Global Speakers


Andrew Booker

GM Business Innovation & Development

Housing New Zealand Corporation

Andrew Booker is the General Manager of Housing New Zealand’s newly formed Business Innovation and Development team.
Andrew first joined Housing New Zealand in 1995 and has held various roles across a number of different business units. He started out as a tenancy manager on the frontline dealing directly with our tenants, led the Crown entity’s contribution to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Programme as well as the cross-agency Emergency Housing Response Team.

Andrew is an active member of Housing New Zealand’s executive team, and brings to the table a vast amount of knowledge and skills.
He was recently appointed to General Manager of the Business Innovation and Development team. He leads a passionate and dynamic team whose purpose is to drive, lead and develop new ideas and leading edge solutions to meet business opportunities and challenges, across the entire spectrum of state and affordable housing provision.

Prior to joining Housing New Zealand, Andrew spent eight years in the New Zealand Army. He brings to Housing New Zealand many of the skills he acquired in service such as a no-nonsense attitude, along with excellent time management and organisational skills.
Andrew credits a lot of his success at Housing New Zealand to the knowledge he has gained throughout his career in different roles, experiencing many facets of the business. He’s a logical thinker, determined to do the right thing for the right reason and holds the customer at the centre of actions.

As a manager, he is able to get the best out of his team with the trusting environment that he creates, his ability to provide learning and development opportunities, and ability to make each of his team feel valued.

Andrew has a reputation of having a great sense of humour, being very approachable and is great at building solid relationships. You will often find him gleaning lots of new knowledge from a range of different people across the business.

When not working his interests are focused on his family especially his beautiful grandchildren who have him wrapped around their fingers. He’s a bit of a keen DIY’er, loves to travel to new places (most recently Borneo), and has a passion for potato chips!


John Mauro

Chief Sustainability Officer

Auckland Council

John Mauro is Auckland Council’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. John and his team provide thought leader-ship, drive strategic direction and champion change to mainstream sustainability and resilience – to make Auck-land better for all forever.

The focus of Auckland Council’s Chief Sustainability Office is threefold: 1) unlocking the potential of Auckland’s low carbon transformation by leading implementation of Auckland’s Low Carbon Auckland action plan, 2) drawing together evidence and a strategic cross-council approach to build climate resilience, and 3) leading by example through business and operational practices – from building portfolio to procurement, from fleets to financing – so all activites deliver smarter sustainability outcomes.

John came to Auckland from Seattle, USA, where he worked in the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and Envi-ronment on local and national climate change policy and then as Policy Director for a transport not-for-profit. John’s eclectic background also includes lecturing environmental science at a university in the USA, guiding trips in the Himalaya, researching climate change in the Arctic and living with and studying shamen in Africa, Asia and South America. John, his academic wife and his kiwi daughter live within short walking and cycling distance of work, home and play in central Auckland.

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Alistair Sawer

Managing Director

TLC Modular


Stuart Marsland


Rothelowman Architects

As a Principal at Rothelowman, Stuart’s role is to constantly push the boundaries in design and detailing, creating cleaner, more efficient, rigorous and elegant solutions on challenging sites.

Stuart’s passion for high quality dense urban design was born out of training at the Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK, just as the city was going through its post-industrial regeneration.

Upon graduation in 1996, Stuart moved to London where he worked for nine years on large commercial and residential projects with clients including the London Underground. Throughout this period Stuart was constantly creating innovative designs and expanding sites that initially appeared to have reached their maximum yield.


Joe Colgan

Senior Project Manager

Octa Associates

Highly experienced client side project manager and director of Closebrook Properties
Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, MICE and registered as an Incorporated Engineer at the Engineering Council UK.

Member of the Chartered Institute of Building, MCIOB, 1997 – 2010

He holds a Diploma in Engineering Management, DipEM and a post graduate certificate in Contract Law from the Institution of Civil Engineers

He has worked in the UK, NZ, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, in senior roles across mixed use developments, major highways, railways works and property developments on projects in excess of $5Bn.

He writes regularly for the on line journal ‘Sourceable’ and has written articles for Middle East Construction News and the Christchurch Property Press.

He is an expert in the use of the collaborative NEC form of contract, pioneering its use in the UK and has structured and implemented web-based collaboration tools on programmes of work and major projects in the UK and Middle East.

Latterly, he has researched the use of modular houses for Closebrook’s developments along with the possible use of prefabricated elements.


Michael James

Managing Director

Origin Fire Consultants Ltd

Michael has a Masters degree in fire engineering from the University of Canterbury. ‘Solving the unsolvable’ is his passion and he believes the process of creative collaboration leads to the best solution.

Beyond work, Michael enjoys business mentoring to help people change their lives. He keeps fit with mountain biking and feeds his creativity by getting busy in the kitchen.

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Jason Cordes

Managing Director

Red Stag Wood Solutions

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Peter Millar

Australasian Business Development Manager

Tonkin + Taylor


Glenn Murdoch

Design Director


Glenn is the Design and Technical Manager at Theca Group, a Christchurch based company with a very simple and compelling belief.

Glenn believes that every person should be able to live, work, play and learn in buildings that provide healthy environments, and he strives to achieve this by using the Passive House Standard as the benchmark for the performance of his buildings.

Not only are Glenn’s buildings extraordinarily comfortable and energy-efficient, they are very well designed. Glenn utilises natural materials, particularly timber, as much as possible and strives to reduce the impact of his buildings.

Glenn has been leading the way with energy-efficiency for the past decade in New Zealand. He has been at the forefront of science-based energy-efficiency since 2006.


Dean Humphries

Managing Director

Origin Fire Consultants Ltd

Dean is a highly respected hotel investment advisor specialising in the disposal, acquisition and valuation of hospitality and tourism assets. Dean provides advice to many institutional and tourism related entities including those noted in the client info tab.

Dean is also actively involved in a range of work in the wider South Pacific basin including; Fiji, Tonga, Samoa & Vanuatu.

Dean joined Colliers International in May 2013 as National Director, Hotels for New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Prior to that Dean was Executive Vice President of Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels & Hospitality Group New Zealand & Queensland with over 25 years’ experience in the wider property industry.

He has also been actively involved in the wider property industry, holding a senior lecturing position at the University of Auckland between 1999 and 2011.


Dr Behzad Nematollahi

Deputy Director-Smart Structures Laboratory

Swinburne University of Technology

Dr. Behzad Nematollahi is an Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure, Swinburne University of Technology (SUT), Australia. He is also the Deputy Director of Smart Structures Laboratory at SUT.

Dr. Nematollahi has received an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) for his 3-year project started in January 2018. The project aims to develop a 3D printable fiber-reinforced Portland cement/geopolymer concrete for construction applications. DECRA is a Fellowship Program for Early Career Researchers as part of ARC National Competitive Grants Program, which is an incredibly competitive process with success rate of 16%.

Dr. Nematollahi received his PhD from SUT under the supervision of Prof. Jay Sanjayan. He received a National Engineering Bursary Award -Highly Commended- from Concrete Institute of Australia in recognition of excellence for his PhD thesis.

Dr. Nematollahi has more than 8 years of research experience in concrete materials technology and mechanical properties testing. He has published considerably in these topics (with an H-index of 12 in Google Scholar). He has also 4 years of industry experience as a structural engineer and construction supervisor.


Tony Sanderson


Stephenson & Turner

With over 30 years’ of mechanical building services design experience, Tony brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. His passion is for innovation, the environment and low energy solutions, and he enjoys new challenges, high standards and attention to detail in his work.

Tony has taught on the University of Otago Energy Studies course for a number of years, and has worked on NZGBC rating tools development. He has also been responsible for a number of biomass installations in Otago, a school with integrated photovoltaic panels and a building using automatically controlled natural ventilation. Tony was also responsible for the design of the ground source heat pump using thermal piles for the Hutt City Council Administration Building.


Dr. John Jing

Technical Director

EQ STRUC Limited

John has extensive knowledge in the field of seismic assessment and retrofit of existing structures. Using the latest nonlinear Performance Based Design (PBD) techniques, he has assessed and retrofitted many significant heritage and high-rise commercial buildings around New Zealand. With a track record of ~14 years from 2004 to date, John has been involved in projects ranging from single-storey residential houses to multi-million dollar new buildings and multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects.

John was also involved in the development of the world’s first Seismic Damage-Resistant System (SDRS) for multi-storey modular buildings – and has assisted with it’s implementation worldwide.


Bernie O’Fagan

Managing Director

RM Designs

RM Designs, founded in Christchurch, is 20 years old.

The main principals are seasoned veterans in light commercial design specializing in tourism and hospitality.

Their resume includes brands such as DB Breweries, NZ Racing Board, Monteith’s Brewing Company and Mawhera Corporation.

Spaces like Terrace Downs Resort, Black Dog Brewery and Rainforest Retreat are celebrated, as is the diverse nature of their clientele.

They “accidentally” built a tourist accommodation lodge in CLT in 2014, at that time NZ’s largest mass timber building

Working closely with their partners they have completed over 30 CLT projects since.

Bernie O’Fagan provides a cool head in co coordinating consultants and directing the company in a dynamic urgent industry.

RM Designs sees itself as a creative hub, with a philosophy of:

No one of us, is as smart as all of us


Andrea Morton

Director Strategic Sourcing & Supplier Management, Finance & Performance

Housing New Zealand Corporation


Jock Hyde

Principal Specialist Building Surveyor

Auckland Council


Johann Betz

Founder/Managing Director, Offsite Design

Johann Betz has a degree in timber structures engineering, design, and prefabrication from Rosenheim University in Germany. He also holds a Masters of Engineering in wood technology focusing on the industrial engineering and optimisation of timber prefab operations.

In New Zealand Johann has worked as structural timber engineer and has advised a number of start-up and established companies on their prefab systems and prefab factory operations.
His unique background combines structural timber engineering and design expertise with practical and theoretical experience on how to successfully prefabricate off-site in a factory.

Johann is Founder and Principal of Offsite Design Ltd, a consultancy providing unique design and engineering services supporting the delivery of residential and commercial timber buildings.


Connal Townsend


Property Council, New Zealand

As Chief Executive of Property Council New Zealand since 2004, Connal Townsend is the industry’s principal advocate for New Zealand’s commercial, industrial, retail, property funds and multi-unit residential property owners. Connal worked for a number of years in the finance sector. He was previously lead consultant to the Housing New Zealand Establishment Board (1991); a regional manager for Housing New Zealand; and a senior consultant with Deloittes specialising in strategic organisational development. He is a member of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Building Advisory Panel. He was a member of the Rules Reduction Taskforce, the Government’s Technical Advisory Group on Resource Management Reforms (RMII -U), and a Founding Member and Chair for nine years of Auckland Council’s CBD Board. Connal is also a Justice of the Peace, a member of the Board of Trustees for Dementia Auckland, and a director of Dementia Auckland Foundation Ltd.


Sam Cadden


Logic Group

Sam has over 30 years of construction experience combined with 20 years Project Management experience.

Sam started his construction career as an apprentice stonemason and upon completion of his apprenticeship he went to University in Nottingham England. He has managed projects in Nottingham, London, Paris, Bermuda and now New Zealand.

He has managed a portfolio of varied projects from large demolition projects and restorations of grade 1 listed buildings to construction of new commercial high rise buildings. Sam brings the belief to all his projects that anything can be achieved when the team is motivated with a common goal.

Recently Sam was the Project Manager on the 231 bedroom hall of residence for the Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin. The building was sustainably built from Cross laminated Timber (CLT), with the design incorporating passive solar design, a high-performance façade, integrated fit-out to reduce waste and a highly efficient ventilation system. Sam completed this project in February 2018, in time for the student intake.


John Gardiner

Managing Director, Building Confidence Ltd | Manager, Determinations & Assurance, MBIE

Building Confidence Ltd

John Gardiner is a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand and Managing Director of Building Confidence Ltd. Building Confidence Ltd is a niche consultancy helping those with obligations under the Building Act and related legislation meet those obligations in a savvy and business smart way.

Clients include:
• product suppliers and the building product support industry such as certification bodies
• importers and local suppliers of manufactured building solutions (PreFab)
• network building owners
• local authorities

Building Confidence also provides consulting services in the area of engineering governance, technical risk management and management systems audit.

Prior to setting up Building Confidence, John was Manager Determinations and Assurance at MBIE. At MBIE he was the decision maker for Determinations under the Building Act, was responsible for building product issues as well as being programme manager for the implementation of the new Earthquake-prone Buildings legislation. Prior to joining MBIE he was Deputy Chief Executive of Engineering New Zealand (then IPENZ).


Will Shaw

Director - Industrial


Will has worked on numerous projects in the public and private sector in NZ, Australia, South East Asia and UK. He brings a broad range of knowledge and experience in construction fields not limited to hospitality, retail, exhibition, commercial fit-outs and film & theatre set-building and design.

With refined leadership and team development skills, Will drives ambitious project deadlines while maintaining dedicated client focus and communication. Fastidious attention to detail, thorough quality control and H&S measures, ensure the best results are always accomplished.

Will is passionate about creative spaces, forward thinking design and all things that challenge the future of how we live, work and play.
When managing a team of contractors, he draws on his naturally inclusive and non-conflict leadership style. That, combined with his strong preference for guiding people rather than micro-managing them, results in a team that is self-motivated to achieve exceptional outcomes.

This is greatly assisted by the open, transparent communication Will employs with on-site staff, clients and all other stakeholders during informal liaisons and at the regular scheduled meetings he organises and runs. His ability to undertake an up-to-date analysis of a project at any given time is a direct result of his focus on frequent communication and regular on-site visits.

Will’s many years of working with products in the commercial interior sector provide him with deep information regarding products, technical terminology and systems and contribute significantly to his ability to speak with knowledge and intelligence when liaising with contractors and clients.

Other features of Will’s project management skills include strong problem solving, pricing, and the financial management of each project. He is also adept at preparing Work Programmes and at ensuring contractors and all other on-site staff strictly adhere to the Health and Safety Plan.

Articulate, methodical, results-driven and highly skilled at building strong client relationships, Will leaves no stone unturned. His keen eye for detail and natural aptitude for working to systematic methodologies ensure that projects meet all contractual requirements and are delivered on time and to budget.


Andrew Eagles

Chief Executive

New Zealand Green Building Council

Andrew is a qualified economist with more than fourteen years’ experience in the built environment. Working for consultancies, associations, government and built environment charities, he has a wealth of knowledge in housing, market mechanism, advocacy and the construction supply chain.

Andrew joined the New Zealand Green Building Council in September 2016 as Chief Executive. The NZGBC is the country’s leading not-for-profit for the sustainable built environment. As well as exemplary research, the NZGBC oversees Homestar and Green Star the award winning certifications for New Zealand homes and buildings, and NABERSNZ, the tool for confirming performance of offices in use.


Dr Ruggiero Lovreglio

Construction Lecturer & Specialist in BIM, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality for Construction

Massey University

Dr Ruggiero (Rino) Lovreglio is a lecturer in Construction at Massey University teaching BIM, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality for Construction. His main research focus is on how people behave during emergencies such as building fires, bush fires and earthquakes. Collecting and analyzing behavioral data, he has developed several evacuee decision-making models showing the impact of how environmental and social factors affect human decisions. He is also an expert on Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. He has used those tools to investigate human behaviour as well as training people. Dr Lovreglio has published 17 journal papers and more than 20 conference contributions on Evacuation Modelling and Human Behaviour in Disasters. He is a member of the editorial board of Fire Technology journal and Safety Science and web editor for Fire Technology and International Association for Fire Safety Science. Dr Lovreglio has been working for and visiting many universities and institutions such as MIT (US), Lund University (Sweden), Edinburgh Napier University (UK), Auckland University (NZ) and NIST (US).


Jeff Tufnell

NZ Operational Excellence Manager

Fletcher Steel

Jeff is a mechanical engineer with post graduate qualifications in organizational development. He has over 20 years’ experience in implementing continuous improvement and lean.  Currently employed by Fletcher Steel as OpEx Improvement Manager. Jeff has a Lean consulting background and has implemented Lean and Operational Excellence at; Fletcher Building, CHHWP, Pacific Steel, Boral, PPG, JNL, Rheem, GreenMount Espies, Sealy NZ, Fonterra, Lion, DB, TWE and numerous small to medium enterprises.


Phil Nevell

Chief Executive

New Zealand Structural Insulated Panels

Phil Nevell is CEO of NZSIP, manufacturers of the Smart Building System – Structured Insulated Panels.
NZSIP is a privately held company providing efficiencies in thermal performance, build time and safety. Phil comes to the prefabrication industry with a background in finance and procurement holding roles within both the private and public sectors.
Phil is a practical thinker driven by a desire to see improved productivity in NZ through advanced manufacturing and building solutions that provide improved sustainable housing.