Meet The Speakers 

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Trudi Sully

Impact Director 

Construction Innovation Hub 

Trudi Sully is the Impact Director for the Construction Innovation Hub in the UK. Trudi will share her insights and learnings on how industry and government collaboration is driving change in the UK construction sector.  In collaboration with over 300 organisations, industry bodies, policy-makers, practitioners and academics, the UK Construction Innovation Hub is driving innovation throughout construction, addressing the sector's performance and productivity challenges. 

 

With a strong focus on MMC and offsite processes, the tools that the Hub has produced are designed to enable the industry to grow capability and capacity, and to support government client departments to make value-based procurement decisions, aggregate pipeline demand, and confidently adopt a presumption in favour of offsite.

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Barbara Nebel

CEO 

thinkstep-anz

Barbara’s passion is to enable organisations to succeed sustainably. As CEO of thinkstep-anz, a locally owned business, she often describes her job as a translator – translating sustainability into traditional business language. Together with her team she delivers a full range of sustainability services from strategy and materiality assessments through to detailed Carbon Footprinting, Life Cycle Assessments and Cradle to Cradle® projects.

For over 20 years she has worked with organisations in New Zealand, Australia, Asia and Europe. She is the founder of Life Cycle Association New Zealand and initiated the Australasian EPD Programme.

Barbara chaired the New Zealand working group for ISO standards for carbon footprinting, is on the steering group for the Climate Leaders Coalition and is a member of the Technical Advisory Groups of the Science-Based Targets initiative.

Under her leadership, thinkstep-anz become a B Corporation, set an approved science-based target, and became Zero Carbon certified.

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Amelia Burnett

Director

Clementine Consulting

Amelia Burnett provides strategic advisory services to projects and organisations seeking to affect positive change in the built environment sector. She has global experience shaping the change strategies for infrastructure transformation programmes, including the UK’s National Digital Twin, the Centre Digital Built Britain and the Construction Innovation Hub. 

 

In her presentation The Digital Innovation Imperative, Amelia will reflect on the UK's progress driving the digital transformation of its construction and infrastructure sectors, and share insights that can be applied in a New Zealand context.

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Tim Newman

General Manager

Timber Building Systems Pty Ltd

Tim is an established BIM and lean manufacturing expert who has led TBS over the last five years, growing the business from a startup to a significant player in the manufacture of prefabricated buildings. He has been a critical player in building TBS's manufacturing facility in Victoria, Australia, and the company's success overall. 

Tim continues to oversee the successful installation of works across Australia and within New Zealand. He is committed to growing TBS's prominence in the market and securing its recognition as a leader in Australian innovation and design. 

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Judy Zhang

Director Accord Transformation Unit

Construction Sector Accord

Judy leads the programme unit supporting the Construction Sector Accord working across agencies and industry to deliver the system transformation for a higher performing construction sector in New Zealand. Judy is part of the leadership team in the Building System Performance branch in the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment that oversees the design and development of building policy and management of the Building Code.

Judy has a background in strategy, tertiary education, and behavioural economics. Prior to joining MBIE, Judy was at the Tertiary Education Commission and led the design and implementation of their learner information strategy to improve the learner decision making experience for tertiary education in New Zealand.

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Chris Litten

BRANZ

Chris is the General Manager of Research, a position he has had at BRANZ since 2015. Our goal is to deliver evidence based solutions to drive system wide improvements. 

A research chemist by training, Chris has led a number of research groups both in Europe and in New Zealand. The BRANZ role is his first within the building industry - he enjoys the challenge and sees huge potential for research to challenge Aotearoa New Zealand to create a building system that delivers better outcomes for all.

Dave Ross

Manager Offsite Manufacturing

Kāinga Ora

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A Chemical and Materials Engineer by qualification, Dave has worked in the building industry for the last 45 years, with a strong background in manufacturing products for the building and construction sector. While most of Dave’s career has been in the New Zealand market, he has also worked in the USA, Asia Pacific and Australian markets.  Dave joined Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities as Manager Offsite Manufacturing in September 2021, following his passion for housing as a basic human need and a desire to make a difference in the provision of social housing.

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Amanda Nicolle

Director Industry Partnerships

MSD

Amanda is one of New Zealand's leaders in industry sponsorships and partnerships that are results-oriented and beneficial for all parties. A complex relationship management expert and creative thinker, Amanda's background in business allows her to see the big picture, identify and connect with players who can bring it to life with complementary skills, mobilise people with a shared vision, and cultivate networks that make long-term projects succeed.

As Director of Industry Partnerships at the MSD, Amanda currently leads a team that designs and creates initiatives and strategic partnerships with industries and employers with skills and labour shortages. The aim is to create independence through sustainable employment and careers for people across New Zealand.

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John Sneyd

General Manager Building System Performance Branch

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

John leads the Ministry of Building, Innovation and Employment's (MBIE's) Building System Performance branch, which is the government's lead advisor on the building regulatory system, including the New Zealand building code. 

John's team is actively pursuing innovations through the building law reforms which aim to make the building system more efficient, lift the quality of building work, and provide fairer outcomes if things go wrong. Included in these changes is a new certification scheme which will provide an end-to-end compliance pathway for modular components manufactured offsite. The scheme will integrate with the consent process, ensuring robust quality standards for offsite construction, whilst removing duplication of compliance for repeatable manufacturing processes. 

Amy is Manager Building Policy at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The Building Policy Team provides policy advice on building performance and identifies and solves problems in the building and construction sector to support the construction of safe, healthy, durable, better quality buildings. Amy's team also drives the extensive policy work behind the Building Law Reform programme, including the recent changes introducing a new certification scheme to provide an end-to-end compliance pathway for modular components manufactured offsite.

Prior to her current role, Amy spent four years as Director Group Operations for MBIE's Building, Resources and Markets Group.

Amy has held a number of public sector policy and operational roles in building, construction and housing, including as private secretary to the Minister of Housing and Minister of Building and Housing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Victoria University.

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Amy Moorehead

Manager Building Policy

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

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Kieran Ormandy

Industry Manager

Hanga-Aro-Rau

Kieran is the Industry Manager for Manufacturing at Hanga-Ara-Rau, the Workforce Development Council (WDC) for manufacturing, engineering, and logistics. WDCs set the qualifications and standards for industry and work to ensure the vocational education system meets industry needs and gives their industries and employers greater leadership and influence across vocational education.

 

Kieran has worked in vocational education for the last three years; in his previous role at Competenz, he worked alongside industry to develop and set unit standards, including working to develop a new digital skills in manufacturing micro-credential.

 

Prior to coming to the vocational education sector, Kieran worked in several roles primarily in business organisations working for the manufacturing industry. This included working as the lead researcher on the Skills Shift in Manufacturing Project that reported to the future of work commission.

Louise Rutter

Relationship Manager - Construction

Waihanga Ara Rau

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Louise is the Relationship Manager for construction at Waihanga Ara Rau, the Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council (WDC). The role of the WDC is to ensure the vocational education system meets industry needs and give their industries and employers greater leadership and influence across vocational education. 

 

She has a passion for vocational education and has worked in the education sector for the past 18 years. Prior to joining Waihanga Ara Rau Louise was working with the engineering, fire protection and building services sectors, helping them navigate the complexities of the New Zealand vocational education system. This included identifying skills needs and gaps in national training provision.  

 

Before arriving in New Zealand, Louise was involved with the construction sector in the UK, working at Leeds College of Building and the West Midlands Centre for Constructing Excellence. 

Bernie O'Fagan

RM Designs

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RM Designs, founded in Christchurch, is over 23 years old.

RM Designs are seasoned veterans in light commercial design who specialised in tourism and hospitality. They then "accidentally" built a tourist accommodation lodge in Cross Laminated Timber in 2014, at that time NZ's largest mass timber building. 

Working closely with those partners they have completed over 35 projects since, some of these hybrids, all focused on DfMA. RM are partners in an R&D project with Kāinga Ora resulting in a Hybrid Apartment block achieving Homestar 7.

Bernie O'Fagan brings a day-to-day practical knowledge of the application of prefab to construction. Providing a cool head in 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

 David Scobie is the Chief Executive for Spanbild and former BDM for Concision - New Zealand's leading offsite manufacturer. David has worked in the building industry for over 15 years and has extensive knowledge of manufacturing and off-site practices. 

David will share his passion for the offsite sector and showcase Concision's innovative OSM solutions alongside recently completed projects.

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David Scobie

Spanbild (Concision)

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Emma O'Neill

Sustainable Business Network

Emma is a structural engineer at PTL | Structural Consultants, a consultancy specializing in timber design. Originally from Canada, Emma obtained her bachelor’s degree in Structural Engineering from McMaster University, and her Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design from the University of Northern British Columbia. Emma has structural design experience on a wide variety of timber projects across New Zealand and the Pacific Islands including complex single unit and multi-storey, multi-unit residential buildings, and mass timber public and commercial buildings.

Emma has a passion for timber engineering and is driven to find creative solutions to structural challenges. She has worked with clients, architects, and consulting teams to ensure that structural designs are efficient and buildable for both standard construction methods and pre-fabrication. 

Hamish Coubray

Howick

Hamish Coubray, General Manager of Rollforming Services (RFS) and Director of the Howick Group, of which RFS is the product manufacturing arm, is third generation of the family owned business. A mechanical engineer by trade, he has been involved in all aspects of the Howick Group since he was a teen – from machine assembly and manufacture, training, installation and technical support to product development and management.

 

Hamish’s passion for always seeking a better, more efficient way to do something puts him in good stead in the product development of the Telescopic Panel, a ground-breaking infill framing product which expands and contracts to frame any space, manufactured by Howick’s X-TENDA™ 3600.

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Ged Finch

X-Frame

Ged is the Director of XFrame and a current doctoral student at Victoria University of Wellington School of Architecture and Design. Ged's research is interested in the deployment and evaluation of circular building systems, with the aim of reducing the quantity of waste generated by the building sector at the time of design. In 2019 Ged joined with a commercial accelerator based in Adelaide, South Australia in an effort to see circular building technologies be commercialised. Since this time XFrame has successfully closed two fundraising rounds and matured the XFrame technology to a point of market readiness. 

Jason Holding

TLC Modular