About

People

Staff

We're a lean not-for-profit organisation with a small part-time team (of 2.5 full-time equivalent!).

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    Pamela Bell

    Founder + Chief Executive Officer

    Pamela brings experience in architecture (MArch), Olympic-level sport (snowboarding), small business development (Fruition Apparel Ltd and NZ Snowboard Academy Ltd), governance (Snow Sports NZ) and management.

    In 2009, she completed a Master of Architecture thesis ‘Kiwi Prefab: Prefabricated Housing in NZ’.
    The ‘Kiwi Prefab: Prefabricated Housing in NZ’ thesis is available to view here. And an A3 Summary Brochure here.

    In 2010, Pamela held a Kiwi Prefab Workshop at Victoria University’s School of Architecture and Design with over 140 attendees. They called for an industry organisation to be set-up. Ten industry members were elected to represent a wide range of stakeholders and a wealth of experience. PrefabNZ, the hub for prebuilt construction in NZ, was established and led by Pamela.

    In 2012, Pamela co-authored the book ‘Kiwi Prefab: Cottage to Cutting Edge’ with Mark Southcombe (Victoria University) – published by Balasoglou Books and available from Aalto Books here. She was also the Knowledge Expert for the ‘Kiwi Prefab: Cottage to Cutting Edge’ exhibition at Puke Ariki Museum, New Plymouth – Dec 1 2012 to Apr 1 2013. See more about Kiwi Prefab here.

    In 2015, Pamela launched the PrefabNZ UNIpod design competition for an open-source universally accessible bathroom pod designed specifically for multi-unit residential applications. The winning design was made into a prototype that was launched at the PrefabNZ CoLab conference in Auckland in April 2016. The design will soon be open-source and available for all to use, a first for New Zealand.

    In 2016, Pamela co-authored a commemorative book on HIVE, New Zealand’s first Home Innovation Village facilitated by PrefabNZ in response to Canterbury’s earthquakes 2010-2012. The HIVE showcased a range of ten high-quality, sustainable, well-designed prefabricated houses in Christchurch for members of the public to experience the benefits of prefab first-hand. It is hoped that it is the first of many HIVE’s in New Zealand.

    Today, Pam sits on the BRANZ Board that oversees the Building Levy for research towards better buildings. She is a member of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Building Advisory Panel (BAP) that provides industry input to executives and Ministers. Her involvement in governance is reflected in membership of the Institute of Directors (IoD).

    Pamela can be contacted for Media or Advocacy inquiries at pam@prefabnz.com or phone +64 21 972 635

    Contact Pamela Bell
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    Ariana Hitch

    Communications

    Ariana is the part-time Communications for PrefabNZ. She's a mobile do-it-all. Her skills range from on-the-tools property renovation, wedding planning & styling to graphic design and IT networking. As a current Sydney-based business owner, she has a hands-on understanding of running a business within a very competitive market. Ariana is thrilled to be working at PrefabNZ which will bring her adaptability, creative pursuits and varied skills together at the intersection where innovation happens.

    Ariana will be working with the team to assist with communications and events. Feel free to contact Ariana if you have any queries or suggestions regarding how she could support you.

    Contact Ariana Hitch
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    Jessica Gray

    Membership Engagement

    Jessica is joining the PrefabNZ team as the Membership Engagement Manager. She is a skilled stakeholder engagement manager and has several years’ experience planning events and managing projects. Jessica likes to indulge her creative side; using her interest in graphic design in her professional life as well as designing and making children’s clothes in her spare time.

    Originally from Sweden, Jessica has long had a personal interest in prefabrication and is very excited to be working at PrefabNZ helping to bring prefab houses to the New Zealand public.

    Please feel free to contact Jessica if you have any questions about your current membership or how to join PrefabNZ. Jessica can be reached on +64 21 950 938.

    Contact Jessica Gray
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    Paula MacLachlan

    Partnerships Manager

    Paula joined PrefabNZ as Partnerships Manager at the start of the 2018 year.


    Having spent the best part of a decade in the commercial property sector, Paula is excited to bring her knowledge of property and partnerships to the PrefabNZ team.


    As a past business owner, she understands the functionality that makes industry tick and the importance of alliances that deliver.
    With a strong design bent and a passion for New Zealand, Paula is looking forward to working with our PrefabNZ Partners to grow and deepen mutually beneficial relationships with transformational outcomes.

    She would love to hear from you to discuss how you can influence this industry transformation. Contact Paula to discuss Partnership opportunities: paula@prefabnz.com or phone + 64 21 710 961.

    Contact Paula MacLachlan
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    Jess Corbett

    Financial Officer

    Jess Corbett is the part-time Financial Officer for PrefabNZ. She has been self-employed for the last five years providing administration, payroll, and financial services for a variety of mostly non-profit organisations in Wellington.

    Jess can be contacted at accounts@prefabnz.com or phone 021 105 9510

    Contact Jess Corbett

Board

Our Board is elected annually at the PrefabNZ Annual General Meeting in June and represents a wide range of stakeholders and a wealth of experience. PrefabNZ Members are invited to nominate and vote for their preferred Board Members each year.

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    Andrew McKenzie

    Board Member

    General Manager- Development & Modular Construction - Arrow International NZ Limited

    Andrew joined Arrow as Wellington Manager in July 2009, was made Christchurch Director in 2014 and in March 2016 moved into the role of General Manager in Development and Modular Construction.

    He is responsible for Arrow’s property development business activities and the establishment of offsite manufacturing across Arrow’s business. Andrew believes that offsite construction will deliver major benefits because of the time, quality, safety and cost advantages offsite brings.

    Andrew has over 30 years’ experience in construction, property development and valuation providing him wide range of knowledge and experience.

    The process Andrew talks about internally and to our clients, consultants and partners – DfMA (Design for Manufacture and Assembly) is the key – “A project has to be designed for modular construction in order to maximise the benefits from our manufacturing supply chain”.

    Contact Andrew McKenzie
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    Daiman Otto

    Board Member

    Daiman Otto graduated from RMIT (Melbourne) with a Bachelor of Architecture with 1st class Honours in 2002.

    Since this time, Daiman has worked in architecture practice, property development and construction and became a founding Director of Analog Structures - an R&D company specialising in developing prefab systems and products. Since 2006, Daiman has been consulting to ARKit Pty Limited - an Australian Sustainable prefab company with design and building work in Australia and New Zealand. He is currently CEO at Tall Wood, a technology business committed to delivering future-proofed tall timber buildings faster and cheaper.

    Contact Daiman Otto
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    Greg Pollock

    BOARD MEMBER

    Greg has 23 years’ business experience working in a range of sectors, from town planning, conflict resolution, the property sector, and more recently in prefabricated small homes and management consulting. He was a CEO of a $20m turnover company and held senior leadership roles at Beca. He has skills and experience in planning, working with government and management consulting and strategy.

    Greg has extensive governance experience and has previously served on commercial and not-for-profit Boards, including at Dispute Resolution Services Ltd, the NZ Property Council (Wellington), and the New Zealand Planning Institute. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and has a Certificate in Company Direction.

    Contact Greg Pollock
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    Guy Marriage

    Board Member

    Guy is a registered architect and a senior lecturer at Victoria University. With over 25 years of experience on a wide range of different projects in both the UK and NZ, he is one-fifth of First Light Studio Ltd, a design-led architectural practice which focuses on compact, sustainable residential and small-scale commercial design.Wearing his academic hat, he is known as a lecturer genuinely interested in furthering of the body of knowledge surrounding architectural construction, urban design and building performance. He constantly questions and publicly challenges the status quo of NZ building rules, standards and construction methodologies, and encourages his students to both fully understand existing technologies and actively explore exciting new technologies.

    Although only becoming a board member in 2017, he has been an active supporter of PrefabNZ since its inception. In his spare time, Guy actively contributes to the built environment community, regularly contributing to local and national public events and has written for publications such as Architecture NZ, Home NZ, Idealog, Urbis, Top Gear, Blueprint, ArchitectureNow, as well as at conferences such as ANZASCA, and SAHANZ.

    Contact Guy Marriage
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    Lauren Christie

    Chair

    Lauren has a Building Science degree (first class honours) and PhD. In 2010, she was awarded a scholarship to attend Stanford University for an entrepreneurship course. She has over 12 years’ experience in the construction industry and in a variety of roles from research to government to project manager. Lauren is the current Board Co-Chair of PrefabNZ.

    Lauren helped PrefabNZ set up the HIVE CH, Christchurch's first Home Innovation Village, and has always been supportive of the opportunities prefabrication presents.

    Contact Lauren Christie
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    Leah Singer

    Board Member

    Originally from Northern Ireland, Leah graduated from the University of Sheffield’s School of Architecture and has since enjoyed a successful and rewardingly diverse career in both design & construction. A sought-after design manager for high-value, complex projects Leah has worked within all stages of the supply chain, contracting under her brand Entwine to clients, architects and top tier main contractors, often simultaneously.

    Leah has extensive experience in off-site project delivery, including for oil & gas companies, mass-produced housing providers and most recently, with commercial facade systems. A passionate believer in the importance of communication Leah believes that the greatest challenge the industry faces is the paradigm shift required to move from a cost-focused risk avoidance mindset to one of trust, value recognition and meaningful risk management.

    Leah Design Managed the Westpac & EY HQ at Britomart (both the only female and the youngest on the management team), then under Entwine managed the Front End of Stanley's Rightsize project. She is currently found consulting to companies including Hampton Jones, Hawkins and Tall Wood.

    A passionate advocate for change in the industry, Leah is currently completing an MBA and is in the final throes of a research project focusing on 'Improving Government Procurement of Architectural Services'. In collaboration with the New Zealand Institute of Architects, the objectives are to provide practical recommendations for productivity increases in the industry but most importantly, to ensure that these recommendations also contribute to maximising the quality of end design outcomes.

    Not one to shy from a challenge Leah is an avid sailor and has recently completed her third Sydney to Hobart yacht race believes that gender should be a complete irrelevance when it comes to achieving one's goals.

    Contact Leah Singer
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    Mike Fox

    BOARD MEMBER

    Mike Fox has been a Registered Master Builder for over 30 years through his building companies EasyBuild, Primesite Homes and Abode Homes. He has held industry leader positions including Wellington Registered Master Builders President, a director of BRANZ, terms as Chairman and President of the Registered Master Builders Federation NZ, he was awarded a life membership of RMBA in 2016 for services to the construction industry, a Director of Master Build Services Ltd the home warranty provider, has also served two stints on the building advisory panel to MBIE, a regular columnist for Building Today and other trade related magazines on matters impacting the industry and is known for his straight to the point communication style, he is a founding member of the Construction Strategy Group.

    EasyBuild is a nationwide prefabrication company offering a quality, affordable flat pack housing solution. The unique timber portal and panel-based construction method means houses can be erected by semi-skilled labour, be weathertight in one week from foundation and fully completed in 6-9 weeks – half the time of a conventional build and saving a third of the cost of a bespoke build. They can be built by DIY or one of Easybuild’s licenced nationwide builders.

    Contact Mike Fox
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    Tim Porter

    Deputy Chair

    Tim is a Chartered Manager with degrees in fire and civil engineering, and a postgraduate diploma in management. With 9 years working in strategy and change management, Tim has built on his technical background to develop a thorough understanding of how to implement effective change. Tim is the current Board Co-Chair of PrefabNZ.

    Tim’s experience on projects in the UK, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand, have given him a broad network and understanding of the global construction industry. Now leading product development projects for Holmes Solutions Tim aims to use his knowledge and experience to help further the work of PrefabNZ and contribute to positive change for the New Zealand construction industry.

    Contact Tim Porter
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    Wade MacAuley

    BOARD MEMBER

    Wade has been part of the Spanbild prefabrication journey since it began four years ago. A vocal advocate for Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA), he led the Versatile team to build more than 70% of their new homes through the 'Rebuild' using Concision panel technology.

    Wade is now challenging the broader market with panelisation and volumetric construction in both the residential and commercial sectors. He is a passionate advocate for better, warmer, faster, more environmentally sustainable and affordable buildings.

    Innovative prefabrication throughout NZ, across all market sectors, is by far the best and most compelling method of delivering this, and Wade is passionate about helping make this the 'new normal'.

    Contact Wade MacAuley

Past Board

Our sincere thanks to the following people who have generously volunteered their time and wisdom on the PrefabNZ Board:

  • Chris Moller
  • Andre Hodgskin
  • Matthew Hay
  • Tim Blake
  • Ree Anderson
  • Craig Davison
  • Eli Nuttall
  • David Fraser
  • Gordon Barratt
  • Jason Cordes
  • Gary Caulfield
  • Paul O'Brien
  • Bella Franks
  • Trina Lincoln
  • Dr Wayne Sharman
  • Dave Strachan
  • Michael Cambridge
  • Todd Forsyth
  • Rod Gibson
  • Lawrie Halkett
  • Harriet Pilkington
  • Rosemary Scofield
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