Dr Kat Salm, President
Dr Kat Salm has a PhD in Science and a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science form the University of Canterbury. Kat has been a Council member leading the Spatial Professional Stream since 2017. Christchurch based, she is an Associate and NZ Spatial Service Line Lead for Aurecon, and NZ Business Development Manager for FrontierSI. Kat has a PhD, and a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science, from the University of Canterbury and brings a wealth of experience to the S+S NZ Council that spans geospatial across government, industry and education/research.
Russell Benge, Vice President
Michael Cutfield, Engineering Surveying Stream Chair
Michael is on the Council of the S+SNZ and represents the Engineering Surveying Professional Stream (ESPS). This stream focuses on providing practical positioning and measurement solutions to the construction and engineering sectors. Members typically work directly for major construction companies or are sub-contracted to these companies. Michael has been the ESPS Chair and Councillor since late 2013.
At the end of 2003, Michael finished his two University of Otago degrees in Surveying and Computer Science. He has worked for a couple of well-known consultancy firms in NZ, then as a Contract Surveyor in the UK.
Hethen became a Site Engineer in the UK, then returned to NZ in 2009 to continue as a Site Engineer for Fletcher Construction.
Michael realised his passion was with surveying, so he went back to his surveying career while remaining employed by Fletcher Construction. He has been the Survey Manager since 2013 for both on the Waterview Tunnel Project and the Puhoi to Warkworth Project at a combined project value of $2.1b.
Campbell Burrows, Land Development and Urban Design Stream Chair
Bruce Robinson, Positioning and Measurement Stream, Chair
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Surveying (with credit) from Otago University in 1989, Bruce has been working in the surveying/construction industry. He obtained his registration as a licensed cadastral surveyor in South Africa in the mid-90s and again in New Zealand in the late 90s. Initially, at Global Survey (NZ Leica Geosystems agent), Bruce has worked in a technical support and project delivery role.
Emma Cook, Young Professionals Chair
Emma is a recent Otago University graduate, completing her Bachelor of Surveying degree in 2017. She spent 2 years in Christchurch undertaking earthquake recovery surveys and large scale laser scanning projects before moving to Wellington to focus on her cadastral licensing.
Emma has been an active member of the Survey and Spatial community since graduating as the local Young Professionals representative for the Canterbury branch, as well as a general member of the Young Professionals executive committee since 2018. She is passionate about the diverse future of the NZ survey and spatial community, and in her spare time enjoys the occasional craft beer.
Elaine McAlister, Women in Spatial/Surveying Stream Chair
Elaine has been on the S+SNZ council for over a year as a representative for the Women in Spatial / Surveying group. She has been in the spatial industry for over 20 years, qualifying in Surveying and GIS. She was working in Scotland before coming to NZ 20 years ago. Elaine is a freelance GIS consultant and currently works for the Department of Conservation as a technical spatial business analyst.
Andrew Perry, General Councillor
Andrew completed a Bachelor of Surveying with Distinction in 2004, graduating in May 2005 from the University of Otago. He is an Associate shareholder within Aurecon and leads the Land Infrastructure team in Tauranga. Andrew is a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor, holding this qualification since 2008. Andrew has been heavily involved with S+SNZ throughout his career, being a student member while at university before becoming an associate member in January 2005. Andrew was part of the Wellington Branch Exec from 2006-2008 and was a founding member of the NZIS Young Surveyors Group when it was established in 2005, leading in his role as president from 2008-2011. After moving to Tauranga in 2011, Andrew has been an exec member of the Rotorua/BOP Branch, and was appointed as Branch Chair in 2017, a position which he holds to this current day.
Karl Wilton, Cadastral Stream Chair
Toni Hill, Cadastral Stream Steam Lead
Carl Fox, Consulting Surveyors of NZ Chair
Richard Hemi, Tertiary Chair
Stuart Caie, Hydrography Stream Chair
Andrew Clouston, Spatial Stream Chair
Jasmin Callosa-Tarr, Spatial Stream Lead
Daniel Williams, Board Chair - Voting Member
Daniel became the Chair in November 2018 after 5 years as a board member. He brings a wealth of experience in the survey and spatial sector gained over 25 years as a surveyor with involvement in a broad range of projects including master-planned communities, large infrastructure builds and commercial developments throughout New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. He has a proven track record of delivering projects of varying complexity and is often sought to fulfill the role of project leader. During his time at Woods, he has implemented technological changes that have included laser scanning and geospatial data, the increasing use of 3D software for visualisation, and the addition of urban design and architecture team to integrate land and building development as our built environments are becoming ever more complex.
For the past 15years Daniel has been the Managing Director of Woods where under his watch, he enjoyed the honour of the company being judged as one of New Zealand and Australia’s best employers in the 2017 and 2018 Aon Hewitt Best Employer accreditation process.
Mike Benning, Voting Member
Mike is a well-known and respected face in the survey profession bringing a wealth of experience and passion to the S+SNZ Board. Having started out as a Registered Surveyor for the Department of Lands & Survey (now LINZ) in Whangarei, he moved to Auckland with his family where he spent a number of years working for a land development company. It was here that he continued to develop his cadastral survey experience alongside his civil engineering knowledge and property management skills.
Mike joined Harrison Grierson in 2000, progressing from technical to management roles. As well as being a member of the executive management team he also built strong governance experience, serving 13 years as an Executive Director on the Harrison Grierson Holdings Board. In his current role as Northern Regional Manager, he leads high-performance teams across multiple disciplines with a focus on quality and client delivery.
Mike has also held a number of small roles with S+SNZ previously - the most recent being as a member of the Governance Review Panel. He looks forward to positively contributing to S+SNZ and the wider industry in the coming years.
Thomas Gibbons, Independent Member
Thomas Gibbons, BSocSc, LLB (Hons), LLM, PGCertPlan, has worked at McCaw Lewis since 2004 and was appointed a partner in 2008. He specialises in property law, and his work includes complex transactions, subdivisions, specialist opinions, expert witness roles and governance advice. Thomas has written various articles and texts, including books on the Unit Titles Act 2010, and Land Transfer Act 2007. A number of these have been cited in court decisions, and he has presented papers at local and international conferences. He has also held roles outside the firm, such as with Property Council New Zealand, the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors, and the NZLS Property Transactions Committee, and has served on the NZLS working group on the Land Transfer Bill.
Dr Jordan Alexander, Independent Member
Dr Jordan Alexander has worked in operational and strategic positions across government, private and community sectors in North America and Australasia and is currently Managing Director at Pangaea Consulting. Jordan has recently been appointed to the S+SNZ board and is committed to “serious governance” (with a side of humour).
She is looking forward to applying her extensive public service, Parliamentary, entrepreneurial and corporate experience to building strong relationships in the coming years.
Michelle Bain, Voting Member
Michelle Bain, has a vast breadth of governance, business management and professional surveying experience. She has 22 years of corporate experience as a director, manager and company owner of Cato Bolam Consultants Ltd, a multi-discipline surveying, planning, engineering and environmental consultancy with multiple offices. Michelle is a highly respected Registered Professional Surveyor within the land development industry and she has considerable not-for-profit governance experience in the sport of sailing both at international and national levels.
Audit & Risk Committee
- Mark Goodin (Wellington)
- Daniel Williams (Auckland)
- Bruce Kiddle (Wellington)
- Syd Beguely (Auckland)
- Michael Morris (Wellington)
- Chris Hopper (Canterbury)
- Richard O'Flaherty (Auckland)
- Malcolm Hanrahan, Chair (Canterbury)
- Nicole Alexander (Napier).