Ben is a skilled engineering professional with a strong background in the procurement, delivery and management of infrastructure assets in New Zealand and Canada.
Ben’s early experience focused on structures asset management and has included the management of mid-sized contracting teams undertaking operational maintenance on the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Significantly, he was responsible for the start-up of a Bridge Design and Asset Management Group within an established Canadian business. His role focused on the group’s management, marketing and business development and his drive, tenacity and leadership led to an eventual scaling up of this group
Since then, Ben’s work has encompassed a wide variety of infrastructure advisory roles to public sector clients, including the NZ Transport Agency, the NZ Defence Force and a number of local councils. Recently, Ben was a part of the team responsible for the procurement and delivery of the Whakapapa Sky Waka gondola project.
Ben has considerable experience mentoring staff to help them achieve goals such as CPENG and enjoys the rewards that brings – not only to the company, but personally – in seeing capable people reach their potential.
Ben’s enthusiasm and active interest in all aspects of the industry, his clear commitment to his clients and his ability to quickly and effectively integrate into an established client team are only some of the qualities that have led to his appointment as Resolve Group’s Procurement Service Line Leader and member of the management team.
Ben’s skills include:
- An on-going, industry-wide awareness that ensures his approach to addressing a client’s issues takes account of current practice, best practice and upcoming innovation.
- Creative and intuitive thinking that provides for excellent solutions and ensures quick learning on the job with no need for hand-holding.
- An ability to step into an established client team, listen to their goals, needs and issues and help them achieve in a holistic and comprehensive way.
Ben appreciates that working alongside highly experienced and well connected peers who hold considerable respect within the industry (not just staff members but clients also), is extremely beneficial and rewarding and feeds directly into his mentoring work.
When not busy liaising with clients, Ben likes to surf, hang out with his daughters and travel, though not necessarily in that order.
WORKING WELL AT COVID-19 LOCKDOWN LEVEL 2
“I just wanted to say a big thank you to Ben and the team for all their efforts over the last weekend in helping us get out the restart plans for the contractors to allow them to be able to return to work on Tuesday. It was a great effort without which we wouldn’t have been successful.”
Andrew Thackwray – Senior Manager, Project Delivery, Transport Services, NZ Transport Agency