2022 Speakers & panellists

We are excited to welcome a great line up of industry leaders, experts, and decision makers for Constructive 2022.  Stay tuned for more speaker announcements.

Alex Waldren 
National Director, Industry Policy, Master Builders Australia

Alex Waldren leads national industry policy advocacy for Master Builders Australia.
She has 20 years experience in public policy development working with industry and government on housing, cities, infrastructure, regional development and aged care policy and regulatory affairs.

Prior to working for Master Builders, Alex was a senior adviser to government. She led work on planning, funding and financing city shaping infrastructure projects, including Western Sydney International Airport.

Alex also sits on the board of Livable Housing Australia which is Australia’s longstanding advocate for liveable housing design that helps deliver safer, more comfortable and easier to access homes.

Andrew Crisp
Chief Executive, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development

Andrew joined Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) when it was first established in October 2018.

As the lead Government agency for housing and urban development, HUD works across the system and with others to prevent and reduce homelessness, increase public and private housing supply, modernise rental laws and standards, increase access to affordable housing for people to rent and buy, and to support quality urban development and thriving communities. 

Prior to HUD, Andrew held a number of public sector leadership roles, including at Land Information New Zealand, The Treasury, the Department of Labour, the Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Dan McGuinness
Director, LT McGuinness

Dan McGuinness is a Director of LT McGuinness. He has a Bachelor of Construction from Massey University and is an NZIQS fellow. Dan is a member of the MBIE Wellington Regional Skills Leadership Group.
LTM is a third-generation family construction company with a 70-year tradition of quality, on-time and cost-effective performance across many landmark and major commercial construction projects. It employs more than 300 permanent staff and has its own internal training school with over 20 current apprentices.
LTM is committed to social procurement and has built extensive community partnerships with groups including the Home of Compassion, clubs and schools, and with local iwi throughout the North Island.
LTM is on track to become one of New Zealand’s first zero-carbon certified building contractors. It is currently constructing one of NZs most sustainable building projects, Victoria University’s Living Pā, which is part of the International Living Building Challenge.


Denita Wawn
Chief Executive, Master Builders Australia 

Denita was appointed as Chief Executive of Master Builders Australia in March 2017. She has 20 years’ experience as a leading advocate for industry and employers in the nation’s capital, around Australia and internationally.  

Her previous roles include CEO of the Brewer's Association of Australia and New Zealand (Brewer's Association), Deputy CEO of the National Farmers’ Federation and Executive Director of the Australian Hotels Association (Tasmanian Division).

Denita is a Director of Cbus Super Fund and Canberra Grammar School. Her previous corporate governance experience includes roles as Chair of the Worldwide Brewers Alliance, Chair of the Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code (ABAC) Scheme and as a director of Hostplus industry superannuation fund. 

Denita was born and educated in Hobart, Tasmania. She has Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Tasmania.

John Sneyd
General Manager, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

John leads the Ministry of Building, Innovation and Employments (MBIE) Building System Performance branch, which is the government’s lead advisor on the building regulatory system, including the New Zealand building code.

He comes from a government legal and regulatory background, and spent five years as the chief legal advisor at the former Department of Building and Housing before moving to a senior management position in another government agency. 

Judith Taylor
President, NZ Institute of Architects  

Judith grew up in Wellington. She has been a registered architect since 1986. In 1990 she established Taylor Architects, where much of her work was in the parliamentary precinct. In 2014, Judith became General Manager of Precinct Services at Parliament, including the complete makeover of the interior of Bowen House, home to Members of Parliament and their staff. Since 2015 she has been Associate of Professional Development at Context Architects.

She has been a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects for over 15 years and has held numerous appointed leadership roles over the years, including as chair of the Institute’s Wellington Branch an Assessor for the NZ Registered Architects Board, sitting on the Architects Education and Registration Board from 1994 to 2002. In addition to helping set up the training programme for NZRAB assessors, she’s acted as New Zealand coordinator for the accreditation of NZ architecture degree programmes.

Leonie Freeman
Chief Executive, Property Council New Zealand

A well-respected industry leader, Leonie has extensive experience in the New Zealand property industry, having held top positions in both the public and private sector. From creating the concept of what is now realestate.co.nz, to buying and transforming her own residential property management business, helping establish the new Auckland Council, and managing asset development for Housing New Zealand, there’s not many areas of property that Leonie has not touched. 

In 2011, Leonie was appointed to the board of NZX listed company Goodman Property Trust, and up until her 2018 appointment as Property Council’s Chief Executive, she dedicated her time to leading an independent philanthropic initiative to solve Auckland’s housing crisis. 

Leonie holds a Master of Commerce, majoring in valuation and property management and is a life member of the Property Institute of New Zealand, a chartered member of the Institute of Directors, and a member of Global Women. In 2017 she was awarded the Property Institute’s Supreme Property Award, the Property Council Auckland Property People Judges Choice Award, and was a finalist in the Westpac Women of Influence Awards.

Matthew Duder
Managing Director, EBOSS

As Managing Director of EBOSS Matthew is close to trends and developments that reveal insight into the future of the NZ building industry.

Patrick Dougherty
General Manager Construction and Innovation, Kāinga Ora 

Patrick Dougherty leads the Kāinga Ora Construction and Innovation Group, which is charged with delivering the Crown Entity’s new public housing across New Zealand and now delivers more than 2,400 new homes per annum and rising. It also reconfigures and renews part of the existing Kāinga Ora housing portfolio of more than 63,500 homes. 
The group Patrick leads, of more than 250 property professionals, is also actively pursuing innovations, such as the use of offsite manufacturing, as well as undertaking research and development to enable Kāinga Ora to build better homes through the use of technology, undertake faster, safer and more predictable procurement, and save on the time and cost of delivering new homes. 

Philip Aldridge
Chief Executive, Waihanga Ara Rau

Philip Aldridge is the Chief Executive of Waihanga Ara Rau. He has an extensive background in commercial enterprises, NGOs, and government organisations, Phil joined Waihanga Ara Rau after a successful tenure as the Executive Director of the Health Association of NZ.  

Having led initiatives to improve the Canterbury Rebuild’s labour supply, in conjunction with the infrastructure and construction industry, education providers and Government agencies, Phil understands the challenges and opportunities involved with transformational programmes of work involving many different Tangata Whai Mana (stakeholders).  Phil has a strong passion and vision for Waihanga Ara Rau and has rapidly recruited a motivated team to help move the organisation from an establishment start-up phase to full operation in a short space of time.  

Waihanga Ara Rau is a continuation of Phil’s history in customer-facing roles. Phil's drive is to make a difference to the lives and work of others, supporting them to fulfil their potential – this goes right to the heart of the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) which is focused on helping learners, employers and communities to thrive.  

Phil enjoys creating opportunities to collaborate and partner on important mahi. He is looking forward to getting out across the motu to raise awareness of Waihanga Ara Rau and build the important connections that will catalyse change across vocational education.  


Richard Carver,
Managing Director & Co-Owner, Jennian Homes

Richard is the Managing Director and Co-Owner of Jennian Homes and Milestone Homes nationwide group home builders. He is a Chartered Member of the  NZ Institute of Directors, and also a Director of Construction Marketing Services Ltd (CMS) and ProductSpec Ltd.

Formerly Richard was a RMBA Board Director for 10 years, from 2005 to 2015 and currently sits on the MBS Board. He was also the Chairman of Right House Ltd, Chief Executive of Carter Holt Harvey Wood Products and Chair of the Building Industry Federation. He was also CEO of Richmond Ltd and CE of Carters Building Supplies, a Division of Carter Holt Harvey, he was also Service and Finance Director of Masterfoods Australia.

Ross Copland
Chief Executive, Te Waihanga / NZ Infrastructure Commission

Ross Copland is the Chief Executive of Te Waihanga. He has experience in the design, procurement, financing, and delivery of infrastructure having worked in commercial construction and property on both sides of the Tasman.

Ross holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with First Class Honours, a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA.