Our Culture &
Embracing diversity in our team, our work and our lifestyles
We take pride in our international flavour and have a strong contingent of specialists from around the globe. The varied backgrounds these men and women hail from make BTW a great place to work, socialise and develop your career while creating meaningful lifelong connections with interesting people.
Growing great people
Our core values of growing great people, making it happen, empowering ownership and embracing innovation are encouraged by the emphasis we place on developing careers. We want to help our people reach their next professional level and provide our clients the very best expertise.
We grow great people through on-the-job experience, pairing them with professionals they can learn from, and supporting their technological development through training and gaining further qualifications.
Creating culture beyond the 8 to 5
At BTW, we believe there’s more to life than punching the clock, so we’ve built a workplace culture that offers more:
Meet some of our 70+ consultants who work out of our New Plymouth and Hamilton locations.
Grant is our Managing Director and leads BTW with passion and pride. His experience in the industry and business is key, and his knowledge in managing high performing teams, project management, financial planning and governance is paramount to BTW’s success. Having joined BTW in 2003, Grant became a company Director in 2008 and Managing Director in 2016.
A Taranaki local through and through, and a family and community man, Grant enjoys the great outdoors and is a keen surfer, snowboarder and gardener.
Grant’s door is always open, and he would be happy to talk to you about how BTW can make your project a success.
Graeme is a BTW Company Director, supporting the Survey and Energy Teams. His principal focus is on up-stream Energy clients, overseeing works related to wellsite construction and pipeline installation, with attention to quality management, ensuring survey accuracy and compliance with central and local government regulations. He has a key understanding of the flexibility and responsiveness required to deliver projects within the Energy sector.
Graeme joined BTW as an Engineering Surveyor in 2007 and completed an extramural MBA in 2010. He became Manager of the Energy Team in 2011 and a Director of BTW in 2013.
Born and bred in Otago, New Zealand, Graeme worked in the Middle East, Europe and South East Asia before coming to Taranaki in 2007 with his English wife and their two Hong Kong-born sons. When not in the office he has a lifestyle block in Kaitake, Oakura to keep under control, or can be found hiking the trails up and around Mount Taranaki.
Cam has been a practising environmental planner for 19 years and is an accredited Independent Hearings Commissioner. He is confident and skilled at project managing the consenting phase of major projects, advising on policy planning matters and assisting his clients with ongoing environmental responsibilities. Cam aims to make projects happen for his clients while achieving sustainable outcomes.
Passionate about giving back to the community, Cam is a volunteer on the Board of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce, Te Kura Waenga o Ngāmotu Central School Board of Trustees and the Taranaki Branch of the Resource Management Law Association.
In his spare time, he loves fishing and surfing and socialising with family and friends.
Give Cam a call for the best possible planning and environmental advice.
BTW’s Director of Engineering, Ian Steele is a practicing Principal (CPEng) Civil Engineer. He leads our civil and structural engineering teams with a focus on providing fit-for-purpose designs – whether the job be large or small.
Ian has been in engineering management most of his career and has a strong emphasis on ensuring the team is well prepared and trained, meaning that your project gets the right expertise, first time. As an engineer, Ian’s strong experience is in land development and transport – including earthworks/geotechnical, stormwater, traffic/transport, roads and contract management.
Ian joined BTW in 2011 and became a BTW Director in 2013. Having grown up in Taranaki, he returned to the region after some time living further afield and has experience working on projects throughout New Zealand and Australia.
A keen fisherman, boatie and father of two — Ian is currently the President of the New Plymouth Sportfishing and Underwater Club, and Vice President of the New Zealand Sportfishing Council.
Ian is always ready for a discussion on how to make your project a success, even if that means thinking laterally about how it can be achieved.
Trudy is our Finance & Administration Manager, a.k.a. ‘The Sheriff’. Trudy’s knowledge of everything BTW is paramount to the day-to-day running of the BTW ship. Trudy is a company stalwart who joined BTW in 1996 as the administration assistant, but over time her job morphed into higher level work with on-the-job training and development.
Taranaki born and bred, Trudy loves to spend spare time with family and friends, and to travel overseas.
Trudy will always greet clients with a happy face or voice at the end of the phone, and is always willing to go the extra mile for clients and the BTW team.
Mathew is a Civil and Structural Chartered Engineer and BTW’s youngest Director. He has been part of the BTW team since a young age, starting as a high-school labourer before progressing into a full-time engineer after completing his Engineering Studies at the University of Auckland.
Mathew is based in the New Plymouth office and has a passion for the water industry, specialising in Three Waters civil design and modelling.
Outside of work, Mathew is a keen equestrian enthusiast and enjoys the mountain and sea.
As a founding member of the company, Phil brings 35 years of invaluable experience as a Registered Professional Surveyor to BTW. Educated at Otago University, Phil’s particular responsibility is to support our energy industry clients and manage the company’s larger projects. Phil’s expertise and experience includes projects in Australia and Malaysia as well as New Zealand involving seismic surveys and the associated logistic support, well site development, and pipeline projects. Phil can also offer strategic advice around land access, and community and iwi liaison.
Trevor is our IT Manager and leads our software development at BTW.
He has broad computing experience including spatial data systems, databases and software engineering, which enables him to see the bigger picture when developing solutions.
He has worked for BTW several different times in as many roles, starting out as a survey labourer in 1981 before becoming a software engineer, developing and supporting offshore navigation and data acquisition solutions.
Born and raised in New Plymouth, Trevor enjoys kitesurfing, brewing beer and running.
Having a Civil and Structural Engineering background, Roy is experienced in managing large projects for government and private owners in NZ and offshore. He holds an MBA with Distinction, enjoys mentoring the next generation of young leaders and finding wins in those sticky situations that arise in business from time to time.
Roy joined BTW in 2015 after 19 years as a port CEO and various associated board roles. His focus is on business planning and development, including BTW’s establishment of a Waikato office in Hamilton.
Originally from the Wairarapa, he has fond memories of first competing with the Taranaki U14 representative football side in New Plymouth. Roy and his partner Annette enjoy cycle touring, hiking and activities with their seven grandchildren on three different continents.
Roy is a Chartered Director and brings both his governance and leadership experience to BTW. He enjoys working with the fast-paced and innovative group at BTW — a group that makes it happen for clients.
Jason is our Waikato Regional Manager and leads the Hamilton team with enthusiasm and drive. His experience and relationships in the Waikato property industry are key to helping BTW clients navigate the delivery of land and infrastructure projects.
Jason came to BTW in 2018 from a background in surveying consultancy, LINZ and council leadership roles, entering his Waikato Regional Manager role with a team of Land Development professionals. He is a Waikato lad from a sporting family that continues to be heavily involved in the Waikato community. Jason loves tennis, travelling and spending time with family and friends.
Jason and our Hamilton team celebrated success at the ‘We are Waikato Property People Awards 2019’, receiving the Best Team award for their involvement with the Otorohanga Medical Centre.
Dave is BTW’s Environment Manager and heads a team of scientists with focus and integrity. His experience is nationwide, and his knowledge on environmental issues and regulations provides clients and regulators with confidence and trust.
Dave has specialist skills in land contamination and has managed large-scale environmental projects. He joined BTW at the start of 2013 as a scientist and in 2018, Dave became the Team Leader of the Environment Team, before moving into his current position as Manager of the Environment team in June 2019.
Born in Taranaki with a real passion for the natural environment and adventure, Dave is often off on adventures with his family. These include the likes of rock climbing, mountaineering, surfing and trail walking.
Dave always provides time to listen, and then offers solutions and options to guide decision making for your project.
Keith is our Survey Manager and leads BTW’s Geospatial and Cadastral team with passion and commitment.
Keith has experience in a broad range of surveying services, including close liaison with developers, architects, engineers, construction contractors, service authorities and government agencies to ensure reliable and accurate transfer of survey information. As a Survey Manager, Keith acts as the principal point of contact for multiple clients, providing a wide range of advice while working on a variety of projects.
Having grown up in Taranaki, Keith joined BTW in 2015 as a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor. He enjoys being active in multisport events and appreciating the great outdoors with family and friends.
Keith embraces technology by keeping up to date with the latest surveying equipment to ensure all projects are carried out accurately and efficiently.
Bronwyn is our HSQ Manager and every day she enthusiastically endorses the health, safety and quality systems together with the BTW team in their work.
Born and bred in Taranaki, Bronwyn started with BTW in January 2019. Her hands-on experience in business ownership, systems development, and appraising workplace activity alongside regulation and industry standards adds continued value to BTW workplace culture.
Originally a shepherd by trade and now co-owner of two dairy farms in the region, the NZ agricultural industry is the pivot around which Bronwyn and her family function. Farming, family, gardening and discovering new spots of NZ country make her life tick.
Ensuring that quality, health, safety and wellbeing is always foremost in the minds of all the BTW workers as they go about their work is a role taken seriously by Bronwyn.
Very importantly, she strives to provide a high integrity HSQ system that enhances and supports the exceptional service that BTW Company offer all clients and associated stakeholders.
Jeremy is our Planning Manager and leads BTW’s planning team which operate from both the Hamilton and New Plymouth offices. He has extensive experience with Resource Management Act (RMA) processes, project management, leadership and strategy. Jeremy is able to consistently deliver for clients and provides well-qualified, innovative guidance for private developers and local authorities alike. He is a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.
He came on board with BTW in 2013 as a Senior Planner and has been in Team Leader/Manager roles for the past three years. Jeremy’s range of experience is broad and includes environmental policy work; preparing and processing complex consent applications; and managing consultation processes within the energy, commercial/retail, telecommunications, rural, residential and healthcare sectors.
Jeremy is a local coastal Taranaki lad, growing up in a small settlement called Warea, and is kept busy with his young family. In his spare time, he enjoys deer stalking, kayak fishing and golf.
Jeremy is always available for a call or a face-to-face visit and is able to simplify complicated RMA processes and help you safely navigate through your next planning project.
Bruce is the Manager of the Structural and Water/Wastewater at BTW, and he takes great pride in seeing the continued personal and professional growth of the team. His experience in both the Private and Local Government sectors, and his Project Management background helps the team better understand project requirements and Client-expected deliverables.
Bruce first joined BTW in 2010 as a Design Engineer, before spending a five-year stint at the New Plymouth District Council where he gained a deeper understanding of Local Government. In January 2017 he returned to BTW as the Manager of the Structural and Water/Wastewater.
A Taranaki local, Bruce, like many, went away to study but had that strong attraction to later return home to his coastal roots. He is a family and community man who loved playing rugby while his body would still let him, and now enjoys getting out kayak fishing, and onto the walkways with the family.
Bruce enjoys a challenge and takes great satisfaction from seeing the team deliver a project to a high standard.
Bruce is available to discuss your next project, and how BTW can help deliver it successfully.