• Board members

  • Gina Jones

    Gina Jones
    Position: Chair
    Appointed: 23 January 2018
    Term expires: 31 August 2023
    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). Gina is currently National Lead Architecture at Catalyst Consulting in Wellington. 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) run training courses.

  • Murali Bhaskar

    Murali Bhaskar
    Appointed: 22 January 2019
    Term expires: 21 January 2023

    Murali Bhaskar, FNZIA, is a Registered Architect, Principal and Design Director of BOON Ltd as well as Director of Team Architects NZ Ltd and is based in New Plymouth. Murali has over 25 years of project experience, specialising in master planning, civic, community and cultural, urban design, tourism and education projects. Murali has been a Trustee of the Taranaki Health Foundation since 2013 and is a Trustee of the New Plymouth Art in Public Places Trust. He was born and educated in Kerala, South India.

  • Kimberly Browne

    Kimberly Browne
    Appointed: 3 October 2016
    Term expires: 21 January 2023
    Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) nominated

    Kimberly Browne is an Australian-educated New Zealand Registered Architect and an Associate Principal at Jasmax Limited.  Since arriving in Auckland in 2000, Kimberly has gained experience in the education, commercial and residential sectors much of it alongside NZIA gold-medal-winning Architect Marshall Cook. Kimberly returned to Jasmax in 2015 and has recently completed work on the new $220 million Faculty of Engineering Building for the University of Auckland. She has been an NZRAB Registration Assessor since 2011.

  • Rob Hall

    Rob Hall
    Appointed: 22 January 2019
    Term expires: 21 January 2023

    Rob Hall is a Chartered Surveyor and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and previously of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Development Christchurch Limited during the post Canterbury earthquake regeneration phase in Christchurch and has extensive experience in development and programme management around the world. Rob is presently employed by Kāinga Ora, where he is proud of the opportunity to make a positive difference in Aotearoa New Zealand. He has an interest in sustainable urban redevelopment and how modern design impacts people and enhances our communities.

  • Tony Orgias

    Tony Orgias
    Appointed: 11 July 2022
    Term expires: 10 July 2025

    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
    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 NZ Institute of Directors.

  • Louise Wright

    Louise Wright
    Appointed: 18 December 2014
    Term expires: 31 August 2023
    Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) nominated

    Te Arawa (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Rangiwewehi), Ngāti Tūwharetoa (Rauhoto), Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga ā Māhaki, Te Aitanga a Hauiti

    Louise Wright is a Registered Architect based in Arrowtown. Her practice, Assembly Architects Ltd, is a design-focused practice delivering mainly residential and boutique commercial projects in the Southern Lakes region. Prior to establishing Assembly with her husband Justin Wright, Louise was an Associate at Athfield Architects in Wellington. Louise is a member of the Jack’s Point Design Review Board, is on the Arrowtown Planning Advisory Group, and is on the NZIA Awards Advisory panel. In 2017, Louise convened the NZIA National Awards Jury, and in 2020 was awarded the Architecture+Women Wirihana Leadership Award.

  • Staff

  • Dougal McKechnie — Chief Executive

    Dougal joined the NZRAB in August 2021. He has a background largely in the public service — in the health, justice and emergency services sectors — where he has led organisations through technology and information management change and transformation. Many of the roles he has held have required managing relationships in complex sectors and across programmes of work, and a deep understanding of the machinery of Government. Previously, he was the Chief Executive of New Zealand Health IT.

  • 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

    Prior to joining NZRAB in November 2020, Jeremy worked at Victoria University of Wellington for over 20 years. His most recent position was in the Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation. Jeremy oversees the learning and development programme for the NZRAB, manages the Continuing Professional Development framework, and coordinates the Architecture Programme Accreditation Procedure in New Zealand architecture schools.


  • Jeremy Porima

    Vishal Pai — Executive Officer Finance

    Vishal joined NZRAB in June 2022 and is responsible for managing our financial systems and processes. He has over 10 years' experience working in the commercial sector mostly within the hospitality industry. His most recent role was working for a hotel group as a management accountant overlooking the finance department and working closely with key stakeholders to help them achieve their financial goals.


  • Catherine Byrne

    Catherine Byrne — Operations Manager

    Catherine's role includes supporting the Board with secretariat services and keeping the NZRAB office humming. Catherine has 15 years of administration experience covering operations, office management, executive assistant, events and coordinating roles.