• Dr David Prentice

    Chief Executive and Managing Director

    David Prentice was appointed Chief Executive and Managing Director of Opus International Consultants in October 2010. 

    Since joining Opus in 1997, David has held a number of senior management positions, most recently as Director, United Kingdom and before that, General Manager, Business Development.  In his early career, David worked as a consulting engineer in the UK before returning to Edinburgh University to undertake his PhD.

    On completion, he worked in several senior consulting engineering roles before emigrating to New Zealand in 1997 to join Opus as a Senior Structural Engineer.  In 1999, David left Opus and gained significant project management experience in software development.  In 2003, he returned to Opus and held a number of senior leadership roles before his appointment as Chief Executive and Managing Director in 2010.

    David serves on the Board of Directors for Opus as a non-independent and executive board member.  He is also the Chairman of the Infrastructure sub-group for Business NZ, and a member of the Institute of Directors.

    David is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand and is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), New Zealand.

  • Ingrid Shannon-Smith

    Director, People & Technical Capital and Strategy

    Ingrid was appointed to the role of Director, People & Technical Capital and Strategy in December 2015, joining from her most recent role as Global Managing Director of The Cambridge Project, where she worked with global blue chip organisations to enhance economic growth through leadership and organisational development.

    Prior to this, Ingrid was Vice President for Organisation Development & Change at Nokia, where she re-designed processes and practices to unleash new talent and shorten development timetables. She brings extensive experience in innovation, research, and behavioural science.

    Ingrid holds a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Educational Psychology, and a Master of Research, Educational Psychology from the University of Western Australia.

  • Gordon Davidson

    Chief Financial Officer

    Gordon was appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer in 2013 and his role is integral to maintaining our strong financial position, charting our commercial growth, and achieving our strategic objectives.

    Gordon joined Opus after four years as the CFO at Kiwibank and CFO at Inland Revenue. Prior to that he oversaw the successful integration of the finance functions at National ANZ in 2003, following which he became Head of Finance for ANZ.

    He is well respected in the fi nance sector for his strategic leadership experience and business acumen. Gordon has a BA in Accountancy and Economics, and an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

  • Alison Swan

    Company Secretary/Legal Adviser

    Alison was appointed to the role of Company Secretary and General Counsel in 1992. In her role, she advises the Board and Executive Leadership Team on all aspects of our corporate governance and regulatory compliance.

    Alison has overseen and implemented the structural changes required at each stage of our transition from the New Zealand Ministry of Works to a state-owned enterprise, through to a private company in 1996, and then to listing on the New Zealand Stock Exchange in 2007.

    Alison is also a trustee of the Works Superannuation Scheme. She holds a Bachelor of Artsand Bachelor of Laws from Otago University and is a member of the New Zealand Law Society.

  • Paul Casamento

    Group Director Transportation

    Paul was apponted as Group Director for Transportation in 2016.

    He has extensive business experience in successfully executing vision and strategy to drive business improvement. His commercial success has been proven in demanding strategic leadership roles with Jacobs Engineering Group and Sinclair Knight Mertz in Australia, UK, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

    He has a very successful track record in developing and delivering significant change programs that drive and enhance profitability, which brings significant opportunity to our global growth in transportation.

  • Lee Arasu

    Group Director Buildings

    Lee was appointed as Group Director for Buildings in 2016.

    Lee has over 25 years' experience in the engineering and construction sector in Australia, USA and Indonesia. Prior to his appointment he held senior executive positions with AECOM, UGL, Forge Group, Leighton Contractors in strategy, development and operations.

    He is strong commercially with a demonstrated ability to grow business in new markets.

    Lee holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Curtin University and a Master of Engineering Science from the University of New South Wales. 

  • Peter Mathewson

    Group Director, Water

    Peter was appointed as Group Director for Water in  2016.

    Prior to his appointment, Peter had been Managing Director of our New Zealand business since 2011, and was our Northern Regional Manager for 10 years. He has spent almost 28 of his 40 working years in the construction and engineering industry providing strategic and operational leadership, and has an in-depth understanding of the New Zealand infrastructure market.

    Peter is a member of the New Zealand Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum Steering Group, has an honours degree in Civil Engineering and is a Chartered Professional Engineer. He has also completed the Stanford University Executive Program.

  • Ian Blair

    Managing Director Australia and New Zealand

    Ian is an experienced Financial Services Leader with a record of delivering strong results across different international markets and segments. He is a strong, strategic leader with a proven ability to bring about transformational change.

    Ian has earnt his reputation predominantly in the banking industry.

    Holding senior positions at Westpac New Zealand and Australia, like General Manager - Retail Banking, responsible for revenues in excess of $1 billion, or growing market share as the General Manager of Business Banking or being awarded High Achiever status every year as General Manager of Commercial Banking while leading a team of over 1000 staff. Ian has thrived in fast changing environments. 

    Most recently as Principal Consultant at Sapience Limited he has been assessing strategy, analysing revenue and making recommendations to investors on key infrastructure projects. This particular experience has made him passionate about our industry and also recognise the opportunities for Opus in New Zealand and Australia. 

    His entire career has been characterised by growth, leading large teams and focusing on his clients. 

    When he has spare time he likes a run, a game of golf and watching a bit of cricket.