Graeme McCarrison is a planning professional using his passion for building collaborative partnerships between government (central and local) and infrastructure sector to deliver win-win outcomes.  In his role with Spark, NZ’s largest digital service provider, he works nationwide providing specialist input to planning policy development, resource consent applications and legislative/regulatory changes.  Graeme is actively involved in critical infrastructure with focus on our fast-changing future.  Disruptive technologies, environmental and international change will require a profession that is agile and responsive.

“In my view, times are changing. As professional and trusted advisors we are challenged to rethink what it means for infrastructure now and in the future.  How can we set forth a strategic direction that takes hold of emerging opportunities ensuring a relevant, dynamic industry?

Graeme has worked in both the public sector (Auckland local government including Director/GM roles) and private sector (as a self-employed consultant; within a larger consultancy; and most recently for six years in the telecommunications industry).  Board member of the New Zealand Planning Institute

Graeme works across New Zealand providing him with a unique insight into what is happening in planning and infrastructure nationally.  He played important roles in achieving the E26 Infrastructure chapter in Auckland’s Unitary Plan and working group developing the National Planning Standard for Infrastructure.  In 2015 he received a Planning Practice Award for the ‘Collaborative consenting framework between Chorus and Auckland Mana Whenua’ and was recognised with a NZPI Distinguished Service Award.

Graeme has enabled transformational change within organisations that improve customer service and has skills in ‘fail-fast to learn systems’.  

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