The functionality and safety of a building are the key things for me.
I have a real interest in ensuring buildings are useful and accessible – that means everyone can use them, and they’re safe in their day-to-day operations and in the event of a fire.
It’s a reflection of my work background. I started off in the construction trade and ran my own business for 20 years.
I moved into the corporate sector after taking some time out from building. I’d triggered an old rugby shoulder injury on a job and it was definitely a blessing in disguise. I started working at the Auckland Council and was involved in building inspections, technical and compliance aspects. Then I moved to the consultancy side.
At Ignite, I essentially act as a bridge between the building site and the architects. I help ensure our designs allow the construction and compliance process to go as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
I love the challenge of a project – taking something from a concept, applying the right people and processes, and being able to carry things through to project completion.
Learning has become a real interest of mine. I started studying again when I took up the role at the Council, and I’ve never stopped. Now I’m learning how to use Revit, a 3D modelling program which is associated with BIM.
While I didn’t build our house, I’m still a builder at heart. That means I’m always improving things. We live on five acres, so the next job is creating a motorcross course in our front paddock!
Spending time with my family is really important to me. I’m also a keen snowboarder, mountain biker and – like anyone born in Christchurch – a big Crusaders rugby supporter.