Ian BlairManaging Director
Ian is an experienced Financial Services Leader with a record of delivering strong results across different international markets and segments. He is a strong, strategic leader with a proven ability to bring about transformational change.
Ian has earned his reputation predominantly in the banking industry. Holding senior positions at Westpac New Zealand and Australia, like General Manager - Retail Banking, responsible for revenues in excess of $1 billion, or growing market share as the General Manager of Business Banking or being awarded High Achiever status every year as General Manager of Commercial Banking while leading a team of over 1000 staff. Ian has thrived in fast changing environments.
Most recently as Principal Consultant at Sapience Limited he has been assessing strategy, analysing revenue and making recommendations to investors on key infrastructure projects. This particular experience has made him passionate about our industry and also recognise the opportunities for WSP Opus in New Zealand and Australia.
His entire career has been characterised by growth, leading large teams and focusing on his clients.
When he has spare time he likes a run, a game of golf and watching a bit of cricket.
Gordon DavidsonChief 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
Peter MathewsonGroup Director, Water
Peter leads Major Clients and Markets and provides strategic leadership and direction to ensure WSP Opus are positioned for success in key sectors of operation and that strong client relationships are to the fore.
Peter is driven by customer satisfaction with an emphasis on time, cost and quality and brings a high level of energy, with an open and personable style of management.
Prior to his most recent role Peter was appointed as Group Director for Water in 2016, and before this had been Managing Director of our New Zealand business since 2011, and was Northern Regional Manager for 10 years prior to this. Peter has significant experience in the construction and engineering industry providing strategic and operational leadership, and has an in-depth understanding of the New Zealand infrastructure market.
Peter holds has an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering and is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a Fellow of Engineering NZ. Peter completed the Stanford University Executive Management Programme in 2004.
Outside of work Peter is a keen golfer and enjoys keeping fit and active, and is a very good DIYer (just ask him about his pool!)
Peter WilesGeneral Manager Technical Capability ANZ, Civil
Peter is an experienced Leader within Engineering Consultancy, with a record of delivering to our clients across different markets and segments. He is a strong, energetic leader with a strong technical, strategic and client focus.
Peter has built his reputation predominantly in the Transport Sector, delivering major projects such as Waikato Expressway, Southern Corridor Improvement and a series of the DART projects to a diverse range of clients. Having progressed through the organisation from Team Leader – Bridge Design where he rebuilt our bridge design capability, to sector focused role as Bridging Leader – New Zealand, Peter then moved into business management role as Group Manager – Civil Infrastructure North where he was responsible for revenues in excess of $40m and significant growth. This diverse background within WSP Opus gives his full knowledge of how the business operates which is critical to the success of his current role.His entire career has been characterised by challenges of leading and developing people whilst maintaining focusing on delivering to our clients.
When he has spare time he likes a run, coach kids sports such as rugby and touch and spend time in the hills.
Scott EvansGeneral Manager - Design Centre Regions
Scott is responsible for a team of over 570 engineering, planning, surveying and laboratory staff in the Design Centre Regions (DCR).
He is Project Director for a number of longterm contracts and sits on supplier governance boards. In his current role, he is responsible for leadership and delivery of DCR Business Plan initiatives. Lead and coach DCR team to deliver to their potential with strong, performance and talent management practices. Instill a collaborative approach to delivery of client & commercial outcomes aligned to the New Zealand Business Plan. Monitor and hold people accountable for profitability of the projects lead within DCR. Lead and manage the Design Centre in creating, maintaining and growing client relationships across the NZ business.
Prior to his appointment, Scott had been North East Area Manager within the Regional Business and Business Manager of Tauranga. Scott has over 20 years private and government experience, in engineering/commercial and project management. His commercial acumen has been gained through successful track record leading national projects, tendering, procuring for strategic projects and delivering financial outcomes. His early career involved electrical engineering, followed with experience in commercial auditing, project management and more recently in leadership.
Scott holds a Master of Environmental Management (Honours) Bachelor of Business Studies (Management & Accounting) and a Diploma in Infrastructure (Asset Management) as well as a NZ Certificate in Engineering.
In his spare time Scott enjoys running, mountain biking and the odd game of golf.
Julie ChuorGeneral Counsel
Julie is acting General Counsel responsible for managing the legal team and ensuring they are effectively supporting the business.
Julie and her team advise and support the business in many areas including risk management, contracts, disputes, and insurance spanning the breadth of all WSP Opus services.
Previously Julie worked at a law firm in Wellington, Phillips Fox and then moved into a legal role at NZ Post. Prior to joining WSP Opus 5 years ago, she worked as inhouse counsel for Public Trust.
Her spare time is taken up with 3 kids but she still finds time for crossfitting which she loves. Julie has also finished writing a book which she intends to publish this year, she also has a children’s book in the works.
Julie's qualifications include a LLB/BCA and Chartered Secretary (Governance NZ)
Paul RooneyGeneral Manager Design Centre North - Fiji and Samoa
Paul's leadership role requires him to communicate the strategic direction for the business, in particular the Civil Infrastructure, Buildings, Property Services and Environmental Services groups (approx. 450 FTEs) and support delivery of our targeted business plans. I also has responsibility for developing our Pacific Island businesses - particularly in Fiji.
Paul's role requires leadership and management skills that ensure the various business groups deliver commercially and technically appropriate solutions to our clients. This delivery takes place within an environment of pro-active client management, risk management and quality assurance. Paul holds Project Directorships on several high-profile projects in our portfolio. For these projects he is responsible for risk management and budget control. All of this requires that he has a wide comprehension and understanding of good practice, both in the technical sense and in the business management environment.
Paul's qualifications and memberships include: BSc (Hons) Civil and Structural Engineering (1985) MBA (2007) and Chartered Engineer (UK) (1992).
Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK) (1992), Member of the Institution of Professional Engineers NZ (2003)
and CPEng (NZ) Int PE
Paul has a keen interest in travel and likes to visit art galleries and installations on his adventures. He is a bit of a foodie and enjoys trying new restaurants and cuisines. On weekends, you’ll find him taking the dog for walks or watching football as he’s a loyal Everton supporter.
Robyn GillespieHead of IT & Operations
Robyn Gillespie is an experienced and energetic leader in IT and Operations. Robyn has spent her career in the sector delivering digital solutions to business problems and creating value both within, and outside, the organisations she has worked in.
She heads up Operations and IT for WSP-Opus, which includes Procurement, Quality and Business Process in addition to her IT responsibilities. Robyn joined WSP-Opus in 2015, and prior to that has held senior IT and operational roles in a range of sectors including Construction, Telecommunications, Government and large IT vendors.
Her diverse background gives Robyn not only a good understanding of the WSP-Opus business, but the ability to draw on relevant external experience to make the boat go faster. Her career has been characterised by a collaborative working style, leading and developing people while maintaining focus on delivering great client outcomes.
In her spare time, Robyn likes to ski, read, spend time boating on the Hauraki Gulf, and travel.
Simon HatherillGeneral Manager - Design Centre South
Simon is responsible for the Transport, Buildings, Property, Water, Power and Environmental Teams that are based in Wellington and Christchurch.
The team consists of approximately 500 full time employees whose technical expertise ranges from Geotechnical Engineering to Archaeology.
Previously Simon was Opus Lower North Island Regional Manager, WSP Section Exec Power Engineering, Section Exec Civil, Commercial Manager. Other roles have included working in a wider range of industries including: Oil and Gas, Telecommunications, and Infrastructure Development.
Simon's qualifications include, MBA, BE (Civil), PMP, MENZ, MPMI
In his spare time Simon enjoys mountain biking, snow boarding and water skiing
David KiddGeneral Manager - Client Solutions
David is a creative, collaborative and commercial leader who builds strong teams to consistently deliver results in highly competitive markets.
Passionate about inspiring others to make a difference, helping people realise their potential and building a great NZ for future generations.
David leads the Client Solutions team responsible for Marketing, Internal & External Communications, Client Experience, Bids as well as Research & Innovation.
Prior to joining WSP Opus David held senior positions at BNZ including his most recent role as Head of Marketing.
David holds a BA Hons from Leads University
David FowlerHead of People New Zealand
David Fowler was appointed to the role of Head of People New Zealand in January 2018 and leads the People function with overall responsibility for the People Strategy and the implementation of programmes and initiatives to support WSP-Opus 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.
Originally from Wellington, in his free time David enjoys making the most of the Wellington culture and surroundings with his two children, playing tennis, and the occasional game of football.
Grant SpeddingHead of Safety, Health and Environment
Grant brings to WSP Opus broad industry experience as a Health & Safety professional, with a focus on delivering strategic safety leadership, creating and implementing effective health and safety initiatives, managing risk and building capability, and supporting senior management to deliver cultural change within organisations.
Before joining WSP Opus, Grant held a variety of senior and leadership Safety, Health and Environmental roles predominantly in marine construction and oil & gas organisations across Australia and New Zealand. His most recent role was National Health & Safety Specialist with Les Mills New Zealand, where he implemented a new company Health & Safety Management System, enabling the business to fulfill the requirements of safety standards AS/NZS 4801 and OHSAS 18001.
Grant is a Chartered Occupational Health & Safety Professional, with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Health & Safety from Curtin University, Australia.