On the Move | November 2020

‘Sustainability the focus’ as Mayurie Gunatilaka leads Arup New Zealand

Highly respected infrastructure and urban planning leader Mayurie Gunatilaka has been appointed to head the New Zealand business of global design and engineering consultancy Arup.

With a career in NZ Regional and Central Government and the ANZ consulting sector, Mayurie is described as a ‘strategic, collaborative and experienced leader’ by the Chair of Arup’s Australasia Region, Peter Chamley.

“Mayurie shares Arup’s vision and passion for creating sustainable solutions for our clients and communities. She joins us at an exciting time – we are working on several significant projects such as Auckland’s Central Interceptor and City Rail Link,” Peter said.  

Mayurie comes to Arup from Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) where she led teams responsible for long-term strategic transport planning and the national spatial and urban development programs for land transport.  Her key projects included the Arataki Waka Kotahi (NZTA) Ten Year Plan, 2020 Transport Economic Stimulus Program and Cross Government Housing and Transport Spatial Planning Program.

Previously, she held leadership roles at MWH Global (now part of STANTEC) including ANZ General Manager Urban Planning and Environmental Services.


Jacobs Welcomes Eva Wood Back to Australia Business

After moving from Brisbane to Seattle to lead Jacobs’ People & Places Solutions operations in Northwest USA in late 2018, Jacobs are delighted to welcome Eva Wood back to their Australian operations as Vice President & Executive Director of Operations Delivery & Solutions - Central West & Northern.

In her new role, Eva will lead Jacobs’ Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia and Queensland operations. Her innate understanding of the business and ability to execute on strategy, combined with her a natural warmth and people-oriented approach make her return an exceedingly welcome one as the company looks to the future.


New Water Resources Team Leader for South East Australia and New Zealand

Kate Robilliard has joined Jacobs as the new Water Resources Team Leader for New Zealand and South East Australia. In this role, Kate will lead around 70 staff at the forefront of delivering innovative #solutions for Jacobs’ water clients across New Zealand and South East Australia.

Kate has more than 18 years’ experience in project management, technical and leadership roles across diverse multidisciplinary projects and teams. She has worked with water authorities across regional and metropolitan Australia and the UK, collaborating to deliver great outcomes for clients and their stakeholders. 


Jacobs Appoints Three New Regional Solutions Directors

Paul Francis has joined Jacobs as Regional Solutions Director – Digital Solutions for Asia Pacific. In this new role, Paul will drive innovation and digital transformation at Jacobs; encouraging and inspiring the teams he works with to challenge the status quo and use the power of diverse thinking to bring smarter, connected, contemporary, and customer centric solutions to clients. 

Paul has more than 20 years’ experience spanning Industry and Consulting across Europe, the US and Asia-Pacific. He joins Jacobs from Telstra where he was responsible for leading the IoT Business for Telstra Enterprise, along with the Strategic Growth function - driving new opportunities and innovative digital solutions in areas such as transport, cities, industrial and utilities. 


Jacobs social strategist, Sarah Alexander, has been appointed to the role of Regional Solutions Director – Strategic Consulting for Asia Pacific. In this role Sarah will drive collaboration between our strategic and technical capabilities to develop practical and fresh solutions that help realise the future opportunities facing our cities and regions across the Asia Pacific region.  

Since re-joining Jacobs last year after five years building a social enterprise that worked with governments and businesses, Sarah has been working with Jacobs’ clients to explore the potential for infrastructure projects to deliver greater and wider benefits to communities. She is currently leading the precincts strategy and investment program for a major transport infrastructure project and recently co-authored our recent social value thought leadership paper: Before & Beyond the Build: A blueprint for creating social value at scale through infrastructure investments.


Jacobs architect and computational design and parametric design specialist, Marina Villanueva, has been appointed as Regional Solutions Director – Digital Delivery. In this new role, Marina will help our clients leverage their data to deliver better value in projects, increasing assets efficiency through digital technologies and designing workflows and processes that enable the design of sustainable cities and the infrastructure of tomorrow.

Marina has been with Jacobs for nearly five years and has held various roles in our built environment and transport teams, including most recently, the role of Digital Engineering Technical Director for Built Environment in Asia Pacific. She has led and participated in digital transformation initiatives and has worked both internally and externally to promote a shift in the industry towards a more collaborative and intelligent use of information.


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