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New Zealand executive management

Fulton Hogan New Zealand is led by a Chief Executive Officer, Robert Jones, who is supported by an Executive Management team and General Managers for each region.

Meet the team

Robert Jones, Chief Executive Officer – New Zealand

Robert was appointed to the role of Fulton Hogan’s Chief Executive Officer New Zealand in July 2015, and is responsible for the leadership of the combined Regional and Infrastructure businesses across the country. He joined Fulton Hogan in January 2012 as Chief Operating Officer – Infrastructure, responsible for leading the company’s infrastructure expansion in the New Zealand market.

He came to New Zealand as the Project Director for the Northern Gateway Alliance and was subsequently appointed as the Country Manager for Leighton Contractors.

Robert has over 40 years’ experience in the construction sector. His career includes extensive experience in managing major engineering projects around the world.

Robert is a Board member of the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (UK), and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building. He sits on the Board of Trustees for the Camp Bentzon Trust which runs a children’s and community camp on Kawau Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

Tim Ford, Executive General Manager Regional Businesses

Tim Ford webTim was appointed to the role of General Manager for Fulton Hogan’s Northern operations from 2003 – 2009, and was reappointed at the end of 2010, after 18 months in a similar role for the company’s Mid-Northern Region. In his current role, Tim is responsible for all Fulton Hogan’s strategic development, business planning and general operations across Waikato, Auckland, North Harbour and Northland. He also has oversight of Fulton Hogan’s Contracting Road Maintenance business across New Zealand.

Tim joined Fulton Hogan in 1992 and has held a number of technical engineering and senior management positions within the company. Over this time, he has developed a comprehensive background in the governance and delivery of both NZTA and Local Authority maintenance contracts. He is also a current director of a number of Fulton Hogan joint venture businesses, including Coastline Markers Ltd and a member of the Auckland Motorway Alliance Leadership team. Previous joint venture directorships include Allied Asphalts Ltd and Rodney Aggregate Supplies Ltd.

Tim’s qualifications include a New Zealand Certificate in Civil Engineering and he has completed a number of professional development programs for senior management.

Brian Kirtlan, Executive General Manager Infrastructure

Brian Kirtlan webBrian is currently Executive General Manager for Fulton Hogan’s Infrastructure business in New Zealand. In this role, Brian leads the growth of Fulton Hogan’s business in the areas of rail, water, power, energy, resources and facilities management; delivered via the company’s own resources and also through a variety of joint ventures.

Brian is a director of a number of incorporated and unincorporated joint venture companies, including Rodney Aggregate Supplies and Coastline Roadmarkers; and JV’s with John Holland and Piling Contractors. He is also a member of Fulton Hogan’s Contracting Group executive team in New Zealand.

Brian’s qualifications include a New Zealand Certificate of Engineering, a BE (Hons) and a PGDip in Business Administration. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer and is also a Member of the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand.


Simon Dyne, General Manager North Island

Simon Dyne webSimon is a Chartered Professional Engineer with over 15 years’ management experience. He has an excellent track record of leading large multi-discipline teams in across civil construction, road maintenance, surfacing, asphalt production, quarrying and transportation projects.

Simon’s success in the industry was recently recognized at the IPWEA Conference, where he won the AECOM/NZIM Young Leaders Award.

Simon started his career with Fulton Hogan 9 years ago, leading a team of 40 in the regional surfacing division. He then progressed to be the Regional Manager for Auckland, one of Fulton Hogan’s largest regions with an annual turnover of NZ$280M and over 550 employees.


Graeme Johnson, General Manager South Island

Graeme Johnson webGraeme is a Chartered Professional Engineer with extensive experience in the management of large civil construction projects, and the design delivery of civil, public and commercial structures.

Graeme has been with Fulton Hogan since 2004 and took on the role as General Manager South Island in 2015. He has held the role of Regional Manager for Civil North and Fiji Civil, where he was responsible for the delivery of multi-disciplinary civil infrastructure projects and services across a wide range of sectors including transport, water & wastewater, energy and primary industries. Graeme has a BE (Hons) in Engineering, a BApplSc and DipEng (Civil). He is also a Member of IPENZ and a director of Southern Aggregates Ltd.




Tony Gallagher, General Manager Civil

Tony Gallagher webTony is a Chartered Professional Civil Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in building infrastructure. Tony has enjoyed the past 20 years of his career leading large, multi-disciplined teams on complex projects and business units throughout New Zealand. During this period Tony has successfully undertaken various senior roles for Fulton Hogan, however, none have been more challenging and rewarding than his direct involvement with the horizontal infrastructure rebuild of Christchurch following the sequence of devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. Over this past 4 years Tony has been the Delivery Manager for the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team and currently responsible for Fulton Hogan’s response to the Christchurch Rebuild.

Tony now begins another chapter in his career with Fulton Hogan, leading the Civil business which incorporates our Heavy Civil division and Rail division nationwide, while retaining the responsibility for the successful completion of our SCIRT programme of works.

Mike Howat, General Manager Major Projects

Mike Howat webAs Fulton Hogan’s General Manager for Major Projects, Mike oversees the company’s Infrastructure Group and its projects, as well as its civil construction and precast concrete businesses throughout New Zealand and the Pacific. Aside from being a member of Fulton Hogan’s executive management team, he is also on the Executive Board of the Newmarket Viaduct Interim Alliance.

Prior to this role, Mike has held a number of other senior management positions within Fulton Hogan and he has over 20 years’ design, project management and contracting experience in the construction sector.

Mike’s qualifications include a New Zealand Certificate of Engineering and a BE in Civil Engineering. He is also a Member of the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand.


Leeanne Walters, General Manager HSQE & Sustainability

Leeanne Walters webLeeanne is responsible for providing strategic direction, leadership and expertise in the support of Health, Safety, Quality, Environment and Sustainability at Fulton Hogan.

She brings to Fulton Hogan over 10 years’ experience in health, safety and environmental industry. Leeanne’s qualifications include a LLB of Law and Psychology.







Mark Ford, Executive General Manager Finance

Mark Ford webMark was appointed as Fulton Hogan’s General Manager of Finance in 2013 after undertaking commercial and finance roles within the company since 2004. Mark is responsible for the financial management of Fulton Hogan’s New Zealand contracting business, and is also involved in associate company governance. Mark attends meetings of the Fulton Hogan Board, and the Audit and Risk Committee, as the New Zealand finance lead.

Mark is a director of the Fulton Hogan Hiways Joint Venture in Fiji, and Southern Aggregates, a Fulton Hogan Joint Venture with the HW Richardson Group, based in Southland.

Developing through the company, Mark has undertaken lead finance roles in Dunedin and Christchurch before progressing to zone and national finance roles. Before joining Fulton Hogan in 2004, Mark worked in the financial services sector and for Boral, a leading building and construction materials supplier in Australia. Mark’s holds a BComs, and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Kevin Locke, General Manager Strategy & Growth

Kevin Locke WEBKevin is a Chartered Professional Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the infrastructure sector. He has worked in both the public and private sector, for client, consulting and contracting organisations. As General Manager Strategy and Growth, Kevin is responsible for the development and oversight of the implementation of the business strategy for New Zealand and the Pacific, including diversification and acquisition activities. Prior to joining Fulton Hogan in 2014, Kevin was General Manager Capital Programme Group at Christchurch City Council and was responsible for the rebuild of the City’s horizontal infrastructure and public facilities. Kevin played a pivotal role in establishing SCIRT and chaired the Board for the first year. Prior to this, Kevin worked for Transit NZ (now New Zealand Transport Agency) where he was at the forefront of the development and implementation of smart procurement models including alliances, early contractor involvement, design-construct, and long-term performance specified maintenance contracts. Kevin holds a BE in Civil Engineering and is a Member of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand.

Alan Peacock, Executive General Manager, Engineering and Technical

Alan PeacockAs Fulton Hogan’s Executive General Manager- Engineering and Technical, Regional and infrastructure businesses, Alan leads a team of professionals dedicated to the development of Fulton Hogan’s business in the areas of technical, asset management, innovation, fleet management and operational improvements.

Alan has been with Fulton Hogan since 1982. Prior to this role, Alan has held a number of senior roles, including Regional Manager of Central Otago and Wellington and several Project and Divisional Management positions. Throughout his time at Fulton Hogan, Alan has been actively involved in product development and brings a strong customer focus to the Executive team.