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Meet the Speakers

Gerry McCaughey

Gerry McCaughey is Chief Executive Officer of Offsite Tek, LLC, a C-level advisory firm providing services to builders, construction materials manufacturers, and other allied companies seeking to capitalize on the transition to offsite construction. 

An internationally respected authority on offsite construction, McCaughey has dedicated his career to helping builders on four continents maximize efficiency and boost profitability. He was named “Industry Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst and Young and “Manufacturer of the Year” by the National Association of Home Builders.  

An influential force in Europe’s transition to offsite construction, McCaughey was Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Century Homes in Ireland, and later named Chief Executive of Kingspan Century following the $100 million acquisition of Century by the European building materials giant Kingspan Group Plc. By focusing on fully automating the construction process with integrated technologies, McCaughey propelled Century from a small start-up operation of four employees into Europe’s largest offsite construction manufacturing company. At the time of its sale to Kingspan, Century had 650 employees working at five factories and producing 8,000 units annually for Europe and Asia. 


In late 2016, he founded Entekra with key members of Century Home’s management team to transform the way houses are framed in the United States with its Fully Integrated Off-Site Solution (FIOSSTM). Under his leadership, the company made significant inroads deploying FIOSS, and by 2019 was working or in discussions with many of the nation’s premier home builders.  

This presentation will discuss current challenges facing the construction industry, with a focus on offsite manufacturing playing a larger part of the solution. Offsite Tek CEO Gerry McCaughey, who has advised builders on four continents and founded and grew Ireland’s Century Homes into Europe’s largest producer of offsite built structures, will discuss the similarities and differences between the Irish and New Zealand markets and share lessons that can be learned from previous offsite ventures around the world.


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Volumetric Building Companies

Vaughan Buckley

Vaughan Buckley is a global business leader, sought after speaker, and entrepreneur Vaughan founded Volumetric Building Companies in 2009 and has led its expansion into a global powerhouse in the industrialized construction industry over the past 14 years. More than $2B in projects have been constructed utilizing modules designed, manufactured or assembled under Vaughan’s direction. Vaughan recently led the team at Volumetric Building Companies through a series of successful acquisitions including a substantial portion of Katerra’s global assets, acquisition of the Polcom Group in Europe & the UK, and the purchase of the former Deluxe
Modular factory in Berwick, Pennsylvania – creating one of the largest, vertically integrated volumetric construction technology companies in the world.

Alex Jonovski

Alex Jonovski serves as the CEO of Demain, a consortium that leverages its contractor and design professional members to deliver industrialized construction. Backed by the network of member companies, Alex advances the owner experience by providing a seamless project delivery and leveraging data across the entire building life cycle. A licensed mechanical engineer, Jonovski previously served as principal and vice president of strategic growth at KLH Engineers. He is a frequent guest speaker on integrated delivery models and leveraging data across the design and construction value stream. 



This discussion will feature a case study of Demain – a consortium created to provide industrialized construction. Participants will learn about the progress and challenges Demain has encountered with its unique business model and discover new insights that will help inform their own workflows. Prior to opening for questions, the session will conclude with thoughts on where the industry may be headed next.



Peter Wilder

Landscape Architect

Boffa Miskell

Peter Wilder

Peter Wilder is a landscape architect and Principal of Boffa Miskell Ltd, a member of the NZGBC Expert Reference Panel and a Building Research Establishment (UK) Associate. He has previously run practices in London focused on the integration of design and construction technology into building solutions. He has designed 7 construction innovation centers in UK, China, Brazil, USA and Canada and was a technical consultant on the delivery of the London 2012 Athletes Village (now East Village). He lectures worldwide on construction innovation at Auckland University, UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, University of Greenwich and Oxford Brookes University and provides consultancy on the process and mechanisms for integrating innovation into manufactured systems.


Leah Singer

Leah Singer is Head of Design, ESG and Systems at modular-development start-up Dialog Property (NZ) Ltd, or DPNZ.


Originally from Northern Ireland, Leah holds a Bachelor degree in Architecture from the University of Sheffield and an MBA from the University of Otago, and has studied Innovation under global leaders at Vienna University of Economics and Business. Her introduction to offsite was within the oil & gas industry in the early 2000s. Prior to joining DPNZ Leah ran her own consultancy where she accumulated rich and varied experience across complex projects, non-traditional contracting models, and progressive, innovation focused workstreams.


In addition to hands-on project delivery, Leah has a proven track record in industry leadership. She is a past Chair of OffsiteNZ and the author of high-impact industry whitepapers - her 2018 report ‘Creating Value through Procurement’ influenced the formation of the New Zealand Construction Accord, while her most recent report into supply-chain risk was covered by the Australian Financial Review. This heavily focused on the increasing influence of environmental, social and governance [ESG] factors on the industry. In conjunction, Leah was invited to participate in the Parliament of Australia’s public inquiry into government procurement practices.


A passionate advocate for positive change across all aspects of construction, Leah has long championed for value to be measured beyond the traditional metric of productivity. It is through the ESG lens that Leah will present on modular construction and the initiatives DPNZ are taking in this space.

Head of Design, ESG and Systems

Dialog Property (NZ) Ltd


Head of Delivery


Michael Lisowski

Michael has over 20 years of experience in the design and construction industry, primarily in New York City. In 2001, he started Otte Architecture and by 2009, transitioned it into a design and build company employing over 65 trades-people. In addition to his experience in architecture, engineering and construction in the big apple, Michael also upstarted a joinery fabrication workshop where he learned lean principles for manufacturing and the benefits of off-site manufacturing utilizing CNC machinery and S2M software.

During this time of working within several disciplines, Michael gained an understanding of Offsite Manufacturing and lean principles and how they can be applied to the construction industry. He
learned how to optimize processes, eliminate waste, and improve efficiency in a project's manufacturing and construction phases.

Michael's experience has proven valuable in his design and construction work. He has applied years of work in architectural detailing, understood the complexities of construction in the field, and developed an understanding of manufacturing tenets. His passion now lies in creating seamless transitions between all three disciplines and breaking ground with the possibilities of Off-Site Manufacturing and DfMA to drive a large pipeline of projects more efficiently.

As the Head of Delivery at Metlifecare, Michael is responsible for the design and construction
roughly $1.5 billion of all new development. The challenge to deliver a large pipeline of projects in
an era where costs are continually rising, programmes are expanding, and labour is increasingly
scarce in New Zealand, Michael has focused Metlifecare to employ OSM and DfMA-backed solutions.


Johann Betz

Johann Betz is Founder and Director of Offsite Design Ltd (, a consultancy supporting the design, manufacture, and construction of prefabricated timber buildings. From small residential family home to multi-storey engineered commercial structures, across all timber systems.

Johann has a degree in prefabrication, timber engineering, and building sciences aimed at the German prefab housing industry. He also holds a Masters of Engineering in Wood Technology focusing on off-site manufacturing operations. His unique background combines expertise from timber engineering, manufacturing, and building sciences fields.

In New Zealand Johann has served numerous companies, from start-ups to some of the largest prefabricators and mass timber contractors.

Offsite Design has led the development of the CAD/CAM front end for one of the largest and most automated prefab factories in this part of the world.

More recently Offsite has been working with contractors and builders to coordinate their mass timber projects, optimise install, and produce machine-readable fabrication models for the factory.

Johann is a founding member of OffsiteNZ (formerly PrefabNZ) and currently serving a term as Board Member of the organisation.



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James Griffin

James leads SBN’s work to accelerate the circular economy in New Zealand. He has extensive commercial experience, having worked in large corporates and owned his own business. His business sustainability journey started many years ago via the coffee industry where he was involved in Fair Trade. 

General Manager Projects & Advisory

Sustainable Business Network

Andre Heller & Ricky Frost

André Heller and Ricky Frost are from Flexi House, a panelised housing system designed for mass customisation. Flexi's prototype build in 2022 serves as proof-of-concept of their innovative offsite model.


Flexi House founder André Heller saw an opportunity for innovation in the New Zealand housing market by challenging the way our country builds houses. Drawing from his experience in Product Design and Platform Design for Manufacture and Assembly (P-DfMA), principles that are common in European construction, Flexi has developed a system of standardised and repeatable building components designed to ease many of the problems faced by construction and housing in Aotearoa.


Ricky Frost is an architectural graduate of VUW with a passion for Modern Methods of Construction. He completed his Master's thesis in 2021, conducting research on robotic fabrication for carbon-negative construction. Ricky's enthusiasm for innovation and sustainability has driven his academic and professional pursuits. At Flexi House, he has gained valuable experience and knowledge in architectural design, project management and construction documentation. He was instrumental in producing drawings required for the offsite manufacture of the first Flexi House.

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Flexi House

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Martin Fenn

Martin Fenn, Director of Integration at PT Blink, a dynamic tech start-up in Australia and the US, also serves as the influential MMC Lead for the CIOB Oceania. With over two decades of invaluable expertise in the construction industry across the UK, New Zealand, and Australia, Martin's transition from blue collar to white collar brings a unique perspective. He drives client value through smart procurement, robust supply chain establishment, and strategic advancements in construction processes. His passion lies in enhancing our industry by fostering knowledge sharing and meaningful professional connections.

Director, Integration

PT Blink


Sam Stubbs

Sam Stubbs is the CEO of Simplicity. Prior to this, he was the CEO Of Tower Investments, a KiwiSaver default provider. Before that he was Managing Director of Hanover Group, and spent 10 years working for Goldman Sachs in London and Hong Kong. He previously worked for Natwest Markets, Fay, Richwhite and IBM New Zealand.

He has been a Board Member of the Financial Services Council, and a member of the Government Taskforce on Financial Services.

Sam has an MA (Hons) from the University of Auckland.

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Managing Director

Simplicity (NZ) Ltd

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Daiman Otto

Daiman Otto has expertise in timber/mass timber systems, from nano-scale minimal waste DIY structures through to multi-level MassTimber residential buildings (CLT, GLT, LVL).

Demonstrated through design, exhibition, physical prototyping, pilot and market projects over 9 years, 18 years overall experience, and focused on affordability and accessibility. Daiman has in-depth experience in offsite manufacturing, DfMA, product and assembly strategy, management & governance.

Head of Product



Antony Pelosi

Dr Pelosi is a general specialist who has an impressive ability to identify critical issues and represent a positive change through a holistic sustainable design led approach. His passion is designing in a manner aimed at improving the wellbeing of how people live, by investigating innovative techniques and methods of designing.


He is a director of AMPD research lab, advanced manufacture and prototyping for design. His design-led research practice draws on multiple information systems and design processes significant to interior architecture, architecture, and improving construction quality.



Innovation Workshop NZ

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Group Manager Precision Agriculture Sciences

Armin Werner

Armin has a background in agronomy, crop modeling and sustainable development of land use. He gained his PhD at the University of Bonn and worked as Postdoc at Michigan State University. Prior to joining Lincoln Agritech, Dr Armin Werner was the Director of the Institute of Land Use Systems (ZALF) in Germany for a number of years.


Armin specialises in novel agricultural production systems with a strong focus on precision agriculture (PA); exploring the economic and environmental as well as managerial impacts of new technologies for primary industries and land use. His work has led him to create strong linkages and collaboration projects between various scientific disciplines and sectors including academic institutions, researchers and farmers.

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Bryce Glover

Bryce Glover is the National Sales and Marketing Manager at HouseMe, with 15 years of Sales Management experience, and an extensive track record in high-performance, high-growth environments.

He joined HouseMe in April 2018, intending to scale up and grow the brand successfully. With qualifications in two separate trades, the building and construction sector has always been a natural fit.

At HouseMe, Bryce is responsible for creating opportunities that significantly increase revenue.

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National Sales & Marketing Manager


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Andrew Moore

Andrew brings to CMP Construction over 35 years of experience in the construction industry sector after beginning his career as a quantity surveyor in the 1980s. Prior to joining CMP, Andrew excelled in commercial management of large-scale projects with Hawkins Construction and Mainzeal Construction. He also directed his own company, Vision Interiors, which was recognised in the Deloitte’s Fast 50 awards in 2007 and 2011. It's Andrew's responsibility to ensure that CMP Construction has robust contracts and that solid relationships are nurtured and maintained with CMP’s consultants, developers, banks, staff, sub-contractors and suppliers. He is the driving force behind CMP projects achieving a successful completion.

Commercial Manager

CMP Construction


Craig Kellington

Craig Kellington is the Managing Director at Smart Solution Homes, a company designing, building and installing pre-finished homes throughout the upper North Island. 

After 10 years in the renovation industry, and with growing media talk about the need to build more houses, coupled with a real lack of skilled labour to select from, Craig's vision was to work smarter, not harder, and, in early 2017, the concept of Smart Solution Homes was born.

Originally from Scotland, Craig is a fully qualified carpenter/builder. He ran a successful renovation business for 8 years which was sold to put full effort into Smart Solution Homes. 

Craig is focused on cost-effectiveness, sustainability, affordable housing and social development projects. 


Managing Director

Smart Solution Homes

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Nico Patchay

Nico is a building compliance expert with a unique perspective gained from his experience in both design and compliance. He holds an Architectural Technologist qualification and has earned commercial and residential New Zealand assessor competency and is a recognized speaker at conferences and events, sharing his insights with industry professionals and advocates for modular construction. Nico is a member of the Architectural Designers New Zealand and the New Zealand Green Building Council. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, following motorsport and exploring architecture.

Technical Manager

Niche Modular


Jane Henley

Jane is on a mission to improve the performance of the building and construction sector.

She has been a pioneer in driving system transformation across the sector for the past 15 years.


She has spent the last 10 years working internationally across sustainability, innovation, and impact investment. Since returning to Aotearoa she has led the Off Site Manufacturing (OSM) Strategy with KiāngaOra and developed a Cross Government Agency Collaboration on OSM.

Innovation and creativity are essential in finding ways to improve our systems and supersede outdated modes of operating. Jane is an expert facilitator and embraces neuroscience and cutting-edge methods to tap into our human potential.


Transformation Lead - Innovation

Construction Sector Accord

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Principal Specialist Building Surveyor

Auckland Council

Jock Hyde

Jock started his career in the New Zealand construction sector in the Hawkes Bay, serving his apprenticeship as a carpenter.

This led to establishing his own construction firm in 2000 that was involved in commercial and residential construction, becoming a member of the New Zealand Master Builders Federation and building award winning residential work.

An opportunity arose in late 2006 to become involved in building control, and as someone who always wanted to understand the ‘why’ before the ‘how’ we do things, Jock took up a position as a building inspector, going on to attain the National Diploma in Building Surveying as well as moving to Auckland to further his career.

In the past 12 years Jock has overseen all building consent authority functions of a Building Consent Authority, as well as those run by the larger Territorial Authority that relate to compliance of buildings in other aspects.

Moving to Auckland has seen Jock become the Principal Specialist for the Auckland Region for the inspections side of the Building Consent Authority, contributing to the business unit and community to help ensure that we achieve the purpose and goals of the Building Act 2004 for all buildings from residential to complex high-rise construction.

Jock is heavily involved in the set up and planning around the building consent process for off-site modular construction of all types, as well as advising domestic and international applicants on the options for them with offshore modular construction in the Auckland and New Zealand work space.

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Amanda Nicolle

As Director of Industry Partnerships at the Ministry of Social Development, Amanda Nicolle currently leads a team that works on initiatives and strategic partnerships with industries and employers with skills and labour shortages. These relationships are used to identify the skills employers need from new employees and how programmes and services can be tailored to meet the specific requirements of their partners. The aim is to create independence through sustainable employment and careers for people across New Zealand.


Amada is a complex relationship management expert and creative thinker. And her diverse professional background in some of our most challenging and volatile industries – from fashion to racing, to now working with businesses and organisations to improve the opportunities and life outcomes for people disadvantaged in the labour market – and history with organisations of all sizes, from NGOs to SMEs, large corporates and the public sector, has given her a cross-sectional perspective and an ability to create sustainable partnerships that are tailored to the needs and objectives of each party.

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Director of Industry Partnerships

Ministry of Social Development

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Manager Building Policy


Amy Moorhead

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.


Dave Ross

Dave joined Kāinga Ora as Manager - Offsite Manufacturing in September 2021, after 45 years in the building industry.


While most of this time has been in the New Zealand market, he has also worked in the US, Asia Pacific and Australian markets.


A Chemical & Materials Engineer by qualification, he has a strong background in manufacturing products for the building and construction industry.


He joined Kāinga Ora with a desire to make a difference and a passion for housing as a basic human need. Dave joined Kāinga Ora as Manager - Offsite Manufacturing in September 2021, after 45 years in the building industry.


While most of this time has been in the New Zealand market, he has also worked in the US, Asia Pacific and Australian markets.


A Chemical & Materials Engineer by qualification, he has a strong background in manufacturing products for the building and construction industry.


He joined Kāinga Ora with a desire to make a difference and a passion for housing as a basic human need.

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Manager - Offsite Manufacturing

Kāinga Ora

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Technical Director


Glenn Jowett

Glenn is a Technical Director and the national lead for Digital Engineering Advisory at Beca. As an ISO 19650-2 Certified Professional, and the person responsible for leading Beca’s ISO 19650 certification in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, Glenn has a deep appreciation for the benefits of BIM and how those benefits translate to specific client requirements. Widely recognised as a thought leader in the BIM community, he regularly speaks at conferences in New Zealand and Australia, as well as writing articles for various industry publications. He is co-author of the 2014, 2016 and 2019 versions of the NZ BIM Handbook and a member of the BIMinNZ Steering Group. 


Building Information Modelling and its application to offsite manufacturing 

Glenn will give a presentation on the value of BIM in the construction sector, emerging themes and use cases, and how BIM can enable efficiencies in offsite manufacturing and assembly. 

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Kāinga Ora

Manager - Offsite Manufacturing

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Amanda Macauley is Principal Advisor, Building System Performance at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The Building System Performance branch provides policy and technical advice on New Zealand’s building system, and implements fit-for-purpose, performance-based building legislation and regulations to meet New Zealand’s current and future needs.


Amanda is part of the team that developed the BuiltReady modular component manufacturer scheme rules, and associated guidance, and was also responsible for the implementation of the revised CodeMark product certification scheme late last year.


She received her PhD from the University of Canterbury.

Amanda Macauley

Principal Advisor, Building Systems Performance 



Senior Regulatory Specialist

Building System Assurance 


Sophie Cunningham

Sophie Cunningham is a Senior Regulatory Specialist in the Building System Assurance team at MBIE. The Building System Assurance team is responsible for the administration and monitoring of a number of functions and schemes under the Building Act, including BuiltReady, CodeMark and MultiProof.

Sophie's predominant focus in BSA is managing the CodeMark scheme and implementing the new BuiltReady scheme. Sophie's background is in regulation and has been working in this space in BSA for over 2 years.

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