Creating spaces for Aucklanders needs a team of dedicated and passionate people, we have a team that encompasses these traits and share a vision for Auckland’s future.
The team at Panuku cover a broad range of backgrounds and skill sets. Our team covers property managers through to urban designers and a bit of everything in between. One thing that unites us is our desire to make Auckland a better place to live and our vision to shape spaces for Aucklanders to love.
Adrienne Young-Cooper is the immediate past chair of HLC and Housing New Zealand Corporation and related companies. She is now a director of HLC and deputy chair of HNZC, both organisations soon merging with KiwiBuild to become Kainga Ora, the Governments urban development agency. She has a 40-year long career in town planning and property development. She was the deputy chair of Waterfront Auckland, the urban development agency for Auckland’s waterfront replaced by Panuku Auckland, deputy chair of Auckland Regional Transport Authority which became Auckland Transport, and sat on the board of the New Zealand Transport Agency until the end of 2018. She also sits on the board of directors of Sealink a ferry company, Queenstown Airport, an airport company and is a trustee of Cornwall Park.
Adrienne’s driving passion as a professional director is to support the creation of enduring, sustainable, beautiful, integrated and diverse communities throughout New Zealand, well connected by transport links. In her governance roles she has led out the New Zealand government’s most significant home building campaign in over 40 years with a focus on state housing and affordable housing.
Dr Susan Macken
Dr Macken has BSc and BCom degrees from Auckland University and a PhD in Economics from Cambridge University. Dr Macken held various high-level roles at Fletcher Challenge before becoming CEO of the Problem Gambling Foundation then CEO of the Auckland Regional Economic Development Strategy. Since then she has been a company director and business consultant.
Dr Macken is currently Chair of Kiwibank, Deputy Chair of the Tamaki Redevelopment Company and Chair of Spa Electrics Pty (Australia).
Richard Leggat brings to the board 30 years of experience across manufacturing, sales, marketing and financial management in a range of industries.
For the past seven years Richard has been a full-time director with positions on a range of public, private and sporting organisations. Richard is currently a Director of Warren and Mahoney Chair of Kiwis for Kiwi, Chair of the NZ Cycle Trail, Director of Winter Games NZ and Director of SnowSports NZ.
Paul is a senior partner at Atkins Holm Majurey, having practised law for nearly 35 years.
Paul has extensive governance experience. He chairs several statutory entities and companies and is a director on many company boards. He also has extensive experience chairing three separate iwi/hapū collectives comprising 30 iwi/hapū.
Mike Pohio is an independent director. Mike currently holds directorships on the boards of Argosy Property, Ngāi Tahu Holdings, , NIWA, OSPRI, Te Atiawa Iwi Holdings and The Rees Management. Mike is also a Chairman of BNZ Partners, Waikato Region. His executive career includes CEO of Tainui Group Holdings (TGH) for eight years and senior executive roles for companies including Port of Tauranga, Fonterra, NZ Dairy Group and Elders Pastoral. Mike holds an MBA from IMD, Lausanne and an FCA from the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.
Martin Udale has more than 30 years’ experience in commercial and residential property development and investment in UK, Australia and New Zealand. Before moving to New Zealand in 2003, Martin spent 22 years working in the Australian property markets, holding senior roles in several organisations.
Martin’s interests lie in business and how property works for it, urban strategy and city development, urban regeneration and major projects, developing successful partnership models for public and private sector participation and institutional transformation.
From 2003-2009 Martin led McConnell Property as a general manager and then CEO.
Martin holds several board and governance roles and is a current or past member of The Auckland Mayoral Taskforce on Urban Design, Tāmaki Transformation Programme, Committee for Auckland, Property Council of New Zealand Urban Issues and Infrastructure Committee, Auckland City Urban Design Panel, New Zealand Government Taskforce on Urban Intensification, Sustainable Urban Development Unit working group and NSW Urban taskforce.
David has significant experience in the property and entertainment industries. He is currently Chief Executive of Ngāi Tahu Property, the property development and investment arm of Ngāi Tahu Group.
David has held previous executive roles including CEO at the Eden Park Trust, GM roles at SKYCITY Entertainment Group, CEO of St Lukes Group/Westfield NZ and property development roles with Fletcher Construction/Challenge Properties.
Previous governance roles include chairing the Auckland Central Community Response Forum, Counties Manukau Sport and Sportnet NZ, board member of Ngāi Tahu Property and of Force Corporation.
As Director People and Culture, Monica leads strategic people initiatives designed to build Panuku’s capacity, capability and culture. This includes leveraging Auckland Council’s shared services to deliver cost-effective people services to the Panuku team.
Monica has a wealth of senior HR experience, specialising in leadership, culture, coaching, talent, training and organisational development. She has worked in a range of different sectors, including telecommunications, health and insurance. She joined Auckland Council in 2013 and began working with Panuku in 2016 as a strategic business partner, stepping into the newly created Director People and Culture role early in 2018.
She greatly enjoys the challenges of building the workforce who will shape spaces for Aucklanders to love.
Angelika has worked in public relations and senior executive roles in both the private sector and local government in New Zealand and Singapore. This has been in a variety of roles, most recently as General Manager Strategy for Waterfront Auckland. She has broad experience in corporate strategy, strategic communications and stakeholder relations, crisis management, internal communications and project management.
As Director Corporate Affairs, Angelika is focused on how the organisation can work with key partners from Central Government and the private sector, locally and internationally to generate urban regeneration at speed and at scale. Angelika believes the biggest challenge for Panuku is to strike a balance between achieving commercial outcomes for the benefit of its shareholder (Auckland Council), while ensuring that Panuku realises its vision of creating spaces that Aucklanders love.
The Corporate Services directorate ensures that Panuku has effective and efficient internal control mechanisms, processes and systems to support the safe delivery of projects and business functions.
Carl Gosbee has over 20 years’ experience in corporate financial management for property, regeneration and housing companies.
He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, and has held executive financial roles in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Carl has extensive experience leading high performance teams within the back office, property investment and customer service arenas.
Carl joined Waterfront Auckland in early 2012. In September 2015 Carl was appointed his current role as Director of Corporate Services.
Roger has lead property and infrastructure projects in the Middle East, the UK, Europe, India, the US and Africa. The Englishman has a wealth of experience delivering truly sustainable mixed use developments, including a wide range of complex government projects, particularly in the UK.
Roger has delivered many of the projects in his resume from concept to completion, and the developments have been across the retail, residential, commercial, hospitality, education and healthcare sectors.
The major projects that Roger has worked on include the mixed use Government development programmes in London’s Marsham Street, Dubai’s Jumeria Garden City and the new Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone in Abu Dhabi.
Roger is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and has a Master of Science in Information Technology and Business Communications.
Rod Marler’s team leads the masterplanning process to ensure that each development opportunity achieves strong design outcomes and optimises commercial opportunities, while balancing economic, social, cultural and environment considerations.
Rod has more than 30 years’ experience delivering large and complex projects. He joined Waterfront Auckland at its inceptionin November 2010 following an eight-year role as General Manager Design, Westfield New Zealand. He holds a degree in Architecture and an MBA, both from Auckland University.
As GM Development at Waterfront Auckland, Rod led a team of planners, designers, development and project managers to deliver projects across Auckland’s waterfront on behalf of Auckland Council. Rod led the Waterfront Auckland team responsible for delivering the 2012 Waterfront Plan which articulates the 30-year vision for Auckland’s waterfront.
In May 2012 Rod was seconded to CERA (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority) for three months to lead the development of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan and the Blueprint team responsible for the masterplan for the redevelopment of central Christchurch.
In February 2014 Rod was invited to join a Local Government NZ team to assist the Samoan government with the development of a waterfront strategy for Apia. Working with the Samoan planning and urban design team, this will lead to the production of a Waterfront Plan for Apia.
The strategy directorate identifies opportunities for Panuku to add value to Auckland Council’s property assets, shapes these opportunities into robust project plans, and brings stakeholders and the public on the journey with best practice communication and engagement. David Rankin’s team helps to articulate the vision for the organisation and progress our goals and objectives through a strategic framework.
David was previously the Chief Executive of Auckland Council Property Limited, a subsidiary of the Auckland Council formed on 1 November 2010.
Prior to the restructure of Local Government in Auckland David Rankin was Chief Executive of the former Auckland City Council, previously the largest Council in New Zealand. Mr Rankin started with the Auckland City Council in 1989 and held a wide variety of roles including Industrial Relations Manager and Finance Director. He was appointed Chief Executive in 2005. A graduate in Law from Auckland University, David has been a resident of Auckland almost all his life.
As Director Strategy, Brenna leads a small team focused on setting the strategic direction of the organisation including our corporate responsibility, through business planning and strategy and ensuring that the plans are in place to enable the urban regeneration of town centres.
Brenna has worked in local government for many years and has a wealth of experience in strategic planning, housing and intensification, sustainability, urban design, urban regeneration, stakeholder engagement and communication. As Manager of Strategic Planning at Waterfront Auckland, Brenna led development of the Sustainable Development Framework 2013 and provided significant input to the development of Wynyard Quarter. At the Auckland Regional Council, Brenna led a wide range of projects including reform of the Unit Titles Act and evaluation of the Regional Growth Strategy 1999 (the precursor to the Auckland Plan). In London Brenna was involved in the spatial planning for the South East of England, waste management and airport development.
Brenna believes that Panuku has an opportunity to provide leadership as the council’s urban regeneration agency. Facilitating new housing choices, including affordable housing and responding to the climate crisis are key areas of focus.
Ian Wheeler leads a diverse team with extensive property expertise. The Portfolio Management directorate is responsible for the management and performance of the Panuku property portfolio including land, buildings, marina and place assets and the provision of a range of property services and advice including asset development and renewal, statutory processes, acquisitions and disposals.
Prior to joining Panuku Ian held senior property management and development roles at Auckland Council and Housing New Zealand Corporation. At Auckland Council, his role as general manager property covered the management of a large and diverse multi-billion dollar property portfolio including office, recreational, community and residential assets. Prior to working in New Zealand, Ian was the Chief Executive of an affordable housing company in South Africa, Durban.
Ian has been involved in various industry bodies including the Construction Clients Group and the New Zealand Green Building Council. He has 25 years’ experience in the property industry covering management and governance roles within the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in New Zealand and abroad.
Allan Young’s team is responsible for directing the successful delivery of development projects. The team works right across the organisation and with partners and stakeholders, throughout the lifecycle of a project.
Allan has vast private sector experience within the property investment and development industry, specialising in commercial design/build projects and residential development.
His career in these fields has spanned more than 20 years.
Joining Local Government in 2008, Allan was the Manager of Manukau City Council’s Property Investment and Development unit until the amalgamation in 2010. Allan lead the Development team at Auckland Council Property Limited before the establishment of Panuku.