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Alison Murray

Alison Murray
Director Commercial Procurement, Ministry of Education

Alison has worked in procurement in operational, consulting and leadership roles for over 20 years in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Alison joined the Ministry of Education in 2014 and has been integral in transforming school infrastructure procurement by leading a step change in procurement capability to support thousands of distributed buyers in schools and the wider public sector by driving best procurement practice and striving to make the Ministry easier to do business with.

Last year Alison was the first woman - and one of only two non-engineers - to win the President’s Award from the Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand. This award was recognition of her collaborative approach and commitment to encouraging clients to work with consultants and contractors for the good of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Antony Holden

Antony Holden
Managing Partner, Wotton + Kearney

Antony is Managing Partner of Wotton + Kearney in New Zealand and is recognised as a leading insurance lawyer by both the Legal 500 and Chambers Asia-Pacific since 2016.

He acts for insurers, reinsurers and their clients on a wide range of insurance issues, with extensive experience in New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and the London market.

Antony specialises in professional liability, with a focus on the construction and building industries, as well as contract works and first party property claims.

Local and global insurers turn to him to defend claims against architects, structural and geotechnical engineers, building surveyors, draftspersons and other professionals in the construction and property industries.

Antony and his team are known for having had major wins for insurers in New Zealand’s highest Courts on high-profile and precedent-setting cases.

Christina Leung

Christina Leung
Principal Economist, NZIER

Christina heads up Membership Services, where she looks after NZIER’s economic forecasts and analysis of the Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion.

She has fifteen years’ experience in the public and private sectors, having also worked at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and ASB Bank. Besides helping clients to use forecasts to plan for the years ahead with confidence, Christina has also worked with a wide range of clients looking at topical issues including the benefits of decongesting the Auckland traffic network, regional labour shortages and developments in the construction sector.

Christina is regularly sought after by the media to provide commentary on key developments in the economy and financial markets, and features regularly on the AM Show.

Christina holds a Bachelor of Commerce with first class honours in Economics from the University of Auckland, and has been a CFA charter-holder since 2010.

David Kelly

David Kelly
Chief Executive, Registered Master Builders Association

David Kelly is the Chief Executive of the Registered Master Builders Association and was Chair of the Construction Industry Council until late 2019.

Prior to talking up his current role, David was a Deputy Chief Executive for the Department of Building and Housing and subsequently Director of the Canterbury Recovery Programme for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. In those roles, David was extensively involved in the Government’s response to the Canterbury earthquakes from day one, including establishing the technical investigation into major building collapses, which provided key technical information to the Royal Commission. He also led the Building Act changes that were part of a package of reforms in the construction sector.

Going back further, David held a number of senior roles in local government including that of Chief Executive of South Waikato District Council.

Elliot Davis

Elliot Davis
Director, PwC

Elliot has over 16 years’ experience in the property industry, and is currently a Director in the PwC Real Estate Advisory team. Following a period where he was focused on the provision of corporate real estate solutions in New Zealand and Singapore, Elliot developed an interest and skill base in providing development advice and support to the tertiary and private sectors, including projects with Fletcher Construction and Willis Bond & Co.

Elliot's experience includes lead roles as development manager and as Engineer's Representative on multiple construction contracts. Elliot is adept at contract governance and working with parties to realise the best outcome for all involved.

Jo-Anne Knight

Jo-Anne Knight
Partner, Simpson Grierson

Jo-Anne is a partner in the commercial litigation group. She specialises in construction litigation and has over 20 years' experience acting for contractors, principals, local authorities and consultants in the full range of building and infrastructure disputes. Jo-Anne also advises in the negotiation and drafting of construction contracts with particular emphasis on the allocation of risks within construction contracts, security arrangements and providing tailored mechanisms for avoiding disputes and managing disputes that cannot be avoided in the most effective manner suitable to the particular project or industry.

Jo-Anne has represented construction parties and local authorities in well over 100 mediations and judicial settlement conferences. She specialises in adjudications and also appears as counsel in the courts, specialist tribunals and in arbitrations covering the full range of construction issues, including payment disputes, construction defects cases and enforcement of performance bonds.

John Gardiner

John Gardiner
Director, Building Confidence Ltd

John Gardiner is Managing Director of Building Confidence Ltd a consultancy providing building regulatory advice to regulators, building product suppliers, owners as well as those providing manufactured building solutions.

Up until September 2017, he was Manager Determinations and Assurance within Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). In this role he was responsible for making Determinations under the Building Act 2004. He also had additional responsibilities for building product issues as well as the programme leadership of the development of a new regulatory regime for earthquake-prone buildings.

During April 2018 to July 2019 he was Acting Director, Technical and Regulation at the Victorian Building Authority and currently provides some consultancy advice to them.

John Green

John Green
Managing Director of Building Disputes Tribunal, Arbitrator, Mediator and Adjudicator

John is a leading figure in dispute resolution in New Zealand. He is a Chartered Arbitrator and has extensive experience in the design and delivery of dispute resolution processes and the resolution of building, construction and infrastructure disputes.

Judith Cheyne

Judith Cheyne
Associate General Counsel, Christchurch City Council

Judith has extensive experience in the Building Act and other Local Government issues. She has been an author of Brookers Building Law since 2005.

Much of her experience was gained in acting for different Councils and other clients throughout New Zealand in her role as a Senior Associate at Simpson Grierson, working in both their Wellington and Christchurch offices.

For the last seven years she has worked in the Christchurch City Council’s legal services unit.

Julia Whitehead

Julia Whitehead
Senior Associate, Wotton + Kearney

Julia is a Senior Associate in Wotton + Kearney’s Auckland office with over nine years’ experience in insurance and building law.

She has a strong history in insurance advocacy and specialises in building law, professional negligence, representative actions, product liability and coverage issues.

Julia has advised on, reviewed and drafted insurance policies dealing with construction risk and acted on insurance building claims from a wide range of perspectives. She is the co-president of the Auckland Insurance Network.

Julien Leys

Julien Leys
Executive Director, Construction Strategy Group and Chief Executive, New Zealand Building Industry Federation

Julien Leys is a very experienced communicator with over 23 years working in both the private and public sectors including the New Zealand Government. Julien was the legal and communications adviser to the Minister of Local Government in New Zealand’s first MMP Parliament.

He ran his own award-winning communications consultancy PR Partners for 10 years before merging his business with Trans-Tasman consultancy SenateSHJ where he was the General Manager and a senior Partner for several years. He is a specialist in Government relations, advocacy and reputation management. 

Julien has provided strategic counsel to a range of New Zealand and global organisations including in the infrastructure and construction sectors. He has a particular interest in contracting procurement, solutions for housing affordability and ways to achieve consistent productivity in the construction sector.

He holds a first-class Honours Master’s degree in Law and is a Qualified Member of the Auckland District Law Society. He is also the Chair of the College of Fellows, and a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (FPRINZ)

Katrina Van Houtte

Katrina Van Houtte
Special Counsel, Kensington Swan

Katrina is a Special Counsel in Kensington Swan's construction team. Most recently, Katrina spent a number of years working as a senior in-house lawyer at Fletcher Building and has advised on all aspects of construction and infrastructure projects.

Katrina has significant experience with large scale construction projects and advises on the whole of the project life cycle, from the tender phase, during delivery and assisting to resolve disputes at the back-end. Katrina has particular expertise in large, complex D&C contracts.

Lara Bennett

Lara Bennett
Executive Director, PwC

Lara has over 20 years of business experience, working in the construction sector for 4 years prior to joining PwC, where she is currently an Executive Director specialising in restructuring. Following on from her time in the construction industry, Lara has maintained a strong interest in the property sector, where she has been involved in a number of high profile assignments, including as a receiver of Ebert Construction, the Ebert Retentions Fund and Tower Cranes NZ, as well as taking lead roles in the Bridgecorp and Mainzeal receiverships.

Lara also undertakes advisory assignments and assists with firm wide PwC proposals and engagements in the sector and has led a number of presentations and workshops with industry stakeholders regarding the challenges facing the sector and improving outcomes.

Lara is a Chartered Accountant and a CAANZ Accredited Insolvency Practitioner (NZ).

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor
Senior Associate, Russell McVeagh

Michael Taylor practices in commercial litigation with a particular focus on construction, infrastructure and information technology law. He practiced at the London Commercial Bar for 15 years before joining Russell McVeagh.

Michael ranked as Leading Junior Counsel in The Legal 500 UK and Chambers & Partners UK, and now represents principals, contractors and professionals on major construction and project disputes.

Michael is a committee member for the Society of Construction Law.

Sam Jack

Sam Jack
General Counsel – New Zealand, Fulton Hogan Ltd

Sam is a leading commercial and construction lawyer and is passionate about health and safety in infrastructure projects and mental health generally. Sam has expertise with all forms of construction, design and consultancy contracts, including FIDIC, NEC3, CCCS and the suite of NZS contracts, as well as significant M & A, litigation and energy experience.

Sam sees a fundamental need for fair and transparent risk allocation in the construction industry and for a better understanding of project risk; in particular, to avoid the (common) mistaken belief that shovelling risk to third parties is the same as actually managing the risk to the project.

Workshops

Catherine Green

Catherine Green
Executive Director, Building Disputes Tribunal

Catherine is the Executive Director of the Building Disputes Tribunal (BDT), New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre (NZDRC), New Zealand International Arbitration Centre (NZIAC), and the New Zealand Family Dispute Resolution Centre (FDR Centre). She also has her own practice working as a barrister, arbitrator, adjudicator, and mediator.

Prior to starting her private dispute resolution practice, Catherine gained a wide range of experience in commercial litigation matters both onshore and offshore, including with Russell McVeagh (Auckland), Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP (London), and Mourant Ozannes (Cayman Islands).

Whilst working in leading law firms both onshore and offshore, Catherine has gained extensive experience in a wide range of commercial litigation matters, including fraud, insolvency, contractual, financial services, tax avoidance and regulatory issues.

Helen Macfarlane

Helen Macfarlane
Partner, Hesketh Henry

Helen is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team with specialist expertise in construction law. She read law at Oxford and was admitted as a barrister in London, before moving to New York where she worked as a litigation attorney for 15 years with leading US and international law firm, Shearman & Sterling.

Helen qualified in New Zealand in 2007 and joined Hesketh Henry the same year. Since then she has developed extensive expertise in the construction sector both in providing front end advice on contract drafting and in addressing issues that arise during the course of a project.

Helen has extensive experience in construction disputes, spanning CCA payment claim adjudications to litigation arising out of defective construction, providing her with a comprehensive understanding of what can go wrong on a building project.

Nick Gillies

Nick Gillies
Partner, Hesketh Henry

Nick is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team at Hesketh Henry. He has particular experience in construction, insurance and professional negligence.

Nick first practiced with Russell McVeagh, where he undertook a range of building, property, engineering and insurance-related disputes. He also worked in their property and commercial teams.

Nick then spent eight years in London with Beale and Company Solicitors LLP, acting for contractors, sub-contractors, building professionals and their insurers in relation to a wide range of construction and engineering disputes.

Since returning to New Zealand and joining Hesketh Henry in 2013, Nick has acted for consulting engineers, aged care providers, contractors, subcontractors, insurers, and other commercial clients. While primarily a dispute resolution lawyer, he also undertakes construction contract reviews and negotiations.

Royden Hindle

Royden Hindle
Arbitrator, Mediator, Construction Adjudicator

Royden practices as an arbitrator, commercial mediator, construction adjudicator, facilitator and (occasionally) as an advocate. With over 35 years’ practice variously as a civil litigation partner in a major law firm, barrister, Tribunal Chair, mediator, arbitrator, amicus curiae, adjudicator and teacher. He is able to draw on a long and varied experience in dealing with disputes from all perspectives.

Sarah Holderness

Sarah Holderness
Senior Associate, Hesketh Henry

Sarah is a Senior Associate in the Litigation and Disputes Resolution team with over 8 years’ legal experience. She primarily specialised in front end construction work, nd has acted for a diverse range of project participants, sizes and types of project. Sarah is familiar with standard from agreements and regularly drafts either bespoke special conditions or entire contracts.

As well as her private practice experience, Sarah has also worked in-house for a multinational engineering firm, working almost exclusively on front-end work.

Sarah has assisted with a variety of contentious matters, such as defective building claims, professional indemnity claims, and contract disputes including relating to delay and other issues on construction projects, and the supply of goods and/or services.

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Date & Location

Auckland: 19 November 2020, Cordis Hotel

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