Thank you to our lineup of expert speakers. We appreciate your continued support to improve the quality and performance of the built environment.

Nigel is a New Zealand psychologist, author and television host.   He has worked for the last two decades in a number of agencies including Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation, Sex Offender Treatment Programmes, Family Therapy agencies, Child Youth and Family, Probation Services, and extensively in private practice.

He has presented several television shows: “Beyond The Darklands”, “The Politically Incorrect Guide to...” “Nigel Latta Blows Stuff Up”.  In addition to this Nigel has also presented documentaries on how to help children cope after the Christchurch earthquake, and how parents can help teenage drivers stay safe on the road.  Other projects include a documentary series that investigated some of the important issues within our society including alcohol, education, sugar/obesity, poverty and inequality, child abuse, crime and punishment.

In 2016, Nigel and two colleagues started a production company called Ruckus Media. Rukus has produced “Mind Over Money”, “‘What Next” and “The Curious Mind”.  All have screened on television.

Nigel was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2012 Queen's Birthday and Diamond Jubilee Honours, for services as a psychologist.

Wayne has over 37 years’ experience in the transport infrastructure sector across both the United Kingdom and New Zealand, with a background in both the private and public sectors.

Wayne has been with Waka Kotahi for 11 years. In this role he is responsible for ensuring that there is national consistency across the operation and maintenance of New Zealand’s transport system. This includes ensuring safe and efficient journeys through effective response and management of major emergency events, network incidents, the provision of travel information and optimisation of transport corridors.

Wayne has provided co-governance and leadership to the response of emergency events such as Cyclone Hale, Cyclone Gabrielle, the Auckland Anniversary flooding event and the Auckland Harbour bridge strike in 2020.


Mel Orange

Chair of Building Practitioners Board

Mel Orange is a barrister and the Chair of the Building Practitioners Board. Having been a member of the Board since 2013, Mel has seen the development of the disciplinary regime and has been at the forefront of changes to it.

Amy Moorhead


Amy is the Manager Building Policy at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The Building Policy team provides policy advice on building performance and building and construction sector issues to support the construction of safe, healthy and durable buildings. Current priorities include delivering the Government’s Building System Reforms, retention money regime changes and the Seismic Work Programme. Amy has held a number of public sector policy, strategy and operational roles in building and construction and housing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Victoria University.

Amanda Macauley


Amanda Macauley is Principal Advisor, Building System Performance at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The Building System Performance branch provides policy and technical advice on New Zealand’s building system, and implements fit-for-purpose, performance-based building legislation and regulations to meet New Zealand’s current and future needs. Amanda is part of the Building Emergency Management team, focusing on work to strengthen national capability in this space. She received her PhD from the University of Canterbury

Eddie Hebert


Eddie Hebert has had a long-standing career in risk and emergency management. He served for twelve years with the Canadian Armed Forces, followed by a stint working as a geospatial analyst in Canada’s oil & gas industry. Since moving to New Zealand he has worked in several emergency response roles, including for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Department of Conservation, Christchurch City Council and the Maritime New Zealand National Response Team (NRT). Eddie is now the Manager, Building Emergency Management with the Building System Performance branch at MBIE, and is leading the delivery of the training programme for rapid building assessors.

Simon Thomas


Simon is legally qualified with a regulatory background encompassing privacy law, occupational regulation (including LBPs) and Building System Assurance. The Building System Assurance team he leads is responsible for the regulation of BCAs, TAs, CodeMark, Multiproof, the Earthquake Prone Building register, product assurance more generally and the new BuiltReady scheme. His team also plays a key role in Building Emergency Management and serious building failure investigations.

Clare Botha 


Clare Botha is Principal Advisor in the Building System Assurance team at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The Building System Assurance team is an operational unit within the building regulatory system that concentrates on Building Consent Authorities and Territorial Authorities. It also oversees a number of programmes, including the national multiple-use approvals scheme (Multiproof), building product assurance, and CodeMark. Clare is a member of the team responsible for building emergency management, and she focuses on efforts to increase national capabilities in this area. She previously served as a building control officer in the Wellington Region and holds a Bachelor of Building Science.

Charlotta Harpur

Rice Speir

Charlotta is a lawyer with 20 years' experience. In the last 14 years she has specialised in working with local authorities to assist them in resolving disputes arising out of building related issues.

Jeff Fahrensohn

Auckland Council

Manager of the Auckland Council inspection and CCC team who currently carry out 200,000 inspections each year and issue 17000 CCCs.

Anthony Hoete

Auckland University

Anthony is a Professor of Architecture (Māori) of Ngāti Awa descent. His academic qualifications include a Masters from The Bartlett at
University College London and a Ph.D. from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He is a registered architect in the Netherlands, the UK, Australia, and NZ.
In 2002 Anthony founded his practice, WHAT_architecture, which won the 2021 NZIA International Award for Costa Street, a build-to-rent cross-laminated-timber housing project in central London. WHAT_architecture also acted as the main contractor, while Anthony’s property vehicle GoA acted as developer-investor and today retains the property.
Here in Aotearoa, Anthony focuses on historic and contemporary housing and climate change. This includes designing and delivering mass timber-engineered medium-density affordable housing, using seismic resilient post-tensioning and papakāinga through his NZ practice Ngārchitecture. He is also leading research into streamlining consenting, ModelDocs, which the BRANZ Research Levy funds.

Ian McCormick

Auckland Council

Ian McCormick is currently Auckland Council’s General Manager Building Consents. This is a position he has held since the amalgamation of the Auckland region’s territorial authorities.

Ian was previously Vice-President of the Building Officials Institute of New Zealand and a past member of MBIE’s Building Advisory Panel. He is the chair of the Metro Sector Group - a national collective of regulatory managers focused on improving consistency and efficacy of building control service delivery. He is the past chair of the Building Research Advisory Council (BRAC).

Ian holds a Masters degree in Business, a Bachelors degree in Science from University of Auckland and a Diploma in Business Administration from Massey University. Ian is in the process of completing an additional Masters degree in Management from Massey University.

Bernard Farrington

Oculus Architectural Engineering 

General Manager of Oculus Architectural Engineering and Operations Director of Shelby Wright Test Labs, Bernard has over 25 years of design consultancy, project management, and construction management experience. Is an accredited passive house consultant, and a passionate proponent of building better in New Zealand.

Jon Davies 

Oculus Architectural Engineering

Jon is the Laboratory Manager for Shelby Wright Test Labs. His Masters Of Architecture research happily coincided with Covid lock downs and a brand new test booth that needed use. Practical research is Jon's thing, where ideas have to be proven in real life.

Denise Martin 

Oculus Architectural Engineering

Denise Martin is a consulting building analyst in the residential and commercial building sectors of New Zealand and Australia. She founded BEO Ltd and is now the Principal Analyst for Oculus.  Her experience expands across several aspects of building science; such as, energy efficiency and building performance modelling, hygrothermal detail analysis (WUFI), Isothermal detail analysis (Flixo) and building envelope permeability testing using the Minneapolis Blower Door.  Denise has extensive knowledge on Passive House and is an accredited Passive House Certifier as well as an ATTMA (Air Tightness Testing and Measurement Association) Level 2 tester.  Denise conducted the first, final and qualifying Blower Door test on the first Passive House in New Zealand.

Frana Divich

Heaney and Partners

Frana Divich is a partner of the law firm Heaney & Partners. She has spent nearly 30 years defending councils and other professionals from liability claims.

Jennifer Taylor 

Construction Sector Accord

Jennifer has held State Owned Enterprise Sustainability and Executive-level Advisory and Marketing responsibilities, and is an advocate for all New Zealanders to have access to higher-performing buildings and homes with a reduced environmental impact.  Jennifer wants to ensure this change starts from well-considered, united strategies and policies across the construction sector.  

As a Director of an award-winning, energy-efficient building company and the first female Board Member of the Wellington Registered Master Builder Executive, Jennifer is focused on New Zealand construction being successful, sustainable and low-emission throughout all phases of the building life-cycle - construction, use and decommissioning.

Matt Bishop


Matt Bishop, a Chartered Professional Engineer, has been the Managing Director of a structural consulting firm for 14 years. Following the Christchurch earthquakes, he pioneered engineering compliance for commercial interiors. Recently, Matt founded a software company focused on creating innovative platforms for engineering services. As a next-generation engineer, he adeptly combines deep technical knowledge with efficient digital solutions.

Denise Whelan

Auckland Council

Denise works for Auckland Council managing the teams who are responsible for the Competency Assessment, Audit and Training of all technical staff. She holds the pivotal role of BCA Quality Manager for Auckland Council and is the residing Chair of IANZ Building Consent Authority Professional Advisory Committee.

She has worked with Auckland Council for 12 years and in that time has worked on many continuous improvements of regulatory functions both process and technology focussed.

Denise’s passion lies in the interpretation of the law and regulation and transforming the key objectives of legislation into practical operational excellence for the business. She is also a strong believer in the development of people in their technical and professional careers.

Denise has also been enrolled as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.


Denise Hartley-Wilkins  


Denise is a people and culture expert, dedicated to championing better workplaces and working lives for over 25 years.  She believes you don’t have great organisations; you have great workplaces – great leaders, great teams, great cultures.  Denise the Director of Shine People Consulting and program facilitator for the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand.  Denise facilitates two of HRNZ’s flagship programs, HR Foundations and HR101 (HR for Non-HR People).

Erik Bradshaw  

Mountain Turk Club

Erik Bradshaw is an avid adventurer, explorer and inventor who lives in Arrowtown. He was the first person to ski the length of the Southern Alps, has sailed to the Antarctic, skied in the Himalaya and climbed many mountains in the Southern Alps.

When he is not out adventuring he runs a software design company with his wife and also has two children. Always one to believe there must be a better way to do something he has a reputation for tackling and solving unusual problems.

Peter Sparrow  

Future Skills

Peter has spent his entire working life in the construction industry. Starting as an apprentice in the NZ Army with the Royal NZ Engineers. He has worked in local and central government and held senior positions as General Manager at Christchurch City Council, the Department of Building and Housing, MBIE and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Peter is currently a senior lecturer with Future Skills Academy focusing on building surveying and developing the Batchelors Degree in Building Surveying and Control. He also owns and directs SPARCON NZ Ltd, a construction issues consultancy, focusing on expert witness services for councils and their legal teams around New Zealand.

Graham Burke  

Construction Sector Accord

Graham has worked in the construction industry for 40 years and has held numerous roles in industry bodies, including Executive Director of NZ Construction Industry Council, Executive Officer of NZ Specialist Trade Contractors Federation, Co-chair of ConCOVE, (Construction and Infrastructure Centre of Vocational Excellence), member of the Construction Accord Steering Group and board member of Construction Health and Safety NZ.   Graham has worked hands on for most of his career, working initially in residential construction and later establishing a successful scaffolding business which he sold in 2015. He is committed to leading change in the construction sector, moving emphasis from bottom price to value, safety, and quality.

Jayson Ellis    

Timaru District Council

Jayson has worked within the building industry all my working career with the last 15 years in the regulatory environment.

Since becoming a BOINZ member in 2008, educating, upskilling and mentoring BCO’s has become a passion of mine along with the benefits and enjoyment that has come from the many relationships created over this time. Since becoming a BCA manager, the many challenges associated with gaining qualifications and competencies has become even more apparent, therefore with this in mind BOINZ has recognised the need to development a new standardised and streamlined approach that will support BCO’s and BCA’s alike in terms of their competency journey.  Born was the  “Entry to BCA part 1 & 2” programme, designed to identify new and potential BCO’s and to achieve competency to Residential 1 in a shorter time frame. I have had 4 of our new BCO’s successfully complete the Entry to BCA part 2 and have achieved great outcomes as a result of completing this programme. Accordingly, my presentation is about how the programme was developed, implemented and the success that has come from it.

Daniel Scheibmair    

Simpson Strong-Tie

Daniel is a member of Engineering NZ, holds CPEng status, a ME (Hons) qualification, and has had various roles with manufacturers of Engineered Wood Products and structural connectors and fasteners. After two years as BOINZ’s Technical and Education Manager, he joined Simpson Strong-Tie in early 2019 to again draw on his timber engineering expertise and his unique skillset across engineering, marketing, sales, and building compliance, to encourage and support uptake of timber in commercial, industrial and multi-storey construction in NZ. His involvement with numerous industry bodies and standards committees, the time as President of the Timber Design Society, his tenure on the BOINZ board of directors, and his previous roles, a reflection of being at the forefront of advances and innovation in timber engineering in design and construction.

Izaac Sugrue       

Engineering NZ

Izaac is a lawyer with a regulatory background, having previously worked stints at Maritime New Zealand, the national maritime regulatory compliance and response agency, and the Real Estate Authority, the professional conduct regulator for real estate agents in New Zealand. Izaac is enthusiastic about providing legal advice that is effective to use and adds value to the organisation, and has an interest in regulatory process review and improvement.

Veronica Dessein     

Engineering NZ

Veronica is a research psychologist with over 10 years’ insights and project management experience primarily in regulatory, health, and corporate market research environments. Veronica gets excited about unravelling the story behind complex issues, tailoring operational efficiencies to strategic business priorities, and using both qualitative and quantitative data to map pathways for success.

Andrew Wheeler       


Andrew is the Executive Director for the Australasian Certification Authority for Reinforcing and Structural Steels Ltd (ACRS). Andrew has an extensive history with the Australian/New Zealand construction industry working as an Applied Researcher, Senior Project Manager, Consulting Engineer and Technical expert. He has worked closely with industry partners addressing issues in design and construction methods, managing the delivery of significant infrastructure and the implementation of quality procedures for products and systems.  Andrew has served and continues to serve on a number and technical committees for both New Zealand and Australian Standards, NATA and involved in ensuring independent rigorous certification of building products.

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