Craig Harvett heads up the Hampton Jones PM team

Craig Harvett heads up the Hampton Jones PM team

, Margaret Browne

Hampton Jones are very pleased to announce that Craig Harvett has joined us as the Group Manager of our Project Management division. Craig says of his new role;

“I’m excited about the opportunity to contribute to growing the Project Management team at Hampton Jones, and to make a positive contribution to the construction sector overall. I’m looking forward to us winning further major new capital developments, and increasing our recognition for delivering innovative Project Management Services that provide best value for our clients”.

Craig has an extensive background in project management and has a PhD in Project Risk Management from Bond University in Australia. He has worked in client, consultant and contractor roles, meaning that he has a thorough understanding of what it takes to make a successful project.

Important to Hampton Jones, is Craig’s background with the Ministry of Education, as they are one of our most important clients. His on-the-ground knowledge of their systems, processes and requirements, and his understanding of what makes schools tick, will be invaluable to continuing our successful relationship with the Ministry. During his time there, Craig led the Building Improvement Programme from Auckland and the Earthquake Resilience team in Wellington. Imperative to this role was the ability to work with schools to address difficult issues and circumstances, and he strove to provide value for money delivering a multitude of projects more efficiently.

Most recently Craig was the National Project Delivery Manager for Interlink, a company formed by Portacom NZ to respond to the Ministry of Education’s requirement for the delivery of efficient, cost effective and durable classrooms. Craig’s role was to drive the delivery of these modular classrooms, and he worked closely with schools and the Ministry to achieve their objectives and deliver their buildings on site. Craig says of this role;

“Interlink was a start-up company with a totally new and innovative concept for the New Zealand educational sector. There were numerous challenges and lessons learnt along the way, but our key success was delivering a product that received excellent reviews from both teachers and students.”

Craig has also worked as a Project Management consultant and client-side, in the delivery of large commercial and public sector facilities, notably aquatic centres, libraries and retirement village complexes. Originally from South Africa, Craig and his family have lived in New Zealand since 2000. While in South Africa, Craig found great fulfillment from his work with disadvantaged communities, before and after the change to a democracy, where he was involved in government funded land reform and infrastructural development projects.

Craig is married with teenagers and has recently returned from a family trip around Europe. When he’s not travelling, Craig enjoys photography, mineral collecting, outdoor pursuits and sports.

Q&A with Craig

How many years have you been doing this?

  • 25

What you like most about what you do?

  • Delivering best value buildings and infrastructure

What’s your favourite social media platform?

  • Pinterest

What’s the best place to eat in Auckland?

  • Scones at Mansion House Café – Kawau Island

What’s your favourite building in New Zealand?

  • Te Papa