I qualified as an Engineer at Canterbury and went off to Aussie as many of us do. There I had a terrible accident and broke my legs which brought me back home. As a result, I volunteer a bit of my time to help educate people in the Construction industry about safety – after 11 femur breaks, 5 weeks in hospital and 3 months in a wheelchair, I know first-hand how important it is to plan works and stay safe.
Over the last 30 years I’ve worked for Fulton Hogan as a Construction Manager and managed big projects for Hawkins, as well as run my own business. All were incredibly rewarding. and I’ve learnt so much along the way.
I controlled the Construction at the Milton prison, directed the Christchurch Town Hall restoration (which was a fantastic heritage project) and of course next time you are sitting at Forsyth Barr here in Dunners, I’ve had a hand in that too. I also get asked to be an independent expert at times and offered advice on the Sky City Convention Centre Fire and how to re-mobilise the project after the fire.
Everything. Literally. It’s doing everything I know and am passionate about.
Get on site wherever you can. I worked on remote based locations in Western Australia as a summer student whilst still studying engineering. When I graduated the same company hired me as QA on site and I operated various drill and crane-based rigs as the need arose. It was great experience and helped shaped my career.