Your Team

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Senior Engineering Team

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Mark Smith
Principal
Glen-59-882-445

Glen Cossey
Principal Engineer
Chris1-21-73-529

Chris Steven 
Principal Engineer
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Geraldine Smeal
Senior Structural &
Civil Engineer
Mitch3-166-111-123

Mitch Rooney
Senior Structural Engineer

Engineering Team

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Aileen McKinstry
Structural Engineer

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Jason Richards
Structural Engineer

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Ashley Hickey
Structural Engineer

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Jéan Petherbridge
Civil Engineer

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Beck Zhu
Structural Engineer

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Liam Rua
Structural Engineer

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David Chen
Structural Engineer

Ryan1-887-911-615

Ryan Humphries
Structural Engineer

James-792-879-843

James Grieve
Structural & Civil Engineer

Draughting Team

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Athol Gardiner
Draughting Manager
Jun1-719-81-328

Jun Segismar
Engineering REVIT Technician
Tatiana-389-478-773

Tatiana Bondareva
Engineering REVIT
& Civil 3D Technician

Site Based Team

Adrian1-351-299-735-903

Adrian Hood
Structural Engineer
Don1-891-931-939-805

Don Landsbergen
Engineering Technician
JohnG1-194-613-269-627-980

John Grieve
Engineer
Stuart1-11-304-325-480

Stuart Knox
Project Supervisor

Administration Team

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Cheryl Smith
General Manager
Andrea2-425-409-803

Andrea Halloran
Practice Administrator
Sheri1-362-815-234

Sheri Pradel
Office Administrator
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Trina Newby
Practice Manager

A Bit About Us.....

 
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Mark Smith
Principal

BSc (Eng), CPEng, CMEngNZ, Int PE (NZ), MIPES

Mark Smith is the Principal of Markplan Consulting Ltd which he established in 1995. He brings over 25 years’ structural, civil and construction engineering experience to the team and has worked on a huge variety of projects throughout New Zealand as well as in Australia and the Pacific Islands including Fiji, Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue, Tonga, Tahiti and Vanuatu. Marks' early career years were spent as a construction engineer and manager in South Africa and Botswana, where he managed the construction of a variety of infrastructural and industrial projects. These projects included incremental launch bridges, a canning factory, brewery, grain silos, water towers, open cast coal and diamond mine infrastructure as well as large scale sewerage treatment plant infrastructure.

Born in South Africa, Mark lived his younger years mainly in Zimbabwe and South Africa and travelled extensively in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Malawi before arriving to settle in New Zealand in the early 90’s. These African roots have led to a lifelong love affair with the bush and Mark now spends a fair bit of his spare time adventure motorcycling with his two young daughters in the beautiful bush and farming areas of NZ. Married to Cheryl (who is the General Manager of Markplan Consulting), the family also has a love of water, born largely from Mark’s years spent in the Navy before he went to University to study engineering. Mark and the girls (excluding Cheryl who wouldn't live on a boat unless you paid her plenty!) would live on the water, given the choice, but instead reside on terra firma in Torbay and cram the water sports, sailing, kayaking, fishing and diving into any time they are not working or biking. The islands of the Gulf are the family’s playground and one of the many reasons they love New Zealand so much. The girls often refer to God's Own as paradise and, as proud New Zealanders, who are we to disagree?!

Mark has a real passion for his team at Markplan and the love of all things structural that they all share.

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Glen Cossey
Principal Engineer

BE (Civil), CPEng, CMEngNZ, MIPES

Glen is a Chartered Professional Structural and Civil engineer, and is involved in many facets of the projects that the Markplan team works on - from concept through to detailed design and construction. Glen can be contacted early on in a project’s planning stage to add engineering input and generally Glen will be one of the Markplan team to provide input into your project in the early stages, including working through the scope of work to establish fee structures with you.

Engineering is all about solving problems and working with people through these problems, and this aspect really appeals to Glen. Finding innovative and exciting solutions to problems is what Glen thrives on, and he relishes the opportunity to do this in the Markplan environment.

Glen enjoys the challenges and rewards of working at Markplan but is also kept busy outside of office hours with his wife and two young children, working around his house in Huapai, playing and making music and sailing on the fantastic Hauraki Gulf.  Glen also enjoys cooking, especially using fruit and vegetables he has grown, and sharing meals with friends.

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Chris Steven
Principal Engineer

BE (Civil) Hons, CPEng, CMEngNZ, IntPE (NZ), MIPES

Born and raised in Auckland, Chris qualified as a structural engineer with honours at Auckland University and became chartered in 2010.

Chris worked in Auckland for a short time after completing his degree before heading off on his big overseas experience. Using London as a base, he worked full time as a structural engineer gaining valuable experience but still found time to travel extensively, which had always been a dream of his. Seeking the kiwi lifestyle, Chris returned to Auckland with his fiancé Gillian to get married, settle down and start a family. He is now the proud Dad of three – a boy and two girls.

Being part of a friendly but motivated team is one of the main reasons Chris joined Markplan. He enjoys the day-to-day challenges and responsibilities that go with being an engineer and has a particular interest in projects that involve thinking outside the square.

In his spare time – which has greatly reduced - Chris enjoys fishing, squash to keep fit, a good game of rugby, tending to the property in Kumeu and spending time with friends and family.

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Geraldine Smeal
Senior Structural & Civil Engineer

BE (Civil), CPEng, CMEngNZ, IntPE (NZ)

Geraldine was born and raised in West Auckland and studied at Auckland University.  She spent some time working and living in Brisbane, but returned home to start a family and has never looked back.  Geraldine is married and has two young children, a son and a daughter, so is kept very busy!   She loves to read (when she gets the chance) and spend time with her family.  One of her family’s favourite places to go is Auckland Zoo and her son started giving the family guided tours from the age of 2, and her daughter is turning out to be a regular little chatterbox.

Geraldine has extensive design experience working in New Zealand and Australia in both the Civil and Structural fields.  She has enjoyed working on a variety of projects from small residential additions, through to industrial warehousing and multi-storey buildings and everything in-between.  Some of the larger projects that Geraldine is proud to have been involved with include Westlake Girls High School’s administration building, the Wharekai building at Unitec and multiple Bupa retirement facilities.

Geraldine joined Markplan at the start of 2013, and enjoys working with a wide variety of projects and customers.  One of the advantages of working with Markplan is that it allows her to work with a project from conception to completion.  Markplan has a great team and Geraldine is pleased to be part of it.

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Mitchell Rooney
Senior Structural Engineer

BE (Civil), CPEng, CMEngNZ

Mitch joined our team in 2009 as a graduate engineer, after graduating from the University of Auckland with his BE, then took a year’s sabbatical in 2010/2011 to travel before returning to Markplan. Born in the Waikato but raised in West Auckland, he now lives out west with his wife, Holly, and young daughter April.  Always interested in buildings and the way they work and having grown up carrying a hammer for his dad who is a builder, moving into structural engineering was a natural career path. He plans to be extremely successful at it too. Mitch’s dream is to design and build his own home.

Mitch says that starting as a graduate engineer at Markplan was great for his career as it is a good environment to learn in, and one where high levels of responsibility are given quickly.  Having become a Chartered Professional Engineer in 2014, Mitch is now a Senior Structural Engineer at Markplan; a position where he is now able to coach and support younger engineers in the same way he was.

Mitch is a big sports fan, especially supporting the Warriors (next year is our year!).

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Aileen McKinstry
Structural Engineer

BE (Civil) Hons, MEngNZ

Aileen graduated from Auckland University in 2014 and began her engineering career as a Site Engineer for a national construction company where she worked for 1 ½ years, gaining experience in various areas of the civil engineering field, before joining Markplan as a Structural Engineer in 2016.  She loves working with the tight-knit group of people at Markplan and interacting with the clients, architects and fellow engineers to see a project through from initial concept to construction completion.

Aileen also has a background in music and performing arts, playing piano and various other instruments, as well as achieving high grades in singing and speech and drama exams.

Aileen hails originally from Tauranga but has now made Auckland her home, bucking the trend of exiting Aucklanders.  She likes to keep fit by attending regular gym classes as well as playing tennis and skiing when the snow is falling, and of course catching up with friends over coffee at all the wonderful eateries and coffee haunts that Auckland has to offer.

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Ashley Hickey
Structural Engineer

BE (Civil) Hons, MEngNZ

Ashley was born and raised on Auckland’s North Shore.  During her schooling years she was an active member of numerous sports teams and competed/volunteered for Surf Life Saving New Zealand.  Finding it hard to part with the North Shore's beautiful beaches and mild climate, Ashley chose to undertake her Bachelor of Engineering at Auckland University.   She worked part-time for a small structural consultancy in Parnell whilst completing her bachelor's degree and continued as a full-time employee thereafter.

Ashley has spent some time travelling and working abroad. She has ventured to over 35 countries and has worked in Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Malta.  During her time abroad she made numerous life-long friends and gained invaluable life experience and skills.

Ashley returned to New Zealand to focus on her professional career.  Residing back on the North Shore, she joined Markplan in early 2017, drawn by their commitment to deliver quality engineering solutions.  She believes Markplan has the expertise and experience to mould her into an all-round structural engineer.

Since being back in New Zealand, Ashley has spent much of her spare time on the water; fishing, diving, surfing and kayaking.  And when the sea's too rough, she enjoys running, biking (and more recently mountain biking), knitting, reading and simply watching a good film.

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Beck Zhu
Structural Engineer

BE(Civil) Hons, MEngNZ

Beck was born in Shanghai, China and moved to Auckland as a teenager in 2006.  It was a rather brave move as he had no family here and was suddenly plunged into life at Lynfield College where he quickly adapted and came to enjoy a sense of ‘freedom’ – no-one telling him what to do and where to be!  He kept very focussed however and went on to study engineering at the University of Auckland.

Beck joined Markplan in 2018 and is keen to expand his experience in different engineering fields - his dream is to design and construct his own family home.  One of his colleagues at Markplan has recently finished doing that very thing, so Beck knows that his goal is not just an engineer’s pipe dream!

Beck is married with two young children – a son who is now at school and a daughter who is fast approaching school age.  He and his wife live in Oteha Valley on the North Shore and he is enjoying having a short commute to work and being able to spend more time with his family. 
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David (Wei) Chen
Structural Engineer

BE (Civil), MEngNZ

David was born and raised in Dalian, China - a beautiful north east coast city where summer temperatures reach 25-30 degrees and can drop to minus 20 in the winter.

David first learnt about New Zealand during his high school years by reading the novels "In search of the Castaways" and "The Children of Captain Grant" which encouraged him to explore this mysterious world.   After arriving in New Zealand in 2006, David studied for a Bachelor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Auckland and graduated in 2011.

His first engineering job was in Christchurch where he spent a year investigating liquefied soil layers and providing repair strategies for earthquake-damaged homes.  During this time David experienced countless minor earthquakes and started to appreciate the concept of seismic design in the real world.

For the past 5 years, David has worked as a Structural Engineer in Auckland where he has fostered a particular interest in reinforced concrete, rammed earth and timber buildings and would like to develop further in these areas.

David is married with two young sons who currently attend kindergarten.  His wife works part-time at the Auckland Art Gallery, hosting Mandarin and English-speaking tour groups.

In his spare time David loves to entertain his children and he also enjoys reading, travelling and squid fishing in the winter.
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James Grieve
Structural Engineer

B Eng Tech, MEngNZ

James graduated from Unitec with his Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil) in 2006 and has been part of the Markplan team since doing an internship with the company as a student back in 2002. He enjoys his role within Markplan as a Structural and Civil Engineer as well as a Civil 3D Draughtsman.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, James’ family spent 6 years living in the United States prior to immigrating to New Zealand in 2000. He has been involved with engineering, draughting and construction of all kinds for most of his life, following in his father’s footsteps, as his Dad John also works at Markplan and has been James’ mentor in the early stages of his career. James enjoys being involved in both design and build projects, as he also enjoys wielding a hammer.

James finds Markplan a great environment to learn and grow professionally, and taking on the responsibility of a project from start to finish as well as liaising with the client during the course of the project is a great way to become proficient in every aspect of the role.

James lives in Orewa on a beautiful lifestyle block with his young family. His two boys, Ezra and Jachey, and his wife Liz are his great joy and make him happy.

He has recently completed his own house build undertaking the roles of architect, draughtsman, planner, engineer, quantity surveyor, project manager and builder! James is very proud of this achievement.

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Jason Richards
Structural Engineer

BE (Civil) Hons

Jason was raised in West Auckland and graduated from the University of Auckland in 2016. He initially started studying a Bachelor of Commerce but quickly realised it wasn't for him and changed to a Bachelor of Engineering. He completed a student internship with Markplan during the summer of 2015 and accepted a full time position starting in the summer of 2016. He enjoys working at Markplan and particularly likes the fact that he is involved in all aspects of a project and can see it through from concept to completion, which also necessitates direct liaison with the client.

Jason enjoys the outdoors and can often be found surfing at Piha or if not you'll see him carting his surfboard on the roof of his car just in case there is a wave that can't be missed. He also likes to go bushwalking through the Waitakere ranges, or taking his dogs for walks on West Coast beaches.

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Jéan Petherbridge
Civil Engineer

BE Tech (Civil) 

Jéan was born in South Africa but immigrated to New Zealand as a teenager and his family set up home in Auckland.

Jéan began his working career in Insurance Underwriting which is a long way from Civil Engineering, but at Markplan we encourage variety and life experience, and Jéan fits that bill perfectly.   After a few years working in an industry that deals with life’s catastrophes, Jéan decided to return to university and study Engineering in order to embark on a career where he could better contribute to his community by being involved in projects that enabled growth and improved people’s living environments rather than being the underwriter at the bottom of the abyss.

Jéan held several positions as a Civil Engineer before joining Markplan in September 2018, and it so happens that the very house he and his wife and young son now live in was engineered by none other than Markplan Consulting, so Jéan feels very safe in his near-new abode in Gulf Harbour. 

Jéan loves spending his spare time with his family and enjoys bike-riding, swimming and making lego models.  He also makes furniture in his spare time and has recently begun restoring old furniture.  His dream is to one day make his own guitar and when he does, we’ll make sure he gives us a demo which will have to go up on our Facebook page.    Yes, we love multi-talented people at Markplan!

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Liam Rua
Structural Engineer

BE (Civil) Hons

Liam began his career as a fully-fledged boat builder constructing super yachts, as well as honing other building skills working on farm sheds, fences and chicken coops.  He then returned his books to study engineering at the University of Auckland and joined Markplan full-time as a Structural Engineer at the beginning of 2018.

Liam lives right by the water’s edge at Bethells Beach and it is not surprising that he began his working life in the boat industry as he loves the water and much of his spare time is spent riding the waves along with other marine mammals on New Zealand’s West Coast.  His ultimate dream is to travel the world sampling all the best surf beaches.  In fact, Liam is a starter for most extreme sports and also regularly gets out on his dirt-bike and 4 x 4, risking life and limb.  Fortunately, Liam’s wife is a GP, so we hope she’s willing to patch up any mishaps, although she too is not one to sit on the side-lines and is probably to be found riding shotgun on his bike.  We are always happy when Liam turns up safe and sound on a Monday morning with bones intact.

Liam is also a keen hunter and regularly fills the family freezer with venison and wild boar and anything else edible that might be roaming in the depths of the forest.  His colleagues have witnessed photos of Liam’s bounty and we all now understand why we buy our meat from the supermarket and don’t have to think about how it found its way onto a meat-tray.

Liam enjoys the supportive team environment at Markplan and is keen to develop his professional career and widen his engineering knowledge.

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Ryan Humphries
Structural Engineer

BE (Civil) Hons, MEngNZ

Ryan was born in Sydney, Australia, but moved to New Zealand at the age of two and grew up on Auckland’s North Shore, where he attended school and has lived ever since. Having always been curious about how things worked and why things are the way they are, he enrolled in engineering at
the University of Auckland, graduating with an honours degree in Civil Engineering.  During his studies, Ryan developed a strong interest in structural engineering and in his final year he gained invaluable work experience as a student engineer with Markplan. The following year Ryan happily accepted a full-time position with Markplan.     Ryan believes that Markplan, with its great learning environment and wealth of experience, is an ideal place to grow as he begins the next chapter in his life as a professional structural/civil engineer. He is eager to find out what lies on the road ahead for him at Markplan as well as later in life when he hopes to some day travel around the world exploring and adding to his expertise.

Ryan is a keen sportsman who enjoys following and participating in all kinds of sports. He started playing hockey at a young age and currently plays in North Harbour’s premier grade where he loves the challenge of playing against some of the country’s top players. When not at the hockey turf Ryan enjoys listening to music, attending concerts, cooking and tasting different foods, and during the summer spending time at his family’s holiday home in Wanaka.

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Athol Gardiner
Draughting Manager

Athol has lived on Auckland’s North Shore since the age of 3 and began his working life as a Pre-nail Draughtsman whilst studying NZCAD.  He then moved onto mechanical draughting and later switched back to the building industry when he was employed by McIntosh Timber Laminates as a fabrication and design draughtsman for a wide variety of structures from Pacific Island churches and parliament buildings to structures in Dubai and New Zealand.   Athol then moved to structural draughting with Nancekivell Williams on the North Shore and eventually set up his own Architectural and Structural Draughting Company, AG Draughting, becoming a very busy one-man band.  In October 2012 he joined Markplan as Senior Draughtsperson where he enjoys the benefits of being part of a fully-resourced team whose commitment to quality and service is something he has not seen in many engineering companies he has worked with in the past.

Athol loves the great outdoors and has been heavily involved in multisport, participating in events like the ‘Coast to Coast’. Mountain-biking is a regular activity and he also enjoys sailing and kayaking. 

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Jun Segismar
Engineering REVIT Technician

BSc Arch (PH)

Jun, originally an architectural draughtie from Cebu, an island in the Philippines, has lived in New Zealand on the Shore with her husband Ronald, a QS, since 2006. Her years of experience draughting in the architectural field have given her an insight into building design and construction which helps immensely when interpreting structural draughting work.

Jun enjoys the friendly, relaxed work atmosphere at Markplan and, with the Practice being close to her home, she no longer sits in the city traffic and has more time to spend with her husband and three children. Jun says that she loves using all the new skills she has gained and her career has become enriched since her move to New Zealand.

Being a busy working mum, Jun has little free time for herself, but enjoys the movies when she gets to go to them. She enjoys travel too and aims to be able to do lots of it once the children are older.

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Tatiana Bondareva
Engineering REVIT Technician

BEng (Hons)

Tatiana undertook her engineering studies in St Petersburg, Russia, initially working as a Draughting Technician while still studying and then later as a qualified Engineer for the same company upon finishing her degree. 

She immigrated to New Zealand 2009 and joined Markplan in July 2016 after spending several years with another engineering consultancy whilst settling into the New Zealand way of life.  Tatiana and her husband Andrei live locally and she enjoys having a nice short commute to work. 

Weekends are busy catching up with friends and discovering new scenic areas in and around Auckland or just a short drive away.  She recently enjoyed completing the Tongariro Crossing with a group of friends and managed to do so without suffering serious jelly-legs or blisters.  Tatiana loves trying out different cuisines in New Zealand as well as in Russian during her regular visits home and she and Andrei both enjoy travelling and discovering new countries when on holiday.  

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Adrian Hood
Structural Engineer

BE (Civil) Hons, MEngNZ

After leaving high school, Adrian worked and trained as a chef, achieving top level qualifications in New Zealand and the UK. He was involved in the catering industry for about 14 years then shifted occupations to work in civil construction for about a year before taking up a role with Bruce Wallace Partners (now incorporated in CPG NZ) as a draughtsman and site observer.  Whilst working for this company, Adrian conducted and completed his studies for his BE and since graduating he has worked as a Structural Engineer.

Adrian has chosen to work for Markplan due to their commitment to quality engineering and a strong focus on team. He is taking this opportunity to both expand his knowledge and apply his skills within the Markplan environment. Adrian’s engineering philosophy is to enjoy the challenge of solving problems and providing engineering solutions that are beneficial to both the Client and the Company. He believes that every engineering job has its own unique set of problems to solve, so each job presents a new challenge no matter how big or small.

Adrian was born in Auckland, and after growing up in a few locations around New Zealand he settled in Auckland where he has lived for the past 25 years. His stamping ground has mostly been around the Eastern beaches of Mission Bay and St Heliers, and he currently lives in Glendowie with his wife and his two kids. When Adrian is not at work he can be found doing DIY around his home, spending time with family, kayak fishing and on most Saturday mornings you can find him coaching his son’s rugby or cricket teams, then later in the day playing the odd game of president grade rugby for Auckland Marist. Adrian also competes in the annual Tough Guy challenge involving a 12km run through mud, swamps and various obstacles, but scrubs up well before returning to work on Monday!

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Don Landsbergen
Engineering Technician

NZCAD

Don was born and raised in Auckland’s eastern suburbs. He spent four and a half years working in London and travelling through Europe, Egypt, India and Nepal before returning to New Zealand to marry Jenny and pursue a career as an architectural draughtsman. Don has spent 24 years in the construction industry in a variety of positions ranging from architectural draughtsman on residential and commercial projects to sales representative in the construction industry, to estimator with Stresscrete, and assisting with the establishment of Firth Industries’ Ribraft slab system for the Auckland market. It was from this time with Firth Industries that Don developed his passion for all things concrete and established his long-term relationship with Markplan, designing, drawing and inspecting Ribraft® 
slabs and associated foundations. Don’s role in Markplan is that of Ribraft®  and H1 calculations specialist and he values the opportunity to work with the team at Markplan with their no-nonsense approach and open, friendly and supportive environment. The Markplan culture mirrors his own personal view of providing excellent customer service and practical cost-effective solutions to structural engineering issues.

Being fit and healthy for as long as he can be is one of Don’s goals and, as a result, he has been of a sporting persuasion all his life. He has participated in 1st XV rugby, single-class yacht racing, competitive squash, competitive windsurfing, marathon running and is currently enjoying cycling, competing in both mountain biking and road racing events. When the going gets tough, Don likes nothing better than to set off on a two to three-hour off-road bike ride, and when he’s not out there in the bush, you’ll find him in his gourmet kitchen at home cooking great food for Jenny and friends.

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John Grieve
Engineer

Dip Tech Eng

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, John has lived in Auckland since 2000. He has been involved with engineering all his life and has accumulated over thirty years' experience in the industry. John has been a CAD and free-hand Draughtsman and Project Manager in mining and abattoir projects. He was the Chief Draughtsman at a pulp mill in Swaziland and the Manager on mega-yacht construction projects as well as supervising construction projects on oil platforms in South Africa. John brings a vast range of life experience to his role in Markplan from being the owner of an auto repair business to some more unusual employment opportunities such as owning a playground construction company, being a vegetarian hotel cook, a carpenter in the Caribbean, a clinic cleaner and house plasterer in California. He joined Markplan in 2002 after a few years of intense searching for that truly suitable position. The friendly, flexible, no-nonsense approach at Markplan as well as having freedom of expression at his workplace are important to John. John takes an active interest in Markplan and values his input into the success of the Practice.

John is married to Laura and has three grown-up sons. The family lives in Orewa on a beautiful lifestyle block which adjoins a nudist club, so they enjoy a “clothing optional” lifestyle at home. When not busy building, planting native trees or maintaining the land, John and his family can be found kayaking and camping in remote areas of New Zealand. John also runs a Shotokan Karate Club in Long Bay and is a 4th Dan black belt. John and Laura love to travel and plan to do more of that.

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Stuart Knox
Project Supervisor

Cert Tech Eng

With over 43 years' experience, Stuart joined the Markplan team in 1997. He is originally from Bristol in the UK and moved to Auckland in 1994 with his wife Diane and three children, who are now married with children of their own. He is the proud grandfather of seven beautiful grandchildren. Stuart has always worked in engineering, starting in manual draughting and progressing to management of projects both on and off site. Stuart has remained a staunch supporter of Markplan over the years because he believes in the culture of honesty and integrity which Markplan has always operated under.

“Aside from providing bread, milk and shoes for the family”, Stuart says jokingly when asked what his job means to him, it also offers “the opportunity to work on very interesting and challenging projects while being given the responsibility to overcome problems on site.”  Dealing with Markplan Clients and Contractors and following a job through from conception to completion on site gives Stuart immense job satisfaction.

Stuart also participates in a number of shooting sports, having twice had the honour of competing for NZ in international competition. His reading library is full of history and the study of firearms, ballistics and hunting.

Stuart would like to continue life in paradise for as long as possible (NZ and Torbay in particular, where he lives with Diane, with its semi rural feel and wonderful beaches). He says he’s going for 114 years at least! He is passionate about freedom, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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Cheryl Smith
General Manager

Dip Food Serv Mgt, Dip HR & Tr.

Cheryl is General Manager of Markplan Consulting and has worked alongside her husband, Mark, for most of the 20-plus years since Markplan’s inception.  This was not Cheryl’s original vocation, having previously had a career in organisational training and development, but when she saw her skills needed in the family business, that’s where she headed before Mark drowned in a sea of paperwork.

Cheryl and Mark live on the shore but are frequent visitors to their peaceful bolthole on the Kaipara Harbour when they need ‘time out’.  They have two young adult daughters who are well past needing babysitters so Cheryl has found a new freedom in being able to take holidays that no longer have to be designed around children’s entertainment and feeding habits.  

Cheryl loves reading and belongs to a book club that meets on a regular basis where literature is the main point of the get-togethers but the merits of various wine vintages also find their way into the mix.

Since receiving Mark’s gift of an unrequested push-bike – she actually had her eye on something with a bit more zoom! -  Cheryl has come to enjoy cycling around the countryside (flat only please, followed by at least a flat white) and also keeps up her fitness with regular gym sessions and walks.

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Andrea Halloran
Practice Administrator

Born in Auckland, but having lived mostly on the North Shore, Andrea has spent most of her working life in office administration roles within building-related industries in small to medium-sized businesses. This industry experience is a huge advantage to Andrea in her role as Practice Administrator.  Andrea joined Markplan Consulting in August 2007, working closely with the Practice Manager.  She looks after the accounts and plays an important role in the smooth running of the office on a day-to-day basis. Andrea enjoys being part of the small family-friendly team at Markplan, contributing to team meetings as well as expanding her administration knowledge and skills. She is also instrumental in keeping our company social club active, organising events where the Markplan Team and their families enjoy relaxing and having fun out of office hours.

Andrea is kept busy with her two teenage children as well as two dogs who are sometimes more demanding than her own offspring.    Andrea loves travelling overseas and meeting up with friends to try out various eateries around the North Shore or catch a good movie, but she is also up for the occasional 'Tough Guy & Gal' competition when it's time for an 'out-of-comfort-zone' challenge.  

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Sheri Pradel
Office Administrator

BA (French/Linguistics)

Sheri Pradel joined Markplan in November 2010 as our Office Administrator. A 4th generation New Zealander, she was brought up on Auckland’s North Shore, but developed a yearning to travel overseas during her primary school years when she fell in love with Jimmy (aged 6) who was unexpectedly plucked from her class and taken back to England with his family, leaving her bereft.

After holding various PA positions in commercial companies in New Zealand, Sheri’s love of French led her to France (Jimmy totally forgotten), and to a position at the New Zealand Embassy in Paris. She spent 6 years there, during which time she met Patrick who came back to settle in NZ with her. They have 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl, who all speak fluent French.

During her spare time, Sheri loves to tinkle on the piano and sing – strictly for her own ears – and she adores reading. She has recently taken up bike-riding (after a lengthy absence from the saddle) and has since conquered the 150 km Otago Rail Trail with her husband and friends and was thrilled to avoid being helicoptered out.

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Trina Newby
Practice Manager

Trina joined Markplan in April 2018 as Practice Manager, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge from 30-odd years’ experience in the administration and accounts areas.  In 2015 Trina and her husband built their own ‘forever’ home in the beautiful Millwater subdivision in Silverdale, so she is pleased her commute to work is now just a quick run down the motorway, Auckland traffic permitting! 

Over the years Trina has been a keen volunteer for many different charities and she is currently an active member of a charity called….. wait for it… ‘Good Bitches Baking’!  And that’s exactly what they do - they are a group of people who enjoy home-baking and offering their delicious wares to various charities.  Their cakes and biscuits often go to people who have never in their lives tasted genuine home-baking – children who have been brought up on things in packets, or elderly folk who have no visitors and have almost forgotten how good home-baking tastes, it’s been so long.

Trina has two adult step-daughters who are frequent visitors to their home, especially at meal-times or when they can sense that Trina may have produced a fresh batch of biscuits.

Trina and her husband enjoy Sunday drives in their 1968 Triumph Vitesse so you may just spot her on the road, scarf flying in the wind and maybe a glass of wine in her hand – hopefully not when she’s at the wheel! 

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