Building Our Team

Jacques Olivier, PQS Manager: Cost & Commercial Management

A registered Quantity Surveyor, South African born Jacques has ten years’ consultancy-based experience in the engineering, civil, residential and commercial sectors. In his spare time, Jacques is a keen DIYer and loves mountain biking, hiking, running and flying.


Ben Whitehouse, Manager, Prendos Wellington office

Ben will be joining our Wellington office in January. He hails from the UK, where he was previously Director of BWB Building Consultancy in Birmingham. An experienced, pragmatic, driven person, Ben loves working with people at all levels and bringing teams together to deliver successful outcomes. Ben spends his spare time restoring classic cars and machinery, and is a keen collector of mid-century furniture and art.

Sam Darrington - Prendos Business Development Manager for Consultancy Services and Building Surveying Team Leader

Sam Darrington, Business Development Manager, Consultancy Services - Auckland

Sam joined us earlier this year. His role is to help grow and generate new business for our Building Surveying team in Auckland, however he also supports the growth of our other disciplines nationwide. Hailing from London, Sam has spent his career working on some big projects in both the UK and USA – including managing the development of a new roof gallery at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum and overseeing improvement works on Google’s campus in Mountain View, CA. A keen skier and traveller, Sam has visited over 50 countries around the world. He and wife Shelly have a three year old (born in London) and a one year old (born in San Francisco).

Nick Morris - Architectural Graduate

Nick Morris, Architectural Graduate

Nick joins our Respond team as an architectural graduate. He will support the team across various phases of the design process, and in the process will gain the experience he needs to achieve his architectural registration. Nick knew he wanted to be an architect from an early age when he showed a natural aptitude for building impressive structures with LEGO blocks!

Dan Ashurst - Chartered Building Surveyor


Dan Ashurst, Chartered Building Surveyor

Originally from the UK, Dan began his career as a carpenter before deciding to complete an HNC in Construction and go on to study building surveying at university. He’s now a chartered building surveyor with 14 years’ experience in the industry. His onsite and office experience give him a good mix of skills and allow him to work well with both contractors and clients. Dan is based in our Auckland office.

Michiel Coertzen - Senior Architectural Technician

Michiel Coertzen, Senior Architectural Technician - Auckland

Michiel joined the Respond team earlier this year as a Senior Architectural Technician. Originally hailing from Gordons Bay (a town about 50km outside of Cape Town, South Africa), Michiel and his wife immigrated to New Zealand in 2016. Outside of work Michiel is slightly obsessed with the ocean – surfing, freediving, stand up paddle boarding, fishing and swimming.

Georgina Wooldridge Structural Engineer

Georgina Wooldridge, Structural Engineer -Auckland

Since Georgina has joined the team, she’s worked on the structural design of new residential buildings, as well as alterations and seismic assessments of existing buildings. With a dad who was an Architectural Draughtsman and a self-taught builder, construction was always in her blood! She’s had experience across all aspects of structural engineering – from concept design through to completion of construction.

Juliet Graham, Project Secretary - Auckland

Juliet works alongside the Project Administration Team to support our building and quantity surveyors. Originally from China, she is passionate about sustainable development. In fact, one of her previous roles was project coordinator for the negotiation of a greenfield project in North China that will deliver cooling to massive 1.8 million m2 of office space!

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