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We have a simple philosophy that good people make good companies, especially when it comes to quantity surveyors. So we only hire the best people with the best skills and experience. They also make stronger teams, better equipped to ensure our clients are looked after and their projects are realised.
Scott brings a quiet calm and assuredness to his work and his relationships. Despite the significant financial scale of projects, his level-headedness wins over and earns the respect of clients and the teams he works with, even in a challenging situation or economy. He has seen BBD grow in scale and mana and gets a kick out of the contribution QS can make in projects and project finance.
David gets a kick out of ‘the black art’ of accurate early estimating. He’s learned to think like an architect and figure out what’s missing. He takes pride in contributing to and watching a building take shape, and also in watching his team grow; investing in the younger people in the team. Ultimately, he loves to look after clients and he can see the best project teams in the future will be those that truly collaborate.
Simon values open communication and takes a pragmatic approach to solving problems. He loves to be part of building something and has played a significant part in growing the Wellington team. He sees the future of QS and the design–construction industry is becoming more people and project-driven and invests in long-term relationships.
James invests in long-term relationships with clients. He brings fresh, innovative solutions to problems and adding value to projects. He enjoys being part of a great team and is valued by his colleagues and industry collaborators. For him, it’s not just about money, it’s about creating lasting value.
Robyn has a passion for good design, especially the way it can change how people live, work and play and can uplift a whole community. She enjoys being a part of a close team both within BBD and on each and every project where she believes collaboration and communication can overcome most challenges. Traits that are respected by her peers and enjoyed by her clients.
Craig gets a kick out of helping create spaces that encourage equity. He enjoys investing in and nurturing the next generation. He takes strategic approach to projects and can anticipate problems before they happen. He believes that QS could make an even bigger contribution to ensure the vitality of our communities in the future.
Simon is unquestionably a people person at heart and values the long-term relationships he has cultivated over decades, with both clients and others on project teams. His view of QS is far from number-crunching and he enjoys bringing people together on a project so that everyone (clients and project teams) can experience the rewards for their work. He also takes pride in having been in the business from the get-go and watching it grow.
Ross works hard to be an accessible, responsive, and a frank QS for his clients. He values being part of a close-knit team that works on the best projects for great clients. He enjoys the strong sense of ownership and responsibility that comes with collaborative project teams helping to push through challenges. He believes in pragmatic responses to issues and maintaining industry-wide relationships.
Matt is an experienced QS committed to first-rate service and delivering the best possible outcome for the project, the team, and his clients. He defies the QS stigma of ‘bean counting’ and yet takes great responsibility for clients’ budgets. He enjoys the recognition for good work done, and seeing the industry evolve to become far more sustainable.
Taylor takes a holistic, balanced, big picture approach to his bank funding work. His work has frequently involved projects for his local community, which he takes pride in seeing come to life (especially when his family can enjoy them). He enjoys the collaborative nature of his work, underpinned by a healthy respect for the critical role funding has to play.
Joe gets a kick out of crafting estimates with an eye for detail, and a head for filling in the gaps left out of drawings. He’s seen projects right through from early estimates to final sign-off and occupancy. He has experienced first-hand how the environment can significantly enhance how we live, work and play and would like to see the industry evolve for the better for future generations.
Nicko takes a pragmatic approach to contractual issues to enable clients to make the best decision in any given situation. He enjoys being part of a hard-working culture, the variety of work, and particularly values clarity and detail, especially when it helps his clients.
Stewart has a different view of the world, having got his hands ‘dirty’ for 30 years as a contractor QS before moving to the consultancy side of the sector. He takes great pride in being part of a project, seeing it right through, and watching (often significant) buildings take shape. A practical sort at heart he takes an interest in mentoring young people in the industry and seeing them grow.
Laine has a critical administration and support role to play, including accounts processing for the business. Naturally, she has a systematic and detailed focus and loves to support her colleagues so that they can better support clients. She takes a problem-solving approach and has worked with many of the team before BBD. She enjoys the exposure to projects and people in her role.
Pachalo brings both an architecture design and mechanical engineering perspective to his QS work. He values contributing to the team and learning from others. He has enjoyed seeing projects right through from scratch, particularly where challenges have been met head-on with original or ingenious solutions. He’d like to see even greater collaboration in project teams.
Davrin is all about balance. Having worked construction-side in his own business, he sees both sides and gets a kick out of seeing projects come together with teamwork. “It takes a ‘brave soul’ to get estimates right”… In the future, he would like to see less waste in the construction sector.
Melissa enjoys the relationships she has built with clients and colleagues, particularly in her funding work. She brings balance and a fresh perspective to the team and has an endearing curiosity and openness. She values the significant buildings in Wellington she has been involved, especially heritage buildings.
Chris gets satisfaction from seeing people occupy buildings that he was involved with from the start. He’s keen to be part of a shift in the industry to better triple-bottom-line outcomes – socially, economically, and environmentally. Accurate estimates are also critical for him, especially in a time of cost volatility.
Justin brings rigor and a healthy perspective to the property sector, having spent 15 years working in Australia and completing a Degree in Construction Management. He sees an opportunity in NZ for a better understanding of what QS brings to the project, particularly in managing risk, conflicts, and how technology can help us.
Brend is all about integrity and likes to take an impartial position to get an honest, fair, and reasonable result not only for clients but for the whole project team. He can see opportunities for the industry to collaborate better, reduce ambiguity and share information for everyone’s benefit, but there first needs to be a willingness to change.
Matt rates working alongside good people as central to his work. His career approaching 40 years across six countries, gives him a depth of expertise and experience and a focus on getting the job done. Naturally, he takes a long-term view and especially likes being involved in projects designed for the long haul.
Owen brings 46 years of expertise and experience, both construction-side and as a QS looking after clients. He would like to see the construction industry evolve to attract better people, equipped for the challenges of the future and enjoys working with others on the project team. He enjoys mentoring the next generation of QS.
Phil would like to see the industry shift to a less bespoke, more efficient, more modular way of building. His broad QS skills complement others in the team and he brings a professional yet personable style to his interactions with clients and project partners. He likes seeing younger people coming through QS.
Richard is a highly trusted project financiers’ QS, possessing a detailed technical understanding of development risk. He also provides developers with a systematic, proactive, and impartial audit of their project’s status. He is based in the UK and works with his NZ colleagues in an invaluable ‘behind the scenes’ role. He has been engaged in numerous and wide-ranging projects with associated multiple technical considerations and complexities
Chris enjoys the strong rapport he has with clients and industry partners. Being able to pick up the phone and sort challenges out or solve problems is an important part of his work. He’d like to see the construction industry become greener and take a long-term view in terms of lifecycle costs and carbon emissions.
As a kid, Ryan cut his teeth in construction on Lego brick, by brick, which no doubt contributes to his ability to put together projects in his head. Absolute attention to detail, accuracy, and an ability to anticipate and problem solve are other skills he sees as critical in his work. All projects come with challenges, but he believes a collaborative project team can always find a way through.
Catherine gets huge satisfaction from contributing to and seeing projects through. She also enjoys getting to know her clients socially and the recognition that comes with her work and a job done well. She has a love for good architecture and design and is happy to see women playing a greater part in QS and in industry.
Amy has a competitive spirit and sees the perspective women can bring to both QS and the design and construction industry. She values long term relationships with clients, team work and the lean approach BBD takes. She believes in the positive contribution QS can make on projects, and in our communities, especially when project teams collaborate well.
Carl gets a kick out of seeing a vacant lot or an unused building grow into well-designed urban spaces where lots of people are happy to live, work and play. His work ensures that project finance and duration are realistic and realised, so that clients avoid unnecessary
debt or worse incompletion. He sees an opportunity for the sector to work better together in a less siloed, more collaborative way.
Conner has had a life long interest in maths and especially how it could be better used to model costs in construction to reduce ambiguity. While he was a student he came up with a way to calculate retentions to help spread risk between clients and others on the project. At BBD he feels he is learning from the best in the industry.
Colin enjoys working in a tight team with a purposeful culture, so he can focus on projects, rather than politics. He rates accuracy as an essential skill and loves to see projects from early estimate right through to taking shape and completion. He has an interest in the future of urban planning and how we might build more liveable, more sustainable cities.
Kathy gets a kick out of seeing projects take shape, on time, on budget, and meeting expectations for her clients. She enjoys the team spirit, flexibility, and family vibe at BBD and sees a future in property where we take a longer view, in terms of the Whole of Life cost of buildings.
Bryn is a recent graduate and enjoys contributing to the team and supporting colleagues. He gets a buzz out of the focus and hard work that comes with getting a big piece of work done on time. He believes in shared goals and true collaboration to work through challenges and differences to ensure projects are successful.
Penelope has a love for good architecture and interiors. Her work gives her the opportunity to work on project teams and influence design at an early stage. She values continually learning on the job and sees the important role a QS has in balancing expectations against value.
A recent graduate, Adam contributes fresh thinking, and enjoys working with tech such as BIM or Schedule of Quantities to improve outcomes for his clients. He values the variety of challenges, learning from others on the job and gets a kick out of contributing to projects right through to completion.
Jay believes in a future where technology can empower, simplify and make better; both in quantity surveying and in the broader construction and property industry. He helps out in the background while he completes his Bachelor of Construction and was a recipient of the Keystone Trust Scholarship for 2022.
Lucy values the hands-on nature of her work, particularly site visits, and seeing projects come together. Likewise, she enjoys being on a great project team, where everybody plays their part towards a shared goal. She brings energy, fresh ideas and new ways of doing things and prides herself on being responsive.
For David, being part of a project in which various professionals from different backgrounds with seemingly diverse values aligned to achieve the single goal of building and creating a space where people will enjoy the value of the space, and the value they will create for the society is the prize for the hard work. He brings balance and calm to the project team, attending to details, yet always learning, growing, and focussed on the client’s goals. David is a Keystone Trust scholarship recipient.
Ralph enjoys the fast-paced life of a QS and finds value in working collaboratively to achieve the best outcomes for his clients. Dedicated to furthering his career in the industry, Ralph is committed to developing his skills in an ever-changing environment. He applies forensic attention to detail when preparing estimates and was a recipient of the Keystone Trust Scholarship in 2020.