Templeton is a New Zealand-owned residential developer and investor with vast and varied experience. Our hand-picked team of experts work alongside innovative architects and consultants to focus on design-led projects that achieve exemplary standards.


Andrew Beech

Development Analyst

BBS, Aus DipFP

Andrew is a Development Analyst, providing feasibility and funding support across a broad range of Templeton projects.

Andrew has over 20 years’ experience in property development in Development Analyst/Management roles both in New Zealand and overseas. Andrew returned from working in the Philippines in late 2020, having most recently delivered a new hotel in Manila and a 62km transmission line as part of an 81MW wind farm in Ilocos Norte. Projects Andrew was previously involved with in New Zealand include Lighter Quay, Hyatt Residences and The Quadrant Hotel.

Andrew Webster

General Counsel

BCom, LLB (Hons), MComLaw (Hons)

Andrew manages all legal, contractual and compliance matters, continuing the role he held at Todd Property Group. He heads our relationships with external law firms and manages an in-house team of two.

Ben Jones

Development Director


Ben brings an extensive catalogue of skills to his role as a Development Director for Templeton. With significant experience in mixed–use, residential, commercial and advisory projects, he possesses a well – honed appreciation of integrated end to end development projects. Ben particularly enjoys front end challenges involved in site identification, due diligence, masterplanning/concept design, feasibility and ultimately proof of concept validation.

Bianca Tan

Project Manager - Marketing and Design


Bianca is the direct point of contact across communications, marketing, sales and business developments between external teams, Templeton and Nigel McKenna. She ensures projects meet briefs, schedules and budgets within framework goals.

Blair Clark

Financial Controller

CA, BBus, GradDipBus

Blair is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day accounting function of Templeton as well as annual budgets, statutory reporting and taxation requirements.

Chris Simpson


Chris is responsible for all corporate affairs and external engagement/communications of the Templeton Group. Chris’ former roles included: Director of Research in the NZ Parliament for Prime Minister Bolger; economic and political advisor to the Japanese Ambassador; International Operations, Australian High Commission; CEO of the Property Council of New Zealand and General Manager of the New Zealand National Party under former Prime Minister John Key.

Claire Kristiffor

Legal Counsel

LLB (Hons)

Claire is responsible for advising and assisting the business on all legal and contractual matters and managing external legal advisors.

Dani Simpson

Public Relations

Dani is Templeton’s first port of call for all media enquiries. She also advises on all internal and external communications including social media.

David Parker

Director of Land Sales

BCom, DipMarketing

David initiates and manages the sales process for all of Templeton’s residential sales, maintains relationships with key external stakeholders, including real estate agencies and their agents and various property related services, and develops marketing plans in conjunction with Templeton’s appointed agencies. He also provides strategic advice to Templeton’s executive team regarding market conditions and demand.

Hannah Bavin

Marketing and Design


Hannah has recently completed her Bachelor of Design, majoring in Spatial Design this October. While studying Hannah spent a considerable amount of time working within the photography and social media space.

Irina Buchanan

Chief Operating Officer


“Optimising projects for success by aligning outcomes to objectives …”

Alongside her responsibilities as Director/Chief Operating Officer of Templeton for the past five years, Irina handles key stakeholder and banking relationships. Irina has extensive experience across the property development, project management, property finance and lending sectors. After beginning her career as a lawyer in Russia and Hong Kong, Irina trained and practiced as a chartered accountant in Auckland, then worked in major client lending for one of Australasia’s leading banks.

Drawing on this diverse background across a variety of sectors and professional services around the Asia-Pacific, Irina brings a unique perspective to her role at Templeton overseeing and interfacing a range of disciplines and projects throughout the group.

Jillie Clarke

Residential Projects

Jillie has an established career in real estate both in New Zealand and internationally, spanning some 20+ years, specialising in residential and mixed use offplan projects, from design optimisation through to divestment. She is a consummate ‘dealmaker’ who is passionate about property and matching people with places.

She has presented NZ projects to the market internationally in London, China, across SE Asia, Australia and French Polynesia, Sri Lanka, and has lived and worked in property in Dubai and Singapore where she was Head of Marketing for JLL, Singapore/SEA.

Jillie has led and delivered to market, some of Auckland’s most iconic developments. More recently, in her role as Associate Director, International Project Marketing for CBRE, Jillie has worked on successfully delivering The Pacifica project (2017-2020) and The International (2016-2017).

Jo Rogers

Client Relationship Manager

Jo will be joining us as our Client Relationship Manager and comes to Templeton Group with 20 year’s experience spanning across the marketing, sales and events space.

Majority of Jo’s marketing career was spent in the media industry working on some of the most influential magazine brands across both New Zealand and Australia. More recently Jo has moved into the client relationship side and has looked after some of the largest real estate head offices in New Zealand! Jo has a strong passion for understanding the customer, the Real Estate and property industry, and loves that it’s such an ever-changing environment.

JJ Hong

Leasing Manager

BCom, BProp

JJ is Templeton's in-house Leasing Manager for commercial developments.
She will ensure that we maintain a high quality tenancy mix and oversee lease negotiations across the country.

JJ has spent 5 years as a Retail Leasing Executive at JLL and most recently at Retail Solutions in Auckland focusing on development leasing and consulting.

Her major projects include three in Wynyard Quarter – 100 Halsey, 132 Halsey and Wynyard Central at 85 Daldy Street.

Katelyn Orton

Development Director

BASc (Planning), MPM

Katelyn is a Development Director with over 20 years’ experience gained within the public and private sectors both in Australia and NZ. Since moving to New Zealand in 2014, Katelyn has led the delivery of significant urban regeneration programmes in both Christchurch and Auckland.

Prior to relocating to NZ with her family, Katelyn had worked with some of Australia’s leading property development companies and retirement village providers. The range of projects included master-planned communities, large scale residential and mixed-use land subdivisions, retirement villages and residential aged care facilities.

Michelle Hieatt

Chief Financial Officer


Michelle is responsible for all financial management including costs, investors, tax, and compliance and supporting Irina with our banking relationships. She comes to Templeton from Todd Property Group. Michelle is a qualified accountant with over 20 years’ experience across advisory and in-house roles.

Murray Smith

Development Director

BCom, CA

Murray Smith is a Development Director at Templeton. He has enjoyed nearly two decades in the real estate sector working in a variety of investment and development roles across both the residential and commercial sectors.

Nick Hargreaves

Director Of Sales


“My personal experience is that New Zealand is the best deliverer of prosperity in the world… through a combination of strong society, free and open markets, and high levels of personal freedom.”

Nick is responsible for our sales activity through a Team who are experienced at unlocking partnerships with developers and individuals alike – who want to build innovative communities of an International standard. A registered valuer by profession, Nick was Managing Director of JLL New Zealand for seven years, managing a sales & marketing team of 200+ agents. During his leadership, JLL New Zealand’s annual turnover increased from $11m to $30m.

Nigel McKenna

Founder & CEO

B.Sc. (Hons), MRICS

Nigel has had a 30-year career in property and is one of the most experienced developers in New Zealand. Nigel has a first-class honours degree in construction economics as well as tertiary qualifications in construction engineering and project management. He has had extensive experience with leading large diverse teams and has undertaken a wide variety of highly specialised projects.

Nigel was responsible for the management of the master planning process for Viaduct Harbour in Auckland and has undertaken a vast number of projects including many of those in the Viaduct. Nigel was also the development manager behind the DFS Galleria in the former Old Customhouse, Auckland and the 40-storey Metropolis building in Auckland, to name but two projects. Other significant projects include the ground-breaking Beaumont Quarter which established a new benchmark for medium density housing in New Zealand. A common theme to all his projects is a strong focus on design to ensure that the outcome achieved is not only aesthetically attractive but also functional and viable.

Nigel is a Chartered Surveyor and was the founding chairman for the New Zealand Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. A former Ernst & Young Property Entrepreneur of the year, Nigel was a Director on the Auckland Council Property Board for 3 years from 2008 to 2010. Nigel has received in excess of 20 individual awards from a range of organisations from the Institute of Architects and the NZ Property Council to the Ministry for the Environment in the year of the built environment. In 2006 Nigel was awarded the Auckland City Blue Stone Award for his contribution to the city.

Nigel’s projects include major waterfront developments such as The Sebel Quays & Lighter Quay in Auckland and Kawarau Falls Station in Queenstown as well as a range of four and five-star hotels including the Quadrant and Sofitel in Auckland, Rydges in Wellington and the Hilton in Queenstown.

More recent projects include the award-winning Chambers & Station a heritage conversion of the former Mt Eden Fire Station and Council Chambers buildings in Mt Eden and the soon to be completed NXN apartment building in Kingsland a 78-unit 7 level apartment building fronting onto Nixon Park.

In his private life, Nigel is a drummer, has three children and spent six years as the Chairman of Our Lady Star of the Sea Trust and the Ireland Fund.

Nigel Sinclair

Commercial Director

BSc (Hons)

Nigel leads a team providing financial and commercial analysis across all projects, including feasibility assessments, cashflow forecasting, financial planning, and market research. Nigel is also central to establishing new debt funding and manages our relationships with external debt providers.

Nigel has over 20 years’ experience in corporate finance, property and investment roles in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

Paige Robertson

Digital Marketing and Design

Dip. Digital Marketing

Paige assists the wider team with all aspects of marketing and design, with a particular focus on digital, something she developed a passion for after studying a Diploma of Digital Marketing while living abroad.

Paul Gunn

Development Director


Paul has more than 20 years’ experience in the property industry with recognized capability across a broad range of property related disciplines including development, investment and asset management. He commenced his career as a lawyer specializing in property development and construction prior to holding management roles for significant landowners and developers such as Tramco Group and Smales Farm. As a Development Director at Templeton, he will be responsible for a range of mixed use developments.

Rui Wang

Accounts Administrator

BEc, PGDip

Rui first came to New Zealand from China to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Economics at Canterbury University. After this, she proceeded to continue her education, gaining a postgraduate diploma in Financial Economics at Massey University. Over the past 8 years, Rui has developed a wealth of experience in the commercial accounting sector, working in a variety of roles and industries.

Tayla Karam

Front of House Coordinator


Tayla assists in coordinating the office day-to-day requirements. She also provides administrative support to the wider Templeton team.

Tom Weatherall

Financial Analyst

BCom, MFinc

Tom provides support across all projects, including feasibility assessments, financial planning, and market research. Tom completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in finance and a Master of Finance at the University of Otago prior to joining Templeton Group.

Vibe Broksoe

Marketing & Design Lead


Vibe is the lead graphic designer for Templeton with a focus on project branding and marketing collateral across the company portfolio of assets. She was born in Denmark and began her career in New Zealand at Development Advisory Services as a marketing assistant.

Development Advisory Services

Aimee Steele

Development Manager

Aimee has been working in the property industry for over 8 years with majority of this time spent in London, UK. Here she worked for Lendlease on some of London’s largest mixed-use regeneration developments with a focus on masterplanning and urban design.

Aimee has a passion for creating well designed developments, working with the design team to create an environment where communities thrive. She is currently working on two exciting projects in Long Bay, Auckland and Pegasus, Christchurch.

Ashley Nanakervis

Senior Development Manager

With over 20 years in property development, and a background as a Civil / Structural Engineer, Ashley has a wealth of experience in leading large-scale residential developments in New Zealand and Australia.

Ben Dalton

General Manager

M Const. Mgt. (Distinction), Dip Arch. Tech.

Drawing on an international career forged with some of the world’s leading developers and consultancies, Ben is passionate about creating and managing high-quality developments.

As a project delivery professional with extensive experience, Ben has led many outstanding projects in New Zealand and throughout the world. With his wealth of knowledge across multiple sectors, combined with qualifications in architectural technology and construction management, Ben has received multiple awards for the professional leadership of project delivery teams.

As the General Manager of DASL, Ben thrives on building strong partnerships with our Clients and successfully delivering their developments to create new and lasting communities.

Conrad Hinchey

Senior Development Manager

BSurv, BA

Conrad Hinchey is a Development Manager at DASL. He began his career in mining as a surveyor in both open and underground pits across Australasia, and then upon moving to the UK, his expertise turned to Construction Management. Whilst spending time in London, Conrad was involved with an array of high-level projects which include; Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, Ascot Racecourse redevelopment and the O2 Millennium Dome in London.

Conrad specialises in both small and large scale sites’ activity planning and management, as well as subcontractor procurement and management for complete project delivery.

Cormac Tague

Technical Manager


Cormac Tague is a Project Manager for DASL, working on large scale Land Development projects. He has an BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering, and since moving to New Zealand in late 2014, has been working in the NZ surveying sector managing one of New Zealand’s largest Engineering and Land Surveying companies. This has given him exposure across most sectors in the NZ construction industry, from Infrastructure to Commercial construction, and in particular, Earthworks and Civils for sub-divisions.

Dasha Tarasova

Design Manager

As a Registered Architect with an impressive portfolio across a variety of sectors, Dasha has worked with some of New Zealand’s leading Architecture companies, as well as managed her own Architecture practice.

Dasha brings extensive experience in large scale multi-unit residential, hotels, retail, and commercial developments, and will champion the design and quality of all DASL projects.

Daniel Park

Project Manager

BCom, BProp

Daniel works on projects within the land development team. While studying at the University of Auckland, he worked for a private real estate developer before joining us in early October 2019. Daniel has a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) conjoint with a Bachelor of Property (BProp).

Dereck Waar

Construction Manager

Dereck brings a wealth of construction knowledge and expertise to DASL, with over 20 years of construction management experience across commercial, retail, residential, and mixed-use sectors.

As part of our development advisory team, Dereck takes a lead role in the development and delivery of our projects from Feasibility to Practical Completion.

Ernie Quimba


Ernie holds a business degree and started his career as an auditor with the Big Four in the Philippines after passing the licensure examination for Certified Public Accountant. He later assumed senior management accounting roles for companies engaged in hotel, resort and mall operations. He moved to New Zealand in 2007 and has been employed as accountant of several companies involved in property development, wholesale and healthcare. He is responsible for the financial and tax reporting of DASL.

Helena Read

Assistant Project Manager


Helena supports the team in the development of projects across large-scale residential, mixed-use, land development, and student accommodation sectors.

James Brake

Development Manager


James is a Development Manager, working on our Stonefields developments with the wider team.

James has had 9 years’ experience in the property industry, where his background has predominantly been in residential development. James has recently returned from the UK upon completing the development of two residential apartment blocks in Manchester and Yorkshire.

James Kim

Project Manager

James is an experienced Project Manager and a Chartered Civil Engineer in design and project management of land development. His expertise encompasses providing solutions across a broad spectrum of services from planning to surveying, project management, consenting, procurement, and project monitoring.
With over 5 years’ experience in land development, he has worked across a variety of sectors including residential, retirement villages, mixed-use, commercial, industrial, and student accommodation.
James is currently a Project Manager in our land development team.

Monica DeMagalhaes

Development Manager

As a Development Manager with a passion for delivering exceptional quality, Monica brings over 20 years of Design and Project delivery experience to the DASL team and is renowned for getting the job done.

Having worked extensively with various Developers across multiple sectors, Monica is focused on delivering a built environment that inspires communities and delivers an urban consciousness.

Nicole Carseldine

Project Manager

Nicole is a driven project manager with over 5 years’ experience working in both private and public sector organisations across a diverse range of sectors including residential, transport, health, sports, tourism, and hospitality.

With a passion for project management, stakeholder collaboration, and delivering quality buildings, Nicole takes on a key role in the design and construction of our projects.

Oleg Sennikov

Project Manager

BBA, PgDip Applied Finance

Oleg is a Project Manager, working on several projects with the wider team.

He has five years of experience in the property industry both in commercial and residential real estate. Before moving to New Zealand in 2017, Oleg worked in a global real estate consulting firm in Eastern Europe, where he gained strong analytical and problem-solving skills. At Templeton, Oleg enjoys planning and overseeing all aspects of development projects to ensure they are completed on time, within scope and within budget.

Olga Druzhinina

Investor Coordinator


With an international background in law and property, Olga handles investor relations matters for the business and coordinates between the operations/delivery and investment functions on new and ongoing projects.

Olivia Zhang

Quantity Surveyor

Olivia is an experienced Quantity Surveyor with an impressive track record in the residential sector. She is skilled in project estimation, contract management, cost management, procurement, negotiation, and quantity surveying.
Resulting from her extensive experience, Olivia has developed a strong ability to work closely with her Clients by understanding their key requirements, undertaking successful value management, negotiating cost-effective solutions, and procuring contracts within budget requirements.

Scott Garrett

Development Manager

NZDipQS, MBA(TechMgt)

Scott has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, spanning commercial, industrial, high density residential, land development and infrastructure. In addition to his solid base of estimating, procurement and cost control experience, Scott has a strong mix of commercial, contractual and construction knowledge developed from the contracting environment in NZ and the South Pacific.

Scott’s commercial, strategic and governance skills are proven at executive and director level, up until recently leading the commercial and finance functions of one of New Zealand’s largest privately owned civil and infrastructure contracting organisations.

Shayla Dullabh

Assistant Project Manager

Shayla has worked in the property industry for the last 6 years, and spent a considerable amount of time working on the
Commercial Bay tower and retail development. Shayla assists our development team with project management assistance, and is also studying a Bachelor of Construction Management part-time.

Tom Jamieson

Development Manager

Tom Jamieson is a Development Manager at DASL. With extensive experience in the New Zealand, Australia and UK property markets, Tom brings valuable global insights from strategic management of major corporate portfolios to providing the full spectrum of advisory services for private and institutional investor clients.

Tanvi Chopra

Senior Project Manager

Tanvi has a natural ability to collaborate with people across the property and construction industry. She has a holistic approach to project delivery that includes a structure that facilitates decision making, processes that enable discipline execution, and a platform that thrives on collaboration to deliver quality outcomes.

With a Bachelor of Architecture and Master’s in Engineering Project Management, plus over 10 years’ experience within New Zealand and Asia Pacific, Tanvi has developed expertise and experience across a wide-range of sectors, including high-end residential apartments & terrace townhouses, mixed-use developments, commercial fit-outs, and community/urban design projects.

Tanvi is currently a Project Lead on some of our high-quality residential developments.