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Infrastructure New Zealand Board Members

Margaret Devlin (Chair)

Professional Director

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Margaret is the Chair of Infrastructure New Zealand, having been elected at the 2021 AGM.

Margaret has been an active member on the Board for a number of years and is a professional company director, working primarily in the infrastructure and service sector.

She is currently Chair of Watercare, Harrison Grierson and Chair Elect of the Lyttleton Port Company.

Margaret is also a director of Aurora Energy, Hamilton Airport, Met-Service and IT Partners Group. She is a Councillor of both Waikato University and WINTEC and is a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Board.

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Rory Bishop

Alta Consulting Ltd
 

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Rory is an owning Partner at Alta Consulting and has worked in the infrastructure sector for more than 20 years, involved in the delivery of major projects in New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific and the UK, including railways, pipelines, tunnels and marine works.

He is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist with the Institution of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and Institute of Civil Engineers UK.

Rory was a past Chair of the Australasian Tunnelling Society NZ Branch and held a seat on the Worksafe Mining Board of Examiners, providing broader industry governance and regulatory insight.

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Phil Gurnsey

New Zealand Defence Force

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Phil is General Manager Estate Strategy with the New Zealand Defence Force responsible for estate and infrastructure strategy, investment, planning, strategic asset management, the real estate footprint and workforce culture. Phil’s group leads the development of the Defence Estate Regeneration Programme, a $1.7 billion recapitalisation of the Defence Estate, and has substantial programmes for Defence housing and modernisation of camp and base accommodation, messing and dining.

Trained as a planner, Phil has more than 25 years’ experience in central and local government and consulting, including as a manager coordinating the NZ government climate change programme, instigating Resource Management Act reforms, leading town centre redevelopments, and developing infrastructure business cases.

Phil has previously been on the board of the Wellington Conservation Board, was member of the National Committee for the Resource Management Law Association and was for three years Private Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Climate Change Issues.

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Grant Hodges

 

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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. In New Zealand, Grant has advised on major infrastructure business cases and procurements including the Auckland Prison and the Prison Capacity Programme for the Department of Corrections, and the current Hospitality Accommodation, Messing and Dining Modernisation Programme for the New Zealand Defence Force. He also led the successful consortium bidding on the Wiri Prison Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and has advised on the Christchurch Convention Centre procurement.

Overseas, Grant has advised on a number of housing transfers and regeneration programmes. He had a key role developing and building upon the standard UK PPP model to create new and innovative delivery and related funding structures that helped leverage private sector capital alongside government funds.

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Graham Mitchell

Crown Infrastructure Partners

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In Graham’s current role as CEO of Crown Infrastructure, he is responsible for delivery of the successful Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Ultra-Fast Broadband rollout, the continuation of various telecommunication infrastructure initiatives, oversight, and delivery of the COVID-19 $3b Shovel Ready Infrastructure, the Three Waters Reform Infrastructure funding of local Government and Infrastructure Funding and Financing of local government infrastructure programmes.

Graham has a comprehensive understanding of the infrastructure sector, the importance of infrastructure in adding economic value, infrastructure delivery, contracting and financing, and a solid grasp of risks and engineering concepts across the key infrastructure sectors. He has worked with Government over 10 years on infrastructure initiatives gaining insights into central Government drivers.

Having operated the Australian and United States, Graham also brings an international perspective and is focused on delivering infrastructure that benefits New Zealanders now and into the future.

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Ian Purdy

Accident Compensation Corporation

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Ian is the Head of Direct Property and Infrastructure Investment for the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). He has been responsible for ACC’s property and infrastructure investments for more than a decade, which in that time have grown from $50 million to over $1.2b. He has negotiated and structured the purchase of some $1.2b of assets for ACC, employing a number of different transaction structures across a wide range of property and infrastructure assets in both the public and private markets.

Ian has led ACC’s Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) team through three successful PPP bids. Ian has also structured a number of innovated transactions in the property space. Prior to working at ACC, Ian worked in the equity research team at UBS, where he focused on researching companies listed on the New Zealand share market in the transport, infrastructure and property sectors.

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Tracey Ryan

Aurecon
 

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Tracey is the New Zealand Managing Director for international engineering, design and advisory company Aurecon, responsible for the leadership and performance of about 850 people across five locations. This includes health and safety, client engagement, staff engagement and project, financial and operational performance to meet Aurecon’s strategic and operational business goals for New Zealand.

Tracey’s career to date has been focused on business growth, leading enterprise-wide multi-disciplinary teams and creating inclusive and engaged cultures. She has held senior leadership roles and directorships in several global professional services companies, including Beca, where she was the Transport and Infrastructure Clients and Markets Director, EY where she was Director for Sustainability and Climate Change, and ERM, where she was Managing Partner. She has also undertaken leadership positions with not-for-profit foundations providing technical, fundraising and pro-bono support for social enterprises committed to creating a more sustainable and equitable world. Tracey’s technical STEM background and 25 years’ international professional services experience makes her incredibly passionate about getting more young women and girls to choose STEM careers.

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Katrina Van Houtte

Dentons Kensington Swan

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Katrina is a Partner in Dentons’ Construction and Major Projects team and advises clients across the wider infrastructure sector. Before that she was one of Fletcher Building’s senior legal counsel, where she advised all Fletcher Construction business units and was closely involved in supporting the Building and Interiors business through significant challenges, including sitting on its Senior Leadership Team during the recovery phase. She was a member of the project governance teams for some of Fletcher Building’s most significant projects.

Katrina is a leader in the infrastructure and legal communities, having worked as an inhouse lawyer and external adviser on some of the most challenging projects in the sector. She has a deep understanding of the whole industry and what drives good outcomes on projects, as well as insight into the structural problems in the way major projects are procured in NZ. She believes those problems are holding NZ back from delivering world class infrastructure. She enjoys engaging in thought leadership about contentious issues, such as the role of the Engineer to the Contract and provisions in NZS3910 that need improvement.

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Karen West

Karen West

Harrison Grierson

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Karen West is the General Manager – People and Communications at engineering and design consultancy Harrison Grierson, with dual responsibility for people, culture and marketing. She is a highly experienced senior infrastructure executive with global experience in marketing, brand, communications and client relationships.

In 2017 Karen became the first non-engineering executive director to be appointed to the Harrison Grierson Board, reflecting Karen’s abilities, particularly in strategic planning and leadership. Karen has played a major role in the company’s transformation over recent years, leading the focus on clients and service delivery, including a culture change to people-directed values and practices.

Karen is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors.

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