Young Professional Advisors
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Adam Baxter (2021 Chair)

Studying towards Bachelor of Construction

Project Manager, PlaceMakers

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What attracted you to a career in the building industry?
The building industry is part of the foundations of my family. I am a fourth-generation builder who wanted to contribute to construction with the same passion and conscientious ethic as those before me. 
What do you love about the building industry?
I’m driven by the competitive and competency-based nature of the industry. These aspects constantly encourage improvement because there is nowhere to hide. There is always a challenge and I can always be better. I have found it to provide a very meaningful career that rewards hard work. 
What do you believe the future of the building industry looks like?

The future looks exciting. Continual development in technology and best practice will lead to an open-minded and efficient workforce while empowering individual ability. A focus on proactive thinking and effective communication will create an enjoyable work environment.
What role do you believe the NZIOB plays in the building industry?
The NZIOB promotes high performance within the industry, representing and advocating for the construction community at large. I believe that there is a solid base of talent within the industry and the NZIOB does a great service to those who want to continue their professional development with events, awards, and conferences. The NZIOB can be the pillar at which the community gathers to improve this industry. 
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Ralph Titmuss

Master of Architecture (Prof)

Project Manager, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

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What attracted you to a career in the building industry?
With a large family-owned construction firm part of my formative years, I was always going to have an interest in the industry. What solidified this attraction was the opportunity to branch out into varied roles, to learn new skills, and being able to build relationships with people from all walks of life. 
What do you love about the building industry?
I love the innovation of the industry. It’s an industry that constantly challenges the status quo, and always prompts the question of “Can we do this better”. 
What do you believe the future of the building industry looks like? 
For me, the future of the industry is one where leadership, collaboration, and innovation are at the forefront of its development. We need to get better at talking to each other to ensure that we are doing things the best way possible. The role of emerging tech cannot be understated, and the up-skilling of the industry needs to be progressed with this in mind. Considering the challenges facing the industry, however, an even more important goal is to reduce reactionary thinking and improve our high-level leadership, strategy, and planning capabilities. 
What role do you believe the NZIOB plays in the building industry?
The NZIOB has an important role in advocating for and connecting people from every aspect of the industry. We represent our members both locally, and Nationally, from the site all the way up to the Governmental level. Our members are leaders within their industry, it’s our role to ensure their voices are heard.
For me, the future of the industry is one where leadership, collaboration, and innovation are at the forefront of its development. We need to get better at talking to each other to ensure that we are doing things the best way possible. The role of emerging tech cannot be understated, and the up-skilling of the industry needs to be progressed with this in mind. Considering the challenges facing the industry, however, an even more important goal is to reduce reactionary thinking and improve our high-level leadership, strategy, and planning capabilities.
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Damian Thompson

Studying towards Bachelor of Construction (QS & Construction Management)

Quantity Surveyor / Project Manager, NPM Construction

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What attracted you to a career in the building industry?
I have always taken great satisfaction in creating something from nothing. The building industry allows professionals to combine raw materials into structures that will stand for generations. It is pure creationism.
What do you love about the building industry?
The building industry requires teamwork and collaboration. I love it when the industry comes together to solve a problem or complete an impossible task. It shows what we are really capable of.
What do you believe the future of the building industry looks like?
This is a very controversial subject for me. Of course, automation and industrialisation are inevitable, but I believe the industry will start to turn back to its roots and really start to take true pride in what they are achieving. Simply printing another 3 bedroom house will become boring and unappealing. I think the cost savings that will come from automation and industrialisation will be used for more unique and inspired construction. Rather than buildings that last for 50 years, we will go back to creating structures that will last for 1,000 years. Craftsman rather than manufacturers. This pride will allow us to self-regulate, rather than be subject tp continuous scrutiny - our industry will demand the respect it deserves.
What role do you believe the NZIOB plays in the building industry?
NZIOB is New Zealand’s building industry figurehead. A figurehead that represents the construction industry. A figurehead that facilitates and encourages continuous research, improvement, and innovation. A figurehead that holds a voice that even the government looks up to. The NZIOB is the tall poppy that encourages construction professionals to continuously develop and hone their skills. Lastly, NZIOB is the connection between the construction industry and training organisations. I believe NZIOB bridges the gap between the analytical minds of trainees and the practical approach of our industry.
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Josh Tattley

Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying)

Associate Director, Rider Levett Bucknall

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What attracted you to a career in the building industry?
The chance to be a part of a team, to create something unique and to be involved in delivering buildings and infrastructure that form the communities and cities we live in.
What do you love about the building industry?
I love that every day has a new challenge, a new opportunity and a new problem to solve. I love that the industry provides multiple opportunities, is collaborative, and is welcoming to all.
What do you believe the future of the building industry looks like?
There is no doubt the building industry is going to continue to adapt to the technology, be innovative, and become more environmentally conscious both in construction and the life cycle of buildings. However, in my opinion, the underlying fundamentals of creating good teams, relationships, and delivering world-class buildings and infrastructure won’t and shouldn’t change. I don’t foresee technology taking over or removing the human component from the industry as generally there are very few repetitive projects which allow the scalability of technology which is often seen in the manufacturing industry.
What role do you believe the NZIOB plays in the building industry?
The NZIOB is an organisation which represents all professions across the building industry. It is a platform for collaboration and innovation. It provides an organisation for all building industry professionals to feed into, to resolve issues, promote change, and lobby government as and when required.
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Akshat Malhotra

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), CPEng, CMEngNZ

Senior Mechanical Engineer - Building Services, Beca

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What attracted you to a career in the building industry?
As a child growing up, I really enjoyed watching TV shows such as Megastructures, Extreme Engineering, and Big, Bigger, Biggest. This sparked my interest in becoming an engineer and eventually being attracted to working in the building industry.
What do you love about the building industry?
I enjoy the complex and multidisciplinary nature of building projects. There are often quite aspirational and unique client requirements, and overcoming these onerous design challenges (often with conflicting requirements from various disciplines) as a unified team is very challenging but extremely rewarding.
What do you believe the future of the building industry looks like?
We have been building buildings for as long as anyone can remember, and whilst other sectors, such as manufacturing and agriculture, are embracing technologies to improve productivity, the trend in the construction sector is tracking southwards. We are continuing to build, but taking longer, spending more, and with varying quality. The building sector faces a lot of challenges, and I am hopeful that we will evolve as professionals and as a sector, and innovate, create, and leverage our people and technology to enhance building outcomes.
What role do you believe the NZIOB plays in the building industry?
NZIOB is in a unique position where it has representation from the wider building sector and visibility to industry trends. Leveraging this position, there are various opportunities for the organisation to directly influence outcomes. A unified and holistic approach is required to drive long-lasting and wide-reaching change and I believe NZIOB can provide that to the building industry.
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Kat Richards

Bachelor of Architecture

Design Manager, Southbase Construction

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What attracted you to a career in the building industry?
I have always been interested in construction as my dad was a builder. While I was studying architecture, I just knew that that’s where I didn’t want to end up, as my real passion comes from building it and seeing it all come together.
What do you love about the building industry?
I love that every day is different, we face new challenges and work with different people. There are a lot of creative minds in our industry which always makes it easy to have open conversations around building and processes. Utilising the young professionals to help implement and standardise the technology currently available.
What do you believe the future of the building industry looks like?

More collaboration, we are already beginning to bridge the gap between consultants and main contractors, but it would be good to see a standardised cadetship with intercompany secondments as I believe to help shape the best careers for our young minds it all starts at the beginning. We need to create the tools for this to be facilitated and ensure that there is buy-in from leading industry companies. This level of collaboration will help improve the quality of projects and people across the industry.
What role do you believe the NZIOB plays in the building industry?
The NZIOB represents all aspects of the construction industry from supply chains to main contractors to government agencies. It helps push performance to ensure that we are getting the best result possible. Working with leading industry professionals to help implement standards and processes, promoting talent, and recognising professionals.
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Parke Englebretsen

NZ Diploma in Construction (QS)

Quantity Surveyor, First Principles Constructors

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Shannon Lenihan

Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Master of Interior Architecture

Intermediate Architectural Designer, Isthmus

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What attracted you to a career in the building industry?
I was always interested in spaces from an early age. I can still remember the layouts and features of friend’s houses or random places we visited as a child. My dad is a builder, who built and renovated our house and would chop up blocks for me to play with. Then when I was about 10 or so I came across a Frank Lloyd Wright book, I remember being enchanted by his work, and then naturally became obsessed with him. This passion was then fuelled by my graphics teacher at high school who was previously an architect. He opened my eyes to a wider view of architecture and was really the first advocate for me in this profession.
What do you love about the building industry?
I truly love the relationships that you form with all sorts of people across the industry. I love working with clients, hearing their visions, and then getting to be a part of the journey to make them real.
What do you believe the future of the building industry looks like?

Regenerative. We need to be pioneers of environmental design and construction innovation. There is a lot of talk about it, and a few people making significant changes, but overall, we need to improve our construction industry and built environment. Not because we want to, or would like to, but because we must. The world is changing quickly, and we need to ensure that our built environment is fit for purpose.
What role do you believe the NZIOB plays in the building industry?
The NZIOB represents the construction industry on the whole. It's great to meet with people that you would otherwise likely not meet with. I think all institutes and supporting associations are great and I find value in these, however, the value of NZIOB is the coming together of multi-disciplinary professionals, it’s a melting pot of knowledge, ideas, and experience.
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Tom Evans

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Hons)

General Manager, Inside Out Design

What attracted you to a career in the building industry?
I began my career landscaping as a labourer while at high school. I enjoyed the practical nature of building various components within the job and found the work very rewarding. I have always had a passion for design and so naturally that steered me towards landscape architecture.
What do you love about the building industry?
I love the challenges the building industry provides through design and construction methods and management. I enjoy being creative with the work we do and seeing the process through from conception to completion.
What do you believe the future of the building industry looks like?
The building industry will continue to adapt and innovate to overcome new challenges. Resource consumption, robotics and automation, population density, and various other factors will impact the way we design and build in the future. I believe the interface between infrastructure, buildings, and the surrounding landscape will become better integrated, providing more efficient and healthy outcomes for the spaces we live within. The industry has huge potential to create a climate positive future for the world.
What role do you believe the NZIOB plays in the building industry?
The NZIOB advocates for the building industry and encourages high-performance standards within the industry. It lobbys and represents the construction industry at various levels, regionally and nationally, and helps to offer strategic advice. The NZIOB inspires innovation and research to improve the outcomes the industry provides.

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