31 March 2009

Opus International Consultants is pleased to announce the appointment of Ed Rafferty to the position of General Manager Business Development and David Jennings to the position of General Manager Technical.

Ed Rafferty, was previously the Business Development Manager Mechanical and Electrical Engineering for Opus. He took up his new role at the end of February this year. He brings to the position a background in developing new business opportunities, marketing and sales, project management and training facilitation.

Prior to joining Opus in February 2008, Mr Rafferty worked within the defence, aviation, infrastructure maintenance and central government sectors. Previously from the UK, Mr Rafferty was a Marketing Manager for Rolls Royce Aero Engines Services following a successful career with the Royal Air Force as an Engineering Officer specialising in gas turbine aero engine maintenance.

David Jennings has over 34 years experience in civil and geotechnical engineering and has held a number of management roles with Opus including those of Civil Engineering Manager and Regional Manager for Opus’ Central Region based in Hamilton. He has also worked on projects for Opus in Malaysia (where he was Project Director of the network management services for the 850 km North-South Expressway), Sri Lanka, Jordan, the Philippines and Australia.

Latterly, as technical leader in the Wellington Region, Mr Jennings has been involved with a wide range of projects encompassing roads, bridges, buildings, dams, mines, tunnels - and most recently has been the project leader for the geotechnical assessment and investigative work for the proposed 30km Transmission Gully Highway and the design for the 8km Kapiti Western Link Road project - both north of Wellington.

The current General Manager Technical, Bill Darnell is retiring in April after 45 years service with Opus. The previous General Manager Business Development, David Prentice, recently took over the role of Director for Opus in the United Kingdom following the retirement of the previous Director.

Opus Chief Executive, Kevin Thompson says the internal appointment of these two senior roles shows the depth of capability in Opus, and reflects its commitment to the investment in the development of its people.

For further information please contact:

Kevin Thompson
Chief Executive
Opus International Consultants
Tel: 04 4717022