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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.

Vanessa Powell

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Manager at Robert Walters, Vanessa has over 15 years’ experience both locally and internationally covering multiple industries in marketing, sales and account management for private and public sector companies.

Vanessa is a long-serving member of the Wellington branch committee and is uniquely passionate about advocacy for facilities management. With a primary role as a Recruitment Consultant she enjoys building futures for the Facilities Management profession and is known for her focus on future proofing the industry.

“I love that Facilities Managers have such an all encompassing role, their skills stretch across so many different areas and so, excellence in this space is not for the faint hearted! This makes the practitioners really great people to be around.”

Vanessa was elected to the FMANZ Board in October 2019.

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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).

Courtney Swann

Emerging Facilities Management Professional of the Year 2022 Award Winner

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Courtney has worked in facilities management for six years, working across multiple contracts. She currently works for BGIS as a Contract Manager for Compliance covering the North Island.

In 2022 Courtney won the Emerging Facilities Management Professional of the Year Award and was offered a position on the FMANZ Board for 12 months.

“This opportunity has opened my eyes to all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes within the association.”

Courtney has also had the opportunity to work with the team to provide ideas around the FMANZ Foundation.

Courtney’s goal in the next three years is to study and gain further qualifications. “I enjoy that there are so many avenues and opportunities working within an FM business and look to further improve my skills to move into other roles within the business.”