Team

The Construction Strategy Group comprises high level executives actively engaged in the construction industry. The establishment of this group represents a significant step forward in an industry which contains more than 70 separate trade organisations and professional bodies. These range through builders, architects, designers, engineers, sub-contractors, developers, material suppliers and the merchant chain.

Construction Strategy Group Chairman
Sector: Developers
Geoff Hunt
Chair CSG
Geoff Hunt

During the past 22 years Geoff has led three companies (Electrix, Alstom/Areva & Kordia) and chaired one (Telarc). In all cases the businesses were taken through substantial change and transformed to operate in new markets to ensure future financial viability, modern scalable systems were implemented and outstanding growth was achieved.

Geoff Hunt joined Hawkins Group in June 2013.

Hawkins Group comprises three businesses: Hawkins Construction, Hawkins Infrastructure and Harker Underground Construction. Hawkins Construction is a leading building business undertaking the construction of some of the largest and most complex buildings in New Zealand. Hawkins Infrastructure is a market leader in the rail, energy, open spaces and water sectors. Harker Underground Construction is a specialist tunnelling business, with significant below ground infrastructure experience.

Geoff has a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and is an IPENZ Distinguished Fellow.


Sector: Distribution
Gordon Buswell
Deputy Chair CSG
Gordon Buswell

After 13 years as CEO of ITM Gordon is involved in industry governance roles as Chair of BIF and Platinum Homes, an independent director of the RMBA and Strategic advisor to EBOSS.

Construction Strategy Group Members
Sector: Engineering
Richard Aitken
Chairman
Beca Group
Richard Aitken

Richard has been a Director of Beca for more than 30 years and became Chairman of BECA Group Ltd in 2009. Beca is New Zealand‘s largest employee-owned professional services consultancy with over 900 employee shareholders in New Zealand, Australia and Asia. He has extensive project management experience in major power and water infrastructure projects; is the New Zealand representative of the Institute of Structural Engineers, UK (StructE); served for eight years as Chairman of Hutt Valley Water Services Ltd; was a Director of Manukau Wastewater Services for 10 years; and is currently a Director of Trustpower Ltd. He is a member of the Power Engineering Excellence Trust and the King‘s College Board of Governors. Richard holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and a Master of Engineering Science; is a Distinguished Fellow, Institution of Professional Engineers, NZ, and a Fellow, Institution of Structural Engineers, UK.


Sector: Design
Marko den Breems
Managing Principal
Jasmax New Zealand
Marko den Breems

Marko is the Managing Principal at Jasmax; one of the largest and longest established architectural and design practices in New Zealand. Strategically and creatively driven, and with over 23 years’ experience as an architect, Marko’s project work maintains his in–depth, broad and current understanding of key industry and sector specific issues within the design and construction industry.

Within Jasmax, Marko oversees the undertaking and direction of architectural, interior design, landscape architecture and urban design projects, across eleven sectors, while his studio team delivers complex projects across the tertiary education, infrastructure, health and urban sectors.

Marko has been an industry leader in the area of sustainability, leading project teams on the design of early, integrated design process projects with low energy objectives. A member of the Establishment Board of the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) and his continued leadership of Jasmax’s environmental practices, he has a focus on delivering sustainable buildings for clients, improving Jasmax's internal business practices and educating the wider community.


Sector: Infrastructure
Graham Darlow
Chief Executive
Fletcher Building Construction Group
Graham Darlow

Graham leads all the construction activities of Fletcher Building including residential housing, commercial construction, infrastructure construction and the Christchurch rebuild. After graduating from Auckland University with an engineering degree he worked as a design consultant in Australia and the UK before joining Fletcher Construction in 1988. Starting as a project engineer, he became GM of subsidiary Brian Perry Civil, then GM of Fletcher Construction‘s Engineering Division and now Chief Executive.

Graham has played a significant role in many of New Zealand‘s largest infrastructure projects including Te Papa, Manapouri Tailrace Tunnel, Mangere Treatment Plant Upgrade and most of Auckland‘s major transport projects. He was chosen by government as founding member of the Christchurch Infrastructure Alliance, is the chairman of the Alliance Board of the Waterview Tunnel and is the Chairman of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand.


Sector: Developers
Evan Davies
Managing Director
Todd Property Group Limited
Evan Davies

Evan Davies is Managing Director of Todd Property Group Limited, a subsidiary of Todd Corporation. Todd Property Group is a large scale, broad based property company with major developments in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

From 1996 until 2007 Evan was the founding Managing Director of gaming and entertainment company, SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited. While at SKYCITY Evan oversaw the purchase, design and development of several casinos in New Zealand and Australia including Auckland’s Sky Tower and associated SKYCITY Casino complex.

A qualified planner, Evan has wide spread interests in property development, city planning and urban issues as well as other business interests in farming and viticulture. Evan sits on the Board of two substantial charitable trusts.


Sector: Christchurch
Anthony Leighs
Managing Director
Leighs Construction Limited
Anthony Leighs

From its inception in 1995, Anthony Leighs has led Leighs Construction to become the highly successful and well-respected commercial construction company of today. His abilities have been recognised within the industry - he was winner of the NZIOB Young Achiever in 2002 and joint winner of the NZIOB Supreme Award and Innovation Award in 2005. Anthony was Deputy Chairman of the Building Research Advisory Council (BRAC). He is Chairman of the New Zealand Registered Master Builders’ Association and is also a member of the Government Building Advisory Panel and the Construction Strategy Group.


Sector: Research, knowledge and training
Chelydra Percy
Chief Executive
BRANZ Ltd
Chelydra Percy

Chelydra was appointed Chief Executive of BRANZ in November 2013. Chelydra has held a variety of executive roles in science and engineering organisations including Callaghan Innovation, Industrial Research Limited, and Scion (New Zealand Forest Research Institute). She is the former Chief Executive of ESITO, and has had roles in national and international telecommunications companies. Chelydra is a Companion of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand.


Sector: Large volume group builders
Mike Fox
Primesite Homes
Mike Fox

Mike has been a Registered Master Builder since 1982 and is the former Chairman of Registered Master Builders. He holds a New Zealand Certificate in Building and is a Licensed Building Practitioner with a Site 3 Licence. Mike has been in business for 33 years and completed hundreds of homes through his companies, Primesite Homes Ltd (which specialises in unique homes, often on more challenging sites) and Stonewood Homes Wellington Ltd (which caters for the pre-designed group housing market). He is a former Director of BRANZ and is also past National President of Registered Master Builders.


Sector: Medium and small builders
Richard Merrifield
R J Merrifield
Richard Merrifield

Richard (LPB / ATC) is the owner of R J Merrifield Ltd, a building company undertaking architectural houses and alterations in and around the Nelson region. Richard is the former chairman of the BRANZ advisory committee (BRAC) and the past chairman of CBANZ, was a member of the Minister of Building and Housing task force on productivity and is now a member of the Building Act Review advisory group. Richard has also been on the committee reviewing NZS 3604.


David Kelly
Chair of the Construction Safety Council &
Chief Executive Registered Master Builders Association
David Kelly

David Kelly is the Chair of the Construction Safety Council, as well as being 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.

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.


Sector: Sub-contractors
Victoria Troake
Chair
Building Research Advisory Council
Victoria Troake

Victoria Troake has owned and operated a specialist interior contracting business for over 24 years. She holds a graduate degree in Economics as well as an MBA with Distinction. She is past President of the Specialist Trades Contractors‘ Federation and remains on the Federations executive committee. She is also past president of the Association of Walls and Ceilings NZ, having been on the Executive for the last 8 years. Victoria was also an executive committee member of the Association of Walls and Ceilings of Australia and NZ.

Currently, Victoria is Chair of the Building Research Advisory Council, a member of the Levy Allocation Guidance Committee for BRANZ and the Deputy Chair of the Massey University Construction Advisory Board. Victoria has been involved with numerous industry groups over the years such as the Construction Industry Council, the Skills Productivity Partnership group, the Construction Safety Council and more recently MBIE‘s advisory group for the Guide for tolerances, materials and workmanship of new Residential Housing, to name a few.