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 Blair is an experienced Financial Services Leader with a record of delivering strong results across different international markets and segments. He is a strong, strategic leader with a proven ability to bring about transformational change.
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.
When he has spare time he likes a run, a game of golf and watching a bit of cricket.
Head of Legal
Kelly Wilshire joined WSP in July 2018 to take up the role of Head of Legal. Kelly and her team advise and support WSP on all issues affecting the business’ operations, proactively identifying and managing legal, regulatory and commercial risks.
Kelly brings a wealth of experience to WSP having spent her 18-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 Law and Commerce degrees from the University of Auckland and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Melbourne’s specialist Construction Law programme. In 2018 she was named in the Doyle’s Guide as a Leading In-House Construction & Infrastructure Lawyer – Australia.
In her spare time, Kelly enjoys running, playing the piano and baking mega-structures.
Chief Financial Officer
Erica Benton joined WSP in October 2018 as Financial Controller, bringing a wealth of experience from her 19 years working in large multinational organisations – such as Coca-Cola Amatil - both in the UK and New Zealand.
Erica has a strong balance of skills across commercial, financial, people and governance disciplines, and a financial background in strategic capital projects and transformation.
With a passion for capability building and ensuring work environments are both diverse and inclusive, Erica strongly believes that people are at the centre of everything WSP does.
In the role of CFO, Erica focuses on partnering with the business to help drive sustainable growth, operational efficiency and strategic alignment, while protecting WSPs’ business and commercial strengths.
Director - Transport
Peter Wiles provides leadership for the Transport sector, focused on strategic mobility solutions using our global expertise and innovative methodologies to service changing client and community needs. 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 passionate about inspiring others to make a difference, helping people realise their potential and building a great NZ for future generations.
Responsible for four multi sector metro councils he works directly with the respective Client Directors, Sector Directors and relationship teams. He also leads the Client Solutions team responsible for Marketing, Internal & External Communications, Client Experience and Bids.
Prior to joining WSP, David held senior positions at BNZ including his most recent role as Head of Marketing.
David holds a BA Hons from Leeds University.
Head of People
David Fowler was appointed to the role of Head of People New Zealand in January 2018 and 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.
Originally from Wellington, in his free time David enjoys making the most of the Wellington culture and surroundings with his two children, playing tennis, and the occasional game of football.
Director - Environment
Carole Smith is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the Environment sector, building technical expertise and collaborating in delivery of services across the WSP global network.
WSPs’ Environment team works on key projects that make a significant difference to communities, whether that be reducing occupational exposure risks associated with asbestos, or ensuring that important infrastructure projects are built in a way that respects communities, environment and heritage.
With over 20 years’ experience in environmental consulting in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, Carole has a well-earned reputation for being strongly committed and versatile, with a multi-disciplinary background involving project management, technical and management roles.She has had a diverse career experience managing teams and leading sector development, as well as being well recognised for her technical competency in contaminated land and environmental management.
In her most recent role as Technical Director – Environment, Carole focused on the rounded development of people within specialist technical areas and with respect to business knowledge and acumen.
Carole’s defining career moments include auditing Air NZ’s environmental performance over a 10-year period and managing Auckland Council’s closed landfill team.
She is passionate about understanding how technology can be used to deliver better results for clients, and believes that being at the forefront of new technologies and approaches is one of WSPs’ major strengths.
Director - Power
Rebecca Tjaberings provides strategic leadership for our Power sector, which 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 & Buildings
Neil Barr provides leadership for the Property & Buildings sector, focusing on delivering innovative solutions to meet the challenges of complex projects.
Prior to joining WSP, Neil enjoyed a highly successful 17-year career with Aurecon, most recently as Regional Director South East Queensland which saw him lead over 600 people.
In this role he was instrumental in significant infrastructure projects such as the $1.4Bn Sunshine Coast University Hospital and the $1.6Bn Toowoomba Second Range Crossing where he was responsible for the governance of all professional services delivered. He also partnered with Lendlease to develop the world’s largest timber building at 25 King Street, Brisbane, which put the WELL rating tool as the centre of the design philosophy.
Neil has led large-scale business transformation and understands the value of thought-leadership, client engagement and service delivery as key differentiators.
He brings a deep understanding of the importance of vision and strategy to delivering long-term sustainable value to an organisation, and his leadership philosophy is anchored by a Design Led Thinking approach.
Director - Water
Carl is passionate about delivering quality outcomes for clients and building strong, resilient teams to achieve this.
“My personal driver is to lead teams that are alive and responsive to change, and agile in their responses to the New Zealand market. Market conditions can change quickly and external factors, like a natural disaster or legislative reform, can have significant impact.”
Prior to starting with WSP Carl worked for Aurecon, where he most recently held the position of Regional Director, NZ, and has more than 20 years industry experience in infrastructure delivery.
General Manager Transformation and Commercial & Major Projects
Ben brings a wealth of experience to his role having been with the business for over 20 years; he was also recently appointed as President of Engineering New Zealand.
Chief Information Officer
Robyn Gillespie is an experienced and energetic leader in IT and Operations. 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.
She heads up Operations and IT for WSP, 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 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.
In her spare time, Robyn likes to ski, read, spend time boating on the Hauraki Gulf, and travel.