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Tony Anderson - Calibre Group
Tony is a Senior Asset Manager and has worked with numerous clients on national contracts including: Ministry of Education, community facility development, HNZ Property Condition
Assessments, property acquisition and tertiary provider Asset Management reviews. He has led the project management services for a number of schools in the Taranaki region, providing property and facility support on 10YYPs and project construction management. In his role as University Property Manager at Massey University, Tony was responsible for the management of property acquisition/disposal processes, risk assessments and asset management practices. He was part of the team that implemented asset management planning at Massey and was instrumental in the development of the University’s first
formal Asset Management Plan. Since then Tony has been involved in a number of aspects of the property sector within New Zealand, including working within the asset management framework of
local authorities, assisting with external auditing and review of existing plans.
James Clareburt – The Property Group Limited
James is based at The Property Group Limited's (TPG) Wellington office and leads TPG's nationwide legal team. An Executive Director since 2010, James is increasingly involved with TPG's corporate and governance matters, but his main work remains to provide specialist support, skills and legal advice on property and land law related issues to TPG. In conjunction with the other members of the legal team, James is able to bring a high level of expertise and technical ability in legal areas relating to TPG's core business. James has particular specialist skills in dealing with Public Works Act 1981 matters. Achievements & Significant Assignments James has spent two years in property law with local councils in the United Kingdom. He has 18 years' experience in advising public sector clients and has developed extensive expertise in land and property law in this area. James provides valuable support to TPG's nationwide operations, and he is able to apply a variety of legal skills in property and land law to TPG's core business. James's expertise and experience has seen him invited to be
Rebecca Mackenzie – The Property Group Limited
Rebecca is based at The Property Group Limited’s (TPG) Napier office and is the Regional Business Manager for the Central Region. In addition to Rebecca’s key role in developing business across the Central Region, Rebecca also takes a lead role in developing the Local Government clients, and in particular projects involving three waters and irrigation.
She has over 16 years’ experience in the property industry including strategic planning, complex due diligence, negotiating, property transactions associated with infrastructural projects, and client/project management. Rebecca has extensive experience in dealing with Crown land matters, property feasibility and strategic work, and undertaking negotiations to acquire and dispose of land for utility and infrastructure projects. Living and working in Hawke’s Bay, Rebecca was actively involved in the Ruataniwha Storage Scheme, acting on behalf of Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and its CCO. In addition, Rebecca is currently heavily involved in a considerable works programme for three waters infrastructure for Hastings District Council, largely in response to the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry.
Jamie Cunningham – Central Otago District Council
Originally a debt collector from Glasgow Jamie pursued a career in credit management and analysis in London between 1999 and 2004. After London he moved to New Zealand and spent three years in Auckland working as a commercial manager in the newspaper advertising industry. Since then Jamie has worked for Environment Southland, Southland District Council and now Central Otago District Council. His analysis skills have been heavily utilised by councils to provide advanced rates modelling. His calculations provided accurate predictions of the shift in rates burden caused by changes to policies. Jamie is currently the Management Accountant for Central Otago District Council where he is responsible for the financial modelling of the Long Term Plan, Annual Plan, rates and chart of accounts.
Patrick Cummuskey – Auckland Council
As a technical advisor with 12 years service to Auckland Council, Patrick has been responsible for the regions handling of earthquake-prone buildings for much of that time. In addition to daily responsibilities for managing seismic assessments and providing guidance to the public, he has also been extensively active within the engineering and academic sectors, supporting research to improve the state of NZ technical knowledge in seismic engineering. His other duties are in civil defence planning & intel, technical investigations, and health & safety improvement. Outside of his day job he is a volunteer medic with St John Ambulance, a writer, voice-actor, and is involved in local and central government politics.
Kevin McNaught – Southland District Council
Kevin McNaught is a southern man to the heart. Growing up in the Southland coal mining town of Nightcaps and attending high school in the rural dominated environment of Central Southland College in Winton, he knew at that stage that he want to be involved in some form of property management. But what form? Moving from Nightcaps to Dunedin to work was a big life changer for a shy teenager, but these challenges also provided opportunities not only for himself but also for the rural communities of Southland. After four years in Dunedin he returned to Invercargill and has remain there ever since, but that has not stopped him living his life to improve the way public property is managed within the Southland District. For the last 22 years he has been the Property Manager for the Southland District Council and he going to share his learnings both good and bad over that period.
Kevin William BE (Mech) – Director, Health & Safety NZ Ltd
Kevin is a mechanical engineer with 26 years’ experience as a consultant in Health & Safety compliance across the property sector. Kevin’s companies, Health & Safety NZ and ControlPoint International, provide building hazard identification, contractor audit and contractor management programmes in NZ and Australia.
David Middleton – Panuku Development Auckland
David has been in insurance and risk management for the last 35 years having worked for insurance companies, insurance brokers and specialist risk management consultancies. Originally from Birmingham UK, he moved to South Africa for a three-month holiday and stayed for 25 years, consulting with corporate organisations across many industry sectors in the southern Africa region. Since moving to New Zealand in 2003 David has worked with insurance brokers and for the last 11 years in local government with Auckland Council in a number of positions including Risk and Insurance Manager, Head of Crisis and Business Continuity, Head of Welfare and Recovery and now Risk Manager with Panuku Development Auckland, a council-controlled operation of Council.
Michael Wood – Partner, Simpson Grierson
Michael is a partner and heads the firm’s commercial property group in Auckland. He specialises in property, local government, and infrastructure. For over 20 years Michael has advised local authorities and other bodies on buying, selling, developing, leasing, managing and operating their property assets. He has particular expertise in the Public Works Act, including acquisition, and compensation negotiations, and the obligations that arise when public land is sold. He also has extensive commercial property experience in leasing, subdivision, and property transactions.
Nicky Hall – Senior Associate, Simpson Grierson
Nicky is a senior litigator with over 20 years' experience in commercial and civil litigation. She specialises in contract, property and valuation litigation. Nicky regularly appears in Court and specialist tribunals including the Land Valuation Tribunal and the Maori Land Court. She advises local authorities and other bodies in relation to Public Works Act compensation claims.
Nick Wilson – Senior Associate, Simpson Grierson
Nick is a senior associate in the firm's commercial property group. He specialises in commercial property, infrastructure, and local government law. Nick has wide experience in advising on all aspects of local government and commercial property matters from the 'routine' through to significant and complex projects. He has particular expertise in acquisitions and disposals, property due diligence, subdivision and development, utility arrangements, Overseas Investment Act applications, and Public Works Act acquisitions and compensation.
Rod Aitken – Auckland Council
Rod Aitken has over 25 years’ experience working in senior roles in both the corporate property and manufacturing sectors. Rod specialises in client sided corporate property management with a special interest in portfolio optimisation, customer service, continuous improvement, and is passionate about championing the virtues of new ways of working. In recent years Rod was part of the team who were responsible for ASB’s portfolio wide transformation of 50,000m2 of traditional office space to agile ways of working, including the delivery of the award-winning ASB North Wharf head office building. Rod now leads Auckland Council’s Corporate Property team, responsible for 100,000m2 of office buildings, the 21 Local Board buildings, council’s storage space and office car parking. In this role, Rod’s focus areas include portfolio level optimisation and the transition to new ways of working to deliver better out comes for council staff, customers and the community, and better value for ratepayers.
Stephen Greenhough - Project Director for the Corporate Property Portfolio Strategy at Auckland Council
Stephen Greenhough is the Project Director for the Corporate Property Portfolio Strategy at Auckland Council. Auckland Council has over 100,000m2 of corporate property space accommodating over 5,000 employees. Its Corporate Property Portfolio Strategy aims to enhance the way Council office space is used. Stephen has 25 years’ experience in the property industry in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. He is a former Director of a global property consultancy in NZ and has extensive experience in the FM, fit out, construction and Infrastructure sectors, having worked for client, consultant, contractor and subcontractor organisations. Stephen is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Building, the Project Management Institute, the Facilities Management Association of New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors.
Jack Gordon-Crosby – OptiFleet
As Managing Director of OptiFleet, Jack’s primary focus is on the delivery and development of our online vehicle procurement services. As product and market specialists, Jack leads his team on how to test the true fit for purpose requirements of their clients and ensure they are connected with the products and suppliers who can fulfil these requirements. More recently Jack has focused largely on the utilisation and adoption of Electric Vehicles into the New Zealand market helping the Government reach their targets with the development of a TCO calculator for EECA. Jack’s impeccable knowledge of the NZ motor vehicle industry, matched with his frank and enthusiastic demeanour have helped to establish his position as a trusted advisor to many of New Zealand’s most prominent fleets.
John Fellows – Head of Design, City Rail Link
John has 43 years’ experience designing and managing design of infrastructure in the rail sector. With extensive UK and international experience in developing station designs in elevated, surface, tunnel and big box construction environments, his area of expertise include design management of major rail infrastructure projects, leadership of multi-discipline design teams, and integration and interface management of engineering, architecture, art and culture.
Garry Paterson – TelferYoung
Qualified as Valuer through Valuation Cadet Scheme operated by the then Government Valuation Department in 1982. Garry was a valuer with the Government Valuation Department in Christchurch and Alexandra from 1978 through to 1985 then moved to private valuation firm in Timaru and then to Dunedin in 1986 where he has worked in various local and national valuation companies completing Valuation Assignments in Dunedin and throughout Otago and Central Otago. Garry now specialises principally in commercial and industrial property including hospitality assets, aged care facilities and commercial accommodation. Garry has previously had extensive involvement with the local branch of the Property Institute and Institute of Valuers including most roles on that committee including President and Secretary.
Tony Jane - National Sales and Corporate Imaging Manager, Programmed Property Services
As part of the Programmed Group, Tony is the National Sales and Corporate Imaging Manager at Programmed Property Services NZ. Programmed Property Services is a leading provider of painting, grounds and signage services across their 15 Branch network from the far-north of Whangarei to the deep south of Invercargill. As National Sales and Corporate Imaging Manager, Tony leads the National Team who are responsible for the business development and account management of the company’s national customers throughout New Zealand. Tony has over 30 years’ experience in the property industry. As a former Maintenance Engineering Manager, Tony has been responsible for the facility management of a chemical manufacturing business, a small hydro generation scheme as well as a food process company. For the past 21 years, Tony has worked for Programmed Property Services NZ starting off in sales as an Account Manager, working he way through the ranks as a Branch Manager then a Regional Manager and into his current role, where he is part of the executive leadership team of Programmed Property Services NZ. Tony has a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies through The University of Waikato: Management School as well as Advance Trade Training qualification in Engineering.
Nick Robilliard - Meridian Energy
As Procurement & Property manager, Nick is responsible for ensuring all the supply chain for the products, services, property, facilities and transport services consumed by Meridian Energy and in particular, that these are sourced responsibly and sustainably. To achieve this in the vehicle mobility space, Nick has transitioned Meridian to battery electric car share services and converted half of Meridian’s vehicle fleet to 100% battery electric vehicles whilst provisioning charging infrastructure across asset and corporate office locations throughout New Zealand. Before joining Meridian in 2007, Nick worked in New Zealand and the United States in the travel, logistics and outdoor media industries.
Robert Cant – Tasman District Council
Robert Cant has worked in the Tasman District Council since 2012, after 15 years working in Statutory Land Administration with the Department of Conservation. Robert is the Programme Leader, Property Transactions and deals with a wide variety of acquisition work, together with multiple other land administration tasks. One of the benefits of working in a large diverse district with a medium population, spread over a wide geographical area, is that you face a wide variety of challenges. Robert has been on the LAPA Committee since 2014 and currently fills the secretary role. In his spare time Robert does long distance Triathlon, and has completed the Challenge Wanaka “Half” (113kms) three times.
Tim Wheeler - NZ General Manager, Assess Control Assure
Tim has over ten years’ experience in the Health and Safety sector. He is passionate about risk management in the workplace and providing pragmatic risk based compliance solutions to a wide range of clients. He has managed two consultancy firms and was a regional manager for a large retail / B2B supplier of safety products training and specialised solutions in NZ for eight years. As a licenced asbestos assessor Tim has worked with many organisations managing their asbestos risks while recognising work must continue. Tim specialises in developing and implementing Asbestos Management Plans as well as managing high risk asbestos contamination and damage remediation.