Our Board of Directors

To advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of NZCB so as to support the organisation’s mission and needs.

We are proud to present NZCB’s Board of Directors:

Nick Farrelly - Edgecity Builders Limited


With 30 years’ building industry experience, my wife Sharon and I run Edgecity Builders Limited. We employ 10 staff and are involved in Auckland Council and Ministry of Education work, light commercial projects, and high-end residential architectural builds.

I’ve been involved in the NZCB Committee Auckland for many years, holding various roles including NZCB President Auckland for three years.  I am keen to raise the voice of NZCB and our members within the industry and wider New Zealand.

I currently sit on the Auckland Council Advisory Group and the Unitec Advisory Council.

Sharon and I are also members of the North Harbour Club, which promotes excellence by encouraging and providing financial assistance to young people achieving excellence in their chosen fields. 

I served over 25 years in the New Zealand Territorial Force, including two tours to East Timor, and 18 months assisting the Christchurch region following the earthquake.

Garry Nott - Tasman Homes (Nelson) Limited


I have been involved in the building industry for over 30 years. In 2007 my wife Paulette and I decided to go back into the industry after I spent 10 years teaching Carpentry at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT). We now run our own company, Tasman Homes (Nelson) Ltd and currently employ 15 staff, of which seven are apprentices in various stages of training.

I have been involved with NZCB since taking over Tasman Homes and I served as the Regional President for six years. I also sit on the local Habitat for Humanity Board and have been involved in their local projects for many years.

I have always held a passion for housing and for training. I am keen also to be involved in taking care of our members, and to provide a level of support that enables them to grow their businesses to be successful, and sustainable.

Ian Chamberlain - Chamberlain Carpentry & Joinery


I’ve been working in the building industry for over 40 years, with 35 years management and client service experience.

Soon after establishing my carpentry and joinery company in Taupo, I joined NZCB in 2005 and served as Taupo’s regional president for four years then as its vice president. Following this I joined the NZCB Board for three years in 2019, serving as national vice chair then national chairperson during this time.  

My passion is to make the building industry a better place for all of us – helping our members identify and achieve their business goals and educating people within and outside of the industry about ways of creating better outcomes for everyone.

To this end I was also a former Building Officials Institute of NZ (BOINZ) Advisory Group Member and chairman for BOINZ Waikato & Bay of Plenty. My aim being to bring a ‘construction industry viewpoint’ to their debates.

Helping give youth a direction is another of my passions and I was on the boards of both Lake Taupo Rotary and Taupo Pathways for many years. The latter group facilitates initiatives and programmes that advance education, training and employment for young people under 25, and I was involved with it since its inception in 2014. It allowed an overlap of both my building training and youth training interests.

I am a member of several construction industry-related organisations and of the Institute of Directors.

Niamh Short - Windy City Builders


I am a qualified carpenter, running Windy City Builders since 2018 with my business partner. We run a small company, specialising in renovations: I love taking an old and tired house and being part of the process of giving it a new lease on life. I enjoy the relationships built along the way too, the creativity and challenge of marrying old with new, and delivering real spaces that our clients have only ever imagined.

I am passionate about education, and elevating us as great builders to become great leaders, employers, teachers and business people. Building is a fantastic career for anyone who is keen, with many opportunities for growth and development.

I am also interested in finding efficient, affordable and practicable solutions for managing waste on residential construction sites and finding ways to reduce our footprint as a general rule. I am currently part of a working group with many industry related representatives and government to discuss potential solutions for minimising waste on sites. My voice there will firmly represent the smaller residential building teams, who are faced with a different set of constraints than large commercial sites.

Andrée Atkinson


I am currently the Advisory Director in Atkinson Consulting Limited, based in Auckland.

A Fellow Chartered Accountant with 21 years’ experience, I have extensive business advisory/consulting experience on finance and strategy matters.

I have also had significant experience on client advisory boards and not-for-profit boards.

I am currently the Chairperson of the Board of Youthtown Foundation, North Shore Event Centre, and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Katrina Bach


I am a professional director and business consultant. I work with boards and organisations to improve performance and achieve strategic goals. My focus is on alignment of organisational strategy, structure, systems, resources, people and skills to deliver results. I am Managing Director of The Olive Press Limited, a Wairarapa-based producer of premium New Zealand olive oils. 

My connection to the building sector comes from my time as Chief Executive – Ministry of Housing and then Chief Executive – Department of Building and Housing for eight years prior to its merger with MBIE in 2012. I enjoyed working with the sector and developed a good working relationship with NZCB. It was a period of considerable reform for the sector, including the introduction of the Licensed Building Practitioners Scheme.

My passion for building quality and performance, as well as education and professional recognition of building practitioners, remains undiminished. I look forward to working with the building sector again as part of the NZCB Board.

I am a Member of the Institute of Directors and Trustee of the CCS Disability Action Board.