Our Team

With planning, traffic, 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.

With staff throughout the South Island and Auckland, 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.

Kim Seaton

Principal Planner

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Kim is a principal planner based in Blenheim, but primarily working in Christchurch. Kim has over 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.

Hamish Anderson

Principal Planner

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Hamish is a Principal Planner with Novo Group based in Auckland.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tim Walsh

Senior Planner

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Having worked in local and central government as well as in private practise, Tim possesses substantial experience in all forms resource management planning. In particular, Tim is highly proficient in the preparation of resource consent applications for development projects and the presentation of evidence at Council and Environment Court hearings.

Tim’s experience covers a wide range of planning matters and projects including residential, retail, industrial, rural, commercial, tourist activities, visitor accommodation, health, subdivision and plan changes.

Tim has excellent project management skills and is able to co-ordinate teams of technical experts and competing demands for complex projects. He has excellent analytical and technical skills and is able to translate complex ideas into simple language. Tim works conscientiously to obtain the right results for clients.

Helen Pickles

Senior Planner

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Helen has over 15 years’ experience working for numerous private developer as well as gaining experience in local Councils as an Environmental Consents Planner, processing typical subdivision applications and resource consents and planning reports.

Helen is well versed in all aspects of resource consent as well a land development options, master planning, regional planning issues across urban, residential, and commercial land use developments.

Simon de Verteuil

Senior Traffic Engineer

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Simon is a Senior Transport Engineer with Novo Group, working from the Christchurch office.

He is a dedicated and able transportation engineer/planner with over 15 years’ experience that covers: peer reviews; transportation impact reports; intersection analyses; parking studies; design reviews; preliminary access and intersection designs; transportation demand management; analysis of demographic/transport data using GIS/excel; consultation surveys and traffic surveys.

Much of Simon’s experience has been gained on multi-disciplinary projects requiring project leadership and transportation input having recently gained experience in meeting facilitation and public consultation.

Simon is a motivated, lifelong learner with strong project management skills. A collaborator that can lead from the front as required.

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.

Clare Dale

Senior Planner

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Clare is a Senior Planner with 19 years of experience in both resource consent and policy fields. Clare has knowledge that covers a wide range of land use development including retail, office/commercial, guest accommodation, health, residential, and rural projects.

Having processed a range of commercial and residential consents, Clare is an expert in navigating the consent process from start to finish. Clare has successfully presented evidence at Council and Environment Court hearings as well as having developed expertise in heritage/ heritage buildings, having spent 10 years with a focus on significant buildings in post-earthquake Christchurch.

Wayne Gallot

Senior Traffic Engineer

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Wayne is a highly experienced Transport Engineer with over 15 years experience in traffic engineering and transportation planning. Having worked in local government and consultancy roles, Wayne has developed strong analytical, problem solving and project delivery skills.

Wayne’s skill set includes: Preparing integrated transportation assessments for resource consents, expert evidence for resource consent hearings, transportation related planning advice for other professional consultants, territorial authorities, business owners and land developers and conceptual design services for site layouts including parking and access, plus preliminary intersection design services.

Amy Clark

Planner

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Amy is a Master-degree qualified, Christchurch based planner with over 5 years’ experience in local government.

Having processed a range of commercial and residential consents, Amy is an expert in navigating the consent process from start to finish.

She has a specialist area of expertise in residential multi-unit developments and effectively coordinates project teams and technical experts on behalf of the client to achieve the best outcome.

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.

Richard Bigsby

Planner

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Richard’s most recent experience has been gained as a Resource Management Planner focusing on notified land-use applications and large-scale subdivision applications.

Richard is experienced in pre-application meetings and consultation, Council planning processes including reviewing Building Consents, PIM applications and LIM applications.

Nigel Williams

Traffic Engineer

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Nigel is a Traffic Engineer and Transportation Planner with over 55 years of experience having worked for Councils and as a consultant in Christchurch, Auckland and Southland.

His work covers transportation impact assessments, various types of traffic surveys, preparation of district and regional plan transport sections, consultation.

Nigel has presented transport-related evidence to Councils and Environment Courts, hearing commissioner at council hearings in Kapiti and Auckland. Roading design and construction, use of CAD and programming are all expertise of Nigel’s, in in particular traffic and vehicle tracking simulations.

Natasha Ryan

Graduate Landscape Architect

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Natasha joined Novo Group in 2021 while completing her final year of her  degree in Landscape Architecture at Lincoln University. Natasha is supporting the Principal Landscape Architect in such tasks as designing, drafting and preparing of landscape designs, graphic material, and / or assessments.

Sophie Lapsley

Office Manager

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Sophie joined Novo Group in 2020 and looks after the day to day needs of the busy Christchurch office.

Previously Sophie has been involved in Stakeholder Management and Communications in the construction industry in Christchurch.

Outside of the office Sophie is busy spending time with her young family.

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