Maintaining a sustainable business and delivering successful projects requires strong leadership. This has been a mantra for RCP for nearly 25 years, along with our ongoing aspiration to ‘grow our leaders from within’. Our senior leaders have earned their position, and represent everything we value at RCP – diverse backgrounds, client dedication, insightful industry knowledge and extensive project experience. The RCP Board is therefore delighted to announce the following internal appointments for 2020:
Andre Koolen has been promoted to Director.
Andre joined RCP in 2007, prior to which he was a friend and collaborator from his years working as a site project manager for a leading, mid-size construction company. In 2014, he ventured overseas where he gained considerable commercial experience including a stint in New York City as part of the World Trade Centre and ‘Hudson Yards’ project delivery teams, a multibillion-dollar brown fields redevelopment above the Hudson rail yards on Manhattan Island. Andre’s international experience adds considerable credibility to our ability to deliver world class management solutions locally. Andre re-joined RCP in 2017 and continues to be a central figure in leading RCP’s industrial and commercial market presence and continues to win projects and new clients across a highly competitive consulting network.
Andre possesses a considered and concise approach to problem solving which has earned him the respect of his teams, peers and clients. His steady drive has culminated in the delivery of the PwC Tower at Commercial Bay, the single biggest office tower delivered in Auckland CBD in the last 10 years.
What typifies Andre, besides his undoubted technical knowledge and troubleshooting ability, is his tenacity; Andre is always up for a challenge and will always be at the front of the queue to lead the most complex projects.
Jennifer Miles has been promoted to Senior Associate.
Jennifer has 15+ years’ experience in all stages of planning, design and delivery of health projects in New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom. As a key leader in RCP’s health sector team, she leverages her exhaustive health expertise in developing and delivering projects from planning and design through to practical completion and commissioning.
Since joining RCP in 2018, Jennifer has been at the forefront of RCP’s key health projects including University of Otago Auckland Dental School, Auckland DHB Cytotoxic Pharmacy, Taranaki DHB Project Maunga, and various projects for Counties Manukau DHB. Currently, she is a central figure in our design management team for the New Dunedin Hospital project.
Jennifer’s strong technical, consulting and communication skills and her ability to develop productive relationships quickly, has led her to become a highly sought-after advisor across all levels of the local health sector from policy makers, DHB leaders and clinical operators.
Jennifer has a natural leadership style that inspires those she works with and she is highly effective at mentoring team members for the greater good of a project. She is also at the forefront of raising many of RCP’s process and competency standards which our business will greatly benefit from for years to come.
Sarah Nightingale has been promoted to Senior Associate.
Sarah has more than 17 years industry experience and has been with RCP for over 10 of those, having joined the business in early 2009 after multi-sector experience in the UK. As RCP’s national PMO lead, Sarah has managed multiple commercial and retail fitout projects where she has brought exceptional strategy, programming, procurement and design management capability and experience for major New Zealand businesses such as ASB Bank, Air New Zealand, ANZ Bank, Spark, BNZ Bank and Metlifecare. Sarah is highly regarded and respected by RCP’s clients for her ability to represent their interests and coordinate many stakeholders in managing portfolios of multiple projects.
She adds tremendous value as part of our senior leadership team and possesses a very approachable and collaborative nature which allows her to connect effectively with her clients, peers and team members to understand and communicate a project’s key drivers and their importance. She is flexible, innovative and pro-active in her management, with an ability to challenge and align strategic thinking across project teams.
Sarah also has a passion for sustainability and environmental impact and is one of our senior leaders who is helping to drive RCP’s sustainability strategy and initiatives.
Andrew Timms has been promoted to Associate.
Andrew joined RCP’s Christchurch office in 2011 as a Project Manager, where he quickly became an integral part of our post-earthquake rebuild projects. There were many notable projects in this period, however his involvement in the Christchurch Temporary Stadium 100-day project, New Regent Street Reinstatement, and The Hagley Oval Overlay for the Cricket World Cup were stand out projects which allowed Andrew to mature and develop his leadership skill sets.
Following a move to Queenstown in 2015, Andrew quickly became responsible for managing the local delivery of a large capital works programme for one of RCP’s key clients, Queenstown Lakes District Council. Having worked closely with both developers and local authorities allows Andrew to bring new and exciting approaches to project and portfolio management within different industry sectors.
Following his appointment to the Southland Regional Manager role in 2018, Andrew has developed his strategic and commercial skills and used these to excellent effect in managing RCP’s Southland business. Just as importantly, he has quietly developed and led a small, but highly effective team in our Queenstown office who are very respected and valued by the whole Southland market. Andy’s consistent leadership and delivery has resulted in the steady growth of new projects and clients in the region.
Eric Gray – Associate
Eric Gray has been promoted to Associate.
Eric joined RCP in early 2017 bringing a wealth of major infrastructure experience ranging from civil, water and roading and land development projects. Eric is a versatile and insightful professional having performed many different roles on large scale projects including project manager, civil engineer and design manager and engineers rep.
Eric is currently acting as the Programme Coordinator for ‘Facilities Infrastructure Remediation Programme’ (FIRP) for Auckland District Health Board, a circa $1b infrastructure programme which has the potential to run over a whole decade.
RCP has been fortunate to be able to draw on Eric’s all-round capability in managing and leading complex projects where he has demonstrated excellent strategic leadership of major clients with challenging requirements. Since joining RCP, we have enjoyed watching him develop his strategic consulting skills such as his ability to manage and formulate high value business cases and contribute towards establishing governance and process strategies for major health projects.
The Board is delighted with Eric’s growth into the Associate role, and we always appreciate Eric’s good humour, thoughtful contribution towards business improvement initiatives and development of team members.