John Rae


National Infrastructure Advisory Board

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John Rae (Chair) is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and a Director or Chairman of a number of NZ companies involved in the infrastructure, energy, waste and investment sectors. He was involved in banking in NZ and London in various treasury and capital market roles for 10 years before returning to NZ in 1991 and undertaking a number of private equity, venture capital and corporate finance transactions in NZ and Australia. For nine years until early 2010 John was Managing Director of Stevenson Group, one of NZ’s largest private companies with more than 600 employees. He was responsible for a major transformation of this almost 100 year old company into a successful, diversified investment group with significant interests in construction materials, quarrying, mining, agriculture, engineering and property. John is currently Chairman of the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development.

Andrew Jackson

Deputy Chief Executive

Ministry of Transport

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Andrew Jackson has been the Deputy Chief Executive of the Ministry of Transport since August 2011.  He leads the Specialist Advice and Strategy Group in the Ministry. 
He was previously Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Development where he was responsible for policy relating to regulation of financial markets, company law, intellectual property and competition law and trade tariff policy.  
Prior to that he worked for the UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser Sir David King on UK science policy and helped lead the UK’s Foresight programme, which used science to help tackle challenging issues such as obesity, drug use and cyber crime.   
Outside of work, he is a father of four, and enjoys water sports, from kayaking to swimming and scuba diving.

Stephen Yarwood

Urban Futurist | Former Lord Mayor

city2050 | City of Adelaide

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Stephen is the former Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Australia and a well-known and respected contemporary Urban Planner who consults internationally on urban futures, innovation and change in cities.
His expertise lies in urban governance, city strategy and policy, smart cities and urban transformation.  He has broad and practical knowledge of the driving forces, trends, issues and opportunities associated with technology and its relationship to best practice urbanism, governance, infrastructure and community development.
Stephen has worked and studied throughout Australia and in New Zealand, Taiwan, Japan, Europe, South-East Asia, the Middle East, China, India and North America.  He lives in the heart of Adelaide, walking distance from all the cool stuff, and loves learning about science, the arts, technology and the cities of the world.
He’s Australia’s leading expert on Pokémon GO and its relationship to cities, plays too much Overwatch and enjoys sharing his Virtual Reality kit with friends over a glass of quality South Australian wine.

Robert Evans

Chief Executive Officer

Nelson Airport

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Robert Evans has been successfully managing airports and commercial property investments for over 20 years. Robert has considerable experience in the aviation and tourism sectors completing several projects across many countries including New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Korea and China. His airport experience extends from Wellington, to Cairns, Mackay and is currently Chief Executive of Nelson Airport. Nelson Airport is located at the top of the South Island in the idyllic and beautiful Nelson/Tasman region, home to the Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks. Nelson Airport hosted 960,000 passengers for the 12 months to December 2016 is about to embark on a $40m terminal redevelopment and achieve 1m passengers this year.

Garth Cowie

Chief Executive

Napier Port


Vaughan Payne

Chief Executive

Waikato Regional Council

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Vaughan is honoured to be the CE of Waikato Regional Council, an organisation focussed on working with others to unlock the region’s potential for sustainable growth to provide for an excellent quality of life for people across the Waikato. WRC recognises that the big issues facing the Waikato region and New Zealand are increasingly complex, requiring greater collaboration between tangata whenua, industry, communities and other authorities to successfully manage such complexity.  WRC recognises the significant role that infrastructure plays in supporting social, economic and environmental outcomes.  In addition, having an information and planning role to create investment certainty for infrastructure, WRC is an infrastructure provider, protecting communities and economies from the impacts of flooding.
Vaughan’s formal training is in surveying, planning and business management.  He has spent his working career in both the private and public sectors across the upper north island, and prior to his current role he was the CE of Opotiki District Council.

Richard Jeffares

Chief Operating Officer

Ultrafast Fibre Limited

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Richard oversees all Ultrafast Fibre business operations including the Program Management Office, Information Technology, Customer Experience, Provisioning, Service Assurance, Engineering, Health & Safety and the Network Operation Centre teams.
Appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2014, Richard was formerly Chief Technology Officer at UK Broadband and prior Freedom4 Plc. Richard has led company-wide digital transformations within media, infrastructure and telecommunications companies, whilst creating advanced business intelligence and analytics capability across organisations.
Richard has previously held leadership roles at Inmarsat/ICO Global, Siemens AG, Credit Suisse, Cap Gemini, Motorola and PCCW Group.
He holds a Master of Information Systems from Griffith University and is an active member of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Kevin Ward

Chief Executive

NZ Airports Association


Grant Hodges

Partner, Transaction Advisory Services



Craig Rice

Managing Partner



David Ward

Chief Executive Officer

Selwyn District Council

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David Ward, Chief Executive of Selwyn District Council has been involved in local government since 1991, spending the first 17 years as Corporate Services Manager for Tasman District Council, then six years as Chief Executive at Horowhenua District Council before taking up his current role at Selwyn District Council in July 2013.  David is focused on ensuring that local government is planning appropriately for its changing demographic and local economies. The importance of the future-proofing infrastructure for the right reason – properly articulated to the community – is a significant driver for the local government at present. David is a qualified accountant. Prior to entering local government, David worked in the commercial sector.

Councillor Pauline Cotter

Chair of Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee

Christchurch City Council

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Christchurch born and raised, Pauline attended Canterbury University, and is a graduate of the Christchurch College of Education. She has resided in St Albans for the past 30 years, and is a mother of four.
Pauline was elected to the Shirley/ Papanui community board in 2007, 2010, and to City Council 2013 and 2016. Her current role as Councillor for the Innes ward involves Chairing the Infrastructure transport and Environment Committee, and the Land Drainage Recovery programme working group. She is a member of the Christchurch West Melton zone committee for water, and is a member of the Joint Public Transport Joint Committee. Pauline is a Resource Management hearings commissioner, and has completed Institute of Director development modules including Finance Essentials, Strategy and Governance.
Pauline is passionate about Christchurch water, both its high quality, and conserving its quantity, and is always aware of the importance of recognising and seizing the opportunities in our rebuild to incorporate best environmental practices.
Her interests include family, friends, community, gardening, reading, music, and becoming a more confident commuter cyclist.

Chris Laidlaw


Greater Wellington Regional Council

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Chris Laidlaw is currently chairman of the Greater Wellington Regional Council.  He is also a director or trustee of several New Zealand charitable bodies.
He is a graduate of Otago and Oxford universities.  As a diplomat he served in Paris, Suva and London before becoming foreign affairs adviser to the Prime Minister in 1984. He subsequently became NZ’s first ambassador in Africa in 1986.  He served as Race Relations Conciliator, MP for Wellington Central, and Chief Executive of WWF-NZ before becoming a regional councillor and the host of National Radio’s Sunday Morning show.
He was an All Black through the 1960s, an Oxford blue, the first foreign international to play in the French national championship, coach of Fiji in 1973 and has been a board member of the Hurricanes franchise and the Westpac Stadium Trust.

Dean Kimpton

Chief Operating Officer

Auckland Council

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Dean is Chief Operating Officer for Auckland Council, Australasia’s largest local authority, with over $45Bn of assets and a current annual capital spend of some $2Bn.  Auckland expects another 1 million people by 2040; therefore a strategic approach for that growth, provision of services and supporting civil and social infrastructure, is critical.
Dean leads the Operations division and is responsible for supporting Auckland’s growth and delivering on Aucklanders’ service expectations.  This includes oversight of infrastructure, housing, civil defence and regulatory approvals and compliance activites. Plus the day-to-day public facing services of Auckland Council which include community services (libraries, parks and recreation, sports facilities), community development and safety, environmental services (including waste management, stormwater and environment services) and the capital and maintenance programmes to support these services.

Tamsin Evans

Chief Operating Officer, City & Community Infrastructure

Porirua City Council

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Since emigrating from the UK in 1996 Tamsin has worked in a wide range of local government and corporate functions. From delivering major infrastructure projects, to key strategic and policy initiatives and organisational change projects, to front line and core services, she has been working at a senior level in local government for almost fifteen years. 
While working at Kapiti Coast District Council Tamsin was involved in the Alliance arrangements to deliver the recently completed Mackays to Pekapeka Expressway. She has been Chief Operating Officer at Porirua City Council since March 2016 and is now engaged in the construction of two new local roads that will provide the Porirua community with easy access to and from Transmission Gully Motorway. A critical part of the Transmission Gully project will be to ensure Porirua maximizes the benefits from the road. As well as influencing the direct impact on the city centre, planning for the revocation of state highway status on two key arterial routes in the area (SH1 and SH58) is a high priority. The opportunities this presents Porirua’s future community have the potential to be significant in the near term and far reaching into the future.

Derek Robertson

Executive General Manager Infrastructure Services

Downer New Zealand

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Derek is an Executive General Manager for Downer, one of New Zealand’s largest infrastructure companies. He leads the Facilities and Transportation business with over 2500 people specialising in road asset management, road maintenance and operations as well as Integrated facilities and open space management. 
Derek is passionate about delivering solutions through collaboration and leadership to unlock the potential in people. He recently played a key leadership role as part of Downer’s initial response to the 2016 North Canterbury Earthquake. Originally from Scotland, Derek has global infrastructure experience including the Manchester Airport Runway 2, Canary Wharf Station in London and the Seafield Wastewater DBFO Scheme in Edinburgh.
Derek is a chartered civil engineer with post graduate specialisations in leadership and business management. Outside of work, Derek loves to travel and spend time in the great outdoors with his family.

Todd Moyle

Group General Manager Network Services


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Todd joined KiwiRail in February 2007 and is responsible for the delivery of infrastructure maintenance and renewals, inventory and plant management, contractor management and leadership development. Before moving into his current role, Todd worked as KiwiRail’s Southern Development Manager and Southern Regional Manager – Infrastructure. He also worked for London Underground in the United Kingdom.

Martin McMullan

Director, Connected Journeys

New Zealand Transport Agency


Raynor McMahon

Executive Director Head of Loans

Westpac Institutional Bank

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Raynor McMahon has been with Westpac since 2012 and is currently Executive Director, Head of Loan Product.  Loan Product has responsibility for the origination and structuring of all forms of bank debt within the Westpac Institutional Bank.  This includes a variety of sectors and types of debt product, such as syndicated loans, bilateral loans, acquisition finance and project finance.  
Raynor has personally led the development of Westpac’s project finance capability, with Westpac recognized as a leading lender to the government’s public private partnership transactions. Raynor is also responsible for leading Westpac’s social & affordable housing sustainability strategy which seeks to assist the development and growth of private sector social housing capability in New Zealand.  
Prior to joining Westpac, Raynor worked for Bank of New Zealand and National Australia Bank for a number of years where he most recently ran their Specialised & Corporate Finance business which included leveraged finance, project finance, and high yield product.

Stephen Hewett

Business Director – Transport Advisory Global


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Stephen Hewett is a Business Director with Beca and is actively pursuing Beca's growth in the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) side of the business, using new technology to help reduce congestion and improve the efficiency of road networks. Stephen and his Asia Pacific team are involved in a range of ITS projects including traffic operations, real time information system, network performance and Smart City ITS applications.  
Stephen is currently the Vice-President of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) New Zealand with the role of ensuring that New Zealand understands the impact that emerging technology will have on the traffic operational environment and the way we will travel.

Blair Monk

Technical Director, Optimisation & ITS


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Blair has accumulated wide-ranging experience over the last 24 years from client and consultancy perspectives whilst being passionate about driverless technology. 
His current role is Network Optimisation and ITS Leader for Aurecon, Blair calls on a large team of engineers, analysts, and specialists in diverse fields such as future technologies, traffic control centre operations, traffic signal design and coordination, ramp metering, incident management, CCTV and VMS, driver information systems, ITS asset management, bridge and tunnel operations. 
Blair has attended a number of ITS world congresses, with the latest being in Melbourne 2016.  Blair has been able to get to grips with the Autonomous vehicle displays of future production from all the major car and system manufacturers.  He has been privileged to get the inside tour of the University of Michigan’s Transport Research Institute (UMTRI) at Ann Arbor where a trial of 3500 connected vehicles is underway.   
As a representative of ITSNZ Blair presented at the March 2015 Electric vehicle conference in Jeju South Korea and has gained great insight into battery technologies and vehicle control systems that go hand in hand with the future technologies just around the corner. 
Blair is also part of a team delivering research for into the readiness of NZ for Connected and Autonomous vehicles. 
Blair bridges the gap between Transport Planning and future daily Technology Operations of a road network.

Duncan Olde

Division Director

Macquarie Capital (New Zealand) Limited

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Duncan joined Macquarie Capital in 2009 as a Division Director to lead the infrastructure sector team in New Zealand, drawing on over 22 years’ investment banking experience. He has been involved in a wide range of transactions in his career including initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions and he has significant experience in public private partnerships.  He was the Consortium Project Director for the NX2 Consortium in its successful bid for the Puhoi to Warkworth PPP where he led a team comprised of both international and local partners to develop an innovative solution focused on achieving the NZ Transport Agency’s key outcomes for the project. In addition he led the commercial and financial teams of the successful consortia for both the Auckland South Correctional Facility PPP and the Auckland Prison PPP. 
Duncan also offers knowledge of international best practice for PPP projects from experiences in North America, UAE and Australia, where he has worked on a number of transportation PPPs.

Rhys Boswell

General Manager Strategy and Sustainability

Christchurch International Airport

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As General Manager Strategy and Sustainability, Rhys Boswell is responsible for the development and implementation of Christchurch International Airport’s (CIAL) long term airport infrastructure/land-use planning strategy (airside and landside) and environmental management strategy.
Rhys led negotiations with NZTA regarding improved access to the State Highway for the Airport, which has successfully improved the commercial value of airport land by an estimated $200 Mill. He also led the development and implementation of the Airport’s Sustainability Strategy; coordinated and led the Executive Management Team strategy and policy initiatives including the Property Development Strategy, Planning Strategy, Environmental Management Strategy and the Business Plan. 
Rhys was a team member in the development of the Integrated Terminal Project (ITP) concept design team. The ITP development was the largest capital works project ever undertaken by CIAL ($230 Mill), where he played a key role in the demand modelling and airfield design elements of the scheme. 
Rhys was successful in having the revised airport noise contours adopted into relevant local land use planning documents. He performed leadership roles in CIAL's Canterbury Earthquake response and recovery efforts and led CIAL to becoming the world's first independently certified carbon neutral airport operator. 
Rhys has spoken at several conferences a range of Airport Planning and Environmental Management topics, including APEC, ACI, NZAA, Australian Airports Association, and Green Buildings Asia. 

Andrew Stevens

General Manager


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Andrew is General Manger at RCR, an ASX-listed Construction and Services Contractor in the Mechanical, process, energy and electrical sectors. He served previously as General Manager Infrastructure at Fletcher Construction and prior to that, led the New Zealand businesses of Leighton Contractors, capping a very successful 16 year career in that company.
An experienced Executive in the Infrastructure, Construction, Services and related building and engineering sectors, Andrew is a Civil Engineering and MBA graduate with more than 30 years’ experience in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He has handled many diverse roles across the public and private sectors, spanning consulting engineering, design, project management, project delivery, services delivery, civil and roading, power and telecommunications as well as overall business leadership roles. He has a special interest in the economic nexus between transportation infrastructure and the economy.
In addition to consistently excellent commercial outcomes, Andrew’s career is built on three foundations; the primacy of customer service, the power of investing effort in a positive, supportive team environment and a focus on operational simplicity.
Andrew has a depth of governance experience on boards in sectors from not-for-profit, major project and long term service alliance boards, and industry bodies. Andrew has been on the Board of Infrastructure New Zealand since 2013.

Ron du Plessis

General Manager


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Ron is responsible for leading the operations for Coda’s group of companies and its partners to deliver on the business objective of creating leaner and more efficient pathways to move freight to and from freight hubs and key shipping ports.
Ron brings a wealth of operational leadership and organisational expertise to Coda following a diversified career in NZ and global commodity, FMCG, and pharmaceutical supply chains.
Ron has more than 30 years experience in leading people and building effective teams. His previous roles include a 10 year career at Carter Holt Harvey and 8 years as Director Operations at DHL Supply Chain. Ron is a qualified engineer, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Natal, South Africa and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Ron has a passion for operations excellence and delivering transformational business and supply chain improvements.

Richard Menzies

General Manager New Zealand


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As an early member of the Uber New Zealand team, Richard was initially responsible for launching Uber in Wellington. 
He now heads up the New Zealand market as General Manager, responsible for regional expansion, product launches and growth of a marketplace that currently links over 3000 drivers to hundreds of thousands of riders.
Richard is passionate about evolving the way Kiwis get from A to B and reducing congestion in our cities.
Prior to Uber, he worked in Corporate Finance with Deloitte, with a broad range of experience in transaction services, valuation and M&A.

Kevin Reid

National Manager Network Outcomes

New Zealand Transport Agency

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Kevin is a senior leader at the Transport Agency and leads a number of teams accountable for strategic asset management and the development of operational policy in the roading sector.
Kevin is a Charted Engineer and member of the Institute of Directors and is currently a Director at the Australian Road Research Board.

Anthony Cross

Network Development Manager

Auckland Transport

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Anthony Cross is Network Development Manager with AT Metro, the public transport operating arm of Auckland Transport.  He entered the public transport profession in 1986 after qualifying as a land-use planner, but has subsequently been responsible for network planning and service design in both Wellington and Auckland, as well as having key roles in strategic planning and policy advice, contracting and procurement reform, fare product design, infrastructure planning, operational implementation, customer information and wayfinding, transit-related urban design, stakeholder engagement and community consultation, public transport “101” training for colleagues and elected member relationship management.

Bruce Walton

Transport Business Leader


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Bruce is a chartered engineer who has been involved in Intelligent Transport Systems for 17 years.  He started his ITS life in 2000 overseeing the development of digital camera enforcement systems and LED-based signals to support the development of managed motorways in the UK.  As a consultant and Project Director, he went on to deliver a number of ITS feasibility, design and infrastructure projects throughout the UK as well as managing the renewals, improvements and special projects arm of a JV ITS maintenance commission in the east of England.  He moved to New Zealand in 2011 and has since led number of ITS commissions, including design, concept of operations development, standards development and data collection.  He led the technology and operational design for the Wellington Smart Motorway, where he continues as Operational Lead and is accountable for performance reporting and analysis.  He is currently the Transport Technology and Wellington Transport lead for Jacobs in New Zealand. 

Mark Lusis

Associate Principal, New Zealand Leader



Nick Hansen

Aviation NZ Lead


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Nick is a seasoned engineering team leader with over 16 years of engineering, construction, project management, and stakeholder management experience. The past nine years have been specifically airport facility related in Africa and Brazil. 
Prior to getting into airports, Nick was involved in civil engineering construction projects in South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Cuba, and Swaziland.
Nick’s broad background of aviation experience has enabled him to successfully deliver end-to-end solutions for airport operators and associated stakeholders. Nick recently joined the New Zealand branch of GHD based in Freemans Bay, Auckland, and he will be heading up the Aviation division for the region.
GHD is one of the world's leading professional services companies providing engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services to private and public sector clients.

Olivia Pierre

Operations Manager

Hawke's Bay Airport

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Olivia Pierre is the Operations Manager at Hawke’s Bay Airport. Olivia joined Hawke’s Bay Airport as the Aeronautical and Infrastructure Manager in March 2015, with prior leadership roles held within airport environments, including roles at Air New Zealand. Her experience includes management of Air New Zealand’s commercial parking business enterprises in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and project management roles involving airports. 
Hawke’s Bay Airport’s purpose is to be a welcoming gateway to Hawke’s Bay and be recognised as a major contributor to the economic development and social wellbeing of the Hawke’s Bay community. Its mission is to support regional economic development through strategic infrastructure and provide safe, convenient and appealing services and facilities for airlines, air travellers, employees, the community of tenants, contractors and all other visitors to the airport. 

Bill Cashmore

Deputy Mayor

Auckland Council


Mayor Tracy Hicks

Member, National Council

Local Government New Zealand

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For a large number of his 62 years, Tracy Hicks has served his community in some form or another, be it through his roles in local government, as a businessman or service club member.
Tracy started out as a Mataura borough councillor in 1980 and continued to serve the town after local government amalgamation, being elected to the inaugural Gore District Council in 1989 as the Mataura ward representative.
Now in his fifth term as Gore District Mayor, Tracy’s governance experience has seen him appointed to such roles as Local Government New Zealand national councillor, Social Sector Trials Advisory Board chairman, and a member of the Alliance South Board facilitating change within the Health Sector in both the public and private sectors.
When community duty does not beckon, Tracy spends time with his grandchildren or relaxing on his lifestyle block near Gore, which he and Robyn share with a boisterous Irish Setter called Meg.
Apart from family, his interests include rugby and motor sports, especially rallying

Doug Weir

Sector Leader Public Transport


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Doug is TDG’s Public Transport Sector Leader.  He is a transport planner and policy analyst with more than 25 years’ experience, and specialises in public transport and transport business case development.  His extensive experience, which includes public sector roles in central and local government, and private sector roles in consulting and business, has been applied to a wide range of New Zealand, Australian and international projects.
Doug has particular expertise in public transport policy, network and service design, fares and ticketing, performance benchmarking, procurement and infrastructure planning.  His wider expertise covers general transport strategy and policy, business case development, financial and economic evaluation, accessibility planning, integrated land use and transport planning, travel demand management, freight logistics, and transport research

Nick Aiken

National Market Leader, Local Government, Planning & Environment


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Nick is Opus’ New Zealand leader for services to environment and local government clients. A planner and urban designer by profession he has 25 years’ experience working either as a consultant or directly for local government in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  Other technical specialisations include community engagement and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). His project work spans strategy and masterplanning through to design and consenting in a range of sectors including transport, urban development, tourism, water and recreation. Nick was an early proponent of an urban design led response to urban greenfield, brownfield and infrastructure development in New Zealand following his return to New Zealand from London in 2001. A number of successful New Zealand projects have been developed from his concepts. Nick sits on the New Zealand Urban Design Forum national committee, is chair of the Central North Island Branch of the New Zealand Planning Institute and is a practicing RMA Hearings Commissioner (CHAIR). He lives in Napier.

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