Mott MacDonald has appointed Nick Gillespie as structural practice leader for New Zealand. Based in the consultancy’s 100 plus office in Auckland, Nick will lead a 20-strong specialist structural team that will deliver major projects in the country across sectors including transportation, buildings, maritime and water.
Nick has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, with a strong background in structural engineering gained across a wide range of projects. These include roles on globally renowned schemes such as the Heron Tower and Battersea Power Station redevelopment in London, Auckland International Airport and the Headquarters and Knowledge Centre of Abu Dhabi’s Urban Planning Council.
He joins Mott MacDonald from the Meinhardt Group, where he led the company’s civil and structural business in the UK for the last five years. During this time Nick led several of the company’s major tall buildings, aviation, masterplanning and residential schemes, as well as mixed-use, renovation and restoration developments. He has also worked for Arup and Buro Happold during his career.
Shaun Barrett, Mott MacDonald’s managing director for New Zealand, said: “Nick’s appointment marks an exciting new era for us in New Zealand. He brings significant international experience in structural engineering and will provide further global knowledge and expertise to our clients in the region. His team will be supported by the full capabilities of Mott MacDonald’s worldwide network of specialists, including existing regional teams in Australia and Asia.”
“We are very fortunate to have Nick lead our structural business. He has the combination of far-reaching vision, management experience and in-depth technical understanding that is critical to successfully meeting the needs of both our clients and employees,” Shaun added.