Meet our extensive team of industry professionals

Adam Walker
Adam Walker
Managing Director

Adam has been a member of the Structex team since graduating with a Master’s degree from the University of Canterbury in 2007. A brief hiatus in the UK saw Adam working with the highly regarded London based engineering firm Price & Myers. There he worked on commercial buildings in the heart of the city and several extremely high-end residential houses.

Since returning to New Zealand and the Structex team in 2011 Adam has gained Chartered Professional Engineer status and relishes the joint role of Director and Engineering Manager of the Lyttelton office. Adam has a range of experience in the design of commercial buildings through to industrial processing facilities as well as earthquake related repair and strengthening. He leads the engineering team in Lyttelton and has developed a reputation as a clear thinker with exceptionable technical ability and an approachable, likeable style.

Adam lives in Christchurch with his wife Mel, young daughter, and dog Ted. An avid sports fan, you can find Adam on the field with the University rugby club during the winter months.

Don Mackay
Don Mackay
Senior Structural Draughtsman

Don has worked as a Structural Draughtsman for his entire career. In this time he has gained a vast amount of experience in the construction and detailing of a wide range of buildings and structures, including many iconic New Zealand landmarks.

Don is currently spending more time managing projects as well as leading the draughting team in the Lyttelton office. Don prides himself on finding the correct solution that suits the clients needs, even if it is outside the standard stock solution. Buildability is one area that Don is very passionate about and will work with the whole team to ensure this occurs on all projects.

Don lives on a rural Canterbury block where he and his wife Vicki run a small sheep farm. Don owns several English Springer Spaniel dogs which he trains for trailing and hunting small game.

Will Lomax
Will Lomax
Director

Will is a Structex Director with over 30 years’ global project management and structural design experience. After graduating, he spent a significant part of his career based in the UK, undertaking the design and management of construction projects around the world.

Will moved to New Zealand in 2002 and joined Structex at its inception. He has been involved in the on-going growth of the business and in 2008 moved to Blenheim for a three-year period to better service the wine industry.

He has provided design team leadership and specialist engineering skills on a multitude of projects and focuses on forming close and lasting relationships with his clients, understanding their business operations and getting to the root of their needs on any project.

Will pioneered the patented Onguard seismic system for liquid storage tanks, and founded the Onguard group of businesses. He is now focussed on taking the system to global markets and growing the Onguard business internationally.

Despite the extensive travel demands that Onguard brings, Will is once again happy to call Lyttelton his home.

 

Sam Henderson
Sam Henderson
Structural Draughtsman and Innovation Manager

Sam has been working as a Structural Draughtsman for Structex since the beginning of 2013 after completing his Engineering diploma. He has experience working on a wide variety of projects, from smaller residential builds right up to larger commercial buildings, including the Westland Recreation Centre in Greymouth and a multi-storey Hotel complex in Dunedin.

Sam is rapidly becoming an ambassador for BIM and has an extensive knowledge in Revit building design software. He is actively involved with the software community and has attended conferences internationally.

Structex has a strong innovation culture and to help nurture this, Sam takes responsibility for identifying, evaluating and leading the execution of innovative ideas and solutions within the Engineering Team.

In the weekends he enjoys sporting, fishing, and is a keen dirt bike rider and regularly competes in events throughout the South Island.

Aaron Kaijser
Aaron Kaijser
Structural Engineer

Aaron joined the team in January 2015 after completing a two-year Master’s degree at the highly regarded Technical University of Delft, in the Netherlands. In partnership with the Dutch multinational firm, Delta Marine Consultants, he completed a thesis project focusing on the seismic performance of LNG jetties in Indonesia.

Prior to his Dutch stint, Aaron spent time as a bridge and piling engineer for Fletcher Construction in Auckland, gaining valuable first-hand construction experience. This followed on from undergraduate studies at the University of Canterbury, culminating in 2010.

Since joining Structex, Aaron has worked on the full spectrum of new builds as well as the earthquake assessment and strengthening work of existing buildings. His enthusiasm and communication aptitude have helped him develop a strong rapport with all he works with. Outside of the office Aaron is a keen surfer and sportsman with a penchant for travelling to new places. Taylors Mistake provides the perfect base for Aaron, his wife, Karla and their energetic Springer Spaniel, Taz.

Regan Wood
Regan Wood
Structural Engineer

Regan began working for Structex in 2013, after graduating from the University of Canterbury. He spent one semester in his final year of study at the University of Bath, England on an exchange programme.

In his time working at Structex, Regan has had exposure to a wide range of projects, including the design of residential, commercial and industrial buildings, as well as assessment, repair and strengthening work of existing buildings. He also has experience in the design and strengthening of wine tanks and has been involved in the development of the Onguard Seismic Tank System.

Regan lives in Christchurch and is married to Rachel. Outside of work he can regularly be spotted (unless well-camouflaged) in his role as a Troop Commander in the Territorial Force, or tramping or skiing in the mountains.

Negar Gharahshir
Negar Gharahshir
Structural Engineer

Negar joined the Structex team as a Structural Engineer in November 2015. She came to New Zealand with her husband and young daughter in early 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Material Engineering and conducted her Master studies in Civil-Structural Engineering in IAUCT University in Tehran, Iran.

Negar enjoys the variety of work at Structex. She got specialized in tank design, focusing on seismic tank system “Onguard” and being involved in lots of seismic assessment and strengthening for several wineries across the Marlborough region. She has also been involved in assessment and strengthening of existing buildings.

Negar lives in Christchurch with her husband, Ben, and young daughter, Diba, and are now happy to call Christchurch their home.

Romain Vitry Audibert
Romain Vitry Audibert
Structural Draughtsman

Romain began working for Structex in 2013 after completing his Engineering and CAD diplomas at CPIT. During his time with the team at the Lyttelton office he has worked on several residential, commercial and industrial projects. Having recently returned from a European gap year, he is relishing working in the ever-developing garden city again.

When he is not in the office, Romain enjoys riding his mountain bike around the Port Hills, playing rugby or snowboarding.

Timur Sibaev
Timur Sibaev
Structural Engineer

Timur began working for Structex at the end of 2016 as a Structural Engineer, right after completing Master of Engineering Studies with an endorsement in Earthquake Engineering from University of Canterbury. Prior to that, Timur has lived in Auckland where he has completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Auckland. While at Structex, Timur has worked on several residential and commercial projects.

In his spare time Timur enjoys hiking and mount biking around the Port Hills, with an occasional gateway to ski field during the winter season.

Bobby McConnell
Bobby McConnell
Structural Draughtsman

Bobby joined Structex early 2017 with a breadth of experience over the last 19 years in a mixture of structural consultancy draughting and structural steel shop drawings. Several key projects he has worked on include Kmart in Blenheim, Christchurch Women’s Hospital, The Piano on Armagh Street, Russley Retirement Village and 335 Lincoln Road.

When not busy with work Bobby enjoys spending time in the outdoors hiking or can be found with a cricket bat in his hand.

David Southwick
David Southwick
Structural Engineer

David joined the Structex team as a Chartered Professional Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the structural engineering industry. He began working as a Structural Draughtsman before completing a Structural Engineering degree at the University of Canterbury. Most recently, he has been overseeing projects that include the assessment of earthquake damaged structures, complex residential buildings, low to mid-rise commercial buildings and less orthodox structures including suspension cables. Outside of work, most of his summer weekends are spent sailing in Cass Bay where he lives with his partner and two teenage children.

Fraser Scott
Fraser Scott
Structural Engineer

Fraser recently completed his Bachelor of Engineering degree at the University of Canterbury. Interning with Structex in 2017, he experienced the hands on engineering design of various structures including winery and residential buildings. He joined the Lyttelton team at the end of 2018 with a desire to further his engineering design skills and knowledge. Fraser has a passion for exercise and enjoys a wide range of sports in his spare time including touch rugby, basketball, surfing and snowboarding.

Space for you
Space for you
What can you bring to our team?

 

We are always on the look out for talented and driven people to join our teams. Click the image above to find out what vacancies we have currently across the offices in central Christchurch, Lyttelton and Timaru. If there isn’t an vacancy that aligns with your background, please send us an email to careers@net.co.nz and we will be in contact as soon as we can.