Chris Short

Company: CGW Consulting Engineers (Cameron Gibson & Wells)
Role: Chief Executive Officer

Chris Short

About Chris

As Company Director and the Chief Executive at CGW Consulting Engineers, Chris is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction for the company across New Zealand.

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Ko Chris Short toku ingoa
He kaiwakahaere matua ahau ki CGW
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Strategic vision

My vision for ACE New Zealand is to walk alongside our members, leading and supporting them to play their part in transforming Aotearoa in a sustainable, innovative, inclusive and successful way.

I would advance the purposes of ACE New Zealand by advocating for members, to ensure the environment for success is as positive as possible. I would focus on factors for such as access to and development of diversity of talent, promoting more collaborative relationships, and firm governance and management capability.


As an SME leader and entrepreneur, I know what it takes to grow a small firm into a successful mid-tier consultancy in a competitive environment. I have high personal standards of integrity, with successful relationships central to my idea of success.

I have significant governance experience, and as a trained accountant I understand the financial, regulatory and compliance requirements for success in business. I’ve worked all my career in people-focused roles, developing a great culture to help people thrive. I’m passionate about helping our industry lead the transformation to a more sustainable future.

I’ve sat on a number of boards over the past 10-15 years including several roles as chair, which has exposed me to opportunities and issues in a range of contexts. I’ve reported to and worked with both publicly accountable and commercial boards as a senior executive and a consultant.

What does diversity and inclusion mean to you?

Diversity is ensuring that different stakeholders, genders, ethnicities, ages, and perspectives can participate and be involved in an organisation or activity. Being inclusive means ensuring that all those voices are heard, considered, and participate in decisions, direction, and success.

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