On the Move | March 2019

Leading global law firm DLA Piper is expanding its real estate offering by adding to its Real Estate team leading commercial property lawyer Davida Dunphy.

Davida has advised on some of the largest and most transformational projects both in New Zealand and the UK from initial strategy through the entire life cycle. Davida has been General Counsel (Precinct Properties) and at the top table for some of the biggest commercial property deals in New Zealand. 

Buchan have appointed Rhys Maxwell as a Senior Architect and Associate in their Christchurch studio.

Rhys arrives fresh off the plane from Buchan's Brisbane studio, where he worked for six years. Prior to that he spent several years in the UK, where he gained international experience working on retail, residential and mixed use projects.


Three highly talented people have been appointed independent directors at the leading New Zealand-owned professional engineering and design consultancy, Harrison Grierson. The new directors are Jo Brosnahan, a respected chair and board director;   Lauren Salisbury, an international specialist in emerging technology innovation and digital transformation; and Renata Blair, an expert in Te Ao Maori and governance, with extensive commercial business experience.

Jo Brosnahan is a well-known and highly regarded Chair and Board Director.   She is currently Chair of Northpower Fibre and of Maritime New Zealand, a member of the Auckland Museum board and Principal of Leaders for the Future.   She is the founding Chair of the Taitokerau Education Trust in Northland. A former Chair of Landcare Research, a director of Housing New Zealand Corporation and HLC, Jo has also been CEO of the Northland Regional Council and of the Auckland Regional Council.   Jo is an Advisory Trustee of Leadership New Zealand, which she founded and chaired for more than a decade.  She is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, of which she was national President. 

Renata Blair is of Ngāti Whātua and Tainui descent with governance experience on the Ngāti Whātua Orākei Trust, Eden Park Trust and the Independent Māori Statutory Board (IMSB).  He has extensive commercial experience through his company Strategic Pathways, which was involved in the 2011 Rugby World Cup and the America’s Cup and through his governance roles and senior leadership roles within his tribe. Renata is a member of the Institute of Directors.   His specialist expertise is Te Ao Maori, leadership, business development and project management.

Lauren Salisbury is a digital transformation specialist and has been at the forefront of technology innovation in North America, Europe, the United Kingdom and Australia, returning to New Zealand in 2018 after a successful 19-year international career. A digital executive and investor, Lauren has worked with an extensive range of offshore start-up businesses and established multinational organisations on strategies to realise their growth potential with emerging technologies including artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things.  Lauren is a member of the Institute of Directors. 

WSP Opus have made a key appointment to drive their property and buildings sector with the addition of Neil Barr to the New Zealand Leadership Team as Director – Property and Buildings. 

“Neil is a transformational leader and the sort of driving force that defines what the WSP Opus brand stands for in the market,” says Ian Blair, WSP Opus Managing Director.

Barr is passionate about human-centred design and sees it as the most crucial aspect of planning for a built environment. 

“Creating memorable experiences for the clients of our clients is what will define success in the future. Ultimately, it’s not what the thing looks like, it’s about the experience it gives the user and you can’t cut corners with that.” 

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