Our People

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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Julie Savet Ward

Non-Executive Director

Julie is a professional non-executive director with over 20 years’ experience on company, government and major project boards in the professional services, property and infrastructure sectors. She is also a director of the NSW Environment Protection Authority and Link Housing, a community housing provider and charity. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Julie’s background is in environmental planning and she was a consultant for 25 years in the planning, approval, design and construction of property, infrastructure and natural resource projects. She remains on the NSW State Government and some local government planning panels as a determining authority.

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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 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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Steve Browning

Central Government Manager

Steve is an asset management specialist with extensive experience working with infrastructure assets in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Canada. He has worked on all sides of the infrastructure management process and has a robust understanding of construction and maintenance, data modelling and forward works planning. Steve has worked across the infrastructure spectrum, specialising in the transport, property and water sectors, and enjoys cross pollinating best practice from each sector. He is leading the IPWEA NZ training working group to develop the next generation of asset management training.

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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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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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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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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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Melaina Voss

Senior Consultant

Melaina is an experienced resource management planner who has worked in management roles in local government and private sector, in New Zealand and Australia. Melaina enjoys leading complex infrastructure projects, managing multi-disciplinary teams and working in the strategic planning space to secure critical infrastructure. Melaina has fulfilled roles as project director, including a regional infrastructure strategy in Mackay, Australia and is currently the project manager for Palmerston North Cities Wastewater BPO Project.

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Shalan Rao

Senior Consultant

Shalan is an extremely qualified procurement professional with extensive experience in tendering, procurement, contract management and training. His excellent communication skills and ability to operate professionally within all levels of a business has been fundamental to his success in delivering capability in procurement in the public and private sector. With a natural passion for procurement, a flair for identifying growth and continuous improvement, Shalan brings a strong work ethic, integrity and commitment to our organisation.

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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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Karen McPherson

Senior Consultant

 Karen's work history covers most of the infrastructure development process from a number of different angles.  From strategy and policy development, through asset performance and financial modelling, feasibility studies, project management and all the way to construction by way of her own earthmoving business, Karen understands how to bring together the policy, funding and planning functions with practical field solutions.  Having worked on projects as Council, Consultant and Private Contractor, she understands the similarities and differences between public and private enterprises.  Karen has worked on both sides of the Tasman and received an inaugural scholarship from the Asia New Zealand Foundation to study Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore.

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Joan Davidson


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


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


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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Daniel Yallop


Daniel is an experienced waste specialist who has worked across the private sector and local government in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He has project managed, advised and provided specialist technical support across a broad range of local government functions including procurement, policy and planning, service design and contract mobilisations. Daniel also has significant experience in leading waste operations including roles as general manager, business manager and regional manager. In addition to this, Daniel sits on WasteMinz Organics Material Sector Group, shaping New Zealand's strategy for managing organic waste.

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Doug Low


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


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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Anna Johnson


Anna is a Chartered Accountant with sixteen years' experience in various industries including manufacturing, FMCG, telecommunications and banking in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.  Anna is responsible for the financial management of the company, providing support and advice to the Directors and the Boards on business performance.

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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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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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Angie Simpson

Project Support Coordinator

Angie is an experienced Project Support Coordinator with a demonstrated history of over 20 years working in the construction, insurance, and IT industries.  Angie works in our administration team and provides a range of project and administration support to the firm. Angie works closely with the consulting team, where she can utilise her strong project management, IT and organisational skills.  Angie also brings a mathematical mind with an affinity for numbers along with a particular passion for process improvement. 

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Michelle Holland

Project Support Coordinator

Michelle Holland has over 25 years’ experience as a desktop support specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting and advertising industries. Michelle is highly skilled in the Microsoft and Adobe products considered essential when working in business planning and transformation and management consulting. As a member of our administration team she provides a range of project and administration support to the company.

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