Karl Carew

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.

Matthew Holder

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).  


Phil Stickney
Technical Director/ Principal Planner

Phil has been in the planning field for 26 years during which time he has been involved in a wide range of projects both in the public and private sector. His area of speciality includes urban land development; primarily working on large scale projects. He also has a strong interest in the development of effective urban policy and Spatial Plans as a tool to integrate land use, transport, and infrastructure.

Phil’s experience includes providing strategic advice, and planning witness services on numerous District Plan reviews around the country and leading large multi-disciplinary teams to develop structure plan, master plans and precinct plans including multi-modal travel options.

His involvement in the land development sector means he is able to bring a pragmatic approach to working with the public sector and understanding how planning standards can impact on feasible development, and work to achieve an appropriate balance between regulation and enablement.

Phil joins Development Nous as Principal Planner where he will work alongside Matthew Holder to strengthen and broaden the capacity of the DNL planning team.

Will Newall
BSc (Hons) ANZIS
Business Operations Manager

Will has been in the Surveying and Construction field for 26 years; during which time he has obtained vast experience and knowledge in various projects within the public sector.

Over his career Will has developed special competency in Operations Management and Business Development with advanced knowledge in construction positioning and management technology.

Will has considerable understanding across all matters of land survey, engineering surveying, offshore seismic survey, technical sales and account management in the UK and NZ, project and infrastructure operations management, team leadership and mentoring, and business development.

Will joins Development Nous as Business Operations Manager where he will work alongside Karl Carew and Matthew Holder to strengthen and develop DNL across all disciplines.  His background in managing large teams with a methodical and coordinated approach will provide the necessary guidance to the team and is a key component to the future of Development Nous.


Lesley Ranford 
Planning Assistant

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.

Pip Pearse

Land Development Consultant

Pip is a Registered Valuer with 16-year professional experience in the Hawkes Bay District, having undertaken valuations of a wide range of property types including residential, commercial and industrial for finance, insurance, rent reviews and financial reporting for both the public and private sector.

Pip’s most recent role included liaison with local authorities and rate payers, roll maintenance for four territorial authorities and three yearly revaluations and market valuations for finance and financial reporting.

Pip joins the Development Nous team as a Land Development Consultant to share her wealth of knowledge and expertise in the industry to help undertake resource consent applications, feasibility planning and project management.


Dylan Lewis

Graduate Landscape Architect

Dylan has recently joined Development Nous having graduated in 2021 with a Master of Landscape Architecture from Victoria University of Wellington.  He joins the team in a graduate role working closely with the Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering teams.

Dylan’s university studies have explored projects regarding to landscape design, city planning, urban design, cultural landscapes, residential landscaping and planting. Intending to improve the relationship people have with the urban and natural environment, through landscape design and planning.

Furthering his qualifications, he is working towards becoming a fully registered Landscape Architect through the experience gained from joining DNL’s multi-disciplinary team.  

Gemma Guilford
BLA (Hons), NZILA Member
Senior Landscape Architect

Gemma has 14 years professional experience in Landscape Architecture since graduating from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Design. She worked in Brisbane Australia before joining DNL in 2017.

Gemma’s professional experience includes a diverse range of projects including master planning, broad scale residential developments, commercial developments, infrastructure projects and parks and gardens.  Gemma’s design intent is to create solutions that nurture the environment and support a healthy ecology whilst providing engaging and realistic landscape design outcomes.

Since joining DNL’s team Gemma has developed a in depth understanding of multi-disciplinary planning, design and construction practices and the NZ environmental policies and regulatory processes. Gemma is involved in all stages of the planning and design process across the firm, including being a mentor to junior staff and support studio management.


Hamish Sandilands
Civil Engineer
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 Viljoen
Civil Draughtsman

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.

Hugo Nell
Civil Draughtsman

Hugo joins the Development Nous South African office as a Civil Draughtsman. Hugo 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.

Hugo is busy with his final subjects to graduate as a Multidisciplinary Draughtsman from AIE. Hugo is an avid car enthusiast.

JJ Pretorius 
Civil Design Engineer

JJ leads Development Nous' South African office as 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. 

Since joining Development Nous JJ has had a key role designing and documenting many projects including farm park developments, greenfield subdivision and a number of complex brownfield development. 

Josh Kaifa


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 Brits
Civil Draughtsman

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.

Mitchell Pal

Civil Engineer

Mitchell joins Development Nous as a Civil Engineer with 4 years professional experience. Beginning his career in Brisbane Australia, Mitchell has been part of a range of interdisciplinary projects including residential subdivision, commercial and residential buildings, industrial developments, rail and road infrastructure projects, master planning and state and local healthcare and educational projects.

Mitchell has focused the beginning of his career developing knowledge in stormwater and flood engineering aspects of the built environment. In his most recent role, Mitchell has been responsible for preparing stormwater and flood management plans and strategies for a wide variety of greenfield and brownfield projects, progressing to a position of leadership, taking on roles as both a Project Engineer and Project Manager over several projects.

Olli Boaler
PGDip Eng Geol
MENGNZ (Member of Engineering New Zealand)

Project Engineer

Olli is a qualified Engineering Geologist having graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2011. Olli started his career in 2010 as a Student Geologist during his last year of University. He now has over 10 years professional experience working locally and overseas in both large civil and mining projects.

Since his employment with Development Nous Olli has been responsible for the design, analysis and overall management of civil construction works for land development projects.

Olli is an avid outdoorsman, sportsman and traveler which provides a diverse perspective to his professional role.

Ruhan Rykaart
Civil Design Engineer

Ruhan joins the Development Nous Engineering team as a Civil Design Engineer. Ruhan holds a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Africa and brings 6 years of Engineering expertise to the team. He has spent his career involved in projects in the civil, electrical, and mechanical disciplines in South Africa.

Ruhan will join two fellow Engineers working remotely from our South African office where he will assist in civil design and documentation, 3D modelling, quantities and feasibility and reporting. 


Adrian Branescu
Cadastral Surveyor

Adrian has joined Development Nous’ survey team where will undertake both field work and cadastral documentation, working closely with the DNL Engineering and Survey teams.

Adrian started his survey career in his home country of Romania and immigrated to New Zealand with his family in 2018. He has worked professionally in both Auckland and Hawkes Bay for the past 3 years until joining Development Nous.

Adrian has extensive technical knowledge in the Survey field including proficiency with Leica and Trimble, South GPS and Leica Robotic Total Stations, DNA Accurate Level and other Dumpy Levels as well as 12d Surveying software.

Bo Robertson
Land Development Technician

Bo is a Land Development Technician for Development Nous Ltd, where he assists in surveying and geo-technical investigations.

Bo’s graduated with a Diploma in Information and Communication Technology and worked in as an IT Consultant before joining Development Nous in 2016.

Bo is proficient at topographical surveying, scala’s and site investigation works including CCTV and service provider liaison.

Chris Bean

Chris has 14 years professional experience since graduating with a Bachelor of Surveying from the University of Otago. He has worked in both small consultancies and one of the largest in New Zealand. His career has taken him overseas where he gained invaluable experience of the survey industry abroad. He has worked on a variety of projects ranging from small subdivisions to large scale roading and rail projects as well as hydrographic surveying.

Chris’s roles over the years have included job management regarding pricing for tendering, job preparation, logistics, pre-calculations, invoicing, liaising with authorities, clients, consultants, and site personnel. He is proficient in his role at undertaking field work, post processing, field calculations and producing deliverables to the client.

Chris joins Development Nous as a senior staff member where he will be involved in all levels of the Survey department and will provide a role supervising graduates and technicians in verifying their work and ensuring their growth.

Ken Davis
Land Development Technician

Ken has more than 30 years’ experience in various roles within the Civil Engineering and Surveying disciplines working as a Site engineer and Project Surveyor on substantial projects throughout New Zealand and the Pacific. His most recent role before joining Development Nous included design and construction of 10 Individual Water Treatment plants in Rarotonga.

Ken has extensive technical knowledge in the Survey and Engineering with field. His skill include proficiency with Leica and Trimble GPS, Sokkia and Leica Robotic Total Stations, DNA Accurate Level and other Dumpy Levels as well as 12da Surveying software.

Ken works closely with the DNL Engineering and Survey teams assisting in survey fieldwork and data processing, reporting and feasibility, tendering, and construction administration and Project Management.

Noel Ford

Noel joins the Development Nous Survey team where he works closely with both the Survey and Civil Engineering teams.

Noel has an extensive engineering and surveying background having worked in the industry for over 38 years. He has worked in both the public and private sectors for local council and private practices, most notably Noel worked for Horizons Regional Council in Palmerston North for 13 years as an Engineering Surveyor and his most recently role was as both a Design Engineer and Engineering Surveyor for 9 years at the Napier City Council.

Noel brings expert working knowledge of Trimble Total Station surveying equipment, Leica GPS equipment, 12d surveying and design applications, CAD Microstation draughting package, and Microsoft Word and Excel applications.

Michael Vanderpeet

Michael is a Land Surveyor for Development Nous Ltd with 9 years professional experience. Michael spent his university and graduate years working out of Wellington for Adamsonshaw Surveying and Zorn Surveying Ltd in Napier. He graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Surveying in 2016.  

During his time in the industry Michael has acquired a firm knowledge in GPS, Total Station work and data processing, as well as developing skills in client and Authority liaison. Michael role in the DNL Surveying team is to assist with Cadastral Surveying, Topographical Surveying, and Engineering Surveying.

Michael is currently working towards becoming a licensed surveyor.

Mike Graham
BSc, DipSurv

Survey Technician

Mike is respected and trusted Survey Technician with 3 years’ experience surveying in the United Kingdom where he worked in a team and autonomously on various topographic surveys such as roads, highways, schools, industrial and undeveloped land.

Mike is well versed in modern surveying equipment including laser scanning and has practical knowledge to produce high quality survey drawings and analysis. He is proficient with Trimble and Leica Total Stations, Trimble GNSS, Digital Levels, UAV and Laser Scanner data capture as well as point cloud registration to produces point cloud deliverables.

Mike is passionate about delivering high quality surveying services and continues to develop his surveying knowledge techniques and keeps up to date with software to facilitate his ability to work across a range of projects. Mike also has a strong background in maths and has a good grasp on its application in surveying observations and analysis.


Damon Gibson

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.

Jason Kaye
M Soc Sci (REP)

Senior Planner

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.  


Emily Wheatley 
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 in Australia before coming to work for DNL in 2017.

She has completed her Certificate IV in Banking Services as well as Branch Team Leader Certificate.


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