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Our Board

FMANZ was incorporated in 2008 by a group of facilities managers who recognised the importance of excellence and professionalism, and identified a need for knowledge sharing and education to advance the profession. Continuing this legacy, our elected board members volunteer their time to guide and shape FMANZ’s policies and direction.

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Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield, Paul has over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality/facility services and facilities management industries in the UK and New Zealand.

His general management capabilities and drive for excellence in service delivery means customers receive a focused and effective range of services. A specialist in the government sector, with PPP (public-private partnerships) and corporate account experience, Paul is focused on team development and advancing the industry in New Zealand to be more partnership driven.

Paul was elected to the FMANZ Board in October 2019. Paul is a Certified Member of FMANZ (CFMANZ).

Ross Brunton, CFMANZ

Deputy Chair

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Since starting out in FM in the mid 1990’s, Ross has been involved in many sectors of the industry as a facilities manager. This includes large defence sites, as a consultant providing FM to local government and a national telecommunications provider, and developing condition assessments and maintenance planning for education organisations.

Ross currently manages a team undertaking Building Compliance and Asset Management across multiple clients as well as a capital and operational projects for buildings and grounds at multiple power transmission sites across the upper North Island. This involves long term maintenance planning, scope development, procurement and contractor management. This role requires high levels of Health and Safety, quality and practical solutions to building and associated projects. Ross also provides mentorship in Facilities Management and consultancy services.

A member of FMANZ for over 10 years, Ross has been keenly involved at branch level and helped to establish the Waikato/Bay of Plenty branch.

Ross was elected to the FMANZ Board in October 2019.

Shelton Hooper, MFMANZ

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Shelton has a diverse background in military engineering and healthcare facility management, which has provided him with a unique skill set and perspective. Over the course of his 16-year career in the Royal New Zealand Navy, he served as a weapons engineer, earning a Bachelor of Engineering (electrical).

Shelton’s transition to his current role as the electrical engineer, and accidental facilities manager for Hauora a Toi Bay of Plenty (formerly Bay of Plenty District Health Board), marked the beginning of a rewarding facilities management journey. In this capacity, he has expanded his engineering knowledge, and his expertise in financial management, strategic planning, compliance, contractor management, customer service, and sustainability, with the completion of a Master of Engineering Management as the icing on the FM cake.

A member of the Bay of Plenty branch committee, Shelton has held the membership and assessment coordinator positions and was the branch chair when he was elected to the Board in September 2023.

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Bruce is the manager of the planning and advisory team within the Government Property Group (GPG) at the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment. GPG takes a whole of government future focussed property portfolio approach which provides for the co-ordination and leadership of best property practice for office accommodation across mandated Crown agencies.

Bruce was elected to the FMANZ Board in 2015, and served as Board Chair from 2016-2023. He is a Certified Fellow of FMANZ (CFFMANZ).

Simi Mukherjee, CFMANZ

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Simi has worked in facilities management for over 15 years and is currently Head of Facilities for PMG Property Funds. Recognised as a strategic thinker, she has shaped and led the sustainability initiatives and Toitu certification for PMG.

A passionate leader and advocate for facilities management, Simi won the Brian Happy Award for Facilities Manager of the Year in 2020 and under her leadership, the PMG team won three awards in 2023.

Simi became a Certified Member of FMANZ (CFMANZ) in 2022 and was appointed trustee of the FMANZ Foundation in 2023. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business and Administration from Massey University.

Simi was elected to the FMANZ Board in September 2023.

Chris Patchett

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Chris started out in facilities management in the late 1990s with New Zealand Rail, in a role that covered building and machine maintenance. During his time with NZR he helped to set up the asset management system for all NZR workshops and oversaw the project management of new buildings.

In the mid-2000s, Chris moved to an FM role in the education sector at Otago Polytechnic before moving to his current FM role at Otago Museum in 2018.

“I have a passion for growing staff around me; I believe it’s my role to help staff grow and upskill in their roles. I think being a member of FMANZ helps with the upskilling through networking with other FMs and keeping up to date with current trends.”

Chris has been a member of FMANZ since 2019 and served on the Otago branch committee before being elected to the FMANZ Board in September 2022.

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Anthony has over 30 years of technical and facilities management experience gained in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Working for WSP Consultants as the Building Asset Management Leader, based in Christchurch. Anthony is passionate about providing sound professional strategic advice that is supported by a strong technical background and leadership in property, facilities management, capital asset management and building services engineering.

Anthony is a Certified Member (CFMANZ)  and has been a member of FMANZ since 2010 and a Christchurch Committee member since 2011. He was also Chair of the Christchurch Branch for a number of years. Anthony holds a Masters in Design Science (Facilities Management) from Sydney University and is also a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng).

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Amanda brings a wealth of experience in Property and Facilities Management, with a distinguished career spanning large to medium core government agencies.

Currently, Amanda is responsible for overseeing the corporate and retail property portfolio at Entain/TAB NZ, which includes managing 64 leases, multiple contracts, corporate travel, fleet operations and workspace experience.

A dedicated member of FMANZ since 2013, Amanda has actively contributed by serving on the Wellington Branch and Award Committees. Her leadership style is characterised by her ability to build high-performing teams, providing coaching and mentoring fostering professional growth and excellence.

Amanda’s comprehensive expertise and commitment to excellence make her an invaluable asset to any board. Her strong people leadership skills and strategic vision drive success in every project she undertakes.

Massimo Crestanello

Emerging Facilities Management Professional of the Year 2023 Award Winner

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Massimo has worked in the property/facilities management sector for close to 6 years and is currently a Facilities Manager for PMG Funds. He manages a diverse portfolio of properties (including A grade office buildings, commercial/industrial sites and childcare centres), located in the Lower North Island and the South Island. He holds conjoint Property and Commerce degrees from the University of Auckland.
Massimo has a particular passion for sustainability and has been instrumental in PMG’s sustainability journey.
“Sustainability and the implementation of sustainability initiatives within PMG’s portfolio has been a passion project for myself over the last 3 years, I aim to make a positive impact on the ways our properties interact with the wider community. I’m excited to join the Board to build my knowledge under the experienced leadership team.”
Massimo won the Emerging Facilities Manager of the Year award in 2023 and was part of the winning PMG facilities team taking out the sustainability and team of the year award.