At the forefront of sector lead and best practice in roading, water and building industries
- Leadership of Roading NZ’s 15 technical committees in collaboration with NZTA to establish the National Pavements and Surfacings Group to identify and progress new best practice roading initiatives and specifications – and up-skilling contractors to increase value for money while maintaining healthy, competitive markets.
- Founding member of the Construction Industry Council to identify, progress and resolve in collaboration with the Department of Building (now MBIE) all issues with building construction
- Founding member of the Engineering Leadership Forum (ELF) that helped to progress strategic and technical infrastructure issues
Contracting industry up-skilling
- CEO of Roading NZ from 2000 to 2014 with a focus on lifting the asset management capability and professionalism of the contracting industry through its 18 technical committees and the introduction of new procurement models.
Local government centre of excellence
- Working on behalf of Local Government NZ‘s EquiP RTU Centre of Excellence which focuses on applying the strategic and programme business cases to local authority roading networks – bringing a change in culture and skills in the sector.
- Prepared an Activity Management Plan Guide for Approved Organisations’ Road Networks, based on Treasury’s business case approach, and provided advice and support to local authorities in applying this Guide, and also in developing and implementing the Road Efficiency Group’s One Network Road Classification (ONRC) model to their 2018/21 NLTP programmes.
Leadership in procurement
- Local authority member of the Sector Group that developed the first contract RFT models and specifications when local Government was required to contract-out roading work
- Local authority member of the Sector Group that developed the quality assurance model requirements used in roading today
- Using extensive networking and contract negotiation experience, was appointed to assist the Road Efficiency Group’s (REG) Best Practice in Procurement Sub Group.
- Assisted MBIE to introduce alliance-type contracts and new RFP professional services documents, including new tender selection processes, into the IT sector
- Responsible for Transfund’s roading and passenger transport Competitive Pricing Procedures – now NZTA’s Procurement Manual and set up the first Funding Agreements between Transfund, local authorities and Transit NZ
- Member of NZTA’s Sector Procurement Working Group that carried out the last review of NZTA’s Procurement Manual
- Member of the Government’s Business Advisory Group on Procurement
- Member of the Steering Group researching the effectiveness of Local Authority Procurement Strategies
Leadership in asset management
- One of the leaders in asset management development for New Zealand in the early 1990s – at Wellington City Council produced, using RAMM, one of New Zealand’s first asset management plans and ten year strategic asset plan for its roading network.
- In the late 1990s as Transfund’s Group Manager Programme and Funding, was responsible for linking asset management plans with funding applications, and helped to establish the vision, business case and funding for the introduction of dTIMs into NZ.
- Lead the development and roll-out of the Optimal Maintenance funding policy for roading which for the first time used a first principles approach to establish funding levels for each local authority. This policy linked the engineering, economic and commercial aspects of asset management resulting in value-for-money improvements of around 10%.