Company: Jacobs New Zealand
Role: Director of Operations – Power Solutions (Australia and New Zealand) and Statutory Director
Aaron is a Chartered Professional Engineer (Management/ Mechanical/Chemical) with more than 20 years' experience in the power and energy industry in New Zealand and overseas.
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My ancestors come from the Devon-Cornwall region of England and the Salzburg region of Austria. I have lived and worked in Aotearoa New Zealand most of my life. I am married with two sons aged 11 and 17 and live in Mt Eden, Auckland.
My strategic vision for ACE New Zealand would be to support professional services firms of all sizes to deliver world-leading engineering and infrastructure solutions for Aotearoa. I see ACE New Zealand taking a leading role in supporting the transition to a lower carbon future.
As a board member, I would shape and develop the strategy with the management team and support the chief executive and team to deliver on it.
I have extensive experience in the professional services industry with senior roles in New Zealand and overseas, as well as chief executive and senior management experience.
I am a subject matter expert in the area of renewable power generation and lead a team in delivering solutions focused on the energy transition to a zero-carbon future. In this role I have developed training courses and delivered these to clients and industry. I have also been involved in technical software development to support this sector.
I have held governance roles both locally and internationally and I’m a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. I have a strong understanding of good governance and am motivated to devote time and energy to the role. I pride myself on high ethical standards, am adaptable and resilient, and get on well with people at all levels of an organisation.
What does diversity and inclusion mean to you?
For me it means leveraging diversity of thought and experience in both teams and organisations. A good start would be having an organisation made up of team members that is truly reflective of the communities we work and operate in.
I was fortunate to spend five years based in the Philippines and to experience that time as a visitor. It gave me a helpful perspective, in terms of my intercultural understanding and understanding the benefits of a proactive approach to diversity and inclusion. I have continued that journey since being back in New Zealand with Jacobs.