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 2021:
Ben Gurton – Director
Ben Gurton, RCP’s Wellington Regional Manager, has been promoted to Director marking RCP’s first resident Director for the region. He brings more than 15 years’ experience delivering complex strategies and projects for clients and developing strong industry relationships based on trust and results.
He joined RCP from the UK in 2006, working first in Auckland followed by a stint in Christchurch before answering the Wellington team’s call for support in 2013. During this time, Ben has grown his Wellington network and is extremely well regarded amongst the local consultant, contractor, and client community. He lives and breathes the RCP brand and is totally invested in the business and is not afraid to get into the trenches and lead by example.
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Helen Ewing – Senior Associate
Helen is a highly accomplished senior project manager, who possesses an all-round technical skill set and a reputation for being commercially astute.
Her structural engineering background has instilled a strong understanding of the design and construction process, and she is not afraid to manage complex issues by modifying established practices and devising new management approaches. Most importantly, Helen is a people person and very empathetic to the stresses that a project team will face throughout a complex project. She will not just deliver the project but will make sure that every member of the team gets safely to the finish line, and she takes exactly the same approach in the Wellington office with the local team.
Helen has been involved in a number of unique projects and is currently delivering the new Archives Facility in Wellington (located on the former Defence House site). This is a special project providing a purpose-built facility to house some of New Zealand’s heritage and taonga, on behalf of AMP Capital and the Department of Internal Affairs.
Besides her project duties, Helen is an influential figure within RCPs national senior leadership team, providing keen insights and leadership for internal change initiatives and raising the standard of RCP’s company-wide consulting standards and processes. She is also avid sportswoman, having run in numerous marathons around the world and cycled many of the Tour de France mountain stages.
Mark Webb – Senior Associate
Mark is a loyal and highly experienced senior leader who doubles as RCP’s Christchurch Regional Manager – a role he has enjoyed since 2018. A qualified quantity surveyor, Mark has more than 10 years’ experience with RCP in the local Canterbury market on top of 15 years in the UK managing a diverse range of projects from small retail fitouts to $100m-plus projects.
One of Mark‘s strengths is his ability to forge close relationships with his clients and guide them through the design and construction journey. He possesses a keen commercial instinct, which he uses to review and facilitate critical project decision making. Mark has a ‘leads by example’ character and a relaxed management style that encourages innovation, openness and a teamwork ethic to drive clients’ projects forwards.
As the leader of a major metropolitan office, Mark has been central to the success of the local Christchurch team culture, which has flourished despite the geographic distribution of projects and team resources across both the South and North Islands. Mark has also developed a national profile as a key member of RCP’s senior leadership team being highly involved in some major practice improvement and innovation initiatives.
Mark is currently leading the completion of the Ministry of Corrections Modular Build Programme and various projects with Canterbury District Health Board.
Bevan Judge – Senior Associate
Bevan has been part of the RCP team since 2014, where he joined us upon completion of a Bachelor of Building Science degree. He began his career as a carpenter, which provides him with a detailed and practical understanding of the design and construction process with a focus on delivery.
Bevan has experience in complex pre-project briefings and negotiations, most notability the Wellington Accommodation Project (WAP) for multiple government tenants. A genuinely humble and articulate leader, Bevan consistently demonstrates a tireless dedication towards every project and the team he leads. As a result, he has developed meaningful and enduring relationships within the local Wellington market as well as with major national property owners and developers.
As a senior member of RCP’s Wellington leadership team, he provides a strong voice in the strategic development of RCP’s local business interests and junior talent.
In just a few months Bevan will be part of the team that completes the last stage of the 80,000m2 Government WAP2 lease in Wellington, a huge achievement for everyone involved. He is also leading RCP’s service delivery for the redevelopment of Mayfair House for Precinct and the Victoria Lane Apartments for Willis Bond.
Rachel Morris – Associate
Rachel joined RCP in Christchurch in 2019, bringing a wealth of public hospital development experience and specific expertise in design, FFE and commissioning after leading the operational readiness aspects of a large, complex digital hospital in Australia.
Rachel is professionally driven by two aspects – to provide high-quality patient care through design, ICT efficiencies and stakeholder engagement, and to meaningfully apply local and national cultural considerations to projects. Leveraging her successful cultural engagement and digital health leadership on the New Dunedin Hospital,
Rachel has helped RCP secure further work in the Otago region, including the Clutha Health Redevelopment project where she is currently leading the client through front-end health planning processes. Her unique strategic consulting skills and innovative processes provide a new facet to RCP’s broader capability and can be applied to a multitude of project typologies for the benefit of our wider team and customers.
Rachel’s thoughtful insight into business improvement initiatives, and the mentoring she provides to other team members, is also highly valued. In particular, the effort Rachel has put into designing and leading RCP’s cultural capacity programme has been a significant highlight.
James Barratt-Boyes – Associate
James joined RCP in Auckland in 2015 from a geotechnical background and is a highly valued member of our growing Infrastructure team. In particular, he has made a significant contribution to enhancing RCP’s capability and service quality within the land development space for public sector clients, private developers and institutional landowners. Having forged strong relationships with a large network of land development and infrastructure consultants, and local council contacts, James possesses exceptional knowledge and insights into national and regional planning regulations and processes. He has also enjoyed great success assembling high-calibre project teams that deliver exceptional solutions for our clients.
James also offers an educated and considered approach to leading master-planning investigations and due diligence reports and resolving complex development challenges before they become an issue during delivery.
He is respected for his personable style and calm approach under pressure. James has also made a strong contribution towards internal knowledge sharing through training sessions and providing guidance and direction to RCP’s junior professionals.
André de Jong – Associate
André joined RCP in 2016 as part of the Central North Island team based in Tauranga. As a pivotal person within the local office, André’s work ethic and dedication to delivering projects has solidified him as a ‘go to’ person and is highly sought after by clients.
With a background in civil engineering, and NZQA qualified in NZ infrastructure procurement, André is leading RCP’s Infrastructure service offering within the Bay of Plenty region and has developed very strong working relationships with NZTA and the Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty District councils. Furthermore, he has taken on a Development Management role on one of New Zealand’s premier retirement lifestyle developments in Papamoa, Pacific Lakes Village and Pacific Coast Village for Generus Living Group.
André is also leading our response and consulting strategy to local government organisations nationally to understand and meet the challenges of infrastructure resilience and the impacts of climate change.
From a business leadership perspective, André has been an important member of the Infrastructure service line committee where his strong strategic insights and tactical ideas have contributed towards RCP Infrastructure enjoying its strong growth trajectory.
Kelvin Eden – Associate
Kelvin has more than 20 years’ industry experience. As a qualified landscape architect, he naturally sees projects through a wide lens but maintains strong attention to detail. Along with project delivery Kelvin has excelled within at design management on projects, providing a valuable and sought-after skill set that complements many of RCP’s projects.
Raised in Tauranga, Kelvin was eager to join RCP’s Central North Island team and did so in 2018 after a year spent overseas (UK and Middle East) and in the Auckland RCP office. Since moving to Tauranga, he has become an integral part of the local team and his in-depth knowledge of the region is invaluable.
Kelvin is leading the team on both the Farmers Development in Tauranga’s CBD, a transformational project that will reshape how the city looks and functions for generations to come, and the Mauri Ora Mental Health Facility in Rotorua for Lakes DHB.
Dave Copeland – Associate
Since joining RCP in 2016, Dave has proven to be a highly effective and determined senior management professional within our Auckland Infrastructure team. A proud Irish native – with a background in civil engineering, ‘three waters’ and land development projects overseas – Dave has added tremendous depth and experience to help RCP to grow its infrastructure consulting capability.
Always focused on setting high standards and expectations for his clients’ projects, Dave possesses a very strong work ethic that has earned him significant respect from RCP clients who always personally request his involvement in their projects. He is also highly versatile, having led the delivery of several major industrial and warehousing projects and making a significant contribution to the successful delivery of Fisher & Paykel Healthcare’s Daniell Building.
Dave plays an important role in managing our relationships and projects with key industrial, land development and infrastructure clients including Watercare, Goodman Property, Kainga Ora and Stride Property. He is also a key sounding board internally for RCP’s young infrastructure project managers and is actively involved in establishing RCP’s graduate development programme nationally.
Bruce Goodger – Dunedin Regional Manager
Bruce joined RCP’s Christchurch office in 2012 having grown up, studied and worked in the Otago region in a prior OS/CM role. He took the opportunity following the Canterbury Earthquakes to develop his project management practice and experience at RCP.
Initially embedded in the Canterbury DHB Earthquake Assessment & Repairs team based at Christchurch Hospital, Bruce was initially tasked with planning and delivering a number of repair projects within the live hospital environment. He quickly learnt how a morning tea shout for hospital staff enabled repair works to be expedited and he has successfully applied these soft skills on many projects since.
Whether working on a major new commercial office building for government tenants like Grand Central or a bespoke building like the new Air Traffic Control Facility for Augusta Capital and Airways, or Haere-roa, the new Students Association Building at Canterbury University, Bruce has pulled together and driven project teams defined by their teamwork and attention to detail.
Bruce impressed with his ongoing professional development since joining RCP in an entry level position in 2012 and this appointment is testament to his drive to develop and grow his career at RCP and grasp opportunities as they arise. With Bruce now firmly at the helm, we are excited by the opportunities for the local Dunedin business and to truly tackle a market where locals definitely prefer to deal with locals.