Ignite Appoints New Senior Leaders



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August 18, 2023

Ignite are pleased to announce several recent promotions, welcoming fresh perspective into prominent leadership roles. The recent appointments recognise the passion each individual shows for their design craft and their commitment to Ignite’s clients and projects.

Ignite Appoints New Senior Leaders

Firstly, the two newly appointed Directors are Grant Bannatyne and Damian Simpson. Grant has significant international experience, covering transformative mixed-use and commercial projects. Principal Jeremy Whelan says, “Grant is committed to his craft and is delivering a remarkable extent of work across the business.”

In Tauranga, Damian Simpson has been appointed to a Director role. A skilled strategic advisor and architect, Damian has significant property industry experience, particularly in the healthcare and aged care sectors. Whelan says, “Damian has been an integral part of developing our Tauranga studio, and his new role will help to grow our presence in the wider Bay of Plenty region.”

New Associate Directors are Anthony Sephton, Stuart McKechnie, Eric Tell in Auckland, and Steve Cropp in Wellington.

Principal Grant Armstrong says “Our new Associate Directors represent the future of the business. Working on complex projects, they extend incredible dedication to our clients, along with being valued mentors to many at Ignite.”

And finally, recently appointed to Associate at Ignite’s Auckland studio are Adrian Viegas, David Madsen, Joanna Wong, Shane Hills, and Woo Min. New associates at the Tauranga studio are Leonie Neuweger and Scott Croasdale.

These merited appointments recognise each Associate’s high levels of professionalism and see them offering leadership to project teams in partnership with their Associate Director and Sector Lead.

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