Chief Executive Officer
Steve has over 30 years’ industry experience in the delivery of social and economic infrastructure. Since joining Downer in 2004, Steve has held a number of senior roles in New Zealand and Australia.
Prior to his tenure with Downer, he held senior positions in consulting and contracting businesses in the UK. As CEO of Downer NZ, Steve oversees all NZ Downer business units (Transport Services, Faculties, Utilities, comprising 11,000 people, and $2.7B revenue per annum.) This role reflects Steve’s outstanding leadership skills, and the positive results he produces by promoting innovation and continual improvement to enhance our service delivery.
Steve is passionate about creating a sustainable industry that contributes meaningfully to a stronger New Zealand. In this respect, he is actively involved in a number of initiatives with a view to advancing zero harm and social outcomes. He continues to share learnings for industry and customer benefit.
He has spoken extensively on smart cities and public transport trends, and has attended industry and economic forums representing both New Zealand and Australia.
Chief Financial Officer
Evan grew up in the South Waikato and has whakapapa links are to Ngati Porou, Ngati Kahungunu and Nga Puhi.
He has been with Downer since 1997 originally starting out as an accountant in our Tirau, New Zealand office.
Over the years he has worked in a number of financial and operational roles within Downer and in a number of locations throughout the country. He has been in the Downer NZ CFO role since the end of 2017.
Evan has a Bachelor of Commerce from Auckland University majoring in Finance and Economics. He is also a member of Institute of Directors and Chairperson of the Genesis Youth Trust, an organisation that provides support services to youth. Evan has worked across the Infrastructure maintenance and Construction sector in NZ for more than 20 years.
Through his training and industry experience, he provides leadership and support to the broader business across areas such as Governance, Finance, Commercial and business improvement. Evan is married with two children and lives in Auckland, New Zealand. In his spare time, he enjoys following his children’s interests and spending time with his family. Otherwise, he has been researching his family history for a number of years and in the process of writing a family history book.
Executive General Manager Zero Harm
Barry is pivotal in leading and embedding Zero Harm behaviours throughout the organisation. He brings 34 years of industry experience leading the development and application of health, safety and environmental management systems. He joined Downer in 2017 and is part of the senior leadership team led by our CEO Steve Killeen.
Barry leads a national community of health and safety professionals, (approximately 40 professionals). This team work together across our organisation to provide the approaches, methods and tools to enable full participation in Downer’s strategy. This includes an HSE Projects and Systems specialist team. This team implement specific projects to improve Zero Harm engagement and participation across our divisions.
Through his participation in executive meetings, Barry provides key insights into where the focus areas for improving Zero Harm performance to have the most impact across our nationwide operations. He leads the strategy for auditing our health and safety, environmental and quality management performance and systems, ensuring that we retain our ISO certifications. As an influential leader, he is also instrumental in identifying and implementing new ways of improving our health and safety culture and performance.
Executive General Manager People and Culture
Jan has 25 years’ experience in Human Resources having worked across all HR disciplines and functions during that time.
Her career started as an HR specialist, leading remuneration and organisational development teams, but in the past ten years has been focused on developing effective models for strategic HR business partnering.
Large organisational change has been a theme during much of Jan’s career, including leading HR through the operational separation of Telecom into Chorus and Telecom (now Spark).
Her key areas of expertise include organisation design, talent management, capability development, change management and leadership development.
Executive General Manager Tranpsort
Craig has been with Downer for eighteen years, starting as a cadet in Taumarunui and then taking on various leadership roles within the business, spending the last 3 years as Executive General Manager Transport Services.
Craig holds an NZCE, a Bachelor of Management and a Certificate in Executive Management & Development. He also services as a board member for ConCOVE (Construction and Infrastructure Centre of Vocational Education) and is the current chair of Ngā Kaitiaki O Te Ara Whanake (Downer NZ Māori Leadership advisory Board).
Craig also spent a period as a professional rugby player playing for Waikato, Chiefs and NZ Māori before a career ending injury. Outside of work he likes to spend time with his family and support his three kids in their endeavours.
Craig enjoys sports and being active as he still has a competitive streak that is hard to give up, as well as a passion for classic cars.
Craig says that Downer is an organisation full of talent and he is motivated to see individuals, teams and the organisation reach its full potential.
Executive General Manager Facilities
Murray has been with the Downer team for over 13 years.
He started out surveying and drilling bore holes and later joined Downer as a Project Engineer in Major Projects. He says he has been very fortunate to work across most parts of the Downer business and has got to know many of the amazing people across this company.
Murray first completed an NZCE (Civil) and picked up a BHP Steel scholarship, then did a Diploma in Environmental Technology. He then went on to complete a Bachelor of Engineering and some years later returned to Uni to complete an executive MBA.
With Downer’s support he then became a Chartered Engineer and thanks to Dr Dave was nominated and accepted as a Fellow of Engineering NZ.
He is also a Chartered Director with the IoD.
In Murray’s spare time he enjoys adventure motorbike riding, and prior to COVID this took him on some intrepid journeys around the world. He is also a proud father to two amazing young boys.
Executive General Manager Utilities
James has been with Downer for over 9 years, he came across to Downer NZ six and half years ago and has been an EGM for the last five years.
In that time he was able to realise his vision of forming DNZ first Utilities Division and two years later evolving further with the Spotless acquisition to create a Facilities Services and Utilities Division. James has a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and has worked for tier one organisations across all of the Utilities sectors both in the Client and Contractor sides of the businesses across his 35 year career.
James feels very privileged and honoured to lead and manage a Downer business that supports a significant amount of families and the responsibility that comes with such a role.
He also believes that if you set your mind to a goal or objective and are willing to do the hard work, you can achieve it.
James’s favourite pass time revolves around family/friends, training in the Gym and gardening/Landscaping.
Executive General Manager Strategy and Development
A former architect with over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, Duncan has spent the last 15 years of his career leading large multi-disciplinary design-and-construct teams on a variety of partnering and alliance-type contracts, including iconic transportation projects (such as the Memorial Park Alliance) as well as advising on the delivery of important infrastructure for the Kaikoura rebuild.
In addition to a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) and Bachelor of Building Science, Duncan has undertaken considerable leadership training and offers experience across a wide range of contract and procurement models. Duncan’s position with Downer spans all business units, with a focus on strategic growth and future opportunities.
He is renowned for challenging the status quo if a better outcome is possible. His wealth of experience in driving large, mobile project teams makes him an excellent fit to provide ‘best for project’ outcomes.