Our Team

Ashley Church, Chief Executive

Ashley comes to us with an extensive background in property – most recently as CEO of the Property Institute of New Zealand, a role he held from 2015 to 2019. Prior to this he has been CEO of the Newmarket Business Association and the Auckland Property Investors Association. Ashley is a high-profile media commentator on the state of New Zealand’s property market and currently writes a weekly column for One Roof and participates in a regular NewsTalk ZB radio show dealing with property matters.


Nick Stillwell,  Lead Consulting Surveyor Rebuilding Landonline

Nick Stillwell is the S+SNZ Lead Consulting Surveyor for Rebuilding Landonline. He is responsible for communicating and providing feedback from the sector to the Rebuilding Landonline team to ensure that we take the opportunity to deliver a solution that will be able to respond to the changing demands of the sector in the future.

Nick has a Bachelor of Surveying with First Class Honours from Otago University and is a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor. He has most recently been Work Group Manager at Opus International Consultants. He brings extensive experience and history in the surveying sector to the role and is skilled in land development, cadastral surveying and spatial data management for infrastructure projects. nick@surveyspatialnz.org

Jan Lawrence, Communications Manager

Jan is responsible for managing and implementing communication strategies and policies and overseeing the Memberconnex database and website systems. Her professional background includes time as a Product/Service Owner for Landonline e-survey at LINZ and various other roles including marketing, product, website and relationship management with the Ministry of Education, Terralink International, Database Communications Ltd and Environmental Science and Research.  Her early career started at Lands & Survey and DOSLI, during which time she gained the NZ Certificate in Survey Draughting. She later gained qualifications in business studies majoring in marketing at Massey University and in direct and e-marketing with the NZ Marketing Association. jan@surveyspatialnz.org

Karin Knedler, Advocacy & Policy Manager

Karin is responsible for the policy and advocacy areas in S+SNZ and is Secretary of the Ethics Committee. She brings expertise in these areas from a career in the public service spanning six government departments, including eight years in Land Information New Zealand where she continued her interest in Treaty Settlements, and led a review of the Public Works Act 1981.
Karin has a First Class Honours Degree in Chemistry and her PhD was in the field of marine geochemistry and included participation in several international scientific expeditions. She also has a law degree from Victoria University of Wellington. As a member of numerous voluntary and non-profit organisations she has been involved in advocacy and served a two-year term as President of the New Zealand Association of Scientists. karin@surveyspatialnz.org

Max Will,  Events and Marketing Coordinator

Max Will (BPhEd (Hons) | MSc.Biochem) is an experienced events manager, marketing consultant and team leader that happens to be a scientist. Max built his experience working in a variety of relevant events in Australia, representing multiple well-established brands and being awarded for outstanding performance in experiential marketing campaigns. Max also has extensive experience in research, accumulating numerous peer-reviewed papers published in the field of Biochemistry and Psychology / Social Science, including his master’s degree, which has been cited worldwide. His interests include science, technology, politics, philosophy, psychology, medicine, leadership, audiobooks, and related; randomly ranked according to day and mood. max@surveyspatialnz.org

Linda Turnbull, Membership Coordinator

Linda joined us in 2017 as our membership coordinator. She is an experienced senior administrator with a range of skills from office management, facilities management, leading teams, personal assistant and team administration.

Linda has a legal executive diploma, diploma in management, and a diploma in coaching.Outside of work, Linda enjoys exercising, learning and spending time with her family and friends. linda@surveyspatialnz.org

Carlos Castro, Accounts

Carlos was born in Chile, emigrated to New Zealand in 1988 and has lived in Wellington since his arrival. He loves living here as it is a great city where everything is within reach. 

Carlos is a father of 2 and, a has a keen interest in beekeeping. He has been working in accounting since day one in NZ and, for the last 10 years, for not-for-profit organisations. accounts@surveyspatialnz.org

Tara Ranchhod,  Event and Office Administrator