Speakers

Sir Maarten Wevers

Chair – KNZM, BSc, BA(Hons)

Sir Maarten Wevers served as Chief Executive of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2004 until 2012. He was formerly Ambassador to Japan and High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea.

Sir Maarten is a member of the Audit Committee of the Ministry of Social Development; a trustee of the Fred Hollows Foundation, the National Army Museum and the Victoria University Foundation; a member of the Ministry of Primary Industries Investment Advisory Panel for the Primary Growth Partnership, and the Registrar of Pecuniary and other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament.

Sir Maarten will be giving a summing up of the Day One Panel Sessions at Constructive.

David Kelly

Chief Executive of the Registered Master Builders Association

David Kelly is the Chief Executive of the Registered Master Builders Association.   Registered Master Builders is the oldest representative body for builders in New Zealand, both residential and commercial, ranging from New Zealand’s largest contractors down to small residential firms. David is also the Chair of the Construction Safety Council.

Prior to talking up his current role, David was a Deputy Chief Executive for the Department of Building and Housing and subsequently Director of the Canterbury Recovery Programme for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.  In those roles, David was extensively involved in the Government’s response to the Canterbury earthquakes from day one, including establishing the technical investigation into major building collapses, which provided key technical information to the Royal Commission.  He also led the Building Act changes that were part of a package of reforms in the construction sector.  

Going back further, David held a number of senior roles in local government including that of Chief Executive of South Waikato District Council.
David will be facilitating one of the panel sessions at Constructive.

Connal Townsend

Chief Executive, Property Council New Zealand

Connal Townsend is the Chief Executive of Property Council New Zealand and in this role is the industry’s principal advocate on behalf of New Zealand’s commercial, industrial, retail, property funds and multiunit residential property owners. He has an M.A. (Hons) in Politics from Canterbury University.

Connal will be undertaking the role of Facilitator for a Constructive panel session.

Read more about Connal Townsend

Teena Hale Pennington

Chief Executive – New Zealand Institute of Architects

Teena is the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Institute of Architects.  She is also currently the Deputy Chair of the Construction Industry Council, a Director of Construction Information Limited and a member of the Construction Safety Council.  Teena has worked in the public and private sectors in New Zealand and Australia over the past 15 years in senior and executive level positions.  Her experience is across the building and construction industry and includes master planning; asset and infrastructure management; strategy, policy and regulation; residential/commercial/infrastructure development and stakeholder engagement.

Teena will be undertaking the role of Facilitator for a Constructive panel session.

John Coop

Chairman & Regional Principal of Warren and Mahoney

John Coop is Chairman of the Board and Regional Principal of Warren and Mahoney’s Auckland studio. During his tenure as a Principal and shareholder since 2001, John has spearheaded major design projects, overseen significant growth for the Auckland studio, and has been a pivotal player in developing thought leadership in the wider New Zealand architecture industry.  

With close to 20 years’ experience, John is an Architect Member of the Auckland Council Civil Defence Recovery Advisory Group – Built Environment and a member of the Executive of the Auckland Branch of the NZ Property Council, an NZPC Member of the Building Research Advisory Council (BRAC), an NZIA Nominated Member of the Auckland Council City Centre Advisory Board,  a past president of Auckland Architecture Association, a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA), and has been a significant contributor to the NZIA Graduate Development Programme. Prior to Warren and Mahoney, John spent three years working in London with Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

Read more about John Coop

Chris Parker

Chief Economist Auckland Council

Chris Parker has been Chief Economist at Auckland Council since January 2015. He advises widely on the economics of critical Auckland issues. His focus has been on housing affordability, urban policy and planning, growth, and infrastructure.
Chris will be involved as a panellist at Constructive.

Mark McGuinness

Managing Director of Willis Bond & Co

Mark is Managing Director of Willis Bond & Co, which he co-founded in 1988. He has over 30 years’ experience in real estate investment, development, funds management and private equity activities.

Willis Bond focuses on establishing large scale mixed use communities with a particular emphasis on waterfront development.

Mark will be involved as a panellist at Constructive.

Read more about Mark McGuinness

Gary Walker

Executive General Manager – Hawkins Construction

Gary has experience in a wide range of senior construction and design-related roles throughout the world. He has significant experience in the leadership of large site based construction teams, internal departments, regional business units, multidisciplinary design teams and multiple stakeholder environments.

As Executive General Manager of Hawkins Construction, Gary actively promotes holistic, whole of life and human factor based thinking. Gary is responsible for all aspects of the Hawkins Construction business from setting the strategic vision and direction to overseeing operational delivery. Gary is passionate about sustainability. His focus is on the built environment and is responsible for the overall management and wof projects nationwide, driving improvement in project delivery. Read more about Gary Walker

Craig Price

Director and South Island Regional Manager of Beca Ltd

Craig Price holds an honours degree in engineering from the University of Canterbury, and is a Director and South Island Regional Manager of Beca Ltd. Craig has particular skills in business, contract and project management across the infrastructure, industrial and building sectors, with special competence in directing the delivery of major engineering projects. A consulting engineer, Craig is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers NZ and Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Craig is active in governance for commercial and industry organisations, including being a former Chair of the New Zealand Green Building Council, currently Deputy President of IPENZ and serving on advisory boards for the University of Canterbury School of Engineering.

 

 

Mike Greer

Managing Director MGH NZ Ltd

Mike is a trained carpenter and successful businessman who started his career immediately after leaving school. Initially training and working as a carpenter, Mike quickly saw opportunities to make money by subdividing backyards and using the profits to keep investing in this type of small scale residential development. He led the development and popularity of house and land packages in the market, and this demand led
him to establish Mike Greer Homes in 2006. Mike quickly established himself as a builder whose quality workmanship and ‘can do’ attitude was particularly sought after by architects and private clients.  Read more He led the development and popularity of house and land packages in the market, and this demand led
him to establish Mike Greer Homes in 2006. Mike quickly established himself as a builder whose quality workmanship and ‘can do’ attitude was particularly sought after by architects and private clients.  
Read more about Mike Greer

John Bridgman

Industry Director - Civil Infrastructure
AECOM

John is a leading specialist in major project delivery, is a past Managing Director of AECOM in New Zealand and is currently leading major project delivery for AECOM in Sydney.

He has strong business management skills and extensive experience in Project Management and Team Leadership. These are best exemplified by his Project Director roles on the design of the $2bn North South Bypass Tunnel in Brisbane, $1bn Transmission Gully PPP in New Zealand and the tender for $4bn East West Link in Melbourne. 

Other highway and tunnel projects include leadership of the tender design for Waterview Tunnel in Auckland, Board member on the Causeway Alliance, Design Manager on the refurbishment of the Terrace and Victoria Tunnels in Wellington, commercial aspects of the tender design for the $4bn Airport Link Project in Brisbane and design manager on the Channel Tunnel Project in England. Read more about John Bridgman

John will be a panellist at Constructive

Murray Sherwin CNZM

Chair, New Zealand Productivity Commission

An economist with over 35 years’ experience in a wide range of public policy roles with the current position of Chair for the New Zealand Productivity Commission, Murray’s previous appointments include: Chief Executive and Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand; member of the Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank; and member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group. 
Other current roles include: Chair, Strategic Risk and Resilience Panel - advising the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on national risk issues; and Chair, Innovation Partnership – a group of private and public sector entities supporting smart use of internet technology.

Murray is an accredited member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management. He is a graduate of the University of Waikato (MSocSci (hons)).