Dr Kat Salm, President

Dr Kat Salm has a PhD in Science and a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science from 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+SNZ Council that spans geospatial across government, industry and education/research.

Andrew Perry, Vice President

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.

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. He then 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

Campbell is a Licensed Surveyor in NZ with a Bachelor of Surveying from the University of Otago (2002). Cam has also been a Registered Surveyor in NSW and has been part of major infrastructure projects across Australasia, the UK and Indonesia.

In 2020 Cam is new to the Executive team of Surveying and Spatial NZ and as the Land Development and Urban Design Stream Chair is excited about leading positive change for the industry.

Auckland based, he is a Director of CKL and over the past 7 years has been integral in driving growth for the business as well as the Land Development sector for his key clients across the North Island. As an active member in the Urban Development Institute NZ, Property Council, Institute of Directors and the Consulting Surveyors of NZ, Campbell has positioned himself as an industry leader on the back of his passion for creating liveable environments through good 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.

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.

Hannah Reader, Cadastral Stream Chair

Hannah has a Bachelor of Surveying from University of Otago, and became a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor in 2017. She spent five and a half years in Hamilton since graduating, before moving to Central Otago in April 2019 to work at Landpro in Cromwell. The main facets of her work involve land development projects and the associated cadastral surveys. Hannah has been involved with S+SNZ throughout her time as a surveyor, being a student member while at university. At the first Waikato Branch S+SNZ AGM she attended after graduating from University, Hannah become secretary of the Branch, followed by Branch Chair in 2017. She passed on her role when she moved to Central Otago, and then once she settled in down there she joined the Cadastral Stream on the executive, becoming the Stream Chair in October 2020.

Karl Wilton, Cadastral Stream Council Representative

Carl Fox, Consulting Surveyors of NZ Chair

Richard Hemi, Tertiary Chair

Stuart Caie, Hydrography Stream Chair

Jasmin Callosa-Tarr, Spatial Stream Chair

Andrew Blackman, General Councillor

 Erin Cameron, General Councillor


Mike Benning, Board Chair - 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 GM Strategic Initiatives, he leads high performance teams implementing major property projects in both the residential and commercial space.

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

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.

Elaine McAlister, Voting Member

Elaine has joined the board after serving 4 years on the S+SNZ council as the representative for the Women in Spatial / Surveying group (WIS). Elaine co-founded WIS and has been the chair for the past 10 years. Her background is in both surveying and GIS and has been involved in the geospatial industry for 25 years. Elaine owns a geospatial consultancy company which has provided services to a number of disciplines including; local / central Government , utilities, conservation and research. She is passionate about the geospatial industry and looks forward to bringing her knowledge and enthusiasm to the board.

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.

Adam Musa,Young Professional

Adam is a recent graduate from the University of Otago, completing his BSurv (Hons) in 2017. Originally from Whangarei, Adam has been based at CKL in Hamilton since graduating where he is also the Young Professionals’ Representative for the Waikato Branch of S+SNZ.
Adam became a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor in November 2019 and was the recipient of the Maurice Crompton-Smith Memorial Prize.
Adam is passionate about education, collaboration with other professionals and is looking forward to contributing to the S+SNZ Board.

Audit & Risk Committee

  • Mark Goodin (Wellington)
  • Daniel Williams (Auckland)
  • Bruce Kiddle (Wellington)
  • Simon Jellie (Wellington)

Ethics Committee

  • Michael Morris (Wellington)
  • Chris Hopper (Canterbury)
  • Richard O'Flaherty (Auckland)
  • Malcolm Hanrahan, Chair (Canterbury)
  • Nicole Alexander (Napier)
  • Greg Mohacsi, (Hamilton)
  • Fraser Jopson, (Dunedin)
  • Neil Bates, (Rotorua)
  • Daniel Weiderkehr, (Auckland).