Our People


Meet your advisors: a team of outstanding people at every level of the organisation


Directors

Dan Bonifant

Managing Director

Dan is an experienced public sector lawyer who has worked in local and central government in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. He has advised on a number of projects involving the use of shared services, alternative service delivery options and led Morrison Low’s recent work on local government reform in NSW providing advice to over 40 councils on options, implications and how to become ‘Fit for the Future’.

Dan's recent appointment as Managing Director follows a period of four years leading the NSW office of Morrison Low.

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Kevin Best

Chair

Kevin was a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers for 28 years where he held a number of leadership and governance roles. Kevin has significant international experience and has worked extensively in Australia. His career also includes senior finance roles in central government and as an adviser to a number of New Zealand regional councils.

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Cushla Anich

Director

Cushla is an experienced infrastructure manager and a chartered professional engineer. She provides strategic advice to clients in central and local government sectors in New Zealand and Australia across a diverse range of assets. She enjoys helping clients build their internal asset management capability. Cushla’s recent experience includes strategic practice reviews, infrastructural health checks, asset management improvement programmes, and procurement advice. She is a recognised strategic manager in the water industry.

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Stephen Bunting

Director

Stephen brings a background in community services and public policy having held a number of executive management roles. He has helped organisations develop, integrate and implement a wide variety of strategic organisational plans as well as conducting organisation and service reviews and establishing associated service levels. More recently he has advised NSW councils on merger and sustainability opportunities. Stephen is involved in industry sector groups and has presented at a number of seminars and conferences on integrated planning.

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Tim McCarthy

Director

Tim is an experienced council engineer with significant expertise in asset management, project delivery processes, maintenance operations and contract management. His particular focus has been on sustainable asset management practices in councils and he has hands-on knowledge of how a wide range of councils go about asset management and the link between assets, operations and financial management. Tim has tertiary qualifications in engineering, management and law and is NAMS accredited.

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Ewen Skinner

Director

Ewen is a qualified civil engineer with extensive experience working with local government across Australasia. He has been involved in a wide variety of projects for councils ranging from organisational and governance reviews through to infrastructure development and complex procurement and project management initiatives. Ewen leads waste management and sustainability team at Morrison Low and has been instrumental in the development of a number of best practice documents for both central and local government in New Zealand.

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Greg Smith

Director

Greg is a CPA with extensive executive management, leadership and project delivery experience and knowledge of local government, electricity and the not for profit sectors. He has been responsible for strategic, operational and service delivery functions and has a proven track record in initiating and delivering business change through strategic corporate projects, service delivery reviews, business process improvements and innovation through ICT and partnerships. His experience extends to financial modelling frameworks for operations and property development.  

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Consultants

Alice Grace

Senior Consultant

Alice is an experienced asset manager and qualified engineer and has worked in local government and the private sector in both New Zealand and Australia. Alice has worked across all infrastructure areas and has skills in strategic planning, complex procurement and service delivery reviews, including operations models and contract reviews. Alice also has specialist technical expertise in solid waste management including landfill construction and operation, waste and recycling services, wastewater treatment and biosolids management and the aftercare of closed landfills.

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Michelle Hewitt

Senior Consultant

Michelle is an experienced local government manager and planner with 25 years working in local and central government in New Zealand and Australia. Michelle has specialist expertise in strategic planning, resource management, process and service reviews, and working with elective representatives. She has extensive experience in the development of integrated strategy and policy, cross-organisational projects, project management and stakeholder engagement.

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Alice Heather

Senior Consultant

Alice is an experienced senior manager, working in local and state government in New Zealand and Australia, and the not for profit sector. She has a broad range of experience from environmental asset management, facility, operational, and contract management, to public policy and strategy development, particularly in the areas of parks, aquatics, arts and community development.

Alice has led organisational change and built business capacity and performance for a number of organisations, and has extensive experience in community engagement and consultation.

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Tessa McGregor

Senior Consultant

Tessa is an experienced management consultant and civil engineer who has provided strategic advice to executive teams in the private, Central Government and Local Government sectors.  Tessa’s recent experience includes Better Business Case development, delivery of operational improvements, establishment and review of subsidiaries including Council Controlled Organisations, review of service delivery models, and organisational redesign.  Tessa also has civil and maritime engineering experience on major projects in New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and United Kingdom.

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Sue Hamilton

Senior Consultant

Sue is an experienced project manager with particular knowledge of local government services. She has cultivated specialist expertise in solid waste management services and has offered valuable advice to local government in the fields of waste minimisation, resource recovery, recycling and residual waste management. Sue’s skill base also covers service procurement, contract management, policy development, negotiation, administrative processes, environmental education, customer service resolution and public consultation.

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Ross Franklin

Senior Consultant

Ross is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience in local government in a range of accounting and management roles. Ross’s core strengths revolve around financial management however he is also very experienced with general policy work and has regularly been involved in non-financial reporting and measures. Ross was Corporate Services Manager at Hastings District Council and has long been involved in the preparation and review of annual reports.

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Stuart Cross

Senior Consultant

Stuart is a chartered accountant with over six years' experience in providing accounting and taxation advice to public sector organisations. He has advised government organisations on the establishment and rationalisation of subsidiary operations, efficient structuring of public private partnerships and the application of international financial reporting standards. Stuart has also been involved in the development of policy and procedure documentation, governance frameworks and the delivery of training solutions.

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Kate Monaghan

Senior Consultant

Kate is an experienced local government CFO and Chartered Accountant with 15 years in local government corporate services and finance. She has expertise in corporate service systems, governance, financial management and council resource planning strategies. Kates roles have given her strong leadership and strategy skills. She has been successful in providing insights and analysis to local government leaders, helping to create an understanding of how various parts of the business such as HR, finance and asset management impact each other, and advise on future strategies based on these insights. Kate has managed and delivered a variety of corporate services and projects including all aspects of integrated planning and reporting, policy, governance and internal and external customer service.

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Helen Ramsey

Senior Consultant

Helen is an experienced chartered professional civil engineer with over 30 years’ experience. She has held a number of senior management roles in local government and the private sector in New Zealand. Helen has a strong background in asset management, maintenance, contract management, financial management, supply chain and operational effectiveness, across a range of infrastructure services.

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Denise Wilson

Senior Consultant

Denise has over twenty years’ senior management experience internationally in general management, customer experience, sales, marketing, operations, organisational development and project leadership.  She has broad industry and international experience in SMEs, large multinationals, local government and professional services and is an experienced facilitator, trainer and coach.

She has strong customer engagement and customer experience orientation and can initiate and implement change in a way that adds value and also benefits the customer or citizen.  She has organisational development strengths in building capability and engagement, and has developed and managed high performing teams.

While leveraging data including customer insights, Denise brings a people centred contribution to service design, service delivery and process improvement. 

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Joan Davidson

Consultant

Joan is a civil engineer with five years’ experience in large scale, multidisciplinary infrastructure delivery in the public sector. Her experience includes project and contract management, construction supervision and commissioning. She has delivered several strategic business improvements to great effect owing to her focus on the end user and project outcomes.  She is passionate about the importance of people focused change to deliver long term, sustainable benefits. 

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Evan Ou Yang

Consultant

Evan has worked for various organisations in the public infrastructure sector with extensive exposure to asset management activities across water and transportation. He has developed excellent skills in provision of technical consultancy services to clients and the agility to adapt changes of their expectation. Previously he held engineering roles in local government, contracting, and consulting organisations and has a proven track record in delivery of asset management projects on tactical and operational levels.

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Egor Ilyukevich

Consultant

Egor is an experienced project engineer with experience in the construction and design industries. He is also skilled in option analysis, modelling and budget preparation and control having managed multiple high profile clients and delivered projects for both the public and private sector. Egor has a variety of experience in tender design and project management with a particular focus on best value, scope management, work health and safety to create a quality end user experience.  

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Doug Low

Associate

Doug was a founding director of Morrison Low and a civil engineer with significant management and strategic experience. He has worked extensively with clients in infrastructure and regulatory services to achieve improved performance through the implementation of innovative changes to governance and service delivery models. Doug has particular expertise in the areas of project management, capability assessment, procurement and regulatory processes.

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David Taylor

Associate

David leads the commercial consulting practice of Morrison Low. He has wide ranging experience in leading strategic and operational change in the financial services industry and in public sector organisations. David is a certified management consultant and has held a number of senior managerial roles in business and financial institutions.

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Support

Delwyn Baird

Assistant Accountant

Delwyn has a 25 year background in accounting having worked in manufacturing, retail and consultancy firms in South Africa, UK and New Zealand. She has extensive experience in excel and the ability to prepare and analyse data creating reports for Managers through to Board level. Delwyn works with one goal in mind, to assist consultants/managers, making their role easier.

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Russell Du Plessis

Accountant

Russell is a seasoned management accountant with more than 25 years’ experience in the preparing and analysing of financial information, as well as the design and implementation of accounting systems. He has worked in different sized organisations operating in diverse industries from both commercial and public sectors. Russell brings to the Morrison Low Team his vast accounting experience and strong business management skills from both South Africa and New Zealand.

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Sandra Parkinson

Practice Manager

Sandra joined Morrison Low as the Practice Manager in March 2017. With an excess of 25 years' experience in professional services, predominantly within the Chartered Accounting industry, Sandra is responsible for Human Resources, Health & Safety and Corporate Services along with taking an active role in Operational IT Management.  Sandra is very excited to join the team and apply her wide range of experience.

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Catherine McFarland

Project Support Coordinator

Catherine provides project support for Morrison Low; a dynamic role that covers a range of activities and responsibilities. She works closely with the consulting team, proofing and formatting documents, arranging travel and an assortment of other administrative tasks. Catherine has worked primarily in the engineering industry and is an all-rounder with particular experience in formatting documents, document control and database management.

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Glenda Griffin

PA / Administrator

With over 30 years’ experience, Glenda brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to Morrison Low.  Her role as PA/Administrator is a busy and varied one, in which she will utilise her strong administration and organisational talents.  Glenda has worked in both small and large organisations, including agriculture, professional services and the forestry sector.

 

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