About

People

Staff

We're a lean not-for-profit organisation with a hard-working team.

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    Scott Fisher

    Chief Executive Officer

    Scott has extensive marketing, commercial and leadership experience in the public, private and NGO sectors and with a number of membership bodies. Membership sector involvement has been across a wide variety of industries including the plumbing industry, professional services and most recently Retail NZ where he firstly held a commercial role and then become CEO.

    Scott works collaboratively with all stakeholders and has a strong commercial focus to ensure that businesses are effective and sustainable with a long term focus for the benefit of the respective industry and New Zealand society as a whole.

    Scott’s construction experience has been gleaned from both personal and professional interfaces, including time with the Master Plumbers association. Personal experience has come from numerous renovations, extensions and new builds at a domestic level. Scott is passionate about design and its principles from the classics to contemporary. Many people are surprised to learn that Scott has read Vitruvius and is a follower of Andrea Palladio (but not in an obsessive way) and has a hobby producing architectural plaster detail. As a lay person with an interest in design and construction Scott is passionate about being part of the PrefabNZ team and playing his part in its successful future and contribution in the construction sector.

    Scott can be contacted for media or advocacy inquiries at scott@prefabnz.com or phone +64 21 0699 453

    Contact Scott Fisher
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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 jessica@prefabnz.com.

    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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    Leah Singer

    Chair

    Leah is a freelance consultant in the construction industry operating under the brand entwine. To entwine serves as a metaphor for her mission statement – to weave disparate parties, ideas or knowledge together in order to cultivate a more efficient and effective construction industry.

    With both an Architecture degree and an MBA Leah has provided a variety of services to various parties along the construction supply chain. These have included extensive design management services for main contractors, quality systems analysis for architects, and business consultancy for offsite manufacturers. Specific experience of off-site delivery includes with living quarters for oil & gas platforms, mass-produced social housing and unitised/panelised commercial facade systems.

    Leah’s love of both problem-solving and supporting continuous industry improvement has seen her author two industry reports on public sector procurement - one for the New Zealand Institute of Architects and the other for Infrastructure New Zealand. As elected Chair of the PrefabNZ board, Leah is extremely excited about contributing to the organisation and its membership base at a pivotal time in the uptake of off-site construction in New Zealand.

    Contact Leah Singer
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    Lauren Christie

    Deputy

    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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    Andrew McKenzie

    Board Member

    Andrew joined Fitzroy Engineering Limited in March 2019 as General Manager- Development & Modular Construction. His brief is to establish a property development business with a particular focus on the use of modular construction systems for its development projects.

    Fitzroy Engineering backed by parent company Dialog Group Berhad of Malaysia, is an ideal platform for the establishment of such a development company due to groups considerable financial resources and extensive expertise that both companies have with prefabrication in the oil and gas industry. Fitzroy and Dialogs first development project will be undertaken on a site that has been purchased in central Wellington where they are planning to build 8 levels of apartments using modular construction.

    Prior to joining Fitzroy he spent 10 years with Arrow International joining as Wellington Manager in July 2009, was made Christchurch Director in 2014 and in March 2016 moved into the role of General Manager – Property Development based in Auckland.

    Andrew has over 30 years’ experience in property valuation, construction, property development, business management and governance providing a wide base of knowledge and experience in both the commercial and residential property sectors.

    In Andrews view the DfMA process (Design for Manufacture and Assembly) is the key to achieving success when using modular construction systems “A project must be designed to use modular construction systems from day one if you want to maximize the benefits of off-site manufacturing”. He believes that modular construction systems will deliver major benefits to the economy due to productivity, programme, quality, safety and cost advantages that successful use of these systems can bring.

    Contact Andrew McKenzie
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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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    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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    Paul Buetow

    Board Member

    Paul Buetow is a partner in Kensington Swan's construction team and heads their infrastructure practise. Paul has specialist expertise advising on the procurement, drafting and negotiation of a range of contracts in the construction and infrastructure space, including in relation to major industrial build and maintenance projects.

    Paul is ranked as a Tier 1 construction lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific. He is on the Executive Council of Civil Contractors New Zealand and was on the Board of Infrastructure New Zealand for seven years. He is currently on the Kensington Swan Board.

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    Toni Kennerley

    Board Member

    Toni Kennerley is a Director at Planalytics, a research and monitoring consultancy based in Greytown, Wairarapa. Originally an urban planner, Toni has extensive experience in the housing and urban development sectors in NZ and abroad.

    Toni recently completed research into planning barriers for prefabricated housing (funded from the Building Research Levy), and a submission for PrefabNZ on MFE's national housing standards.

    Toni brings a practical approach to identifying and overcoming housing policy and delivery challenges and is well connected across the housing spectrum.
    Contact Toni Kennerley
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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:

  • Daiman Otto
  • Tim Porter
  • Greg Pollock
  • 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

Life Members

The following folks have contributed to the success of PrefabNZ and have been awarded Life Membership. Their ongoing support with PrefabNZ's endeavours enhances our journey of achieving innovative excellence.

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