Our people.

Everyone at Brosnan shares our vision of delivering confidence in construction and making a positive difference in the process.

We’re a skilled and diverse bunch, driven by the idea that overcoming our clients’ challenges takes a team effort. 

Phil Brosnan
Managing Director

Phil founded Brosnan Construction in 2010 and has led the company from strength to strength and can boast a team offering expertise, efficiency and integrity.

Phil’s career in construction spans 30 years, beginning as an apprentice carpenter in Dunedin in 1985. Working with the same company for 25 years, he worked his way steadily through project management, divisional management and then, in 2004, he moved north to manage the company’s Auckland business.

In his role as Managing Director, Phil leads both the Auckland and South Island businesses of Brosnan Construction, overseeing projects undertaken by both branches; his leadership and ongoing input is integral to the project teams success.

Professionalism, commitment and enthusiasm are three key traits that have contributed to Phil’s success and he brings each of them to bear in every aspect of his varied role as Managing Director. His overriding commitment is to client success and long-term relationships, which ensures the very best outcomes.

Craig Brosnan
Construction Director

Craig has over 20 years experience in the construction industry, across a diverse range of roles, including draftsman, independent contractor, site manager, design manager, project manager and, more recently, project director.

He started his career in Dunedin as an apprentice carpenter, but then went on to refocus his energy on education, resulting in a National Diploma in Architectural Technology and a New Zealand Certificate in Quantity Surveying.

Craig’s experience also includes major projects in London, Australia and throughout New Zealand, which led him to win the NZIOB Project Manager of the Year Award.

Craig’s singular focus and determination to deliver only the best results guarantees client success.

Geoff Nash
Chief Executive Officer

Geoff’s extensive industry experience combined with intimate knowledge of Brosnan’s operations, history, clients and subcontractors makes him an invaluable asset to the management team.

Geoff’s broad commercial construction experience covers estimating, quantity surveying and project management at both main contractor and subcontract levels. This depth of knowledge has led to a well-rounded appreciation of the construction sector, firmly established relationships and a practical, thorough understanding of all aspects of the industry.

Geoff leads through his own active example, providing direction and oversight to the preconstruction and construction teams – from strategic market positioning, to client relationship management, securing new work, project delivery and project close out.

Geoff applies his extensive knowledge and meticulous attention to detail to all aspects of his role. He prides himself on ensuring a consistent, best practice approach to achieving operational excellence and delivering professional service and outcomes.

Gareth Jones
Chief Financial Officer

Gareth has gained extensive knowledge in the financial sector having completed several qualifications including a Diploma in Business Studies in Finance and Economics, going on to gain a Bachelor of Business as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting at Massey University.

His commercial finance, financial control, accounting and management experience has been with large corporates and smaller start-ups such as Genesis Energy, IAG(NZ), ASB Bank and ABN Amro Asset Management.

With more than twenty years experience in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, Gareth has grounded financial and technical accounting skills together with experience in group consolidation, annual reports, statutory accounts, payroll, audit, and tax compliance. He is a trusted advisor and has experience in shared service functions including IT, Property, Legal, Risk & Human Resources, as well as business fronting roles, providing an overall well-rounded skill base.

Gareth joined the Brosnan team as Group CFO in 2019 and is a member and mentor of the CAANZ Chartered Accountants.

Wendy Baker
Group HR Manager

Wendy Baker is a Fellow of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and has worked in Management and Human Resources for more than twenty years in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore. She has worked across organisations such as American Express, JLL, CBRE and Carter Holt Harvey. Her experience includes greenfield and transformation projects, strategic HR and business partnering, both client and service provider sides for outsourcing, and acquisitions. Her recent focus has been with SME organisations, early and emerging careers and young talent, the future of work, and board governance.

Wendy is a Chartered Member of HRNZ, and in 2020 she joined the Brosnan team bringing a wealth of experience to her role as the Group Human Resources Manager.

Todd Frank
National Stakeholder Manager

With almost forty years of experience as a client, consultant, contractor, and self-employed consultant, Todd has progressed from operations through to senior management, including fifteen years as a market development practitioner.

Working from a customer-first perspective, Todd has championed business growth initiatives, including market research, business strategy, market positioning, pursuit and capture plan coaching, bid management, and customer-focused writing. Todd enjoys learning and meeting a customer’s needs, upon which he applies the Shipley-based best-practice methods to facilitate fit-for-purpose solutions.

As a keen advocate of relationship-based engagement, Todd engenders an environment of empathy and transparency to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes for all stakeholders.

Andre Du Plessis
Regional Manager, Auckland

Andre brings extensive experience to the role of Auckland Regional Manager, built upon nearly 30 years in the construction industry. His broad skill set and expertise has been developed through exposure to a diverse range of projects, primarily within the South African market.

Within his comprehensive background, Andre has applied his construction management skills to a variety of sectors including commercial, healthcare, education and residential with key projects covering large scale new builds as well as refurbishments.

Andre is known for tackling challenges head-on with determination and integrity – his analytical approach and attention to detail ensuring transparency at all times.

Andre has a natural affinity with colleagues and clients, and is always ready to draw on his vast experience to mentor others.

Martin Chalk
Regional Manager, Wellington

With over 25 years of experience in Wellington’s commercial construction market, Martin’s expertise spans significant capital projects, including seismic strengthening, heritage building upgrades, and refurbishments. For example, he has worked on the parliament building upgrade, the Old Bank Arcade upgrade, and approximately a dozen MoE school refurbishment projects.

Martin is used to working in complex and regulated industries with multiple stakeholders. His professionalism, collaborative and solution-focused approach is well received by customers, consultants and subcontractors. Martin is a natural leader who enjoys a challenge, inspiring others to explore, create and deliver successful outcomes for all stakeholders.

Rudi Macdonald
Regional Manager, Christchurch

Having held management positions within the construction sector for more than 13 years, Rudi is highly experienced in the delivery of both strategic and operational industry outcomes.

Originally from South Africa, Rudi’s extensive portfolio covers a broad range of commercial and government projects including significant expertise in new builds and refurbishments for the healthcare, education and defence sectors.

One of Rudi’s key strengths lies in his ability to concurrently lead and motivate project teams, whilst providing corporate and contractual advice at leadership level.

His strong financial and negotiation skills deliver confidence in the finalisation of competitive tenders, as well as the effective management of budget and contractual requirements for every project.

Reece Hutton
Regional Manager, Queenstown

Reece is a qualified civil engineer with a strong background in project management and over 20 years’ construction experience. His excellence under pressure and keen eye for detail helps lead the delivery of timely, quality project outcomes.

An excellent communicator who works well with both clients and staff across all levels, Reece is analytically minded and enjoys finding solutions to complex challenges.

Reece is steadfast in maintaining strict compliance to all health and safety requirements, with a firm commitment on ensuring the safety and wellbeing of Brosnan’s project teams. His wide-ranging experience and meticulous attention to detail make Reece a valuable member of Brosnan’s leadership team.

Richard Ashton 
General Manager, Brosnan Maintenance

Richard has worked in the property industry for 22 years. He was based in the United Kingdom for 15 years with 14 of these looking after the Goldman Sachs European headquarters in a variety of Facilities and Building Management roles, gaining the British Institute of Facilities Managers qualifications.

Since moving to New Zealand in 2015, Richard has held the positions of Group Manager of Long-term Maintenance for Metlifecare and the National Operations Manager for CBRE looking after the ANZ national building portfolio.

As the General Manager of Brosnan Maintenance Limited, Richard brings best practise and skills from the corporate companies he has worked for, applying them to large residential and community facilities.

How we ensure consistent project outcomes

Desai Link
Group HSE Manager

Brosnan’s Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Manager is responsible for actively engaging all staff in a ‘no blame, safety first’ culture and for the continued development of Brosnan’s health and safety management system. This includes securing relevant accreditations and audits, health and workplace monitoring, injury management and return to work, and incident management and investigations.

During preconstruction our HSE Manager assists with risk and hazard identification, mitigating design safety issues and providing safer alternatives within methodologies. This is followed by onsite risk assessment workshops and subcontractor prequalification on project award.

A vital member of our project teams, the HSE Manager conducts regular inspections and audits during construction, provides coaching and guidance to subcontractors and ensures the implementation of HSE training and initiatives for all staff.

Nic Mills
National Preconstruction Manager

Overseeing a dedicated programmer and team of estimators, our Preconstruction Manager is responsible for all pricing, design recommendations and construction methodologies that support Brosnan’s bid submissions.

Drawing on a highly experienced construction background, this role is critical in interpreting our clients’ requirements and tailoring proposals that meets their specific needs and challenges. Achieving this involves proactively identifying risks and proposing solutions from the outset to ensure a transparent, no surprises relationship.

As an integral link between our preconstruction and project delivery teams, our Preconstruction Manager ensures financial diligence and a ‘best-for-project’ approach from the outset. In turn this enables Brosnan to deliver on our project promises through innovative, well-considered construction and programming solutions.

Karsten Thomsen
General Manager Operations

Our General Manager Operations plays a key role in ensuring operational consistency across all Brosnan projects through correct processes and practices. Working closely with onsite staff, this position is crucial in developing, implementing and managing quality compliance procedures to ensure each project deliverable is achieved.

With a focus on continuous performance improvement, our General Manager Operations seeks to develop and implement best practice strategies, gaining the support of our project teams through leadership and mentoring. This role provides a crucial link between Brosnan and our project partners; delivering confidence that we consistently meet expectations in order to deliver high quality outcomes.

Construction Manager and Project Managers

Our construction manager and project managers oversee our projects from start to finish. From setting up a project, to controlling the construction programme and providing expert advice, they provide hands on support to the project team, clients and stakeholders.

Project Administrators

Supporting the project team, our project administrators provide assistance with the finer details, maintaining records, drafting reports, manuals and programmes and lodging applications with Council.

Marketing

Our brand ambassadors and communications specialists, the marketing team manage our internal communication and external marketing efforts across all platforms.

Site Managers

Taking ownership of all site based activities, our site managers are responsible for quality control, resource coordination and subcontractor management. Working closely with the project team they provide on the ground support and ensure day to day works progress smoothly.

Preconstruction

Our dedicated preconstruction team provide estimates, preliminary programmes and detailed methodologies for potential works. Their role is key to our success in securing future clients.

Reception and
Administrative Support

With no job too big or small our administrative team work hard to support all staff within our three offices and ensure the day to day aspects of the business run smoothly.

Quantity Surveyors

Working closely with the project team, subcontractors and key stakeholders our quantity surveyors oversee the commercial aspects of our projects. They procure our subcontractors, ensure costs are tracked and reported and that contractual obligations are met.

Finance

From risk management and strategic planning to invoice and payroll processing our finance team maintain best practice accounting management processes.

Join us

Our people are at the centre of everything that we achieve and we are always keen to hear from great candidates looking for their next challenge!