• Dr David Prentice

    Chief Executive and Managing Director

    David Prentice was appointed Chief Executive and Managing Director of Opus International Consultants in October 2010. 

    Since joining Opus in 1997, David has held a number of senior management positions, most recently as Director, United Kingdom and before that, General Manager, Business Development.  In his early career, David worked as a consulting engineer in the UK before returning to Edinburgh University to undertake his PhD.

    On completion, he worked in several senior consulting engineering roles before emigrating to New Zealand in 1997 to join Opus as a Senior Structural Engineer.  In 1999, David left Opus and gained significant project management experience in software development.  In 2003, he returned to Opus and held a number of senior leadership roles before his appointment as Chief Executive and Managing Director in 2010.

    David serves on the Board of Directors for Opus as a non-independent and executive board member.  He is also the Chairman of the Infrastructure sub-group for Business NZ, and a member of the Institute of Directors.

    David is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand and is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), New Zealand.

  • Art Washuta

    President, Canada

    Art Washuta was appointed to the role of President, Canada in January 2016.


    Prior to his appointment he was the Senior Vice President of Opus Stewart Weir.  He has also held senior management positions at AECOM and UMA Engineering Ltd.

    He is responsible for the Canadian operations of Opus with a team of 650 staff in 16 offices offering services in geomatics, transportation, water, wastewater, environmental engineering and infrastructure asset management.

    Art is a Civil Engineer with 40 years of experience in planning, design, project management and construction management for heavy civil, transportation and environmental projects.

  • Gordon Davidson

    Chief Financial Officer

    Gordon was appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer in 2013 and his role is integral to maintaining our strong financial position, charting our commercial growth, and achieving our strategic objectives.

    Gordon joined WSP Opus after four years as the CFO at Kiwibank and CFO at Inland Revenue. Prior to that he oversaw the successful integration of the finance functions at National ANZ in 2003, following which he became Head of Finance for ANZ.

    He is well respected in the fi nance sector for his strategic leadership experience and business acumen. Gordon has a BA in Accountancy and Economics, and an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

  • Alison Swan

    Company Secretary/Legal Adviser

    Alison was appointed to the role of Company Secretary and General Counsel in 1992. In her role, she advises the Board and Executive Leadership Team on all aspects of our corporate governance and regulatory compliance.

    Alison has overseen and implemented the structural changes required at each stage of our transition from the New Zealand Ministry of Works to a state-owned enterprise, through to a private company in 1996, and then to listing on the New Zealand Stock Exchange in 2007.

    Alison is also a trustee of the Works Superannuation Scheme. She holds a Bachelor of Artsand Bachelor of Laws from Otago University and is a member of the New Zealand Law Society.

  • Ingrid Shannon-Smith

    Director, People & Technical Capital and Strategy

    Ingrid was appointed to the role of Director, People & Technical Capital and Strategy in December 2015, joining from her most recent role as Global Managing Director of The Cambridge Project, where she worked with global blue chip organisations to enhance economic growth through leadership and organisational development.

    Prior to this, Ingrid was Vice President for Organisation Development & Change at Nokia, where she re-designed processes and practices to unleash new talent and shorten development timetables. She brings extensive experience in innovation, research, and behavioural science.

    Ingrid holds a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Educational Psychology, and a Master of Research, Educational Psychology from the University of Western Australia.