1. What is your role at Opus?
I am the Company Secretary, and a member of the Executive Leadership Team. I am a lawyer by profession and am also the General Counsel for the company. My role involves corporate governance, regulatory, and general commercial work. I manage the provision of legal advice on a range of matters, covering the different jurisdictions in which we operate, and our acquisition programme. I manage a small in-house legal team based in New Zealand, and engage external counsel as required, particularly in the other jurisdictions. As an in-house counsel I have a knowledge of the business, and rely on specialist legal advice as required.
2. What do you enjoy the most in your current role?
I enjoy the people within Opus, and also the wide range of work and projects that we get involved in. There is a satisfaction with working largely in the infrastructure arena, seeing the projects on which we work, and being part of this development.
3. What has been your biggest career achievement?
There have been many as the company has developed over the years, but the preparation and successful listing of the company on the NZ Stock Exchange stands out. This was a challenging time, as we had come a long way at that stage (2007), from a government agency through privatization, and this was the next step in our commercial development.
4. Outside of Opus, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the time off from work.
5. What advice would you give to people beginning their career?
I think at the beginning of one’s career it is important to be open to opportunities, and to take advantage of what is offered. There is great opportunity within Opus, to work on interesting projects, to collaborate and learn from a wide variety of very talented people, and to develop and grow to one’s full potential. The mentoring programme within Opus is invaluable, and it is important to take advantage of the support that this can provide.