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!
Chief Sustainability Officer
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.
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.
ICB NZ Limited
Engineering Services Manager
Fletcher Construction Company
Surbana Jurong, Singapore
Senior Project Manager
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.
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.
Jason Cordes (invited)
Red Stag Wood Solutions
Australasian Business Development Manager
Tonkin + Taylor
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.
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.
James leads the residential design team at Jasmax, and has over 19 years’ experience working as an Architect in NZ, the UK and Australia. Having worked on a broad range of project types he has extensive experience in the residential, commercial and tertiary education sectors. He joined Jasmax in 2011 after 9 years working in Melbourne where he was primarily involved in the design and delivery of medium and high density multi-residential buildings and university teaching buildings.
James has a keen interest in sustainability, with experience in Greenstar and Living Building Challenge projects. He is also the NZIA representative on the Timber Design Society and plays a key role in promoting the increased use of engineered timber in New Zealand.
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.
Head of Procurement Finance & Performance
Housing New Zealand Corporation
Director Construction Management Programme
University of Canterbury