Ken Stanton is set to retire on 26 August 2015, stepping down from the Board and as a Principal of Stephenson & Turner. Ken has provided S&T with 34 years of devoted service and leadership since joining the company in 1982. He was appointed an Associate in 1986 and a Principal of the firm in 1987, serving as Chairman of the Board from 2005 to 2012.
Ken’s early years at S&T saw him working in the retail and commercial sectors and a range of design build commercial projects in Auckland and the Waikato in the 1980’s. From the late eighties to the 2010 Ken’s primary project roles revolved around a series of developments at Auckland International Airport as well as advising Air New Zealand on the Domestic Terminal Development. Projects ranged from the expansion of the First Floor Landside Retail to the Development of the new Pier to accommodate the new generation A380 project. Ken was involved in a series of master planning projects that set framework for the ongoing development.
Along with his role on the practice management team, Ken worked on major projects such as Mt Eden Corrections Facility, University of Auckland Thomas Building Laboratories. Ken's most recent projects are the Rita Flynn Netball Stadium in Papua New Guinea and an apartment conversion in Auckland.
Present Chair, Keith Johnstone notes Ken’s transition from appointment as the youngest Principal through to Chairman and since, has seen business cycles that have both tested and extended the profession and the industry we serve.
He says ‘Ken’s exemplary commitment through these times has positioned S&T well for the present and sets a foundation for our future that we at S&T all face and embrace together’.
Ken will continue to maintain a professional involvement in the industry through his membership of NZIA. Other industry involvement during his career has included being an examiner for the Architects’ Education and Registration Board for over 10 years and serving 6 years as NZIA representative on the BRANZ Council before serving a 3 year term as a Director of BRANZ.
Pierre van Tonder
Pierre van Tonder has tendered his resignation from Stephenson & Turner. Pierre joined S&T in 2004, after graduating from Unitec and during that time has been integral part of Stephenson & Turner. His 11 years at S&T have seen him gain a broad experience in a wide variety of project types - from airports and specialty containment laboratories to school master planning and design.
S&T is pleased to welcome back Tony Rowell who rejoins the company as an Associate after working as a Project Manager for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, responsible for the development and construction of assigned major construction projects throughout American Samoa, Samoa, and New Zealand.
S&T are also excited to welcome back Daryl Austin who re-joins after having previously worked for the Wellington office in the early 2000’s before returning home to Taranaki in 2005. After the cessation of Daryl’s former employer in 2015, we were presented with the opportunity to appoint Daryl as an Associate to establish our New Plymouth office to serve a growing clientele in Taranaki and the surrounding regional areas.
S&T pride ourselves on providing a truly multidisciplinary service. In support of this, we extended our Wellington building services team earlier this year with the appointment of Jason King, Associate Principal Fire Engineer. Jason has over 30 years’ Fire Engineering experience in New Zealand working for commercial, residential, education, institutional and health sectors.