Richard McGowan – Principal, Warren and Mahoney (Christchurch)
Richard McGowan has been a Principal at Warren and Mahoney since 2003. His interest is particularly in local projects, both civic and commercial, in which a Canterbury-ownership’s aspiration for design durability and quality is central to the outcome.
Following the 2011 earthquakes this local focus now has national significance.
Richard was instrumental in formulating Warren and Mahoney’s “10 thoughts x 10 leaders” response to the earthquakes, presented at this forum in 2011.
James Hay, Head of Investment, CCDU
”James is Head of Investments, CCDU. In addition to this role he also advises the Senior Leadership Team within CERA on residential red zone acquisitions and insurance industry matters and is General Manager Corporate and Projects for CERA.
James is a commercial lawyer by training and has worked for leading national law firms prior to working in the telecommunications and electricity industries in New Zealand and the UK. James was General Counsel for Meridian Energy from its establishment through till 2010. As a member of the senior executive James took the role of acting Chief Executive on the departure of Keith Turner and prior to that as required. James is an experienced company secretary and director in both Australia and New Zealand and he chaired the Macarthur Wind Farm joint venture with AGL.
In 2010 James joined the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet as a policy advisor on commercial portfolios, infrastructure, transport, environment and sport. He was seconded to CERA in April 2011 and in November 2011 joined CERA as General Manager, Corporate and Projects.
Jeremy Speight, Bayleys
Jeremy is a Licensed Commercial & Industrial Sales person and has about 12 months experience in sales and leasing commercial and industrial property in Christchurch. In the current post earthquake market that makes him about as experienced as most other agents!
He is secretary on the Victoria Streetscape Project Committee which was formed 9 months ago. The group is responsible for driving value for stakeholders; tenants, property owners and the consumers – in the precinct. The committee believes this work has contributed to Victoria St’s relevance in the Blueprint.
Simon Newberry, Managing Director, Ford Baker Valuation
Simon’s been in private practice since 1987, and became a shareholder and director of FordBaker Valuation Limited in 1995.
Simon is experienced in valuation and consultancy of commercial, industrial and residential property.
Specialist areas comprise acquisition valuations, Crown compensation assessments, rental valuations and dispute resolution and upper priced residential property.
Simon is a Director of ValGroup Ltd, a nationwide association of independent valuation practices.
He has a keen interest in his children’s sports and activities and when not working, can be found plodding slowly around Hagley Park, at tennis or touch rugby.
Chris Lovell, ANZ
Chris Lovell returned to his home town of Christchurch in early 2010 as ANZ National’s Senior Credit Manager overseeing the Bank’s South Island Commercial portfolio.
He moved into a newly created position as Senior Relationship Manager Property Finance in mid 2012. Chris provides specialist on-the-ground support to existing and new customers seeking to capitalise on the opportunities available in rebuilding New Zealand’s second largest city.
He has an extensive banking career spread across Australia and New Zealand, including mid-market corporate finance and advisory roles.
Amanda Douglas, Partner, Wynn Williams
Amanda’s primary area of practice is in Resource Management and Environmental Law, and in the related area of Local Government Law. She carries out work, at council and all Court levels, involving resource consent applications, district and regional plan preparation and reviews, prosecutions, enforcement, and declarations.
Amanda’s expertise extends to providing resource management advice for due diligence, overseas investment applications and other commercial arrangements, and litigation involving resources such as water and land. She also provides advice to local authorities and to organisations and individuals about local government processes and requirements.
She has spoken at many conferences on resource management related topics. Amanda is also a certified independent Commissioner.
Bryan Inch, Investment Facilitator
Bryan is an Investment Facilitator for the Christchurch Central Development Unit with a specific focus on the Retail Precinct.
Previous experience includes:
- (CEO): Canterbury Building Society (Christchurch)
- Deputy Global Head of International Direct Banking: Rabobank International (Sydney)
- Head of Financial Services: Rabobank Australia and New Zealand (Sydney)
- Managing Director: Rabobank New Zealand Ltd (Wellington)
Cameron Bagrie – Chief Economist of ANZ National Bank
Cameron has been at the Bank since 1999 and leads the market’s team. This includes preparing the bank’s economic forecasts, economic commentaries, insights into financial market developments and strategic direction to the bank and clients.
Prior to working at ANZ National he cut his teeth at the New Zealand Treasury, where he was involved in providing macroeconomic advice to the Minister of Finance.
Andrew Sheed – Regional Manager Property Finance of ANZ National Bank
Born in Dunedin, but brought up in Christchurch, Andrew joined the ANZ Addington Branch in 1984. Andrew’s 24 years of banking experience includes senior roles in Treasury, Institutional Banking and Property Finance.
Andrew’s specific area of expertise is in loan structuring and origination.
Jonathan Gillard – Partner, Wynn Williams & Co
Jonathan has been practising law for over 20 years in the areas of commercial property acquisitions and disposals, commercial leasing, investment in New Zealand, commercial contracts, rural property and trusts. Jonathan specialises in commercial property and leads the Commercial Property Practice Group at Wynn Williams & Co.
Jonathan acts for a number of well regarded commercial property developers and investors throughout the South Island.
In addition to this development and investment work, Jonathan acts for the property arm of a national trading bank for all its property requirements in the South Island. He also acts for a national transportation and distribution company with multiple subsidiaries. Jonathan advises the group’s property manager on the group’s property requirements over multiple sites throughout New Zealand.
Daniel Donaldson – Branch Director, Crombie Lockwood (Christchurch)
Daniel Donaldson is the Branch Director for Crombie Lockwood in Christchurch one of New Zealand’s largest insurance brokers. Daniel has some 17yrs experience in both underwriter and broking roles within the industry including being judged New Zealand’s Young Professional Broker of the Year in 2007.
Geoff Banks – Director, Structex
Geoff was trained as a structural engineer at the University of Canterbury. He established Structex consulting engineers in 2003 with a vision of providing a great environment to foster young engineering talent, and innovation. The firm has grown rapidly into a unique network of practices, each small enough to provide a quality personal service to clients, but collectively large enough to provide the resources for the largest projects. Highlights to date have been the Structex teams’ design of the South Island’s tallest building (Pacific Tower), greenest office building (HSBC Tower), first green industrial building (Yealands winery), and first PRESSS technology building (Southern Cross Endoscopy).
Geoff enjoys the challenge of working with a diverse and fascinating range of clients, mentoring the team he works with, and contributing to the industry through involvement in organisations such as the Association of Consulting Engineers and various technical bodies.
Richard McGowan – Principal, Warren and Mahoney (Christchurch)
Richard joined Warren and Mahoney as a Principal in 2003. He brings a perceptive design sensibility and an analytical approach to the process of making buildings of lasting quality. A desire for design longevity reflecting clients’ aspirations underpins all his work. His goal is to deliver a client outcome that demonstrates durability of design.
Richard enjoys the New Zealand business environment where he gets direct interaction with his clients. Building this one-on-one relationship is key to understanding client needs alongside site and location fundamentals, that all combine to inform what the building will be. He believes in delivering a bespoke and understated design that will meet the client’s future needs in the present.
In 2009, Richard and Andrew Barclay had their NZi3 Innovation Institute building shortlisted from entries worldwide and presented it to an international jury at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona. In 2008 Richard was a NZIA Supreme Awards Juror.
Professor Jarg Pettinga – Professor and Head of Department Geological Sciences Canterbury
Fields of Research
- Active tectonics and tectonic geomorphology
- Engineering geology, especially slope stability and Earthquake Hazard Assessment
- Structural geology (North Canterbury and east coast of North Island
Active tectonics and structure along the New Zealand (North Canterbury and east coast North Island) and southern California (western Salton Trough) plate boundary zones. Structural geomorphology in transpressional settings, especially the role of topographic loading with respect to near-surface fault zone geometry. The role of tectonic and climatic forcing in triggering large bedrock controlled landslides in landscape evolution. Hikurangi Margin soft-rock terrain, eastern North Island. Engineering geology, particularly slope instability, paleoseismicity and earthquake hazard assessment.