Meet our remarkable team of industry professionals
Senior Structural Engineer BE(Hons), ME, CMEngNZ, CPEng
Andrew originally started working at Structex in late 2013 after completing his Masters degree specialising in post-tensioned timber structures. He is particularly passionate about timber structures, and in 2019, returned to Structex after a 2 year sabbatical in Vancouver, Canada, working at Fast + Epp – renowned for their mass timber designs. In Vancouver, Andrew furthered his expertise in mass timber structures and was involved in several large projects including a 10 storey timber structure. In addition to his timber knowledge, he also has experience in a wide range of projects including steel and concrete structures, residential and commercial assessments, and seismic strengthening. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys a wide range of sports, playing Hockey competitively in the winter and touch (not so competitively) in the summer. And to wind down he takes his Thundercat boat out to tear up the lakes and the sea around the South Island.
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.
Structural Engineer BE(Hons), MEngNZ
Blair joined Structex initially in 2013 as a Graduate Engineer, working to repair or replace a variety of Christchurch’s building stock. Travelling then took hold in 2016 as he moved first to London, United Kingdom and then Toronto, Canada, exploring what the world had to offer in structural engineering. Working at Momentum (UK) delivered on temporary, historic and complex site projects while Entuitive (Canada) included a climactic element, increased scale and different construction methods. With this international experience Blair has now returned to Structex to provide on the ground support for the Nelson office.
Manager People and Culture / Director BA(Psych), AHRINZ
After completing her studies in both ECE teaching and a BA in Psychology at Canterbury University, Kate worked in various industries within Christchurch before joining Structex towards the end of 2012. It is here that she has found her passion in helping the businesses to nurture and grow their biggest asset, their people. The motto “we don’t build a business; we build our people and the people build the business” is something that drives Kate’s passion as she works with the leadership teams within the businesses to realise the potential of their staff.
Kate also looks after the finance and payroll administration for the CBD, Timaru and Nelson offices.
Outside of work Kate enjoys spending time with friends and family, pottering around the house and shopping!