On the Move | March 2024

Oyster Property Group appoints Rachel Barr as Chief Operating Officer

Rachel has been an invaluable asset to the team since she first joined in 2014 as Chief Financial Officer. With her exceptional leadership and extensive experience in the property industry, Rachel has not only helped navigate economic cycles but has also played a key role in Oyster Property Group’s growth and success.

As COO, Rachel will oversee both the financial and operational aspects of our business. This is a testament to her expertise and dedication, and they couldn’t be more excited about this new chapter.

Rachel’s journey into the commercial property world is inspiring. Learn more about her interesting career in this insightful profile https://lnkd.in/g5bCCg3W

Congratulations, Rachel! 🥂

Naylor Love Auckland and Waikato Bay of Plenty Regional Director Appointment

Following the recent appointment of Bruno Goedeke as CEO when Rick Herd retires at the end of March, Naylor Love are pleased to announce Tom Ryder as the Interim Regional Director of Naylor Love’s Auckland and Waikato Bay of Plenty divisions.

Tom has been with Naylor Love for over 17 years, progressing from Site Manager to his current role of Auckland Operations Manager. He has been part of the Auckland Senior Leadership team since 2011 and has played a critical role in creating a highly effective division. Rick has great confidence in Tom’s ability to manage the transitional period as Bruno settles into his new role.

Naylor Love is also delighted to announce that Darragh Gillane has accepted the role of Auckland Operations Manager. Darragh has been with Naylor Love for 14 years, with the last five years spent at Sylvia Park delivering the SEM and CEM parking buildings, the Galleria development, 3 Te Kehu Way office building, and currently the Resido Build to Rent apartments. Darragh will continue to manage Resido to a successful completion before taking on the role full-time.

Please join us in congratulating both Tom and Darragh in their promotions!

Schindler appoints new managing director, Pooja Aggarwal

Schindler Lifts NZ are pleased to share the appointment of our new Managing Director, Pooja Aggarwal. Pooja has been with Schindler India for the past four years leading Business Strategy and Operations for a large region in India and has experience in building high performing teams with a customer mindset.

Pooja has been settling into her new role since January 2024, spending time across our Northern, Central and Southern Region branches with a focus on connecting with our frontline teams and our valued customers.

Pooja says “This year we are celebrating 35 years of operating in New Zealand! We would like to thank all our employees, customers and partners for choosing us. We have a responsibility to keep thousands of users moving safely every day, and our team are committed to continuing to provide a seamless experience.”

RCP to open Canadian office

RCP has announced it will open its first international office in Vancouver, Canada, next month. With the firm’s current Wellington Office Manager, Bevan Judge, its first Director of Canadian operations. Bevan will commute between Wellington and Vancouver over the next few months to spearhead the establishment of our office.

RCP Managing Director Jeremy Hay is confident Canada was the right destination after evaluating several options, stating, “The international step was a logical one for us in terms of growth, and we identified Canada, particularly Vancouver, as an ideal fit due to its similarity in time zone, commercial and legal systems, property and infrastructure challenges, and socio-cultural dynamics.”

“There’s immense potential for RCP’s consultancy and leadership offering in this market, and we believe our expertise can add immediate value across various property and infrastructure sectors.”

RCP’s Head of Advisory and Director, Cristean Monreal, expects that RCP’s entry into the British Columbia market will help continue the flow of other New Zealand firms taking a similar leap, “We’ve watched other local consulting businesses establish themselves in Vancouver and successfully grow in North America, especially throughout the Pacific seaboard.”

“The Kiwi culture is a breath of fresh air in this market, and our approach is naturally based on managing commercial and delivery risk through effective team building and establishing solid relationships. We are not naive about the differences between the two environments, but we think there is a strong appetite to do something a bit different.”

When discussing specific opportunities, Cristean points to the similar challenges that the Canadian building and infrastructure market has to Aotearoa. “We know from our research trips and conversations with private and public sector clients that they are grappling with the same programming, commercial, and delivery constraints we have in New Zealand. They also have the same shortage of critical social and commercial infrastructure. So, we’re not limiting our aspiration to just one or two key sectors; it’s a multi-faceted opportunity for us.”

Cristean also believes there is potential to help Canadian organisations improve their engagement with native First Nations peoples and communities. “We’ve taken a highly proactive approach to cultural engagement at RCP and improved our capability to engage with iwi as clients and valuable partners in local projects. While we still have more to learn and understand about the First Nations people, we feel we have built a genuine foundation to add real and immediate value in this area.”

The Vancouver office is expected to open in April 2024.

Nicholas Matejka has been appointed as Project Director for The Building Intelligence Group

Senior leadership builds excellent teams, and The Building Intelligence Group is pleased to introduce Nicholas Matejka as a Project Director in our Auckland office.

Nicholas is a respected Project Director with 25+ years of international experience in large-scale project delivery in South Africa and New Zealand. Nicholas has joined us from a role as Programme Director – Delivery for Kāinga Ora. This role saw him responsible for many large-scale projects within the Auckland region, including the heralded Te Mātāwai Greys Avenue project, the largest single-site supported public housing development in Auckland. 

Nicholas is highly accomplished in planning and executing complex projects, bringing a total skill set honed through land development, feasibility, urban design, project management, design management and construction management experience. 

As an out-of-the-box thinker and solution-finder, Nicholas is passionate about high-quality delivery in fast-paced environments. His sector experience is as broad as it is deep, extending across housing, infrastructure, retail, large office builds and fit-outs, logistics and warehousing, and the finer details of commercial development planning and finance. 

He is a strategic and collaborative leader of multiple productive teams. Nick champions people as much as he does projects. “I am excited to be a part of this dynamic team and am eager to take on the fast pace and challenges of some fantastic projects in Tāmaki Makaurau.

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