New Tonkin + Taylor Group Managing Director and New Zealand CE in executive and future reshape

New Tonkin + Taylor Group Managing Director and New Zealand CE in executive and future reshape

The Tonkin + Taylor Group Board announced Dr Tim Fisher as its new Group Managing Director and Dr Penny Kneebone as new Tonkin + Taylor New Zealand Chief Executive from today, in an executive reshape to be more future-ready.

The Group comprises 1100 people across its engineering and environmental consulting businesses in New Zealand and Australia, and its two testing businesses Geotechnics New Zealand and Chadwick Geotechnics in Australia.

Priding itself in its strong culture, outstanding delivery to clients, and making a difference in communities, the Tonkin + Taylor Group is focused on setting itself up to be better every day, while making step changes in sustainability, digital and global connectivity.

As Group Managing Director, Tim will provide critical group-wide oversight of performance and strategy for the four companies.

Tim has been with Tonkin + Taylor for 17 years and has played key roles in the Executive Leadership Team while serving clients as a Technical Director - Water Engineering. He is active in the professional community and is the Deputy President of Engineering New Zealand.

As Tonkin + Taylor New Zealand’s consulting business expands and diversifies on projects such as Link Alliance delivering the City Rail Link, and Piritahi supporting new homes for Kāinga Ora, it now requires a dedicated Chief Executive. This will be Penny, who is charged with the performance of T+T New Zealand and executing its strategy.

Penny has been with the Group for 15 years and is a Technical Director - Environmental Science, a proven caring people manager, and an insightful business manager.

Previous Managing Director and Chief Executive, Doug Johnson, is stepping down from the role, after 11 years at the helm. Doug managed the company in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis and just before the Canterbury Earthquakes. During this time, the company has had the most significant and sustained period of growth in its history and saw staff numbers almost double.

Having agreed in early 2020, to get the Group through the COVID-19 pandemic, Doug signalled it was time to promote succession within the Group. In accordance with T+T tradition, he will remain with the organisation and continue to play a key role in future operations.

Tim will be supported by a group leadership team including the heads of all four T+T companies, alongside heads of Strategy, Digital, Technology, Finance and Risk, People, Sustainability, Global, and Clients/Brand.