We are built on the strength of our people. In every region where we operate, our local leaders guide the mission, drive the vision and uphold our collective beliefs.
Ian has earned his reputation predominantly in the banking industry. Holding senior positions at Westpac New Zealand and Australia, like General Manager - Retail Banking, responsible for revenues in excess of $1 billion, or growing market share as the General Manager of Business Banking or being awarded High Achiever status every year as General Manager of Commercial Banking while leading a team of over 1000 staff. Ian has thrived in fast changing environments.
Most recently as Principal Consultant at Sapience Limited he has been assessing strategy, analysing revenue and making recommendations to investors on key infrastructure projects. This particular experience has made him passionate about our industry and also recognise the opportunities for WSP in New Zealand and Australia.
His entire career has been characterised by growth, leading large teams and focusing on his clients.
Head of Legal
Kelly brings a wealth of experience to WSP having spent her 20-year legal career advising stakeholders in the construction and infrastructure sectors within both private practise and in-house counsel roles across New Zealand and Australia.
In her most recent role as General Counsel - Australia at Fulton Hogan in Melbourne, Kelly provided the executive team and senior management with all front-end commercial, regulatory, compliance and strategic legal advice for their subsidiaries in Australia.
Kelly holds degrees in Commerce and Law (with honours) from the University of Auckland and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Melbourne’s specialist Construction Law programme. In 2018 and 2019 she was named in the Doyle’s Guide as a Leading In-House Construction & Infrastructure Lawyer – Australia.
Director of Transport
Peter provides leadership for the Transport sector.
He is a strong, energetic leader with a strong technical, strategic and client focus.
Peter has built his reputation predominantly in the Transport Sector, delivering major projects such as Waikato Expressway, Southern Corridor Improvement and a series of the DART projects to a diverse range of clients.
Having progressed through the organisation from Team Leader – Bridge Design where he rebuilt our bridge design capability, to sector focused role as Bridging Leader – New Zealand, Peter then moved into business management role as Group Manager – Civil Infrastructure North where he was responsible for revenues in excess of $40m and significant growth.
His entire career has been characterised by challenges of leading and developing people whilst maintaining focusing on delivering to our clients.
When he has spare time he likes a run, coach kids sports such as rugby and touch and spend time in the hills.
Director Client Experience and Strategic Advisory
David is a member of WSP New Zealand’s executive team with accountability for the firm’s strategic advisory practice, business development, marketing, communications, strategy and WSP NZ’s metropolitan council client relationships. He is also a member of WSP’s global Future Ready® Leadership team with accountability for Strategic Advisory services.
Extensive multi-sector experience working with the Executive teams and Boards of public listed companies and public sector organisations. An expert facilitator, David enables diverse stakeholder groups to work through ambiguous and complex problems, while gaining alignment, clarity and focus for execution.
David has undertaken strategic consulting assignments for public and private sector clients operating in diverse markets including Europe, Middle East, New Zealand and USA.
David has a Bachelor of Honours in Political Studies from The University of Leeds, UK.
Prior to joining WSP, David held senior positions at BNZ including his most recent role as Head of Marketing.
General Manager People
David leads the People function with overall responsibility for the People Strategy and the implementation of programmes and initiatives to support WSP achieve its strategic objectives.
After completing his studies in Political Science at Victoria University, David moved to Japan where he spent 17 years with Berlitz International in a variety of roles culminating in David holding the position of Corporate Sales and Regional Director before moving back to New Zealand with his family in 2007.
After 5 years consulting to both private and public organisations, David led the Human Capital team at the Water Corporation in Western Australia for 3 years during a period of transformation before once again returning to New Zealand.
David’s background also includes management and executive coaching, strategy formulation, and business development.
Rebecca helps clients meet the rising demand for power, maintain secure and reliable energy supplies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Rebecca is a chartered engineer with 20-years professional experience, 12 of which have been in the power industry in Australia and New Zealand in both consulting and technical project management roles.
During this time Rebecca has had a significant focus on renewable energy development and in strategic asset management for network clients.
She has been with WSP for 7 years, working in the wind and strategic consulting teams in Melbourne, and most recently leading a team of mechanical and electrical engineers and strategic advisors working across the power industry in New Zealand as Group Manager Power.
Director Property and Buildings
Neil brings strong strategic direction to projects, engaging with clients to understand their drivers and galvanising leadership teams to develop a common vision to deliver long term sustainable outcomes. He has had responsibility for the delivery of professional services for many large infrastructure projects including the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
His philosophy is to work in partnership with each stakeholder to listen, understand, and then act. A student of Design Led Thinking through Stamford University, Neil puts the human at the centre of any solution and considers the impact of that solution on the experience felt by the end user.
Neil lives in Porirua and is a strong advocate for the underlying social benefits of this programme. He considers health, education and living solutions as gateways to improve the lives of all New Zealanders.
Chief Financial Officer
Ben is a civil engineer with over 25 years’ experience and is recognised for delivering major infrastructure projects in Europe and New Zealand. He has lead many of the recent project management improvements in WSP (and Opus before that) focusing on improving the level of professionalism of our project managers and project directors and putting our clients at the heart of our delivery systems.
He has gained a wealth of governance experience through his eight years on the board and presidency of Engineering New Zealand. He is active in delivering projects for WSP’s clients currently sits in project governance as well as providing specialist advice on various matters from project risk management to safety in design.
His current role in WSP is to lead our transformation journey focusing on delivering improved outcomes for clients, simplifying how we delivery value and focusing on the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations.
Chris is the Director of the New Zealand ‘Regional Business’. Chris is a Chartered Transportation, Environmental and Management Engineer and has been with WSP business for 20 years.
The Regional Business that Chris is responsible for is comprised of 19 local offices and 11 laboratories from Whangarei to Invercargill. The Regional Business is the largest component of the WSP NZ business by scale with Chris having direct responsibility for over 650 professionals operating across Transport, Water, Environment and Property & Buildings sectors.
Chris is ultimately accountable for all aspects of the Regional Business operation including Governance, Strategy, Leadership, Procurement, Operational Management & Delivery and Project and Board Governance responsibilities.
Director - Water
Carl is passionate about delivering quality outcomes for clients and building strong and resilient teams to achieve this. His personal driver is to lead teams that are alive and responsive to change and agile in their responses to the New Zealand market.
"It is an exciting and challenging time to be in the water industry as NZ responds to natural disasters, challenges of population growth and the ever increasing impacts of climate change. We have the opportunity right now to shape the future of New Zealand’s urban environment for generations to come."
In his role at WSP, he provides leadership to one of the largest water consultancies in New Zealand and one that has serviced both Urban and Regional NZ for over 150 years. His aspiration is for WSP to continue to provide leadership in the water industry and for his team to walk alongside our clients as they enhance the environment for the next 150 years.
Acting General Manager - Transformation, Commercial & Major Project
Tony is an active Project Director and project governance board member and is focused on developing strong and collaborative relationships with our clients to deliver breakthrough outcomes.
As an NZLT member Tony oversees WSP NZ's Transformation, Major Projects and Commercial Teams with a focus on striving for continual improvements in WSP's project management and commercial practices.
Chief Information Officer ANZ
Robyn Gillespie is an experienced and energetic leader in IT and Operations.
She heads up Operations and IT for WSP Australia NZ, which includes Procurement, Quality and Business Process in addition to her IT responsibilities. Robyn joined WSP in 2015, and prior to that has held senior IT and operational roles in a range of sectors including Construction, Telecommunications, Government and large IT vendors.
Her diverse background gives Robyn not only a good understanding of the WSP Australia NZ business, but the ability to draw on relevant external experience to make the boat go faster. Her career has been characterised by a collaborative working style, leading and developing people while maintaining focus on delivering great client outcomes.