Speakers & panellists

Information on all speakers for Constructive 2018 will be updated soon.

Phil Goff

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff

Officially opens Constructive

Simon Miller

Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group, Sydney

Simon Miller is a core member of The Boston Consulting Group’s Industrial Goods, Operations, and Strategy practices, and he coleads BCG’s infrastructure work in Australia. He is an expert with BCG TURN, which helps clients deliver rapid, visible performance improvements in the short term while strengthening their organizations and positioning them to win in the future.

Since joining BCG in 2007, Simon has worked with clients in a wide range of industries, including building materials, construction, engineering, mining, postal services, transportation, and logistics. He has helped numerous companies undertake major capital projects, improve capital efficiency, and develop growth plans.

Simon’s experience in infrastructure management has covered ports, railways, energy, water, and roads. Much of his recent work with industrial clients has focused on construction productivity, procurement, and major project organization and operating models.

He is also a member of the BCG Gamma team, which creates competitive advantages for organizations by unleashing the power of signals hidden deep within large and complex data sets. BCG Gamma conceptualizes, builds, and deploys advanced analytic solutions that can transform the trajectories of organizations in 12 to 24 months.

Prior to joining BCG, Simon held a number of senior roles in the Australian and New South Wales governments, including first assistant secretary of the strategy and delivery division of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, deputy director-general of the Department of Water and Energy, economic policy director to the premier of New South Wales, and senior policy adviser to the minister for transport and roads.

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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.

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.

Willis Bond has been responsible for a number of development projects including the Chews Lane Precinct, One Market Lane and Clyde Quay Wharf developments.

Current projects in Auckland include the Wynyard Quarter residential development at Hobsonville Point and Catalina Bay. In Wellington current projects include a new creative campus for Whitireia WelTec in Cuba St, the new PWC Centre on Wellington Waterfront and the Convention Centre and film museum opposite Te Papa.

Mark will be involved as a panellist at Constructive.

Hon Steven Joyce

Minister of Finance and Minister for Infrastructure

Simon Barber

President Registered Master Builders Association

Steve Evans

CEO, Fletcher Residential

Chelydra Percy

BRANZ Chief Executive

Chelydra has been CE of BRANZ since 2013. Prior to starting with BRANZ, Chelydra held a range of leadership roles with science and innovation organisations such as Callaghan Innovation, KiwiStar Optics and Scion. Chelydra has also worked in the electricity supply and telecommunication industries. She is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and a Companion of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand.

Warwick Quinn


Warwick Quinn is the Chief Executive of the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation. He is the former Chief Executive of Motor Trade Association and Registered Master Builders Association.  He has also held the positions of General Manager Regulatory in Land Information New Zealand and the statutory positions of Valuer-General and Chief Crown Property Officer. He has worked in local authorities, multi-national property companies and banks. A registered valuer by profession he is a past chair of the Valuers Registration Board and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers and the Property Institute of NZ. Warwick also holds a MBA from Henley Management College in the UK.

Rick Herd

CEO, Naylor Love

Rick, is a qualified civil engineer with over 40 years’ experience in the commercial construction, infrastructure and engineering contracting industries.    

At the age of 16 Rick started a cadetship with the Ministry of Works, firstly in Christchurch, then in Wellington where he was involved with the construction of the Wellington motorway and the Ngauranga Gorge interchange (including the first two incrementally launched bridges built in New Zealand).

Rick then joined Mainzeal Construction in Wellington, progressing to the role of South Island Manager for
Mainzeal Property and Construction, during which time the company did many of Christchurch’s retail developments during the mid-1990s. 

In 1996, Rick graduated with a MBA while working full time. For the next few years, Rick was based in Nelson where he became CEO of N&B Group (Nalder and Biddle), General Manager LVL of Nelson Pine Industries Ltd and CEO of Brightwater Engineering.

In 2012, Rick became South Island Regional Manager for Hawkins Infrastructure, before being attracted to Naylor Love Construction to take up the role as CEO in January 2013.

Phil Twyford

Member of Parliament and Labour Party Spokesperson for Housing, Building and Construction

Paul Blair

Head of Institutional Banking at Bank of New Zealand (BNZ)

Matt Crockett

Chief Executive, Building Products Division, Fletcher Building

Matt Crockett oversees Fletcher Building’s Building Products Division, comprising most of the companies building products manufacturing operations across New Zealand and Australia. He is also an independent director of Vesper Marine, an early stage marine technology company headquartered in Auckland, and a trustee of the Spark NZ Charitable Foundation.

Prior to joining Fletcher Building in mid-2015 Matt has held senior executive and director roles across multiple companies and industries in New Zealand and Australia including telecommunications (Spark NZ), technology (Orion Health), and digital media and ecommerce (APN News and Media and GrabOne). Before this Matt worked for management consulting firm McKinsey & Company in both their Sydney and Auckland offices.  

He initially studied and worked as a mining engineering in Western Australia before being awarded a Rhodes scholarship for postgraduate study at Oxford University, where he completed a Master of Philosophy in Management.

In his spare time Matt enjoys the great outdoors including freediving, spearfishing and hunting.  Originally an Australian, Matt now considers himself a proud New Zealander, or as his wife puts it, a “born-again Kiwi”.

Connal Townsend

Chief Executive, NZ Property Council

Nigel Latta (ONZM)

Psychologist, Author, Broadcaster

Registered Master Builders are delighted to have Nigel speaking to our members on 2nd August, at the RMBA Members forum.


Nigel was born in Oamaru and left home to study at the University of Otago gaining a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, and then a Master of Science in Marine Science. Nigel subsequently enrolled at the University of Auckland to train as a Clinical Psychologist. He graduated with a Master of Philosophy with First Class Honors in Psychology, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology.

His professional experience to date spans over two decades and reflects a dual interest in both forensic psychology and working with young people and their families. He began his career working in organisations involved in family therapy, sex offender treatment programmes and alcohol/drug rehabilitation. He developed an increasing specialty and passion for working with kids in the ‘too-hard’ basket.

In 1997, after having finally accepted the fact that working in organizations just wasn’t for him, Nigel started up in private practice. In addition to working with literally thousands of families over the past two decades, he has also consulted with a range of private and public organizations from throughout New Zealand including social service agencies, sex offender treatment programs, prisons, the Department of Corrections, the New Zealand Police and Child Youth and Family Services.

Nigel's career as a broadcaster began with the critically acclaimed "Beyond the Darklands" which ran for five seasons and was based on his book 'Into The Darklands'. He presented the top rating 'Politically Incorrect Parenting Show' and  'The Politically Incorrect Guide to Teenagers',  both of which are based on his books by the same name. This was followed up by 'The Politically Incorrect Guide to Being a Grownup'. Nigel also filmed an Australian version of the parenting show for Channel Nine. He presented 'After the Quake', a documentary exploring how to help children and young people cope with natural disasters, and 'Surviving Teen Drivers', a two part documentary about how best to support young drivers.

Nigel’s other TV projects include 'Cold Science', a six part popular science primetime series titled 'Nigel Latta Blows Stuff Up', as well as a documentary series which screened on TVNZ in 2014 and investigated some of the important issues within our society including,  alcohol, education, sugar/obesity, poverty/inequality, child abuse and crime and punishment. This was followed up by a second documentary series ‘The Hard Stuff With Nigel Latta’ which screened in 2016 and covered a number of issues including how to discuss suicide safely, retirement, housing affordability and immigration.

In 2016, Nigel and the team involved in making many of these documentaries started their own production company,  'Ruckus Media'. Ruckus' first production was the highly rated, six part, prime time series, 'Mind Over Money',  an entertaining look in to the psychology of money. Ruckus is currently in the process of producing the ground breaking live television series 'What Next' due to screen on TVNZ  in June 2017.

In 2010, as a result of his passion for science and science education, Nigel was invited to become an associate of the world leading Mutlidisciplinary Health and Development Study at the University of Otago. In 2012 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to psychology.

He continues to consult with organisations  and speak at conferences both in New Zealand and abroad.