Meet the management team at JFC.
Sam Fillmore, Managing Director
Well-known in the New Zealand construction sector, Sam has worked for JFC since 1992, during which time he has played a key role in the urban development of both Auckland and Christchurch.
His energy, expertise and ability to understand the client’s vision and stakeholder concerns have been invaluable in delivering many of our most complex streetscape projects. Sam has significant private and public sector governance experience and sits on a range of Project Control Boards.
A keen motorsport driver, Sam has instilled this sense of fun and adventure in the JFC team. Actively involved in all our projects, Sam visits sites frequently to maintain the strong family culture for which we are renowned. Constantly striving for improvement Sam is absolutely committed to ensuring JFC is adaptable and sustainable as our cities grow and their needs change.
Ian Cole, Chief Operating Officer
A construction expert with proven commercial acumen, Ian holds responsibility for all contracting activities and is across all projects JFC delivers. Drawing on his 20+ years’ construction experience, Ian leads our delivery, human resources, delivery, Health and Safety, Quality Assurance and financial teams. His broad knowledge has been integral to the development of our project management tools and their linkage into contract delivery.
With experience in both the commercial and civil construction sectors, and having worked for both contractors and client-side, Ian brings a rounded view to his role. His extensive knowledge of construction techniques and vigilant planning skills have been integral to all the projects he has been involved in. Always exploring innovative solutions, Ian is renowned for his ability to enhance buildability, reduce programme and deliver value for money for clients.
Nathan Farrant, Commercial Manager
Commercial Manager Nathan has over 15 years’ experience on major infrastructure and building projects. Since joining JFC he has played an integral role in some of our most high profile projects include the Federal Street Upgrade, Westgate Town Centre and Freyberg Place Upgrade.
In every case, his strong technical, commercial and stakeholder management skills have been valued by clients and site teams alike.
Nathan understands the care and attention to detail required for Streetscape projects and balances the drive for productivity against getting the job done ‘right first time” and minimising disruption to the public. A highly respected leader, he instils this commitment to high standards and achieving client satisfaction in his teams.
Neville Woolcock, Construction Manager
A senior engineering professional with over 40 years’ experience, Neville comes to JFC from a role as National Property Manager with Downer, where he led a team of 650 staff with annual revenue of $200 million.
A trusted business leader and technical expert with a knack for building high-performance teams, Neville has an excellent reputation with clients, stakeholders and sub-contractors alike. He sits on the executive of the NZ Contractor’s Federation and has very strong networks in the construction sector in Auckland and the Upper North Island.
Neville’s style is one of visibility and leading by example. He is passionate about ensuring projects engage with the ‘hearts and minds’ of our field teams and managers.
Troy Holland, Construction Manager
In a 20 year career with JFC, Troy has made an outstanding contribution to the changing face of Auckland and its suburbs. He has overseen and managed dozens of high profile transport, infrastructure and streetscape projects including the Britomart Precinct, Westgate Town Centre and Federal Street Upgrade.
In every case, his commitment to getting things right the first time and forging strong relationships with clients and stakeholders has been integral to project success. Troy’s biggest strengths are in contract mobilisation and creating high-performance teams. He sets the highest standards for every aspect of project delivery, from safety and quality to environmental management and stakeholder engagement.
Kane Norton, Chief Financial Officer
A Chartered Accountant, Kane holds over 20 years financial management and accounting experience. Kane has been JFC’s Financial Controller since 2009, providing strategic financial oversight across all our projects and operations, leading a team of ten. The expertise he brings to this role comes from work across a diverse range of industries from agriculture to printing to sports and recreation.
Scott Bainbridge, Sustainability Manager
Sustainability Manager Scott comes to JFC with 20+ years’ management experience, the last 12 of these focussed in corporate responsibility and sustainability. As we build our business for the future and work towards our target to be Carbon Neutral by 2025, we are benefiting from Scott’s experience working with a range of high-profile public and private sector organisations.
Of particular relevance is Scott’s experience as Senior Programme Manager with Housing New Zealand, where he engaged frequently with a range of community stakeholders, including iwi and hapu to ensure that developments delivered sustainable social and economic outcomes.Similarly, as National Manager for Schaeffer Oil, Scott developed best practice programmes in waste and energy reduction, supply chain accountability, communication and stakeholder engagement.
Sam Allen, National Health, Safety & Environmental Manager
With a background as a WorkSafe Investigator and seven years as a Senior Firefighter, Sam has an exceptional foundation from which to lead our health safety and environmental strategy.
During his time with the NZ Fire Services, Sam had extensive experience and training in first response, rescue, hazardous materials, heavy machinery, working at height, and advanced first aid. As a WorkSafe investigations Inspector, he proactively engaged with industry, while leading full statutory investigations, using findings to develop industry guidance and undertake prosecutions.
Sam recognises the importance of building a strong safety culture and empowers teams to take ownership of safety. Demonstrating the value we place on continuously improving our safety performance, Sam reports directly to the JFC Board.
Sarah Klette, Quality Assurance Manager
Sarah drives continuous improvement by providing JFC staff and subcontractors with the structure, systems and training to incorporate QA into every business process.
Sarah has led the development of our Quality, Safety and Environmental management systems, drawing on her experience in quality assurance in both construction and corporate environments. With a BSc in Psychology, Sarah understands how to convey complex information to site staff in a meaningful way.
She plays a lead role in the practical implementation of these systems on our projects, working closely with site teams. Continuously monitoring performance, Sarah regular audits sites for compliance.
Cherie Armer, Marketing & Stakeholder Manager
A passionate advocate for stakeholders, Cherie understands the importance of achieving an excellent customer experience in every community we work in. Her commitment to quality delivery and her strong communication skills fit perfectly with the JFC approach to customer engagement.
Cherie works closely with site teams, quickly building excellent relationships and earning trust. She takes a proactive and structured approach to engaging with communities, flexing channels and frequency of communication to best suit each stakeholders needs.
A people person, Cherie is highly perceptive at understanding stakeholders concerns. She sees the bigger picture and is able to steer a course of action that addresses concerns while balancing construction priorities. In addition to project-level engagement, Cherie supports JFC with corporate and community level stakeholder management and sustainable development.