Meet the Board

Building on solid foundations

When Jim McPhillips founded McPhillips (Wellington) Limited in 1963 he set the company on its path to occupying a unique position within the construction industry. Meet the six people charged today with maintaining McPhillips’ family values and driving the business forwards.

Paul Inions – Managing Director

Paul Inions began his career at McPhillips in 1990. Following an 18-month stint away from the company, Paul returned to McPhillips in 1998. “After leaving McPhillips I kept in touch with Nicholas McPhillips who I turned to for career advice. We met up and after discussing my options; he suggested I returned to McPhillips. I agreed and Nicholas kept his promise to help me build my career.”
Paul’s roles within McPhillips have ranged from trainee quantity surveyor through to commercial director. What does Paul think sets McPhillips apart? “The company gets under your skin, it’s easy to feel a valuable part of it, which is why people tend to stay here for a long time. It also helps that we work across several construction disciplines, we don’t see this kind of diversity with any of our competitors.” Paul’s main goal is to build the business ready for when the next person takes the helm… “We are here as custodians for a period of time. I want to make sure that the success of McPhillips goes way beyond our current stewardship.”

Andrew Dunham – Contracts Director

Andrew Dunham accepted an invitation to join McPhillips in 1996. “I had worked as a freelance site manager on a McPhillips project, when the job completed I was asked to join full time and look after a large infrastructure project.” Andrew later assumed the role of contracts manager for the North West. Finding solutions to technical challenges drives Andrew as much today as when he first started, but it goes much further than that…
“McPhillips still maintains the original feel of a family-owned business, we as a board have worked hard to ensure this culture is evident throughout. I’m proud that we still put much emphasis on our direct employment model, this is something we value wholeheartedly, it’s a model that you don’t see much of within construction today.”
So, what of the future for McPhillips? “Building new client relationships. A key advantage is our diversity of work streams, this is something I am keen to expand on, which will provide continuous opportunities for our employees.”

Stuart Mackenzie – Contracts Director

A recommendation from a mutual acquaintance introduced Stuart Mackenzie to McPhillips in 1996. “I was approached by the company, when we met I was impressed by the ‘family firm’ atmosphere, I felt this was an environment that I could grow within and gain lots of experience.” That experience covers a multitude of roles from site engineer to senior site manager through to department head and contracts manager.
So, what has kept Stuart at McPhillips for so long? “First and foremost, we’re a family, a team of professionals that genuinely cares about each other and our clients. I work with great people who like me thrive on the opportunity to make a real difference by shaping a better future. Stuart also believes that the strength of McPhillips lies in diverse capabilities… “Working across several sectors means that we offer a unique proposition to clients, our experience is wide-ranging, we’re not blinkered. This keeps things fresh and interesting for our employees too, so it’s win-win.”

Ian Roberts – Commercial Director

Ian Roberts joined the McPhillips team in 2004. “I joined McPhillips because of the excellent reputation the company has within the industry, the McPhillips ethos resonated with me.” Ian started life at McPhillips as a senior quantity surveyor, moving over to commercial manager before assuming his current role. “It’s an old adage but if you look after the company the company will look after you. The opportunities for career progression exist at McPhillips, you only have to look at the career paths of our board for proof.”
Securing enough work to maintain a direct workforce in the region of 300 people concentrates the mind, but for Ian success is down to a simple equation… “You’ve got to deliver on your promises pure and simple. We must ensure that our work is of the highest quality at every stage, carried out to the programme timescale and kept within budget. Our reputation has been built on a very healthy percentage of repeat business.”

Chris Walker – Building Director

Chris Walker also joined McPhillips in 2004. “I was looking for a new challenge in the design and build industry and felt that McPhillips were the right fit for me and my ambitions.” Chris started life at McPhillips as site manager before moving into project and then contracts management positions. “McPhillips is all about relationships, we go the extra mile for our clients. Sometimes projects change dramatically due to circumstances out of our control, you’ve got to be able to react and help the client achieve the best possible result.”
For Chris the key to McPhillips continued success is attributable to one important element… “We never compromise our integrity. Whatever we are building from structures to careers we don’t take short cuts and hope for the best, anything we design is built to last. So, what are Chris’ hopes for the future? I want us to continue to prosper, to carry on promoting from within and increase the flow of new people to McPhillips via our apprenticeships and opportunities for college leavers.”

David Wauchope – Director & Company Secretary

In the year that Google was founded, McPhillips’s search for a company secretary led to David Wauchope in 1998. “I was approached by the previous company secretary who sounded me out to take over the reins when she retired. I liked what the company stood for, the rest as they say is history.”

David is responsible for overseeing the HR, Administration, Business Finance and Insurance functions. Maintaining a strong, sustainable business model requires a high degree of administration. “I work in tandem with all departments of McPhillips to monitor expenditure and ensure that we are getting the best possible value for money for the business. This is particularly important when you consider we run a large fleet of construction machinery.” David believes that McPhillips is different from the majority of construction businesses because of the values instilled right at the beginning… “We are governed by a set of values, trademark behaviours which we must live up to every day. It’s about doing the right thing, achieving the right outcome in every situation.”