Candidate Profiles

 

Jack Morris

Asset Planning Strategic Advisor

Wellington City Council

 

 

 

 

Jack Morris (Ngti Kahungunu, Ngti Rangitne) joined Wellington City Council (WCC) in 2002 and spent several years as Manager of Treaty Relations.  During this time he was involved in a project examining wastewater treatment options, which triggered an interest in infrastructure asset management.

 

Today, Jack works as a Strategic Advisor in the Asset Planning Team, which includes a mixture of operational team management and asset management.  Jack holds an MBA and Masters Degree in Planning Practice, and has recently completed a National Diploma in Infrastructure Asset Management.

 

Jack decided to work towards the National Diploma because he wanted to consolidate skills and experience acquired in his current role.  He explains, “I specifically wanted a qualification with industry-wide recognition, and which reflected my depth of work.  The National Diploma is approved by New Zealand Asset Management Support (NAMS), and represents industry best practice.”

 

He continues, “The National Diploma covers the asset management planning process from start to finish.  The theory underpinning the qualification is supported by NAMS seminars.  These cover a wide range of topics, from optimised decision-making, through to risk management, evaluation, and levels of service.

 

“The National Diploma has benefited me by giving me a toolbox of skills which I can use in my role every day.  It has given me a fresh way of looking at infrastructure problems, and helped me to make a number of improvements in how the Council manages its assets.  These include refining the use of life cycle management plans within the Transport Asset Management Plan, and using demand management theory to forecast future demand on council transport assets. Improvements of this nature ensure that WCC will continue to meet Advanced Asset Management standards.

 

“WCC has been very supportive of my studies and I must acknowledge Stavros Michael, Director of Infrastructure, for his encouragement.  Deven Singh, Manager of Transport Assets, was also extremely supportive.  Deven acted as my verifier for the National Diploma, and was instrumental in helping me stay on track and meet timeframes for completing workbook activities. 

 

“My assessor Jonathan Morris was also critical to me achieving the National Diploma.  Jonathan has completed the qualification himself, so he understands the rigours of it both as an assessor and a student.  He is thorough, very approachable, and made sure I had a good understanding of the assessment process.

 

“The course guidance and administrative support provided by the InfraTrain staff made the transition back into the study environment easy and allowed me to better manage my Diploma studies with full time work.

 

“I am very pleased to have completed the National Diploma.  It is well regarded by industry, and will provide a good platform to help me progress toward a senior infrastructure management role in the future. Completing the qualification has also encouraged me to look at other technical engineering based- courses NAMS offers.”

 

 

PrIYANI DE SILVA-CURRIE
NATIONAL BUILDINGS & FACILITIES
OPUS INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANTS

 

 

 

Priyani De Silva-Currie is well-known in the field of infrastructure asset management.  She got into asset management while working for a local authority during the early 1990s, and has been one of the key figures leading the sector ever since.

 

After spending 10 years as an Asset Manager at Nelson City Council, Priyani joined Opus International Consultants.  Today, she manages a multi-disciplinary asset management team in Nelson and is the national buildings and facilities asset management champion for Opus.

Priyani is committed to promoting best practice in asset management, and sees professional development as an integral part of this.  She recently completed the National Diploma in Infrastructure Asset Management, and will soon become an InfraTrain Registered Assessor, enabling her to assess other candidates who are working towards the qualification.

“The National Diploma is very worthwhile,” says Priyani.  “It covers the writing of an asset management plan from start to finish – and includes relevant theory, which is then applied in a practical setting.”

 

“Gaining the National Diploma will give asset managers a good grounding and benefit them in their careers.  The qualification can open doors - not just in consultancy, but in local and central government too.

 

“As a discipline, asset management doesn’t always get the kudos it deserves, but that is changing.  As the government continues to tighten up on procurement, skilled, qualified asset managers will become increasingly sought-after.

 

“The National Diploma in Infrastructure is fully endorsed by New Zealand Asset Management Support (NAMS), and I would recommend it to anyone who is serious about a career in the sector. 

 

“Achieving the National Diploma requires commitment, but is fairly straightforward.  The theory which underpins the qualification is supported by NAMS seminars and the International Infrastructure Management Manual.  Candidates compile evidence of their practical experience in a workbook, which is provided by InfraTrain.  As most asset managers keep a running tally of work and projects anyway, this process shouldn’t cause them too many problems.”

 

 

Andrew Morgan
Asset Leader Community Facilities
Auckland Council

 

L-R. Andrew Morgan receiving an award from Theuns Henning of Auckland University

“Since the new Auckland Council was created, I have been involved in the consolidation of assets from eight different councils.  This is a very challenging process, and highlights the importance of having solid and robust planning procedures, especially with the increased focus by the Auditor-General on Long Term Plans.

 

“The National Diploma in Infrastructure Asset Management recognises the skills and knowledge which asset managers need to write an effective Asset Management Plan.  It is structured to go through the processes of asset planning step by step, through a combination of theory and practical tasks.

 

“The theoretical knowledge is provided through the International Infrastructure Management Manual and the NAMS seminars.  I have regularly attended these seminars since 2000, and have always found them very topical and relevant to local Government work, particularly around optimised decision making, asset valuation and levels of service.

 

“The National Diploma is suitable for new and experienced asset managers.  As someone who has been involved in the asset management profession for over 15 years, it has been a practical way for me to reinforce my knowledge and to have my skills formally recognised.  And it will enable those who are newer to the profession to develop well-rounded skills which will benefit them throughout their career.

 

“I have now completed the National Diploma in Infrastructure Asset Management, and would encourage others to do the same.  It is regarded by NAMS as the benchmark for competency of asset managers in New Zealand, and is the ideal way to formalise your existing experience, knowledge and skills.”

 

CLEMENT REEVE
TRANSPORTATION & ROADING MANAGER
PAPAKURA DISTRICT COUNCIL

 

 

 

“One of my key responsibilities is to develop the Transportation and Roading Asset Management Plan for Papakura District Council.  I decided to work towards the National Diploma in Infrastructure Asset Management because it will help to ensure we are working in line with industry best practice.

 

“The National Diploma is suitable for new and experienced asset managers.  As someone who has been involved in the asset management profession for over 15 years, it has been a practical way for me to reinforce my knowledge and to have my skills formally recognised.  And it will enable those who are newer to the profession to develop well-rounded skills which will benefit them throughout their career.

 

NAMS as the benchmark for competency of asset managers in New Zealand, and is the ideal way to formalise your existing experience, knowledge and skills.”

 

“The National Diploma has given me more confidence and certainty around developing an advanced asset management plan.  It keeps me keeps me up to speed with the latest industry requirements, and encourages a whole-of-life approach, for example through the development of maintenance and renewal strategies in relation to deterioration modelling. 

 

“My learning experience for the National Diploma has been very good.  I have my own mentor, who helps to structure my learning and keep me focused.  The theoretical component of the National Diploma is supported by a series of seminars organised by the NAMS Group.  

 

“The Council asset management plan is constantly evolving, and the transition of Auckland into a ‘Super City’ will raise a whole new range of issues in the future.  Working towards a nationally-recognised qualification will help to prepare me for the challenges that lie ahead.”

 



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