Director/ Licensed Cadastral Surveyor
Karl is a Senior Licensed Cadastral Surveyor for Development Nous Ltd, where he is a Director and manages the surveying and civil engineering teams. Karl has 14 years professional experience in surveying since graduating from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Surveying degree in 2004.
Karl’s experience covers various land and property development projects and major infrastructure upgrades which require topographic surveying, spatial data capture (including 3d terrestrial scanning and unmanned aerial surveys), civil and building construction setout, cadastral surveying, BOMA assessments as well as client and local authority management and liaison.
Karl maintains his involvement in the Hawkes Bay Branch of the NZIS holding the role of Branch Secretary from 2010 - 2012 as well as being the Hawkes Bay Young Surveyors Representative from 2009 - 2012. Karl also held the role of Branch Secretary for the Manawatu/Wanganui branch for 2 terms.
BREP, RMLA, MNZPI
Director/ Principal Planner
Matthew is a Town Planner with over 23 years of experience in the resource management, environmental and town planning industry.
Matthew’s background retains a particular emphasis on providing advice with respect to Resource Consents, Environmental Impact Assessments, District Plan Policy and sustainable Urban Design. In doing so, he provides strong robust and innovative solutions to Resource Management issues and is well respected in doing so, regularly appearing in Council Hearings and when required the Land Arbitration Court, Environment Court and the High Court as an expert witness. Matthew is a Certified Independent Commissioner for RMA Hearings on Resource Management Act matters.
His experience includes: expert evidence for the Crown Law office, involvement in land development matters throughout New Zealand, Commercial and Industrial greenfield and brownfield development (including wind farms, wineries, meat processing plants, large format retailing, and tourism activities) coastal development matters (i.e/ Coastal Erosion and the NZ Coastal Policy Statement considerations), rural and residential subdivision, air discharges and wastewater discharges. This experience also encompasses District and Regional Plan Policy formation, network utility designations under both the Resource Management Act and Local Government Act, cultural impacts assessments and applications for sites of significance (i.e./ waahi tapu, and historic buildings) under the NZ Historic Places Heritage Act and National Policy Statements (NES- Soil Contamination and NZ Coastal Policy Statement).
Town Planning Consultant [Resources & Environmental Planning]
Damon is a qualified Town Planner with more than 15 years’ experience in various Planning roles in New Zealand and London. Having graduated with a degree in Resources and Environmental Planning from the University of Waikato in 1999, Damon found employment as a Resource Consents Planner at Matamata-Piako District Council.
His sense of adventure took him to London where he worked for a number of Boroughs over a period of ten years. Initially dealing with basic development control applications, Damon advanced through a number of roles including Senior Planner and Team Leader positions and dealt with the assessment of residential, commercial and industrial applications.
Damon’s other work experience includes jobs as varied as fellmongery factory worker, wool buyer, scrap metal dealer and truck driver/removals specialist. This unique background gives Damon the ability to see development proposals from all angles and work with our clients and Local Authorities to address any potential obstacles.
Damon consults for Development Nous from Sweden.
M Soc Sci (REP)
A capable and confident planning and regeneration professional, Jason has over 19 years’ experience in a variety of challenging planning roles in the public and private sectors in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Following completion of undergraduate and masters degrees, Jason commenced his planning career with a policy role at Franklin District Council. Seeking the overseas experience, Jason then moved to the United Kingdom where he progressed to a senior level in London planning and was rewarded with roles leading the assessment of strategic scale, mixed use regeneration schemes of multi billion pound development value.
Since returning to New Zealand, Jason has held consenting and consenting team leader roles with Councils before shifting his career focus to the private sector with Development Nous.
Lesley is a Planning Assistant at Development Nous Ltd, working closely with Matthew Holder and the planning team. Lesley has worked with Matthew for over 15 years preceding DNL with Cardno, Consult Plus Ltd and Planned Solutions. Lesley has been with DNL since its inception, beginning its life as a Office Administrator. She has also spent time in Australia where she worked as a Legal Secretary to two partners of the firm DLA.
Lesley's experience as a Planning Assistant has involved her in a variety of projects working alongside the company Directors preparing resource consents, contracts, accounts and invoicing, making her an invaluable member of the team.
Civil Design Engineer
Esté joins the Development Nous' South African office as a Civil Design Engineer. Esté graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Engineering degree.
Esté has over 6 years of professional experience in design, construction and project management of pressure pipelines and pump stations in the mining sector.
Esté is an avid Sudoku player and cat lover.
BE Civil Engineering (Hons)
Hamish has 2 years’ professional experience since graduating from the University of Auckland with a degree in Civil Engineering with First Class Honours.
Hamish has gained great experience in process and industry knowledge in the land development sector. He has interned as both a Surveyor’s Assistant and Civil Engineer.
As a Graduate, Hamish was seconded to work on the Piritahi Alliance programme where he assisted the Ōwairaka neighbourhood design team in a large infrastructure upgrade for the area. This project will enable the construction of around 2000 new homes and reduce flooding significantly.
During his time in Auckland, Hamish has developed technical proficiency in CAD draughting, 3d modelling on 12d, SW modelling and urban road design.
Hamish joins the Development Nous team as a Civil Engineer where he will assist the broader team on varying scale land development projects.
Jarydd joins the Development Nous' South African office as a Civil Draughtsman. Jarydd will be working with our Engineering department providing technical support to senior staff, helping to prepare documentation for projects from resource consent stage through to construction completion.
Jarydd is a talented musician (guitar, piano, ukulele, to name a few) and is a trained Barista.
Civil Design Engineer
JJ has recently relocated to New Zealand from South Africa to join Development Nous’ Engineering team as a Civil Design Engineer. JJ graduated from the Tshwane University of Technology in 2010 and holds a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering.
He has over 10 years of experience in Civil and Structural Engineering design, construction and project management for infrastructure projects in the mining, municipal and private infrastructure sectors.
Throughout his career JJ has been a part of many successful developments including structural and infrastructure projects completing design, documentation, project management as well as reparation of reports and calculations.
Josh has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering from Unitech Auckland and has joined the Development Nous Engineering team where he provides support for senior staff helping to prepare reports and documentation for Council applications and approvals, as well as a project management site engineering role.
Josh’s working background has provided him with a diverse range of skills and experiences; having worked overseas and locally Josh has experience in labouring, sales and marketing, customer service and still enjoys a career in professional Rugby.
Before joining Development Nous Josh most recently had a role as Cadet Engineer with Downer NZ.
Lehan joins the Development Nous team’s South African office as a Civil Draughtsman. Lehan will be working with our Engineering department where he will provide technical support to senior staff helping to prepare documentation for projects from resource consent stage through to construction completion.
Lehan’s experience as a draughtsman includes working directly with Architects to produce construction drawings and participating in site surveys and set out. Lehan’s internal auditing background ensures that he is aware of project quality assurance and risk management and delivering projects on time and within budget.
Lehan is also familiar in basic Te Reo Maori and is a trained Barista.
Office Administrator/ Accounts
Sarah works with Emily as an Office Administrator for Development Nous where she looks after general administrative duties, accounts payable and receivable, invoicing, payroll and assists both directors.
Sarah and her family relocated back to Hawkes Bay after having spent 15 years in Australia. Sarah has a diverse and interesting working background making her a valued and energetic member of the Development Nous team.
Office Administrator / Accounts
Emily is the Office Administrator for Development Nous Ltd, where she looks after general administrative duties, accounts payable and receivable, invoicing, payroll and is a PA to both directors.
Emily has worked in banking for 8 years throughout NZ and Australia as well as working in administration for the past 5 years.
She has completed her Certificate IV in Banking Services as well as Branch Team Leader Certificate.