Paul Anning: Construction Manager

Paul has been in the construction industry since 1979 and obtained a 5 year City and Guild Apprenticeship as well as an HNC in Construction Management at Plymouth University in England. Since that time Paul has worked for major contractors all over the world, starting out as a Site Agent and moving up to managerial positions working for DeBeers in Third World Development.

Paul came to New Zealand in 2002, and for the first 4 years worked for a major contractor as a Senior Project Manager for the BOP / Waikato area. Whilst being with this company, Paul project managed Baywave, and Papamoa Library in Tauranga. Both these contracts received a Master Build Gold Award. He is firm but fair with staff and contractors alike, and has gained a good reputation for being proactive, a forward planner and coordinator, and for bringing projects in on time, within budget and finished to the highest possible standard.
Contact Paul on 021 542 179, or

Kevin Hughes: Commercial Manager

Kevin entered the UK construction industry in 1984, as a Trainee Quantity Surveyor and over the next 11 years progressed through the ranks to Commercial Manager having worked on multiple forms of contracts including traditional (architect led) contracts, Design and Build Contracts and PPP (Public, Private Partnership) Contracts. During his training in the UK he obtained ‘Chartered Construction Manager’ status with the CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building).

Kevin then immigrated to New Zealand in 2005 with his family to work as the Bay of Plenty Commercial Manager for Fletcher Construction. Over the next 10+ years he operated as Quantity Surveyor, Estimator and Project Manager for them utilizing his wide knowledge of the industry. Kevin believes in a teamwork environment and brings all of these skill sets together to benefit not just Brunel but the clients they work for.
Contact Kevin on 027 600 9345, or

David Woods: Contracts Manager

David commenced with Brunel in 2008 as a Site Manager and soon progressed to the position of Contracts Manager. In this role he is based from our Tauranga office, managing a series of projects, overseeing sites which he regularly visits and is the link between the site, office and consultants. He is extremely capable, and has the ability to organise a multitude of tasks concurrently whilst retaining his most personable character. Dave has an effervescent enthusiasm and takes great pride in his work.

Once a project is awarded, Dave becomes Brunel’s primary contact with our client and consultants, through whom communication is made. His is a pivotal role, bringing together the need for high standards through quality assurance procedures and time constraints by inputting in to the programming of the works.
Contact Dave on 021 2433331, or

Nick Neben: Project Manager

Nick has spent the past 22 years heavily involved in the construction industry both here in New Zealand and Australia. He has been a member of New Zealand Registered Master Builders, Certified Builders Association and a Licensed Building Practitioner.

Nick has recently shifted back to live in the Bay of Plenty and with him has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience. His high standards, detail for perfection and communication skills has made him an integral part of Brunel Construction. Nick’s role as Project Manager sees him liaising closely with the architects, engineers, onsite contractors and the client.
Contact Nick on 027 524 1160, or

Peter Haywood: Consultant

Peter initially set up Brunel Construction with Paul in 2007 and 9 years later in 2016 decided to step back from the daily running of the business and semi-retire to concentrate on his charitable work and other interests outside the company. Peter is still a regular visitor to the Brunel offices and engaged on a consultancy basis as required.

Site Managers

We allocate specific managers to control the various projects being carried out at any one time, based on their proven performance, co-ordination skills, experience and understanding of the demands of each particular project. Brunel’s team of site based managers:

Danny Gibson – 021 542149
Tony Verlinden - 027 524 1170
Elliott Harris - 027 560 9522
Darren Holland – 027 504 9001

Margie O'Carroll: Office Administrator

Last, but certainly not least is Margie, our Office Administrator, who working from our Waihi Road office, carries out the important role of administration, from accounts to quality assurance. She is also the cheery voice that will be your first point of contact if you call the Brunel office....