Jack Lyness


Jack is an experienced Project Manager with a multidisciplined engineering background. Jack has a demonstrated history of successful project set up, contract management and leadership within technical and live environments. He is an enthusiastic and motivated individual with a solid understanding of quality systems and big picture thinking. Jack has strong communication skills, a drive to deliver great project results for clients, and a sound understanding of front-end design and consenting, modern procurement and contract management.  

Focused on front-end strategy and guidance, Jack lead the Lincoln University programme of works which included complex unitary plan submissions, change of use, heritage and overarching global NES consents, urban planning requirements, negotiating with local authorities and agreeing draft conditions. The development of a 2-acre site in Akaroa started with extensive NES consents, iwi requirements and local environmental requirements including vested infrastructure and change of use, Ecan permits and archaeological sites of importance. Jack successfully navigated 60+ consents of varying natures and dealt with 7 of the building consenting authorities across the South Island. 

Jack engages with teams and believes in team culture. He has been responsible for guiding other Project Managers through the delivery process and ensuring collaborative approaches are adopted. During his career, Jack has also worked as a Site Manager for some of the largest construction companies in New Zealand, leading major elements and more latterly, consultant design teams, whole projects and programmes of work. 

  • Bachelor in Applied Management, Otago Polytechnic (OP), (in progress)  
  • Higher National Certificate in Engineering, De Monfort University, 2007-2009  
  • N.V.Q. Level 3, BTEC National Diploma, Tresham Institute of Engineering, 2004-2009 
  • SEMTA – Advanced Modern apprenticeship – Engineering 
  • Scoping 
  • Procurement and strategy  
  • Technical integration into construction projects  
  • Quality management  
  • Consultant engagement and management  
  • Contractor management 
Employment History:
  • 2021 – Present Senior Project Manager, Pragmatix Limited
  • 2021 – Present Director, Push Projects
  • 2017 – 2021 Senior Project Manager, Cequent Projects
  • 2016 – 2017 Project Manager, Frequency Projects
  • 2015 – 2016 Site Manager, Fletcher Construction
  • 2014 – 2015 Assistant Project Manager, Arrow International
  • 2012 – 2013 Engineering Professional, Southern Cross Engineering

Project Manager, Site Manager, and Assistant Project Manager for various projects including:

Project  Value Brief Description of Project Work
University of Auckland – Old Government House $15m Strengthening Category 1 Heritage Building
Scenic Hotels, Queen St $22m Re-clab and Refurbishment
Air New Zealand  (Christchurch and Wellington Airports) $9.7m Various projects including building upgrades and fitouts
Lincoln University – Library Extension $15m New Build
Lincoln University – Ivey West and Memorial Hall $12m Strengthening Category 1 Heritage Building
Lincoln University – Forbes Building c. $20m Fitout and Building Upgrades
Lincoln University – James Stewart Lecture Theatres $1.5m Building Upgrades
Science and Innovation Centre, Canterbury University $130m New Build
Central Justice and Emergency Services Building $350m New Build
Awly Building, Christchurch $65m New Build

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