Infrastructure New Zealand hosted the Building Nations Symposium, New Zealand’s infrastructure thought leadership event of the year, on 26-27 October 2017 at the TSB Bank Arena in Wellington, New Zealand.

Building Nations is the premier event on New Zealand’s infrastructure calendar. The two-day symposium provided the opportunity for public and private sectors to come together to lead thinking and advance best practice in national infrastructure development.

The key theme for the Symposium this year was ‘New Solutions for Infrastructure Challenges’ with the following sub-themes forming the content for the two day event.



Click below for the Building Nations Agenda, Speakers and Poll Results:


   



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Speakers

Leading keynote speakers and government ministers pushed boundaries, addressed challenges and delivered solutions in this landmark two-day Symposium: New solutions for infrastructure challenges.



Keynote Speakers

Ken Hutchison, Managing Director, Scottish Water International



Hear from international water expert Ken Hutchinson as he shares his insight, knowledge and experience in helping utilities transform their performance and customer satisfaction. A leader in his field, with a career in water spanning 25 years, Ken has led significant change projects which not only transformed Scottish Water’s operational and capital efficiency but also delivered substantial customer value.

Andrew Chesworth, Director, Risk & Return Water 2020, Ofwat



Although his background is in water, Andrew is uniquely placed to discuss effective infrastructure regulation in a legal and cultural environment comparable to New ZealandResponsible for the financial aspects of the price controls that UK water regulator Ofwat will set in 2019, Andrew has extensive experience in managing the cost of capital, aligning risk and return within the incentive based regulatory regime and ensuring Ofwat’s price determinations are financeable for efficient companies.

Dr Kian-Keong Chin, Land Transport Authority, Singapore



Leading the development of the world’s most advanced road pricing scheme, by 2020 Singapore will have rolled out a dynamic, network-wide road pricing solution based on Global Navigation Satellite System technology. Learn from Dr Kian-Keong Chin on how Singapore is implementing this new technology, why it chose the approach it has and what challenges we can expect along the way.

Elizabeth Longworth, Former Director of the UN Office on Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva



Elizabeth Longworth has held various senior director positions in the United Nations. As Director of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Elizabeth’s experience includes disaster proofing infrastructure and services, resilience and risk management. Hear from Elizabeth as she compares international and New Zealand best practice in strategic resilience.

Stephen Beatty, Americas and India Head of Global Infrastructure, Head of Cities Center of Excellence



With over 31 years' experience in the infrastructure sector, Stephen Beatty is well-recognized as an expert in public infrastructure development and has worked on engagements across 6 continents. He has led many major infrastructure transactions advising both public and private sector clients extensively, and will share his experience and knowledge of alternative models for funding infrastructure including value capture, capital recycling and tax increment financing.

Mike Baird, Chief Customer Officer Corporate & Institutional Banking, National Australia Bank



Mike Baird, Chief Customer Officer Corporate and Institutional Banking at National Australia Bank (NAB), will discuss the benefits of using asset recycling to transform poorly performing, high value assets – an approach he helped pioneer during his time as Premier of New South Wales.

Domenic De-Fazio, Chief Executive Construction, Fulton Hogan 
New Zealand



As Chief Executive for Fulton Hogan’s New Zealand Construction business, Domenic leads a team of talented individuals in delivering a wide range of specialty and major projects across New Zealand and the Pacific. Domenic will discuss how we ensure that we have the capacity needed to deliver a step change in infrastructure investment in New Zealand.

Kevin Lavery, Chief Executive Officer, Wellington City Council



Kevin Lavery is a senior executive with extensive experience of both the public and private sectors. He has been a client, adviser and provider at the highest levels in public sector outsourcing and partnerships. Kevin will be discussing how the city plans to grow and provide for future resilience.

Stephen Selwood, Chief Executive, Infrastructure New Zealand



Stephen is an expert on the New Zealand infrastructure sector with a deep understanding of infrastructure governance, strategy, regulation, funding, delivery and management. Stephen will review progress with planning law reform, set out the case for a first principles review and explain why this must include reforms to legal framework together with funding and decision-making powers, locally, regionally and nationally. 

Hamish Glenn, Policy Director, Infrastructure New Zealand



Hamish leads policy development at Infrastructure New Zealand. He has an extensive understanding of infrastructure planning, funding and delivery models, Auckland growth management and national regulatory frameworks. He will release Infrastructure New Zealand’s latest report, the Innovation City, which will propose a radical shift in growth management to address the city’s housing, transport and affordability challenges.  

Peter Reekie, Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Investments, Scottish Futures Trust



Hear Peter Reekie share how Scotland’s dedicated procurement centre of excellence, the Scottish Future’s Trust, is improving the efficiency and effectiveness in infrastructure investment in partnership with central and local government agencies. Peter has been involved with the development of SFT since its inception and has a leadership role spanning across economic and social infrastructure sectors and from early investment prioritisation through financing and delivery to contract and asset management.

Russell Luhrs, Executive General Manager, Planning & Infrastructure, Springfield Land Corporation



Russell Luhrs will explain the development pathway for Greater Springfield, Australia’s fast emerging master planned and privately funded satellite city. With over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of urban development from a technical to executive management level within the private and public sectors, Russell has considerable experience to build and deliver a world class City that is Greater Springfield.

Paul Goodwin, Managing Director,
ANZ Institutional New Zealand ‎



Paul leads ANZ’s Institutional business in New Zealand. The Institutional business manages large client relationships and provides specialised markets, transactional and financing products and solutions to the bank's customers. In doing so, it supports some of New Zealand’s largest companies operating in a wide range of industries, both in New Zealand and offshore. Paul has more than 25 years’ experience in banking and finance and has been with ANZ New Zealand since 2004, where he was previously Head of Institutional Relationships. 








Thought Leadership, Panel Speakers & Moderators

Patrick Brockie, Head of Loans & Specialised Finance, ANZ New Zealand



Patrick is responsible for specialised finance products particularly as they relate to mergers and acquisitions and project financing. He joined ANZ in 2010 after a 20 year career with Citigroup based in New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and London. Patrick has extensive experience with debt markets including syndications, project and acquisition finance, export agency finance and trade finance both in developed and emerging markets with much of this financing in the energy, telecommunications and infrastructure sectors. Patrick was appointed Chair of Infrastructure New Zealand in 2015.

Robert Jones, Delivery Partner Executive APAC, Jacobs



Robert was recently appointed to the role of Delivery Partner Executive for the Asia Pacific Region at Jacobs. Previously he held the role of CEO with Fulton Hogan, responsible for the leadership of the combined NZ Regional and Infrastructure businesses.  He came to New Zealand in 2005 as the Project Director for the Northern Gateway Alliance and was subsequently appointed as the Country Manager for Leighton Contractors, (now CPB). Robert has over 40 years’ experience in the construction sector, including managing major engineering projects around the world.

Sandra Dodds, Chief Executive Urban Infrastructure, Broadspectrum



Sandra leads the Urban Infrastructure business at Broadspectrum which includes Telecommunications, Construction, Power and Water. She has been the Chairman of the TW Power Services Limited Board since 2014 and joined the Roads Australia Board in 2015. Sandra was previously CEO of Downer’s Asia business and has had several operational and finance roles as member of the Downer Executive team.

Ross Pennington, Finance Partner, Chapman Tripp



Ross is a leading capital markets, banking and structured finance lawyer.  He advises a range of local and international issuers and arrangers on capital markets programmes and transactions, and advises on alternative financing and delivery models for infrastructure assets. Ross is a Fellow and Board member of the Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand (INFINZ).

Adrienne Miller, General Manager Corporate Services, Watercare



Adrienne is responsible for People, Health and Safety, Technology (including cyber), Legal and Facilities. She was previously the General Counsel at Downer NZ , and has run the NZ legal function at Waste Management NZ Limited. She currently sits on Infrastructure NZ’s WIN Advisory Board and was recently appointed to the board of Diversity Works (the former EEO Trust). 

Steve Webster, General Manager, Infrastructure Delivery, Watercare



Steve is a civil engineer with 20 years in senior leadership roles. He is responsible for delivering maintenance and construction services across multiple sectors and has led businesses of up to 2100 employees in New Zealand, Australia and Chile.

Bronwyn Carruthers, Partner Environment, Planning & Natural Resources, Russell McVeagh



Bronwyn is an environmental law specialist, with expertise in all aspects of resource management and environmental law, as well as public and local government law. She has 11 years' experience acting for territorial local authorities, and more recently 6 years for infrastructure providers and developers. Bronwyn is a convenor of the NZLS Environmental Law Committee, member of the NZLS Law Reform Committee, and member of the RMLA Editorial Committee.

Raynor McMahon, Executive Director, Head of Loan Product, ‎Westpac Institutional Bank



Raynor’s team has responsibility for the origination and structuring of all forms of debt product for Westpac Institutional Bank. Westpac’s project finance team has been a market leader in structuring of finance into PPPs and more recently the crown social housing transfers. Raynor is also responsible for leading Westpac’s social & affordable housing sustainability strategy which seeks to assist the development and growth of private sector social housing capability in New Zealand. 

Dave Brash, National Recovery Manager, Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management



Dave has over 30 years’ experience working in the public sector at senior levels. He is currently leading the Government recovery effort for the Kaikoura earthquake and Whakatane Floods (in DPMC/MCDEM). Dave was previously the Group Manager Planning and Investment at the NZ Transport Agency and focuses on consulting, contracting and governance in his spare time.

John-Paul Rice, Partner Banking & Finance, ‎Russell McVeagh



John-Paul is a specialist in corporate, acquisition and project finance, regularly advising sponsors and financiers on major, high-profile transactions including infrastructure financing. He has advised on the financing aspects of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for most of the schools and all the road PPP transactions in New Zealand. He has acted for the NZ Housing Foundation on many key social housing projects and proposals, and is currently managing the financing arrangements on an irrigation infrastructure project.

Paul Blair, Head of Institutional Banking, Bank of New Zealand



As well as Head of Institutional Banking, Paul Blair is a Director of Infrastructure New Zealand. He leads a team of 80 people responsible for NZ’s largest companies and financial institutions. Paul represents a leading infrastructure bank, specialising in PPP’s, local and central government financing, debt capital markets, and hedging.

Lisa Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Harper



Lisa Jacobs is the CEO of Anthony Harper, a leading national law firm. Under her guidance the firm has grown over 100% and represents many of New Zealand's leading companies. Prior to this Lisa held a variety of roles in the investment and management sector, including a role as general counsel for NZ Funds Management. In 2016, Lisa entered a very elite alumni as a finalist in the Women of Influence Awards. 

Walter Rushbrook, Director Infrastructure Advisory, ‎Aurecon



With 20 years of experience in the engineering industry, Walter Rushbrook’s proven track record in transport infrastructure management resulted in his appointment last year as Project Director for the Kaikoura earthquake recovery works. Leading a team of industry specialists, he plays a crucial role in delivering one of New Zealand’s largest and complex infrastructure recovery projects. 

Michele Kernahan, Chief Executive Construction Division, ‎Fletcher



Michele has an outstanding track record of delivery in more than two decades managing businesses for Fletcher Building. She is also a strong people leader who has consistently developed a high performance culture within the business units she has managed. Fletcher Construction has more than 4,000 employees across New Zealand and the South Pacific and prides itself on the contribution they make to the communities and cities they work in.

Dean Kimpton, Chief Operating Officer, ‎Auckland Council



Dean leads the division responsible for providing essential services such as rubbish collection and storm water drainage through to social and cultural aspects such as parks and community safety. He trained as an engineer, and since then has held a variety of senior executive roles, working closely with government, utility and private sector organisations in New Zealand and overseas.

Sophie Kennedy, National Environmental & Sustainability Manager, Fulton Hogan



Sophie has a background in chemical and process engineering and is passionate about sustainability – in particular, climate change mitigation through renewable energies, recycling of industrial waste, construction innovation. Her role focuses on environmental compliance and consistency and reducing energy expenditure and environmental impact of manufacturing plants within the company.

Brian Moreland, General Manager New Zealand, ‎Programmed Facility Management



Brian has over 20 years’ experience in Facilities Management in NZ and the Netherlands. Programmed Facility Management operate two PPP contracts, one of which being the first operational PPP in NZ which has been in effect for 5 and a half years now. Programmed FM have over 100 employees in NZ with offices in Auckland Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.

Karl Nicholson, Executive Director Project & Export Finance,
Institutional Banking
, ‎ANZ



Karl joined ANZ in 2006 and was appointed to his current role in 2009. He has extensive experience in the New Zealand market having participated in most of New Zealand’s PPP transactions and large Export Credit Financings. Karl also took responsibility of the Structured Asset Book in 2012. Prior to ANZ Karl worked in the structured finance market, originating and executing both domestic and cross border funding and investment transactions in London.

Ed Dunphy, Partner Property & Construction, Anthony Harper



Ed Dunphy has 15 years construction and infrastructure experience. This includes acting for both principals and contractors on a wide range of construction and infrastructure projects. He has a thorough understanding of the commercial drivers of each of the parties involved. He has advised on a wide range of construction projects. Ed is named as a leading individual in the 2016 and 2017 Asia Pacific Legal 500 Guide. He is also ranked in the 2017 Chambers and Partners.

Jesse Phillips, Director Corporate Finance, ‎KPMG New Zealand



Jesse specialises in design, execution and financing particularly in the housing and infrastructure sectors.  He has closed over $5bn of Infrastructure transactions as a financial adviser, bank debt arranger and bond underwriter in US, UK and NZ and has hands-on experience with some of the alternative infrastructure funding and financing tools used offshore. He has led a number of commercial and debt advisory mandates in New Zealand and is currently the commercial lead adviser to the New Zealand Treasury on the second tranche of social housing transfer transactions.  

Sarah Sinclair, Partner Construction, ‎MinterEllisonRuddWatts



Sarah is a transactional, contracting and projects lawyer with expertise in corporate and commercial law, including periods as an in-house corporate advisor in Infrastructure sectors in NZ and the UK. She is a Partner and board member at MinterEllisonRuddWatts, as well as a board member of Infrastructure NZ. Sarah has over 25 years’ experience in infrastructure and projects, advising on large scale construction, engineering and infrastructure projects.

Mayurie Gunatilaka, General Manager Unrban Planning & Environmental Services, MWH now part of Stantec



Mayurie is an Infrastructure NZ Board Member and General Manager for Stantec’s Urban Planning and Environmental Services business across Australia and New Zealand.  Her key areas of expertise include Strategic Planning, Operational Management and Project & Corporate governance. Mayurie leads teams responsible for delivering planning outcomes for infrastructure projects under the Resource Management Act and for the EPA.

Rob Ward, Managing Director Head of Advisory Australian Structured Finance Office, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, UFJ



Rob is responsible for MUFG’s Advisory activities in Australia and New Zealand. He has over 20 years’ experience in structured finance, in bank and capital markets and has worked on more than 20 PPPs across social and transport infrastructure. Rob has been responsible for market defining transactions in Australia, PNG, Russia and Kazakhstan.

Eric Skowron, Associate Water Engineer - ANZ Infrastructure & Environment, Jacobs



Eric is a civil engineer at Jacobs in Wellington, New Zealand with 17 years of experience in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. Eric provides water and sewer modelling, analysis, planning, operations optimisation and project management consulting services for municipal and industrial clients.  Eric manages delivery of technology projects for major water utilities, enabling clients to identify unexpected network behaviours early and optimise network operational efficiencies.

Tom Fail, Partner Banking & Finance, MinterEllisonRuddWatts



Tom provides advice to several industries including financial services, infrastructure, government, energy and resources. Tom is widely recognised for acting on all the major government PPPs and for his work on private sector project finance transactions. Amongst his many accolades, Tom is named as a leading New Zealand lawyer for banking and finance in Chambers Global and the International Financial Law Review, and recognised by Who’s Who Legal for project finance and banking.

Matt Ensor, Business Director Advisory, Beca



Matt is driving the company’s Smart Cities work, using emerging technologies to solve the most important challenges that cities face. Matt has 21 years’ experience in advisory consulting.  He has worked in New Zealand, Australia, UK and USA and spent four years in a NZ Government Ministry. Matt is part of Beca’s Business, Transport & Technology services team.

Amanda Lu, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, ICBC



Amanda has been with ICBC group for 14 years and led ICBC NZ front business including Institutional & Corporate Banking, Retail Banking, Trade Finance, and Treasury since the very inception of NZ team and subsidiary in 2012. She manages growth and sustainable development for a wide range of business units banking products and institutions. With ICBC’s unrivalled heritage in China, vast global network and expertise in mega infrastructure projects, ICBC NZ wishes to bridge NZ-China infrastructure knowledge, opportunities, expertise.

Donald Gardner, Head of Construction Specialty NZ, Marsh



Donald has 24 years broking experience working in both NZ and the UK. This incorporates extensive experience in Alliance Projects (including the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team Alliance), PPPs and other non-recourse finance projects, as well as more traditional construction projects. Donald uses his extensive knowledge of New Zealand and international contract conditions and policy wordings, to provide risk advice to project owners, financiers and contractors.

Grant Hodges, NZ Infrastructure & Transactions Leader, EY



Grant leads the EY Transactions and Infrastructure Advisory team in New Zealand, and is a member of EY New Zealand’s management board. He brings of 20 years’ experience with social infrastructure business cases and transactions, for both public and private sector clients.  Grant has advised on major infrastructure business cases and procurements. He also led the successful consortium bidding on the Wiri Prison PPP and advised on the Christchurch Convention Centre procurement.

Dennis Eiszele, Sector Leader City & Place, Jacobs



Dennis is the leader of project design and delivery, across multiple client bases, design disciplines and business sectors. He leads the design of city environments to meet community, environmental and resource challenges to deliver positive client and community outcomes. Dennis is a passionate advocate of the integration of excellent design outcomes into the rapid urbanisation of our urban centres.

Nadine Higgins, MC Building Nations



Nadine Higgins (nee Chalmers-Ross) is a freelance journalist and presenter, following 12 years featuring on New Zealand TV screens and airwaves. She currently writes a column for the Sunday Star Times, regularly fills in as a host on Newstalk ZB and as an anchor on TV3’s The Project, and does a variety of writing and PR contracts. Nadine is also a popular MC for conferences and events. This is her 4th year hosting Building Nations.

David Holden, Partner, Anderson Lloyd



David is a specialist infrastructure and construction lawyer with more than 10 years' experience in New Zealand and the UK, advising on social and economic infrastructure, power generation and construction projects.  David joined Anderson Lloyd as a partner in July 2014 having been a partner at Russell McVeagh in Auckland.  David has advised on all the New Zealand PPP projects to date, as well as numerous projects in the UK, where he worked for eight years, including projects procured through the PFI, LIFT and BSF programmes.

Hugh Kettle, Partner, Bell Gully



Hugh has been closely involved in the introduction of PPP procurement to New Zealand, and assisted the Treasury on its establishment of the New Zealand model PPP contract framework. Hugh subsequently led the Bell Gully teams advising the Crown on all the New Zealand PPP projects to date, across corrections, education and state highways.  He is also heavily involved in social housing transfer, development transactions and other publicly and privately funded infrastructure projects.

Glen Cornelius, Managing Director, Harrison Grierson



Glen has over 20 years’ experience in development and infrastructure engineering, leading and managing many large multi-disciplinary projects. Since becoming Managing Director of HG in 2012, Glen has led the company’s transformation, re-engineering almost every aspect of the business including its leadership and governance. He has been responsible for reshaping the 132-year old company to more resilient business and better reflecting the needs of its clients, employees and shareholders.

Tony Pike, Country Manager New Zealand, CPB Contractors



Tony takes a strong governance role as Country Manager on many CPB projects where he is a consistent champion for driving the highest standards in Health and Safety. Over his 25-year career in construction Tony has held key roles in the delivery of some of New Zealand’s most complex projects including the Waterview Tunnel, Tauranga’s second harbour crossing and Mackays to Peka Peka. Tony is also an executive counsellor for Civil Contractors NZ.

John Rae, Chair, National Infrastructure Advisory Board



John is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and a Director or Chairman of several NZ companies involved in the infrastructure, energy, waste and investment sectors. For nine years, John was Managing Director of Stevenson Group. He was responsible for a major transformation of this almost 100-year-old company into a successful, diversified investment group with significant interests in construction materials, quarrying, mining, agriculture, engineering and property.

David Ungemah, Vice President, Managed Lanes & Roadways Director, WSP



David’s 22 years consulting and research expertise pertains specifically to roadway pricing, priced managed lanes, and freeway management. He has worked directly on over 100 road pricing projects in 21 states and 3 countries. David has participated in many research activities towards establishing the state of the practice and guidelines for managed lanes and congestion pricing development. In addition to his service to WSP, David is the immediate past chair of the Transportation Research Board standing committee on Congestion Pricing.

Richard Fechner, Global Leader Infrastructure Investment & Economics, GHD Advisory



Richard leads a team providing strategy, commercial, economic, business case, logistics, policy and transaction services.  He has over 30 years' experience in leadership of infrastructure development, investment and delivery across ports, energy, government, defence, and infrastructure sectors in Australia, NZ, Asia, Pacific, USA, Europe and the Middle East.   He has held senior roles in the private and public sector, and is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, the Australian Institute of Project Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Murray Sherwin, Chair & General Manager, New Zealand Productivity Commission



Murray is an economist with over 35 years’ experience in a diverse range of public policy issues. He has held senior roles with the Reserve Bank, Prime Minister’s Advisory Group, World Bank Board of Executive Directors, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. As Chair of the Productivity Commission since its inception in 2011, he has overseen inquiries into housing affordability, local and central government regulatory practice, access to land for housing and future urban planning frameworks.

Scott Brown, U.S. Ambassador New Zealand & Independent State of Samoa



Ambassador Brown served as a U.S. Senator for the state of Massachusetts for 3 years, where he was known as the most bipartisan member of the Senate. He also has a long history of public service as a Massachusetts state representative and state senator. Ambassador Brown served in the enlisted and officer ranks of the Massachusetts and Maryland National Guard.  He retired as a Colonel after 35 years of service. He also worked as an attorney for Nixon Peabody, LLP in Boston. 

Brian Clayton, Partner Construction & Major Projects, Chapman Tripp



Brian has specialised in projects for over 18 years and was formerly a partner at leading and prestigious US law firm, Shearman & Sterling, where he sat in the Project Development and Finance team.  Brian has extensive experience in construction and major projects both within New Zealand and around the globe in a wide variety of sectors.  Brian has worked on construction projects worth around $100b, including many PPP and project finance deals.  He is recognised as a leading construction and projects lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific 2017.

Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC, Barrister, Harbour Chambers



Sir Geoffrey was the Minister for the Environment in charge of the design and introduction to Parliament of the Resource Management Act 1991 and he has written extensively on the subject in legal periodicals. Sir Geoffrey is a QC and practises as a Barrister in Wellington. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Victoria University Wellington Law School and a Global Affiliated Professor at the University of Iowa.

Richard Palmer, Director of Sustainability ANZ, WSP



Richard’s experience in sustainable design and procurement extends across the full breadth of the built environment: green buildings, sustainable infrastructure, sustainable precincts and future cities. His thought leadership on sustainable investment and assurance of non-financial performance coupled with his design and delivery experience pace him at the forefront of sustainability in the built environment. As a key member in WSP’s Global Future Cities team, Richard is sharply focused on delivering sustainable outcomes at a precinct scale.

Jon Grayson, Deputy Secretary Financial & Commercial, The Treasury



Jon is responsible for Financial Operations, Commercial Operations, and the Infrastructure and Housing Group. Jon has held senior executive roles within the public and private sectors spanning over 25 years. Jon has a strong background in capital markets and investment in major infrastructure assets. Most recently, Jon had responsibility for driving a major public sector reform program as Director-General, Department of the Premier and Cabinet with the Queensland Government.

Sarah Lang, Project Director, Infrastructure New Zealand



Sarah Lang is the Project Director at Infrastructure NZ, New Zealand’s peak infrastructure body. Sarah leads Infrastructure NZ’s advocacy in the social housing, health and education portfolios and is also responsible for strategic partnerships, business development activities and member engagement at Infrastructure NZ. The founder of the Women’s Infrastructure Network in NZ, Sarah has led the growth of the network to over 650 members, spread over three chapters nationwide. 

Raewyn Peart, Policy DirectorEnvironmental Defence Society



With over 20 years professional experience in environmental law and policy, Raewyn currently heads EDS’s environmental policy think-tank group. She has worked as a resource management lawyer and policy adviser to business, government and the not-for-profit sector with a focus on resource management law, landscape protection and coastal-marine management. Raewyn has published numerous books, reports and guidance material on related issues and she currently leads EDS’s project to investigate the possible shape of Resource Law Reform in New Zealand.

Nick Congdon, Deputy General Manager Auckland BranchBank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, UFJ



Nick is responsible for MUFG’s Corporate and Institutional banking activities in New Zealand. He has over 15 years’ experience in corporate finance, in bank and capital markets and has been responsible for leading transactions across the electricity, infrastructure and aviation sectors of the New Zealand market. 

Steven Proctor, Executive Director Public Infrastructure Partners Fund,
HRL Morrison



Steven has been working in the infrastructure and public-private partnership sector since 1995. He has worked as Sponsor (purchasing and bidding infrastructure projects) Lead Arranging Banker (lending into several UK project finance transactions) and as a Financial Advisor (advising both project developers and various governments). Steven is a director of NZ Bus and is Executive Director of HRL Morrison & Co’s Public Infrastructure Partners Funds.

Roger Fairclough, Chair New Zealand Lifelines Council



Roger is a Civil Engineer and Chartered Member of Engineering New Zealand. His career spans government, State Owned Enterprises and the private sector, including design, construction, concept development and government policy. Roger is an internationally recognised expert on infrastructure resilience and currently leads the Strategic Resilience Project across all central government transport agencies. Roger is an independent consultant with Neo Leaf Global Ltd.

John Dalzell, Independent Director, Industrial & Commercial Bank of China



John has been associated with ICBC since the time ICBC (NZ) was established. As the former CEO of Waterfront Auckland Council, he was the first to join the Independent Board of Directors for ICBC. His expertise lies in Leadership, Project Management and Infrastructure. With experience of over 26 years, he has specialized in the field of Infrastructure Projects. John also has one of the key roles in Chinese Railway projects in New Zealand. Through ICBC, John helps in bridging New Zealand and China together through several projects by particularly focusing on China- NZ relationships.

Lynley Hutton, Senior Associate, Advisian



Lynley Hutton has had over 20 years in senior positions in the transport, education and finance sectors.  Her extensive experience in infrastructure investment has led to a particular interest in resilience and sustainable cities.  Lynley is also passionate about learning and capability development, holding various associated research, development and governance roles in relation to this.



Slido Poll Results

Infrastructure Leaders Reject Status Quo

The Building Nations Symposium 2017 brought together infrastructure leaders from across New Zealand to share thinking around best practice in national infrastructure development. Throughout the two day event, delegates were asked to respond to several polling questions, set to test the mood of the room around a range of infrastructure priorities. The results demonstrate an appetite for change in New Zealand, with respondents largely rejecting the status quo in favour of progressive policies. Here are the results.



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