Emma McDonald


Emma is a Chartered Professional Engineer, proficient in change management and project management, particularly in front-end project development. She has over 15 years’ experience in a wide range of sectors and contract types including energy, industrial, roading and social infrastructure, for both public and private sector clients and under PPP, Alliance, ECI, D&C and build-only arrangements.

She has experience in setting strategic vision, asking challenging questions, looking for areas of improvement, managing a wide range of options and opinions to reach common project objectives, and facilitating the achievement of those objectives.

Emma is a collaborative leader who is results-orientated and committed to doing what is necessary for teams to succeed.

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), Chemical & Materials – The University of Auckland, 1999
  • Masters of Science (Dist.), DIC, Corrosion of Engineering Materials – Imperial College, London, 2001
  • Executive MBA – The University of Auckland, 2011
  • CMEngNZ, MEngNZ – Chartered Professional Engineer, Member of Engineering NZ (IPENZ)
  • Project Manager
  • Change Manager
  • Facilitator and Collaborator
  • Effective Communicator
  • Problem Solver
  • Strategist
Employment History:
  • 2017 – Present Director, Pragmatix Limited
  • 2009 – 2017 Bid Manager, The Fletcher Construction Company
  • 2015 – 2016 Business Improvement and Change Lead, The Fletcher Construction Company
  • 2005 – 2008 Project Engineer, Shell Global Solutions (Malaysia)
  • 2001 – 2005 Materials & Corrosion Engineer, Shell Global Solutions (The Netherlands)

Bid Manager, Project Engineer, Project Manager, for various projects including:

Project  Value Brief Description of Project Work
Drury Town Centre TBA Masterplanning phase for new mixed-use town centre
Modular Showhomes $7-10m Development of terraced showhomes to demonstrate a new off-shore modular product to the market
Holiday Inn c. $40m Development to expand existing hotel, to be built by volumetric modular construction
Waikeria Prison $1b PPP tender
Lean Construction Implementation NA Business improvement project
Auckland Prison $270m PPP tender
Transmission Gully $900m PPP tender
SMDS Gas-to-Liquids Plant, Malaysia $17m – $117m Brownfield projects, various
Pearl GTL Plant, The Netherlands $17b Design phase

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