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Beca recognises key achievers

Press Release
8 May 2006

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Beca recognises key achievers

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A further five key promotions have been announced by engineering, planning and project management consultancy Beca to the positions of directors in Auckland. “These promotions recognise that the quality of our work is dependent on our people. They are key to our business,” says Richard Aitken, Beca’s group chief executive. The following five Beca people span the company’s project management, building services, transportation and environmental engineering divisions:

Helen Ferner, Project Director

After working in the US for 10 years, Helen returned to New Zealand in 1994 and joined Beca in Wellington. She was appointed a trustee of Karori Wildlife Sanctuary when the trust was founded in 1995 - a role she still holds. More recently Helen was project manager for the just completed Pier A Segregation Project for Auckland International Airport Ltd - a project role that brought her to Auckland 18 months ago. She’s currently engaged in the next stage of the expansion of the Auckland International Airport Terminal Early Arrivals project. Earlier, Helen secured and completed the design of the seismic strengthening of San Quentin prison and the structural design of the Sun Microsystems San Leandro Campus, both designed in New Zealand for California-based clients.

Paul Collister, Project Director

Paul has worked in Beca’s project management section in Auckland for over 15 years, having started as a structural engineer 20 years ago. He has worked on the Ford Motor Company Expansion at Wiri in the late ‘80s, the development of Avondale College following a disastrous fire in the early ‘90s, New Zealand Steel’s Melter Reline in the late ‘90s and more recently, AUT’s Learning Centre and the new Greenlane Clinical Centre for Auckland District Health Board. Paul is currently project manager for the $200 million University of Auckland Business School.

Martin Wemyss, Technical Director - Building Services

Martin is a longstanding member of the Beca building services team, having ‘cut his teeth’ in the Wellington and Melbourne offices before joining the Auckland team in 1982. He has accumulated over 25 years of building services consulting experience over a wide variety of market sectors. Over this period Martin has been a champion of Beca ‘best practice’ through the development of much of the company’s building services technical guides and specifications, and contributing to the development of the Beca quality system. Martin has played a key role in major projects for Auckland International Airport Ltd, SkyCity Casino, and Auckland’s iconic SkyTower, as well as developing Beca’s longstanding partnership with those clients.

Ian Bone, Technical Director - Transportation

Ian specialises in transport planning, and has over 30 years’ experience in New Zealand, Asia, the Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. His areas of work include multi-modal transport planning and design, transport operational studies, and computer modelling of transport networks and systems. His projects include New Zealand National Highway Strategy, multidisciplinary feasibility studies in Fiji, Laos and Sri Lanka; multi-modal transport planning in Papua New Guinea, Laos, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Tuvalu, East Timor and the Marshall Islands; project planning for SH1 (Albany to Puhoi) motorway, and for various highway improvement projects in India, Papua New Guinea, Africa, the Pacific and the Middle East.

Ian Garside, Technical Director - Environmental Engineering; Manager - Auckland Water

Ian has worked extensively in the water and wastewater industry in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, and undertaken projects in the US, Spain and Singapore. He has led numerous projects to develop and upgrade water and wastewater network systems and has expertise in modelling and planning of sewer networks. Ian is a member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environment Management and the New Zealand Water and Wastes Association and is experienced in project management. His key projects include Global Wastewater Options for Metrowater, Project Storm for Watercare Services, and Whangamarino WTP for Waikato District Council.


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