Charlene joins the Landpro team as an Office Administrator based in our New Plymouth office. She originates from Seattle, Washington. She was born int... Read more
Originally born and bred in Taranaki, Kate has lived in Central Otago since 2006, when she and her husband relocated to manage the family dairy farm in Ettrick. It was during this time that the idea of Landpro was born, and in July 2007 Landpro opened for business. Kate graduated from Victoria University with a degree in Geography and Political Science, and since this time has predominantly worked in the private sector as a resource management planner.
Kate has a background in planning and project management in the extractive industries, including Mining and Oil and Gas, and in more recent years has been heavily involved with irrigation development and consenting, and consenting and consulting work for the dairy industry. Kate also leads a range of contracts with Land Information New Zealand, which involves undertaking a variety of work within the iconic New Zealand High Country. Kate is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Management (NZIM), and the Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand (RMLA), and is involved at a local level with a number of clubs and organisations. Outside of work you can usually find Kate spending time with her young family, milking the odd cow, or enjoying all the benefits of Central Otago food and wine, you may also occasionally find her behind the wheel of her husband’s 1981 Toyota Starlet Rally Car (affectionately known as the Orange Roughy).
Born and raised in Gore, Mike started out his surveying career with the Royal New Zealand Navy, training in the Hydrographic branch of the Navy. After numerous deployments around New Zealand and the South Pacific gaining experience in all aspects of Hydrographic Surveying, Mike left the navy to start a role in a survey consultancy firm back in the south.
He then moved into a mining role at one of New Zealand’s largest gold mines, before heading overseas to work on a variety of projects, including Oil and Gas, Railway, Roading and civil projects. At the start of 2008 Mike and his family returned to New Zealand choosing Cromwell as their final destination and commencing work for Landpro as a Senior Surveyor.
In April 2012 Mike became a director in the company and along with Kate and Kathryn strives to provide the level of service and detail of care for his clients that he would expect himself. With over 20 years in the survey industry you can rest assured that Mike and his team of surveyors will provide the right solution for your project.
Living in Central Otago, Mike and his family make the most of the recreational activities that the region has to offer and will often be found on a mountain bike or set of skis or simply relaxing down at the lake, that is when he’s not off fighting fires with the local fire brigade.
Executive Director (New Plymouth)
One of the founding Company Directors, Kathryn is the Company’s North island connection.
A Taranaki local, Kath graduated from Massey University with a degree in Natural Resource Management (Applied Science). She then did a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management at Central Queensland University and completed her Masters in Applied Science in 2012. After a short stint in monitoring and enforcement at Taranaki & Wellington Regional Councils, Kath has worked in the private sector as an environmental planner since 2001.
Kath’s background is in Natural Resource Management and leading projects. This includes large scale land development, minerals, petroleum and agriculture, with a strong a focus on driving public consultation, relationships and environmental management/compliance around these projects as they progress. Kath also has over 20 years experience with Health, Safety and Quality Management and is responsible for our QHSE System (ISO9001:2015).
Kath is a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI), a Certified Nutrient Management Adviser (CNMA) and is involved at a local level with the Taranaki Property Investors Association and on the Board of Taranaki Women’s Refuge.
In her spare time, Kath will usually be outdoors with her family, either enjoying the lifestyle in Taranaki or spending time at her forestry block at Waitaanga.
CEO & General Manager - Business Services
Jason joins the team as our General Manager based in our Cromwell Office. He brings his wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience within the private and public sectors at an executive management level to the team.
With over 26 years in the planning, spatial, environmental and engineering space, Jason is no stranger to the ever changing industry we work in. Prior to this role, Jason was the CEO of a local environmental and geotechnical business in Central Otago, Southland and Canterbury, and prior to that the NZ Director of Operations (Environmental Spatial, Planning and Water Engineering) for a large global consultancy.
Jason is practical and people focused, and it is his passion for our industry that makes him a great fit for our business.
In his spare time, Jason enjoys spending time with his family, farming, classic cars and anything outdoors from fishing, hunting, boating to gold mining and prospecting!
National Farm Environmental Manager
Kim joins the team as our National Farm Environmental Manager based in Dunedin.
Farming has been a big part of Kim’s life from growing up on a mixed sheep, beef and dairy farm in the Taieri Plans to working with government policy within the primary sector industry for over 10 years in multiple roles. From representing farmers on council and government proposals, managing a team of policy advisors to being a stakeholder representative on local, regional and national working groups.
Kim’s clients can expect a strong commitment to getting the best possible outcome for their project.
In her spare time, Kim enjoys getting outdoors whether it’s in the garden, walking, biking or getting out to support her kids playing sports.
Planning Team Leader
Walt brings deep planning expertise, variety of commercial experience and an enthusiasm for NZ into his life with Landpro.
He has a Postgrad Diploma in Planning from Massey and a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Otago University. He got into planning because he enjoys being part of interesting projects and finds it satisfying helping clients achieve their goals.
Walt grew up on a deer farm. He enjoyed a few years in the central North Island as a private consultant planner working on subdivisions, building consents and project management associated with geothermal energy exploration activities. Then a move south beckoned; Walt spent four years working for the Southland Regional Council as a resource planner with a particular focus on Energy, Infrastructure, Natural Hazards and River Management work. Then the commercial world grabbed him, for five years in logistics with a focus on contract management and business development.
Walt and his family have moved to Central Otago, and love exploring our beautiful environment together.
Planning Team Leader
We are excited to have Claire join the Landpro family as a Senior Planner. Claire may have spent most of her career in the four streams of water – Storm water, drinking water, waste water and irrigation but is far from wet behind the ears! Claire is a graduate of Otago University with a Batchelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management and has added to this with a post-grad certificate in Integrated Catchment Management from the University of British Columbia. She spent 10 years with MWH (now Stantec) where she added to her exceptional skills with project management and leadership training.
What will our clients expect when they come to Claire with their jobs? “ Completed on time, on budget and with a solution that meets or exceeds their expectations” That’s the Landpro spirit!
Claire is an active committee member of the Upper Clutha Plunket, and secretary of the Pioneer Netball Club. With her young family Claire enjoys being part of her community and we are happy to have Claire in our Landpro family.
Nathan is a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor and joined the company’s Cromwell office in 2012. He began his surveying career in 1995 working for a small firm specialising in engineering and industrial measurement survey. While working he studied part time towards the New Zealand Certificate in Land Surveying and graduated in 1998.
He then moved to a Land Surveying firm and gained a wealth of experience in Cadastral Surveying before heading to Dunedin to study towards his bachelor’s degree. Nathan graduated with a Bachelor of Surveying with First Class Honours in 2004. He stayed in Otago and proceeded to gain experience in highway design, land development engineering and construction. He has since passed his Cadastral Surveyors Licensing Board requirements and admitted as a full member to the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors. Nathan is now working towards becoming a Registered Professional Surveyor.
Nathan brings over 20 years of experience in a variety of survey disciplines to the company. He has worked on a number of large land development projects including stage 1 and 2 of the Millbrook Land to the west development and also held a leading role in geometrical design and construction of the Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell.
Nathan now calls Cromwell home after living in there for the past 10 years. He is an avid mountain biker, hockey player and motorsport enthusiast.
Licensed Cadastral Surveyor/Survey Team Leader
Wally joined the Landpro team in 2015 while settling in Pisa Moorings to raise his two boys with wife Tracey.
With over 15 years experience in the surveying industry working from offices in Taupo, Darwin and now Cromwell, Wally has gained in-depth knowledge in very small to very large scale subdivisions and construction, deformation monitoring, urban design, topographic and hydrographic surveys.
Highlights while working at Landpro include the design and project management of Prospector’s Park, tenure reviews of Obelisk and Omarama Station, the numerous large scale subdivisions and easement plans around the district and Clutha River cross sections between Roxburgh and Balclutha.
In his spare time, Wally spreads himself thinly over boating, fishing, gold panning, mountain biking, community involvement, DIY and working on his Zephyr.
Debbie joined the Landpro team in May 2011 and has over twenty years administration experience in both the public and private sector. Debbie uses her considerable experience and skill to ensure everything runs smoothly and is often the first person people talk to.
Originally from Dunedin, Debbie moved to Cromwell in 2007 to bring her family up in this stunning area.
In her spare time, Debbie and her husband are kept busy with their two boys and their out of school activities.
An expert with over 30 years experience in integrating science and resource management, and enthusiast for all things outdoors, Mike joined Landpro in January 2017. He brings with him a passion for planning, a BSc, a PhD, an MBA and an Advanced Sustainable Nutrient Management Certificate. He has worked on a huge range of projects including water quality management in the Waitaki, the use of Overseer in resource management and local authority process audits.
Mike has specific expertise and interest in effluent discharge permits, water permits, and land use consents for farming activities. He has also undertaken contaminated land investigations. Mike always aims to ensure that resource management decisions are informed by quality information. He delivers quality solutions that match or exceed clients' expectations.
Mike can be found tramping, running, paddling, cross-country ski-ing and cycling - even on his commute from Wanaka to Cromwell.
Matt joins the Landpro team as a Senior Planner, with a variety of experience in New Zealand and abroad both in the private and public sectors. Matt started off his planning profession at the University of Otago where he graduated with a Masters in Planning and a Bachelor of Science Majoring in Geography. Since finishing his qualifications, he has joined the New Zealand Planning Institute as an intermediate member.
His clients can expect effective communication and a quality product delivered in a timely manner. He has a passion for the natural environment and the development of the land making planning the perfect profession for him.
Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and son, mountain biking and trail running around the beautiful Central Otago.
Senior Planner (New Plymouth)
Zen's broad experience in regional, district and auditing work for councils and large corporates come to Landpro with her outstanding academic achievements. Zen has a Bachelors and Masters in Chemical Engineering, a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Science and a second Masters in Resource and Environmental Planning! She is also a member of New Zealand Planning Institute, Engineering New Zealand and Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand, and has recently completed Intermediate Sustainable Nutrient Management Certificate and Farm Dairy Effluent: System Design and Management Certificate.
In her Philippine homeland, Zen had the opportunity to work with international experts in the energy sector particularly preparing the Environmental Impact Assessments (Assessment of Environmental Effects in New Zealand) and due diligence reports of hydroelectric plants. In New Zealand, she has worked for the largest bottler of ready to drink beverages in the Asia Pacific Region – Coca-Cola Amatil and was involved in the transition of Auckland Council to Unitary Plan.
In her variety of roles, Zen discovered she really enjoyed working with people - her people and project management skills certainly stand out when you engage her.
Regional Service Lead – Planning & Environmental (New Plymouth)
Helen joins the Landpro team as a Senior Planner based in our New Plymouth Office, following several years working in planning and community engagement in the energy sector. Her experience includes working in District Plan policy and infrastructure planning for several local councils in the North Island. After sometime abroad in Aberdeen, Scotland working firstly as a local council planner, and then in affordable housing development.
Helen graduated from Massey with a Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning, and she gained full membership of the New Zealand Planning Institute in 2004. Her post-graduate study has included a Diploma in Business and Administration and more recently she completed a certificate in horticulture operations.
Helen's clients can expect honest advice and efficient responses to their project.
Born in South Taranaki, but having spent most of her time living in other parts of the North Island, Helen returned to Taranaki in 2014 to start her own family. When not ferrying her active daughter to sporting or dancing activities, Helen enjoys working with her husband in their micro-hop garden!
Andrea joins the team as a Senior Planner based in our Cromwell Office. She has extensive experience in resource management planning in both the public and private sector.
Prior to making the move to Central Otago, Andrea worked in regional policy planning and consenting in Canterbury across a broad range of projects and resource management issues. Her previous experience as a Civil Engineer, sparked an interest in in subdivision development and stormwater systems.
Andrea’s clients can expect a tailored and quality approach to their project, ensuring their interests are at the forefront of the project focus.
In her spare time, Andrea enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking in the mountains, and photography.
Senior Planner (Maternity Leave)
Tanya is originally from a small town on the outskirts of Tauranga and has steadily migrated south after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Physical Geography. Tanya then worked in both regional and district councils as well as private consulting until by complete accident, she met her husband while visiting a Southland dairy farm.
The happily ever after involves the last five years running two dairy farms and a drystock block together near Tuatapere in Western Southland. As a result Tanya tends to specialise in consenting dairy farm conversions and renewals and has recently completed the advanced Overseer Nutrient Budgeting course through Massey University.
With a young family in tow, a lifestyle change to big smoke of Cromwell means we were lucky enough to snap Tanya up!
When not at work, Tanya and family are avid mountain bikers and trail runners.
Senior Planner (Maternity Leave)
Zoe was raised on a sheep and beef farm in Southland, which fostered her interests in farming and the environment. After graduating from Lincoln University with a Bachelor of Environmental Management and Planning in 2012, Zoe travelled for a few years through South America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific.
Zoe has worked in a wide range of consenting spaces, from dairy conversions and expansions in Southland to Deemed Permit replacements in Otago, and rural and urban subdivisions locally in Central Otago. Her primary interests are water use and management.
With a young family now in tow, Zoe enjoys spending quality time with her partner and little ones, and turning her home grown garden goodies into eatable delights!
Resource Management Planner (New Plymouth)
Raised in rural Canterbury in the days when kids roamed free over the landscape , Louise gained a BSc (BioChem.) and MSc ( Resource Management) from Canterbury University. With fifteen years experience in resource management in central and local government, and the private sector, Louise then took time out to raise a family and pursue other interests.
Louise is excited be back in her core career as a Resource Management Planner with Landpro's New Plymouth Office. Outside work, Louise enjoys skiing, reading ,tramping and Tai Chi Chuan.
With 6+ years of experience under his belt, Will joins the Landpro team as a planner who has specialised in environmental science and engineering. Otago University is his alma matter where he graduated with honours in Environmental Management. Over the past 9 years, Will has gained diverse client experience in a broad range of industries including dairy, manufacturing, civil construction and environmental engineering.
While born in Southland and raised in Queenstown, Will has spent several years working in London and Canada. Will is an associate member of the international Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment and is also a member of ECO Canada.
Will is big on the environment and conservation, which naturally reflects his talents as an environmental scientist and planner. When not saving the world or spending time with his young family, he can be found competing in archery.
Natalie joins our Cromwell team as a Planner/Environmental Scientist. With a BSc and an MSc in Earth and Ocean Sciences from Waikato University, and nutrient management qualifications from Massey University, Natalie brings a wide range of technical experience and comprehensive knowledge of soils, hydrology and agricultural systems to the team.
It was a love for exploring the great outdoors and growing up on a family dairy farm in the mighty Waikato that sparked Natalie's passion for working in the agricultural and natural environmental spaces. Her experience working for a local government agency on improving water quality of lakes in the Bay of Plenty region and her hands-on farming experience make her a great fit for the team.
Natalie;s clients can expect a friendly and professional approach to their projects.
In her spare time Natalie enjoys getting outdoors whether it's skiing behind a boat on on the slopes, tramping, pack rafting, mountain biking or paddle boarding as well as spending time with friends and family.
Matilda joins the Landpro team as a Graduate Planner, after graduating from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Science Majoring in Earth Science she went on to study at the University of Tasmania graduating with a Masters in Marine and Antarctic Science. Her rich academic understanding of the earth and natural environment provides her with a great grounding in the planning profession.
Matilda’s clients will receive an enthusiastic and professional response to their project.
In her spare time she enjoys getting outdoors whether it be snowboarding, surfing or hiking!
Originally from a sheep and beef farm in beautiful North Canterbury, it was there that Brodie discovered his interest in the land and sustainable management, making planning a fitting career for him.
Brodie started off his planning profession at the University of Canterbury, where he graduated with a Masters in International Law and Politics focusing on water and land management, followed by a Postgraduate Certificate in Planning from Massey University while working fulltime. He joined the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment specialising in telecommunications and housing policy, working with Ministers of Parliament, district and regional councils, and the wider public.
Brodie then headed overseas to Canada to travel and work, settling in the subarctic city of Yellowknife. Most recently Brodie worked for the Wek'èezhı̀i Land and Water Board, assessing and approving resource consents for land and water use, while engaging with private companies, indigenous organisations and local government.
Brodie’s clients can expect to be rewarded by his results-driven approach, along with his strategic and practical solutions to any problem that may arise.
Having newly returned to New Zealand, outside of work Brodie enjoys spending time with his partner Kelsey rediscovering Central Otago and the wider South Island, as well as getting involved with cricket, golf and fishing.
It was growing up on a farm on the outskirts of Cromwell and observing the changes that the town and wider region has experienced over the last few years that got Della interested in pursuing a career in the Planning sector.
Della is no stranger to Landpro, originally starting with us as a Planning Intern through our Internship Program whilst completing her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Planning. Now that she has graduated, she has come on board with us as a Graduate Planner based in our Cromwell Office.
In her spare time, Della enjoys exploring the local trails around Central Otago and playing rugby hopefully for the first ever Central Otago Women’s Rugby team!
Planning Assistant (New Plymouth)
Antony joins our New Plymouth team as a Planning Assistant. This local 'naki' lad is passionate about planning and being part of the process of safeguarding our people and district.
While finishing off his Bachelor of Environmental Planning at the University of Waikato, Antony has recently graduated from the University of Waikato with Bachelor of Environmental Planning and will be working alongside our Planning team, gaining hands-on industry experience.
Antony's clients can expect a personable and empathic approach to their planning projects.
In his spare time, Antony enjoys catching up with mates, getting stuck into a bit of DIY or kicking a ball around!
Tim grew up on a walnut orchard in Central Otago. After 15 years away from the district in Dunedin, Auckland and Kolkata, India, he returned to join Landpro in 2018.
Tim’s academic background is in environmental chemistry (with a side of history), and he’s since completed an Intermediate Sustainable Nutrient Management Certificate and become a Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP). His professional interests include the investigation and management of contaminated sites, water quality, landfill gas, nutrient management and environmental due diligence, as well as data science and geospatial analysis/GIS. He is a licensed asbestos assessor and presented a paper on asbestos-in-soil risk assessment at the 2018 ALGA Contaminated Land Conference.
Aside from all that, Tim loves cycling, reading, spending time with his wife and daughters, and watching and performing stand-up comedy.
Chrissy was raised on a lifestyle farm and vineyard in Marlborough, which instilled in her a close connection to the environment. She has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Geography from the University of Otago and is currently studying towards her PhD, focused on understanding water quality issues, primarily sediment, in Otago and Southland. While finishing her PhD, Chrissy works part time as a Landpro Environmental Scientist, but her main focus is Hydrology.
Chrissy is passionate about water and understanding how we as humans interact with water in all sorts of environments. Her primary interests are in surface water quality and understanding the connection between land and water. She is interested in all sorts of water management related projects with a special interest in catchment management and working with local communities. When dealing with clients she has an open mind and passion to obtain the best results possible for their project and the environment.
Chrissy is a very bubbly and caring person who is dedicated to her work and research. When she is not busy studying and working, she enjoys being outdoors, going for walks exploring new places and getting out on the water for a fish in the Kenepuru Sound when back home in Marlborough.
Ecologist (New Plymouth)
Cees is our part-time ecologist who came across to Landpro, when his former practice Oecologico Ltd. was merged with Landpro in late 2017. Oecologico served several sectors, including, energy, property development, infrastructure, and conservation. Cees has developed a broad appreciation of various kinds of clients ecological needs, whether carrying out ecological impact assessments in a variety of habitat types and regions, to providing advice on mitigation work.
The University of Otago is Cees’s alumni, where he completed a BSc in Ecology, followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Wildlife Management. Cees works on a number of personal endeavours, including property development, forestry, and school governance.
Cees has been a volunteer rural fire fighter since 2015, and has been actively involved in the preservation kiwi in the Taranaki area for over a decade.
Angus joins the Landpro team as Field Hydrologist based in our Cromwell office. He brings his broad knowledge and experience of Hydrology and Environmental Monitoring that he has gained in New Zealand and aboard.
Having graduated from the University of Otago, Angus spent time working in the public sector specialising in Hydrological Catchment Data throughout Central/South Canterbury and the Hawkes Bay.
Angus' client's can expect a professional and innovative approach to their hydrological requirements.
Based in Wanaka, this Cantabrian can usually be found in the backcountry with a Fly Rod and Rifle in hand.
Farm Environmental Consultant
Tilly joins the Landpro team as a Farm Environmental Consultant based in our Cromwell office. She brings her broad understanding of the environment and farming to this role.
Growing up on a sheep and beef station in Glenorchy helped foster her passion for the agricultural sector which ultimately drew her to Lincoln University where she studied a Bachelor of Environmental Management and Planning. Shortly after graduating, Tilly headed north to the Bay of Plenty where she worked for a regional council this experience helped provide her with a good understanding of the operational aspects of a local government body.
Tilly's clients can expect a friendly and motivated approach to their jobs, ensuring they receive practical and detailed farm environment plans.
In her spare time she enjoys getting outdoors with her partner, whether it's mountain biking, tramping or hitting the slopes for a ski!
Aerial Sales and Service Manager
With his passion for spatial science, 15 years in sales for Leica and endless enthusiasm for crunching data, Andy is a key member of Landpro's aerial systems team. He's here to make sure that our aerial clients get technical solutions of a high level and quality deliverables - while enjoying a great relationship with our clients.
Andy gained his Associate Degree in Spatial Science from the University of Southern Queensland. He's been trained for many years by global manufacturers to use their instrumentation in the best ways possible to deliver solutions for clients. His big projects have included monitoring the Melbourne Underground Rail Loop, the Brisbane Gateway and major runway works in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Christchurch. He's a member of the NZ Institute of Surveyors too, to make sure he keeps current. Andy will tell you himself - he just loves the technology in high level remote sensing!
All this experience is now back in NZ, and Landpro are delighted to have Andy as part of the team.
Aerial Operations Lead
There isn’t much Grant hasn’t done in his career, from working in the civil engineering industry as a survey technician to dog sledding, guiding and operations manager in Antarctica. It is this experience paired with a long-standing career in the Aviation industry as a Commercial Helicopter and Fixed Wing Pilot that makes Grant a great fit for our Aerial Operations Lead.
Grant’s role is to oversee the day to day operations of our flight crew and coordinating the logistics that come with operating a survey aircraft in the every changing weather in New Zealand.
In his spare time, Grant enjoys hitting the bike trails around Central Otago and spending time with his family.
JJ Van der Merwe
JJ joins our Aerial Team as a Pilot based in our Cromwell Office and in the skies above New Zealand.
With over 10 years experience in the aviation industry, JJ started off his career studying aeronautical engineering, which gave him the in depth mechanical knowledge of aircrafts before becoming a pilot 6 years ago. He has previously worked as a fight instructor and aerobatic pilot.
JJ plays a critical role in our aerial operations enabling the team to capture high quality data from our aircraft and ensuring the project specifications are completed with accuracy and precision which takes some skill!
In his spare time, JJ enjoys getting out on the water boating and fishing. He has recently built a solar powered boat – how cool!
Licensed Cadastral Surveyor
Richard is a born and bred Southlander, growing up in Drummond and educated at Southland Boys’ High School. Now living in Bannockburn, Richard enjoys the lifestyle Central Otago has to offer.
In 2012, Richard completed University, gaining a Bachelor of Surveying with first class honours. Following work experience with the team as a student, Richard joined Landpro in a graduate role, attaining full membership of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors, and Licensing as a Cadastral Surveyor in 2016. In addition to the traditional role of a surveyor, Richard was extensively involved with the initial development of aerial survey and mapping services at Landpro.
The outdoors aspect of a surveying role and the precise nature of the profession appealed to Richard, and he fits the mould of the company very well. During his time at Landpro, Richard has provided a broad range of services - assisting the rural sector being a particularly satisfying aspect of the job.
In his spare time, Richard likes to immerse himself in the great outdoors of Otago/Southland. This means you will likely find him running, mountain biking, hunting, skiing, boating, water-skiing, kayaking or fishing. Or seeing the countryside at a less sedate pace in a rally car as a driver or co-driver.
Survey Manager (New Plymouth)
Ian joins the Landpro team as a Survey Manager based in our New Plymouth office. He brings with him a wealth of experience both in New Zealand and abroad. He started off his surveying profession in the far north and then moved to Dunedin where he graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Surveying.
Shortly after graduating, Ian ventured over to the big city lights of London where he worked on major projects like Canary Wharf and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, for the last 15 years Ian has been working for a North Island based surveying company. He also is part of Survey and Spatial New Zealand (formally known as the Institute of Surveyors) where he chairs the Taranaki Branch.
Ian’s clients can expect honest and reliable advice and matters dealt with in a timely manner.
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and young family at the beach and enjoying the outdoors.
Geospatial Survey Technician
Lauren hails from Northern New Mexico, United States and started at Landpro in November 2018. She works with our aerial team as navigator in the plane capturing data and GIS mapping and is currently in New Zealand on a work visa living in Wanaka.
Growing up in Northern New Mexico, Lauren spent a lot of time outdoors, skiing, hiking, camping and river rafting which has fostered a love for the outdoors and the environment. Spending time on the river and travelling through vast canyon networks sparked an interest in geology which lead her to study at university. Lauren studied at the University of New Mexico and has a Bachelor of Science in Earth & Planetary Sciences and Geography. Work experience has exposed her to GIS and she has previously worked as a GIS Analyst and Data Manager with a team of scientists studying the effects of climate change on high latitude environments.
Back home in the US, Lauren is a member of the American Geophysical Union and was a member of the volunteer ski patrol at her local ski area, Pajarito Mountain. Along with her love for the outdoors, Lauren loves to travel, a good book and going to the movies.
Licensed Cadastral Surveyor
Sean joins the Cromwell Survey team as an experienced Licensed Cadastral Surveyor. He brings his in-depth knowledge and experience of the Central Otago area to the team.
Sean is an Otago lad through and through, growing up in Dunedin and going on to study his Bachelor of Surveying at the University of Otago. It was a graduate job opportunity that sparked the move inland to Cromwell, where he has worked on large scale urban and rural subdivisions and earthworks design.
Sean’s clients can expect an upfront and tailored approach to their project.
In his spare time, Sean enjoys getting out for a round of golf, getting stuck into projects around the house and heading out for adventures with his fiancée Chrissy.
Geoff joined Landpro in November 2014, after completing four years studying surveying at The University of Otago.
In the holiday breaks between studies, Geoff worked in the Frasers underground gold mine at Macraes Flat in order to gain practical surveying experience.
Prior to attending university, Geoff spent 13 years working for the Department of Conservation at Franz Josef Glacier on the West Coast and at Takaka in Golden Bay. The majority of this work was walking track, structure and hut maintenance, along with construction of new tracks. The balance of his time with the department was spent working on the Okarito Brown Kiwi Recovery Program and in the department's electronics lab in Wellington.
Geoff and his fiancée Sarah now live in Cromwell and are looking forward to exploring the outdoors around the region with their new son Oliver.
Kat joins the Landpro team as a Surveyor based in our Cromwell office. She brings with her a variety of surveying knowledge and experience that she has gained in New Zealand and abroad.
After studying her Bachelor of Surveying (with honours) at the University of Otago, Kat and her partner Scott decided it was time to explore the world, firstly heading to Queensland for four years, then on to Scotland where she was conducting engineering construction work on the Queensferry Crossing Bridge project.
Kat’s clients can expect a practical approach to finding the best solution for any given situation with genuine and honest communication.
In her spare time, Kat enjoys playing sports in particular ultimate frisbee, disc golf, mountain biking and hiking!
Surveyor (New Plymouth)
Nick joins our growing New Plymouth team as a Surveyor. This local from Taranaki brings his knowledge and experience of the area and aboard to the team.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Surveying at the University of Otago, Nick decided it was time to head overseas to Australia where he worked as Hydrographic Surveyor in Australia and New Zealand and further abroad . He was involved in large subsea construction, inspection, and shallow water mapping projects.
Nick’s clients can expect great communication and a focus on providing the best solutions for their project.
In his spare time, Nick enjoys getting out for a surf and heading up the mountain for a spot of snowboarding.
Sara first joined Landpro in 2008 as a survey technician and rejoined the team in late 2013 after taking some time out to have her family. Sara is responsible for the plan drafting in the office, preparing plans for a range of clients, and also helps out in the field when required. Outside of work Sara enjoys spending time with her two children, outdoor activities and sports.
Jason was born in Clyde and raised in Cromwell. Jason attended St Kevins College in Oamaru before completing a bachelor of science majoring in zoology and ecology at Massey University. Jason has returned home to Cromwell to fill a survey technician position with Landpro and is excited for the future with the company.
Project Coordinator/Survey Technician (New Plymouth)
Glenn joins our New Plymouth team as a Project Coordinator and Survey Technician. With over 30 years experience in project coordination.
With experience spanning over a multitude of industries from teaching and writing to the oil and energy sector. Glenn has spent over 15 years within New Zealand’s oil and gas industry, where he was involved in the drilling and completion stages of oil and gas wells.
Glenn's clients can expect a reliable and understanding approach to their project needs and requirements.
In his spare time, Glenn enjoys spending time with his family, keeping fit and getting out for the odd game of tennis!
People and Capability Coordinator
Jon joins the team as a People and Capability Coordinator, based in our Cromwell Office. He brings his wealth of experience in the leadership, coaching, mentoring and people space to the team.
Prior to joining Landpro, Jon spent the last 15 years in the high performance sport world in New Zealand and Australia. It was on the modern battlefield of international sport that he found his passion for helping people become better versions of themselves and for supporting teams to work better together.
Prioritising people, partnerships and performance, Jon is focused on getting our staff to be the best they can be at what they do, so we can deliver world class outcomes for our clients.
In his spare time, Jon enjoys spending time with his young family, rock/ice climbing and getting stuck into a DIY landscaping and building projects!
Office Administrator (New Plymouth)
Charlene joins the Landpro team as an Office Administrator based in our New Plymouth office. She originates from Seattle, Washington. She was born into a military family in South Korea and moved to the U.S. as a child. Her family moved often, sparking her interest in travel. She spent 13 years in both the profit and non-profit sectors in a variety of roles in telecom and working with the community. Ready for an adventure she sold her belongings and packed her life into a backpack and set off to see the world, beginning in New Zealand.
Charlene spent 2 years working and learning on horticulture farms around the world, but always felt a special connection to New Zealand. She returned in December 2019 and is working towards becoming a resident.
In her spare time, Charlene enjoys going to the beach, gardening, fishing, and exploring New Zealand. She brings heaps of professional experience, an optimistic can-do attitude, and is excited to be part of our growing team in New Plymouth
Farm Environmental Consultant
Tessa joins the team as a Farm Environmental Consultant based in our Gore Office.
From early on Tessa knew she wanted to work in the agricultural sector, it was a love that stemmed from growing up on a farm in Woodlands, Southland. From there she went on to study a Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences at Lincoln University graduating with honours. Since graduating, Tessa has worked in the environmental space within the dairy sector acting as a intermediary between policy and farmers as well as supporting local catchment groups.
Tessa’s clients can expect a friendly and collaborative approach to finding practical solutions that align with their vision and goals.
In her spare time, Tessa enjoys getting stuck into some DIY on her home with her fiancé and being involved in Balfour Young Farmers and Gore Toastmasters!
Farm Environmental Consultant
Ginny joins the team as a Farm Environmental Consultant working remotely from the Wakatipu Basin.
A passion for farming and the environment has brought Ginny to Landpro, spending the past 17 years farming with her husband and working in the planning and non-regulatory space within the public sector. Ginny is also part of the local Wakatipu Basin Catchment Group that gets local farmers working together to improve their surrounding environment and waterways.
Ginny’s clients can expect a practical understanding of on farm issues and the regulation requirements.
In her spare time, Ginny enjoys getting outdoors for a spot of tramping, skiing and horse riding!
National GIS Manager
Sophie joins the team as our National GIS Manager based in our Cromwell Office.
With over 20 years experience in the data and geospatial realm, Sophie is the person to call when you want to make the most of your data. She has a wide range of geospatial experience from interactive online mapping and aerial surveying to business development and strategy. Sophie is motivated and passionate about providing a customer centric approach that will enable clients to use their data for effective decision making and future planning.
In her spare time, Sophie enjoys musical instruments as well as skiing and sailing with friends and family.
Farm Environmental Consultant
Rosie joins the team as a Farm Environmental Consultant working remotely from Northern Southland!
Rosie has always loved being a part of rural communities and helping out where she can. Her passion for environmental management started by studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and Animal Science at Massey University. After graduating, Rosie was part of the Ravensdown graduate programme, then moved into an Agri Manager role in Central Southland servicing a large client base and helping with their on-farm nutrient management.
Rosie’s clients can expect a personable and positive approach to understanding your farming business and working with you to provide practical solutions.
In her spare time, Rosie enjoys getting outdoors for a hike, playing netball, farming with her partner Regan, and volunteering as a coordinator for the Mid Oreti Catchment Group.
Farm Environmental Graduate
Lochie hails from a stud sheep farm in Lawrence, which is where his passion for the primary sector was fostered.
He recently graduated from Lincoln University with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science majoring in Environmental Management. Lochie brings a wide range of practical knowledge to the role having worked on multiple sheep, beef, and dairy farms throughout Otago and Southland. He strives to help guide farmers through environmental regulations, and currently works across both the planning and farm environmental teams.
In his spare time, Lochie enjoys hunting, playing for the local rugby team and getting back to Lawrence to help out on the farm.
After a longstanding career in the agriculture and teaching sectors, Annie decided it was time for a change of scenery and has joined us as a Planner based in our Cromwell office.
In the early stages of her career, Annie worked in the wool industry for the NZ Wool Board and as a lecturer at Lincoln University, before packing up her life, buying a herd of cows and heading to Southland where her and her husband ran a sharemilking business. For the last 20 years Annie has been a secondary school teacher with a focus on Science.
Annie’s clients can expect a professional, efficient and down to earth approach to their projects.
In her spare time, Annie enjoys getting out on the mountain bike with her husband, spending time with her family and walking
Aerial Processing Technican
Tiago joins our geospatial and aerial processing team as a Aerial Processing Technician based in our Cromwell office.
With over 8 years’ experience as a Geomatic Technician and Geospatial Analyst in Brazil, Tiago brings an in depth of geospatial data and has had experience on a wide range of small and large scale projects.
Tiago's clients can expect a hardworking and committed approach to the delivery of their project.
In his spare time, Tiago enjoys going to the gym, swimming and computer games!