Linda has 35 years’ experience working across all traditional Quantity Surveying services, and has held senior roles at consultancies in New Zealand, South Africa and the UK.
Her skills range from elemental cost estimating and tender analysis to financial reporting, progress payments and technical advisory. She has a great deal of new build vertical construction project experience, including Kaiapoi Library and Museum, Marshlands Primary School, and the Salvation Army Gracefields Auditorium and Community Centre – all of which were circa $10mil building contracts.
Linda has worked in bank QS reporting roles for ASB, China Construction Bank, Christian Savings and Southern Cross Partners, looking at projects such as Christchurch’s Adventure Bike Park and the Majestic Church Redevelopment. She has also provided cost consulting services for the Ministry of Education on earthquake repairs, insurance claims and new projects.
Linda’s skillset extends further into providing cost and quantum input for Long Term Maintenance Plans (LTMP) such as 10-year LTMPs for Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s 18 Community Halls. Understanding the life cycle costs of buildings provides valuable input into decision making for capital works and facilities management.
Linda has significant experience in sustainable solutions and is one of New Zealand’s leading voices in the benefits and use of engineered timber. She has worked on a number of culturally significant projects during her career, including providing QS services for Canterbury’s Provincial Council Buildings, Regenerate Christchurch and other heritage projects. She also has a great deal of experience in Masterplan budgets, including Christchurch Council’s master planning options for Cathedral Square and the MoE’s $25m redevelopment of Hornby High School in Christchurch.
Linda understands the construction industry, contractual terms and conditions, risks to projects and economic markets conditions that have the potential to impact on project outcomes. Robust, independent and accountable financial reporting is at the heart of all she does.
QUALIFICATIONS / MEMBERSHIPS / APPOINTMENTS
- University Bursary Student Award SM Goldstein & Co
- BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying, University of Witwatersrand Johannesburg, South Africa
- Member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
- Registered QS and Member of New Zealand Institution of Quantity Surveyors
- RICS APC Assessor Panel
- Mentor to QS students in Christchurch & Tauranga
- Appointed as author of QS Costing Timber Buildings Guide by WPMA (NZ WOOD DESIGN)
- Expert witness on earthquake repair costs & construction disputes for resolution in legal mediation cases