Alastair Miles – Founding Director

Alastair was born in 1969 in Methven, a small town in the foothills of Mount Hutt where he grew up and completed his secondary education.  It was also where he developed his love of sports and music, with some notable achievements in both.

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Alastair’s school references suggest him to have been academically capable, well liked and respected by both his peers and teachers.  Alastair’s ability to get on with different people is a personality trait he carries to this day.

After a 12 months working for Industrial Holdings as a Quantity Surveying Cadet, Alastair studied for and obtained NZC in Quantity Surveying.

He subsequently obtained a Diploma in Quantity Surveying (today’s degree equivalent) through part-time distance learning study whilst working full-time as Quantity Surveyor/Project Manager for Alan Bateman & Associates and later on for Style Homes in Christchurch where he gained valuable building and project management experience and quickly developed a reputation as a capable, responsible employee with high work ethics.

In 1995, after five months of travelling Alastair started work in London for John Rowan & Partners where he was quickly trusted to a number of high profile projects and tasks including leading teams of up to 16 members delivering various multiple (up to 200 stores) commercial refits and refurbishments in often very short periods of time (four to eight months).

Amongst Alastair’s notable achievements at John Rowan & Partners are the development of the company’s project management arm and the enhancement of company’s internal management system.  In 1999, following an outstanding track record with the company, Alastair was made a partner and worked in his capacity as the partner in charge of Project Management until leaving in 2003.

In 2002, Alastair married his Persian girlfriend and in September 2003, having taken some time off to enjoy his new-born son Oliver, the young family were back in New Zealand where Alastair worked for Paban Consulting Limited as a project manager in charge of various projects including a $1.5m executive home and shortly afterwards for Canterbury District Health Board where he was brought into the existing project management team responsible for building the new $80m Christchurch Women’s Hospital and the relocation of the staff and patients.

In June of 2005, shortly after the completion of the hospital, Alastair was offered the General Manager role in an established housing company.  Alastair stayed with the company for 16 months during which time he streamlined on-site performance and productivity, improved customer satisfaction and increased sales by 20%.

Alastair left in November 2006 to form his own company, Miles Construction.


Mark Farrell – CEO

Mark has been in the construction industry for 15 plus years. He is known for his excellent managerial skills, leadership approach, decision making qualities and directive nature.

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His career to date has focused on the commercial aspects of construction and development and over the last 10 years his roles have involved creating successful teams and providing them with robust leadership. His previous role as the Commercial Manager and General Manager Christchurch for a large Construction Company saw Mark having a major focus on providing and driving the strategic direction of the National and Regional business.
When not in work mode, Mark is a family man. He and his wife Penny have two children, a boy and a girl. Mark spends most Saturday’s mountain biking with the kids or his mates. He enjoys the normal family things that Christchurch has to offer including mountain biking, great walks, parks, movies and restaurants.

Qualifications / Affiliations / Memberships

  • Bachelor of Commerce, VPM
  • Site Safe Passport
  • Member of the NZIQS
  • Member of the Institute of Directors

Michael Brinkley – General Manager (Christchurch & Wellington)

Having started his career in the UK, Michael moved to Christchurch and worked as a Quantity Surveyor on the earthquake rebuild. Moving from earthquake repairs, to commercial construction and medium density housing, Michael has a wide range of experience in different forms of construction and contracts.

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Having spent 5 years working in Auckland as a Project Manager, Michael has returned south to manage the Christchurch and Wellington branches.

Michael has worked as a Quantity Surveyor and Project Manager on projects from the start to the finish, and has experience in design management, cost management, innovation and compliance. Michael has concentrated on medium density housing for the last 5 years, with focus on multilevel residential property. This includes working with new methods of construction, including prefabrication, bathroom pods and CLT (cross laminated timber).

In his spare time, Michael enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding and squash.

Ben Travers – General Manager (Auckland)

Ben is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with Project Management experience having worked internationally in both New Zealand and the UK. Ben’s role includes the day to day management of the Auckland branch, client liaison, project co-ordination, quantity surveying, and contract administration.

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Ben demonstrates a strong understanding and ability to manage all key stakeholders within the project environment, as well as controlling risk management and project financials from the conception phase through to project completion. Ben also has a good understanding of the development process from start to finish.

Ben has worked extensively within private consultancies and for building contractors on government developments projects, private residential and commercial projects so has a good understanding of what is important to each party and the importance of building trusted and long term partnerships.

Bens notable work experience involves the delivery of a number of social housing projects in Auckland, High end fit outs and seismic upgrades for multiple high end clients, the reconstruction and refurbishment in Christchurch following the series of major earthquakes as well as major contracts across social housing in London. Ben also spent twelve months working on the 2012 London Olympic Site including involvement in major demolition and ground level infrastructure, and previous to this working on large projects on prestigious buildings for the University of Cambridge.

Ben has a keen passion for sport and has competed at high levels in Cricket and Football and is still playing a good social level of Football. Other interests include golf, skiing, trekking, reading, live music and films. Travel is also a passion, as well as New Zealand Ben has travelled to South & Central America, Asia and Europe as well as spending eight weeks living in an African community volunteering on the construction of a school in Tanzania. These experiences gave the opportunity to work cross-culturally and overcome cultural barriers through problem solving and honing of interpersonal and communication skills.


Qualifications / Affiliations / Memberships:

* Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)

* MSc Construction Cost Management

* BA (Hons) Design, Development and Regeneration


Matt Brackenridge – Sales Person & Quantity Surveyor, Christchurch

After completing a BA.BCom from Canterbury University, Matt had a midlife crisis and drew on his time labouring, renovating numerous properties, and a new build, to retrain and complete a Diploma in QS & CM.

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Starting off with earthquake repairs Matt has gained a wealth of experience working on the Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland Kainga Ora rollouts, and over 10 years pricing social housing, residential repairs and residential new builds.


Matt enjoys following his 5 children around the Netball, Hockey, Rugby fields and Athletic tracks.


Jackie Crampton – General Manager, Finance

Jackie started her career and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in South Africa. She then moved to Christchurch with Deloitte. Since leaving them she has had a range of experience in accounting within the construction and heavy machinery industries.

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She also assisted with the recovery programme for the Anglican Church properties damaged during the earthquakes.

In her spare time, Jackie enjoys spending time with her two daughters and being outdoors either running, walking or biking with her friends and partner.


Christchurch Team

Ryan Lawrence – Lead Quantity Surveyor

Matt Brackenridge – Quantity Surveyor

Jackie Crampton – General Finance Manager

Shellae Crow – Health & Safety Manager

Wellington Team

Michael Brinkley – General Manager (Christchurch & Wellington)

Auckland Team

Ben Travers – Auckland Manager – Project Manager

Michael Money – Lead Quantity Surveyor