Building Legends - Programme Management

Time and Date(s)

31/07/2024 at 3:00 PM ⇢ 01/08/2024 at 6:00 PM


Two Locations - Auckland 31st July / Christchurch 1st August  - 3.00pm - 6.00pm


Programme Management: Programmes, first principle thinking, and practical solutions

How can a programme create better productivity, quality, and safety while providing more certainty for all stakeholders, fewer delays, and a fairer claims process when something goes wrong?

The workshops will be hosted by Brigette Knill with subject matter expert Karsten Thomsen and case study by Geoff Nash. 

Karsten Thomsen has over 30 years' experience in project management. His presentation will cover programmes and:

  • Psychology
  • Science and Physics
  • NZS3910
  • The NZ Building Act
  • Quality
  • Health, Safety and Environment
  • Certainty

Geoff Nash, CEO of Brosnan, will be presenting on Brosnan’s program governance.

Brosnan remediates, upgrades, refurbishes, and maintains existing buildings throughout New Zealand. He will cover why programmes have been a priority, discuss the journey they have been on, and explain how the programme work has been set up. This will include the programme policy, training guides, templates, internal reports and client Project Control Group meeting reporting, and the impact these changes have had on Brosnan's operations. Additionally, he will address the challenges these changes have brought and reveal how Brosnan continually monitors the quality of the programmes through project reviews, internal programme reviews, training, and focus group discussions.

Who is this for?

This workshop would be particularly useful to all Project Managers on Contractor, Subcontractors, Consultants Client side.

During the presentation, we will discuss the importance of programmes in Project Management and what they can help us accomplish, including some practical MS-Project examples. Knowledge of programmes and MS-Project would be helpful.

This workshop is for all - Institute members and non-members.


What you will get from attending:

  • Learn how to review and understand the quality of the programme
  • Understand why we need to focus on programmes from a range of angles
  • Get inspiration to rely further on programmes when managing projects
  • The opportunity to ask your burning questions and connect with other industry professionals


Workshop structure: 

  • Introductions by facilitator
  • Case study about an award-winning project (from NZ Building People Awards)
  • Presentation by our subject matter expert
  • Interactive session led by facilitator where participants can share and discuss their curiosities, lessons learnt and problems to solve. 


Karsten Thomsen

Karsten is a National Operational Analyst at Brosnan based in Northland. Karsten is originally from Denmark and has called New Zealand home since 2003. He has more than 30 years’ experience in Project Management with the last 10 of these spent at Brosnan in a number of roles including General Manager Operations, Programme Manager, Project Director, and Project Manager. Karsten is interested in Programming, legal, high-performance psychology and coaching, and is a former professional high-performance Badminton coach. He has been married for 26 years and has three adult children.


Geoff Nash

Geoff Nash is CEO of Brosnan, a nationwide remediation, upgrade refurbishment, and building maintenance company. With offices in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown, Brosnan fixes defective buildings, gives existing buildings new life, and plans and delivers maintenance work all over New Zealand.

Geoff's passion for achieving excellence in construction is driven by personal experience. Having experienced the trauma of a leaky home himself, Geoff is highly empathetic with those in a similar position. This has inspired Geoff to pioneer a company vision to restore confidence in construction.

As CEO, Geoff has developed customer-focused business structures and methodologies that minimise disruption, ensure quality and provide cost and time certainty.

Geoff remains closely connected to the customer's situation, leading a dedicated and passionate team that places this shared purpose and vision at the heart of all they do. He consistently seeks to understand the customer's challenges, champions innovative solutions that challenge the status quo and drive continuous improvement for Brosnan and the construction industry.,

Geoff completed a National Diploma in Construction Management while undertaking his joinery apprenticeship. At the same time, he won back-to-back Master Joiners Apprentice Awards. Geoff went on to continue his education, completing a National Diploma in Quantity Surveying, a Bachelor of Construction, an Executive MBA and is now a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.  Geoff won the NZ Institute of Building's Young Achievers Award in 2018. As Brosnan’s CEO, Geoff has pioneered a vision of restoring confidence in construction.


Brigitte Knill:

Brigitte has been involved in the construction industry for more than 25 years, where her main focus has been active Fire Protection.  She has been General Manager/Director of Triangle Fire Protection for close to 20 years and thrives in the diverse challenges of running a large trade contracting business where no two days are the same.
Brigitte is a Director of BCTF (formerly BCITO), a Director of Site Safe NZ Ltd, a member of NZ Institute of Directors and the current Contractor Representative for the FPANZ (Fire Protection Association of NZ).


Tāmaki | Auckland

Date:    Wednesday 31st July 2024 
Time:    3.00pm - 6.00pm 
High Performer Building; 199A Main Highway, Ellerslie, Auckland 1051
Cost:     Institute 
Members $300 + GST and Non-members $390 + GST
CPD:     10 credits (NZIOB credits)


Ōtautahi  | Christchurch 

Date:    Thursday 1st August 2024 
Time:    3.00pm - 6.00pm 
Venue:  Christchurch City Libraries - Tūranga;  60 Cathedral Square, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011

Cost:     Institute 
Members $300 + GST and Non-members $390 + GST
CPD:     10 credits (NZIOB credits)


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Building Legends - Programme Management Tāmaki | Auckland

Time and Date(s): 31/07/2024 at 3:00 PM ⇢ 31/07/2024 at 6:00 PM

Location: High Performer Building; 199A Main Highway, Ellerslie, Auckland 1051

Ticket Price: $390.00 + GST

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Building Legends - Programme Management Ōtautahi  | Christchurch 

Time and Date(s): 01/08/2024 at 3:00 PM ⇢ 01/08/2024 at 6:00 PM

Location: Christchurch City Libraries - Tūranga;  60 Cathedral Square, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011

Ticket Price: $390.00 + GST

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