On the Move | April 2023

Anna Allen appointed as Executive General Manager Property at KiwiRail

Having held the reins on an interim basis for several months, Anna Allen has now been officially appointed as KiwiRail’s Executive General Manager Property.

Anna is a longstanding member of Property Council’s Wellington Committee and has worked with our advocacy team across a variety of projects. Congratulations, Anna!

Glen Cornelius to lead Engineering New Zealand

Congratulations to Harrison Grierson’s Strategic Leader, Glen Cornelius, on his prestigious appointment as President of Engineering New Zealand. Glen has served on ENZ’s board for the last year as Deputy President and for the 12 months prior as Vice President. He was officially sworn in as President on Friday 24 March 2023.

ENZ is Aotearoa New Zealand’s professional body for engineers and has around 22,000 members. It represents and regulates its members and acts as the Registration Authority for Chartered Professional Engineers.

Congratulations also goes to Prof. Jan Evans-Freeman, who was elected Deputy President of Engineering New Zealand and Kennie Tsui, elected as Vice President. All the appointments begin on 1 April and are for one year.

Glen is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), Chair of Habitat for Humanity New Zealand which works to ensure more New Zealanders who lack basic needs have access to better standards of living, a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and an Associate of the IMNZ – Institute of Management New Zealand. He has been with Harrison Grierson for more than 22 years – with more than 11 years as Managing Director/Chief Executive. Earlier this month, Glen has stepped down as CE. He remains at HG as Leader of Strategic Initiatives.

Holland Beckett promotes three associates to partner​

Holland Beckett Law has announced the promotion of Joel Murphy, Jeremy Sparrow, and Tim Conder to partnership, effective April 1.

Murphy has 12 years of legal experience in property law, including acquisitions and disposals, leasing, developments, financing, subdivisions and related transactions. He specialises in solar farms, kiwifruit orchards, and residential developments. Before joining Holland Beckett in 2019, he worked as an in-house counsel for one of the largest large-scale solar developers in the world. Murphy is also a committee member of the Central Regional Committee for Property Council New Zealand.

Sparrow started in Holland Beckett’s litigation department in 2012 and is the first law clerk promoted to a partner of the firm. He has acted for some of the firm’s major cases, including businesses affected by the Rena sinking. He spent two years working as a lawyer in London and returned to the Bay of Plenty, where he developed a specialisation in employment law.

Conder worked as an Auckland High Court judges’ clerk before joining Holland Beckett in 2016. He has since driven the creation of a specialist public and local government team within the firm, serving both local government and private clients involved in government-related matters. Conder has also advised clients on regulatory compliance and has engaged with central and local governments on behalf of clients. He has helped clients transition through changes to privacy and environmental law following the COVID-19 pandemic, assisting with lobbying for legislation that will meet the policy objectives of the central government while allowing businesses to thrive.

Holland Beckett Law partner David Fraundorfer commented on the appointments, “While many provincial law firms are struggling with succession planning, we are proud to say that our recruitment strategies of the past ten years have produced the next generation of Holland Beckett Law leaders. They are true experts in their respective specialities, and we are thrilled to announce their promotion to partnership.”

Greenwood Roche announces three new Auckland Senior Associates

Amelia Alden (resource management), Tanya Young (construction) and Michael Bennett (property) have been made Senior Associates in Greenwood Roche’s Auckland Office.

These well-deserved promotions recognise the significant contribution that all three talented lawyers make to their respective practice areas and the high esteem in which they are held by their clients and colleagues. Congratulations! 

Tom Chatterton joins RLB’s Christchurch leadership team as a new director

Tom began his career with RLB as a Senior Quantity Surveyor in 2012. He has since worked on a full range of large-scale construction projects with values up to $450 million. He has played a pivotal role in the rebuilding of Christchurch city centre.

Widely respected for his passion for problem-solving and digital technology, Tom is Chair of the RLB Global Digital Advancement Committee, and is the in-house champion of Building Information Modelling.

Congratulating Tom on his promotion, Christchurch Managing Director Malcolm Timms commented:

“A digitally savvy quantity surveyor, strategist and technologist, Tom prides himself on establishing solid relationships with clients, contractors, design team members and his RLB colleagues.

“Tom’s energy and infectious enthusiasm is evident in every project and extends to his support of RLB’s global digital strategy.”

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