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. 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 Opus in New Zealand and Australia. 

His entire career has been characterised by growth, leading large teams and focusing on his clients. 

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Head of Legal

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.

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.

 

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Chief Financial Officer New Zealand

Erica Benton

Erica brings a wealth of experience from multinational organisations – such as Coca-Cola Amatil
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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.

 

 
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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, 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.
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Director Client Experience and Strategic Advisory

David Kidd

David is a creative, collaborative and commercial leader who builds strong teams to consistently deliver results in highly competitive markets.
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David is passionate about inspiring others to make a difference, helping people realise their potential and building a great NZ for future generations.

He leads the Client Solutions team responsible for Marketing, Internal & External Communications, Client Experience, Bids as well as Research & Innovation. 

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 Environment

Carole Smith

Carole is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the Environment sector
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WSP's 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 WSP’s major strengths.
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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. 
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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. 

GM Commercial & Major Projects

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) focussing 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 focussing on delivering improved outcomes for clients, simplifying how we delivery value and focussing on the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations.

 

Director Regions

Chris Davies

Chris is involved in ensuring the needs of our regional clients are continuously exceeded.
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Chris’ current role leads the regional business which has 600 employees across 22 locations, with demonstrated success in Leadership, Operational Management, Business Transformation and Strategy Development and Implementation. 

Director - Water

Carl Devereux

Carl is passionate about delivering quality outcomes for our clients.
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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 Opus, which includes Procurement, Quality and Business Process in addition to her IT responsibilities. Robyn joined WSP Opus 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 Opus 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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Technical Directors

WSP Technical Directors are dedicated to helping clients bring complex projects to life.
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Global team

WSP headquarters are based in Montreal, Canada.

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