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Concrete NZ - People

Concrete NZ - People


Rob Gaimster

Chief Executive

P: +64 21 928 651

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Ralf Kessel

Architect

P: +64 21 865 755

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Dr James Mackechnie

Education, Training & Research Manager

P: +64 27 615 8463

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Dave McGuigan

Manager – Structural Performance & Engineering Systems

P: +64 21 511 768

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Rob Gaimster

Rob is a senior executive with broad / deep technical knowledge and wide operational experience.

He has an impressive track record of delivery at a strategic level across a range of business and management disciplines.

Offering a solid foundation of technical and business qualifications, including an MBA, allied to good interpersonal and management skills, Rob is 'all-rounder'.

Currently the Chief Executive of Concrete NZ, Rob is also a Board Director of the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO).

Rob is a Member of the Institute of Directors, a Sandy Cormack Award winner for Best Paper at the 2007 & 2013 Concrete Industry Conference, an Hon. Fellow of the UK Institute of Concrete Technology, holds the Mt Eliza Advanced Management Diploma, was the 2003/04 President of the UK Institute of Concrete Technology, obtained an MBA from the UK Open University (AMBA accredited) in 2004, achieved Chartered Engineer status (CEng and MICE) in 2001, and a BEng Civil Engineering from Portsmouth University in 1997.

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Ralf Kessel

Ralf has worked as a project architect for a number of Berlin based practices for around 12 years. During this time he was involved with a series of large-scale developments, apartment designs, hotel projects and institutional facilities.

As a registered European architect, Ralf also spent five years in Ireland, where as part of a prestigious Dublin based practice he worked on commercial and medium-rise residential projects.

Ralf's extensive list of achievements have integrated a range of aesthetic and practical concrete applications, including precast panels, in-situ floor slabs and concrete masonry.

Ralf joined the Cement & Concrete Association of NZ in March 2009 as a Project Manager to advise and teach on architectural concrete topics, publishing solutions for the NZ Building Code, as well as compiling best practice advice for architectural concrete in residential and commercial applications.

Ralf has recently been responsible for the development of Code of Practice for Weathertight Concrete and Concrete Masonry Construction and the Apartment Design Guide, and is also heavily involved with the delivery of weathertight and concrete masonry focused training.

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Dr James Mackechnie

James started in construction working on a tunnel, being involved in the concrete batching and pumping. This was followed by five years working as a structural engineer in Zimbabwe and South Africa before specialising in concrete technology with a PhD from the University of Cape Town.

As a post-doctoral researcher, James was involved in condition surveys of infrastructure as well as research on durability and repair of concrete structures.

He relocated to New Zealand in 2001 and spent seven years at the University of Canterbury as CCANZ Fellow/Senior Lecturer involved in a wide range of teaching and research.

James moved to Allied Concrete where he was South Island plant engineer for close to ten years before joining Concrete NZ.

An Adjunct Senior Fellow at the University of Canterbury, James office is based on campus.

James has a passion for teaching, and is keen to help inspire others to achieve a deeper understanding of concrete’s potential.

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Dave McGuigan

Dave joined Concrete NZ in 2018 from the Building System Performance branch at the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) where he was the Deputy Chief Engineer and Acting Chief Engineer during his time there.

As part of his role at MBIE, Dave sat on a number of Standards committees and also led the MBIE investigation into the performance of Statistics House in the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake.

Prior to working at MBIE Dave worked in private consultancy, which included five years working in the United Kingdom and the Middle East. In these locations Dave undertook design management roles on significant projects including London Heathrow Terminal 5 and the Bahrain City Centre development.

Dave is a Chartered Professional Engineer and obtained Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering degrees at the University of Canterbury.

Dr Enrique del Rey Castillo - Structural Engineer Fellow

Enrique obtained a Master of Engineering in structural engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He then joined the Structural Analysis of Historical Construction’s (SAHC) Master programme to develop his knowledge of advanced structural design, seismic actions and the behaviour of existing heritage buildings. Enrique completed his PhD at the University of Auckland in seismic strengthening of concrete structures with Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP). Enrique is now a lecturer at the University, and the Concrete NZ Structural Engineering Fellow. He is also dedicated to preparing the next generation of engineers to excel in reinforced concrete design.

Adam Leach - Information & Communications Manager

Adam is a qualified (Masters Degree in Information Studies) and experienced communications and information manager, with a history of working in the construction industry, and local government and education sectors. He is skilled in corporate communications, media relations, database/membership management solutions, publication creation, project management and strategic planning. Adam is a strong industry association professional with board governance experience and overarching responsibility as an executive officer. Operating at a strategic level and optimising industry resources and opportunities to provide value for members and influence stakeholders.

Angelique van Schaik - Financial Administrator

An enthusiastic professional with a consistent record of delivering quality results, Angelique has a broad knowledge of administrative and financial matters. In addition to office management, Angelique plays a vital role as the administrator of the Plant Audit Scheme, a hugely important part of the concrete industry. Having recently completed her Bachelor of Accountancy from Massey University, Angelique is also an experienced Financial Administrator, with a demonstrated history of working in the education and construction sectors. Skilled in budgeting, financial reporting and system processing, Angelique is familiar with MS Office, MYOB accounting and EXO Payroll software.

Allan Bluett - Learned Society Secretary

Allan has been the Secretary / Manager of the Concrete Society (now the Concrete NZ – Learned Society) since 1993. He has over 27 years’ experience in event management, including conferences, seminars, trade exhibitions, industry awards and other corporate events. He has developed the ability to convert the vision and objectives of industry boards and/or conference committees into a detailed, achievable plan with critical deadlines and budgets for all aspects of conferences and seminars so that stakeholders have confidence. This is particularly important given that members of industry organising committees are often volunteers and have their own businesses to manage.

Angela Parry - Learned Society Office Administrator

Angela is an efficient and organised office administrator with over 30 years’ experience. Working for the last 17 years for the NZ Concrete Society Inc (now the Concrete NZ – Learned Society), she has adopted a “can-do” attitude, and has a proven record of professionalism, working to very high standards and maintaining a strong client focus.

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