Meet Our Executive


Rebecca Strang, President

In November 2017, Rebecca was appointed as the first female president of S+SNZ since the organisation’s inception over 100 years ago. She was Vice-President for two years and prior to this, was actively involved at the branch level and as a leader of the Young Professionals group. One of Rebecca's aims would be to streamline the way the council is currently operated.

Based in Auckland, Rebecca’s professional role is Digital Practice Leader at Aurecon NZ - a global engineering and infrastructure advisory company. Her role is to help the organisation to define the way they deliver projects to their clients in the most efficient and consistent way.

Guy Panckhurst, Vice President

Guy was elected Vice President in November 2017, after serving two years on S+SNZ Council as Chairman of the Consulting Surveyors of New Zealand.

He is a director of a surveying consultancy based in Hawke’s Bay, but was born and bred in Dunedin. He obtained a BSurv degree from Otago before moving to Taupo to complete professional training, obtaining a cadastral licence in 1986. In 1990 he moved overseas to gain construction experience in the UK and Egypt, and spent six years in Saudi Arabia working for Saudi Aramco Oil Company, before returning to Napier as a lifestyle choice.

Guy is passionate about the art and science of cadastral surveying, and promoting the exceptional skills of members of the surveying and spatial profession

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.

Julia Glass, Land Development and Urban Design Stream Chair

Julia took on the role of Stream Chair for Land Development and Urban Design in November 2017. She also represents the Land Development and Urban Design Stream on the S+SNZ Council. In her role as stream chair, she has been working with the National Technical Committee to provide topical speakers for the annual conference. She is also responsible for coordinating submissions on issues affecting the Land Development and Urban design stream as well as stream news and articles for the Surveying+Spatial magazine. Julia is supported in her role by an active committee of land development professionals which includes Phil Cogswell, Brett Gawn, Paul Turner and Phil Rhodes.

Julia is the Survey Team leader at Beyond Limited in Tauranga. Her current role also includes the design and management of a number of land development projects. She has experience in a wide variety of projects ranging from rural subdivisions to large scale urban development projects. She also has a particular interest in Urban Design.

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. 

Emily Tidey, Hydrography Stream Chair

Emily Tidey is the Chair of the Hydrography Stream. She welcomes the chance to work for the relatively small and specialised hydrography Stream members and encourages anyone interested to get involved in national, regional and Australasian events.

Emily worked as an offshore surveyor for several years on a variety of hydrographic projects including charting, habitat mapping, oil and gas, renewables and offshore construction around the world. She then completed a Category A Masters in Science (Hydrography) at the University of Plymouth, UK.

Emily now teaches and undertakes research in hydrographic surveying at the National School of Surveying, University of Otago, NZ. She thoroughly enjoys being at sea, on the beach beside the sea or at least somewhere with a view of the sea!

Robert Mears, Young Professionals Chair

Robert has been involved with S+SNZ since joining the Young Professionals Group Executive Committee in 2015. Since then he has had the pleasure of being the Auckland Branch YP Rep, and now Chair of the Young Professionals Group. For Rob, working with motivated and proactive members of S+SNZ has been a huge highlight and has inspired him to do his best to help other YP's get the most out of S+SNZ.

Robert has been based in Auckland since finishing at Otago University at the end of 2014. Rob became a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor in 2018.

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

Kathryn Salm, Spatial Stream Chair

Dr Kat Salm is an experienced senior geospatial consultant at Aurecon and is currently working as the Digital Visualisation Lead in NCTIR (North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery).

Kat’s particular strengths are in strategy, advisory, design thinking, capability development, problem-solving, and collaborative project management.

Her experience spans geospatial and capability development across government, industry, and academia.

Kat has a PhD from the University of Canterbury, and a passion for understanding and connecting how new digital, data, and geospatial developments can help address future challenges.

Kat contributes to the wider spatial industry through her involvement in the S+SNZ Spatial Professional Stream, S+SNZ Council, WIS, the Geospatial Capability Committee, and as the NZ representative for FIG Commission 3 (Spatial Information Systems).

Matthew Ryder, Cadastral Stream Chair

Matt is a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor with Cheal Consultants based in their Taupo office. Following graduation with a Bachelor of Surveying (with distinction) in 2006, Matt has developed a passion for finding innovative solutions to difficult survey problems. He is involved with mentoring Cheal's graduate and technician surveyors across all Cheal offices. Matt has been involved with all types of surveys - from small topographic surveys to complex Land Transfer plans to the three-dimensional rendering of point cloud data. 

Matt is an active member of  S+SNZ who has served as chair of the Young Professional Group and has served multiple terms on the Rotorua/ Bay of Plenty branch executive including a term as branch chair. Matt is the current chair of the Cadastral Stream and a member of the ASaTS LINZ working group, representing Licensed Cadastral Surveyors. Being Taupo based allows Matt to enjoy sailing on the Great Lake and skiing Mount Ruapehu

Paul Newton, Consulting Surveyors of NZ Chair

Christina Hulbe, Tertiary Chair

Dr Christina Hulbe is Professor and Dean of the National School of Surveying at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand. 

She is a geophysicist who specialises in Glaciology, using a combination of field work, satellite remote sensing, and computer simulations of Antarctic glacial systems to study how and why they change over time. She earned her BS in Geological Engineering at Montana Tech, her MS in Geology at The Ohio State University and her PhD in Geophysics at the University of Chicago (1998). Christina moved to Otago in 2013. 

Her 2017 presentation for TEDx ScottBase explains why we should all care about the West Antarctic Ice Sheet


Daniel Williams, Board Chair

 Daniel became the Chair in November 2018 after 5 years as a board member.

Daniel 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 fulfil 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, General Councillor

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

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

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

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.

Simon Jellie

Simon is the Stream representative on the S+SNZ Board and has for many years been a member of the Examination Panel representing the GIS, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing disciplines. He has an MSurv degree from Otago University and an MSc degree in Photogrammetry from ITC (Netherlands).

Simon has been involved in the implementation and use of digital mapping and spatial technologies since the early 1980s. His career has progressed from Lands and Survey through to the founding and subsequent operation of e-Spatial for the last 20 years. e-Spatial has recently merged with Harrison Grierson and Simon now enjoys the role of General Manager – Spatial, tasked with the role of integrating spatial data management best practice across a multi-discipline organisation and its clients. He has also been a member of the Spatial Industry Business Association (SIBA) executive.

Simon is passionate about the opportunities that the converging survey, spatial, technology and IT markets provide for spatial and surveying professionals. His role on the S+SNZ Board is to help ensure that the S+SNZ organisation and its members are ready to take advantage of this rapidly evolving environment. 

Audit & Risk Committee

  • Mark Goodin (Wellington)
  • Andrew Stirling (Auckland)
  • Bruce Kiddle (Wellington)
  • Syd Beguely (Auckland)

Ethics Committee

  • Jeff Needham (Wellington)
  • Michael Morris (Wellington)
  • Bruce Manners (Wellington)
  • Richard O'Flaherty (Auckland)
  • Malcolm Hanrahan (Canterbury)

National Office

Mark Dyer, CEO