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 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 Manager


Ben brings an extensive catalogue of skills to his role as a Development Manager 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 Coordinator


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

Finance Manager

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 communications, external stakeholder management and marketing, including digital media. He’s a former General Manager of the National Party and past CEO of the New Zealand Property Council which represents large commercial property owners and developers.

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

Residential 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.

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.

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.

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.

Katie Dean

Development Director

BE (Hons), MBA

Katie is responsible for the overall delivery of our development projects with her current focus on our portfolio of assets for sale and development at Long Bay.

She began her career as a Civil Engineer at BECA and has recently returned from an 8 year period studying and working in London where she completed her MBA, worked for BP Plc and spent 4 years in the Real Estate Development team at a large investment bank.

Kristy Maitland

Legal Counsel

LLB (Hons), BCom

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

Marilyn Talbot

Corporate Receptionist

Marilyn looks after our guests, managing our front of house, meeting rooms, deliveries and enquiries.

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, Chairman & CEO

BSc (Hons)

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 Manager

BSc (Hons)

Nigel manages a team providing financial analysis across all projects, including feasibility assessments, financial planning, and market research. Nigel also assists with debt funding and related stakeholder relationships.

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.

Oliver Lawrie

Financial Analyst


Oliver provides key analytical support across the company’s projects, including the ongoing development and management of financial models, feasibility analysis and capital budgeting processes. Oliver is also tasked with monitoring covenants for project debt facilities, producing reports for company stakeholders and property market research.

Paige Robertson

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.

Patricia Anderton


Pat is a point of contact for queries and processing relating to supplier/ debtor invoices. She ensures payments are made on time and assists with any queries relating to remittances and income received.

Ruth Andrews

Social And Digital Media Coordinator

In conjunction with the wider communications team, Ruth looks after the social and digital marketing of Templeton and the broad range of projects Templeton are proud to develop. Ruth has a passion for digital design, content creation and managing campaigns across multiple platforms.

Samantha Anderson

Marketing and Design


Samantha has joined the Templeton team to assist across the portfolio of assets with graphic design, branding and collateral creation. She has previously worked on the marketing of both Wynyard Quarter residential and the Catalina Bay, Hobsonville Point mixed-use developments.

Sue Martin

Property Manager

Sue is the main contact for all tenant correspondence on a day-to-day basis, dealing with lease terms and conditions, fitout correspondence, rent reviews and lease renewals, operating expense budgets, building maintenance and compliance.

Syanne Mudrovcic

Project Coordinator

Dip. Hospitality Mgmt

Syanne coordinates the operational tasks of the office and is responsible for the day-to-day needs of the wider team, supporting in a project and business administrative role.

Vibe Broksoe

Marketing & Design Coordinator


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.

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Ana Allid

Receptionist And Office Support


Ana is a recent graduate from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Commerce, double majoring in Marketing and Management.

Ana has been working in Customer Service and Sales for the past five years for a fashion company and has a strong passion for people.

Ashley James

Assistant Project Manager

Ashley started with us as an Executive Assistant but has now integrated herself within Projects as our Assistant Project Manager.

Ashley completed her degree in Events Management and Hospitality from AUT University and has experience as a corporate events manager as well as in other coordinating roles. With a passion for property and New Zealand’s economy, Ashley now brings her varied knowledge and skills to play a key role in helping to keep projects running smoothly.

Conrad Hinchey

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

Project 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.

Daniel Park

Assistant 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).

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.

Jack Stirling

Development Manager

BCom, BEngtech

Jack has 3 + years of experience in the construction industry working for a tier one Construction company, which has seen him build up a broad knowledge of construction project management. Graduating with Finance and Civil Engineering Degrees, Jack is originally from Wellington and made the move to Auckland as a Site Manager, before moving on to become a Development Manager.

He has extensive experience in construction management with a demonstrated history of working in the building industry. Skilled in Delivery, Budgeting, Customer Service, Microsoft Project, and Strategic Planning, Jack brings with him his complete dedication, great skills and motivation to all his projects here at DASL.

Jaco Taylor

Senior Project Manager


Jaco comes to DASL with 25 years Construction Management and Project Management experience having worked in South Africa, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand. He has been involved with an array of high profile projects which include Cape Town Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Redevelopment (the largest waterfront development in Africa), Dubai Airport Concourse 3 Redevelopment, Dubai Mall Development and Abu Dhabi Nation Towers. Jaco has also undertaken developments as part of the Christchurch rebuild on the high profile Westpac (on the Avon), King Edward Barracks and Rolleston College.

Jaco is a Senior Project Manager at DASL who specialise in managing the successful development of a range of property developments and enjoys working with the project teams to ensure that the projects are delivered to the highest quality, on time and within budget.

Janet Hares

Project Manager

Janet joins the DASL team as an Assistant Project Manager having worked in many project administration roles.

Janet has a Mechanical Engineering background but enjoys project administration, ensuring that all the project contracts and reports are completed on time and well presented. She has worked with project teams to deliver high-end apartment buildings and specializes in liaising with consultants and Council.

Janet loves to get involved in design and procurement too. Janet is very excited to be at DASL to further her career in the construction industry.

Jo McDonald

Associate Director

Jo McDonald, Associate Director, has a wealth of experience having worked on large scale projects nationwide; the $78m redevelopment of Westfield Riccarton and the $39m redevelopment of Kiwi Properties LynnMall shopping centre, and more recently overseeing the delivery of 4 apartment buildings at Kensington Park, one of Aucklands Premier residential communities with the oversight of masterplanning for other key residential developments in the Southpark Corporation portfolio while GM of Residential Development.

With Jo’s enthusiasm and passion for everything property-related, we are privileged to have such a key figure join us. Jo will immediately take oversight of a number of active development projects in this new phase of DASL’s journey/expansion.

Jonty Keaney

Property Analyst

Coming from Rotorua, Jonty moved to Auckland in 2014 and completed a Bachelor of Business BBS VPM (Valuation Property Management) from Massey University. Jonty has worked in Property Valuation for over two years, gaining experience at a global real estate firm as well as a nationwide valuation and advisory company. He specialises in feasibility studies, cost modelling, cash flow analysis, report writing and market research. For DASL, Jonty is currently working on Long Bay assets and assists the development cycle from planning and forecasting all the way through to completion.

Michael Strudwick

Development Manager


Raised in the sunny Hawkes Bay, Michael went on to study a BMS (Honors) at Waikato, majoring in Finance and then moved overseas to Sydney where he began his corporate career. A career which has provided exposure to a wide-range of roles, from Financial Modelling with E&Y to Investment Banking with Cameron Partners, and more recently Michael spent over 8 years with Goodman Property. The role with Goodman Property was broad and covered treasury, capital markets, investment analysis and budgeting and forecasting. For DASL, Michael is currently working on a Student Accommodation project.

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.

Stephen Reid

Group Chief Financial Officer


Stephen Reid has over 15 years of experience in the New Zealand Property Market and brings to Development Advisory Services wide ranging commercial experience across strategic planning, analytics, business valuations. financial reporting, treasury management, compliance and investor relationships; predominately within NZX listed entities. Stephen is a qualified accountant and holds a Bachelor of commerce degree.

Stephen joined DASL in August 2018 as the companies first Chief Financial Officer; with a broad mandate overseeing the financial and operational activities of the business. In this role, he ensures the Chairman and Board are provided with timely and accurate financial information and ongoing cash flow projections, has oversight over the accounting and finance operations as well as design and maintenance of the financial reporting structures.

He is responsible for managing the companies properties and assets, leading risk and assurance processes and maintaining a strong working relationship with the companies stakeholders and clients. He is also tasked with driving successful project specific outcomes; ensuring that all projects are funded accurately, on program and well resourced. Stephen is a mentor for the company’s Property Analyst and acts as their support to help them develop their career.

Tom Calvin

Development Manager


Tom Calvin, Development Manager specialising in greenfield master-planned communities, has 7+ years’ experience in New Zealand and Australia working on large scale subdivision and infill site developments including: DM on an award winning 7000 lot flagship development for ASX listed company.

With a Bachelor of Environmental Management & Planning (B.EMP), Tom specialises in end to end development cycle; from planning phase through to settlement with purchasers and everything in between. Tom is passionate about delivering market leading liveable urban communities.

Vaughan Bell

Associate Director

MPlan (Hons), GradDip AppFin

Backed by 15 years’ experience within the property industry, Vaughan adds his results-driven, professional and can-do approach to the team at Development Advisory Services.

Having trained in applied finance (Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance), town planning (First Class Master’s Degree) and project management (Level D certification by the International Project Management Association), Vaughan has gone on to build a reputation for adding value to every project he is engaged on.

With experience in delivery of residential and mixed use projects ranging from 20 to 4,000+ housing units through various stages of the development cycle comprising both land development and built form projects in NZ, Australia and the UK, Vaughan’s skillset speaks for itself. Whether in site acquisition, analysis, master planning, resource consenting and delivery, Vaughan has the expertise needed to drive solutions.