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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Karen Price

Chair

As an environmental lawyer, Karen works with multidisciplinary teams across a diverse range of industry sectors. She thrives on managing large, complex projects. Karen is a consultant with specialist law firm ChanceryGreen and a director/shareholder of a New Zealand carbon emissions brokering business (New Zealand Carbon Exchange Limited and related companies). Karen understands the value of a firm’s human capital and how best to harness and lead large teams of people. As Chair of Holmes Consulting Group, Karen motivates over 160 engineers developing enduring building solutions. Karen is a Chair of the Auckland Council District Licensing Committee and an EPA EEZ Commissioner.

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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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Bruce Nicholson

Director

Bruce is a senior manager with more than 25 years of local government experience. He has extensive experience in strategic projects, in particular the development of strategy, spatial plans, asset development plans and community projects with strong community and stakeholder engagement, as well as establishing the framework to integrate these plans with other resourcing and operational strategies. Bruce’s involvement with local government has also included operational reviews for a variety of council activities.

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Bruce Robertson

Director

Bruce is an Associate and Non-Executive Director of Morrison Low. He has been engaged in a range of management consulting work, especially concerning CCOs. Previously he held senior leadership roles within the Office of the Auditor – General, Audit New Zealand and the Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) with specific responsibility for local government, environment and energy; including their links into central government.  He has worked extensively in providing assurance on local government long term plans, the practical application of the Local Government Act and in undertaking broad ranging enquiries.   He is a regular presenter at conferences on matters affecting the sector.

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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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Suzanne Townsend

Executive Manager

Suzanne is a senior manager and advisor with 30 years’ public policy experience working in or with central and local government to deliver solutions to complex issues. With a strong knowledge of the machinery of government, Suzanne has worked in Ministers’ Offices, and across government on housing, environmental, building and economic issues. She has led a number of regulatory and legislative reviews and is skilled at translating policy into action.

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Consultants

Cushla Anich

Senior Consultant

Cushla has developed a recognised expertise in asset management in the local government sector. Cushla has supported two key infrastructure units in the Auckland region with their asset management requirements so has a good understanding of the issues with new organisations. She has supported local government clients with leading edge asset management services mainly in the North Island of New Zealand.

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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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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 specialist expertise in solid waste management including landfill construction and operation, waste and recycling services, biosolids management and the aftercare of closed landfills. Alice has skills in strategic planning, complex procurement, contract management and asset management.

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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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Michelle Hewitt

Senior Consultant

Michelle is an experienced local government manager and planner with over 22 years' in resource management, strategic planning and management. She has extensive experience in spatial planning, strategy development and resource management, including managing district plan reviews, plan changes and appeals. Michelle is experienced in process review and improvement, cross-organisational projects and stakeholder engagement.

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Fiona Keneally

Senior Consultant

Fiona is a civil engineer with extensive experience in large scale construction projects throughout Australia, for both private civil works and for local government. She has a wealth of experience in the delivery of large scale construction projects including road works, aerodrome construction, residential and light industrial subdivisions, drainage and sewerage lagoons and infrastructure. Fiona has managed council works crews and business units including those that deliver to commercial customers.

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Dale Lott

Senior Consultant

Dale Lott is a chartered accountant with over 30 years' local government and commercial experience. He was previously Chief Financial Officer at North Shore City Council responsible for finance, governance, human resources, corporate sustainability and risk and assurance. He has also held senior roles in major listed contracting and property companies including McConnell Dowell, James Hardie and Owens Group and a number of large private companies. Dale has experience in structuring new businesses and restructuring existing businesses to set and achieve their strategic goals and working with senior executives to help them ensure they achieve their own performance objectives.

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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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Greg Smith

Senior Consultant

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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Trevor Wetmore

Senior Consultant

Trevor is an experienced community housing practitioner. He is a chartered accountant and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Directors. Trevor’s in depth understanding of the Community Housing Sector was gained at one of the largest community housing providers in Australia and includes Strategic Planning, Business Case development, debt financing and the development of sustainable business models. His range of general management experience covers finance, governance, risk management, information systems, general policy, social impact, marketing and communication. Trevor’s most recent position was General Manager Finance and Governance Services and Acting CEO and Chief Financial Officer at St George Community Housing Limited.  

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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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Stuart Cross

Consultant

Stuart is a Chartered Accountant with over six years of 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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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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Irsa Haque

Consultant

Irsa is an experienced project engineer with comprehensive experience in the construction industry throughout Australia. Irsa’s experience comes from working on a number of specialist, high profile projects across the various stages of construction design management, services management, client liaison, stakeholder engagement, on site planning and procurement. Irsa has specialist knowledge of construction activities in complicated infrastructure projects.

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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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Malcolm Morrison

Associate

Malcolm has developed a well recognised expertise in solving operational, strategic and governance issues within councils. He draws on his extensive experience in general and commercial management to optimise business and governance issues by using the best available private enterprise solutions in a local government environment. Malcolm has provided and implemented innovative solutions for local government throughout New South Wales, Queensland and New Zealand.

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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 and Linda work side by side, with the goal 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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Catherine McFarland

Project Support Coordinator

Catherine provides project support for Morrison Low’s Sydney office; 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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Jo Pretorius

Project Support Administrator

Jo is the Project Support Administrator with over 10 years of administration experience, more than six of that in the engineering industry. Her role is diverse and varied as she aims to use her wide skillset to assist anyone in the organisation that needs a hand. Jo’s skills range from data manipulation in Excel to web development.

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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 Recourses, 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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Lucy Kate Westbrook

Administrator

Lucy Kate works in project support and administration for the Morrison Low Sydney office. She works with the team to ensure swift and detailed work is delivered to the clients on time. Lucy Kate is also in charge of making the office presentable and well stocked with coffee and biscuits. She has previously worked in administration in the mining industry and most recently in the marketing and PR world as an account manager.

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