Meet our extensive team of industry professionals

Geoff Banks
Geoff Banks
Structural Engineer/Director BE Hons Civil, CMEngNZ, CPEng, IntPE

Geoff is the founder of Structex and has over 30 years consulting engineering experience. After graduating from Canterbury University with an honours degree in civil engineering, he worked offshore for a civil contractor then returned to NZ as a structural designer of low and high-rise commercial buildings. His expertise now extends to a wide range of professional engineering advice as a designer, project manager, and expert witness, as well as director roles for a number of Structex businesses. He is driven in engineering and business by a passion for excellence, innovation, and win-win relationships. He enjoys direct involvement with project design, looking to combine his experience with the most up to date knowledge of the talented teams he works with.

Geoff has contributed to industry bodies including ACENZ as a board member, various technical groups, and is currently on the management committee of the NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering.

He and his wife Gaye now live in the Christchurch CBD to be close to the earthquake rebuild activity, are active in the Anglican Church, grow grapes on a small Marlborough vineyard, and enjoy exploring the Marlborough Sounds with family and friends.

Graham Allan
Graham Allan
Technical Manager/Director NZCE (Civil)

Graham entered the world of engineering in 1984 as a Fitter and Turner. On completion of his trade he moved into civil engineering design where over the last 25 years he has worked on a vast array of civil and structural projects.

In addition to being a director of Structex Harvard, Graham heads our CAD design team and has significant experience in project management, contributing to the project design with practical construction knowledge, and finding innovative methods to enhance the project documentation process

Graham has developed strong industry ties to the Christchurch polytechnic and provides industry input into NZDE and BEngTech engineering qualifications at local and national level. Passionate about Revit and the world of BIM, currently chairman and regular presenter at the South Island BIM group (BIMsiNZ), Also a member of CollaborateANZ and BIM in NZ which are working groups looking at BIM standards and development in NZ & Australia.

Lifelong goal of staying fit enough to keep up with his wife and 2 teenage boys. Highly competitive, will give any sport a go but in particular enjoys trail running, kayaking and mountain biking with a touch of tennis and golf.

Julius Long
Julius Long
Structural Engineer / Director BE Hons Civil, CMEngNZ, CPEng

Julius completed an honours degree in civil engineering at Canterbury in 2000.  After working for a larger New Zealand consultancy specialising in bridging and marine structures engineering, he joined Structex in 2008 to focus on a broader range of professional engineering challenges in the buildings and general consulting engineering sector.

Julius leads our engineering team and is passionate about supporting and mentoring our people to help them achieve their full potential.

Julius is married to Amber and has two young children. A country lad at heart who grew up in suburban Christchurch, Julius can now be found most weekends pacing around his Kirwee lifestyle block in a pair of gumboots and a brushed cotton shirt. When not masquerading as a hobby farmer, he’ll usually be in the mountains chasing deer with his faithful hunting dog Mika, contributing to the local New Zealand Deerstalkers Association Branch, inventing something useful in his workshop, or admiring his tropical fish.

James Morris
James Morris
Senior Structural Engineer BE(Hons), CMEngNZ, CPEng

James started with Structex as a summer intern and then as a structural engineering graduate late 2009. He has enjoyed working in a variety of building sectors including multi-storey commercial, retail, healthcare, industrial, residential, and adventure tourism. His skill-set includes in-depth knowledge of shipping container buildings, with experience gained from the Re:START Mall, a 3 storey temporary workers accommodation, and Salvation Army retail store.

James grew up in Hamilton, and moved to Christchurch in 2006 for university and the abundance of quality rock climbing nearby. He spends his spare time rock climbing, running, tramping, surfing, and volunteering with the Christchurch Land Search and Rescue team.

James Chen
James Chen
Structural Engineer BE Hons Civil

After completing his engineering degree at the University of Canterbury, James joined Structex in 2015. As a recent graduate, James has been exposed to various projects including detailed designs, seismic strengthening and bridging.

An avid learner who enjoys the challenges engineering has to offer, James still finds time for all his personal interests, listening to music, playing the piano and sports.

Julia Clendon
Julia Clendon
Structural Engineer BE (Hons), MEngNZ

Julia graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2012 and began working at Structex in 2013 before taking 18 months leave to serve a volunteer for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Continuing the tradition of her family, she is a fourth generation structural engineer.

Her experience to date includes assessment of existing building strength and earthquake damage, strengthening of existing buildings (including historic brick masonry buildings), residential and commercial design, and development of recreational climbing frames installed through the world by a local Christchurch company.

Julia is Christchurch born and raised, and between running, hiking, Ceroc dance, and trying to teach herself to skateboard, Julia is a leader in the youth programme at her church.

Petra Heck
Petra Heck
Senior Engineering Technician DipEng Civil

Petra arrived from Germany in 2004 with her husband Ulrich and their two sons, and started her job with Structex Harvard in 2004. She graduated with a National Diploma in Civil Engineering in Germany and has since worked in the structural engineering and design field. She left Structex Harvard in 2009 to work with her husband in their family business, but her passion for structural design and missing the Structex team, saw Petra gravitate back to the fold. Petra is experienced in structural draughting in AutoCad and Revit, as well as bookkeeping, accounting & payroll, and is fluent in German. She revels in attention to detail.

She works remotely from her residence in sunny Nelson, and in her free time she enjoys riding her motorbike, outdoor activities and gardening.

Sam Le
Sam Le
Engineering Technologist NZDE Civil, BEngTech

Sam graduated as a software engineer in 2010 and worked for a commercial bank a year. At the end of 2011, he decided to take a life adventure by leaving his motherland of Vietnam and moving to NZ.

He has been working as a Structural Draughtsman for Structex since mid-2015 while finishing his studies at CPIT. After completing his B.Eng.Tech degree, he has joined Structex full time as an engineering technician. Sam has developed his skill in building design software, Dynamo and Revit API programing.

In the weekends, Sam enjoys playing football, badminton or exploring the beautiful of NZ landscape.

Andrew Kelly
Andrew Kelly
Engineering Technologist NZDE Civil, BEngTech Civil

Andrew is a structural draughtsman with experience in both AutoCAD and Revit. Andrew began working at Structex in late 2010 as a cadet whilst undertaking his studies at CPIT and has since matured into his current role as an intermediate draughtsman, with experience on small and large scale jobs.

Andrew is an enthusiastic and successful sportsman representing New Zealand in the sport of lawn bowls. He is also a keen cyclist and has recently taken up kick boxing.

Matthew Gordon
Matthew Gordon
Structural Engineer BE Hons Civil, MEngNZ

Matthew is from Christchurch and graduated from the University of Canterbury with an engineering degree in 2001. He joined Structex in 2002 as a structural engineer, understanding steel designs with EBF frames, concrete designs with precast multi-storey panels, and civil works design. Matt has had the rare experience of seeing his designs successfully withstand the Christchurch earthquakes.

Interests are music, movies and sports – rugby and basketball.

Clare Mateara
Clare Mateara
Office Manager

Clare has worked in various administration roles (accounts, PA, office administration, stenography) in Singapore and New Zealand.

Clare is the Office Admin multi-tasker, taking care of clients calling in and keeping the team at Structex Harvard on the straight and narrow.

She is pleased to be part of a great team environment and has been with Structex since its inception.

Clare originated from Singapore and has lived in NZ since 1981. Family and friends are treasures to Clare. Just a little gardening, non-fiction, theatre, jazz and a bit of travel and she is a happy lass.

Bri McCallum
Bri McCallum
Receptionist

Bri joined the Montreal Street office in February 2017 as Receptionist after finishing school in 2016. Bri’s priority is our clients and she is passionate about delivering outstanding service to our clients as well as internal support to the team. She has an interest in wellness and nutrition and an eye for home décor and fashion. She spends her time away from the front desk admiring nature, going on spontaneous adventures and dreaming of an exciting getaway.

Ben Exton
Ben Exton
Structural Engineer BE Hons Civil

Ben joined Structex as a summer intern in 2015 and returned in 2016 as a University of Canterbury graduate. As part of the degree he spent a semester on exchange at the University of Bath in England which provided a great base for exploring the wonders of Europe and beyond. He has since been involved in various projects such as the temporary works design for the New Brighton Pier earthquake repairs and commercial building design.

Ben is a keen mountain biker and also spends time out fishing, quad-biking and tramping in the Canterbury high country.

Amir Malek
Amir Malek
Structural Engineer BE Civil (Hons), MEngNZ, PhD

Amir joined the Structex team in September 2017 as a Structural Engineer after completing his PhD in Structural Engineering at the University of Canterbury. Amir completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering at IAUCTB in 2006 and Master’s Degree in Earthquake Engineering at IAUSRB in 2010, Tehran, Iran. He has enjoyed working on a wide variety of multidisciplinary projects, including commercial, residential and industrial buildings for 6 years before pursuing his PhD study. Amir is passionate about the challenges engineering has to offer, and is eager to continue learning in the professional field. His skill-set includes structural analysis, seismic design, seismic assessment, retrofitting, FE analysis and fibre optic strain measuring system. In his spare time he enjoys travelling, sightseeing, reading, table tennis and biking.

Jack Montgomery
Jack Montgomery
Structural Engineer BE Civil (Hons)

Jack recently completed a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Canterbury. While interning with Structex in 2016, Jack was involved in the engineering design of commercial and retail buildings. He has now joined the team in late 2017 and is excited to see what projects are next. He has served as a volunteer firefighter in Lyttelton since high school and enjoys the community spirit and the challenges of the role. In his spare time Jack also enjoys playing music, tramping and playing football.