From ‘Strength to Strength’

At Xigo we know that good project management is not all about speed, but that’s exactly what it was about on the  24th March when 25 Xigo employees and partners took part in the Dual multisport event on Motutapu Island. Xigo participants were represented in almost every event on offer, including running the half marathon, the 42K mountain bike race, and the hardy that did the triathlon. The profits from the Dual go towards protecting Motutapu and keeping it predator free, so it’s all in a good cause too.

It’s been a very busy last six months at Xigo (what’s new there?), and with demand for our services ever increasing we have been on something of a recruitment drive. This has worked out incredibly well and we have some fantastic new hires. New additions to the Auckland office so far this year are Dean, Grant, Hamish, Rachel and Theo. Our Wellington business continues to go from ‘strength to strength’ and we have just signed the lease to increase our floor area into the East wing of level 7 Customhouse Quay, to facilitate more meeting space, break out areas and room for our local team, which is now 15 people strong. This includes new hires Gareth, Zolna and Jarryd.

The Waikato/Bay of Plenty has also seen plenty of change, with Greg transferring from our Auckland team to the Tauranga office and two new local faces, Darryn and Neill, providing additional senior capacity to the team and across the region.

You can catch up on the details of all of our staff on the website and we profile a few of our latest additions to our team below. Alternatively drop into one of our offices  to meet us in person and enjoy our hospitality and coffee.

At Xigo we pride ourselves on the environment and culture we offer to Xigo people and want to do all we can to make that environment and culture as positive and supportive as possible, with the result that our employees are happier, healthier, better able to do their jobs and contribute to the business.

Project Management and life in general can be stressful at times. Xigo recognises that we all face issues that are hard to deal with from time to time. Recognising this, we have just launched our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), where employees can seek confidential help on work or non-work related issues from an independent behavioural healthcare company. It’s a win win - as well as helping employees deal with the stresses of daily life, EAPs can help improve productivity and morale as well reducing absenteeism and staff turnover.

Enjoy reading our news and please give us feedback on how we are doing!

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Xigo Project Managers in Major Hospital Redevelopment

Auckland Airport Thinks Outside the Box in Huge Warehouse Project

Darryn Holmes – Senior Project Manager, Bay of Plenty

Darryn brings with him a proven track record of effectively leading multi-disciplinary teams while developing strong industry networks.  As well as continuing to work in a project management capacity, Darryn will assist with business development in the Bay of Plenty region.

Zolna Murray – Senior Project Manager, Wellington

With 30 years’ in the industry, Zolna is well- equipped with design and project management experience in architectural, engineering and construction. She has worked across a variety of sectors including Government, rail/metro and retail in New Zealand as well as the UAE and Hong Kong.

Gareth Kean – Project Manager, Wellington

Gareth is a graduate of Victoria University where he gained a Bachelor of Building Science with a double major in Project Management and Sustainable Engineering Systems. He will be supporting the Wellington team with day to day project management and administration.

Grant Thorlund – Senior Project Manager, Auckland

Grant's experience covers the commercial and public sectors and ranges from construction of offices, hospitals and warehouses to rail and pipelines for both sewage and stormwater and the petrochemical sectors. He has the ability to manage large scale complex projects and he is experienced in project scheduling, managing resources, controlling budgets and organising teams.

Theo Sangster – Project Manager, Auckland

Joining the Auckland team, Theo is an ME (Civil) qualified Project Manager, with experience gained working within New Zealand and internationally, including 4 years working for the Waikato Regional Council as a Civil Engineer and Project Manager.  Recently returned from a stint overseas in the UK and France, his experience also includes working for Pell Frischmann as a project manager for the design of engineering/automation upgrades for water and sewage works in Bath.

Neill Laurenson – Senior Project Manager, Bay of Plenty

Neill’s experience extends across numerous sectors including renewable energy systems, defence, aviation, modular, residential, viticulture, hospitality and curtain-walling and high rise construction. Since migrating from South Africa in 1997, he has worked with Fletcher Residential, Aspec Construction and Naylor Love. Neill and his family have recently relocated from Christchurch to Cambridge.

Jarrhyd Smith – Project Manager, Wellington

Prior to joining Xigo, Jarrhyd's experience includes working extensively within the public sector including the Ministry of Education, Department of Corrections and Ministry of Justice, where he has developed a range of  value engineering, cost management, and design, construction and stakeholder management skills.

Déan Van Deventer – Project Manager, Auckland

After graduating as Bachelor of Science with Geology and Geography, Déan went on to complete a postgraduate diploma in Engineering Geology and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management.  Prior to joining Xigo, Déan’s has gained project management experience working for a UK based company on the pre-construction management of a modular hotel project in Calgary, Canada.  In this role he had an opportunity to develop project schedules, manage design teams and to further evolve his stakeholder management skills, working with project personnel from as far afield as Poland, Canada and the UK.

Hamish Gard – Project Manager, Auckland

Having spent 12 years playing NZ and international professional rugby, Hamish brings to Xigo a raft of transferable skills as well as engineering and business finance qualifications.  A demonstration of Hamish’s ability to multi-task is clearly seen by his decision several years ago to combine his full-time pro rugby responsibilities with completing a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree (Canterbury Unit – 1st Class Honours).

Rachel Kirk – Senior Project Manager, Auckland

Rachel offers over 22 years’ experience of delivering civil engineering projects both within New Zealand and the UK, including 12 years working for NZTA in various senior project management and civil engineer roles.  Over the past year Rachel has focused on gaining more specific experience and expertise around a procurement and commercial speciality and is currently working to complete the Infrastructure Procurement (NZQA Level 6 qualification).