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.



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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


    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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    David Gonzalez

    Senior Urban Designer

    David has over ten years of New Zealand experience designing large-scale, comprehensive, mixed-use developments for both the public and private sectors. His urban design includes master plans, street designs, and design regulations across the transect from rural villages to downtown revitalisations, for developers, not-for-profit organisations, government agencies, and municipalities.

    His architectural experience includes all phases of building design, from feasibility studies and schematic design to construction documents and observation for various building types (single and multi-family residential, educational, commercial, and civic structures). David was classical trained in urbanism and architecture by global leaders in Miami and Rome.

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    Paul Edmond

    Principal Urban Design & Architectural Manager

    Paul is a registered architect with more than three decades of experience in residential, commercial, and interiors projects. Paul is also extensively involved in the wider community as the Urban Issues Group (Auckland branch) chair, advocating for better design and communities.

    The establishment of his Architecture and Urban Design team in 2013 extended the services Woods offers its clients. This has enabled greater design coordination and project efficiency early on and throughout the project. Something that sets us apart from other engineering firms. Current projects that he is working on range from urban mixed-use developments of brownfield sites, multi-unit housing, and individual homes for private clients.

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    Sean Wu

    Senior Urban Designer

    Sean is a Senior Urban and Architectural designer with over 13 years’ experience over a broad range of projects in New Zealand, Australia and Middle East. He has experience in both urban design and architectural projects, with abilities as a conceptual designer at both a master planning and detailed level. His ability to manage and systematic approach means better results that exceeds brief and expectation and creates strong financial returns.