As a founder and Managing Director of The Project Office, Peter brings to the table a vision and energy that has enabled this unique company to flourish. Having previously led project management organisations for over thirteen years, Peter started The Project Office in 2010, and cites it's undisputed success as his proudest achievement to date.
Throughout his career Peter has worked on a complex and diverse range of projects, and has honed a formidable skill set. From scoping and developing project strategies through to financial performance, communication and human resource management, Peter offers a decisive and experienced approach that consistently delivers enduring results.
In his leadership and process, Peter is a firm believer in championing emotional as well as intellectual intelligence. His close-knit team are testament to his ability to make genuine connections a priority in any project. With a genuine passion for the industry Peter finds excitement in the unique creative challenges that define the projects he works on.
- Proven project leadership over an incredibly diverse range of projects
- The ability to successfully drive and coordinate multiple teams
- A sound ability for strategic planning and strong commercial acumen
- The ability to operate in a framework that champions each project's uniqueness
- Strong interpersonal skills and an innate skill for drawing the best out of others
- An empathetic, values-led approach
In Peter's Own Words
"I love working in an industry that is so diverse and challenging. Taking an idea, and working with a group of incredibly talented people to bring it to the point that it becomes something tangible and enduring - that's genuinely exciting to me."
"Nothing gives me more pleasure than being a part of this team. I'm so proud to have developed a business that has so many highly skilled, capable, confident people to work with. If I look back at my career, there have been lots of great projects that have really spun my wheels… but for me, seeing this business grow and flourish - and seeing the people within it grow and flourish - that's what truly excites me."
The Christchurch Jet Engine Testing
In 2003 the Christchurch Engine Centre engaged Cenco to develop a new jet engine testing facility to test and support the servicing of its V2500 jet engines. As Project Director, Peter was required to manage the design, construction, supply of specialist equipment and commissioning. The project was uniquely challenging, requiring the translation of highly sophisticated technology from the United States to a New Zealand environment, and ultimately became their designated Master Test Cell for facilities of this type.
Christchurch Art Gallery
Peter was the Project Director for the development of the Christchurch Art Gallery, which saw him involved from the outset of the project right through to its successful completion as an innovative and striking public facility. For the duration of the project, Peter worked alongside the City Council and Art Gallery stakeholders to navigate significant design challenges - including its unique glass facade - to ensure the end result would be functional and visually outstanding.
St Margaret's College
In a project that ultimately became very close to his heart, Peter was initially brought on board to work with the school on the repair and remediation of their campus following the Christchurch earthquakes. With over 80% of their facilities and infrastructure damaged beyond economic repair, the project required the development of a complex master plan, allowing the school a unique opportunity to implement a modern new campus, with the school remaining operational throughout.
Christchurch Airport - International Terminal
Development and Master Planning
As Project Manager for the International Terminal Development, Peter was required to oversee the integration of building works with civil works, specialist equipment packages and new technologies, all implemented within a fully operational environment. Peter's relationship with Christchurch Airport has spanned 23 years, a unique journey that has allowed him to hone a vast range of skills and develop enduring relationships across a wide variety of projects.
Selwyn District Council Headquarters
This project encompassed the redevelopment of the Selwyn District Council Headquarters. Peter was initially required to bring together stakeholders involved and facilitate a process of decision making regarding the location of the new building, which then enabled them to move forward with design, construction and the ultimate rebuild. For this project Peter worked alongside Ian Athfield Architects to create a building that innovatively reflects the core values of the community it serves.