Young Professional Advisors

Like many professional membership organisations, the NZIOB is challenged with ensuring its membership offerings and activities are relevant and responsive to the construction industry's younger generation. To address this, the NZIOB has created a Young Professional Advisors (YPA) Committee, charged with providing a millennial voice on the NZIOB’s National Board and Regional Committees. These YPA roles represent a significant opportunity for rising stars in the construction industry to begin their governance career.

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Farran Inglis (2020 Chair)

BBSc

Project Manager, RCP

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What attracted you to a career in the building industry?
I was fortunate to have family members that were builders. This provided an introduction to residential projects and ultimately sparked my interest in building and progressing to an apprenticeship.  
What do you love about the building industry?
It’s exciting to be involved in an industry that’s always looking forward, enhancing the built environment and how we interact with it. Construction projects at all levels are renowned for challenges along the way, it is rewarding when each challenge is accomplished and when the project is completed.     
What do you believe the future of the building industry looks like?
There is a lot of potential for growth and innovation within the building industry. New technologies and construction methods are always coming through which provide learning opportunities. Construction will continue to focus on becoming a more efficient process over the entire life cycle of buildings. Further, the industry also has an integral part to play in the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions. I believe this will drive significant development in greener/smarter technologies and techniques that will eventually become mainstream in all areas of construction.  
What role do you believe the NZIOB plays in the building industry?
The NZIOB is a unique organisation as it represents the entire construction industry at all levels, not just one field.  It is integral for the collective viewpoint on issues and trends, improving general performance and providing a common networking platform across professions.
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Ralph Titmuss

BAS, MArch (Prof)

Project Manager, RCP

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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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Hannah Gao

National Diploma In Quantity Surveying

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What attracted you to a career in the building industry?

Math was my favourite subject in high school. I love to measure and calculate numbers. The opportunity of doing what I love to help other people build their dream building attracted me to this industry. It's also satisfying to be part of a team to help people build a place for their family or business, to help people thrive in life. 
What do you love about the building industry?

There is always new material and technology, every project is unique, new people to meet in every job which means people in the building industry will never stop learning. The building industry is also a great place for young people to learn, to lead, to take on a challenge and grow.
What do you believe the future of the building industry looks like?

In the future, our industry will adopt advanced technology into the design and build process, people will spend more time understanding each other and work collegially to bring high quality and economical buildings to our community.  

What role do you believe the NZIOB plays in the building industry?

I believe NZIOB is the bridge which brings different disciplines in our industry together. It also connects our industry and our community. 
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Emma Fell

MArch

Graduate Architect, Respond Architects

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What attracted you to a career in the building industry?
From a young age, I was interested in practical creativity. It wasn’t until my final years of high school when I realised that a profession in architecture was the career path that I was wanting to take. The mixture of creativity and practical problem solving drew me in to the building industry.
What do you love about the building industry?
Definitely innovation and the ability of constant industry growth. There is always something new and being a part of the advancement of innovative technologies, materials, products and systems in the building industry is thoroughly exciting.
What do you believe the future of the building industry looks like?
Collaboration and communication across all different sectors in the building industry. I believe the advancement of technology will help better communication across different fields, ultimately progressing the way we collaboratively design.
What role do you believe the NZIOB plays in the building industry?
I believe the NZIOB is the most important piece of the puzzle which bridges all building disciplines together. The NZIOB connects a diverse range of people with different backgrounds and knowledge, focussing on positive development and collaboration within the industry.
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Adam Baxter

Bachelor in Construction Student (ARA Institute of Canterbury)

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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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Damian Thompson

Studying towards Bachelor of Construction (QS & Construction Management)

Quantity Surveyor / Project Manager

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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James Reed (2019 Chair)

Bachelor of Construction Management, Unitec

Project Director, Dominion Constructors 

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What attracted you to a career in the building industry?
I was first attracted to the industry as I did not want a 9am to 5pm desk job. I knew I needed a career that would mentally challenge me and push me to strive to be the best I can, along with learning 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 fast pace of the building industry, where every day brings new challenges and also new exciting moments. Everything in the industry is always being reviewed and we are consistently looking to improve how to carry out works on-site and in the design phases of the project. The industry is also pushing forward in the innovation and technology space which is exciting to be a part of.
What do you believe the future of the building industry looks like? 
A collaborative working environment where the risks are shared for best for project outcome. I see there becoming a lot more prefabbed components becoming available as this reduces on-site labour and de-risks quality/waste on-site. 
What role do you believe the NZIOB plays in the building industry?
NZIOB plays an important role in promoting our industry in a positive light, providing advocacy to ensure our voice is heard, and in supporting members and non-members to develop knowledge and skills not always found elsewhere. The opportunity to be a part of this team and provide a voice on behalf of tomorrow's leaders, is one I am very excited about.
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