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Donna Howell

Contact

(03) 365 4328

donna@theprojectoffice.co.nz

Qualifications

B. Arch (Hons), University of Auckland

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

Registered Gateway Reviewer

Better Business Case Practitioner

Memberships

Project Management Institute New Zealand

New Zealand Institute of Architects

President Elect, National Association of Women in Construction

Registered Architects Board Public Protection Committee

Donna Howell

Skills

Project Director

Donna is an acomplished Project Director with over 20 years' experience in managing all phases of complex and challenging projects to successful completion.  

Stakeholder Management

A trained and experienced facilitator, Donna is able to establish a team environment that encourages positive collaboration and constructive, effective dialogue at all levels, from front line to senior management. She has proven strength in pulling together the disparate interests of multiple and diverse stakeholders, and facilitating their translation into optimal project solutions.

Design Development

Donna is a Registered Architect and her extensive and varied experience, along with her background in architecture means she understands how to effectively lead design development on complex projects.

In Previous Lives

After graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons), Donna worked in architectural practice until 2001 when she made the shift into Project Management. Donna has worked on a number of projects to date whilst retaining her status as a Registered Architect. Prior to joining the team at The Project Office, Donna delivered projects under her own independent consultancy and also provided advice and support to public sector organisations seeking to establish robust project management and governance frameworks.

Client Projects

Department of Corrections Regional Prisons Development Programme

Donna worked with the Department of Corrections Regional Prisons Development Programme from 2001 until 2008.  The RPDP comprised the ground-breaking and time-critical construction and commissioning of four major new corrections facilities via collaborative working arrangement methodologies. Initially as Project Manager for the Otago Region Corrections Facility and then as Design Manager / Client Representative for the wider Regional Prisons Development Programme Donna was a key and influential member of the programme delivery team.

From 2008 to date Donna was Project Manager on a number of significant projects:
Lincoln Hub Master Planning
Design Manager / Client Rep - Regional Prison Development Programme
Project Manager - National Library Redevelopment
Project Manager - Massey University College of Creative Arts
Project Manager - NZ Police National Headquarters fitout
Project Director - Kimi Ora Special Needs School
Project Director - Kapi Mana Special Needs School
NZ Police National Headquarters fitout (14 stories, occupied throughout)

Why I Love What I Do

"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."

Donna Howell

Project Director

  • B. Arch (Hons), University of Auckland

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

  • Registered Gateway Reviewer

  • Better Business Case Practitioner

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