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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    Jessica Gray

    Membership Engagement/Events/Communications

    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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    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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    Toni Kennerley

    Board Chair

    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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    Andrew McKenzie

    Deputy Board Chair

    Andrew joined DIALOG Fitzroy 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.

    DIALOG Fitzroy, backed by parent company Dialog Group Berhad of Malaysia, is an ideal platform for the establishment of such a development company due to the group's considerable financial resources and extensive expertise that both companies have with prefabrication in the oil and gas industry. DIALOG Fitzroy’s first development project will be undertaken on a site that has been purchased in central Wellington where they are planning to build a 10 level apartment using DIALOG Fitzroy’s own volumetric modular construction system .

    Prior to joining DIALOG 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 Andrew's 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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    Johann Betz

    Board Member

    Johann Betz is the founder and director of Offsite Design Ltd, a consultancy providing specialist engineering services to clients in New Zealand, Australia and beyond, supporting the manufacture and delivery of prefabricated residential and commercial buildings.

    Johann has a degree in timber engineering, design, and prefabrication from Rosenheim Technical University in Germany. He also holds a Masters of Engineering in Wood Technology focusing on the industrial engineering and optimisation of timber prefab operations. His unique background combines DfMA know-how with hands-on experience of factory prefabrication. Through his background Johann can help PrefabNZ Members get started and become more successful in prefabrication.

    In New Zealand, Johann has worked as a timber engineer and has advised numerous companies, from start-up to some of the largest and most automated prefabricators in this part of the world, on their prefab systems and prefab factory operations.

    Johann is a founding Member of PrefabNZ and has been a regular contributor to industry education through talks, publications and study tours.

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    Andrew Booker

    Board Member

    Andrew joined Housing New Zealand in 1995 as a tenancy manager. During his career, Andrew has held various roles and in 2017, was appointed General manager of the Business Innovation and Development team. Previously, he led the HNZC Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Programme as well as the cross-agency Emergency Housing Response Team, which included some of the HNZC's earliest OSM projects.

    Currently, Andrew leads the Special Advisory Team at Kāinga Ora, which involves, in part, working with other Government programmes such as Transitional Housing and Emergency Housing in addition to maintaining leadership of innovation and OSM outcomes.

    One of the roles of this team is to discover new ideas and develop leading-edge solutions to meet business challenges across the spectrum of housing. This has included off-site manufacturing as well as digital and building technology.

    His no-nonsense attitude, organisational skills and great sense of humour have allowed him to be successful in roles across a number of different business units and at senior levels. Andrew presents and negotiates will with a successful track record managing senior relationships, including Ministers, CE's and industry. A principled, logical thinker with empathy, he holds the customer at the centre of his vision and enjoys solid support from his team.

    Andrew's network, knowledge and skills will assist PrefabNZ with working across Government and to continue to advocate for off-site manufacturing in all its forms.

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    Kerry Edwards

    Board Member

    Kerry Edwards has been involved across manufacturing for 25 years, predominantly in operational, leadership and general management roles. As such he is very committed to manufacturing.

    Over the past 15 years the manufacturing businesses Kerry has been involved with have supplied the building and construction sector with his current role of the last four years being Chief Executive of Spanbild.

    Within that responsibility is the Concision business a leading and pioneering player within Offsite Manufacturing with a high degree of automation and digitisation. This has contributed to very real lessons and experiences regarding the opportunities and challenges when trying to introduce innovation within the traditional construction supply chain.

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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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    Craig Kellington

    Board Member

    Craig Kellington is the Managing Director at Smart Solution Homes, a company designing, building and installing pre-finished homes throughout the Greater Auckland region.

    After 10 years in the renovation industry, and with growing media talk about the need to build more houses, coupled with a real lack of skilled labour to select from, Craig's vision was to work smarter, not harder, and, in early 2017, the concept of Smart Solution Homes was born.

    Originally from Scotland, Craig is a fully qualified carpenter/builder. He ran a successful renovation business for 8 years which was sold to put full effort in to Smart Solution Homes.

    Craig is focused on cost effectiveness, sustainability, affordable housing and social development projects.

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    Bernie O'Fagan

    Board Member

    Bernie O'Fagan directs a small team of architectural designers who have come to specialise in DfMA for light commercial and multi-unit residential construction projects.

    Based in Christchurch, RM Designs has extensive experience with the use of prefabrication, such as CLT and bathroom pods, to expedite their design builds.

    RM are partners in an R & D project with Kāinga Ora resulting in a Hybrid Apartment blocks achieving Homestar 7. Bernie brings a day to day practical knowledge of the application of prefab to construction.

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    Paul Buetow

    Past Board Member - Co-opted to Board

    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.

Past Board

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

  • Leah Singer
  • Guy Marriage
  • Wade Macauley
  • Lauren Christie
  • 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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