On the Move | February 2019

KiwiBuild continues to build its in-house talent, appointing Joanne Johnson as Senior Development Manager.  Based in the Auckland office, Jo joins the KiwiBuild underwrite team where she will bring her depth of experience working in both development management and finance. 

Jo will be focused on supporting Auckland residential developers with the KiwiBuild “Buy off the Plans” product as part of the Government’s suite of initiatives to deliver better affordable housing outcomes in New Zealand.


Harcourts New Zealand has appointed widely respected industry leader and former CEO Bryan Thomson as its new Managing Director for Harcourts New Zealand.

“We are delighted Bryan has agreed to return to lead our New Zealand business,” says Managing Director of Harcourts International Ltd, Mike Green. 

 “Bryan brings to this position an innate ability to draw exceptional performance from individuals and teams and has a proven track record of success across all sectors of the real estate industry, both nationally and internationally.

In addition, Bryan will also bring his significant governance experience as Board Chair of Property Page (NZ) Ltd, and as a Director of real estate.co.nz and the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand.”

Mr Thomson says, “I am excited to return to Harcourts and to have the opportunity to combine the experience I have gained over a long career in this industry with the talented and committed people who make up this iconic New Zealand Company."

Bryan will also be acquiring a shareholding in the NZ company and will commence his new role in early April 2019.


Architect and interior designer Audrey de Filippis has joined Ignite Architecture's Auckland studio, having previously partnered directly with hotel groups across the US, Europe and New Zealand, including Hilton Worldwide, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Langham Hospitality Group, and Millennium & Copthorne Hotels. Most recently hotel and hospitality lead at Jasmax, Ignite's director of hospitality, Grant Armstrong says “Audrey is not just a designer and architect, she has a very strong business acumen that ensures every concept she creates is backed up with strategic understanding of how it will add value to her client’s operations and bottom line.” 

Meanwhile, Ignite's commercial design team welcomed Céili Murphy as a senior interior designer. Her portfolio includes design of the 2018 winner of the NZIA National Architecture Award for Interior Architecture,  Māori Television’s workplace in East Auckland, a unique project rooted in powerful and collaborative storytelling, including the creation of new pattern languages, assisting the client to commission a new artwork and re-locating site specific art works such as a whakatauki (proverb) that is designed to be read as you progress through the space. 


David Hopkins has been promoted to the position of Project Director in The Building Intelligence Group’s Christchurch office.

David has successfully led a number of key projects in the education and aged care sectors. A highlight was the Rakahuri project for Rangiora High School, which won both a Property Council New Zealand award and a NZ Commercial Project Award in 2018. 

David offers over 18 years’ experience and has a strong background as a Chartered Building Surveyor. His wide sector expertise includes education, commercial, retail, warehousing, retirement, residential and tertiary projects. David has well and truly delivered on the potential we saw in him when he joined us in 2015. We congratulate him on this key promotion and welcome the leadership he will bring to the very strong senior base that we have built in Christchurch.


Holmes Consulting welcomed Tom Halpin, as their new Civils Team Leader. Tom has more than 30 years of experience in Civil Engineering, and will be joining Holmes' Civils Principal, Andrea Jarvis, to guide and support our growing Civils team across New Zealand.

“We’re excited to have another highly-experienced Civils leader onboard—it means we’ll both have more time to really engage with our customers and understand what’s important to them,” says Andrea. “Tom has an extensive background in site development and infrastructure, combined with a real passion for upskilling the next generation of engineers.”


Project Director Mark Hamilton brings 20 years’ experience to The Building Intelligence Group's Auckland team. Previously in an Associate Director role at Jones Lang LaSalle, Mark joins TBIG with exceptional experience and valuable insight into the local Auckland market.

Mark’s personal philosophy of creating enduring partnership platforms is all about building the right teams with the right people to create lasting and trusted partnerships. This approach is underlined by Mark’s wide experience in the industry, he has worked with global leading brands on large scale workplace projects in Australasia, Asia and Europe.


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