Our Team

With planning, traffic, acoustic, and landscape / urban design expertise under one roof and a land use planning and development focus, Novo Group is uniquely placed to provide integrated advice to clients that delivers better development outcomes and greater consenting efficiency and certainty.

Based in central Christchurch, Auckland and Queenstown Lakes, we have built a team of committed, personable, experienced professionals who not only leverage their own knowledge, network and experience, but also can draw on the vast experiences of the entire team to ensure high quality outcomes for our clients.

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Jeremy Phillips

Director + Senior Planner

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Jeremy is a Senior Planner with a wealth of experience delivering planning expertise on a number of high-value and complex projects for private sector clients.

Jeremy has experience in all forms of land use development including retail, office/commercial, industrial, tourist accommodation, health, residential, and rural projects. This experience has predominantly included the preparation of land use consent applications for development projects and the presentation of evidence at Environment Court and Council hearings.

Jeremy has excellent project management skills and is able to coordinate technical experts and competing demands for complex assignments.

Rhys Chesterman

Director + Traffic Engineer/Planner

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Rhys Chesterman has more than 20 years’ experience in the traffic engineering and planning field.

He originally trained as a planner completing his under-graduate degree in resource management before completing his master in resource planning. Between the years 1999-2001 he worked with local authorities in the United Kingdom gaining a specific interest in the transport aspects of planning and resource management. Upon returning to New Zealand he has largely operated as a traffic planner and engineer for local authorities and private consultants. Rhys has also completed his Master of Engineering in Transportation through the University of Canterbury and maintains an active interest in the planning and traffic linkages relating to land use development

Much of this work has centred on land use development and subdivision.

Jenny Autridge

Planner

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Jenny is a Planner and Environmental Professional with experience delivering resource management and environmental project management expertise to a variety of industries, including multinational corporates in the petroleum and mineral industries, local government, and planning, engineering and surveying consultancies.

Jenny has delivered planning and resource management services for commercial and residential land development projects; managed the coordination and implementation of all environmental aspects of a gold minesite in New Zealand; lead and managed selected regulatory functions for a local Territorial Authority, and project managed all aspects of soil and groundwater remediation associated with a large petroleum industry divestment program in Australia.

Kim Seaton

Principal Planner

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Kim is a principal planner based in Wanaka, but primarily working in both Queenstown Lakes and Christchurch. Kim has 25 years’ experience dealing with a wide range of planning matters, including preparing and managing complex resource consent applications, district plan changes, designations, and research. Having worked variously for local and central government, in a planning research environment and in private consulting, Kim has a very good understanding of complex planning issues and the perspectives and interrelationships of different organisations and individuals.

Kim has been an accredited Hearings Commissioner since 2011, with an endorsement as chair since 2014.

Lisa Williams

Transport Engineer and Planner

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Lisa Williams has ten years’ experience in the planning and traffic engineering field. With the dual qualifications and experience as both a transport engineer and landuse planner, Lisa has been uniquely placed to work on a number of plan changes and private development projects which span across these two disciplines.

Lisa excels in creative problem solving and incorporating complex technical information into policy and administrative planning contexts as well as developing practical detailed design solutions.

Andrew Fitzgerald

Senior Planner

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Andrew has over twelve years land-use planning and resource management experience as a consultant planner and for various councils, including the Hurunui District and Christchurch City Councils.

Andrew has considerable experience preparing land use consent applications for a range of development projects.

Andrew’s experience also includes advise on and the preparation of applications Existing Use Rights, Certificates of Compliance, Temporary (EQ) Approvals and applications for Outline Plans and Waivers.

Anne Wilkins

Principal Landscape Architect

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Anne has been involved in a wide scope of landscape developments including large scale infrastructure projects, coastal developments and master planning, mitigation planting plans, parks and reserves design, school developments, urban and streetscape projects and commercial and residential designs.

She has led the master planning and designing of spaces for campuses, parks and open space and reserves, as well as a range of commercial and residential projects around New Zealand.

Emily McDonald

Planner

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Emily is a land-use and resource management planner based in Christchurch and holds a Masters of Planning degree from Lincoln University.

In her time at Novo Group Emily has worked on a range of resource consent applications including, large scale commercial and mixed use developments, multi-unit residential developments, and billboards. Emily has also reviewed and processed resource consent applications on behalf of the Christchurch City Council.

Luke Sadler

Senior Environmental & Acoustic Consultant

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Luke Sadler is a consultant specialising in environmental and building
acoustics.

Luke graduated with a B.Com in Environmental Management from the University of the North West (South Africa) in 2005. Luke joined Novo Group as of October 2018 following several years working for a consultancy in South Africa in the Environmental Acoustics Field.

Luke has experience in environmental acoustics for large infrastructure projects. He also has experience in building acoustics, providing advice on sound insulation. He is registered as a Member of the Acoustic Society of New Zealand (MASNZ).

Nick Fuller

Senior Transport Engineer

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Nick Fuller has 18 years’ experience in the traffic and transportation engineering field.

Nick trained as a civil engineer and has provided transport advice to development planning projects since graduating in 2001. Between 2001 and 2006 he worked in the UK on a range of developments, including preparing Integrated Transport Assessments and detailed engineering.

Russell Malthus

Environmental Health Officer

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Russell is a qualified Environmental Health Officer with more than 30 years previous experience with the Christchurch City Council. Since leaving the
Council in 2004, he has provided assistance to businesses, consultants, councils, regulatory authorities and other agencies throughout New Zealand.

Russell provides our clients with expert technical advice in the preparation and assessment of land use consents, plan changes and notice of requirement/designation applications and the presentation of evidence at Environment Court and Council hearings.

Sally Scott

Office Manager

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Sally is the Novo Group Office Manager and has over a decade of experience in accounts payable/receivable and general office functionality. Her role is all encompassing, including streamlining daily practices and ensuring that staff are equipped with the tools to carry out their daily tasks, through to accounting, payroll and the smooth running of daily affairs. Sally is the friendly face and voice to Novo Group upon arrival in our Christchurch office. Sally is a people-person with a true belief in the power of positive thinking both in the workplace and life in general. She is excited that her workplace has a part to play in the amazing new city that is Christchurch!

Hamish Anderson

Principal Planner

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Hamish is a Principal Planner with Novo Group based in Auckland but primarily working in both Auckland and Queenstown.

Hamish has a breadth of planning experience that has been gained from working on both sides of the public-private fence in a number of different localities in New Zealand.

Hamish has experience in land use development including: residential; industrial; retail; office/commercial; and rural projects.  This experience has included the preparation (for private and public sector clients) and processing (for several Councils) of land use and subdivision consent applications and notices of requirement for infrastructure and development projects. In addition, Hamish has prepared and presented evidence at both Council hearings and the Environment Court.

Hamish has excellent project management skills and is able to assemble and co-ordinate technical experts whilst simultaneously preparing the planning documents for complex applications.

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