Our Board of Directors

We are proud to present NZCB's Board of Directors, who keep us moving forward towards our mission.

Nick Farrelly

CHAIRPERSON

Edgecity Builders Ltd

I’m a qualified builder with 36 years’ experience running my own business with what I believe to be the key leadership, people & communication skills required for this role.

An inaugural member of NZCB and have held various roles on the AK Committee with the last 3yrs as Auckland President.

I sit on the Auckland Council Advisory Committee, Unitec Building & Construction Advisory Committee.

Garry Nott

VICE CHAIRPERSON

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

MEMBER DIRECTOR

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

MEMBER DIRECTOR

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

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

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

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

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.