With a newly minted Bachelor of Building Science (Double Major Project Management and Sustainable Engineering Systems) from Victoria University, Abby is relishing everything there is to learn about project management in the early years of her career.
She was drawn to the industry due to her love of seeing projects that started as a mere idea getting to practical completion. Being part of the process that gets them to completion is something she’s thriving in, and is enjoying putting into practice the organisational aspects required for projects to run smoothly and efficiently.
Andrew is an experienced Senior Project Manager with over 8 years’ experience delivering projects to a very high standard.
Andrew has successfully delivered a number of projects including leading the Waste Management $56m 5-green star project that made a clean sweep of the 2020 Property Council NZ Property Industry Awards beating 114 other nominees and winning multiple categories, including the Green Building Award, the Industrial Property Award and the Supreme Award.
Andrew has an MBA and Master of Global Project Management from Torrens University, as well as a Bachelor of Building Science majoring in Project Management from Victoria University.
Ben Van Arts
Ben has been successfully delivering projects within the construction industry for 15+ years, with significant experience in commercial construction and residential development.
His strengths are in project structuring, briefing, design management, tender management, cost control, project management and construction delivery. Ben’s experience covers a range of sectors including financial markets, institutional, private development, and the public sector: all of which has required management of diverse stakeholder groups.
Having worked within the services and construction sectors of the market, as well as in construction and site management, Ben has an in-depth understanding of the overall construction process and how to deliver end-to-end client value.
Charl has been in the building industry for seven years, working as a Quantity Surveyor, working on a broad range of projects from new builds to large scale commercial buildings.
Charl has a strong understanding of the New Zealand construction industry and the processes involved in delivering a successful project.
Cost control, contractor management, programme management, client communication & project delivery are just a few of Charl’s strengths.
Dan was attracted to the construction industry by a lifelong curiosity and enjoyment of the built environment.
He’s been creating spaces from a young age, as well as leading teams both on and off the rugby field. Most recently he’s been working on the Laings Road residential development, where he led the design team, as well as projects focusing on seismic upgrades, commercial fit-outs and affordable housing.
Dan’s big goal is to eventually apply his practical project management mindset to development management, where he hopes to deliver and manage a resort development on his family land in Tonga.
David has over twenty years of architectural design experience in high-end residential homes and is naturally drawn to both engineering and technical complexities.
Throughout his career, he has been driven to influence the design of the built form to allow enjoyable use, ultimately helping to enhance the occupant’s wellbeing. He has recently enhanced his own architectural design expertise, with the addition of a sparkly new Bachelor of Construction, majoring in property development to his toolkit.
His new role at Egmont Dixon feels like the missing link: connecting everything he loves - property development, design and project management.
The title doesn't do this financial superstar justice. Also Office Mum, she keeps everyone in line and on their toes. Her bubbly personality brings life to the office, along with a wealth of skills and experience in accounting and administration across multiple sectors and businesses.
After travelling around in her twenties temping in London, Sydney and across the US, she headed back to NZ and settled in Wellington. For the past 20 + years she has provided financial and administration services to small businesses and was fortunate enough to be connected with Egmont Dixon since day one. She's seen a huge amount of growth since and has been across every detail.
Glen has over 15 years of experience in commercial and residential construction, engineering, procurement, contracts, property development, design and the environment. He also comes from a strong construction background involving working on large scale developments in New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka and the UK for many blue-chip clients.
Glen is a self-starter, with a passion for design, delivery and prides himself on creating great working relationships with everyone
Grace is a Bachelor of Architecture graduate, currently completing her Masters at Victoria University of Wellington. With fresh perspective and passion, she is excited to immerse herself in the world of project management and learn from the accomplished team around her.
She was drawn to this industry for the opportunity to make a positive impact on people by taking an idea and turning it into a tangible reality. Her thesis focuses on the psychological and physical effects of the built environment and the spaces that we inhabit. Reflecting this, she is keen to be a part of the process to help deliver thoughtful spaces to live, work and connect.
James started as a project engineer in Oil and Gas in Taranaki a few years back before moving to Wellington to take on seismic strengthening projects.
A total industry change came next, working client-side for a Biopharmaceutical manufacturer. The opportunity to work with Egmont Dixon then appeared, and he has hasn’t looked back.
James rightly considers project management to be as much about the people that you work with as the projects themselves. No project is the same and no team is identical, and James thrives on that kind of diversity: “it’s what makes life interesting”. When asked what a project manager does, James has a refreshingly simple (and accurate) answer: “I just make sure things get done, whatever that thing may be!”.
Since completing degrees in property and commerce, Jimmy has a gained a breadth of experience on development projects of all sizes, types, and complexity ranging from small brownfield projects to larger-scale apartment and greenfield subdivisions. A recent example is working as the development manager on a full universal and accessible-designed apartment project in Mount Albert. This required feasibility assessment, resource consenting, and leading a business case approval process that will result in new social housing apartments for those of all mobility levels.
Jimmy’s strengths lie in strategic thinking, risk management, and a focus on striving always to get the best outcomes for his clients and ultimate end user. As such, he prides himself on delivering projects, on time, budget, and to a quality expected from project inception onwards.
Jimmy is also always on the lookout for better, more efficient ways of achieving project objectives. By way of illustration, he played an integral part in piloting a new project delivery methodology initiative for Kāinga Ora that reduced the overall pre-construction stages of projects significantly and led to greater collaboration of project team members and stakeholders. The focus of the initiative was on an obtaining an in-depth understanding of the design process, from site layout to approved building consent and ultimately lessons learned on site where design variations are required, impacting time, cost, and quality.
Jimmy is based in Egmont Dixon’s Wellington office and is enjoying his new hometown and working on projects across the regions.
Ko Taranaki te maunga, Ko Tokomaru te waka, Ko Waiwakaiho te awa
Ko Ōtaka te Marae, He uri au nō te iwi nui tonu Te Ātiawa, Ko Ngāti Te Whiti te hapū
Kua neke au mai i te Te Upoko i te Ika a-Māui, hoki mai ki Ngāmotu, e noho ana au ki Inglewood.
Ko Josie au.
Josie is an accomplished professional with an impressive 27-year career in the film industry, having held various roles including casting, production, executive assistance, facilities management, domestic and international shipping, visa processing across multiple countries and special projects. She has had the privilege of managing multiple and diverse projects directly for private clients within the industry.
After completing her Project Management certification, Josie returned to Taranaki to formalize her on-the-job training and put her skills to use. Her vast experience and exceptional skills enable her to make anything happen, no matter how complex the situation may be. Her systematic and thorough approach to project management ensures that every task is delivered to the highest standards and within appropriate rules and regulations, all while maintaining a positive attitude.
Josie is well-regarded by her colleagues and peers for her unwavering commitment to excellence. Her ability to deliver complex projects within impossible deadlines has earned her the trust of the most successful innovators in the New Zealand film industry. She brings this same level of dedication and professionalism to every project she undertakes, ensuring successful outcomes and satisfied clients.
In her personal life, Josie has a busy work schedule and a highly active toddler, which has kept her from her former hobbies of mountain biking, skiing, and trail running lately. However, she looks forward to re-engaging with these activities around the beautiful Taranaki region. Additionally, she may even dust off her pilot's license, which she earned in her early twenties.