Westpac Smarts -Shaping the Future of Building and Construction in New Zealand

We invite you to join us for our next Westpac Smarts event with Julien Leys, CEO of the New Zealand Building Industry Federation and Adrienne Miller General Manager New Zealand Infrastructure Sustainability Council to discuss what the future looks like for the construction sector in New Zealand. 


The building and construction sector is facing some major industry-wide challenges that require industry-led solutions, Julien will discuss the review into the Building Consent process, some of the recommendations of the Commerce Commission’s Interim Market Report Into Building Materials, the rising cost of building, to the impacts of the ongoing shortage of skilled labour.


With an increasing focus on sustainability and broader outcomes as part of societal trends Adrienne Miller will discuss what this looks like and how is this manifesting in the Construction sector. What is the relationship with the journey we’ve already travelled with safety and what are the mindset changes required to succeed in this new paradigm.

Julien Leys 

Julien is the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Building Industry Federation which was established in 2001 and is the only membership organisation representing the building supply chain. Members include manufacturers to suppliers to specifiers and other industry organisations such as Placemakers, Mitre 10, Winstone Wallboards, Independent Building Supplies, New Zealand Steel, Windows Association, Concrete NZ, Sika and Steel & Tube.  He is also the Executive Director of the Construction Strategy Group which represents major construction companies and organisations such as Fletcher Building, Leighs Construction, Watercare, Smiths Cranes, BECA and Jasmax  

Adrienne Miller 

Adrienne Miller, a lawyer by training, has worked as an adviser and executive for more than 25 years in and around construction and infrastructure, working in waste, building products, construction companies, a public sector water utility and consulting (private practice and her own boutique consulting firm Cupola).

In addition to her executive roles she has served a term on the Building Advisory Panel at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ( MBIE), was on the WIN Advisory Board and in her capacity as a Trustee of Diversity Works NZ, chaired the project Steering Committee for the Construction Diversity Roadmap, recently delivered for the Construction Sector Accord.

Friday, 23rd September, 2022
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park, Red Oaks Drive, Frankton

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