New Principal positions and appointments announced

We have recently appointed four newly created Principal positions, reflecting the strong growth of our business over the last decade. The new Principals are all internal appointments, in line with our strategy to grow talent from within.

Blair Davidson is the new Principal, Civil Structures, leading Holmes Consulting’s team delivering bridging, ports, tanks and other civil structures. Blair has been a huge contributor to the growth of the Civil Structures team since the early 2000s. With a team of 30 people delivering projects like Transmission Gully, Mt Messenger, Mangere Wastewater Treatment Plant BNR Upgrade, Manawatu Gorge, Thorndon Container Wharf and the award-winning Perry Bridge in the Waikato, Blair’s team is a well-established leader in the Civil Structures market.

Andrea Jarvis takes on the Principal, Civil role, leading a fast-growing team of 17 people. Andrea started as Holmes’ first purely civil engineer in 2010 and has quickly formed a high-performing team to support customers all over the country. As Principal, Andrea will build on her team’s strong reputation earnt delivering many challenging, high profile projects, including civil engineering on the Arts Centre of Christchurch, Christchurch Town Hall, Kawarau Falls Station, Lake’s Edge subdivision, the Wanaka Community Pool and Sports and Recreation Centre and Taiora QEII Recreation and Sport Centre.

Richard Seville is a new Principal, Structures, focusing on Holmes Consulting’s Southern customers. Richard has been with Holmes since 2002, leading the Christchurch office since 2009. Richard’s Structures division is building on a very strong legacy, starting more than 60 years ago when Lyall Holmes established the business in Canterbury in the late 1950s. More recently, the Structures team Richard leads has delivered exceptional projects like the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct, Transitional (‘Cardboard’) Cathedral, the Hilton Queenstown, St Andrew’s College Chapel and rapid structural assessments and remedial design following the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes.

Hamish McKenzie is also a new Principal, Structures. Based in Wellington and with over two decades at Holmes, Hamish has held leadership roles within the business for many years. As Principal, Hamish will continue to grow the North Island Structures team, building on Holmes Consulting’s reputation for technical excellence and quality. His team has a highly successful track record, including projects such as Commercial Bay, Majestic Centre seismic strengthening, Wellington Airways Control Tower, Len Lye Gallery, ASB Arena Tauranga, Deloitte Tower Auckland, Spark Arena and Viaduct Events Centre and Fonterra’s headquarters in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter.

Holmes Consulting CEO, Hamish Nevile, is delighted with the new positions and appointments. ‘I’m genuinely excited to announce these Principal appointments, which are key in driving our next stage of growth. Over the last decade, we’ve more than doubled in size to more than 200 people and extended our reach across the country and beyond. These new Principal roles are reflective of our commitment to our clients and partners, with a big focus on listening to our customers and the market so we can stay at the forefront of the industry. We’ve always focused on developing talent from within, so it’s great to see these high-quality people taking on critical roles that will build on our proud history of engineering excellence.’