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.
Charrid is an experienced Senior Project Manager and Registered Architect with an accomplished track record of working in design and construction across the industry. His diverse portfolio of more than 400,000m2 of successfully completed projects has involved working with architects, developers and main contractors across the private and public sectors. With over 10 years of senior project management experience working for a main contractor on projects ranging from $30 to $200 million, Charrid’s strengths lie in design management, tender management, cost control, programme, construction management and sustainable design.
Charrid is passionate about building projects and relationships that hanga he hapori whanui (create a wider community). As a registered Architect he understands the process of a thoughtful and responsive design solution.
Charrid is also currently NZIA Chair for Hawkes Bay | Gisborne, NZRAB registered Architect, and a LEED Accredited Professional with U.S. Green Building Council.
A recent graduate of Victoria University, with a conjoint degree of Bachelor of Building Science (majoring in Project Management) and Commerce (majoring in Supply Chain management).
She was drawn to Building Science because it included multiple areas of interest, namely: the science of how infrastructure is constructed and on the management side, how to keep the project streamlined. A desire to understand all aspects of management was the driver behind her commerce degree.
With an appreciation of detail, Cordelia values being involved in the entire lifecycle of a project: and the more complex, the better. No surprises then that the part-time job funding her university studies wasn’t the traditional hospitality or retail option, instead she chose the complexities of function management.
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.
Gemma has a strong background in commercial project management in the UK and project advisory/delivery here in NZ, working closely with the likes of Auckland Transport, Waka Kotahi, KiwiRail and Port Marlborough NZ.
Gemma’s interest in architecture and her drive to deliver projects that will enhance the development of the Wellington region sees her perfectly positioned in Egmont Dixon’s Development Management team, seeing projects through from start to finish.
Her strengths of project coordination and management in both the architectural and infrastructure industries, ensure that she’s well versed in managing multi-disciplinary teams, working collaboratively and seamlessly to deliver projects to programme.
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!”.
Jesse has broad project portfolio experience in both fit-outs and development work - including commercial spaces, apartment developments, residential housing and social housing projects.
With an in-depth understanding of the construction industry and processes involved, he’s strong on briefing, budgeting, consenting, tender management, cost and quality control, project management and construction delivery.
Kayla is an experienced project manager in commercial construction, holding a Bachelor of Building Science, majoring in Project Management and Environmental Science.
She has a diverse background working from the subcontractor, builder and clients point of view in both Melbourne and Hawkes Bay, with projects ranging from $5m to $180m, including mansions to apple packhouses.
Kayla has a passion for creating a change in the mental health, wellbeing and diversity in the construction industry (founder of One Tradie), and spends her time on site developing relationships and communication methods with teams involved to help with project delivery.