At last month’s NZIOB Chapter Annual General Meetings, three new Chapter Presidents were announced. Over the next few editions of Dispatch, we will be introducing them. This week we are profiling new Southern Chapter President, Graeme Earl. In his words:
 
“I am honoured and excited to have been provided the opportunity to take on this role of NZIOB Southern Chapter President. Born and bred in North Canterbury, my 34-year career in the industry started back in 1984 as a carpentry apprentice in Christchurch. I then spent 3-years (1989-92) working for Baulderstone (now Lend Lease) in Melbourne and since returning, I have worked for Mainzeal and Leighs Construction. I am now Regional Manager/Director for Naylor Love Canterbury Ltd.
 
“It has been an exceptionally exciting and rewarding journey and has included the successful delivery of several exciting South Island projects including many large retail shopping malls, apartment/hotel complexes, aquatic and leisure facilities, education facilities, industrial buildings and health facilities, the largest of which is the recently completed $200m Burwood Hospital Redevelopment project in Christchurch.
 
“In 2008 I was awarded the NZIOB Supreme Award for Excellence for my involvement with the design and construction of the Canterbury Charity Hospital facility, a New Zealand first at that time providing critical care and day surgery to those who had been bumped down/off the waiting list and cannot afford private health care.
 
“I have recently served 13-years on the Canterbury Registered Master Builders executive, including two as president between 2008-10, resigning just last year. This year I become a judge for the NZ Commercial Project Awards. I have been a member of the NZIOB since 2002 and joined the Southern Chapter executive in 2017. 
 
“My passion is to see the maturity of a cohesive and more collaborative industry, where risks and the consequences are fully recognised, are allocated to those who have the best ability to control the outcome, and where all stakeholders are fairly rewarded for this responsibility. Should the current adverse conditions continue, there is a real risk of continued deterioration of the New Zealand commercial construction industry.

“I look forward to representing our NZIOB members as we engage further within wider industry to resolve these significant challenges.”