Our leadership team governs and channels the diverse skills and experience of our 3,000+ people, so we can make everyday better for our clients and their communities.
Executive Chair and Regional Director - Asia
"One of the truly great things about engineering is we can show our children the products of our labour - and their excitement reminds us not to take it for granted. Our role is to serve society."
As Executive Chair, David plays a vital role in focusing on Beca’s long term strategic direction, as the company enters another era of expansion and diversification. David was also previously Beca’s Chief Technical Officer, and drove our focus on professional excellence and the ongoing enhancement of our leading edge technical capability. As Regional Director for Beca in Asia, David also takes an active role in the growth and direction of our Asia business.
Group Chief Executive
"We're all about applying our knowledge, our energy and our enthusiasm to change the world our clients and our communities operate in - one great project at a time."
Greg is accountable for the business operations of the Beca group, leading delivery of our global strategic objectives. With a distinguished track record in project delivery and business growth, he has extensive experience in the consulting sector.
He was Managing Director for our Australia operation for six years, leading and building our services for that region. He has also been Regional Manager in Wellington, New Zealand, focusing on government and commercial sectors, particularly in Defence, Rail and Airports.
Group Director - Buildings
I strongly believe in good stakeholder and community engagement. The process of listening (and then talking) to the people in our communities is critical to fully understanding any project issues.
A geographer by training, Amelia is also a Senior Technical Director in our planning team and the Chair of our Sustainability Steering Group. She has directed many community-changing strategic and policy planning, infrastructure planning, statutory consents and consultation projects.
Amelia has been a member of the Advisory Board for the New Zealand Sustainable Business Council and an Editor for Planning Quarterly (the NZ Planning Institute’s official journal). She was selected for the Global Women Breakthrough Leadership Programme, a programme tailored to develop the breakthrough thinking that drives exceptional leadership performance in executive leadership teams, governance roles and wider spheres for economic and social impact.
Country Manager - Indonesia
Andrew has worked with Beca in Indonesia since 2004, supporting clients in light and heavy industrial projects. He is a mechanical engineer with an MBA and more than 14 years of experience across the food and beverage, mining and metals and manufacturing industries.
Catherine has a distinguished track record in the finance sector, largely with professional services firm PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers).
She has held a range of senior positions with the firm, with several years' experience as a consultant on mergers and acquisitions across Europe.
Catherine's understanding of emerging markets, allied to her passion for engineering, is a natural alignment with Beca’s growth aspirations. She currently serves as a Councillor of the University of Canterbury and holds a number of company directorships, including Christchurch International Airport, Ngai Tahu Holdings, the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority and the New Zealand Hockey Federation.
Group Director - Utilities
Clive is our Group Director – Utilities, providing executive leadership for our global Utilities business of 250 professionals. As part of Beca’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT), he provides strategic leadership for our Power and Water teams globally.
During his 25 year career he has led change in the water industry, being bold enough to step beyond conventions and bring fresh ideas and technologies for the benefit of communities.
Managing Director - Australia
"I believe we have a culture of which we can be genuinely proud – one I am yet to experience anywhere else and which permeates how we work together and with our clients."
Following a rewarding career in the Royal Australian Navy and several years in consulting and general management, Craig joined our team to grow our Australian defence business. His leadership skills and extensive consulting experience has driven the strategy development and policy implementation for a number of defence and commercial initiatives, and supported clients with direction and contractual management.
Craig now leads the Australian operations as Managing Director. He also a Director of Beca Consultants Pty Ltd, Beca Applied Technologies Ltd and the General Manager Advisory in Australia.
Chief Technical Officer
As Chief Technical Officer and a member of our Executive Leadership Team, Craig works closely with our Group Delivery Team to ensure we continually improve how we deliver projects with our clients. Craig has a prominent profile in the market as a practice professional and is a Fellow of IPENZ, a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and an independent Director on the board of City Care. He has significant experience as a project director of multidisciplinary projects across a range of markets.
Chief Customer and Markets Officer
"We are at our best when we are working with our customers to make everyday better for them, our team and the communities in which we work. With our talented team, I look forward to every opportunity to understand our customer’s needs, and to work with them to deliver solutions that help them achieve their outcomes."
Damian champions the voice of our customers, leads our market strategy, and works with the Beca team to grow our business by finding new and innovative ways to continue to make everyday better for our customers. He joined Beca in 2005, and has held a number of key leadership positions where he continues to demonstrate his focus on customer service excellence and high performance. Since 2016, Damian has been leading and growing our global Transport and Infrastructure business and in 2020, he was named our Chief Customer and Markets Officer.
Managing Director - New Zealand
“We have a huge opportunity to make everyday better by designing safe, resilient communities that enhance the environment for future generations. We’ll truly do this by reflecting the views and diversity of the people we’re designing for.”
Darryl-Lee is a values-driven leader whose collaborative approach has been critical to our successful transformation from a regionally-focused to global organisation. In 2019 she was named winner of the Engineering Leadership Award at the Engineering New Zealand ENVI Awards.
Darryl-Lee embodies the changing face of the engineering industry. She’s spoken on the representation of women in STEM at the United Nations in New York, established a programme to promote an increase in Māori and Pasifika representation in engineering, and is a board member of the Safe Roads Alliance. She’s engaged in many other initiatives advocating for the greater involvement of women in STEM and has actively championed Beca’s support of Engineers Without Borders NZ.
A highly credible technical leader, she’s been involved in many of New Zealand’s most significant infrastructure projects, from the assessment of initial options for the Waterview Connection to the business case for the Waitematā Harbour Crossing.
Country Manager - Philippines
“I feel honoured and excited to be joining the board in the 100th year of the company and I’m looking forward to playing a part in Beca’s second century – making everyday better for the communities we serve.”
David Papps is a Chartered Professional Engineer with 25 years’ experience in water and coastal engineering. After graduating with a Masters of Applied Science (Coastal Engineering) from the University of British Colombia and a PhD (Civil Engineering) from the University of Canterbury, he worked briefly for the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research before joining Beca in 1995.
His particular areas of specialist expertise include hydraulic and coastal management plus major project leadership, on projects ranging from catchment studies to marine outfalls to advanced water treatment facilities.
Chief Strategy and Operations Officer
"Good solutions harness the energy and expertise of passionate people in the public sector, in business and in our communities."
Don is a highly experienced project director who works closely with clients on business strategy, policy development and assessing the strategic impacts of statutory and regulatory issues on project implementation. His specific expertise includes strategic urban and coastal planning, project management and community consultation.
Don has been with Beca since 1992 and has been involved in many of New Zealand’s large development, infrastructure and consenting projects. He is passionate about developing people as well as promoting excellence in client service.
Country Manager - New Caledonia
Following a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in France, Frederic began his work experience in maintenance and reliability for the waste management, military and aerospace industries. In 2006, he relocated to New Zealand and worked on a New Zealand Engineering Excellence Award winning project for the mining industry in New Caledonia. In 2012, Frederic moved to New Caledonia where he now leads our local Beca team.
Country Manager - Fiji
“Every day I enjoy the broad range of projects, challenges, opportunities and culture that the Pacific presents. In Fiji I’m fortunate to be working alongside local partners Erasito Consultants who share Beca’s passion and tenacity for making every day better.”
Geoff has over 20 years’ experience in civil engineering in New Zealand and abroad, with time spent working in the UK and travelling extensively through parts of Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Pacific Islands. His most recent experience includes technical and leadership roles in roading and transportation projects, and Manager of our Hamilton Transport and Infrastructure Team which he grew on the back of strong regional development. In 2019 Geoff and his family relocated to represent Beca in Fiji, returning to international work alongside Fijian government organisations and international companies. His collaborative and nurturing style is an vauable asset as he helps make everyday better for the communities in Fiji.
Business Director - ASEAN Markets & Operations Manager, Thailand
“I relish the opportunity to always meet our clients’ needs and project objectives. From design of high-rise offices through to delivering large infrastructure projects, I enjoy it all!”
Following a 10-year career spanning professional environments in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and Malaysia, Geoff settled in Thailand in 1996. Recognising the opportunities in this growing market, he founded Warnes Associates and developed a skilled local team, rapidly growing to 70 staff by 2006. This growth was fuelled by creating satellite offices in Phuket in 2002 and Samui two years later. He also established Warnes Associates Pte Ltd, Singapore in late 2005 to enable more regionally-based work.
Geoff and his Warnes team joined forces with Beca (Thailand) Co. Ltd in 2015, further extending the reach of the team and providing a platform for future growth.
Group Director - Global Markets
It’s not enough to look to tomorrow, next month or next year. For our industrial clients, knowing we’re in it with them for the long haul and that we’re thinking 10 and 20 years ahead makes all the difference.
John is responsible for leading the group-wide strategy for our Food and Beverage business - a key growth area for Beca. With a career spanning some 37 years, he has extensive experience working in Australia and New Zealand and has held a number of project leadership roles in heavy and light industry sectors, with specialist skills including long term strategic development planning and proven negotiation skills.
In Australia, John has led Beca's expansion from Food and Beverage and Distribution into the heavy industrial market sectors of Chemicals, Oil and Gas and Mining and Metals. He also established our specialist capability in EPCM delivery.
Lee Ang Seng
Managing Director - Singapore/Myanmar
"I'm excited by the opportunities in emerging regions such as Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, and by the great impact we can have on communities in our newer markets such as healthcare and education."
Lee Ang Seng has been a key member of Beca Asia's leadership team since October 2013, when he became MD. Over a career spanning more than 20 years, he has guided our Singapore team and has also been an industry leader, in his capacity as a highly skilled consulting engineer in the Singapore buildings market. He is committed to guiding others to reach their full potential, and under his direction the Singapore Buildings Services team has earned many industry accolades, particularly in the Green Buildings space.
Ang Seng's hands-on approach has seen him lead some of our most prestigious projects as Technical Job Director, including Universal Studios in Resorts World Sentosa and Changi Airport's Terminal 4 project.
Previous Group Board Members
1968 to 2019
We acknowledge and remain indebted to the contributions and leadership of our past board members listed below.
Richard Aitken · George Beca · Rod Barker · Ian Bull · Ron Carter · Andrew Collow · Gavin Cormack · Jan Dawson (non-executive) · Bob Durrant · Roy Dickson ·Pat Fail · Martin Ferner · J.R Fitzmaurice · Ian Fraser · Peter Hay · Chye Heng · John Hollings · Ian Mackley · Craig Price · Keith Reynolds · John Smitheram · Paul White · Mike Wilke (non-executive) · David Wilkie
Ross is the founder and Managing Director of Direct Capital our minority capital partner. He’s been actively involved in private company investment in New Zealand and across Asia Pacific for over 30 years.
Ross established Direct Capital in 1994, following his return from Hong Kong where he had been a director and shareholder of the BKW Group, a Hong Kong based private company investor. He sits on the Direct Capital investment committee and is also a director of Bayleys Real Estate, Qestral and Perpetual Guardian.
Before starting his professional career with US law firm Baker & McKenzie, Ross studied a Bachelor of Law at the University of Canterbury. He grew up in Apiti and is of Te Atiawa and Scottish decent.He's married with two children and lives in Parnell, Auckland. Outside the office, he enjoys non-fiction reading, equestrian sports, travel and cricket.
Chief Digital Officer
"I thrive on being told something is not possible, and working with teams of people to facilitate understanding, to define a way forward, and to collectively come up with solutions that work."
Managing Director - Thailand
“Getting to use my value engineering skills daily means I can resolve even the most complex issues on our clients’ projects. I relish the challenging and exciting nature of our diverse work.”
Vanich has 25 years’ experience as a civil, structural and geotechnical engineer, with particular expertise in high rise buildings, basement design and construction management.
He joined Warnes Associates in 2001, quickly proving himself by becoming a director in 2002. Following Warnes Associates teaming up with Beca (Thailand) Co. Ltd in 2015, he’s now director of Beca Warnes.
Here he’s responsible for managing the design office, including all conceptual design and quality control, as well as business development.
Vanich has been involved in some of Warnes’ largest projects, both within Thailand and internationally. This includes Bed Supper Club, W Hotel in Bangkok and Mahanakorn Tower.
Group Director – Industrial
The passion and curiosity I see across Beca to understand our client’s businesses makes me excited for our future. The creativity of our people plays a huge role in helping our clients grow their business, optimise their assets and have a positive impact on wider society.
Jimmy is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of our diverse and dynamic industrial team. With more than 20 years of international management and major project delivery experience behind him, Jimmy is focused on expanding our service offering and developing our world leading capabilities in new service areas. Jimmy previously led Beca’s international business and was GM for Group Strategy. A Chartered Engineer, he joined Beca in 2008.
Chief Finance Officer
"We are positioning ourselves to be more nimble and agile in our approach than ever before, with an incredible team of professionals and lots of opportunity ahead."
Over the last few years, Mark has played an increasingly prominent role in Beca's aspirations to grow its client base and service delivery across the wider Asia-Pacific marketplace.
Mark joined Beca in 1999 as International Accounting Manager and, as the Beca Group grew and matured, he transitioned into broader finance and executive leadership roles. He was appointed Beca's Group Finance Director in 2013, and took on his current role as Chief Finance Officer in April 2016. Mark is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of CPA Australia, and holds a Masters in Commerce from the University of Auckland.