The Team


John Kronast

BE (Civil), CMEngNZ, CPEng   

John was born in Hunterville, growing up in Palmerston North. Graduating from Canterbury University with a BE before travelling and working overseas. John joined Kelly, Browne and Spurr in 1985 and made partner in 1989. The company has grown and adapted to the changes and challenges in the engineering space under his watch and BSK is now a highly experienced practice. John has extensive knowledge in the EPS panel building systems which illustrates a willingness to embrace new technologies. He lives on the coast now and splits his time between there and the Rotorua office. BSK has grown in reputation over time and carries out work in the wider BOP and Waikato regions.


Tony Kennedy

BE (Civil), CMEngNZ, CPEng   

Tony graduated from Auckland University in 1991 with a Bachelors in Civil Engineering, He worked on construction sites in the early days. Completing a short stint with a local authority prior to joining BSK.
Tony joined BSK in 1999, working alongside Kevin Spurr (founder) as the “Lockwood apprentice”. Tony developed a particular skills base in solid timber construction - a skill that now serves him well in all types of construction.
Tony became a partner in BSK in 2005. Born and bred in Pyes Pa, Tauranga ("Kennedy Road"), Tony works at the Tauranga/Greerton office while remaining in close contact with the Rotorua team.


Brett Walshe

BE (Civil)(Hons), CMEngNZ, CPEng 

Brett graduated from the University of Canterbury in 1988 and has been with BSK since October 1999. Brett has worked throughout New Zealand and has also worked in Brisbane, Sydney and Newcastle. The latter position as a consequence of the 1989 Newcastle Earthquake. 
He was involved with the inspection of timber structures and suspension bridge testing for the Wanganui Conservancy in the aftermath of Cave Creek and served voluntarily in Christchurch for a week immediately following the February 2011 earthquake. As well as structural design he can provide Level 1 subsoil investigations and on-site effluent disposal design.

phil-mc.jpgPhilip McDonald

BE (Civil)(Hons), CMEngNZ, CPEng

Philip was born and bred in Rotorua. He attended the University of Canterbury and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Engineering with honours. He joined BSK in December 2008 and gained professional recognition (CPEng) in 2013. He has worked on a wide range of projects since working for BSK including numerous seismic assessments and strengthening projects. Philip still lives in Rotorua with his wife Jemma and enjoys boating and mountain biking in his spare time.


Brad Christie

BE (Civil)(Hons), CMEngNZ (Engineering Technician), NZDE (Civil)   

Brad began his engineering career in 2006 with a Civil Engineering Cadetship at the Rotorua District Council. During this time he gained a National Diploma in Civil Engineering (Applied) with experience in roading, utilities (water and sewerage) stormwater design and maintenance. In 2011 he returned to study at the University of Auckland completing a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil). Brad joined BSK in July 2013 and is enjoying the structural aspect of civil engineering. Brad has a keen interest in mountain biking.


Neville Wilson

BE (Civil)(Hons), CMEngNZ, CPEng  

Neville graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2008 with a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours. Since graduating he has worked as a Civil Engineer being involved in Structural, Civil, Marine, River Management, Geotechnical and Project Management fields. In 2014 Neville became a Chartered Professional Engineer. He joined BSK in 2016 and is enjoying his role as a Structural Engineer. When he is not in the office Neville is likely to be found kayaking on the Kaituna River or enjoying the Redwoods and the Rotorua lakes with his wife and their young family.


Jareth Dickson

BE (Civil) Hons 

Jareth graduated from the University of Auckland in 2007 with a Bachelor of Engineering with honours. He then joined Beca Ltd working on the design, assessment and management of bridges and other heavy civil structures in Auckland and more recently Tauranga. Jareth joined BSK in late 2016 and is enjoying the wider range of projects and new challenges presented by the change. When he is not working he can usually be found with his partner in the forest riding his bike as much as conceivably possible, enjoying the unique lifestyle that living in Rotorua enables.


Shelley Holder

BE (Civil) Hons 

Shelley graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2012 with a Bachelor of Engineering with honours. She worked in Christchurch for two years as a Civil Engineer working for the Infrastructure Rebuild Alliance (SCIRT) following the 2011 Christchurch Earthquakes. After two years travelling around Europe in between snowboarding and mountain biking in the French Alps, Shelley returned to her home town Rotorua in 2017 and joined the BSK team.


Will Hand

BE Civil (Hons)

Will graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2015 with a Batchelor of Engineering with Honours. He worked in Christchurch as a structural engineer for a few years working on numerous residential and commercial projects. After spending a year travelling overseas Will has joined the BSK team in Rotorua. Outside of work he enjoys paddling on the nearby rivers and lakes and riding and running in the Redwoods.


Chris Nelson

NZCE (Civil) 

Chris was born and raised in Rotorua. He is married to Debbie and has two children. Chris has been employed as a draughtsperson with BSK Consulting Engineers since 1996. He has a NZCE (Civil) qualification completed in 1997. In addition to draughting, he is involved in subsoil and site investigation work. Previous to working at BSK, Chris worked as a draughtsman for another engineering consultancy in Rotorua.


Kenta Manubay


Kenta was born in the Philippines then moved to Rotorua, NZ in 2004. Kenta studied at CAD Training School and gained a CAD Certificate in 2014. Kenta joined BSK in May 2015 as a Junior Draughtsman. He values being part of the well accomplished and professional BSK team. He plays a variety of sports in his spare time but enjoys basketball the most.


Cassie Marwick

BE (Tech) 

Cassie has recently moved to Rotorua from Nelson. She graduated from Massey University of Wellington in 2008 with a Bachelor of Engineering Technology, specializing in Architectural Technology.  Since graduating she has worked for a structural engineering consultancy, as a draughtsperson in Nelson, on a variety of building structures. In her spare time she tries to maximize her time in the outdoors enjoying running, mountain biking and kayaking.