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.

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Managing Director

Ian Blair

Ian has a record of delivering strong results across different international markets and segments.
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Ian has earned his reputation predominantly in the banking industry. He has previously held senior positions at Westpac New Zealand and Australia, responsible for revenues in excess of $1 billion, growing market share and being awarded High Achiever status while leading a team of over 1000 staff.

With a career characterised by growth, leading large teams and focusing on his clients, Ian thrives in fast changing environments.

Before coming to WSP he was Principal Consultant at Sapience Limited, responsible for assessing strategy, analysing revenue and making recommendations to investors on key infrastructure projects. This experience has made him passionate about our industry and able to recognise the opportunities for WSP in New Zealand and Australia.

Under Ian’s leadership, WSP in Aotearoa New Zealand was a founding member of the Diversity Agenda Accord which aims to promote greater diversity in engineering and architecture, including addressing gender imbalance, visibility of LGBT+ Rainbow Community and Māori and Pasifika representation.

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General Counsel - New Zealand

Kelly Wilshire

Kelly joined WSP in July 2018 and guides the company through managing legal, regulatory and commercial risks
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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.

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.

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Director of Transport

Peter Wiles

Peter is focused on strategic mobility solutions using our global expertise & methodologies to service changing client & community needs.
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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, he has delivered major projects such as Waikato Expressway, Southern Corridor Improvement and a series of 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 a 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 to run, coach kids sports and spend time in the hills.

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Director Client Experience and Strategic Advisory

David Kidd

David is a creative and collaborative leader who builds strong teams that consistently deliver results in highly competitive markets.
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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.

David has extensive multi-sector experience working with the Executive teams and Boards of public listed companies and public sector organisations. An expert facilitator, he 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.

 

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General Manager People

David Fowler

David Fowler was appointed to the role of Head of People New Zealand in January 2018 and leads the People function of WSP.
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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.

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Director Power

Rebecca Tjaberings

Rebecca provides strategic leadership for our Power sector
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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. 

Rebecca is also the NZLT Sponsor for our Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group, which seeks to ensure fair and equitable working environments for all our employees in Aotearoa New Zealand, regardless of gender and gender expression, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or race.

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Chief Financial Officer

Ben Holland

Ben has delivered major infrastructure projects in Europe and New Zealand.
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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.

 
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Director Regions

Chris Davies

Chris is involved in ensuring the needs of our regional clients are continuously exceeded.
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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.

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Director - Water, Earth and Environment

Carl Devereux

Carl is passionate about delivering quality outcomes for our clients.
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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.

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Chief Information Officer ANZ

Robyn Gillespie

Robyn has spent her career in the sector delivering digital solutions to business problems and creating value both within, and outside, the organisations she has worked in.
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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.

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Director Property and Buildings

Neil Barr

Neil provides productive infrastructure that improves the lives of all citizens.
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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. 

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Pou Arataki – Director Māori

Reginald Proffit

Reginald has extensive experience working with integrating Māori culture with iwi, hapū, business and local government processes.
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Ko Hikurangi te maunga
Ko Waiapu te awa
Ko Horouta te waka
Ko Ngāti Porou te iwi
Tēnā tātou

In the newly created role of Pou Arataki – Director Māori, Reginald now sits on the WSP New Zealand leadership team and leads the execution of WSP’s Rautaki Māori (Māori Strategy).

The Rautaki provides strategic direction on how WSP will integrate Te Ao Māori, including Te Reo Māori, into the organisation and the work it produces, and how it will work with Māori to support them to achieve their aspirations.

Previously, Reginald was the Business Manager of WSP Gisborne, a team of 16 civil, structural, geotechnical and water engineers and laboratory technologists. Reg comes to WSP from his former position as Consents Manager at Gisborne District Council. Reginald has extensive resource management planning experience, practises as an Independent Hearing Commissioner, and is currently the Chair of Te Kokiringa Taumata | New Zealand Planning Institute. Reginald has extensive experience working with integrating Māori culture with iwi, hapū, business and local government processes.


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