Our Team

We collaborate, merge ideas, and challenge the status quo to ultimately create and deliver better communities. 

Our diverse teams of planners, engineers, surveyors, urban designers, and urban architects are uniquely positioned to offer a range of perspectives and skills for any project. Our holistic approach to land development considers the needs and goals of both our partners, clients, and the community, resulting in better outcomes for everyone. Find out more about our specialists and professionals below.


 

Directors

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    Daniel Williams

    Managing Director

    Daniel has been a Director of Woods for 25 Years and has been Managing Director for the last Fifteen. He has over 30 years of professional experience as a Surveyor with involvement in a broad range of projects including master-planned communities, large infrastructure builds and commercial developments throughout New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Daniel enjoys the interaction with clients in the investigation and commencement of large projects and can see the bigger picture of development opportunities. He has successfully overseen the growth of the Company to its current size through the use of technology and high performing staff. He is looking forward to the next phase of growth for Woods.

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    Mark Cochran

    Director - South Island Manager

    Responsible for Woods’ South Island operation, Mark is a surveyor and engineer with over 25 years of experience in the Land Development industry.

    He is renowned for his work on a broad spectrum of design, planning, and surveying projects (infrastructure, commercial and residential) for both public and private sector clients. Mark has lead several small to large-scale land development projects and enjoys the challenge of delivering a quality finished product for our clients and the community.

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    Mark Williams

    Director

    As a Director, Mark has a responsibility to do the right thing — for both Woods’ clients and staff.

    Since graduating in 1986, he has specialised in land development, an industry that has changed a great deal over the years.

    The most significant driver for Mark is that the work Woods undertakes results in places people want to live. So, to him, it is vital this ‘end game’ is always to the fore. Teaming this aspiration with the goals of a broad client base is a rewarding challenge that has kept Mark invigorated throughout his career.

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    Brian Flood

    Director & Principal Engineer

    Brian has been an Associate of Woods since 2008 with 30 years of professional experience as a civil engineer. He has worked on a wide variety of master-planned developments and infrastructure projects throughout New Zealand, China and Europe.

    He is frequently sought for complex multi-disciplinary projects.

    Brian specialises in the delivery of site and route selection for a range of infrastructure, energy and utility projects, providing integrated design solutions and mitigation strategies in both urban and rural locations. He is also an experienced and recognised expert witness, presenting evidence before council, the Environment Court and Board of Inquiry hearings.

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    Jessica Rainford

    Intermediate Planner and Urban Designer

    Jess’ work bridges both urban planning and design, and over the last six years, she has a been involved in a diverse range of projects in Auckland and New York City. Since joining Woods in 2017, Jess has prepared a number of resource consent applications, policy submissions, and urban design assessments to contribute to delivering large-scale subdivisions, residential and mixed-use developments, and infrastructure projects for private and public sector clients.

    Jess recently completed an 18 month secondment to the Piritahi Alliance where she was involved in Kāinga Ora's Auckland Housing Programme. Jess holds a Bachelor of Science (with Honours), a Master of Urban Planning (with Honours) and completed a Master of Urban Design degree in June 2021.

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    Euan Williams

    Principal Planner

    With 25 years’ experience in planning, Euan brings a invaluable knowledge of planning legislation and practice, and has managed a broad range of residential, commercial, rural and infrastructure development projects for local government and private sector clients.

    He is responsible for leading the planning input on Woods’ large scale residential projects and has proven leadership skills and management of multi-disciplinary teams. Euan worked as an independent planning consultant and held team management positions in Auckland Council before joining Woods in 2016.

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    Katie Bowdler

    Senior Planner

    Katie is a planner with ten years + experience across both the private and local government sector. Katie began her planning career at Auckland Council in 2012, and since joining Woods in 2015 has been involved in large-scale land development projects and a secondment to the Piritahi Alliance preparing resource consent applications for Kāinga Ora. Her experience has involved the lodgement and processing of a wide range of notified and non-notified resource consent applications to deliver network infrastructure, large-scale subdivisions, residential terraced and apartment units, early childcare centres and commercial activities.

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    Phil Heffernan

    Principal - Planning Manager

    Phil is a Principal Planner and is responsible for Woods’ planning team. He has nearly 20 years’ professional experience in planning, consultation, iwi liaison, environmental assessment and project management for both public and private sector clients.

    Phil has delivered projects throughout New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific Islands and Asia. Career highlights include attending Auckland Unitary Plan hearings, 473 Albany Highway resource consent (600+ residential dwellings), delivering an AusAid project in Solomon Islands, a 660 MW Power Station in Indonesia, a land use study in Northern Territory, Australia and the Puhoi to Warkworth Road of National Significance.