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Meet the Team

The people you will see at your place…

Kris Morris-Vette | Managing Director

Kris is the mainstay of the business, and the original founder/Director. He has extensive experience in project and facility management in educational and local body institutions and is also recognised as an industry leader in the management of aquatic facilities; having been involved both as an operator and in a supervisory capacity since the mid 1990’s. He further enhanced his broad understanding of facilities through his work as Property Manager for Sacred Heart College where he was responsible for compliance, health and safety, master planning, contractor management and coordination. Watershed continues to provide those services to the College on a contractual basis.

From Kris’ experience, it became apparent that there was a great opportunity for service improvement within the education and recreation sectors. This led to the launch of Watershed in 2006, which is focused on improving systems, driven out of the need to lift service levels and improve client satisfaction. Watershed has now been successfully operating and growing for a number of years.

Kris is committed to approaching Watershed’s work and clients in a collaborative manner, with an understanding that “the brains of many” contribute to great outcomes. This approach underpins the space we work in, the manner in which Watershed engages with its clients, and the way we deliver our tasks.

Projects within the sectors he works in are generally expected to be delivered within a defined budget and with a wide range of stakeholder expectations. Kris has the ability to listen and understand a client’s varied needs and offer input based on his experience. Not afraid to challenge a position, Kris will often offer options or solutions that are cost effective, pragmatic and consider long-term operational needs.

Kris is committed to ensuring that all of the work that Watershed is involved in understands long-term asset management requirements and day to day operational needs, and believes that Watershed’s long-standing and growing client list is a reflection of consistent delivery and enthusiasm of the team.

“Don’t be afraid to say the right thing at the right time. What sounds unpalatable becomes less so when its the truth. Only when dealing with the truth can success be planned and executed to perfection.”

For any further information, please feel free to email Kris on krism@watershedgroup.co.nz


Audits & Assets…

 

Mark-TwomeyMark Twomey | General Manager

Mark has experience in managing multi-faceted assignments in large corporate environments primarily in the highly competitive financial services and entertainment sectors. He has specialised in relationship management, with particular emphasis on sponsorship contract negotiating. While managing SKYCITY’s high profile marketing sponsorships, he was the primary point of contact and developed effective working relationships with key partners, Auckland Rugby and the Warriors. He also had a productive relationship with Auckland City Council, liaising with them on a number of major sponsorships, namely Rally New Zealand and the Lantern Festival. Mark was also seconded to work on the launch and re-branding of SKYCITY’s Adelaide property.

At Watershed Mark is a key member of our operational auditing and assessment team. He has been the lead author on hundreds of audits for a range of clients from local government and educational institutions through to large corporate clients who have multiple sites around the country/region. Much of this work has led to an overall improvement in client operations and improved knowledge and understanding of key site issues, particularly where there has been a lack of consistency or third party involvement.

Mark is also integral to the development of Watersheds’ asset management planning function and leads the team on a number of reviews and conditional surveys which have been used to inform long term planning and asset replacement schedules for a range of Councils, Schools and organisations around the country.

For any further information, please feel free to email Mark on markt@watershedgroup.co.nz


 

 Project Management…

 

Vicki-RussellVicki Russell | Senior Project Manager

Vicki has been involved within the project management industry since 1997 and has been with Watershed since 2011. Vicki has been actively involved in a number of small, through to multi-million dollar projects, from design through to project completion. Previous projects include St Kentigern College’s New Administration Building, Sacred Heart College’s New Auditorium, New Administration and Library buildings at St Joseph School’s in Onehunga, Orakei and Takapuna, along with various state schools including Oratia District School’s new Learning Centre.

Vicki’s initial involvement in Project Management was within a Contractor Administrator’s role and her experience and dedication to project management work has enabled her to manage her own projects over recent years. She has an in-depth knowledge which helps to ensure projects are run efficiently and effectively. Vicki puts high expectations on herself, her team, peers and other consultants to produce accurate and timely information. She enjoys finding solutions to problems and addressing these promptly, to avoid unnecessary delays and ensure project deadlines are met.

Vicki has built successful relationships with clients, consultants and contractors alike; these relationships add to Vicki’s success in managing successful projects and repeat business.


 

Welcome to the Team

Jason Mak | Project Manager

Engineering by industry, management consulting by practice … Jason has nine years in his chosen career and has strong foundations in the building and energy sectors, mixed with programme management exposures to provide the “best of both worlds” to clients. Prior to joining Watershed, Jason has worked with a few companies including Ernst & Young (Advisory) and Accenture back in Kuala Lumpur.

In his earlier days, Jason spent a good five years of education at Lynfield College and the University of Auckland. He currently holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree with a strong aspiration of obtaining PMP certification in the future.

During his weekends, he can be seen spending quality time with his family in parks or shopping malls. Being a petrol head since young, it is no surprise that Jason spends a considerable amount of hours upgrading his car.


 

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Dayle Franklyn | Project & Property Consultant

Dayle had a dramatic change of career path from Commercial Operations to Project Consulting and has been with Watershed since 2014. While working, he has been studying part-time and has now completed his studies in Construction Project Management, and eventually plans to continue on to reach his goal of a Degree in Project Management. He’s passionate about managing projects that are aligned with business improvement and sustainability and brings bags of enthusiasm, commitment and high standards to Watershed along with his friendly witty nature. As well as working with several state schools, he manages Watersheds integrated schools portfolio which includes the Catholic Diocese of Auckland’s portfolio of schools and, as a result, has developed property management skills that integrates with his role as a project manager.

Dayle’s leisure time is spent playing cricket and rugby, as well as watching a game or three, and he also rather enjoys experimental stints in the home kitchen.


 

David2David Major | Project & Property Consultant

David joined Watershed after eight years of experience in the property team at the Ministry of Education. Over his time at the MOE, he developed skills in asset, facilities, and project management. He delivered school projects big and small to a portfolio of 90 schools in the South Auckland school network, and every day was a new and challenging situation to resolve.

He has a passion for educational design and the pedagogical requirements for teaching areas, as well as the infrastructure needed to keep a school ticking. He is a qualified asset manager with NAMS (NZ Asset Management Support), and mentors students working towards their accreditation. David’s public service experience and out of the box thinking make him a problem solver and invaluable asset to the team.

He has a degree in philosophy and ethics so is always looking for an opportunity to have an existential argument. On weekends he can be seen staring and shaking his head, as he slowly loses an ongoing battle against his overgrown garden.


Welcome to the Team

Afran Khan | Project & Property Consultant

Afran joined Watershed in July 2018 after 10 years experience working for various Government organisations, which include the Department of Corrections, Housing New Zealand and Ministry of Education. His placid nature definitely assists in dealing with clients and stakeholders at different levels.

Afran is a firm believer in kotahitanga, believing that “Kotahitanga is the key to success for any team”.


 

Property Management…

Catherine-BrownCatherine Brown | Senior Property Manager

Catherine joins Watershed with more than 20 years’ experience in the property industry and offers valuable expertise and practical knowledge in residential property management, project management and business development. Most recently, she spent five years with Auckland Council Property Ltd (ACPL) managing regional parks and Heritage properties throughout the Auckland district. In this capacity, Catherine was involved in several vital and strategic project upgrades for the Council.

Catherine is highly professional, client focused and building, managing and delivering successful relationships with a delightful sense of humour and a down-to-earth disposition. Her widespread industry knowledge, including 15 years with Barfoot & Thompson Real Estate in the Auckland market, is invaluable in every regard.

Enhancing the diversity in her experience, Catherine spent six years living in Queenstown working in the Property, Education and Tourism industries. This period offered her the opportunity to further her career development while enjoying the great outdoor lifestyle synonymous with this wonderful part of New Zealand.


Welcome to the Team

Scott Dufton | Property Manager

Scott joined Watershed in February 2018 after 10 years experience in Land Surveying and Construction Engineering in both New Zealand and Australia. He has a friendly and approachable personality which makes him a good fit into the Watershed environment. Scott will be managing a portfolio of schools around the Auckland area and has brought his enthusiasm and drive to the role and is excited to learn and grow with the schools under his care.

He grew up in East Auckland and attended Pakuranga College before heading south to Otago University to complete his Bachelor of Land Surveying. Prior to Watershed Scott was living in Western Australia and working as an Engineering Surveyor on large oil and gas construction projects as well as roles as an Mine Surveyor during the resource boom. This overseas experience alongside his time spent as a Land Surveyor in the land development industry in New Zealand has given Scott a wide range of knowledge and skills in the property management and construction industries.

Outside of work Scott enjoys New Zealand’s outdoor and ocean focused lifestyle with mountain biking, freediving, and enjoying the local beaches.


Welcome to the Team

Stelio Rodrigues | Site Operations Manager

Stelio joins the team at Watershed as Site Operations Manager, a position that plays an integral role within our Property Management division. The position is all about co-ordinating and efficiently managing property staff, product and equipment resources so that outcomes are delivered to our sites and also supporting the Property Managers regarding any client building maintenance, caretaking and cleaning.

Prior to Watershed, Stelio managed operations for non-intrusive inspection services at ports and borders in Sub-Saharan Africa where he gained valuable experience in applying process to business units, improving efficiency and standardising work methods. With Stelio’s seven years’ experience in operations management, having changed from a career in IT, he has developed a passion for business process and efficiency. So, we know he is the right man for this job.

When Stelio isn’t working he enjoys diving and tramping.


Andy Maher | Property Maintenance

Andy has over 20 years of experience in the building trade, earning his apprenticeship in commercial then moving into residential building. Gaining experience working in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom, he has spent time as a leading hand and a Foreman, gaining an exceptional knowledge in all aspects of building. His “real” knowledge and experience in traditional building methodology and techniques combined with his practical commonsense wisdom makes him a true asset to Watershed Group. Andy has a friendly and knowledgeable personality, so he is a great help to anyone wanting any building work completed.

In his spare time Andy loves working on the restoration of his 60’s Triumph motorbike and his collection of vintage cars. He also enjoys spending time travelling and hiking.


Aquatic Audits & Consultancy…

DesireeAlex Boyd | Aquatics Consultant

Alex comes from a family background in property, construction and design. A Prefect at Epsom Girls Grammar School and leader of various school events, she has since completed her Tourism Management Degree at Victoria University. Alex has been at Watershed for nearly two years, and after beginning in the projects and property division she has now made the move to the aquatics division, bringing her enthusiasm, energy, strong organisational and leadership skills with her.

Alex’s very pragmatic, client-focused approach will, we believe, place her in a good position within the Watershed Group. Keen to learn the ropes and take on a wide range of challenges she brings her optimistic, solution finding approach to our aquatic facility audits and projects.

Outside of work Alex spends most of her time making a mess in the kitchen creating food for her friends and family to enjoy.


The people back at our place who make it all tick…

 

wendy1Wendy Morris-Vette | Team Support | Tauranga

With Kris as her husband, Wendy acts as his sounding board. She is perhaps the risk averse one and can point out things otherwise not considered. Wendy has been on the Watershed journey since its conception and has been thoroughly involved in its growth. With her extensive administration background, Wendy offers advice on office management and has provided fresh perspectives on administration procedures.

Wendy hails from one of our country’s popular tourist destinations, Rotorua, where she started her fledgling career at the age of 16 as “Junior” with the local Crown Solicitors office, and then as the Crown Solicitors PA. Following a two year stint in the UK, she returned to Rotorua and held a variety of secretarial/administration positions outside of the legal industry, but the criminal law environment beckoned, and she returned to the Crown Office as Jury Trial Administrator/Paralegal to the then Crown Solicitor, John McDonald. After a number of years in that position, she headed to Auckland…her last role, prior to becoming Mum to Jack, was Office Manager in a boutique law firm.

Wendy is now based in our Tauranga office, supporting Watershed Group with general administration, website/marketing requirements and providing administration support to Roger Charnock.


Jo-anneJo-Anne Christopher | Office Manager

Jo joined Watershed in 2012 from Norwich, England, commencing in the Finance team administering our project management billing. With her common-sense, business acumen and great personality, she is now managing the overall running of the day to day business. She has an extensive background in support and administration and combined with her organisational skills, it was a natural progression from Finance Assistant to Office Manager. Jo’s love for processes and procedures means she administers the day to day flow of the business administration as well as guiding the support crew and fee earners.

In her “off duty” time, Jo, together with her husband and son, enjoy their local beaches, community, and getting involved in cricket.


Welcome to the Team

Abra Downey | Project Administrator

Abra joins us shortly. We’re looking forward to welcoming her to the Watershed family.


Yvette Rowe | Project Administrator

Yvette joins the Watershed team with a broad administration background from numerous years working in the Projects arena. This, coupled with a National Diploma in Business, results in an effective and efficient administrator.

Originally working in the IT sector Yvette managed the development and implementation of e-commerce software applications providing a clear line of communication between multiple parties to ensure required outcomes were met in a timely manner. Following a break to raise her family she then returned to Project Administration, this time in the Property and Construction field where she has enjoyed working for the past six years. Her last role saw her working on the Ministry of Education’s Classroom Delivery Programme where she gained invaluable experience in the education sector.

A results-driven team player with strong communication skills, attention to detail and a very focused and logical approach, Yvette is always looking for ways to improve processes and create business efficiencies.

In her downtime Yvette enjoys quality time with her two boys hanging out in their local neighbourhood at the beach, parks and even out on the water for a spot of fishing.


Welcome to the Team

Claudia Cairns | Administration Support

Claudia joined Watershed in February 2018. As part of our Administration section, she provides support to both the property and projects team. She enjoys the variety in this work and is excited to learn more about both property and project management in this role. Her time management and organization skills make her a good fit for the team.

Prior to working at Watershed, Claudia had been working hard completing a Geography and Sociology degree at the University of Auckland. Alongside this she has gained extensive administration experience working in a variety of positions including assisting accounting and finance teams, Human Resource teams and project work.

Claudia has been passionate about sustainability since University and enjoys spending her spare time volunteering for sustainability initiatives. Outside of work, she also enjoys nature walks and spending time with friends and family.
 


The number crunchers…

 

LynneLynne Zhang | Finance Executive

Lynne holds an Honours Degree in Business with double majors in Accounting and Finance at AUT and an Accounting Degree in China. Lynne is a registered tax agent at Inland Revenue, a certified member at NZ Bookkeepers Association Inc and a qualified member at the Accountants and Tax Agents Institute of New Zealand.

She has worked for both large multinationals and SME’s and has been Watershed’s Finance Manager since 2015. Lynne brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding from her previous roles, so her experience and eye for detail is to Watershed’s benefit.

In her spare time, Lynne enjoys home DIY and spending time with her son.


DebbieDebbie Ansley | Project – Finance Support

Debbie joined Watershed in July 2015. She has a Commerce degree from Auckland University and has had many years accounting experience in commercial and non-profit organisations. At Watershed she has taken on the task of being responsible for all facets of project and contract financial management, which includes, overseeing the budget for construction projects and assisting the Finance Manager with day to day accounts processing.

Debbie likes to commit herself fully to any job at hand even to the extent of learning how to score her sons’ cricket games when she knew nothing about the game to start with.