Management Team

we're only as good as our people

Delivering the best outcomes demands depth and breadth of skills - and a passion for getting the balance right. That's why we don't just look for talented people, we seek out experts who share our vision that the best approach is one that meets the needs of land, water and people.

Aaron Andrew

ENERGETIC, PASSIONATE AND DOWN-TO-EARTH, AARON LEADS BY EXAMPLE AND EMBODIES 4SIGHT'S VALUES  

 

Aaron co-founded 4Sight (formerly known as Andrew Stewart Limited) with Alice Andrew in 2001 with a vision of creating a leading environmental and planning consultancy based on trust, integrity and respect.

 

The business was established based on Aaron's experience as a trusted advisor to local government around planning and resource management issues, and statutory impacts on business activities. Aaron is a real ‘people person’ and was adept at developing inter-organisation project teams for the roll out of large engineering projects, and the establishment of consenting programmes for the on-going delivery of infrastructure across cities. He also represented his clients in public hearing processes, Environment Court processes, and at the High Court. Always looking for a better way of doing things, Aaron came up with the concept for CS-VUE™, an online consent management and compliance tool developed by the Resource Management Technology Group that helps consent holders manage environmental risk. Aaron’s experience, passion and ability to build strong teams has seen 4Sight grow into an award-winning, multidisciplinary planning and environmental consultancy firm.

 

Today Aaron’s focus is on guiding 4Sight’s strategic growth and direction into the future, with the support of the senior management team and independent advisory board.
 

Aaron has a BSc in Environmental Science, Resource Management and Environmental Law from the University of Auckland.

Aaron Andrew

Managing Director

Alice Andrew

ALICE DOESN'T JUST BELIEVE IN A MORE SUSTAINABLE NEW ZEALAND, SHE'S AT THE FOREFRONT OF MAKING IT HAPPEN

 

Alice is a co-founder and Director of 4Sight and oversees the company's climate change and sustainability services, provides oversight of the Land and Water Quality, and Environmental Risk teams, and is the Maori Sector Lead. She consults on environmental management matters for local government, iwi and private clients.

 

As an Environmental Engineer, her technical specialty lies in assessing and managing the environmental impact of pollutant discharges on land quality, water quality and communities. Specifically, her work focuses on the consenting of onsite and rural water and waste water discharges. Her passion lies with working alongside iwi to protect the environment and freshwater quality.

 

A huge proponent for sustainability, Alice has spoken on key issues at several major events – such as the Massey University College of Sciences and Maori Capping Ceremonies. In addition she champions, and has presented on Vision 2050 a Sustainable Business Council initiative to transform New Zealand business and create a more sustainable New Zealand by 2050.

 

Alice is a trustee of the board for the not for profit registered charity that governs the Tread Lightly Caravan (TLC). A mobile environmental classroom, full of interactive exhibits that visits schools and community events to inspire young New Zealanders to live a more sustainable life.

 

Alice has a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering from Massey University. She is an Advisory Panel Member for the Bachelor of Engineering Industry Sustainable Processing Cluster which assists in improving the Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering Major).

Her interest lies in delivering resource management solutions that recognise the spiritual and cultural values that relate to our connection to, and use of natural and physical resources. This year she has committed to increasing her Maori language skills and is currently completing Level 2 Te Reo Maori (Kura Po) at Unitec, Te Whare Wananga o Wairaka. 


Alice grew up in Gisborne and Wellington and now lives in Auckland. No Ngati Toa, Ngati Koata, me Ngai Tahu. Ki te taha o toku papa ko Ngati Ranginui te iwi

 

Alice Andrew

Director

STRAIGHT UP, WITH AN EYE FOR DETAIL AND A DRIVE TO SUCCEED, MICHAEL ISN'T CONTENT TO JUST GO WITH THE STATUS QUO

 

Michael is a Director of 4Sight and is responsible for the Ecological, Environmental Management and Best Practice service areas of the business. Well known for his ability to envision a solution, Michael leads many of our environmental projects and delivery teams, and has a knack for bringing together just the right talent and experience to deliver an exceptional, client-focussed result.

 

Michael advises public and private sector clients on a broad range of environmental, resource management and planning issues. He has over 14 years experience in land and water quality management; environmental strategy and programme development; catchment and stream management; major discharge and “global” consenting; environmental management systems; environmental compliance; environmental education and resource development; state of the environment reporting and environmental monitoring strategies. Michael is also a highly accomplished Project Manager.

 

Among his major career successes is a project Michael led at Metrowater Ltd, where he headed up the acquisition of city-wide network discharge consents for Auckland's stormwater and waste water drainage network. He has also held positions on several not-for-profit boards, including his role as Chairman during the establishment of a charitable society's social enterprise arm. 
 

Michael holds a BSc in Environmental Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Science majoring in Environmental and Resource Management from the University of Auckland.

Michael Lindgreen

Director

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CHRISTINA USES HER EXCELLENT COMMUNICATION SKILLS, EFFICIENCY AND PASSION FOR LAND USE PLANNING TO ENSURE CLIENTS ARE PROVIDED WITH SUPERIOR ADVICE AND SUPPORT THROUGHOUT ALL PLANNING PROCESSES

With an extensive history in both local government and the planning and regulatory environment, Christina joined the 4Sight team in August 2019 as a Senior Planning and Policy Consultant and as our Manager in the Cambridge Office.

Previously working as a Senior Planner for KTB Planning Consultants, and successfully managing the Cambridge team, she brings a wealth of local knowledge and experience, as well as a detailed understanding of the relevant legislative requirements. Having previously spent five years as a Consents Planner at the Waipa District Council, her specialist areas include applications for mixed use developments, urban and greenfield subdivisions, industrial, commercial and residential developments.

Throughout her career she has established lasting relationships with key stakeholders across various professions throughout the Waipa and Waikato areas. Her superb, customer focused approach, means clients are always fully informed of the process, requirements, risks, and opportunities associated with their project meaning she is well placed to assist any client turn their planning ideas into a reality.

Christina Walker

Hamilton Manager, Senior Planning and Policy Consultant

Ian Mayhew

IAN HAS A REPUTATION FOR BEING A BIT OF A PERFECTIONIST AND FOR MAKING THE COMPLEX SEEM SIMPLE

 

Ian has a strong scientific background, and specialises in integrating complicated scientific information into major resource consent applications. He has a particular talent doing this in a way that is relevant to the application and yet still understandable to a wider, possibly non-technical, audience.

 

He has 25+ years of industry experience, and has led major consent acquisition projects for several different sectors over the years. Past examples of his work include managing the designation of the (then) Auckland City road network and managing the processing of resource consent applications for several major motorway projects.

 

Ian spent over 15 years working for the (then) Auckland Regional Council (ARC) before making the move into consulting. He was involved in a wide range of resource management projects during his time at the council. One example he's particularly proud of saw him turning the urban stormwater management programme around and transforming it into the leading-edge programme it is today.

 

Certainly no wallflower, Ian enjoys spending his spare time putting his brilliant sense of humour to use by moonlighting as a local quiz master.

Ian Mayhew

Principal Planning and Policy Consultant

Jennifer Valentine

JENNIFER USES HER TECHNICAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT KNOWLEDGE TO DELIVER ON CLIENT EXPECTATIONS WITH A CAN-DO ATTITUDE


After an extensive run with local governments in both New Zealand and the UK, Jennifer has joined 4Sight as a Senior Planning and Policy Consultant.

 

In her previous role with Auckland Council, Jennifer effectively managed the resource consent processing of large commercial and apartment projects in Auckland’s CBD, including the extensive developments in Wynyard Quarter and the New Zealand International Convention Centre. She also represented Auckland Council at Environment Court mediation.

 

With prior consultancy experience, Jennifer is also capable of preparing resource consent applications and providing policy advice on various regional and district plans for clients. 
Jennifer is focused on client relationships and delivering on client expectations with a positive can-do attitude. She is well regarded for her technical resource management knowledge, particularly in relation to resource consents. 

Jennifer Valentine

Principal Planning and Policy Consultant

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A PASSIONATE SURFER, KARL HAS ENTHUSIASM AND DRIVE TO ACHIEVE RESULTS. HE IS A VISIONARY, A LEADER, AND IS RELENTLESSLY POSITIVE

Working between Cambridge and Gisborne, and in turn increasing our regional expertise in the area, Karl joined the 4Sight team in August 2019 as a Principal Planning and Policy Consultant and Regional Manager.

Previously a Director of KTB Planning Consultants, Karl has over 20 years of planning and environmental management experience in New Zealand and prides himself on providing clients with cost effective, yet practical advice and guidance. His expertise lies in managing projects for land use and subdivisions, and identifying balanced solutions to meet client's needs.

Karl’s previous experience includes working as a Resource Management Planner, where he was involved in a wide variety of primary industry, town planning, subdivision and land use development projects.

He places huge emphasis on sustainability and protecting our environment, working tirelessly to ensure New Zealand’s natural environment is preserved. Over a 10-year period Karl was involved in restoring a Waikato gully (near Cambridge) with native trees and has had this gully recognised as a Significant Natural Area by Waipa District Council.

Karl Baldwin

Regional Manager, Principal Planning and Policy Consultant

Keren Bennett

KEREN'S FOCUSED TENACITY ENSURES THAT NO STONE IS  LEFT UNTURNED

Keren is 4Sight's  ecology manager and principal freshwater ecologist. Her work sees her designing, managing and implementing surveys; carrying out ecological impact assessments; and producing detailed reports based on her findings for private, corporate and local government clients .

 

Keren works with a variety of stakeholders on her projects and urban development, transport, quarrying and the dairy industry are just a few examples of the different sectors she's worked with over the years.

 

Her extremely high level of technical expertise has been gained through years of experience working in streams, rivers and wetlands all over New Zealand. Sampling fish and macroinvertebratecommunities, carrying out assessments of habitat features and analysing water quality in a variety of different environments are just a few of the projects she has worked on over the years.

 

Keren often works alongside other professionals such as engineers, planners, designers and contractors to identify ecological constraints and identify opportunities to mitigate damage – with the aim of achieving sustainable outcomes for the project.

 

She also has experience preparing and presenting expert ecological evidence on a variety of projects at Council, Housing Accord and Special Housing Areas (HASHA) and Environment Court hearings. 

Keren Bennett

Ecology Manager, Principal Ecology Consultant

Mark Ashby

MARK BELIEVES THE KEY TO COMING UP WITH AN EFFECTIVE SOLUTION IS TO THOROUGHLY UNDERSTAND THE CLIENT'S POINT OF VIEW 

 

 Mark is responsible for growing our Wellington office and building relationships with our clients. He has 30+ years' experience gained in consulting and local, regional and central government. Mark's skills include impact assessment, district and regional planning and preparing and presenting expert evidence.

 

He still has direct input to some of our clients' projects where his background in working on extremely complicated consent acquisition projects is invaluable. Major projects that Mark has worked on in the past include acquiring consents for prisons, youth justice facilities, wind farms and central city office developments.

 

An important part of Mark's role as a professional planner involves him acting as an expert witness at council hearings and the Environment Court. Keen to keep himself on the cutting edge, Mark has completed the Ministry for the Environment sponsored “Making Good Decisions” programme, which certifies him as an independent hearings commissioner.

 

Mark was a member of the NZ Wind Energy Association Board from 2004-2007, and received an award from the Resource Management Law Association (RMLA) for policy work in relation to planning for wind energy. He is a longstanding member of the Wellington Branch committee of the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI), and also a regular member of interview panels for planners seeking full membership of the Institute.

Mark Ashby

Wellington Manager, Principal Planning and Policy Consultant

Mark Poynter

MARK HAS A GIFT FOR BEING ABLE TO SEE THE BIG PICTURE AND FIND A SOLUTION THAT STRIKES THE RIGHT BALANCE

 

Mark joined 4Sight in August 2014 after running his own successful consulting practice for 12 years. He now gives scientific and resource advice to our private sector and local government clients, and is a specialist in marine and estuarine investigations.

 

In addition to being responsible for running our Northland office, Mark oversees the marine biological, habitat and water quality surveys carried out for our clients. He has extensive experience working in the port and marine industries, and his wider experience includes assessments of discharges of process water, wastewater and stormwater on the marine environment.  He also has a wide knowledge and a long record of contract work in relation to the effects of water abstractions on small stream ecosystems. 

 

With more than 33 years of experience, Mark is one of our most experienced Ecologists. His work often requires analysis of regional water and soil plans, the NZ Coastal Policy Statement, National Environmental Standards and regional coastal plans. He has also been an expert witness before Judicial Committees and the Environment Court on many project, and is frequently involved in expert caucusing, mediation and consultation with iwi and resource users as part of his work under the RMA.

Mark Poynter

Northland Manager, Principal Ecology Consultant

A KEEN SURFER WITH A PASSION FOR PRESERVING THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH POSITIVE OUTCOMES


Nigel heads up 4Sight’s Dunedin office and works tirelessly to deliver our high-quality services to existing clients, as well as exploring new opportunities for us to showcase our expertise. With 20 years’ resource management experience, Nigel brings strong leadership skills to projects and an ability to foster excellent working relationships with clients and within project teams.

 

His specialist knowledge in project managing large Green/Brown field development projects includes dealing with development proposals in some of New Zealand’s most sensitive landscape settings and he has been involved with delivering sustainable development projects in some of London’s large-scale brownfield regeneration projects and aviation development projects at Heathrow Airport, London.

 

Nigel’s extensive work throughout the South Island, including projects in Queenstown, Wanaka, Dunedin, Timaru and wider Canterbury and Southland regions, has given him an excellent understanding of the integrated nature of the New Zealand planning system, and this enables him to deliver innovative solutions in the projects and processes he is involved with.

 

His skills aren’t just confined to planning though, and his strategic nous allows him to develop and implement innovative marketing approaches for new private sector, corporate and local body clients. Underpinning all his work is an undying passion for the the environment, including the coastal environment and you will often find him in the water getting his next surfing fix.

 

Nigel has a Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning degree from Massey University and is a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

 

Nigel Bryce

Dunedin Manager, Principal Planning and Policy Consultant

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A STRATEGIC AND AGILE THINKER, ORCHID VALUES PROFESSIONALISM, EXCELLENCE, EFFECTING POSITIVE FUTURES, AND PROVIDING LEADERSHIP THROUGH SERVICE

These are the core pillars that Orchid Atimalala brings to her role as the National Planning Manager for 4Sight.

Throughout Orchid’s broad and extensive 30-year career, she has been fortunate to experience it all from local government, consultancy and sole practise, through to multi-national, multi-disciplinary firms. Her most recent role was within central government where she was the sole, National Planning Resource and Principal Advisor in RMA, Acquisitions and Designations within the Ministry of Education. This role engaged Orchid’s skills in Crown property-related matters across New Zealand requiring strong RMA, Public Works Act, Land Transfer Act and Education Act knowledge in order to acquire Crown land for education purposes. The role also included managing relationships with Councils nation-wide, provision of expert witness statements for the Minister, and involvement in All-of-Government policy and legislative analysis as required.

Orchid enjoys being engaged in and leading strategic planning (master planning, community strategic plan development etc.), policy analysis and development, and stakeholder engagement. She has a particular interest in infrastructure provision especially community and social infrastructure (schools), social and cultural impact assessments and engagement (especially with Maori), but also sustainable strategic planning for growth and development projects and outcomes.

Orchid is certified by IAP2 in Planning and Communications for Effective Public Participation, has completed the NZ Treasury Better Business Case Foundation course, NZ Institute of Directors Effective Governance Essentials, and has also completed Project Management training specific to multi-disciplinary projects and programmes.

Orchid brings valuable governance experience to her new 4Sight role. A member of Auckland War Memorial Museum Trust Board since 2013, in April 2018 Orchid became the Museum’s first female person of Pasefika (Sāmoan) heritage, and the youngest member in its 167-year history, to be appointed as Chair.

Orchid is particularly active as a Full Member and Trust Board member of the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI). She is a founding member of both the Planning Institutes first Mentor programme and the Pacific Practitioners Special Interest Group (the PPG) ). Orchid also previously held the position of deputy chair for the Auckland Council’s Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel. She has been able to hold these roles as she is fluent in Samoan – gagana (language) and fa’a Samoa (culture).

Orchid Atimalala

National Planning and Policy Manager

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PAULA LOVES GUIDING PEOPLE THROUGH THE PLANNING PROCESS AND SHOWING THEM THAT IF THINGS ARE DONE PROPERLY, IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE HARD

With a friendly, down-to-earth approach, and attention to detail that ensures clients receive the best possible service, Paula joined the 4Sight team in August 2019 as our Bay of Plenty Regional Manager and as a Principal Planning and Policy Consultant.

Paula has over 18 years’ planning experience, including extensive national and international experience, having worked in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. She joins the 4Sight team from PMG Planning where she was both a Director, and Planner, since 2014 servicing a range of clients, including government departments, regional and district councils, and private clients. Prior to this, she has held managerial positions in local government planning teams and has spent many years working as a planning consultant in private practice.

Her expertise lies in preparing Assessments of Environment Effects, processing resource consent applications, and policy analysis and development. She also has significant experience in presenting reports and expert evidence at Council hearings and the Environment Court, and in reviewing and making submissions on planning policy at a national, regional, and district level.

She is a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute and the Resource Management Law Association, and has a BA in Geography, Post Graduate Diploma in Arts (Geography), and a Diploma in Business from Otago University. She also has a Diploma in Business from Swinburne University in Melbourne.

Paula is excited by planning and enjoys helping people achieve what they want, whilst also ensuring good outcomes for the environment.

Paula Golsby

Regional Manager Bay of Plenty, Principal Planning and Policy Consultant

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RENÈE'S DIVERSE CAREER PORTFOLIO HAS PROVEN HER EXCEPTIONAL CAPABILITIES AS A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT AND COMMITMENT TO INNOVATION IN THE FIELD, BOTH LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY 

Renèe is a Principal Landscape Architect, leading an innovative landscape urbanism team and delivering high-quality outcomes for the human and natural environments.

 

Renèe has been a practising landscape architect, educator and manager for the last 22 years. During that time, she’s been involved in public development, protection and community instigated projects throughout Auckland, as well as working for Councils across the country, including Wellington and Waitakere City Councils. She’s also led the Landscape and Architecture Department at Unitec Institute of Technology, before being made Dean of Construction, Infrastructure and Engineering - providing strategic project and management leadership to the University’s largest academic team.

 

A number of Renèe's projects have been recognised with New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA) awards and as a result, she was made a Fellow in 2008. 

 

Throughout her career, Renèe has reviewed landscape architecture projects and gardens (both private and public) from throughout the country in her role as a judge for a number of National (and International) competitions and awards and as a NZ Gardens Trust Assessor. She has also been a regular contributor to NZ Gardener magazine and other landscape and lifestyle publications.

 

Renèe is also a member of the Auckland Botanical Society, Ecological Society of New Zealand and a member of Green Roofs For Healthy Cities.

Renèe Davies

Principal Landscape Architect

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STUART’S EXTENSIVE WORK HISTORY AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE INDUSTRY MAKES HIM A TRUSTED ADVISOR IN HIS FIELD

Stuart is a Senior Environmental Risk and Safety Consultant with over 17 years’ experience in the sector. He has proven to be an effective project manager with experience in occupational exposure assessments (including asbestos, dust, noise & metals), asbestos surveys and management plans, asbestos air monitoring and clearances, contaminated land assessments, consultancy and advisory services, and project management of asbestos removal/remediation works. He is also a licensed asbestos assessor with Worksafe.

 

Having previously worked in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Australia, he relocated to Christchurch in July 2015 to work for the city’s leading asbestos consultancy and laboratory as part of the continuing post-earthquake rebuild. He led the field operations team for 6 six months then took on the laboratory operations as well. One of his biggest achievements while there was expanding the company into Dunedin and establishing the first IANZ accredited asbestos laboratory in the region to service the district health board contract.  

 

Stuart then moved on to another Christchurch based consultancy to assist with and grow their environmental services, as well as add to their asbestos capabilities. During his time there he again expanded the company into Dunedin to service the growing client base.

 

He initially got into the industry due to his love of the outdoors and interest in environmental issues. 
 

Stuart Cole

Principal Environmental Risk and Safety Consultant