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People

Our people are our business - team is important.

There's no room for people who don't fit. So at The Project Office we're pretty particular about who we employ.  The test for us when selecting our people is "would we want this person working on our project in our office?" 

At The Project Office we look for people who are highly skilled, technically excellent and professionally accomplished.  More than that they have to be a person you want on the team, a good contributor, constructive and a great communicator.

Range and depth of experience in real industries

To be an effective Project Manager you need to have good industry experience and be great at solving problems.  Accordingly our people come from diverse technical backgrounds.  Some were architects in previous lives, some were engineers, some were quantity surveyors, we've even got a geologist, but all of them come with in-depth industry experience, a passion for Project Management and for doing a great job.

Small team, personal attention

One of the benefits of being small is that every client works directly with an owner of the business, someone who has a vested interest in making sure you are happy with what we do for you.

Peter Chudleigh, Andrew Haig, Sam Davis and Ashton Peters are the owners of The Project Office.

Within the wider team, The Project Office has a number of experienced Project Managers at your service.

Owners

As a founder and Managing Director of The Project Office, Peter brings to the table a vision and energy that has enabled this unique company to flourish. Having previously led project management organisations for over thirteen years, Peter started The Project Office in 2010, and cites it's undisputed success as his proudest achievement to date.

Throughout his career Peter has worked on a complex and diverse range of projects, and has honed a formidable skill set. From scoping and developing project strategies through to financial performance, communication and human resource management, Peter offers a decisive and experienced approach that consistently delivers enduring results.

In his leadership and process, Peter is a firm believer in championing emotional as well as intellectual intelligence. His close-knit team are testament to his ability to make genuine connections a priority in any project. With a genuine passion for the industry Peter finds excitement in the unique creative challenges that define the projects he works on.

Core Strengths 

  • Proven project leadership over an incredibly diverse range of projects
  • The ability to successfully drive and coordinate multiple teams
  • A sound ability for strategic planning and strong commercial acumen
  • The ability to operate in a framework that champions each project's uniqueness
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an innate skill for drawing the best out of others
  • An empathetic, values-led approach

 

In Peter's Own Words
"I love working in an industry that is so diverse and challenging. Taking an idea, and working with a group of incredibly talented people to bring it to the point that it becomes something tangible and enduring - that's genuinely exciting to me."

"Nothing gives me more pleasure than being a part of this team. I'm so proud to have developed a business that has so many highly skilled, capable, confident people to work with. If I look back at my career, there have been lots of great projects that have really spun my wheels… but for me, seeing this business grow and flourish - and seeing the people within it grow and flourish - that's what truly excites me."

Key Projects

The Christchurch Jet Engine Testing Centre
In 2003 the Christchurch Engine Centre engaged Cenco to develop a new jet engine testing facility to test and support the servicing of its V2500 jet engines. As Project Director, Peter was required to manage the design, construction, supply of specialist equipment and commissioning. The project was uniquely challenging, requiring the translation of highly sophisticated technology from the United States to a New Zealand environment, and ultimately became their designated Master Test Cell for facilities of this type.  

Christchurch Art Gallery
Peter was the Project Director for the development of the Christchurch Art Gallery, which saw him involved from the outset of the project right through to its successful completion as an innovative and striking public facility. For the duration of the project, Peter worked alongside the City Council and Art Gallery stakeholders to navigate significant design challenges - including its unique glass facade - to ensure the end result would be functional and visually outstanding.

St Margaret's College
In a project that ultimately became very close to his heart, Peter was initially brought on board to work with the school on the repair and remediation of their campus following the Christchurch earthquakes. With over 80% of their facilities and infrastructure damaged beyond economic repair, the project required the development of a complex master plan, allowing the school a unique opportunity to implement a modern new campus, with the school remaining operational throughout.

Christchurch Airport - International Terminal Development and Master Planning
As Project Manager for the International Terminal Development, Peter was required to oversee the integration of building works with civil works, specialist equipment packages and new technologies, all implemented within a fully operational environment. Peter's relationship with Christchurch Airport has spanned 23 years, a unique journey that has allowed him to hone a vast range of skills and develop enduring relationships across a wide variety of projects.

Selwyn District Council Headquarters
This project encompassed the redevelopment of the Selwyn District Council Headquarters. Peter was initially required to bring together stakeholders involved and facilitate a process of decision making regarding the location of the new building, which then enabled them to move forward with design, construction and the ultimate rebuild. For this project Peter worked alongside Ian Athfield Architects to create a building that innovatively reflects the core values of the community it serves.

Sam Davis

Director

  • B.Sc (Hons) (University of Canterbury)

  • ME (Managment) (Distinction) (University of Canterbury)

  • PMP

021 663 831
sam@theprojectoffice.co.nz

Roles

Sam's primary role is as Project Director leading major projects for The Project Office. He's currently leading The University of Canterbury earthquake recommendation works.

Sam joined The Project Office in its first few months having always aspired to play a part in owning and building a business. "The Project Office was a chance to be involved from the start and to grow a business that reflects our values and how we want to do business. It's an opportunity to build something special, and to develop strong long-term relationships with local clients".

In Previous Lives

Sam's background is in environmental engineering and resource management. After completing University he spent a number of years working as a consulting engineer in New Zealand and in the UK, before moving into project management on his return to New Zealand in 2004.

Client Projects

Project Dart, NZ Rail

Project Dart was a major upgrade to the Auckland rail network undertaken by NZ Rail, Auckland City Council, Auckland Regional Transport Authority and Auckland Regional Council. Sam's role was to develop the procurement strategy and lead the management of early contract involvement for the development of Newmarket Junction and Grafton stations. Between 2007 and 2009 he led the strategy, tenders, contract negotiations and preparation for construction. Sam was also involved in the preparation and negotiation of funding agreements between NZ Rail, ARTA and ACC for a number of stations.

North Bank Tunnel, Meridian Energy

Sam has worked with Meridian on a number of projects, the most recent being the North Bank Tunnel Project. The North Bank Tunnel Project is Meridian Energy's proposed hydro scheme for the Waitaki River, downstream of the existing Waitaki Dam. The scheme involves taking water from above the dam and running it through a series of canals and tunnels on the north side of the river, before discharging the water back into the Waitaki at Blackpoint.

Throughout 2010, Sam worked on secondment with Meridian's team to establish project management systems and processes for the feasibility design phase for this project

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University of Canterbury

Sam is the Project Director working with the University of Canterbury on their earthquake remediation and facilities re-development, following the recent Canterbury earthquakes.

Working with the University's Capital Projects team, Sam is leading the team responsible for meeting the temporary teaching and learning facilities needs and managing the assessment, repair and upgrade of the University's many multi-storey buildings.

Following the February 2011 earthquake, Sam managed a rapid design and construction process for the development of two temporary learning villages totaling 15,000 sqm. Both villages were up and running between three and six months of inception, allowing students to be relocated from the tents that were being used as temporary lecture space.

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Areas of Specialisation

Project Director

Sam is experienced in working and leading teams on large projects. He maintains the overview of the entire project and establishes assurance processes to manage the progress of large complex projects. He works confidently throughout the life-cycle of a project providing strategy advice and assurance to the client and providing leadership and direction to project teams.

Procurement

Sam has spent a number of years working with clients to develop procurement strategies to suit specific project requirements and client drivers. He is experienced in working with a number of approaches including Early Contractor and Alliance forms of contract, and experienced with a number of forms of contract including NZS:3910, NEC, and NZIA. Sam always maintains a 'best for project' approach and does not subscribe to a 'one size fits all' attitude.

Project Structuring and Assurance

Having worked on a number of large projects, Sam is experienced in establishing project management structures and systems. He works quickly with the client team to design frameworks and establish systems and processes for managing complex project requirements.

Andrew Haig

Director

  • NZCAD (Otago Polytechnic)

021 630 451
andrew@theprojectoffice.co.nz

As co-founder and Director of The Project Office, Andrew knows that a company's strength lies in its people. A natural leader, Andrew has played a key role in developing and maintaining a strong office culture; one that allows team members the autonomy to flourish in an environment that genuinely supports them.

Before making the transition to Project Management, Andrew worked in professional architecture practices in both NZ and the UK. As well as a talent for nurturing dynamic teams, he also brings with him broad experience in project direction, design management, and contract management and procurement.

Andrew cites empowerment as the key to getting the best out of others. He is a firm advocate for upholding core company values at every stage of the process, and has an natural skill for navigating complex situations with clarity and vision.

Core Strengths 

  • Adept at managing a range of personalities and allowing multiple voices to be heard
  • An ability to facilitate multiple stakeholders towards a common goal
  • A talent for people management that champions integrity and empowerment
  • A methodical approach to decision making that stems from a desire to be truly informed
  • The ability to establish and uphold big-picture structures that encourage optimal functionality
  • The ability to have tough conversations with good humour and a sense of perspective

In Andrew's Own Words
"In my mind, the whole operation can only flourish when you're giving people the space to grow, both professionally and as people. When people feel valued, they feel motivated, and I take great pride in our ability to nurture brilliant individuals that strive for excellence."

Key Projects

Christchurch International Airport Limited - Various Projects
Andrew has worked alongside the Christchurch International Airport Company since 2008, providing expertise and leadership throughout a variety of roles and projects. Andrew was at the helm of the international terminal redevelopment, assisting with the design brief and assembling the appropriate consultant teams. His experienced oversight led to the delivery of a coordinated design and document package. Now fully operational, the terminal is one of the South Island's largest construction projects with a budget of over $230M.

Kiwi Property Group - Northlands Shopping Centre
Andrew has led multiple projects at Northland Shopping Centre for Kiwi Property Group. Various roles have included the coordination of a number of tenancy refurbishments, upgrades and fitouts, as well as the management of the Farmers Trading Company tenancy redevelopment. With early contractor involvement during the design phase, Andrew provided crucial facilitation and direction of a large team toward successful completion within tight budgetary constraints.

University of Canterbury - Rehua & Canterbury Engineering the Future (CETF)
Andrew was a key figure in the University's Earthquake Remediation programme, including "Rehua" - repurposing the aging Commerce Building into a new home for the College of Education; and "CETF" - developing a new home for the University's prestigious School of Engineering. As Project Director, Andrew worked alongside multiple stakeholders and contractors to manage delivery of these complex undertakings. With a deep understanding of the client's vision and an ability to clearly translate this to others, Andrew has negotiated various resourcing and strategic challenges all within in a large-scale, live environment.

St Margaret's College - Campus Redevelopment
This Project Director role saw Andrew working alongside the St Margaret's College Board of Trustees to deliver earthquake remediation works as well as an overarching redevelopment plan for the future. This required an ability to extract and clarify the vision of the leadership team, whilst ensuring the College would be well prepared for an evolving future. Within his role, Andrew was able to direct the successful delivery of the schools new $6M classroom block and library centre, as well as the $10M combined gymnasium, chapel and auditorium buildings.

Villa Maria College Campus - Development Masterplan
Initially engaged by Villa Maria College to bring rigour to the schools redevelopment proposal, Andrew has worked alongside the incumbent architect to complete a founding document that sets out four clear stages of redevelopment. This complex process involved liaising with multiple stakeholders - including the school's overseeing body, The Sisters of Mercy - under significant time and budgetary constraints. With various works now complete, the masterplan is providing an effective guide and touchstone for the future development of the College.

Ashton Peters

Principal

  • BE (Mech) (Hons) (University of Canterbury)

  • PhD (Mech)

  • PMP

021 630 459
ashton@theprojectoffice.co.nz

 

A highly experienced Project Manager, Ashton joined The Project Office in 2013 following five years in Australia working on oil and gas mega-projects. His mix of talent, skill and experience and his penchant for personal growth has seen him join the TPO management team as Principal, where he adds significant value to the business and keeps the entire team on its toes.

In his capacity as Project Manager, Ashton's approach is underpinned by in-depth knowledge. With a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, he gets the 'technical stuff' - yet it is his interpersonal skills that make Ashton truly excel in his role. A natural people person, he is adept at bringing diverse personalities together, enabling teams to work seamlessly to achieve project outcomes.

Since joining TPO, Ashton has worked on a number of challenging projects. Clients benefit from his extensive skillset which includes decision analysis, procurement, documentation, programming and risk management, to name just a few.

Core Strengths

  • Navigating complexity, from deeply technical engineering documentation to the ins and outs of multi-billion dollar projects
  • Working with leaders to get business cases prepared and approved
  • Managing delivery of works within high risk facilities and environments
  • A talent for thinking ahead to accurately predict and pre-empt potential pain points
  • An ability to digest technical details and logically communicate the essence of the matter to a range of stakeholders
  • A desire to make it happen; imbuing a project with a sense of momentum and carrying that through to close-out

 

Key Projects

Lyttelton Port Company - New Tug Procurement
With the Port's oldest tug approaching 30 years old, it was time to procure a replacement - one that would have the power needed to safely and reliably manoeuvre large ships of the future. Ashton managed a structured process involving user discovery groups, brief development and the creation of a procurement package for international tender. A preferred supplier has been engaged and is manufacturing the new tug under a bespoke shipbuilding contract, with delivery anticipated in 2019. This project sees Ashton overseeing technical marine design and documentation review and ensuring compliance with NZ and international requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

Lyttelton Port Company - Te Ana Marina
Ashton worked with the LPC to achieve its vision of a fully modernised marina and commercial landside development. Ashton's responsibilities included business case preparation, financial analysis and reporting, managing the design and sign off process from concept through to construction, and managing the waterside construction contract including all pre-construction activities. Ashton's organisational skills were constantly at play as he successfully managed the challenging logistics of marine construction within a busy working port while keeping the contractor to task on quality standards and timeframes.

Lyttelton Port Company - Dry Dock Training Wall
Consisting of a row of large piles with fenders, this structure is designed to physically separate Lyttelton Port's dry dock from its new marina. While result looks very simple, its construction saw Ashton navigating a number of hurdles. In addition to space and logistics constraints and the difficulties around extremely heavy piles and machinery, challenging geotech conditions meant not all piles could be driven in a standard fashion. Ashton managed the rapid development of an alternative design and the procurement of specialist gear from Auckland in order to secure the piles via a rock socket system. Now complete, the training wall has been well received and is providing improved functionality and safety for dry dock and marina users.

University of Canterbury - Science Lecture Theatres Demolition
Initially Ashton managed urgent pre-construction works, including procurement and install of a new air-cooled chiller, followed by mains reconfiguration and water supply isolation. Prior to demolition a full asbestos survey and removal scope of work were completed. Ashton drew on his previous experience in high risk and hazardous environments to manage the hard demolition, which was carried out in close proximity to operational campus buildings and required adept management of noise, dust and traffic hazards.

Chevron Australia - Gorgon and Wheatstone Projects, Western Australia
Over a five year period at Chevron, Australia, Ashton had a number of roles in design and procurement of the Gorgon ($50B USD) and Wheatstone ($30B USD) natural gas mega-projects. On the Gorgon Project, Ashton supported early works planning and design of staged temporary facilities to ensure that the large construction workforce had water, wastewater and power infrastructure to support construction on a remote, Class A nature reserve island. On the Wheatstone Project, Ashton was part of the team that successfully delivered a large and complex Project Execution Plan that supported approval of what was at the time Chevron's largest ever single project investment. Ashton also spent time working as a subsea package engineer, expediting design and construction of bespoke and highly technical subsea equipment materials and assemblies from overseas vendors.

 

Matt Jones

Principal

  • BA (Social Sciences) (University of Otago)

  • Construction Management, Diploma (partially completed) (Open Polytechnic of New Zealand)

021 630 922
matt@theprojectoffice.co.nz

Matt's career has seen him take on an extensive range of dynamic projects, both internationally and on New Zealand shores. Working with some of Asia and Europe's largest development companies, Matt has honed a wealth of industry knowledge and is well-versed in every step of the development process.

With a background in construction, Matt is experienced in contract administration and can confidently match a contract's structure to the unique culture of each project. An accomplished facilitator, Matt has an innate ability to work towards a broader picture whilst simultaneously navigating day-to-day technical challenges.

Matt has an inclusive communication style that allows him to comfortably mitigate areas of potential conflict, and his experience working with multiple stakeholders on international projects has enabled him to develop strong relationship management skills.

Core Strengths 

  • The skill to coordinate stakeholder feedback to ensure best fit for usability and functionality
  • The ability to understand the various constraints people have within a project
  • A genuine, down to earth approach that engenders trust
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an aptitude for galvanising teams to bring out top performances
  • A natural inquisitiveness and willingness to ask questions
  • The ability to articulate complex concepts or strategies in a clear, concise manner

In Matt's Own Words
"When it gets down it, people and relationships are the cornerstone of what we do. We need to be able to listen and talk to each other in order to understand each other's unique perspectives. The more we can learn about the building blocks of the actual process, the more we can strengthen this industry as a whole."

Key Projects

Novotel Christchurch Airport Hotel
As Senior Project Manager, Matt was responsible for managing the development of this world class hotel; from design through to construction including contract and tender management. The project was completed in a complex environment, with multiple national and international stakeholders and contractors. A complex model for hotel management also needed to be considered at the design stage, requiring Matt to provide exceptional communication skills and maintain a sense of vision throughout.

University of Canterbury - Canterbury Engineering The Future (CETF)
This project saw Matt managing the design process for an incredibly complicated delivery strategy, which encompassed the development of five new engineering facilities in a live campus environment. Matt was responsible for managing the overall process strategy, which included the relocation and decanting of staff and students into a temporary facility, as well as managing multiple stakeholders and contractors.

ECO 260, Hirafu, Japan
In this role Matt worked with a French developer to oversee the construction of the largest and most opulent private residence in the resort village of Hirafu. The building utilised the latest geothermal heat pump technology along with 52 Kyocera solar panels to supplement the electrical supply. A showcase for leading environmental technologies, ECO 260 was conceptualised as a demonstration of leadership in bespoke environmental solutions while capturing the very essence of luxury. 

Shiki Apartment Complex, Niseko, Japan
Working with one of Malaysia's biggest developers, the Shiki project was a multi-use snow resort development in close proximity to one of Japan's northern snow facilities. The project consists of 68 serviced apartments, mixed use food & beverage facilities and one of the most technologically advanced snow management systems in Hokkaido. Matt successfully managed the project from the tender process through to fit out and handover.

Niseko Resorts Group - The Chalets at Country Resort, Hong Kong
Working with Niseko Resorts Group from Hong Kong, Matt headed the team responsible for managing the construction of 33 luxury chalets. Critical roles included the sourcing of appropriate sites, developing the community masterplan, and overseeing the development consent process with the central government. Challenges included the management of large volumes of variation orders, which were tracked and communicated effectively to all relevant parties.

Associates

Jenn Bestwick

Strategic

  • LLB Hons (University of Trent, Nottingham)

  • Solicitors Examinations (Chester College of Law)

021 768 812
jenn@theprojectoffice.co.nz

Skills

Project Strategy Development

Jenn has worked with the leadership teams of a number of clients over the years to help them scope and plan their strategic projects.  Coming from a business and management consulting background, Jenn brings experience from a broad range of sectors which supports the swift identification of client's key issues and opportunities and translates them into tangible projects and outcomes.

Project Direction

Jenn has been in the Project Director and/or Client representative role on a number of projects.  Her ability to align the project progress and deliverables with organizational outcomes and requirements ensures that projects deliver on organization needs both throughout the life of the project and on completion

Organisational and Project Governance

Jenn's experience as a director of a number of organizations means she is well placed to establish the disciplines and processes required to monitor organizational and/or project progress.  Design and establishment of performance monitoring and reporting frameworks is a critical part of the experience that Jenn brings to an organization or project.

In Previous Lives

Jenn spent many years working with KPMG leading their Auckland strategic management consulting practice before moving to Christchurch.  She went on to manage a day surgical hospital before working with Ngai Tahu.  More recently Jenn was working with Environment Canterbury on the implementation of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy

Client Projects

Ngai Tahu - Whai Rawa a tribal distribution and savings scheme

Jenn lead the project that conceptualised and established the Iwi's tribal distribution scheme.  A hybrid between a superannuation and unit trust scheme, Whai Rawa required support from the government for changes to the tax treatment of tribal distributions and consideration by the Securities Commission of its special provision.  The scheme now has approximately iwi 20,000 members actively saving into it.

Midland Health, Well Child Screening Programme - Tamariki Ora

This project was the fore-runner to the national well child programme and involved working across clinical disciplines to reach agreement on the optimal wellness schedule for children under 5.  Jenn lead the development of the programme through to implementation including liaison with the Ministry of Health, health providers, iwi and whanau groups as well consultation with the general public.

Environment Canterbury, Canterbury Water Management Strategy

Jenn worked with Environment Canterbury to move the Canterbury Water Management Strategy from conceptual into operation.  Building upon the agreement between the various parties, Jenn involved working with all of the stakeholder groups engaged in the freshwater debate to develop processes for community engagement leading to the development of water management policy.

Why I Love What I Do

"I love working with clients on projects that are important to their business or industry.  Understanding the challenges they're facing and working with the client to come up with ways of solving or progressing those issues is very rewarding and delivers huge value for the organisation."

Project Management Team

Amanda Batchelor

  • BE (Mech) (Hons) University of Canterbury

  • ME (Mech) (Dist) University of Canterbury

(03) 365 4328
amanda@theprojectoffice.co.nz

Amanda originally set out in 2003 as a fully qualified mechanical engineer. Over time she took on more and more project management duties until she made the switch to full-time Project Manager, joining The Project Office in 2014.

Amanda now works across all industries in a senior role that spans programme management, procurement, contract management, engineering design and design management. Highly experienced in the delivery of large and complex projects, Amanda's insightful approach means she can bring multiple stakeholders and parties onto the same page even when conflicting drivers are at play.

With her direct and natural communication style, Amanda builds trust by understanding her clients' objectives, articulating problems clearly and providing genuine, honest and useful advice.

 Core Strengths 

  • Well-versed in procurement strategy with a sound understanding of government rules of sourcing
  • Strong technical knowledge that ensures design teams deliver the best solution for the client
  • An ability to run and establish multiple programmes of work, developing comprehensive overarching structures and identifying ways to add value
  • An ability to see the forest for the trees, digesting large amounts of detail to clearly identify the core issues at stake
  • A pragmatic thinker who can give good advice in a short and sweet manner

 In Amanda's Own Words
"First and foremost I like getting good outcomes for clients. That's when I go home and sleep well at night. I enjoy using my skills to help people see their way through a complex issue, providing them with practical, clear-minded advice so they can make good decisions for their project." 

Key Projects

University of Otago - Christchurch Campus Redevelopment
This project encompassed the planning for redevelopment of Otago's Christchurch medical school campus, following loss of facilities from the earthquakes and aging building stock. Amanda acted as the lead PM, which included briefing and concept design and supporting the teams through the approvals process. Working within a medical sphere kept Amanda on her toes with technically complex challenges, whilst managing multiple stakeholders and end users meant her clear and adaptable communication style was key to delivering high quality outcomes.

AgResearch - Containment Glasshouse
Located at the Grasslands Campus in Palmerston North, Amanda has been responsible for the design and delivery of a highly specified containment glasshouse. The glasshouse supports forage research whilst bringing together science capability to spark innovation in the industry. Amanda has kept the project on track with strong leadership through all phases, from establishing high performing teams to procurement and construction.

AgResearch - Future Footprint Programme(FFP)
In order to modernise their campuses and encourage greater collaboration in the industry, AgResearch developed the FFP. This overarching program of works sees facility updates and research co-location at the Palmerston North and Lincoln campuses. The Project Office was initially engaged to help AgResearch run its program of works, with Amanda playing a key role in the packaging of joint facilities. Now split off into discrete works, Amanda still reports at a program oversight level.

Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC)
Amanda has a long-standing relationship with HNZC, having worked on several large residential upgrade and earthquake related projects for them. Some of her specific activities have included the contract management of multiple contractors to deliver upgrades to over 400 properties in the South Island, and leading a team of 24 engineers and architects to produce damage assessments and costings for over a thousand structurally damaged properties in Christchurch.

Christchurch Wastewater Treatment Plant - Toe Drain Pump Station
This project involved managing a pump station upgrade on an accelerated timeframe. Once works began, design requirements tripled and previously undiscovered earthquake damage also needed repair. As project lead Amanda employed measures such as implementing temporary and long-term regulatory solutions in parallel, and using a revised procurement strategy to accelerate contractor involvement. Despite the challenges, the project was delivered on time and to the satisfaction of the client and Environment Canterbury.

John Collins

  • B. Planning & Design

  • B. Property & Construction

  • (University of Melbourne)

(03) 365 4328
john@theprojectoffice.co.nz

An experienced, hands-on Project Manager with a background in construction, John has the natural drive to see a project through. Having worked on a wide variety of residential, retail and commercial projects, John is adept at anticipating and handling conflicts, mitigating potential budget or timeline issues with forward-thinking practicality.

John's down-to-earth approach has proven successful on a diverse range of projects, from managing Formula One events in Australia, to the refurbishment of a luxury hotel on the edge of London's Hyde Park, to a range of works around the city of Christchurch.

John's extensive experience enables him to confidently manage live operational environments, all with his trademark good humour and strong sense of camaraderie. A natural leader, John is passionate about building great teams, and his strong interpersonal skills allow him to work effectively with clients, stakeholders and contractors to deliver the best possible outcomes.

Core Strengths 

  • A straight-talking, confident approach
  • An ability to understand the complex details of a project and focus attention accordingly
  • An in-depth knowledge of construction and experience with a wide variety of complex projects
  • A good instinct for people management and an ability to curate strong, driven teams
  • A solid foundation of project management in live operational environments
  • A genuine appreciation for a great challenge and a knack for solving complex problems

In John's Own Words
"If you're not able to actually enjoy the whole process, then I don't think you're doing it right. Great work stems from feeling a sense of excitement at seeing the entire project unfold. I always try to approach my work as a holistic journey with lots of important milestones, rather than just thinking solely about the end goal."

Key Projects

University of Canterbury - Rehua Building
To create a new home for the College of Education, the University repurposed its earthquake damaged Commerce Building. This involved stripping it back to its bare structure and refitting it to suit the needs of a modern teaching and learning environment. John oversaw the entire process from assessment and insurer negotiations to design and build. His problem-solving skills were in full throttle throughout, navigating the constraints of an existing structure and planning to move an entire campus of teachers into a single building.

University of Canterbury - Law Building Remediation & Refurbishment
This project encompassed the earthquake remediation and capital refurbishment of the Law Building at the University of Canterbury. John was involved in all aspects of the project, from the initial concept design right through to construction and ultimately completion. This project also required John to navigate complex insurer approval for earthquake strengthening, alongside close client and stakeholder interaction.

Hoyts Cinema Entertainment Complex
John is one of a team of three Construction Project Managers on this major build. By managing the fit-out process - including oversight of 12 to 15 different subcontractors and tenancy of 18 food outlets - John is enabling the main contractor to focus on the core build. This highly active role sees John on-site on a regular basis, problem solving and managing people "at the coalface", to keep a range of teams all working simultaneously towards a set opening date.

Formula One Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne, Australia
In this role John was the Formula One Paddock Manager for the Australian Grand Prix in both 2010 and 2011. This required him to be responsible for managing the fit out requirements of both the Formula One teams and Formula One Management. This technically challenging project required in-depth precision, as well as understanding and successfully negotiating a very unique set of challenges.

Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, London UK
John worked as part of the Project Management team on the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Refurbishment, from feasibility through to design development. This was a varied role, which also included the tender and engagement for the refurbishment of mock up guest rooms. This entire project was carried out while the hotel remained operational, demanding high-level coordination between a variety of different parties.

Rachel Cook

  • Marketing Diploma

(03) 365 4328
rachel@theprojectoffice.co.nz

Since joining The Project Office in 2011, Rachel has risen from project administration and decant management roles into fully fledged a Project Manager position. With a genuine passion for working in fast-paced, challenging environments, Rachel has an infectious enthusiasm and energy that motivates others and brings them along on the journey.

Rachel's role demands her to bring together many moving parts - and she cites quick, creative problem solving as being central to her success. Her logical, methodological approach and well-honed interpersonal skills make her an accomplished leader, while her in-depth technical knowledge allows her to make fast decisions with confidence.

After spending 8 years in Australia and the UK, Rachel is well versed in working in with a diverse range of people. Her intelligence and intuition enable her to communicate complex strategies to others with clarity and humour. Dependable under pressure and tight timeframes, Rachel is a concise and capable asset to the team.

Core strengths 

  • A natural affinity for fast-paced problem solving and a willingness to think on her feet
  • Highly proficient in tenancy management and coordination
  • An ability to translate complex ideas into clear strategies
  • A willingness to meet challenges in an upfront, open manner
  • A genuine drive for professional development
  • The ability to coordinate and manage complex relocations

In Rachel's Own Words
"I love that buzz you get at the end of a project. Walking away knowing that you've played a real part in its creation and seen it through right to the end... that's a really special feeling!This is a job where I'm always learning. Each project is so unique, and each time there are new people to work with and new problems to solve. It's an opportunity for me to constantly move forward and continually developing my skills."

Key Projects

Hoyts Cinema Entertainment Complex
Located in the middle of the Christchurch CBD, the multi-screen Hoyts Complex is set to reinvigorate the city centre with new food and entertainment options. Rachel's role involves both contractor management and tenancy coordination, ensuring that everything from tendering to signage is kept on track. Working within a constrained urban environment has added to the challenges Rachel has had to successfully navigate on a daily basis.

Ngai Tahu - Wigram Skies and Tower Junction
Rachel has been the lead tenancy coordinator for these two Ngai Tahu Property developments, one in the heart of a residential subdivision and the other being a new addition to an existing urban retail centre. To ensure new fit-outs meet client standards, Rachel assists incoming tenants with the entire process from consenting through to design, construction and sign off. Key to this role is working to tight timeframes, to enable both client and tenant to become operational as soon as possible.

Kiwi Property Trust - Northlands Mall
In this ongoing role Rachel manages the Tenancy Coordination for Northlands Mall, working under tight time constraints alongside their facilities management and in-house design team. This large scale project required the facilitation of multiple groups, including ensuring that fit out contractors work to the approved design drawings, managing the building consent process and regulating health and safety checks.

University of Canterbury - Canterbury Engineering the Future
Beginning in 2015 Rachel managed the FF&E packages for the six buildings that make up the UC School of Engineering. This role involved working with the University, architects and interior designers to develop the scope, strategise pricing and budget, oversee the install and eventually sign off on the newly developed facility, which is now finished and a state-of-the-art teaching and learning environment.

University of Canterbury - Earthquake Remediation Works
In this role - which spanned two and a half years - Rachel was responsible for decanting, relocating and ultimately reinstating various departments within the University while buildings underwent their necessary remediations. This was a complex process delivered under a tight timeframe; one that required an intensely methodological and empathic management approach, with the University still operational throughout.

Jonathon Deaker

  • B.Eng. (University of Canterbury)

  • M.E. (Management) (University of Canterbury)

(03) 365 4328
jonathon@theprojectoffice.co.nz

Jonathon joined The Project Office in 2012, bringing with him a diverse skill set and a genuine desire to deliver unique, high-level projects through to completion. After completing his studies in Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Management, Jonathon worked in New Zealand and Europe, eventually returning to Christchurch to be part of the earthquake recovery.

Jonathon has a down-to-earth, pragmatic approach to project management, along with an innate ability to connect with people at all levels of a project. His engineering background gives him a practical appreciation of the roles and perspectives of consultants and contractors, and he is experienced in working with multi-disciplinary teams across a project life-cycle.

With years of experience behind him, Jonathon is a capable problem solver and has honed the ability to keep a level head when faced with complex challenges. His adaptable leadership style allows him to tailor his approach to suit a diverse range of projects, and he demonstrates open and honest communication across the board.

Core Strengths 

  • The ability to form a cohesive team out of a diverse group of contributors
  • Experience in both establishing and managing scheduling from design through to construction
  • An adaptable approach which takes each project for what it really is
  • Extensive experience in on-site management of the construction process and associated risks
  • The ability to create a working atmosphere that allows individuals to perform
  • The ability to develop strong procurement strategies that honor both brief and budget

In Jonathon's Own Words
"I really enjoy the management process. Setting a project up properly at the outset, clarifying expectations, managing a range of roles and developing a team culture - it's exciting understanding the level of responsibility and influence a high performing manager can have on the outcome."

Key Projects

Lyttelton Port Company - Plant Procurement
Jonathon has played a key role in the delivery of over 15 multimillion dollar projects for the LPC in the last 5 years. Recent examples include the procurement of two new state-of-the-art cranes and a new fleet of straddle carriers. Both cases saw Jonathon negotiating with European suppliers and overcoming the challenges of assembling large-scale machinery in a constrained area. Future proofing is always a key consideration in port projects and careful attention to detail is required at every stage from specification through to tendering, contract, manufacturing, assembly and commissioning.

Lyttelton Port Company - 11Kv Network Development
As Senior Project Manager, Jonathon was responsible for overseeing the setting and delivery of a ten-stage electrical development strategy to progressively update the LPC's 11KV network. This involved getting the Port's board and management teams working in agreement to prioritise the development of a more reliable and resilient network. The electrical upgrade is a critical project for the Port and will ultimately provide it with greater operating capacity as the shipping industry continue to grow and evolve.

Turlough Hill Pump/Storage Station, Dublin
Jonathon spent three years working on the extensive upgrade of this hydro-asset, owned by Ireland's Electricity Supply Board. Jonathon's initial role was to put together a realistic and considered schedule that met the client's requirements, whilst also taking into account the complexities of international sourcing and supply lead times. Working with an international team to deliver this project, Jonathon took the lead in managing team relationship across cultures.

Meridian Energy - Benmore Hydro Station Refurbishment
This comprehensive refurbishment took place over a three-year period. Jonathon was Project Engineer and Supervisor, responsible for overseeing the site and management of the NEC3 contracting arrangements. Careful planning and schedule preparation meant the project was well executed despite a number of technically challenging aspects. The project was performed at an opportune time, coinciding with constraints in the transmission system and therefore having minimal impact on production levels.

Meridian Energy - Aviemore Hydro Station Spinning Reserve
This critical project required Jonathon to ensure that the South Island's electricity supply was maintained during the winter of 2008. Due to partial failure of the HVDC link across the Cook Strait - alongside exceptionally low lake levels - the ability to import power from the North Island was significantly limited. This complex project saw Jonathon bring together key stakeholders and achieve exceptional results under pressure.

Steve Harvey

  • NZCAA Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

  • NZIM Diploma in executive management

(03) 365 4328
steve@theprojectoffice.co.nz

Skills

Design and Stakeholder Management

As a natural problem solver with practical skills and a wealth of experience in both design and stakeholder management, Steve has the proven ability to provide innovative practical solutions to stakeholder needs.  His creative flair and technical expertise is supported by a broad knowledge of systems, processes and materials, allowing him to challenge designers and stakeholders to achieve a better result.

Construction, Programme, Cost and Value Management

Having managed every aspect of complex commercial and residential construction projects, Steve understands the challenges of managing projects within time, cost and quality constraints. From feasibility to practical completion, his drive, determination and solutions focus is geared to add value and achieve the best possible result.

In Previous Lives

Steve transitioned into construction project management in 2006; having retired from Air New Zealand after 25 years in various engineering, technical, planning, project and management roles.

Following a two-year sojourn in manufacturing as GM of Operations, he recently set up a production line to manufacture prefabricated bathroom pods for the local aged care, hotel and residential markets and has patents pending on his innovative design solutions.

His determination to always challenge perceived limits and confidence in managing risk allowed him achieve a personal ambition of summiting Mt Everest in 2006.

Client Projects

Christchurch Engine Centre

Steve was responsible for the full project management of CEC's $20M site consolidation project including a new 8,000m² aero engine overhaul workshop and offices at the Christchurch facility. The facility was designed and built to achieve a LEED Silver energy and environmental rating and including several highly specialised chemical and mechanical processing areas. Health & Safety controls were paramount in maintaining operations in the adjoining building on site.

Gough Group, Christchurch

Steve undertook the full project management and feasibility assessment role for Gough's new Component Rebuild Centre at the groups Christchurch facility. This state of the art facility includes a 3,000 HP diesel engine dynamometer test cell and multiple gantry, jib and monorail cranes and required trade waste and air discharge resource consents.

MFL House, Christchurch CBD

Steve was the Project Manager for the demolition of the earthquake damaged 8 story commercial offices and retail building in the Christchurch CBD. This building was severely damaged and could not be stripped out prior to demolition and included managing the removal of an existing underground diesel storage tank identified on the ECAN Listed Land Use Register (LLUR).

Poplar Grove Winery, British Columbia, Canada

Steve was the site based project manager responsible for structural steel Kingspan roof cladding and co-ordination of consultants and contractors during construction of the $10M showcase facility. This iconic winery facility overlooking Lake Okanagan included a restaurant, tasting and wine making operations.

Why I Love What I Do

Steve believes client satisfaction is paramount.

"This job primarily involves creating tangible assets, but it is much more than that.  It is about helping our clients realise their goals and aspirations and with my high level of personal commitment comes the satisfaction of not only achieving superior results, but building long term relationships."

 

With over 40 years of industry experience Chris has developed a formidable skill set, from upfront strategic thinking and growth planning right down to managing the nuts and bolts of a project on site.

Alongside his wealth of major building project experience, Chris brings to the table a natural affinity for people. An exceptional communicator, Chris takes pride in fostering a sense of teamwork in all those he works with, instinctively knowing when to apply his own knowledge to solve complex problems, and when to draw on the expertise of those around him.

Chris' background as a Project Director and Business Manager allow him to see any given project through a wide lens. For him, great project direction is about having vision: an innate ability to understand the broader landscapes of the task at hand, and the ability to drive with clarity and confidence towards an ultimate solution.

Core Strengths 

  • An innate ability to see the bigger picture in all its complexity
  • A strong leadership style that focuses on championing others
  • A deep and specific knowledge base founded on genuine industry experience, and an ability to apply that knowledge creatively
  • The ability to coordinate large scale, diverse projects
  • Proven expertise as Engineer to the Contract, spanning creation to administration

In Chris' Own Words
"There's a great sense of creation in this industry. At the end of the day when can you walk up to a building you were involved in, it all becomes tangible. I also find it hugely fulfilling to support others and help them achieve their own personal aspirations. It's a good feeling in times of stress to be able to peel them off the roof and get them grounded again."

Key Projects

University of Canterbury - Canterbury Engineering the Future (CETF)
As Project Director for UC's CETF Project, Chris was required to oversee the redevelopment of the University's existing engineering buildings. This included façade replacements, structural upgrades, a new upper floor space and refit, plus new building services installation. Overall the CETF project spans seven buildings in the midst of an operational campus adding considerable challenges around staging, relocation and Health and Safety.

Lakes District Health Boards- Rotorua Hospital Development and Extension
As Project Director, Chris led the charge on this extensive redevelopment, which included the implementation of new facilities designed to meet the needs of a vibrant community long into the future. This complex project required major construction in a live environment, with the hospital operational throughout the process. Chris was also required to navigate various budget challenges, included the fallout from a contractor receivership.

National Mutual Funds Management, National Mutual Centre, Auckland (now Axa Centre)
In this role Chris worked as Project Manager for the complete redevelopment and refurbishment of the office tower, a process which included the replacement of the entire façade. This required comprehensive problem solving, as the tenants were still in occupation throughout the process. Chris was able to successfully navigate the management of the project, ultimately repurposing the building for over 25 years of additional life.

Auckland Council Property Group - Aotea Square Redevelopment
This technically challenging redevelopment included repairs to the Civic Car Park, an upgrade to Aotea Square and an interface overhaul to the Aotea Centre. For Chris, this meant significant risk management, with both the square and carpark remaining operable for the duration of the project. His hard work paid off, with this innovative redevelopment winning the Project Management Institute of New Zealand (PMINZ) Public Sector Project of the Year in 2011.

Melview Developments - Westin Lighter Quay Hotel, Auckland
A challenging project that needed to be completed in a tight frame, this build required strong leadership and a diverse skill set. As Project Director, Chris led three Project Managers to successfully deliver a 5- star, 180 room hotel complete with marina and navigation lock. The project encompassed the development of various facilities, including restaurants, a health spa, swimming pool, gym, lounges and business centre.



Donna Howell

  • B. Arch (Hons), University of Auckland

  • Level 1 & 2 Greenstar training (New Zealand Green Building Council)

  • Registered Gateway Reviewer

  • Better Business Case Practitioner

(03) 365 4328
donna@theprojectoffice.co.nz

Donna is an accomplished Project Director, bringing with her over 20 years of wide-ranging experience. With a genuine passion for the industry, Donna has a proven track record for steering projects to completion, particularly within complex or challenging environments involving diverse stakeholders.

As a registered Architect, Donna offers a unique skillset and comprehensive understanding of the design process. Over the years her work has spanned a variety of roles in architectural practice, the public sector (client side) and project management consultancy. With her collaborative, creative and down-to-earth approach, Donna is also well-regarded as a facilitator, and regularly leads training courses in project management.

Alongside her day to day role, Donna also represents the National Association of Women in Construction on the Construction Industry Council and is a member of the New Zealand Registered Architects Board Public Protection Committee.

Core Strengths 

  • A natural ability to pull together and successfully lead high performing teams
  • A talent for facilitation, particularly in regards to user and stakeholder consultation, briefing and engagement
  • A strong, collaborative approach and ability to draw the best out of others
  • A passion for the industry as a whole, with various active roles that champion progress at a strategic level
  • A genuine desire to understand and connect with clients, complemented by a willingness to go above and beyond to see a project through to completion

In Donna's Own Words
"The nature and quality of the spaces and places we create determines so much about who we are and what we believe we can achieve as individuals and communities. To be in a position to lead positive and lasting change in that context is hugely rewarding."

Key Projects

Lincoln University and AgResearch JointFacility
Donna has played a leading role throughout the master planning, briefing, consultation and design phases of the Lincoln Hub Project. A mixed-use facility, the project has required extensive consultation with a variety of stakeholder and user groups. Using a collaborative yet clear approach Donna has successfully navigated comprehensive reporting requirements and procurement strategies, and facilitated the development of an environmentally and culturally sensitive design.

National Library of New Zealand Redevelopment, Wellington
In 2007 the National Library embarked on a programme to make its extensive collection of books and artefacts more accessible through a comprehensive reconfiguration of its existing building on Molesworth Street. Donna led all aspects of design development and stakeholder engagement, and when the new government reduced project funding by almost 50% in early 2009, Donna managed the comprehensive value engineering and options analysis required.

SPCA - Facility Relocation
As Project Manager, Donna was responsible for overseeing the relocation of the existing SPCA facilities to an unoccupied heritage building owned by the Wellington City Council. This complex transition was successfully completed on a shoestring budget, with ongoing fundraising required throughout the construction process. During this time Donna also worked as an SPCA volunteer, which for her made the project all the more rewarding in its completion.

Massey University - College of Creative Arts
This award winning, highly creative project followed the Massey University takeover of the Wellington Polytechnic campus, which was then repurposed to facilitate the Massey University College of Creative Arts. The project was run as a design competition, which Donna directed (including putting together the project brief). The winning design was then translated to actual construction, which Donna managed through a seamless and highly efficient process.

Regional Prisons Development Programme, Department of Corrections
This challenging, seven year project was comprised of four brand new corrections facilities. Initially as Project Manager for the Otago Region Corrections Facility and then as Design Manager / Client Representative for the the wider Regional Prisons Development Programme, Donna was a key and influential member of the programme delivery team. These innovative new facilities were successfully completed via collaborative working arrangements.

Jessica Geddert

  • B.Sc – Chemical Engineering (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)

(03) 365 4328
jessica@theprojectoffice.co.nz

A driven and determined Project Manager, Jessica is an exciting addition to The Project Office team. With a solid foundation in the construction industry and a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, she brings a unique and valuable perspective to every project.

Jessica's engineering and construction background has given her an in-depth understanding of methodology and process, as well as insight into the challenges faced by multiple parties. Her ability to act as a bridge between consultant and contractor teams is what enables her to consistently drive projects forward, resolving issues with empathy and understanding.

With a sharp eye for detail, Jessica is confident when it comes to technical elements. Her personable approach includes an emphasis on health and safety, quality control and best practice, whilst always remaining true to the overall vision of the project at hand.

Core strengths 

  • An ability to take in a high level of detail when it comes to quality and performance
  • Open to negotiating day-to-day issues while not losing sight of big picture goals
  • Confident leadership skills and a willingness to step back and seek expert advice
  • A capacity to drill down to gain in-depth understanding of stakeholder requirements
  • An ability to translate the needs of multiple parties in order to provide overall clarity
  • Honest and direct communication every step of the way

In Her Own Words
"My role is about bringing the right people together to ensure the best possible outcome. In each project the client is calling on our expertise to assemble the various pieces of the puzzle, in order to create the picture they're looking for. Our job is to take all those moving parts and provide clarity and direction, all the while honouring the client's overall vision."

Key Projects        

Lincoln University AgResearch Joint Facility
In this role Jessica worked in a Project and Site Manager capacity to enable the modification of existing facilities and services. This role required working with a joint facility client, and included facilitating conversations with key stakeholders, coordinating the delivery of staged changovers and ensuring minimal disruption to adjacent facilities. It also required quick and effective responses to changes in scope and on-site conditions.

Tūranga, New Central Library, Christchurch, Canterbury
For this project Jessica primarily worked on completions planning. She worked alongside Christchurch City Council to understand what they required in order to transition smoothly into the new facility, and then translated those needs into concrete deliverables for the contractor. Jessica also managed the design-build relationship with the consultant team, as well as facilitating information flow and key design reviews with City Council stakeholder.                          

Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford, Canada
This project encompassed the replacement and significant upgrade of a state of the art Integrated Mental Health and Correctional Facility built under a P3 model (Design/Build/Finance/Maintain Public-Private Partnership). In this role Jessica led design from the construction side, managing the change process and facilitating the design-build relationship between subcontractors and consultants.

Saskatchewan Potash Mine Projects, Canada
This role saw Jessica managing several simultaneous projects, which included close out of two existing projects and the execution of three others. Working across multiple projects entailed a deep understanding of how the various projects on the mine site were integrated, and how the works involved in each one would affect the mine as a whole. Other challenges included coordinating complex repair logistics and replacing extremely large, heavy duty mine equipment whilst ensuring that the required structural strengthening was put in place.

Guy Lascelles

  • B.Eng (University of Auckland)

(03) 365 4328
guy@theprojectoffice.co.nz

Guy's early career in civil engineering took him from Wellington to London, where he managed complex transport infrastructure projects in the midst of one of the world's busiest cities. After 7 years abroad he returned home and in 2012 and joined The Project Office with the desire to make a bigger difference as part of a smaller, more focused team.

Working from project conception to delivery, Guy offers particular expertise in infrastructure management including the facilitation of master planning works. His engineering background gives him a sound understanding of the technical components of a design, while his project management experience has honed his ability to bring multiple parties along on the journey.

Guy's easy-going, balanced approach enables him to comfortably mediate the various stakeholders involved in each project. He integrates seamlessly on-site to become 'one of the team', providing a complementary skill set that clients can draw on naturally as a project progresses.

Core strengths

  • The ability to build cohesive teams by setting a friendly, professional tone from the start with clearly stated expectations.
  • Anticipating how works will disrupt business continuity and finding ways to minimise that disruption.
  • Understanding the pressures facing clients in order to accurately inform business cases and give them the best chance of getting across the line.
  • Taking responsibility for a project, unloading the client so they can focus on their core business.
  • Experience in building in high risk, live environments from the Christchurch Airport to central London.

In Guy's Own Words
"I really enjoy the fact that at the end of the day, I get to see something physical created. It's immensely satisfying to be able to drive past with my kids and say "your dad helped build that". Project management is a job where things are always changing. There's always something unique happening and new problems needing to be solved."

Key Projects

Christchurch International Airport Limited - Sense of Place Masterplan
Guy acted as PM for the airport's new transportation layout masterplan. The brief was twofold - to get people in and out effectively, and to bring the South Island experience to life spatially. Guy provided planning and oversight to ensure the project was feasible and could achieve the client's objectives. He also worked closely with the two design teams to ensure their outputs dovetailed effectively to deliver a cohesive solution.

Christchurch International Airport Limited - Dakota Park Freight Apron
The first major piece of airside infrastructure attached to the runway for 60 years, the Dakota Park Freight Apron is effectively a giant 'parking lot' for aircraft. It needed to be flexible for future growth of planes and with the environment a top priority for the airport, incorporate the latest advances in sustainable design.Proximity to the runway meant a number of technical challenges needed to be addressed. The freight apron was successfully completed on time and below budget.

Nurse Maude Aged Respite Care (ARC) Facility
A 2-storey, 75 suite hospital, the ARC is designed to provide assisted high-level care in a pleasant environment. As Project Manager, Guy provided the interface between client and contractors, focusing on the performance of consultants to ensure timely answers and attention to detail. Highly specified and future proofed, careful management was required to ensure correct installation of state-of-the-art systems from infection-resistant substrates to wireless hearing technology and fibre optic cable throughout.

University of Canterbury - John Britton Building
One of the first green-star rated buildings in New Zealand, the building incorporates a range of innovative building practices such as wax beads to mediate internal temperature and an independent weather station on the roof. Guy acted as Project Manager on the building's earthquake remediation following the 2010/11 earthquakes. In the duration of the work, Guy was able to utilise the opportunity to correct various design defects and get the building working to the standard it was designed to achieve.

London Inner Orbital
Part of the Olympic Route Network, this project saw the opening up of a 5.5 km carriageway through central London. This involved building new roads and pedestrian bridges as well as the demolition and refurbishment of properties. Acting as assistant PM, Guy's primary focus was ensuring the work was carried out properly in a post GFC climate where contractors were inclined to cut corners. Other challenges included ensuring business continuity, public risk management and employing a careful staging strategy in order to build in the midst of a crowded city.

Craig Monkman

  • BEng (hons) Civil Engineering (University of Hertfordshire)

  • MSc Management (Loughborough University)

(03) 365 4328
craig@theprojectoffice.co.nz

Skills

Construction Management

Craig's experience of working on large and complex construction projects enables him to understand and anticipate potential issues before they arise. He is able to work closely with contractors to ensure that critical path items are identified and mitigated prior to impacting programme.

Live Environment Projects

Craig has managed several projects in a live environment and understands first-hand the challenges and flexibility required to ensure that "business as usual" continues uninterrupted.

Relationships and People Management

Craig is well versed in managing teams in highly stressed and pressured situations. His calm and logical approach allows him to guide the team towards its goal, without losing focus. This allows individuals to perform within the team and ensures that the client receives the desired outcome.  

In Previous Lives

Craig qualified as a Civil Engineer in the UK and worked as a technical specialist in the procurement and business development department of a large construction company before heading back out to site with the same company. He progressed to a senior site level in the company during his twelve years there, working on major projects and being invited to be part of the company's 'Young Guns' programme for leaders of the future. All this changed when Craig and his wife visited New Zealand on holiday and after coming back again two years later, they moved to Christchurch in 2011.

Client Projects

Lyttelton Port of Christchurch

Craig is currently working with the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch as a Project Manager on a range of Port infrastructure rebuild and development projects. These projects are based in a number of locations, both at the main port and at the inland container terminals. Craig works collaboratively with LPC stakeholders to ensure both project and business objectives are met.

Midland Port, Rolleston, Lyttelton Port Company

The Midland Port project was fast tracked from concept design through to completion and hand over in less than 12 months. Craig began work on the project at the initial stages, working with the consultant team to produce the resource consent documents. Concept plans were developed in conjunction with the project team and LPC's Inland Port Development Manager. Craig managed this tight-knit team to commence construction whilst detailed design was still being developed. Due to the necessity to deliver the project as quickly as possible, Craig chaired weekly design team meetings that resolved any immediate issues to allow the next week's construction to progress. The project was handed over on time, under budget and with substantial increased Client scope.

MWH Recovery, Earthquake Recovery Programme

Craig began his career in New Zealand working as a project manager on the domestic MWH Recovery programme. This was an intentional move for Craig away from his normal commerical project management, as he wanted to help individuals in the earthquake recovery as much as he could. He was promoted from Project Manager to Senior Project Manager to Lead Project Manager in a period of 8 months. Craig then led a team of around 24 people, consisting of project managers, senior project managers, quantity surveyors and administrators to manage and deliver the domestic reinstatement programme for AAI and Vero. AAI's programme was the first to be substantially completed in Christchurch.

Residential Development and Dance House, Ipswich

This large development was split in two amongst the team to allow it to be coordinated and delivered as required. Craig was Construction Manager in charge of the construction and fit out of four residential towers of 21, 17, 13 and 8 storeys in height and the dance studios and main electrical substations below. The building is the tallest in the East of England outside of London. The exposed site and height meant that material distribution, logistics and safety were the main challenges facing the team.

Why I Love What I Do

Craig enjoys problem solving and looking at alternatives strategies to ensure that complications don't get in the way of project delivery.   

 "I love being able to think on my feet and analyse a situation to suggest alternative options that haven't been considered."

 

 

Sonia Sparks

  • B.Arch (Hons) (University of Victoria, Wellington)

(03) 365 4328
sonia@theprojectoffice.co.nz

Starting her career in architecture before progressing into Project Management, Sonia has always been drawn to the built environment. With a diverse skill set and open, genuine approach, Sonia has been fundamental to delivering strong project outcomes across a diverse range of residential, education, retail, performing arts and aviation projects.

Sonia is adept at navigating challenges whilst balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders. Her ability to cut to the heart of an issue stems from her willingness to genuinely understand client drivers, and she is able to deftly adapt her communication style to suit the unique culture of each project.

With a strong eye for details, Sonia is confident in her ability to ensure a project stays on track, while her empathetic nature and genuine enthusiasm for her work allows her to easily build strong rapport with those she works with.

Core Strengths 

  • The ability to facilitate multiple parties to create a team atmosphere within a project
  • An appreciation for the unique nature of each project and the ability to tailor her approach accordingly
  • A strong background in design development and working with complex project briefs
  • A genuine passion for community and a desire to create meaningful work
  • Strong communication skills and an ability to translate high-level information
  • A collaborative, inclusive leadership style with the goal of bringing out the best in others

In Sonia's Own Words
"I enjoy working with clients and consultant teams to develop projects that are unique, cost effective and sustainable. I like to feel that what we do benefits the community in a real way. Buildings should enhance people's lives and be enjoyable to visit, live or work in on an everyday basis. A good building will contribute to the fabric of its city - and that's what drives me."

Key Projects

Villa Maria College - New Teaching Building
Sonia acted as PM from start to finish for a 2000sqm, two-story teaching building. A mix of traditional and modern learning environments, the new building needed to include spaces for food technology, sewing and digital suites as well as 14 traditional classrooms. Sonia's role also encompassed engineering the contract during construction as well as overseeing design changes to deliver on the College's sustainability mandate. Now complete, the building is providing a warm and nurturing environment for students and staff alike.

Villa Maria College - Sisters of Mercy Chapel
This is a new, purpose-built chapel located adjacent to the Villa Maria College campus.

Seating 170, it also includes a mezzanine level, offices, kitchen and reception area. Sonia acted as PM throughout the process, including demolition and site preparation as well as managing the design changes that saw this striking building come to life. With curved walls and ceilings throughout, careful oversight was required to ensure construction challenges were met. Now complete, the chapel was nominated for an NZIA award in 2018.

Medbury School - New Teaching Building II
A mirror image to New Teaching Building I, this building provides additional teaching spaces as part of the School's overall masterplan. Taking over from the previous project manager, Sonia has been responsible for appointing the design team and managing the design process, and taking the project through budgeting, tendering, procurement of contractor and managing the contract. Drawing on her prior experience in operational environments has seen Sonia comfortably lead the delivery of this project within a live educational setting.

Melbourne International Airport - Terminal Upgrade and Expansion Project
Sonia acted as Project Manager to deliver the Melbourne International Airport's long term facility upgrade and expansion masterplan. Her role involved appointing and managing the initial consultant team, running a multiple stakeholder engagement process and developing options for delivery in a continuously operating terminal. Sonia also worked with the incumbent Quantity Surveyor to establish preliminary cost plans for each of the masterplan options.

Christchurch International Airport - Redevelopment
Sonia worked as Assistant Project Manager supporting the Christchurch International Airport in the redevelopment of the new Integrated Terminal Project. She assisted in contract management of the main contractor and alongside this, coordinated delivery and staging of the signage contract. Sonia also prepared the documentation and managed the furniture tender for the new terminals food court/retail area and domestic departures lounge, which is now complete and has been very well received by both client and the general public.

Albert Smit

  • B.Sc Construction Management

(03) 365 4328
albert@theprojectoffice.co.nz

Originally from South Africa, Albert's career has spanned continents, absorbing him in some of both Africa and Asia's largest projects. Having worked in construction management since 2001, he has a solid foundation in strategic thinking and substantial experience overseeing complex commercial projects, including retail, hotel and leisure developments.

At heart a "details man" with an appreciation for precision, Albert's talent for lateral thinking has earned him warranted respect across the industry. With a diverse cultural background - and fluency in three languages - it's no surprise that Albert cites great communication and an ability to connect with people as being central to his character.

His approach to project management champions humour, energy and creative problem solving while his technical background allows him a unique perspective on day-to-day challenges, ultimately enabling him to streamline the delivery of each project through its life cycle.

Core Strengths 

  • A firm stance on open and honest communication that champions the client
  • An ability to manage operations with both the bigger picture and finer details in mind
  • A rich and varied background in construction that has honed a natural affinity for problem solving
  • A willingness to think creatively and devise new approaches to old problems
  • A solution-oriented approach and ability to drill down to what's truly important

In Albert's Own Words
It's important in this job to encourage people to step outside their comfort zones. There's always going to be a solution in there somewhere. It's about finding the balance between drawing on past experiences and staying open to new methodologies. Pushing the envelope while still keeping the project on a clear track - that's what drives me.

Key Projects

Kiwi Property Trust -Northlands Mall Redevelopment
This project has seen Albert responsible for managing the mall's extension including relocation of the food court and structural strengthening - no small challenge in a fully operational retail and entertainment environment. Albert has been involved in all facets of the project including managing consultant teams and design work, procuring contractors and suppliers, and coordinating with tenants and stakeholders.

St Paul's Trinity Pacific Presbyterian Church
Completed at the end of 2017, Albert led this project through construction to close out. While the design and build process was relatively straight forward, it required working very closely with not only multiple stakeholders, but also the local community. After working through over 15 designs to find the perfect fit, Albert was able to ensure the integrity of the project remained intact, all the while successfully navigating a tight budget.

Ministry of Education - Master Planning
Albert led the master planning process on behalf of the Ministry of Education for Dunedin Intermediate, Witherlea and Renwick Schools. The process included the review of its 5-year funding agreement and 10-year property plans and, in consultation with the schools, the development of the strategic master plan to cater for the schools' needs over the medium and long term.

Lincoln University - Hilgendorf Demolition
This project involved the demolition of the 5 storey Hilgendorf Building, along with the associated lecture halls and ancillary buildings. Through detailed planning and collaboration with stakeholders, as well as complex strategic planning, the project was completed with minimal disruption to the users of adjacent facilities and the campus. Contaminated material was also contained and dealt with to eliminate any adverse impact on the health and safety of the students and staff.

MGM Ho Tram Casino & Hotel, Vietnam
As Project Director, Albert was responsible for the delivery of the first full casino and hotel development in Vietnam. The project included a 500 bed 5-star hotel, slots and 100 table casino facilities, conference facilities and 7 restaurants. The entire process was delivered with design input from consultants based in four different continents, and construction peaked with some 5,000 staff on site in a remote and challenging location.

Emma Jenkins

  • PMP, Prince 2

  • B. Geology (Hons) University of Liverpool

(03) 365 4328
emma@theprojectoffice.co.nz

Emma Jenkins is a dynamic addition to The Project Office team, with a diverse background that enables her to bring a unique perspective to every project. Having worked in a Project Management capacity since 2011, Emma has in-depth experience across a wide range of fields, including environmental consultancy, technical recruitment and healthcare.

As someone who thrives in fast-paced environments, Emma is well suited to her role. Her hands-on, driven approach is enhanced by a propensity for confident and concise communication, and it is always her priority to ensure that everyone on any given project feels heard.

Over her career Emma has honed a sound ability to think on her feet, and is able to capture both finer details and big picture challenges with ease. She knows the importance of developing strong relationships early on in a project, and her empathetic nature means she is quick to build trust and rapport.  

Core Strengths 

  • Skilled in addressing concerns around change by developing well thought out change management plans and strategies
  • The ability to wear different hats, from internal team player to external advisor, planner and manager
  • A strong desire for personal development and optimal efficiency
  • The strength to make tough decisions when required, while also encouraging others to hold autonomy within a project
  • The ability to tailor communication styles to suit a diverse range of individuals
  • A hands-on, solutions-orientated approach that champions people

In Emma's Own Words
"It's the people element of the job that appeals to me the most. People are so diverse in how they respond to challenges, and a key part of my role is managing a range of personalities. Having the opportunity to help people along a journey of change… I find a lot of satisfaction in that."

Key Projects

Kiwi Property Group - Northlands Mall Tenancy Coordination
In this ongoing role, Emma is responsible for coordinating and managing the relocation and fit out of various tenancies within the mall complex. This requires working within tight timeframes and a live environment to manage the design and consent process; working closely with each tenant to understand the specific requirements of their fit out, whilst also ensuring that their contractor and designer are on board to deliver.

University of Canterbury - School Of Law Relocation
This project involved multiple relocations of up to three hundred staff, postgraduate students and teaching facilities into temporary working spaces during building remediations following the Christchurch earthquakes. In this role Emma demonstrated a high level of planning, design and communication skills, successfully translating a long-term vision to multiple parties whilst also assuaging their fears and concerns around change.

University of Canterbury - School of Biological Sciences Relocation
This incredibly complex project involved a staged move of specialist laboratory and research facilities after the building sustained damage in the earthquakes. This role required a high level of planning and communication, and the relocation of highly sensitive, valuable equipment across six floors while the school was still operating. Emma was fundamental to the eventual completion of this project, successfully managing external parties and various delays in a tight timeframe.

University of Canterbury - Facilities Management Building Remediation
During this project, Emma and the rest of the team partially occupied the building while remediation was in action; a unique challenge that was split into three distinct stages. This project required constant communication and planning, as well as managing noise disruptions and temporary working arrangements for staff and students. The project was completed on time and included the successful redevelopment of the original workspaces.

Christchurch Hospital - Oncology Ward Development
As Project Facilitator, Emma was brought on board as part of an internal business development group to manage a major strategic change process to the Oncology Ward at Christchurch Hospital. The aim of this project was to maximise efficiency and streamline internal processes to enhance the patient journey; a task which saw Emma engage existing staff to identify issues and find solutions, utilising process flow management and data analysis tools to help deliver a successful outcome.

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