National Executive

Council

Dean Torstonson

President, IOQ NZ

Dean is a Senior Site Supervisor for Orica New Zealand overseeing the management of the North Island business. He holds an A Grade Quarry Managers certificate and has over 27 years of extensive experience in quarry operations as well underground/surface mining and civil tunnelling both in New Zealand and Australia.

Dean holds a very strong passion and commitment for the quarry Industry with a particular focus on quarrying as the “vocation of choice” for young people. Dean also has a passion for health and safety and the discipline that needs to be applied in the industry to ensure everybody goes home safe each day.

P: 09 294 6155
M: (021) 926 317
E: [email protected]

Tim Kennedy

Vice-President, IOQ NZ

Tim Kennedy is currently Fulton Hogan’s Quarries Operation Manager in Gisborne. He has over 30 years’ experience in the quarrying industry in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific. Tim also sits on WorkSafe’s Board of Examiners and brings a knowledge and understanding of, and involvement in, learning and development in the extractives sector. He was also a member of MITO’s sector advisory group on its review of extractives national qualifications. He is a workplace tutor and has been a registered assessor. He holds a New South Wales Diploma in Extractives Industries Management and a number of Australian and New Zealand quarrying CoCs, including a New Zealand A grade quarry manager CoC.

M: 027 313 9312
E: [email protected]

Peter Morgan

Immediate Past-President, IOQ NZ

Peter is 50% owner of Linton Contracting, having recently purchased the HW Richardson Group shares in the company. He has worked in the aggregates and wider construction industry since 1983. This includes roles in all aspects of the sector from chainman (MOW) to Manager (Southern Aggregates) to business owner. Peter enjoys the challenges that business ownership brings including developing young people into valued staff members.

P: (03) 236 6053
F: (03) 236 6054
M: (027) 436 7947
E: [email protected]

Petrina Torstonson

Secretary/Treasurer, IOQ NZ

Petrina was appointed the position of IOQ NZ National Secretary/Treasurer in 2014. She has extensive knowledge with over 30 years’ experience in both the Banking and Local Government sectors having held a number of positions in Finance throughout her career. Petrina has been indirectly involved in the quarrying industry for many years having attended a number of QuarryNZ conferences.

PO Box 9, PAEROA 3640
P: (027) 488 4977
E: [email protected]

 

Neil Cates

Board Member, IOQ NZ

Neil Joined Northland-based Civil Construction and Quarrying business McBreen Jenkins Construction in 2001. Subsequently acquired by Transfield Services and more recently Ventia. Neil has held a variety of positions in the business, and has been the Quarry Division Manager for 10 years, and Regional Manager since 2020. Neil has extensive knowledge of materials and production across both quarrying and construction and maintenance operations.

P: 09 407 7851 Ext 823
F: 09 407 9783
M: 021 716 607
E: [email protected]

 

Chris Gray

Board Member, IOQ NZ

Chris, currently General Manager at MIMICO, has been involved in the quarrying industry for more than 30 years, working in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Coming from North Wales, Chris has a passion for the IOQ and has held IOQ positions in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. On behalf of the IOQ NZ, Chris manages the Youth Programme helping young members of the industry develop a network and further their knowledge.

P: 07 888 6294
M: 021 414 911
E: [email protected]

Brian Bouzaid

Board Member, IOQ NZ

Brian is the Area Manager for Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd’s aggregates business and is an experienced manager with a demonstrated history of working in the quarry, local government, solid waste, recycling and building materials industries. Brian holds an A-Grade Quarry Manager’s CoC and is a current member of the WorkSafe Board of Examiners and Chair of the MITO Industry Council. Brian has also been a past IOQ NZ President, Chair of MinEx, EXITO and board member of MITO. Brian has a strong passion for the IOQ and helping those in the quarry industries.

P: (04) 815 9440
F: 04 815 9432
M: 021 911 403
E: [email protected]

 

John Quayle

Board Member, IOQ NZ

John has been a member of the IOQ NZ for over 30 years. He has worked in the sale of mobile plant and machinery for last 33 years and currently works for MIMICO as a Sales Representative in the Auckland Region. John has an extensive knowledge of mobile machinery and the service requirements to keep get the job done. John’s passion for the IOQ NZ stems from the people he has met and the knowledge that has been shared over many years.

M: 027 267 0980
E: [email protected]

 

Neill Kydd

Board Member, IOQ NZ

Fulton Hogan Industries’ Divisional Manager, Neill has been and around the industry for over 40 years. He started with Fulton Hogan in 1977 and for the last 25 years has been actively managing and overseeing operations for Fulton Hogan in Marlborough. Neill has been on the IOQ executive since 2017 and has been an active Worksafe COC panel member since 2016. He is passionate about the industry and encouraging young and upcoming people in their chosen careers.

P: 03 577 6122
M: 027 447 0270
E: [email protected]

 

Keri Harrison

Board Member, IOQ NZ

A former city girl who grew up Christchurch, Keri had always been captivated by farming and quarrying. Drawing on her experience as both a Health and Safety Manager and a qualified Quarry Manager, Keri runs her own mining and quarrying consultancy business, Tui Creek Consulting Ltd, in the Waimakariri district. Keri provides quarry project services, coaching and mentoring and health and safety advice, while raising her daughter.

Her experience working in both local government and the private sector has helped her to build relationships with the quarry industry and it’s members.

M: 027 3787787
E: [email protected]

 

Murray Discombe

Web Manager, IOQ NZ

Since he joined Fraser Thomas Consulting Engineers Auckland office in 2005, Murray has been part of the civil team in a project administration role predominantly carrying out construction observation of a wide range of civil projects. During that time, he also was the company’s Health & Safety Officer for 8 years. For seven months during 2011-2012 he assisted carry out Land Damage assessment for hundreds of properties after the Christchurch earthquake in 2011. He joined the quarrying industry in 1988 (Manukau Quarries Limited) and managed quarries in Wellington, Rotorua / Tokoroa area and Auckland.

Murray has been a member of the IOQ since 1989 and joined the Auckland Branch as Secretary the same year. He has also held their Treasurer and Chairman roles and remains on the committee. He joined the IOQ NZ Executive team in 2003 and has been Web Manager since 2004.

P: (09) 278 7078
M: (027) 532 7272
E: [email protected]

 

Gordon Laing

Technical Advisor, IOQ NZ

Gordon has over thirty-five years’ experience in the extractives industry. He started his career in South Africa, spending five years working in underground mining followed by three years in open cast mining. He then returned to Scotland working in the quarry sector. In 2000 he moved to New Zealand with his family and since then has worked at several quarries in the Auckland area. For the past eleven years he has been the General Manager at Ihumatao Quarry & Cleanfill. He also holds a current New Zealand A-Grade Quarry Manager’s certificate of competence.

He is a Past President and Fellow Member of the Institute of Quarrying New Zealand (Inc), where he has served on the Executive since 2007 and the Auckland branch committee for eighteen years.

P: (09) 256 1286
M: (027) 497 1808
E: [email protected]

 

Paul Sutton

Education Officer, IOQ NZ

Paul is a career educator who has worked in primary, secondary, tertiary and vocational education sectors. He has over 40 years’ experience in education and holds a Doctor of Professional Studies along with Masters and Bachelor degrees in education, business and health administration.

Paul is committed to developing people to the very best of their ability. He believes that everyone has the right to succeed to the very best of their ability and achieve success if they are prepared to put in the hard work. Paul believes that education is the driving force to making our work places more productive, profitable, safe and responsible.

P: +61 429 438 554 (Wednesdays only)
E: [email protected]

 

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