Leah Singer - New PrefabNZ Chair
Stephen Fry once said ‘we are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing – an actor, a writer – I am a person who does things – I write, I act - and I never know what I’m going to do next...’ Stephen - I couldn’t agree more. I don’t have a job title, an elevator pitch or even a defined role and I’m not always (or ever?) sure what I’m going to do next. Which presented a minor challenge when invited to showcase my consultancy business ‘entwine’ in this month’s newsletter.
"I’ve met with clients before a design brief even existed and I’ve been the last to ‘switch off the lights’ at the end of the defects liability period."
However, what I do have is a degree in Architecture, an MBA, and a great passion for an industry that I’ve spent over 15 years ‘careering through’. I’ve designed, design managed, consulted on design-management. I’ve assisted in the provision of mass-produced prefab and I’ve provided business consultancy to offsite providers. I’ve taught business in China and I’ve done business with China. I’ve met with clients before a design brief even existed and I’ve been the last to ‘switch off the lights’ at the end of the defects liability period.
"At first glance completely disparate knowledge areas but on closer inspection intrinsically linked."
My clients have included architects, main contractors, manufacturers and even membership organisations. Projects have ranged from prefab bedroom extensions to top-tier commercial construction. In more recent times I’ve got really into building envelopes, parallel to becoming somewhat of an NZ expert on public sector procurement thanks to authoring two industry reports (links below). At first glance completely disparate knowledge areas but on closer inspection intrinsically linked.
In fact, the best way to articulate my industry value-add would be to refer you to my company name – entwine - a verb that serves as a metaphor for my mission statement. To wind or twist together and; interweave - sometimes ideas, sometimes information and sometimes teams. Yet the outcome at the project level, company level, and industry level is always to increase collaboration, reduce waste and solve challenges. I apply my skills and knowledge in any way that I can.
"...a person of ‘no defined box’ to do ‘whatever needs doing'..."
So if you are in need of a person of ‘no defined box’ to do ‘whatever needs doing’ then feel free to get in touch. And since I’ve been allocated a whole bunch of words that I really don’t need, let me also, as your new PrefabNZ Chair, wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and rewarding 2019.
Links to reports:
‘Improving Government Procurement of Architectural Services’