added depth in a key area for the company.

Ms Paterson said she was excited to be joining an important New Zealand company when demand for steel products was strong, and where it was imperative that New Zealand had capable supply chain players of scale to efficiently & effectively meet customers’ needs.

21 December 2016:

Alexander resigns from Stride

Peter Alexander, holding the NZX bell for Investore’s listing in July.

Peter Alexander has resigned as chief executive of the Stride Property Group 3 years after he was appointed, and will leave on 31 March.

DNZ Property Ltd became Stride Property Ltd in September 2015 and turned itself into multiple entities this year. One is the stapled security comprising Stride Property & Stride Investment Management Ltd, another is the newly listed supermarket portfolio owner Investore Property Ltd, and a third is the Diversified NZ Property Trust, previously the Diversified NZ Property Fund Ltd and dating back to Stride’s Dominion Funds days, when it was set up as a wholesale fund for Australian investors. Stride Investment manages all 3 property entities.

DNZ appointed Mr Alexander in 2013 to replace Paul Duffy (who now chairs Augusta Capital Ltd) and to lead significant change in the business. He moved to DNZ after 5 years as property general manager for Auckland International Airport Ltd.

His earlier roles included being general manager of the listed Property For Industry Ltd between 1998-2003, developing & managing property funds for AMP Capital Investors (NZ) Ltd and general manager of acquisitions & new business for the Goodman Property Trust. He’s a former member of Auckland City Council’s Property Enterprise Board and a former Auckland branch chair of the Property Council.

Until a replacement is appointed, chief financial officer Jennifer Whooley and investment management general manager Philip Littlewood will carry out the chief executive role until a replacement is appointed.

Tindal & Parsons join Mainfreight board

Sue Tindal.

Mainfreight Ltd has appointed 2 women as non-executive directors. Kate Parsons & Sue Tindal will join the 6-man board on 1 January 2017 and will face election at the annual meeting on 27 July.

Mainfreight chair Bruce Plested said yesterday: “We have been on the lookout for appropriate individuals to bring onto Mainfreight’s board for some time.”

Kate Parsons has over 20 years’ finance experience in a number of industries in New Zealand & overseas. Mr Plested said her passion for high tech, high growth New Zealand success stories led her to chief financial officer roles at Endace Ltd, PowerbyProxi Ltd and most recently Compac Sorting Equipment Ltd, “positions which have given her extensive experience in steering companies through growth & change”.

Sue Tindal is group chief financial officer at Auckland Council, and before that was a director, Consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, providing strategic advice to financial services clients. She returned to New Zealand in 2014 after 12 years overseas working in financial services, energy & IT, and holding senior & chief executive roles at Westpac Institutional Bank, BankWest and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Hollings to lead Pizza Hut expansion

Phil Hollings.

Phil Hollings has joined Restaurant Brands (NZ) Ltd as a development manager after 2½ years as team lead for property & planning on Auckland Transport’s Ameti (Auckland-Manukau eastern transport initiative) programme of works.

He said his new role would be similar to the one he had at Foodstuffs (Auckland) Ltd for the 17 years before his stint at Auckland Transport: “Initially my focus will be the expansion of the Pizza Hut brand nationally, so everywhere & anywhere in New Zealand where a new store is viable.”

Douglas retiring from Steel & Tube

Steel & Tube NZ Ltd marketing general manager Brett Douglas has announced his retirement, effective 28 February, after 5 years with the company.

He has held international sales & marketing positions, several roles in New Zealand & overseas for the Government and was a senior manager at a South Island-based exporter of building materials for the Japanese market.

GHD takes over Creative Spaces

Sydney-based & privately owned professional services company GHD Group Pty Ltd has taken over Auckland-based architects, interior designers & project managers Creative Spaces Ltd, which was also owned by its staff. The takeover was effective on 12 December.

Creative Spaces was founded in 1991 by Geoff & Marilyn Wales, Wanley Simpson & Harry Street and also had offices in Wellington, Christchurch & Whangarei. It had 17 staff shareholders.

GHD NZ’s head office overlooks the motorway from Napier St, Freemans Bay. The group was established in 1928 and operates on 5 continents and in the Pacific.

Regulators approve SkyCity board appointments

Murray Jordan.

SkyCity Entertainment Group Ltd has appointed Murray Jordan of Auckland and Jennifer Owen of Sydney as non-executive directors, effective 5 December.
The casino company announced their appointments on 31 August, but they were subject to approval by regulatory authorities in each of SkyCity’s gaming jurisdictions. Such approvals have now been obtained.

Mr Jordan is a director of Chorus Ltd; ASX-listed wholesale distributor Metcash Ltd, which specialises in food, grocery & hardware; the family owned Stevenson Group Ltd, which specialises in building products & quarrying; and is a trustee of the Starship Foundation.

Before embarking on a governance career in 2015, he held various senior management roles at Foodstuffs Ltd from 2004-15, including managing director of Foodstuffs North Island and managing director & general manager retail, sales & performance of Foodstuffs Auckland Ltd. In 2013, he led the merger of Foodstuffs’ Auckland & Wellington businesses to create what is now known as Foodstuffs North Island, and established & oversaw the integration programme.

His early career was in the property sector, including as general manager of Telecom NZ Ltd’s property business and general manager of AMP Capital Investors NZ Ltd’s property portfolio. Mr Jordan has a masters degree in property administration from Auckland University.

Jennifer Owen.

Ms Owen is based in Sydney and is a principal of Owen Gaming Research, an independent research firm specialising in the gaming & wagering markets. From 2011-15, she also served on Salvation Army Australia’s investment committee. She has 30 years’ experience in accountancy, audit, finance, treasury & equities research, including as director of equities research at Citigroup Global Markets, with a specialist focus on the Australasian gambling sector, and as an equities research analyst at Macquarie Group focusing on the tourism & leisure sector.

She began her career as an accountant with KPMG, Suncorp Building Society & Macquarie Bank Ltd, and from 1991-95 was senior finance manager at the Queensland Industry Development Corp, where she was responsible for the management of the finance, management accounting & treasury administration functions.

7 December 2016:

Mortensen to return to operations role at SkyCity

John Mortensen.

John Mortensen.

SkyCity Entertainment Group Ltd has appointed John Mortensen as its group chief operating officer.

Mr Mortensen became interim chief executive on the departure of Nigel Morrison in April, and will move into his newly created senior role next May, when new chief executive Graeme Stephens arrives. Mr Stephens is chief executive of South African listed casino & resort company Sun International.

Mr Mortensen was previously chief operating officer for New Zealand. SkyCity chair Chris Moller said that, holding that role for both Australia & New Zealand, Mr Mortensen would play a key role in driving earnings & value at all 6 of the group’s properties.

As chief operating officer for New Zealand, he’d consolidated operations, “enabling efficiencies & synergies across Auckland, Hamilton & Queenstown to drive performance & results”.

Dandy replaces Ito at hotel company

Troy Dandy.

Troy Dandy.

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels NZ Ltd has appointed Troy Dandy as group company secretary & legal counsel with effect from Monday, replacing Takeshi Ito, who will leave the company at the end of the year after 12½ years.

Mr Dandy has a background in both in-house & private practice at Russell McVeagh, Spark Digital Solutions Ltd & Samsung Electronics NZ Ltd.

Heartland looks at new challenges as Owen resigns

Heartland Bank Ltd’s chief financial officer, Simon Owen, has resigned, but will remain in the role until 1 March to ensure a smooth transition.

Simon Owen.

Simon Owen.

Mr Owen has been with Heartland & Marac Finance Ltd for 13 years, and chief executive Jeff Greenslade thanked him for his contribution to making Heartland Bank what it is today.

“We have achieved significant strategic milestones during this time, including becoming a registered bank, successfully executing our non-core property strategy, acquiring a reverse mortgage business in New Zealand & Australia and successfully integrating these businesses.

“Under Simon’s leadership, the finance team has developed a strong base around core competencies. The finance function which Simon oversees will continue to report to the chief operating officer, Laura Byrne, who will commence a search for Simon’s replacement.”

Mr Greenslade said Heartland saw challenges & opportunities ahead in data sourcing & utilisation to support its digital strategy: “Earlier this year we launched the first of our online origination platforms, Open for business. We are currently developing platforms to originate livestock loans, deposits, residential mortgages as well as intermediary specific solutions. We see the emerging technology for digital platforms giving us the opportunity to be not only the fastest at originating loans but also the cheapest. This is just the beginning of our digital transformation and, in appointing a new chief financial officer, we will seek a candidate who has the proven ability to lead in an environment characterised by disruption & innovation.”

Malaysian fund replaces Shahudin with Harris on Opus board

Mohd Shahazwan bin Mohd Harris.

Mohd Shahazwan bin Mohd Harris.

Mohd Shahazwan bin Mohd Harris joined the board of Opus International Consultants Ltd as a non-independent director on Monday, replacing Dato’ Seri Ismail Shahudin, who died on 30 July.

Mr Harris has held a number of executive positions & directorships in the investment & consultancy sectors. He was an executive director in the investments division of the Malaysian Government’s strategic investment fund, Khazanah Nasional Bhd (Opus’s ultimate shareholder), joining in 2005 as a senior vice-president, investments, after working as a consultant in the energy sector for the Boston Consulting Group. He’d also worked at PA Consulting Group and Malaysia’s main energy provider, Tenaga Nasional Bhd.

Mr Harris is a director of UEM Edgenta Bhd and a former director of Malaysia Airlines Bhd, Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd, Pantai Holdings Bhd and a number of other private companies.

Opus chairman Kerry McDonald said: “The board is delighted to appoint Mohd Shahazwan bin Mohd Harris as a director. He has significant global investment expertise and a superb understanding of the strategic opportunities that exist in all of our markets.”

Mr Harris graduated with a BEng degree in mechanical engineering from Warwick University and an MSc in advanced mechanical engineering from the Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, both in the UK, and has an MBA in leadership & innovation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.

Gamby returns and Murdoch appointed to valuers board

Victoria Murdoch.

Victoria Murdoch.

Minister for Land Information Louise Upston has appointed Victoria Murdoch and reappointed Evan Gamby to the Valuers Registration Board.

Ms Murdoch, of Christchurch, has been a director of TelferYoung (Canterbury) since 2006 and has worked mainly in urban valuation for nearly 20 years. Ms Upston said she was also only the third woman to be appointed to the board since its creation in 1948.

Evan Gamby.

Evan Gamby.

Mr Gamby, who joined the board 25 years ago, has been appointed for another 3 years. He has extensive property advisory, valuation, property management & arbitration experience, starting in private practice in 1972. He’s been a director of TelferYoung (Auckland) Ltd & predecessors since 1992.

Tucker joins Methven board

Shower & tapware designer Methven Ltd has appointed Steve Tucker as an independent director, effective 1 January 2017, following an assessment of the skills needed to support the company’s growth ambitions & overall succession planning.

Steve Tucker.

Steve Tucker.

Mr Tucker is deputy chief executive & executive director of Gallagher Group Ltd, of Hamilton, which Methven chair Phil Lough described as a global leader in innovation. He has governance & strategy experience as a board member of the parent Gallagher company and has had an extensive career in financial accounting, management accounting & financial strategy.

“Steve has a passion for continuous improvement and currently holds responsibility for animal management sales & marketing and the overall group’s research & development, supply chain, manufacturing, finance, IT & corporate services teams.

“In addition to holding directorships with various Gallagher Group subsidiaries around the world, Steve is also a director of ArcActive Ltd, Apps On Farm Ltd, Durolla Products Ltd, chair of Group 3 Technology Ltd and a board trustee of St Peter’s School, Cambridge. He was previously a councillor & deputy chair of the Waikato Institute of Technology.”

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On the move, November 2016

International Englishman takes over at Panuku
New chair & 3 new members at Surveyors Licensing Board
Becke joins Bell Gully’s national property & real estate team
Bennett appoints climate change advisory group
Geographic Board gets 2 new members
Pickworth to head infrastructure at Steel & Tube
McCarthy switches to Ray White
Lewis leaves Stride to lead Tauranga Crossing completion
Ex-CBRE duo form Bermac Property
O’Riley to manage Steel Construction NZ
Popplewell retiring as Hallenstein Glasson executive but stays on board
Hassall joins Fletcher Building board

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25 November 2016

International Englishman takes over at Panuku

Roger MacDonald.

Roger MacDonald.

Panuku Development Auckland has named an English property development executive most recently based in Ghana, Roger MacDonald, to replace John Dalzell as its chief executive.

When Auckland Council-controlled organisations Auckland Council Property Ltd & Waterfront Auckland merged last year, Waterfront Auckland’s Mr Dalzell was named interim chief executive and Auckland Council Property’s David Rankin was named director of strategy & engagement.

John Dalzell.

John Dalzell.

Mr Dalzell left at the end of September and said this week: “I’m now popping up on the other side of the fence on a lot of the big infrastructure & construction contracts. I’ve got a small stable of clients and that’s keeping me pretty busy. I’m enjoying getting back and putting deals together.”

Mr MacDonald starts in Auckland next week after spending 20 years leading property & infrastructure projects in the Middle East, the UK, Europe, India, the US & Africa.

Panuku chair Richard Aitken said Mr MacDonald impressed the board with his ability to deliver sustainable mixed-use developments, including a wide range of complex government projects, particularly in the UK.

“Roger has delivered many of the projects in his resume from concept to completion. He understands what makes urban redevelopment successful and knows the importance of taking social & economic factors into consideration in shaping community development.”

Mr MacDonald said in a Panuku release he was excited about the opportunity to come to Auckland and add real value across all aspects of the development process: “I am passionate about sustainable regeneration and have been actively involved in this complex arena for many years, operating across both the public & private sectors. With my international capability, experience & enthusiasm for adding value to communities, I ultimately want to deliver the same success for Auckland.

“I will be looking for Auckland to gain that extra vibrancy that comes when more people choose to live in urban centres. From the cbd to the waterfront and other major centres across Auckland, these places need to become community hubs where people really do live, work & play.”

Developments Mr MacDonald has worked on include the mixed-use government development programmes in London’s Marsham St, Dubai’s Jumeria Garden City and the new Khalifa port & industrial zone in Abu Dhabi.

From late 2013 until the end of 2015 he was chief executive of Ghanaian companies ACI Construction Ltd & Purple Square Properties Ltd.

Previous roles include 2 years as international development director & project leader for UK engineering & construction company Laing O’Rourke, 2 years as regeneration head for E C Harris LLP, and 3 years as business development director of Capita Group PLC.

Aged 56, he’s a fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, has an MSc in IT & business communications from Kingston University in Surrey and has completed further courses at Manchester & Reading Universities, and has been an advisor to the UK Government office on mixed-use regeneration & sustainability and a committee member of the British Urban Regeneration Association.

New chair & 3 new members at Surveyors Licensing Board

The Government has appointed 3 new members to the Cadastral Surveyors Licensing Board, New Zealand’s authority for setting competency standards for land title surveyors, and the board has elected a new chair.

The board has elected its first woman as chair, Vicky Nalder, who’s been a board member for 6 years. Land Information Minister Louise Upston said yesterday: “This is a positive change for what has traditionally been a predominantly male profession.”

The new members – Belinda Greer, Adina Thorn & Craig McInnes – will start on 1 December, replacing Katherine Price, Marion Millar & Brett Gawn. Mr Gawn was on the board for 17 years and chaired it for the last 6 years.

Ms Greer has been a senior legal advisor in the Office of the Health & Disability Commissioner and earlier worked as a legal standards officer for the NZ Law Society.

Ms Thorn has her own law practice, which includes specialising in leaky building disputes, commercial & property litigation. She’s a member of the Auckland District Law Society’s property disputes committee.

Mr McInnes is a cadastral surveyor with 23 years’ experience and has expertise in Crown land, rural surveys & Christchurch post-earthquake surveys.

Tony Nikkel, Merryn Maguire & Neale Faulkner have been reappointed to the board.

Becke joins Bell Gully’s national property & real estate team

becke-ianLaw firm Bell Gully has appointed senior associate Ian Becke to its national property & real estate team, based in Auckland.

The firm’s head of property & real estate, Andrew Petersen, said Mr Becke was an experienced infrastructure, construction & property development lawyer who has advised both public & private sector clients on a range of projects & transactions in New Zealand & Australia, including public private partnerships. He advises clients on all stages of their projects, from conception through to development, management & divestment.

Bennett appoints climate change advisory group

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett has brought together 10 experts from the Government and the private sector to provide advice on how New Zealand can adapt & build resilience to the effects of climate change.

The Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group includes representatives from central & local government, the banking & insurance sector, engineering, science & local communities.

Adaptation expert Dr Judy Lawrence and Penny Nelson, the Ministry for the Environment’s sector strategy deputy secretary, will co-chair the group.

Mrs Bennett said: “I have asked the group to provide advice that will feed into policy options for ministers to consider as we head towards 2020 and the period covered by the Paris Agreement.”

Dr Lawrence is adjunct research fellow at the Climate Change Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington, and Ms Nelson holds policy responsibility for hazardous substances & new organisms, marine management, New Zealand’s commitments to international environmental agreements and oversight of the Environmental Protection Authority.

Other advisory group members are:

  • Frances Sullivan, principal policy advisor at Local Government NZ
  • James Hughes, associate director of climate & resilience at engineering company AECOM
  • Bryce Davies, senior manager of government & stakeholder relations at insurance company IAG Ltd
  • Bruce Wills, Hawke’s Bay farmer & businessman who previously spent 20 years in banking & investment in Hamilton, Wellington & Auckland
  • Sam Dean, chief scientist at NIWA’s (the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research) Climate & Atmosphere Centre
  • Kirk Hope, chief executive of BusinessNZ
  • Whaimutu Dewes, lead advisor to the Climate Change Iwi Leaders Group, and
  • Dr Gavin Palmer, engineering, hazards & science director at the Otago Regional Council.

Link: Further details

Geographic Board gets 2 new members

The Government has appointed 2 new members to the NZ Geographic Board – Paulette Tamati-Elliffe, nominated by Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, and former South Wairarapa District mayor Adrienne Staples, nominated by Local Government NZ. They replace Garrick Murfitt & Te Maire Tau.

Jenni Vernon, Merata Kawharu, David Barnes, Michael Roche, Matanuku Mahuika & Rikirangi Gage have been reappointed.

Pickworth to head infrastructure at Steel & Tube

Ross Pickworth.

Ross Pickworth.

Steel & Tube NZ Ltd has appointed Ross Pickworth as infrastructure general manager, based in Christchurch and starting on Monday 5 December.

Chief executive Dave Taylor said Mr Pickworth’s breadth & depth of experience included strategy development & implementation, business transformational & change management, and health & safety leadership in manufacturing, quarrying & marine port operations sectors.

He was Holcim NZ Ltd’s general manager of cement for 9 years, contract services manager for Delta Utility Services Ltd in Dunedin for 9 years, and held a variety of roles at Waitaki Power over 17 years, including commercial manager, deputy chief executive & executive engineering manager. He has a Master of Business Administration from Massey University and a Bachelor of Engineering from Canterbury University.

18 November 2016

Liz McCarthy.

Liz McCarthy.

McCarthy switches to Ray White

Liz McCarthy joined Ray White City Apartments this week after selling apartments at Crockers for 6 years.

She started out in suburban sales at Barfoot & Thompson and worked there twice, with 5 years at Colliers between those 2 stints.

Updated: Lewis leaves Stride to lead Tauranga Crossing completion

Steve Lewis.

Steve Lewis.

Stride Investment Management Ltd’s national retail development manager, Steve Lewis, will leave the company on 15 December after being appointed chief executive of Tauranga Crossing Ltd (Richard Stilwell, Adrian Burr & Mark Taylor), starting in February.

Stride chair Tim Storey said Mr Lewis had made an important contribution to the group in his 3 years with it, highlighted by the successful development of the NorthWest Shopping Centre & NorthWest 2 at the top of the North-western Motorway in Auckland.

Mr Lewis joined Stride from Kiwi Property Group Ltd, where he’d led numerous shopping centre projects as development manager for 11 years, including the Plaza in Palmerston North, winner of the Property Council’s 2011 retail development excellence award. He was also in the Sylvia Park development team, responsible for the delivery of 200 tenancies. His previous roles included 2 years as a consultant for RDT Pacific Ltd & Beresford Asset Management Ltd, and 3 years in corporate finance at the National Australia Bank in Sydney.

Tauranga Crossing is a new regional shopping centre at the intersection of State Highways 29 & 36 at Tauriko, at the foot of the Kaimai Ranges out of Tauranga.  Stage 1 opened in September, including a Pak ‘n Save supermarket & The Warehouse. Tauranga Crossing has since announced that it has reached agreement with Event to open, in 2018, the first Vmax cinema complex in a regional city in New Zealand. On completion, the centre will provide 70,000m² of retail floorspace and be the largest retail destination in the Bay of Plenty. Mr Lewis will lead the multi-stage development programme to complete the centre.

Warren Berman.

Warren Berman.

Ex-CBRE duo form Bermac Property

Warren Berman & Zane McAlpine, both formerly of CBRE Ltd, have joined forces and formed Bermac Property Group, a property management & consultancy business.

Mr Berman has over 25 years’ experience in real estate, including positions in South Africa & New Zealand. In New Zealand, he’s held senior property management roles at the Franklin Company, JLL, and was responsible for the Shortland Management Ltd portfolio between 2003-07. He was director of the CBRE asset services business in Auckland for the last 5 years.

Zane McAlpine.

Zane McAlpine.

Mr McAlpine has 16 years’ commercial property experience, starting at Kea Property Group in 2001. Since 2007, he’s held key property management roles at CBRE & Oyster Property Group Ltd. For the last 4 years he was national director of CBRE asset services and also sat on the CBRE NZ executive committee.

Since they established Bermac in August, they’ve negotiated or retained 6000m² of office premises for clients.

Link: Bermac

16 November 2016

O’Riley to manage Steel Construction NZ

Darren O’Riley.

Darren O’Riley.

Steel Construction NZ has appointed Darren O’Riley as its new manager, based in the organisation’s Auckland office. He replaces Alistair Fussell, who’s stepping down after 11 years. Mr Fussell has started a structural engineering consultancy based in Hastings, Tangent Consulting Ltd, and will continue his association with the industry organisation on a contract basis.

Mr O’Riley has 28 years of experience in sales & marketing and business development, gained largely in the building & construction industry. He’s joined Steel Construction NZ after 16 years at Fletcher Aluminium, a division of Fletcher Building Ltd. Before that, he held positions at BHP NZ Steel, Solid Energy, Marley NZ & Plyco Doors. He’s also just ended 12 years on the board of another industry organisation, the Window Association NZ, which he chaired for 7 years.

Mr O’Riley said: “I’m delighted to be joining such a progressive industry. In the last decade, New Zealand’s structural steel sector has invested significantly in people, equipment & technology to boost capacity, quality & efficiency. It has proactively introduced steel fabricator certification, an industry-led quality initiative to set itself apart from offshore suppliers.

“The present climate presents both challenges & opportunities. I’m looking forward to supporting the industry on the next phase of its journey as it continues to grow & develop.”

Steel Construction NZ promotes the benefits of steel solutions in building & infrastructure projects. Members include manufacturers of structural steel & steel products, distributors, fabricators, designers, detailers, galvanisers and paint & building supply companies.

Link: Steel Construction NZ

13 November 2016

Popplewell retiring as Hallenstein Glasson executive but stays on board

Hallenstein Glasson Holdings Ltd managing director Graeme Popplewell announced his retirement as chief executive on Friday, effective at the end of the year, but will remain on the board as a non-executive director.

Mr Popplewell started at Hallenstein Brothers Ltd as an office junior 45 years ago while completing university. He’s been an executive director since 1985, was appointed managing director in 2010 and group chief executive officer in early 2011.

The company merged with Glassons in 1985 and trebled in size – growing from 40 stores to over 120 today, including 30 Glassons stores in Australia. The Storm brand, launched in 2005, has 10 stores.

Mr Popplewell said he’d seen unprecedented change in retail in the last 5 years, as e-commerce exploded and so many brands went global: “It’s been intense, and we’ve had to reinvent the business to successfully meet the changing market. Today we have a world-class e-commerce offer that is growing at more than 30% every year and becoming a significant part of the business.”

He predicted the next 5 years would see further major technological advances as consumer expectations continue to change: “We need to be equal to any international retailer to be able to compete. It’s not just about one element – it’s everything – product, marketing, the stores, and finding the right people to lead your brands.”

Group chair Warren Bell paid tribute to Mr Popplewell’s achievements while heading Hallenstein Glasson: “Graeme leaves the business in a strong position, with current group sales running 11% above the previous year. Glassons, in particular, is showing strong results. These trends are a reflection of Graeme’s strong stewardship during his time leading Hallenstein Glasson. We’re pleased that his huge knowledge of the business will not be lost following his decision to remain on the board.”

He said the company had started an international search for a new chief executive.

9 November 2016:

Hassall joins Fletcher Building board

Bruce Hassall.

Bruce Hassall.

Fletcher Building Ltd has appointed accountancy firm PwC NZ’s recently retired chief executive Bruce Hassall as an independent director of the NZX-listed company and its listed issuer of capital notes, Fletcher Building Industries Ltd, effective March 2017. He will be a member of the audit & risk & nominations committee.

Mr Hassall, based in Auckland, was made a partner of PwC NZ in 1987 and was chief executive & senior partner from 2009 until he retired in September. He was appointed a director of the Bank of NZ last December.

He headed the accountancy firm’s assurance practice for 5 years, also headed the advisory practice and had specialist expertise in listings & capital-raising. Mr Hassall is a chartered accountant and a member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Auckland University Business School advisory board, the NZ China Council and the Financial Markets Authority’s capital markets disclosure panel. He was also on PwC’s east cluster, the Asia-Pacific section of the international practice, following a restructure in 2008.

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On the move, October 2016

Infinity creates all-new board
Bianca Tree joins Minter Ellison as partner
Bews-Hair joins McGredy Winder
Government names Barry Harris as Kaipara Crown observer
Springford joins Infratil board
Corrected: JLL appoints Barclay as national research manager
Stoddart joins Heartland board
McLaren joins FMA board, 2 disciplinary committee reappointments

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31 October 2016

Infinity creates all-new board

Infinity Investment Group Holdings Ltd has appointed 3 new independent directors to its board – Mark Russell as chair, Andy Evans & Tony Sycamore – effective 19 October.

Managing director Paul Croft will resign from the board and continue to focus on his role as chief executive. Explaining the change, he said: “Since taking over as sole director in November 2014 following Bob Robertson’s sudden death, I have been conscious that we need to add a more diverse skillset to our governance processes, and that my operational role needs to be separated from governance of the group, particularly as Infinity continues to grow.

“Infinity Group is now in a very strong financial position, with tier 1 bank funding for all our projects. As we enter a new era for the group it is important to strengthen our governance and bring fresh thinking and new perspectives to the organisation.”

Mark Russell.

Mark Russell.

Mr Russell, a commercial barrister, specialises in company, banking, commercial & insolvency law. He’s also a director of Lifetime Group Ltd, an independent member of the Christchurch City Council audit & risk management committee and a chartered member of the Institute of Directors.

“Having lived in Christchurch a long time, I especially look forward to being involved with Infinity’s Canterbury projects, Ravenswood & Yaldhurst,” he said.

Andy Evans.

Andy Evans.

Mr Evans has over 30 years’ experience in real estate & asset management, previously holding executive positions in listed & unlisted real estate investment businesses. He’s a director of Argosy Property Ltd, Vital Healthcare Management Ltd, Holmes Group Ltd, Holmes Fire Ltd, Trust Investments Management Ltd and Hughes & Cossar Ltd.

He’s a past national president of the Property Council, a fellow of the Property Institute, a government appointee to the Land Valuation Tribunal (Waikato No 1), and is a trustee of the Marist Rugby Charitable Trust. He’s a chartered fellow of the Institute of Directors and is on its Auckland branch committee.

“Having met Paul & the Infinity team and subscribed to their vision for the business & new governance structure, it was an easy decision to become involved,” he said. “I look forward to contributing to their exciting new projects, especially the strong commercial aspects of the Ravenswood & Yaldhurst projects, and the wider Infinity Group business.”

Tony Sycamore.

Tony Sycamore.

Mr Sycamore specialises in business & commercial law, advising on structuring, financing, joint ventures, capital raising, trusts, issue of debt & equity securities and property law.

“I have been working with Paul Croft behind the scenes since Bob Robertson’s death and I am really looking forward to joining the board and supporting the company through the very exciting times ahead,” he said.

As well as Ravenswood in North Canterbury and the Yaldhurst subdivision in Christchurch, Infinity Group’s current property development projects include Peninsula Bay & Riverside Park in Wanaka.

25 October 2016

Bianca Tree joins Minter Ellison as partner

Bianca Tree.

Bianca Tree.

Law firm Minter Ellison Rudd Watts has appointed Bianca Tree as co-leader of its environment team, with Rachel Devine. She’s been a partner at Heimsath Alexander for 3 years, after 13 years at Russell McVeagh, Cowper Campbell & Bell Gully.

Ms Tree advises several of New Zealand’s largest property & infrastructure companies. Her recent work includes representing them in submissions on the Auckland unitary plan, where she played a role in key provisions and the zone framework.

19 October 2016

Bews-Hair joins McGredy Winder

James Bews-Hair, Len Brown’s chief policy & political advisor through his 2 terms as mayor of Auckland, is joining McGredy Winder & Co Ltd as strategy & advocacy general manager.

Director Peter Winder has also just completed another period working in local government, as one of the commissioners governing the Kaipara District Council for the last 4 years.

Mr Winder said yesterday: “James, an economist, brings with him a wealth of experience of the various levels of interaction between central & local government and the private sector. James has a unique mix of skills & experience having worked in central government, the parliamentary Opposition, the corporate sector, for an industry association & local government (both rural & metro).

“James was the architect of the political strategies behind Mayor Brown’s successful campaigns to secure funding for the city rail link and to progress the alternative transport funding needed to develop Auckland’s transport system. James is currently assisting the incoming mayor of Auckland [Phil Goff] to establish & bed-in his office.”

Mr Winder said Mr Bews-Hair would “help our clients understand decision-makers & decision-making, and navigate the corridors of power both in Auckland Council & Wellington”.

Mr Winder and his wife, Maria, started McGredy Winder & Co in 2010 as Mr Winder finished 5 years as the last chief executive of the Auckland Regional Council. He’d also been the council’s transport director for a year, chief executive of Local Government NZ for 2 years and Tourism NZ’s general manager of industry strategy for 5 years, and worked on Auckland Council’s alternative transport funding strategy.

Mr Winder said Mr Bews-Hair would join a strong group of associates: “We believe the resulting combination of solid policy & organisation management capability with seasoned political insights will offer our clients significant value.”

He said the company had carved out a strong niche, working closely with councils up & down the country. Its assignments had included running Queen’s Wharf for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, improving the way Environment Canterbury processes water consents and developing an economic development strategy for Hawke’s Bay.

12 October 2016

Government names Barry Harris as Kaipara Crown observer

Barry Harris.

Barry Harris.

The Government has appointed Barry Harris as a Crown observer to support the newly elected Kaipara District Council settle into its new governance arrangement, 3 months after naming outgoing commissioner Peter Winder as Crown manager for the council.

Both were named for 3-year terms.

Associate Local Government Minister Louise Upston made no mention of Mr Winder’s role when she announced Mr Harris’s appointment yesterday.

She said Mr Harris had “a strong background in governance & local government, having held directorships in the public & private sectors and chief executive positions at several councils”. His role is to provide advice & guidance to the council, not to make decisions.

Mr Harris headed Fonterra (NZ) Ltd’s dairy supply unit for 5 years and its sustainability unit for a year before his appointment as chief executive of Hamilton City Council at the end of 2010. He’d also been chief executive of Environmental Waikato & the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

His 3 years at Hamilton City Council were controversial as he embarked on a major restructure.

He resigned from the board of AgResearch Ltd on 30 June but retains a number of directorships. He chairs NZ Food Innovation (Waikato) Ltd and is a director of Agricultural Services Ltd (owned by the Primary Industry Training Organisation), DairyNZ Ltd, National Animal Identification & Tracing (NAIT) Ltd, Ospri NZ Ltd, TBFree NZ Ltd & WEL Networks Ltd, and is a former director of Calder & Lawson Tours Ltd, Centreport Ltd, family company Frauco Ltd, Hamilton Riverview Hotel Ltd (owned by Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui), RD1 Ltd & Waikato Local Authority Shared Services Ltd.

Mr Harris has a Masters of Agricultural Science (Honours).

Earlier story:
8 July 2016: Winder to stay on at Kaipara council as Crown manager

11 October 2016

Springford joins Infratil board

Infratil Ltd has appointed former Carter Holt Harvey Ltd chief executive & managing director Peter Springford as a director, replacing Duncan Saville, who retired at the annual meeting on 24 August. Mr Springford will join the Infratil board on 1 November.

He has extensive experience managing companies in Australia, New Zealand & Asia. After 4 years at Carter Holt, Mr Springford was based in Hong Kong for 5 years as president of International Paper (Asia) Ltd. He’s a non-executive director of The NZ Refining Co Ltd, chaired Nuplex Industries Ltd for 7 years until its takeover by Allplex Luxembourg SA last month and is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors.

7 October 2016, corrected 27 October 2016:

Corrected: JLL appoints Barclay as national research manager

Tom Barclay.

Tom Barclay.

JLL has promoted Tom Barclay to the new role of national research manager. On 7 October I wrote that Mr Barclay had replaced Justin Kean, who joined Unitec’s Wairaka Land Co Ltd last month after 3½ years as the consultancy’s director of research & consulting. However, I’m informed that Mr Kean’s position hasn’t been filled yet.

Mr Barclay had already been a key contributor to JLL’s research outputs over the last 2 years, working out of the Christchurch office and more recently moving to Auckland. He will oversee the data & market analysis side of JLL’s research business for Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch.

He graduated from Lincoln University in 2012 with a BCom in valuation & property management, and gained registration as a valuer through JLL.

JLL NZ managing director Nick Hargreaves said: “JLL has an incredible bank of knowledge in its Asia Pacific research team. Part of Tom’s role will be to better connect us to those people, so we can benefit from their intellectual property. This is particularly relevant given that we’re seeing more & more foreign funds & investors coming to New Zealand, who are increasingly dependent on high quality data & analysis.”

4 October 2016

Stoddart joins Heartland board

Vanessa Stoddart.

Vanessa Stoddart.

Heartland Bank Ltd has appointed Vanessa Stoddart as an independent director.

She’s also on the boards of Alliance Group Ltd, Paymark Ltd, The NZ Refining Co Ltd, The Warehouse Group Ltd, the Tertiary Education Commission and the Financial Markets Authority, is a Government appointee to the audit & risk committees of the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment and the Department of Conservation, and is Business NZ’s representative on the Defence Employer Support Council. She’s chaired the Otago University Business School advisory board and is on the boards of Global Women and King’s College.

After graduating from Otago University with a BCom & LlB (Hons) in 1989, Ms Stoddart spent 3 years as a solicitor at Russell McVeagh, and the next 10 years at Carter Holt Harvey Ltd in a range of legal, change management & performance improvement general management positions, including the last 3 years as chief executive at Carter Holt Harvey Packaging Australia in Melbourne.

From there she moved to Air NZ Ltd for 10 years, responsible for the company’s culture & human relations change programme and, for the last 4 years, leading the group’s engineering operations in New Zealand & Australia. In 2013 she became a professional director.

Ms Stoddart has been recognised for her achievements in both the engineering & human relations professions – as a companion of IPENZ (the Institution of Professional Engineers) and as an honorary fellow of the Human Resources Institute of NZ. She’s a graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors and a chartered member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

2 October 2016:

McLaren joins FMA board, 2 disciplinary committee reappointments

Ainsley McLaren.

Ainsley McLaren.

The Government has appointed Ainsley McLaren to the Financial Markets Authority and reappointed chair Sir Bruce Robertson & Simon Hassan to the Financial Advisers Disciplinary Committee, all for 5-year terms.

Commerce & Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith said on Thursday: “Ms McLaren has a strong managed funds & investment background. Her practical experience of financial services in the banking sector will add value to the FMA board.”

Ms McLaren’s 29 years’ financial services experience includes funds & investment management, fixed interest and financial markets. At First State Investments (NZ) Ltd & ASB Group Investments Ltd for 20 of those years, she was accountable for the performance of ASB Bank’s retail managed funds and immunising the long-dated liabilities of Sovereign Assurance.

Ms McLaren was appointed last year to the Government Superannuation Fund Authority board and to Hohepa Auckland, which offers opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. She has a BCom in economics from Auckland University.

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Sir Bruce Robertson.

Sir Bruce & Mr Hassan have been members of the disciplinary committee since its formation in 2010, and Sir Bruce has chaired it since 2011. The committee conducts disciplinary proceedings arising out of complaints against authorised financial advisors the authority refers to it.

Sir Bruce retired as a Court of Appeal judge in 2010, but continues to sit in various Pacific jurisdictions and holds a number of statutory & advisory roles. He was a member of the Otago University council for 20 years, pro-chancellor for 6, president of the Legal Research Foundation for 10 years and president of the Law Commission for 5.

Simon Hassan.

Simon Hassan.

Mr Hassan & his wife, Rosemary, opened their Kumeu financial advisory company, SJ Hassan & Associates Ltd, in 1995. Mr Hassan is a fellow & past president of the Institute of Financial Advisers, chaired its College of Financial Planners and was on the standards committee of the International Financial Planning Standards Board for 5 years. He also mentors & consults to advisors, advisory firms, government agencies & education providers.

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On the move, September 2016

Bevan McKenzie to replace Bollman as Fletcher chief financial officer
Andrew McKenzie moves to Housing NZ
JLL appoints valuer to new leadership role
Sun joins CBRE to head Asian services desk
Quigley elected chair of Reserve Bank, Vautier deputy 
Forster scores KiwiRail strategy & development role
JLL appoints Richard Paul as head of property & asset management
Harrison Grierson appoints Tolan as survey general manager
Stride appoints 3 national, regional & centre managers
Norwell to head Real Estate Institute
Kiwi drives Victorian valuer’s partnership with Sheldon’s
Sophie Louis joins JLL valuation team
Opus makes 4 senior appointments in restructure
Bull joins NZIER board
White Associates appoints Newlands as principal
Jasmax board restructure includes 2 independent directors
Murray Jordan one of 2 proposed new SkyCity directors

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30 September 2016:

Bevan McKenzie to replace Bollman as Fletcher chief financial officer

Bevan McKenzie.

Bevan McKenzie.

Fletcher Building Ltd chief financial officer Gerry Bollman has resigned to return to a similar role in the US, and the company has appointed Bevan McKenzie as his replacement.

Mr Bollman will leave Fletcher Building at the end of the year after 4 years in New Zealand. Chief executive Mark Adamson said he had been instrumental in establishing the foundations for the turnaround in the business.

Mr McKenzie has been with Fletcher Building for 3 years as group general manager of strategy & development and had been the architect of the company’s strategic blueprint. He took the lead in the recent Higgins acquisition and has been overseeing its integration into the Fletcher Building Group.

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Andrew McKenzie.

For the previous 6 years he worked for Roquette Frères in France as mergers & acquisitions manager and commercial director for emerging countries, following 6 years as a senior associate at the Boston Consulting Group. He graduated from Auckland University with an MA in political science in 2002.

Andrew McKenzie moves to Housing NZ

Andrew McKenzie, who left Auckland Council 2 years ago to become The Fletcher Construction Co Ltd’s finance general manager, moved this month to Housing NZ Corp as its chief executive. He was appointed Auckland City Council’s finance general manager in 2005 and carried on as chief financial officer when the super-city was created in 2010.

29 September 2016:

JLL appoints valuer to new leadership role

Dale Winfield.

Dale Winfield.

Property consultancy JLL has appointed Dale Winfield to a leadership role in its valuations & advisory team alongside Dave Wigmore, who heads the team nationally. Mr Winfield will support Mr Wigmore in running the business, which has tripled in revenue since 2009 and now boasts a team of 50 staff based in Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch.

JLL NZ managing director Nick Hargreaves said yesterday: “Dale will be responsible for quality assurance, mentoring and improving systems & processes in the valuations business, as well as a key focus on the institutional & banking sectors. This will assist Dave Wigmore to focus on the strategic growth of the valuations & advisory business.”

Mr Winfield is a specialist retail valuer with 15 years’ experience in New Zealand & the UK. He joined JLL in 2010.

28 September 2016:

Sun joins CBRE to head Asian services desk

Alan Sun.

Alan Sun.

Alan Sun has joined CBRE as director of its new Asian Services Desk NZ, based in Auckland. The desk’s focus is on providing tailored real estate services for clients in Asia, combined with CBRE’s direct reach into Asian markets.

Mr Sun joined DTZ as a senior manager in 1997 and has worked for several agencies in investment sales, project feasibility, marketing & leasing in both New Zealand & China since then. He was educated in Auckland, obtained his master’s degree in property at Massey University in 2007 and was an established investment sales consultant on the North Shore.

Mr Sun was national director of Knight Frank’s landlord project service in Shanghai for 4½ years before joining CBRE in May to establish the Asian client service in capital markets in both Auckland & China. His assignments in Shanghai included consulting on the development of China’s tallest building, Shanghai Tower, and the Hong Qiao transport hub.

CBRE NZ’s national director of capital markets, Andrew Stringer, said the Asian services desk concept had proved itself invaluable in CBRE’s Australian markets over the last 24 months, engaging with both buyers & sellers from Singapore, China, Hong Kong & Malaysia.

“This strategic appointment of Alan in New Zealand further leverages our international market knowledge & connections to deliver real advantage for our clients. Alan has direct & relevant knowledge of Chinese investment drivers & active parties, which, combined with CBRE’s New Zealand coverage, provides a unique market offering. Alan’s language skills & connections within the Chinese business community within Auckland have already proved to be advantageous for our clients.”

27 September 2016:

Quigley elected chair of Reserve Bank, Vautier deputy

Professor Neil Quigley.

Professor Neil Quigley.

The Reserve Bank board has elected Professor Neil Quigley as chair, replacing Dr Rod Carr. Dr Carr told the board months ago he wouldn’t seek a further term as a director when his present term ends in July 2017 and, in light of that, had decided to step down as chair.

Kerrin Vautier has been appointed as deputy chair, replacing Keith Taylor, who was appointed in 2009 and is in his second 5-year term. Mr Taylor retired as Earthquake Commission deputy chair in June after 10 years on that board, but remains on the Reserve Bank board.

The Minister of Finance appoints Reserve Bank directors for 5-year renewable terms, and they elect their chair for one-year terms. The chair appoints a deputy, also for a one-year term.

Professor Quigley, vice-chancellor of Waikato University since February 2015 after 6 months as the first provost at Victoria University of Wellington, was appointed to the Reserve Bank board in 2010. He’s also a director of the NZ Qualifications Authority, and has been an economics professor at Victoria University and the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

Professor Quigley has a BA & MA with first class honours from Canterbury University, a PhD from Toronto University, a substantial publication record in monographs & international academic journals and an honorary doctorate from the University of Economics in Vietnam.

Mrs Vautier is a consulting research economist and a lay member of the High Court (under the Commerce Act). She was appointed to the Reserve Bank board in 2010.

Dr Carr was deputy governor and then acting governor of the bank from 1998-2003 and was a director until September 2002, when deputy governors stopped being appointed to the board. He was appointed to the board in 2012, and was first appointed chair in September 2013.

22 September 2016:

Forster scores KiwiRail strategy & development role

KiwiRail Ltd has appointed David Forster as its corporate & finance property strategy & development manager, based in Auckland.

Mr Forster began his career as a valuer for Valuation NZ in Nelson & Auckland from 1986-91 and spent a year as an accountant at London Underground before moving to Johannesburg in 1993, managing corporate & property finance for 3 banks there over the next 11 years. After a year managing property consultancy services for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Sydney, Mr Forster returned to New Zealand in 2006 for short terms as associate property & franchise finance director for GE Commercial Finance and senior property finance manager at Bridgecorp Ltd, and was property finance manager for Westpac NZ Group Ltd for 8 years.

JLL appoints Richard Paul as head of property & asset management

Richard Paul.

Richard Paul.

Richard Paul has joined real estate consultancy JLL in Auckland as its head of property & asset management, after 3 years as Southpark Corp Ltd’s  commercial property manager in Auckland.

Mr Paul undertook his real estate qualifications through Massey University,  then went on to study business, marketing, management & accounting through the Eastern Institute of Technology. He ran his own office & project management company, Harmon Group Ltd, in Hastings for 4 years before joining Atlantis Healthcare Group in Europe, taking on a similar role at its Madrid, Frankfurt & London offices.

On his return to New Zealand in 2012, he ran North Peak Properties Ltd’s Albert Square project in Hastings.

19 September 2016:

Harrison Grierson appoints Tolan as survey general manager

Clare Tolan.

Clare Tolan.

Engineering & design consultancy Harrison Grierson Ltd has appointed Clare Tolan as survey general manager.

She’s a senior surveyor with cadastral surveying & land development experience on a number of large & high profile developments in Australia & New Zealand, most recently as senior surveyor for the masterplanned & staged 114ha Waterloo business park in Christchurch.  She provided consultancy services to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority for the cbd redevelopment and undertook project management & quality assurance of earthquake damage-related boundary definition surveys.

After 3 years at The Surveying Co Ltd in Hawke’s Bay & Pukekohe, and another 3 years at Melbourne-based Reeds Consulting Pty Ltd, Ms Tolan joined Harrison Grierson in 2012 as a senior licensed cadastral surveyor in Christchurch. She holds a Bachelor of Survey from Otago University and is studying for an MBA through the Edinburgh University School of Business.

15 September 2016:

Stride appoints 3 national, regional & centre managers

Stride Investment Management Ltd announced 3 shopping centre management appointments today.

Rod Webber.

Rod Webber.

Stride Investment Management, part of the NZX-listed Stride Property Group, manages the property portfolios of Stride, Diversified NZ Property Trust & Investore Property Ltd. Investore, also NZX-listed, specialises in large format retail assets.

Stride has appointed Rod Webber as its national shopping centres leasing manager, based at its Auckland head office. He’ll start on 26 September.

Mr Webber has recently returned from 9 years in the UK, where he held senior roles in shopping centre leasing & management. His most recent role was as senior asset manager at the $2.5 billion Intu Lakeside shopping centre in Essex, where he was responsible for all facets of asset management, including leasing.

Before moving to the UK, he spent 4 years in Auckland as a research & investment analyst at Bayleys, acquisition manager for Housing NZ Corp and in marketing & research for Colliers, followed by 6 years as shopping centre leasing manager for HG Livingstone.

Tina Boyd.

Tina Boyd.

Tina Boyd has been appointed centre manager for Chartwell shopping centre in Hamilton following the handover of management from Westfield (NZ) Ltd.

She has an extensive background in marketing and was Chartwell’s marketing manager before taking on marketing management roles for St Pauls Collegiate & Kiwi Property Group. She has over 10 years’ experience in the property industry, in particular in retail property management.

Ms Boyd is a trustee of Dress for Success, a charitable organisation that assists women to build confidence and achieve economic independence, and has chaired Te Rau Aroha Papakainga Trust.

She has a post-graduate diploma in management studies from Waikato University, is a member of the Institute of Directors and was the recipient of the 2016 Waikato Institute of Directors scholarship. She’s also been a registered nurse.

Jan Plummer.

Jan Plummer.

Jan Plummer has been appointed regional centre manager with responsibility for the Queensgate, Chartwell & Johnsonville shopping centres.

She was the senior centre manager for Queensgate’s previous owner, Scentre Group, responsible for the management of 3 Westfield centres – Chartwell, Queensgate & Riccarton.

Ms Plummer was previously commercial services general manager for Victoria University of Wellington and was the university’s director of recreational services. She has an MBA with distinction from Victoria University and was a national evaluator for the NZ Business Excellence Foundation.

13 September 2016:

Norwell to head Real Estate Institute

Bindi Norwell.

Bindi Norwell.

The Real Estate Institute has appointed Bindi Norwell as chief executive. She will join the institute in December, replacing Colleen Milne, who resigned in June after holding the job for 18 months.

Institute chair Dame Rosanne Meo said Mrs Norwell brought a strong commercial perspective to the organisation: “Bindi is an experienced business leader & strategist who has worked in New Zealand, Australia (Melbourne Airport & CSR) and the UK (British Telecom). She has a strong background in digital media & technology and, most recently, executive director of TNS Global, a customer & marketing insights-based consultancy working with a diverse network of New Zealand companies.”

In accepting the position, Bindi commented on her excitement in joining the REINZ team and working within the real estate industry. “REINZ is noted for what it has achieved to date, as a strong and vibrant membership organisation and I feel excited to be involved and leading the organisation to its next stage.”

9 September 2016:

Kiwi drives Victorian valuer’s partnership with Sheldon’s

Independent property valuation & advisory firm Sheldon & Partners Ltd has formed a partnership with Opteon Property Group Victoria.

Sheldon’s, established in Auckland in 1974 and a specialist on the region, provides property valuations for a client list ranging from individuals through to large financial institutions.

Opteon has over 500 qualified property valuers and is one of Australia’s largest independent valuation companies.

Derek Smith.

Derek Smith.

Opteon Victoria’s director of operations for valuations in New Zealand, Derek Smith – a New Zealander who’s been Opteon’s manager for the north-west Victoria region for the last 2 years – said: “The strategic merger signalled both companies’ intentions to aggressively chase new markets & business opportunities within New Zealand.”

The venture will see the continued presence of current Sheldon’s management & directors, complemented by Mr Smith’s leadership. “The newly formed team is committed to providing an unprecedented level of service & expertise for new & existing clients,” he said.

Mr Smith graduated from Lincoln University in 2000 with a BCom in agricultural business & management and has worked in Victoria ever since, joining Opteon as managing valuer in Bendigo in 2004.

7 September 2016:

Sophie Louis joins JLL valuation team

Sophie Louis.

Sophie Louis.

Sophie Louis has joined JLL’s Auckland valuation & advisory services team as a graduate valuer.

She graduated from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Property degree last year, took up a temporary position as a project assistant for Auckland University Property Services, where she assisted with the fitout of the university’s Science Centre redevelopment, and joined JLL in June.

JLL head of valuations Dave Wigmore said Ms Louis was assisting with all classes of commercial property while working towards becoming a registered valuer.

Opus makes 4 senior appointments in restructure

Opus International Consultants Ltd has made 4 Australasian appointments to strengthen its growth strategy in transport, water & buildings, with one vacancy to be filled. All will be on the company’s executive team.

The multi-disciplinary infrastructure consultancy has appointed Paul Casamento as transport group director, Lee Arasu as buildings group director, David Monkman to the new role of director of buildings lifecycle & intelligence and Peter Mathewson as water group director.

To enhance business synergy, Opus has streamlined the leadership of its New Zealand & Australian businesses, and both will now report to a single managing director. A new appointment will be made following Mr Mathewson’s move to water group director and the departure of Australian managing director Melvyn Maylin.

Mr Mathewson has been with Opus since 2001 and the managing director of the New Zealand business for the last 5 years. Opus chief executive David Prentice said: “Peter has extensive experience in the construction & engineering industry in New Zealand & Australia and has great experience around developing strategic partnerships & contracting.”

Dr Prentice said Mr Casamento had extensive business experience in executing vision & strategy to drive business improvement: “His commercial success has been proven in demanding strategic leadership roles with Jacobs Engineering Group & Sinclair Knight Mertz in Australia, UK, Hong Kong & New Zealand. He has a very successful track record in developing & delivering significant change programmes that drive growth and enhance profitability, which brings significant impact to our global growth in transportation.”

Mr Arasu has held senior executive positions with AECOM, UGL, Forge Group & Leighton Contractors, and has extensive experience in strategy & business development roles in Australia, the US & Indonesia. Dr Prentice said: “Lee is very strong commercially, with a demonstrated ability to grow business in new markets and drive growth. We have significant opportunities in our Buildings sector and Lee brings the energy & acumen to drive that forward.”

Mr Monkman has 20 years’ experience with Opus across all markets and will target opportunities in key area of specialisation for him, intelligent buildings.

Dr Prentice said: “These strategic appointments and the renewed Australasian focus will help drive sustainable global growth and strengthen client delivery, project performance, and lead to greater productivity & efficiencies across all of Opus’ global operations.”

4 September 2016:

Bull joins NZIER board

Angela Bull.

Angela Bull.

Angela Bull has been appointed to the NZ Institute of Economic Research board.

Ms Bull left Foodstuffs North Island Ltd at the end of January to take over as chief executive of Tramco Group Ltd, owned by interests associated with the Farmer family, Ross Green & Mark Wyborn.

She joined Foodstuffs as a development executive 10 years ago after a 10-year career as a lawyer, taking over as property development general manager 7 years ago.

NZIER chair Michael Walls said Ms Bull brought great strengths to the board: “She has a rich, multi-disciplinary background that covers law, property development, retail & change management. She will bring fresh perspectives to our board, and we have every confidence that she will make a strong & immediate contribution.”

“Appointing Angela strengthens NZIER’s ties to the Auckland-based commercial world, which has been a growing market for NZIER since we established an office there 2 years ago. Angela’s standing within that market and the rich experience she brings to the table make her an excellent addition to our board.”

Chief executive Laurence Kubiak added: “This is somebody who really understands strategy & leadership, someone who has risen swiftly in a highly competitive & challenging sector.”

2 September 2016:

White Associates appoints Newlands as principal

Andrew Newlands.

Andrew Newlands.

Quantity survey firm White Associates Ltd has appointed Andrew Newlands as its new company principal.

Director Graham White said the move came “in the face of an ever-advancing construction landscape which has seen the industry hit record levels of activity. A report released by the Government in July revealed the New Zealand trade industry will need about 50,000 more workers by 2021 to meet the demands of the $200 billion building boom”.

The company’s long-term vision was to maintain its position as an industry leader. “For our business to grow, we need to have the most talented & dedicated people in leadership positions to provide our clients with the highest possible level of service, and this appointment does just that.”

Mr Newlands joined White Associates in October 2014 and has managed the firm’s bank funding department. He will continue to focus on that role.

Jasmax board restructure includes 2 independent directors

Karen Price.

Karen Price.

Architectural firm Jasmax Group Ltd has appointed 2 independent directors and one from staff ranks in a restructure of its board.

The independents are environment lawyer Karen Price and professional company director, technologist & entrepreneur Melissa Clark-Reynolds, and the staff member James Whetter, who all joined the board on 26 July. They join managing principal Mark den Breems, Matthew Glubb, Richard Harris & Nicholas Moyes. Andy Anderson, Euan MacKellar, Tim Hooson, Alasdair Hood & Hamish Boyd retired from the board.

Ms Price was a co-founder of law firm ChanceryGreen Ltd in 2007 and has been a director of Holmes Consulting Group Ltd (now Holmes Structures Ltd) for 13 years and business management consultancy Morrison Low Holdings Ltd for 3 years.

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Melissa Clark-Reynolds.

Ms Clark-Reynolds is on the boards of Radio NZ Ltd  Software Education Holdings Ltd. As a technology entrepreneur, she founded New Zealand’s largest private ACC business, Fusion, and has been the chief executive of tech companies Intaz, PayGlobal, MiniMonos & Looxie. She co-founded NZ Centre for the Future Ltd last month. At Jasmax, she will chair the finance & risk committee.

The appointment of independent directors is a first for Jasmax. Mr den Breens said the board restructure “reflects the outlook of the practice, the commitment to forging the way for innovative & sustainable design that will continue to transform & restore the built environment for New Zealand.

James Whetter.

James Whetter.

“We’re extremely pleased & fortunate to be working with 2 inspirational, exciting & motivated influencers. The future direction for Jasmax, one of the longest established architecture & design practices in New Zealand, looks to the innovatisn that can transform communities through built design, and the perspective that Melissa & Karen can bring to this will be invaluable to us.”

Mr Whetter has been an architect in New Zealand, the UK & Australia for 19 years and leads the residential team at Jasmax. He has a broad range of project experience in the sector, as well as in commercial & tertiary education.

Murray Jordan one of 2 proposed new SkyCity directors

Murray Jordan.

Murray Jordan.

SkyCity Entertainment Group Ltd said on Wednesday it intended to appoint Murray Jordan & Jennifer Owen as non-executive directors. Both appointments remain subject to approval by regulatory authorities in each of SkyCity’s gaming jurisdictions, a process which normally takes some months to conclude. In the meantime, Ms Owen & Mr Jordan will be available to assist the board in an advisory capacity.

Mr Jordan is a director of Chorus Ltd; ASX-listed wholesale distributor Metcash Ltd, which specialises in food, grocery & hardware; the family owned Stevenson Group Ltd, which specialises in building products & quarrying; and is a trustee of the Starship Foundation.

Before embarking on a governance career in 2015, he held various senior management roles at Foodstuffs Ltd from 2004-15, including managing director of Foodstuffs North Island and managing director & general manager retail, sales & performance of Foodstuffs Auckland Ltd. In 2013, he led the merger of Foodstuffs’ Auckland & Wellington businesses to create what is now known as Foodstuffs North Island, and established & oversaw the integration programme.

His early career was in the property sector, including as general manager of Telecom NZ Ltd’s property business and general manager of AMP Capital Investors NZ Ltd’s property portfolio. Mr Jordan has a masters degree in property administration from Auckland University.

Jennifer Owen.

Jennifer Owen.

Ms Owen is based in Sydney and is a principal of Owen Gaming Research, an independent research firm specialising in the gaming & wagering markets. From 2011-15, she also served on Salvation Army Australia’s investment committee. She has 30 years’ experience in accountancy, audit, finance, treasury & equities research, including as director of equities research at Citigroup Global Markets, with a specialist focus on the Australasian gambling sector, and as an equities research analyst at Macquarie Group focusing on the tourism & leisure sector.

She began her career as an accountant with KPMG, Suncorp Building Society & Macquarie Bank Ltd, and from 1991-95 was senior finance manager at the Queensland Industry Development Corp, where she was responsible for the management of the finance, management accounting & treasury administration functions.

Ms Owen holds a bachelor of business degree from the Queensland Institute of Technology, a masters in business administration from the University of Queensland, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ diploma course and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australasia.

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On the move, August 2016

Sewell joins 3 boards and Cranko joins him at Challenge Steel
Kean takes on investment strategy for Unitec’s Wairaka
3 promoted to director at CBRE
Whitely takes over facilities management at Oyster
Haines enjoys getting to know Auckland market
Dangerfield appointed to Local Government Commission for Auckland applications
2 real estate offices switch brands
Envivo appoints Tony Smith to principal role
Ton joins Envivo’s structural engineers
AMP Capital appoints new investment strategy head
Sewell to lead diocesan property team
Robertson to head Tamaki Redevelopment, Harker & Puketapu join board
Eagles returning from London to head Green Building Council
Devlin to head Watercare as council makes round of changes
2 promotions & 3 new recruits at Bayleys
Gunn to head Smales Farm 
Tim Male returns to CBRE
2 new recruits & one returning to Bayleys
2 new agents join CBRE
Ward joins Beca after Kiribati stint
Abbott returns to sales
Southpark appoints 2 property managers
Waiheke agents move from Pero to Sotheby 
Christie returns to CBRE asset services

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Tuesday 30 August:

Sewell joins 3 boards and Cranko joins him at Challenge Steel

Tony Sewell.

Tony Sewell.

Former Ngai Tahu Property Ltd chief executive Tony Sewell has taken on 3 new board appointments, on top of a contract to lead the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch property team (see item below, Sewell to lead diocesan property team). He’s a longtime member of the Catholic Cathedral management board.

Mr Sewell, of Christchurch, worked for Ngai Tahu for 21 years, signalling his departure last August and finishing most of his roles on 1 January. He set up his own consultancy, Tony Sewell Ltd, in January, joined the boards of Challenge Steel Ltd & Shopping Centre Investments Ltd in July, and the board of NPT Ltd as an independent director this week, replacing Tony McNeil, who retired in February.

Mr Sewell is also president of the Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce, chair of Business NZ, deputy chair of Hanmer Hot Pools, a director of Tama Asset Holding Co Ltd, is an Institute of Directors chartered director and is a former national president of the Property Council.

Geoff Cranko.

Geoff Cranko.

Geoff Cranko also joined the Challenge Steel board in July. He’s the group managing partner of Strategy Design & Advertising Ltd, which he’s grown from one Christchurch studio in 2002 to 3 offices nationally & 2 internationally, and a director of NV Group Ltd. Before setting up his own business in Christchurch, he was the Sydney-based Pacific area director of international inspection, verification, testing & certification company SGS SA.

Challenge Steel is an importer of fabricated structural steel and has set a new benchmark for quality assurance & comprehensive product testing. Challenge chair Bert Govan said: “Geoff is leading our strategic marketing & brand positioning. He brings to the table considerable global experience & proven success in business development & growth. He also knows first-hand the critical importance of delivering quality assurance with integrity, given his many years as a leader within international company SGS. Geoff has the perfect combination of skills & experiences to add significant value to Challenge Steel.”

Wednesday 24 August:

Kean takes on investment strategy for Unitec’s Wairaka

Justin Kean.

Justin Kean.

Justin Kean has joined Unitec’s Wairaka Land Co Ltd after 3½ years as director of research & consulting at JLL.

The institute of technology, which has 177 buildings on its 54ha Mt Albert campus, has been working on redevelopment plans and has consent for the first stage of a new consolidated campus on 9ha at the southern end of the campus. The consent includes the construction of 4 buildings & full refurbishment of 2.

The land company was formed to implement Unitec’s wider property strategy, which includes creating a new community known as the Wairaka Precinct on the campus site. “As one of the largest development opportunities in Auckland, the site presents a rare opportunity to create a high quality, dynamic, urban environment and a lasting legacy for Auckland,” Unitec said. “As well as driving the campus transformation plan, Wairaka Land Co provides advice on urban redevelopment and has engaged with stakeholders on changes to the unitary plan.”

Wairaka has appointed Mr Kean to head its strategic investment & asset management initiatives as part of its drive to leverage its portfolio of existing & planned developments. He will be responsible for the development & evolution of strategy in relation to the company’s owned asset and the maximisation of value within the wider Unitec property portfolio.

Mr Kean was an analyst at CBRE in Auckland for 6 years and an associate director in research & consulting at JLL for 3½ years before venturing overseas, first as a global real estate portfolio manager for ING Real Estate for 4 years, and then for a year as a portfolio manager for Aberdeen Asset Management based in Amsterdam.

Link: Unitec campus redevelopment

3 promoted to director at CBRE

CBRE Ltd has appointed 3 new directors in its mid-year promotions.

Tim Boyle.

Tim Boyle.

Tim Boyle has been promoted to director of capital markets, focusing on the industrial & logistics sector. An established agent with a strong brokerage track record, he joined JLL as a broker in 2006 and moved to CBRE in 2009, initially as a senior broker and then as an associate director for CBRE Asia Pacific.

Debra Payne has been promoted to director of global workplace solutions, leading portfolio services & transaction management.

Debra Payne.

Debra Payne.

CBRE NZ’s senior managing director, Brent McGregor, said Ms Payne was a skilled property professional whose excellent negotiation & portfolio management skills had strengthened CBRE’s offering, resulting in exceptional service for clients.

After a year at Bayleys, Ms Payne spent 5 years overseas, including 2 years at CBRE in London handling the operational property requirements of international corporate clients in Europe, the Middle East & Africa. She spent 2 years in portfolio management at CBRE on her return to Auckland in 2011, moved to JLL to provide tenant representation services for global corporate clients, then returned to CBRE as an associate director in the global workplace solutions team at the end of last year.

Merv Davies.

Merv Davies.

In Christchurch, Merv Davies has been promoted to director of capital markets. Mr Davies spent 9 years in insurance with AMP, finishing as regional manager in Dunedin, before taking up commercial real estate with Colliers in Christchurch in 1992. After 19 years at Colliers, he moved to McIntosh Realty Ltd for 4 years and joined CBRE as a senior negotiator at the start of last year.

Whitely takes over facilities management at Oyster

Oyster Property Group Ltd has appointed Chris Whitely as its national facilities manager.

Chris Whitely.

Chris Whitely.

He spent 16 years managing AMF Bowling centres in New Zealand & Australia, 4 years as facilities manager at Westfield Manukau City and the last 18 months as facilities manager for Stride Property Ltd, where he was part of the management team responsible for planning, implementing & opening the North West Shopping Centre. He has particular skills in negotiating service contracts, running multiple tenders and implementing health & safety systems.

At Oyster, he will be responsible for facilities management of the group’s extensive portfolio of properties throughout New Zealand.

Oyster, a specialist property & fund manager, has $900 million of property assets under management through a combination of public & wholesale syndicates & funds, and institutional & private property management mandates.

Haines enjoys getting to know Auckland market

Mickey Haines.

Mickey Haines.

English industrial property agent Mickey Haines has joined JLL’s industrial team in Auckland this year after 15 years in the sector in the UK. He was a director in the industrial agency team at dohertybaines in London, where he worked for 9 years, and spent 4 years as a senior surveyor at Mills & Woods in London. Mr Haines has a BSc Hons degree in valuations & estate management from Bristol.

At JLL, his focus is on industrial sales & leasing in Mt Wellington, St Johns & Otahuhu.

Mr Haines said: “I’m enjoying getting to know the Auckland market. Apart from having to think in square metres rather than square feet, I’m finding many similarities between the London market & Auckland. The needs & wants of landlords & tenants are essentially the same.”

Friday 19 August:

Dangerfield appointed to Local Government Commission for Auckland applications

Local Government Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga announced the appointment of Geoff Dangerfield as a temporary member of the Local Government Commission yesterday. His appointment begins next Monday, 22 August, and will end on 23 February 2018.

Mr Dangerfield is a former chief executive of both the NZ Transport Agency and the Ministry of Economic Development. He retired from the transport agency in March after heading it for 8 years.

Mr Lotu-Iiga said: “The appointment of Mr Dangerfield will help the commission consider reorganisation applications within Auckland. He has extensive public sector governance experience & a strong understanding of local government.

“There are 3 other reorganisation applications under consideration by the Local Government Commission as well as the Auckland case. Mr Dangerfield will help with that demanding workload.”

The Local Government Commission currently consists of the chair, Sir Wira Gardiner, and members Janie Annear & Leigh Auton.

Wednesday 17 August:

2 real estate offices switch brands

Real estate agent Glenn Baker, who opened LJ Hooker’s first Auckland franchise at One Tree Hill in 1990, switched his residential business to Bayleys last week.

Mr Baker has agencies at 778 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill, & 105 Main Highway, Ellerslie. Bayleys said most of the sales & administrative staff had switched over.

The 2 offices were ranked among LJ Hooker’s top 5 branches. Their sponsorship of the Royal Oak Racquets and Cornwall Park Cricket Clubs will continue under the Bayleys umbrella.

Monday 15 August:

Envivo appoints Tony Smith to principal role

Tony Smith.

Tony Smith.

Envivo Engineering, Surveying & Planning has appointed Tony Smith as principal engineer (civil). He manages engineering projects, working closely with the project management & structural engineering teams to develop a multi-disciplinary collaborative approach to project & client management.

Mr Smith has extensive experience in civil & infrastructure engineering throughout New Zealand, including land development projects; design & construction management; contract management, negotiations, operational contracts & strategy; all aspects of civil engineering, roading asset management; technical engineering best practice, quality controls & assurances; and health & safety.

His qualifications include NZCE (Civil), NZIM Diploma of Management & CPEng, and he’s a member of IPENZ.

Ton joins Envivo’s structural engineers

Ann Ton.

Ann Ton.

Ann Ton has joined Envivo’s structural engineering team. She has 10 years’ structural engineering experience working in Singapore & New Zealand. Her project work includes multi-storeyed buildings such as tower-block condominiums, a hospital, jetty, boardwalk  & viewing tower in a nature reserve and structural alterations to a 7-storey convention centre & malls. Ms Ton’s software skills include analysis using ETABS, SAP2000 & Staad Pro, Microstran & SAFE.

Sunday 14 August:

AMP Capital appoints new investment strategy head

Greg Fleming.

Greg Fleming.

AMP Capital Investors (NZ) Ltd has appointed Greg Fleming as head of investment strategy, based in Wellington & effective 19 September. Keith Poore left the job in July after 4 years at AMP. He’d previously been head of asset allocation for the NZ Superannuation Fund & head of investment strategy for Axa Global Investor after holding portfolio strategy roles for Grosvenor Financial Services Ltd and the Bank of NZ.

Mr Fleming’s role at AMP includes ensuring the best investment ideas globally are incorporated into local portfolios. He’ll be responsible for ensuring AMP Capital’s diversified fund range meet the expectations of New Zealand clients. He will report to AMP Capital NZ managing director Grant Hassell.

Mr Fleming has spent most of his career based in Zurich. He began in 1997 as an economic research analyst with Westpac Investment Management, spent a year with Grosvenor Investment Management Ltd in Wellington then moved to Zurich, where he was global economist of the International Textile Manufacturers Federation for 4 years and a senior analyst for Credit Suisse Group AG’s private banking & wealth management division for 9 years. On his return to New Zealand in mid-2015, he joined First NZ Capital Ltd as a research strategist in the wealth management research team.

Friday 12 August:

Sewell to lead diocesan property team

Former Ngai Tahu Property Ltd chief executive Tony Sewell has accepted a contract to lead the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch property team. He’s a longtime member of the Catholic Cathedral management board.

Mr Sewell said the diocese remained on track to make a decision on the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament this year: “The diocese has tread a very sensible & measured path in dealing with the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament & other churches & schools damaged in the earthquakes, and it is essential that we keep this momentum going.

“We need to take a long-term view of the work to be completed. While a decision on the cathedral is our most important focus, we cannot lose sight of the great work our parishes are doing in dealing with their own rebuild projects.”

Mr Sewell worked for Ngai Tahu for 21 years, signalling his departure last August and finishing most of his roles on 1 January. During his time at the helm, the iwi’s equity in its property company grew from $50 million to $600 million.

Robertson to head Tamaki Redevelopment, Harker & Puketapu join board

John Robertson.

John Robertson.

Finance Minister Bill English, who’s also Minister Responsible for Housing NZ, said last week John Robertson had been appointed to chair the Tamaki Regeneration Co Ltd. There’s no such company. As I understand it, Mr Robertson will replace Brian Donnelly as chair of the Tamaki Redevelopment Co Ltd & its subsidiary, Tamaki Regeneration Ltd.

The Tamaki Redevelopment Co is 51% owned by the Government, 49% by Auckland Council, and was established in 2012 to lead the Tamaki regeneration programme to deliver 7500 social, affordable & private homes in Auckland over the next 10-15 years.

Mr English said Mr Robertson – as a former chair of the Auckland mayoral forum, a former MP & former mayor of Papakura – had a sound understanding of issues of social & economic well-being, as well as iwi & other communities.

No mention was made of Mr Robertson’s most recent role, chairing the panel of 4 commissioners appointed in 2012 to run the Kaipara District Council when the elected members resigned. That role will end on 8 October, when a new council & mayor are elected to resume governance.

Mr Donnelly & Eru Lyndon have retired from the Tamaki board, and Matthew Harker & Diana Puketapu have been appointed.

Matthew Harker.

Matthew Harker.

Mr Harker, who’s recently returned to New Zealand from London, was a non-executive director for 9 years of UK social landlord & housing association for older people Housing & Care 21, retiring last September. He also chaired a special purpose private finance initiative, Kent Community Partnership, to deliver a £240 million contract to build & operate 340 extra care units for older & disabled people in 10 Kent County Council districts, and was a director of a similar entity to deliver a £300 million social housing contract at Oldham, near Manchester.

On his LinkedIn page, Mr Harker says: “I am passionate about business development & value creation.”

After graduating from Waikato University in 1999 with bachelor’s degrees in management studies & law, both with first-class honours, Mr Harker worked on corporate & project finance at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 5 years in Auckland, Singapore & London, was an associate director at Rothschild and executive director at UBS in London over the next 5 years, and was a director of Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking for his last 5½ years in London.

Diana Puketapu.

Diana Puketapu.

Ms Puketapu is a chartered accountant who has held a number of chief financial officer roles in New Zealand & overseas, including nearly 4 years at Ngati Whatua o Orakei Corporate Ltd. She Left the board of Auckland Council Investments Ltd last year and became a director of the NZ Olympic Committee, Netball Northern Zone, Ngati Porou Fisheries Ltd & Ngati Porou Holding Co Ltd, and is on the boards of the Public Trust, World Masters Games 2017, Unitec’s finance & accounting advisory board and the Aotearoa Credit Union (where she chairs the audit & risk committee).

9 August 2016:

Eagles returning from London to head Green Building Council

Andrew Eagles.

Andrew Eagles.

The NZ Green Building Council has appointed Andrew Eagles to succeed Alex Cutler as its chief executive, effective 29 September. Ms Cutler has led the organisation since May 2010.

Council chair Mary-Jane Daly said Mr Eagles stood out in a strong field of candidates for several reasons: “Andrew has a breadth of technical skills relevant to the property, building & construction industries, and has been directly working in the field of sustainability for more than 13 years. His enthusiastic leadership & strategic experience will be an invaluable asset to our organisation.”

Taranaki-born, Mr Eagles is chief executive of the Brick Development Association in London, and before that was the managing director of Sustainable Homes for 9 years and innovation & development manager for the UK Housing Corp for 4 years. He has a BCom in economics from Otago University, an honours degree in public policy from Victoria University of Wellington, and has completed a Cranfield School of Management leadership in business course.

“At Sustainable Homes, Andrew led a business focused on providing sustainability solutions for the built environment, with core services in consultancy & professional training. This is a perfect fit with the NZ Green Building Council’s work, as we continue to work with the building & construction industries to create healthy, efficient & productive buildings.

“Andrew has demonstrated his abilities as a leader and a commercially minded public advocate for sustainability. He has enjoyed a successful track record of growing revenue, diversifying services & product offerings, and keeping the practice of sustainability relevant. We believe Andrew is well placed to continue to grow the NZ Green Building Council on the back of Alex’s contribution over the past 6 years.”

Mr Eagles has been living in the UK for 13 years, and said he was keen to bring back his international experience to help influence the New Zealand market: “I’ve seen the appetite for sustainability in residential & commercial buildings increase worldwide over the past decade, and I hope to inspire others to create the kind of sustainable built environment New Zealand deserves.

“Last year the world committed to a historic climate agreement that is desperately needed; this year alone, we have seen record after record broken on temperature rises. As we heat up for a changing future, I am excited to assist homeowners & landlords, office-building owners, renters & others to have buildings that are fit for the future.”
The Green Building Council will celebrate its 10th anniversary later in the year.

Devlin to head Watercare as council makes round of changes

Margaret Devlin.

Margaret Devlin.

Auckland Council has appointed Hamilton-based professional director Margaret Devlin to chair council-controlled organisation Watercare Services Ltd.

Mayor Len Brown & deputy mayor Penny Hulse announced a number of appointments to the boards of the council’s council-controlled organisations yesterday:

Ateed (Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development):

Mike Taitoko, of Waikanae, director. Mr Taitoko cofounded technology company Waiora Pacific Ltd and is a director of Waiora Consulting Ltd, which focuses on Maori economic development. He also founded Tuia Consulting Ltd, which eventually merged into the Tuia Group Ltd, but sold out in 2014 to pursue his passion of creating leading edge technologies that support better governance & decision-making in challenging sectors such as the environmental, health & education sectors. He’s a director of the Committee for Auckland & Mercury Energy Ltd.

Auckland Transport:

Wayne Donnelly, deputy chair. Mr Donnelly was chief executive of Rodney District Council, before taking up the same role at the new Land Transport NZ in 2004. After it was incorporated into the NZ Transport Agency he ran his own consultancy, and was appointed a director of McConnell Dowell Constructors Ltd in 2011.

Regional Facilities Auckland:

Joanna Perry, deputy chair. She was a partner at KPMG for 24 years

awarded membership of the NZ Order of Merit for services to accounting, she’s chaired the London-based IFRS Advisory Council for 3 years, is deputy chair of Genesis Energy Ltd, a director of Kiwi Property Group Ltd, Trade Me Ltd, Partners Life, Rowing NZ & Sport NZ. Former roles include chairing the Finacial Reporting Standards Board for 11 years, being a director of the Co-operative Bank Ltd, chairing the Primary Growth Partnership investment advisory panel, and being a member of the National Health Committee advising the Minister of Health and an advisor to the board of Tainui Group Holdings Ltd. She has an MA from Cambridge University and rowed for the university in the 1970s.

Fabian Partigliani, director. Mr Partigliani was managing director of Pernod Ricard NZ Ltd for 8 years until 2014.

Watercare Services Ltd:

Margaret Devlin, of Hamilton, as chair. She was a director of South East Water UK for 15 years until 2006, and was appointed a director of Metrowater NZ Ltd in 2007, 3 years before its incorporation into Watercare on the creation of Auckland Council.

Ms Devlin is a professional director operating predominantly in the infrastructure & service sector and chairs Waikato electricity supplier WEL Networks Ltd, Harrison Grierson Consultants Ltd & the Waikato Spatial Plan Joint Committee, and is a director of City Care Ltd, Indepen NZ Ltd, Waikato Regional Airport Ltd, Titanium Park Ltd, Meteorological Services of NZ Ltd & the IT Partners Group Ltd advisory board. She’s also a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Board, chairs the Waikato District Council audit & risk committee and is a member of Waikato University’s finance & audit committee. Ms Devlin is a chartered fellow of the Institute of Directors In NZ Ltd, chairs its professional committee & its Waikato branch and is a member of the institute’s national council & its human resources committee.

Julia Hoare, deputy chair. Ms Hoare worked at accountancy firm Arthur Young in Australia & the UK for 6 years, joined PriceWaterhouseCoopers in 1988 and was a partner for 20 years, leaving in December 2012 to pursue a career in corporate governance. Since 2013, she’s been a Watercare director, chair and audit & risk chair of AWF Madison Group Ltd, deputy chair and audit & risk chair of the A2 Milk Co Ltd, and a director of Port of Tauranga Ltd & NZ Post.

She’s been an emissions trading scheme review panel member, chaired the Institute of Chartered Accountants’ national tax committee, been a specialist advisor to Parliament’s 2009 emissions trading scheme review special select committee and a member of the climate change leaders’ forum.

The council has also reappointed these directors:

Ateed: Danny Chan & Helen Robinson for 3-year terms, Franceska Banga & Norm Thompson for one-year terms

Auckland Transport: Mark Gilbert for a 3-year term

Regional Facilities Auckland: Geoff Clews for a 3-year term, Gary Troup for a 2-year term

Watercare Services Ltd: Dr Nicki Crauford for a 3-year term

New board interns:

Clr Hulse also announced the appointment of 3 new board interns as part of Auckland Council’s diversity programme:

Auckland Transport: Hinemaua Rikirangi, Ngati Ranginui & a senior manager in the BNZ’s national Maori business team

Watercare Services Ltd: Ingrid Cronin-Knight, head of change & business technology at Chorus NZ Ltd

Regional Facilities Auckland: Mara Fisher, chief operating officer at Tax Management NZ Ltd

5 August 2016:

2 promotions & 3 new recruits at Bayleys

Michael Thornton.

Michael Thornton.

Bayleys Property Services has promoted Michael Thornton to the role of account manager for Augusta Capital after 2 years as head of corporate & occupier services. The move will see him assume responsibility for all strategic, contract & relationship management aspects for Augusta, Bayleys’ premier property management client.

Also promoted from within, Chris Menzies will take over Mr Thornton’s role as head of corporate & occupier services after working in London for JLL & joining Bayleys in 2014.

Chris Menzies.

Chris Menzies.

Marissa Wilson has joined Bayleys Property Services as senior property manager within the dedicated Augusta team after experience working at JLL & Property Investment Holdings. She’ll be primarily responsible for Augusta’s Value Add Fund portfolio & the NZME building.

New recruit James Cole has also joined Bayleys Property Services as a property manager within the Augusta team after extensive experience as a property specialist with Westpac. He’ll take care of day-to-day management of Augusta’s South Auckland property portfolio.

Sunny Park has joined Bayleys Property Services as an assistant property manager after working for both CBRE and Barfoot & Thompson.

Gunn to head Smales Farm 

Paul Gunn.

Paul Gunn.

Smales Farm Ltd has appointed Paul Gunn as chief executive, tasked with leading the family-owned company through a period of transformational growth that includes development of the Takapuna property’s new 65,000m² business & lifestyle precinct and innovative B:HIVE building. He’ll take up the job in October.

Smales Farm chair Ian Braddock said Mr Gunn had a diverse range of skills across the property industry: “Paul’s focus, drive & passion for the industry will help us realise our strategic objective to create a world-class innovative, sustainable & interactive urban community on the Smales Farm site. He has a proven track record of motivating those around him and delivering results.”

Mr Gunn has 18 years’ experience in the wider property industry and is currently property general manager at Tramco Group Ltd, where he manages several major portfolios. He has a BCom & an LlB from Auckland University and has held senior roles at Williams Land Ltd and law firms Russell McVeagh & Bell Gully, where he specialised in property & construction law.

Mr Gunn said: “Smales Farm has an exciting vision for its future that will truly shape the commercial property space in New Zealand.”

Smales Farm – between the Northern Motorway & Taharoto Rd at Takapuna, is devoted to the cultivation of smart businesses, their people & their ideas. It’s home to 25 businesses, including Vodafone, IAG, Sovereign & Air NZ as well as a range of eateries & community services. About 2500 people work on the property.

Tim Male returns to CBRE

Tim Male.

Tim Male.

CBRE has appointed Tim Male as a director for its retail advisory & transaction services team based in Auckland. He’s been in the property industry for 17 years, 10 of those at CBRE as a retail agent.

He started his career as a graduate valuer in CBRE’s Wellington office and spent 8 years at CBRE’s London office as the director of landlord advisory for shopping

Centres, but has worked most recently for Westfield Group in Sydney, where he identified new target tenants and co-ordinated all leasing activity with the development divisions of Scentre Group.

Whineray quits Opus board to focus on Mercury job

Mercury NZ Ltd chief executive Fraser Whineray will resign as a non-executive director of Opus International Consultants Ltd on 17 August, and Sam Knowles will be appointed in his place.

Mr Whineray told Mercury’s annual meeting in April he intended to resign from Opus to focus on his day job, which he took up in September 2014 after 6 years as Mercury’s generation general manager. He’s been on the Opus board since October 2008, and has been a member of both its audit & risk committees.

Mr. Whineray was appointed to the board of Opus in October 2008, of the Board. Opus Chairman, Kerry McDonald said that Fraser had made a very valuable contribution to the Company and directors were sorry to see him leave the board.

Mr Knowles has held senior positions with major banks (BNZ, National Australia Bank & Kiwibank) in both Australia & New Zealand and has extensive experience in strategy, organisational capability building, private & public sector governance and innovation & venture capital.

Since 2011, he’s held a number of governance roles in growth businesses, with an export & technology focus and building on his work with Kiwibank. As chief executive of Kiwibank, he led the company through its transition from a start-up to an established business with over 700,000 customers and more than 1000 employees.

Paul Prouse.

Paul Prouse.

He’s a director of listed companies Synlait Ltd & Trustpower Ltd, and of private companies Magritek Ltd, Umajin Ltd & Rangatira Ltd. He chairs Partners Life Ltd, On-Brand Partners and Adminis Ltd, and has chaired Xero Ltd been a director of SLI Ltd, both NZX-listed companies.

 

2 August 2016:

2 new recruits & one returning to Bayleys

Paul Prouse has joined Bayleys North Shore Commercial’s office sales & leasing team after 36 years with Fuji Xerox, the last 4 as solutions & services general manager after 7 years heading sales operations.

Nicolas Ching.

Nicolas Ching.

Nicolas Ching has rejoined Bayleys as a senior international sales agent after 3½ years managing Asian invest sales for Colliers and as Auckland central sales director for NAI Harcourts. He previously spent 8 years in international sales at Bayleys.

Beterley Pan.

Beterley Pan.

Also joining the division as a commercial sales & leasing agent from NAI Harcourts is Beterly Pan, who is fluent in Mandarin & Cantonese as well as English. Bayleys’ 12-strong international division, headed by Chris Bayley & James Chan, provides real estate services for both locally & overseas-based Asian clients.

2 new agents join CBRE

CBRE has appointed 2 new agents for its advisory & transaction services team, specialising in the Auckland office leasing market.

Stefan Winstanley.

Stefan Winstanley.

Stefan Winstanley has joined as an associate director focusing on the cbd office market. He has 17 years of property experience in New Zealand & the UK and has worked on a variety of commercial projects involving strategic asset management, retail & office leasing and establishing management systems. He worked at Kiwi Property Group Ltd for a decade, managing several assets, including ASB North Wharf & the Vero Centre.

Mark Baker.

Mark Baker.

Mark Baker has joined CBRE as a negotiator focusing on the Auckland city fringe office market. His 15-year career in sales, in Auckland & throughout New Zealand, included 3 years as territory manager at Pernod Ricard & the last 4 years as a member of the senior management team at Philip Morris NZ, where he led a team of 28 sales staff.

Ward joins Beca after Kiribati stint

Peter Ward.

Peter Ward.

Peter Ward has joined Beca Ltd’s advisory team in Wellington as senior associate valuations after returning from an 8-month stint in Kiribati, where he was land valuation advisor to the Kiribati Government’s land management division through VSA.

At Beca, his role will be to develop its valuation & advisory business in the Wellington region.

Mr Ward spent a year before his Kiribati term as a consultant to Property Pathways Ltd, after 10 years heading his own firm, Wellington Realty Ltd. He began his career in the city valuer’s office at the Hutt City Council, spending 5 years there and another 5 years as a senior valuer in the Valuation Department, the next 15 years at the AMP Society & Appraisal Partners. He joined Colliers in international sales in 1995, moved to Jones Lang LaSalle as sales manager for a year, and spent 3 years as chief executive & a consultant at Rolle/Knight Frank before opening his own business.

Abbott returns to sales

John Abbott.

John Abbott.

John Abbott has returned to selling real estate after 12 years training other people to do it, joining The Professionals Group in Auckland.

After 17 years in real estate in Melbourne and 7 years as Bayleys Realty Group’s national sales manager, auctioneer & trainer, Mr Abbott formed Sales Development Group Ltd in 2004 as a specialist sales trainer to the real estate industry throughout Australasia.

He was also a regular keynote speaker at property conferences around the world. But, while he loved helping other people reach their full potential, he said he’d always had a hankering to return to his great passion: selling homes himself and achieving premium results for home sellers.

Geoff Lovegrove, principal of The Professionals agency Lovegrove Realty Ltd in Auckland, said it was a great privilege to have Mr Abbott join his team: “John brings over 35 years’ experience, has been personally involved in over $3.5 billion worth of property transactions over his career so far and is possibly the best negotiator I have ever seen.”

Mr Abbott said an advantage of working within The Professionals was that, with only 10 offices in Auckland, he & his specialist team of associate salespeople could look after clients pretty well anywhere without being restricted by franchise areas or boundary limitations.

“The internet has now made real estate office shopfronts largely irrelevant, and homebuyers couldn’t care less where agents go to do their paperwork or eat their lunch,” he said. “The real skill in this business is in the marketing & negotiating aspects of selling a property, and this is where top agents really add value for their vendor clients.”

Ben Phibbs.

Ben Phibbs.

Southpark appoints 2 property managers

Southpark Corp Ltd has appointed Ben Phibbs as property manager for an expanding portfolio due to a heightened development pipeline. He’s come from 2 years as a negotiator & database manager at CBRE and the last 18 months as property manager at Auckland International Airport. He graduated with a BProp degree from Auckland University, where he was also president of the Property Students Association.

birse lissaLissa Birse has joined Southpark as development manager based in Christchurch, transferring from the 114ha Waterloo Business Park, which Southcorp owns in a joint venture with Stewart Transport Ltd of Gore. Ms Birse spent 3 years at Waterloo marketing land sales, and moves into the expanding property side of Southpark Corp managing over 50,000m² of new developments this financial year.

Waiheke agents move from Pero to Sotheby 

Waiheke Island real estate agents Louise & Andy Roke joined NZ Sotheby’s International Realty yesterday as the agency’s first licensees on the island, switching from Mike Pero Real Estate. They’ve been selling real estate on Waiheke since 2009 and will open the Sotheby’s office at 151 Ocean View Rd, Oneroa, on 12 August.

Louise & Andy Roke.

Louise & Andy Roke.

Mrs Roke said: “It’s perfect timing for NZSIR to open an office on Waiheke, as the market is showing strong demand for waterfront properties & luxury homes. With Waiheke being acknowledged by Lonely Planet as the fifth best region in the world to visit and voted fourth best island in the world by Conde Nast Traveller in 2015, international interest in Waiheke is definitely rising.”

Christie returns to CBRE asset services

Duncan Christie.

Duncan Christie.

Duncan Christie has returned to CBRE as an associate director in the asset services team after 2 years as a senior property manager at Bayleys, where he was responsible for managing the Augusta Capital Ltd property portfolio. Mr Christie will oversee management of several CBRE properties and will provide additional leadership for the Auckland asset services team. Before his Auckland positions, he spent nearly 8 years as a property manager for HO2 plc in the UK.

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