Meet the team
Gary Nichols, Chief Executive Officer
DDI: 04 569 0728
Gary has over 25 years experience in the property industry working in various hands-on and management positions in the private sector, central Government and as a self-employed consultant. He has advised major corporates on property and business strategy, managed commercial property and development projects and provided expert advice to property steering committees in various corporate environments. He also has experience in the telecommunications and electricity sectors.
He has a keen interest in making the connection between business planning & strategy, and property portfolio planning & strategy. In understanding this connection and ensuring a high level of alignment between business and property, portfolio performance improves usually with little (if any) cost impediment. Property has a significant and positive contribution to make to business.
Gary has a New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering, a Diploma in Business Studies (Property Management) and a Masters Degree in Property Studies.
Robyn Palmer, Housing Manager
DDI: 04 569 0725
Prior to transferring to Urbanplus, Robyn had been employed with Hutt City Council since October 1987. Robyn started the role of Housing Officer for the Council in 1997, managing 186 housing units and 14 reserve houses. This function has, since 1 May 2007, become the responsibility of Urbanplus, and is still fronted by Robyn.
Robyn's property management role has included regular inspections to maintain the rental properties as clean and safe environments, and working with preferred contractors on maintenance issues on tenanted and vacated units. The management of tenancies has included: public enquiries, interviewing prospective tenants to consider appropriateness of available units and criteria, checking references, credit checks, completing tenancy agreements, bond lodgements and processing automatic payment forms.
Robyn recently completed the REINZ Real Estate Salesperson License, and has completed courses in effective customer service and specialist courses on elder abuse and neglect services, run by Age Concern Wellington.
Derek Bradley, Facilities Manager
DDI: 04 569 0727
Derek has over 30 years' experience in the building industry with various hands-on and management roles locally and internationally in both the domestic and commercial property.
Derek has spent 16 years in a central Government role as Maintenance Contracts Manager across New Zealand's largest residential portfolio. He has also been involved in a national property maintenance provider role as Program Manager managing a multi-million dollar upgrade programs.
In August 2012 Derek joined the Urban Plus Limited team as Buildings and Property Officer with primary responsibility for the delivery of Facilities Management services to clients.
Derek is a trades Qualified as a Carpenter and Joiner.
Daniel Moriarty, Property Portfolio Manager
DDI: 04 569 0724
Daniel has eight years property development experience, both internationally and locally. In the UK, Daniel worked as a Site Foreman on numerous multi-million pound refurbishment and special finish projects in inner-city London.
Closer to home, Daniel worked in the commercial property sector in Wellington, where he was involved in the marketing and development aspects of commercial property for an international parking company.
Daniel is also experienced in dealing with contractors and subcontractors, having previously worked in contracts management for a tiling company working on inner city Wellington apartments.
Daniel is a Victoria University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. He joined the Urbanplus team in July 2007 and heads up property development for the company.
Petar Perkovic, Buildings and Property Officer
DDI: 04 569 0721
Petar joined Urban Plus in early 2013, taking on the role as Buildings and Property Officer. His role with us is a varied role providing support within facilities management, property management and the development portfolio.
Petar has come from Auckland where he has completed a Bachelor of Property at the University of Auckland.
He has experience in the Auckland commercial real estate market, dealing with vendors, tenants, marketing and databases.
Kirsty Alexander, Office Manager
DDI: 04 569 0720
Kirsty has 4 years of Personal Assistant experience in the Health industry. With over 7 years of Senior Administration experience in both the Health industry and 1 year in the NZ School system, Kirsty has taken on the role at Urban plus as the Office Manager to cover the Maternity leave of Toni Burrows.
Will Bearman-Riedel, Property Projects Developer
DDI: 04 569 0723
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