• Board members

* The Registered Architects Act 2005 provides that a Board member continues in office despite the expiry of their term of office until — they are reappointed, or their successor is appointed, or the Minister has advised that neither is to occur.

  • Gina Jones

    Gina Jones
    Position: Chair
    Appointed: 23 January 2018
    Reappointed: 24 June 2024
    Term expires: 23 August 2026
    Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) nominated

    Gina Jones, FNZIA, FNZIOB, is a registered architect, with governance experience that is singularly construction focused. Gina’s background includes: National President of the New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB), the inaugural National President of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), and Chair of the NZIOB Charitable Trust. Gina was a NZRAB/AERB assessor for over 25 years. Gina’s industry accolades include the prestigious NZIOB Medal (2009). Gina founded Accent Architects and ran the practice for 22 years, with her earlier career spent at Ampersand Architects (Director) via TWIA Architects (Graduate/Associate). More recently Gina has been primarily involved in mediation projects and remediation works. Gina has taught Professional Practice (postgraduate) at VUW’s School of Architecture and has deepened her governance capability by completing several Institute of Directors (IoD) training courses.

  • Tony Orgias

    Tony Orgias
    Appointed: 11 July 2022
    Term expires: 10 July 2025
    Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) nominated

Tony Orgias, FNZIA, is a registered architect and Director of Orgias Architects Ltd based in Auckland. He has extensive experience in master planning, civic, community and cultural, educational and residential projects. Until recently, Tony has been a NZRAB Assessor and Head Convenor, as well as an expert witness. He has chaired the Auckland Branch of the NZIA and served on the local Branch Awards Panel. He is also chair of De Paul House — a social housing and family support organisation.

  • Judith Thompson

    Judith Thompson
    Appointed: 1 September 2020
    Reappointed: 21 November 2022
    Term expires: 21 November 2025

    Judith Thompson is an experienced director with expertise in design, innovation and organisational  transformation. As former Director of Design for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Head of Better by Design, Judith has worked closely with both the business and design sectors. She currently works as a consultant and is a Chartered Member of the IOD.

  • Craig OConnel

    Craig O'Connell 
    Appointed: 17 April 2023
    Term expires: 17 April 2028

    Craig O’Connell is a Lay member of the Board with an extensive business consulting and governance background. He has experience in the construction sector in both Regulatory and Membership organisations and has many years consulting to, setting up, managing, and governing Regulatory bodies. In his experience, the effectiveness of a Regulatory body is dependent on taking the sector with you along with open and regular dialogue with all stakeholders. He has completed Economics and Psychology degrees. 

  • David Ivory

    David Ivory
    Appointed: 17 April 2023
    Term expires: 17 April 2028

    Dr David Ivory has a background in commerce/law, governance, and education. He works as a Commissioner alongside the Christchurch City Council. He chairs both national and regional boards in the education sector. He is a Trustee of the Rata Foundation and Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and a Director of several companies. David also undertakes work in the regulatory space, as a member of both the Medical Council of New Zealand and Te Kaunihera Manapou (Paramedic Council). David holds degrees in Law, Management, Arts, and Education. He enjoys climbing, mountain biking, design, and art.

  • Katherine Skipper

    Katherine Skipper
    Appointed: 24 June 2024
    Term expires: 23 June 2029

    Katherine Skipper is Warren and Mahoney’s Wellington Studio Principal, a registered architect, and member of the Institute of Directors. Her career spans the breadth of architectural practice, from small private practices to her role now as a senior leader within Warren and Mahoney. This diverse experience covers projects from residential scale through to complex civic and airport projects and, more recently, to multi-disciplinary design teams developing infrastructure masterplans for key government clients whose estates span across New Zealand.

  • Bruce Curtain

    Bruce Curtain
    Appointed: 24 June 2024
    Term expires: 23 June 2029

    Bruce Curtain, FNZIA, is a registered architect with a wide range of experience from residential alterations and new-builds through to complex buildings and infrastructure across New Zealand, the UK and Canada. A graduate of the Victoria University of Wellington School of Architecture, his early work experience was at Synaxon Architects and Architecture Workshop in New Zealand before 9 years in the UK at Foster + Partners working on commercial offices, airports and large-scale master planning. Returning to New Zealand he joined Opus Architecture, which was then acquired by WSP in 2018. As Head of Architecture for the WSP NZ national business, Bruce has focused on business management, technical leadership and governance for projects across the education, transport, community and commercial sectors. Bruce is now the International Director - Architecture for WSP, connecting global best practice into the NZ context and vice versa. He has been the NZIA representative to the MBIE guidelines and advisory panels, and on the management committee of the New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineers. Bruce is also a registered architect in the UK and NSW, and has been an NZRAB Registration Assessor since 2018.

  • Staff

  • Judith Taylor

    Judith Taylor — Acting Chief Executive

    Judith Taylor, FNZIA, brings extensive expertise in the building industry, corporate governance, and executive leadership. She has a strong focus on developing high-performing teams and fostering collaborative relationships. During her tenure as President of Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (2022-2024), Judith led initiatives to enhance governance and improve operations and financial management. Previously, as Group Manager Precinct Services, Judith provided strategic and technical advice to the Parliamentary Service, overseeing capital works, facilities, security, visitor services, the Chamber, and the Gallery, driving operational improvements.

    During her nine-year tenure as an Associate at Context, an integrated design practice, Judith excelled in project delivery, risk management, and mentoring. Additionally, Judith has contributed to the AERB Board from 1994 to 2002 and supported the NZRAB as an assessor, training coordinator, and complaints panel member. Judith is a registered architect in New Zealand.


  • Valentina Vassiliadis — Executive Officer Public Protection

    Valentina is responsible for managing our complaints and disciplinary procedures, and protection of title matters. She joined NZRAB in November 2022. Valentina has an extensive background in law. Her most recent role was Legal & Special Projects Advisor at the Dental Council — bringing comprehensive knowledge and understanding of professional standards of conduct and regulation for consumer protection.


  • Jeremy Porima

    Jeremy Porima-Bell — Executive Officer Education

    Waikato-Tainui, Kāi Tahu

    Jeremy manages the Continuing Professional Development framework, and coordinates the Architecture Programme Accreditation Procedure in New Zealand architecture schools. He is also the NZRAB's first point of contact for enquiries relating to the UK ARB's Mutual Recognition Agreement.


  • Janice Hunt

    Janice Hunt — Project Manager, Strategic Projects

    Janice, ANZIA (Honorary), joined NZRAB in January 2023 to lead the work programmes associated with two strategically important projects NZRAB is undertaking;  NSCA 2021 New Zealand Addendum and Registration Reform. She brings her recent experience working for a global technology company which provided digital business learning solutions across a wide range of industries and sectors. Janice was part of the business development team for the APAC region and managed relationships across transformational programmes which contributed to her appreciation of multiple perspectives. She also brings understanding of the architect profession from her previous role with the NZIA. As Director of the Membership Division, Janice had deep involvement in shaping change including reinvigorating the national and branch awards for architecture and establishing enduring sponsorship partnerships within industry.  


  • Ashwini Parbhu — Finance Controller


  • Toni Broome — Registration Coordinator


  • Barb Scandlyn — Administrator