Meet Our Executive

 COUNCIL

Dr Kat Salm, President



Dr Salm has a PhD in Science and a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science from the University of Canterbury. Her particular strengths are in strategy, design thinking, business case development and leading collaborative project teams. Her experience spans geospatial across government, industry and education/research. She enjoys working in the space within and between the three as a connector, helping them share data and ideas. Kat is also interested in the application of geospatial for future challenges including smart cities and intelligent transport.

Based in Christchurch, Kat is a spatial consultant for e-Spatial.


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.


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. 


Stuart Caie, Hydrography Stream Chair


Emily Cook, Young Professionals Chair



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



Karl Wilton, Cadastral Stream Chair


Carl Fox, Consulting Surveyors of NZ Chair


Richard Hemi, Tertiary Chair


 BOARD

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.



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