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.
New Zealand Leadership Team
Ian has led WSP in New Zealand since 2017. Prior to this time, he spent most of his career in banking and consultancy. Ian has led very large teams in Australia and New Zealand, responsible for annual revenue in excess of $1Bn and thousands of people. He has also worked in the banking industry in USA and Asia.
With a career characterised by growth, a client focus and innovation, Ian thrives in fast paced environments. Ian is also passionate about creating diverse and inclusive work environments where his teams can thrive.
During his time at WSP the business has experienced exponential growth. Ian has enjoyed building an exceptional team that is driven to help clients deliver innovative solutions for the benefit of Aotearoa.
General Counsel - New Zealand
infrastructure sector within both private practise and in-house counsel roles across New Zealand and Australia.
Kelly is responsible for leading WSP’s Legal function and the Project Excellence Group (‘PEG’), a corporate function charged with driving best practice in project delivery and risk management through robust systems and processes, education and thought leadership.
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
He previously held senior technical, project delivery, client and business positions at WSP securing major projects and growing market share while leading teams in excess of 500.
Peter joined WSP (then Opus) in 2009 when he emigrated to New Zealand. Having progressed through the organisation from Team Leader to Director Transport via both technical and project focused roles Peter’s career has been characterised by challenges of leading and developing people whilst maintaining focusing on delivering to our clients developing long term trusted relationships.
General Manager People
David leads our People function with overall responsibility for the People Strategy, the implementation of programmes and initiatives to support WSP achieve its strategic objectives and WSP’s Research and Operations.
David’s career has spanned various industries and has included consulting and senior leadership roles in New Zealand, Japan, and Australia.
Prior to joining WSP in 2016 David led the Human Capital team at the Water Corporation in Western Australia for 3 years during a period of transformation.
David is committed to creating a fulfilling and inclusive environment for our people where they can develop professionally and fully contribute to creating what matters for future generations.
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 has been with WSP for more than 10 years, working from both our Melbourne and Auckland offices. As well as her sector lead role, Rebecca is the NZLT sponsor for our Diversity and 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. In this role, Rebecca draws from her own 20 plus years of experience in the engineering sector to help understand the challenges and affect change.
Chief Financial Officer
Prior to these roles Ben was the business manager of a regional office (Nelson) and our research facility in Petone. This breadth of experience and knowledge of our history gives him a deep appreciation of the business understanding the implication of decisions and impacts on our front-line people. Prior to emigrating to New Zealand, Ben worked for Mott MacDonald and IBM in the U.K.
Ben is a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand and, having spent 8 years on the board of Engineering New Zealand including a period as chair, is well known and respected in the profession both within and outside WSP. Ben’s governance roles outside WSP include Chair of the New Zealand Department of Conservation Risk and Assurance Committee as well as engineering stakeholder advisory group for the New Zealand Open Polytechnic.
The Regional business is comprised of 21 local offices and 10 laboratories from Whangarei to Invercargill and is the largest component of the WSP New Zealand business with over 750 professionals providing multidisciplinary infrastructure solutions across all the market sectors we operate in. Our Regional business is founded on very close and personal client relationships that often span decades. The distribution of the local offices within New Zealand provides for
unprecedented access to all key clients across New Zealand with a strong focus on Local Authority clients.
Chris is dedicated and inspired to growing the capacity and capability of our people to holistically and sustainably meet local infrastructure challenges and to make a meaningful difference to the communities that we live and serve.
Director - Water, Earth and Environment
Carl is passionate about delivering quality outcomes for clients and building strong and resilient teams to achieve this. In a time of growing environmental awareness he is building teams that are alive and responsive to change and agile in their responses to the New Zealand market.
Chief Information Officer ANZ
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.
Director Property and Buildings
A Chartered Professional Engineer and Fellow of the Institute, Neil’s 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.
Pou Arataki – Director Māori
In the role of Pou Arataki – Director Māori, Reginald 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. Reginald joined WSP in 2019 after time at Gisborne District Council as the Consents Manager. 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.
Director Strategic Advisory
He is a well-known leader in Aotearoa New Zealand’s infrastructure community - previously serving on the Board of Infrastructure NZ and spending a decade at EY building and leading its Infrastructure, Strategy and Transactions business.
Grant joined WSP in 2022 and brings strong governance and leadership experience to his role developing WSP’s Strategic Advisory capability. With a wealth of expertise locally and globally in the delivery of major projects, he is energised by harnessing WSP’s capability to help clients work through their toughest infrastructure challenges.
Director Brand, Clients and Markets
With over 20 years’ experience in client strategy, brand and marketing, Nicole brings a passion for truly understands client’s needs and creating experiences that delight them.
Prior to joining WSP in 2017, Nicole worked in financial services across New Zealand and Australia, including with BNZ and National Australia Bank.
As a member of WSP’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group, Nicole believes in creating environments that values each unique individual and enables everyone to be their best selves while having fun.