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Mitchell Blunden
Managing Director
Mitchell Blunden
Managing Director

Mitchell is the Managing Director of GN Construction.

Joining in 2009, he has been involved with the New Zealand business since its inception over 10 years ago, relocating to New Zealand and dedicating himself to nurturing our steady growth.

Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Construction Management and Property Economics from the University of New South Wales.

Antony Murphy
Construction Director
Antony Murphy
Construction Director

Antony commenced with GN Construction in January 2013 working his way through the ranks from Project Engineer to his current position of Construction Director overseeing all construction activities within the business. His engineering background and meticulous attention to detail is what gives rise to his core skillset of build methodology, co-ordination, problem finding and solving working proactively with the project team to ensure the best deliverables for clients.

Antony delivered the award winning 70-72 Gloucester Street development followed notably by the 254 Montreal Street Project designed and tenanted by Warren & Mahoney and Holmes Consulting Engineers in Christchurch as his first two projects in New Zealand.

Yulia Blunden
Commercial Manager
Yulia Blunden
Commercial Manager

Yulia leads our New Zealand estimating and cost control teams. She started her construction career as a PQS and has received exposure in residential, commercial, industrial, recreational and educational projects. She has been involved on projects from the cost plan phase right through to assessing progress claims and variation claims during construction.

Yulia is committed in developing her skills and knowledge in the construction industry and has joined GN Construction in 2015. She has gained experience working on both Australia and New Zealand tender projects.

Having successfully completed two degrees - Bachelor of Construction Project Management, University of Technology Sydney & Bachelor of Commerce (Major in Finance), Macquarie University, Sydney 2012, demonstrates strong motivation and high quality of work.

Jason Aleksich
Design Manager
Jason Aleksich
Design Manager

Jason has over 30 years of local and international experience working on a wide range of projects across our industry. His expertise is managing multiple disciplinary teams to deliver construction documentation for our site teams with a specific focus on construction detailing, weather-tightness, bespoke detailed solutions and fully coordinated designs.
Jason is innovative & solution focused team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. He has a natural ability to coordinate & collaborate with all project stakeholders to ensure successful project outcomes.

Bevan Balamurugan
Project Manager
Bevan Balamurugan
Project Manager

Bevan is a highly motivated individual who is well regarded by Client’s and peers alike for his authenticity, determination and grit. He has proven himself resilient and capable in the face of challenges presented by complex construction projects.

Bevan joined us after completing an upper Honours degree in Civil Engineering at Canterbury University, and has a demonstrated knowledge in structural engineering and low damage earthquake systems. In addition he possesses strong project financial acumen with experience in Contract Administration on an A grade commercial office project in the Christchurch CBD.

After gaining substantial experience with GN Construction in the South Island, including sole responsibility for the delivery of a 32 apartment Earthquake strengthening and Refurbishment Project, Bevan relocated to Auckland with us.

He has proved himself through numerous roles and is now one of our Project Managers, most recently delivering our largest project to date, Alexandra Park Buildings B1 and B2 mixed use development.

Tiago Santi
Project Engineer
Tiago Santi
Project Engineer

Tiago is a Civil Engineer specialized in Construction Management with 10+ years’ experience, he has a clear understanding of the responsibilities and challenges involved on the role. Tiago takes pride in delivering projects he is involved in since the concept, always applying logic and thorough methods to come up with effective solutions to difficult problems.

Tiago has previous experience in Brazil before coming to New Zealand in 2016. He has been responsible for the development of 11 residential towers (6 to 11 floors, structural construction), summing 470 apartments, besides being involved in several projects in a public-private partnership such as schools, plazas, medical centres and community centres.

Tim Barrow
Project Engineer
Tim Barrow
Project Engineer

Tim completed his Civil Engineering degree at Newcastle University in 2018. He relocated over to New Zealand and joined GN Construction in 2018 and has proven himself a valuable team member.

Tim has demonstrated his natural ability to lead and has successfully taken the project lead on our Horizon Apartment project.

Nicholas Tobin
Project Manager
Nicholas Tobin
Project Manager

Nicholas studied a Bachelor of Building Science majoring in Project Management at Victoria University. Whilst completing his degree he worked as a labourer at a residential construction company, gaining practical insight into residential construction.

Nicholas is passionate about the construction industry and since joining GN Construction he has progressed from Project Coordinator to Project Manager. Nicholas is ambitious, intelligent, an excellent communicator and strives to do whatever it takes to get the job done to a high standard.

Noel Boulton
Safety & Compliance Manager
Noel Boulton
Safety & Compliance Manager

Noel has spent over two decades as a health and safety expert for a diverse range of construction, civil, infrastructure and mining companies. During this time, he has expanded his training and skills to include the development, implementation and management of safety, quality & environmental systems. Prior to this he spent 20 years in the New Zealand Army.

Recognising that to be effective in his role to create positive change on worksites, he has completed qualifications in psychology to enhance his relationship building, training, mentoring and coaching abilities.

He is passionate about improving individual, company and industry wide approach to safety through constructive engagement with our people, subcontractors and supply chain. He believes that each and every person needs to be a safety leader and this is his daily mission.

Rory Waru
Senior Site Supervisor
Rory Waru
Senior Site Supervisor

Rory has over 38 years’ of experience in the construction industry, his loyalty, uncompromising commitment to the business and strong work ethic have seen him become a respected figure in the New Zealand construction industry.

His varied experience across numerous sectors makes him an extremely valued resource for our people. Rory leads the mentoring and development of our “at the workface” personnel, giving them the benefit of almost four decades of construction and life experience as they develop their long-term careers with us.

Since joining our team, Rory has been integral in the successful delivery of over $200m of projects for our clients. He continues to be the on site backbone for each and every building he completes.

Tyler Blunden
Site Manager
Tyler Blunden
Site Manager

Tyler brings over decade of experience, loyalty and commitment to our business. Since relocating to Auckland in 2016, he has been intrinsic part of our site teams delivering over $240m of high-quality residential projects.

Starting his career in the management of materials handling & site logistics on major construction projects, he has progressed his training and expertise to be one of our leading foreman. His length of tenure with our business makes him a cornerstone of our culture on each and every project he successfully delivers for our clients.

Janice Cannons
Accounts Manager
Janice Cannons
Accounts Manager

Janice plays a key part in our business by leading and maintaining our accounts systems. She oversees all Head Office accounts payable and receivable functions including invoices, reconciling creditor statements and completing credit applications. With over 20 years’ experience dedicated to accounting roles in a diverse range of industries, she brings reliability and consistency to the business.

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