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• Success

Our People

Our specialist team’s knowledge, skills and experience in all aspects of advisory services, portfolio/programme and project services, business process design, ICT systems and change management will enable successful projects and programmes, and effective deployment of solutions for better business outcomes.
"If you are looking for a dynamic, agile and experienced project manager to tackle the most challenging projects then Noel Robinson from Rocket Projects is your man. Noel joined us at a critical junction on an extremely complex digital project and swiftly got it back on track. Noel has exceptional stakeholder engagement skills and can operate at all levels of the organisation from Board/CEO level to managing day-to-day operations. His level head and wealth of experience instilled a confidence in the team that enabled us to navigate significant challenges at every stage of the project. Noel is willing to roll his sleeves up, lead by example and constantly provides creative solutions to complex situations. His ability to harness the individual contributions of each team member then amplify to achieve stellar results is second to none. The project Noel led has exceeded expectations and for that I am extremely grateful. I would have no hesitation recommending Noel and Rocket Projects for any future project. "

Adam Prentice, Head of Marketing & Digital at ATEED

Noel Robinson

Senior Advisor/Programme Manager


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Noel is a director of Rocket Projects Limited and an experienced programme/project/change manager, consultant, coach and mentor. He brings a strong business perspective to programme, project and change initiatives to ensure that effective business outcomes are achieved. Noel enjoys the establishment of new programmes, new projects and new environments. He has a particular interest in developing good project governance, good process, a great team and a strong focus on change management, all of which he believes are vital for success. He combines this with a strong delivery capability. His experience reflects this. He has worked in a wide range of organisations, large and small, in central and local government, telecommunications, the financial and other commercial sectors.

Specialties:

  • Business transformation
  • Linking strategy, portfolio and programme
  • Executive and Organisational Coaching
  • “Rocket Projects has developed and implemented a Strategic Planning Framework for us. This has significantly improved clarity and understanding within Council about how the various elements of Council strategic plans and planning processes relate to each other. Dave Brady led the assignment with great skill and insight. This has been a very good project and it will definitely benefit us over the long term.”

    Clive Morgan, GM Community Growth, Waikato District Council.

    Dave Brady

    Associate/Senior Advisor


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    Dave is an experienced commercial executive with a track record of solid delivery. He has a strong background in general management, finance, information technology, project management and property. Dave specialises in Strategy, Start-up, Scale-up, and Programme/Project Initiation. Working with clients, he likes to; take an idea, develop a plan, work out how to execute the plan, all whilst drawing together various strategic threads along the way.

    He has most recently developed a strategic planning framework for a local government organisation and a strategic plan for a regional industry sector, plus managed a commercial, competitive bid for a significant investment from offshore.

    Specialties:

  • Strategic thinking and planning
  • Financial management, funding and capital structuring
  • Commercial property, property and land development.
  • "Darrin Brinsden, from Rocket, led us through the development of our first ‘real’ Digital Strategy. Rocket’s knowledge of us through previous assignments meant they could put the ‘right’ person forward to help us – Darrin was that person. We now have a strategy that is practical and intuitive, one that makes sense and talks to our future business and hence, is easy to get organization buy-in. Darrin led us to a practical business outcome, not an IT ‘looking’ outcome. This required skills which would extract pertinent business information from us and convert that into a readable business support document. The outcome was fantastic – with instant buy-in from people leaders and Councilors – the easy language and story hitting the mark. We are now onto delivery through the supporting roadmap, which Rocket are also helping us with."

    Tony Whittaker, Waikato District Council, General Manager Strategy and Support

    Darrin Brinsden

    Associate/Senior Advisor


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    Darrin is skilled in assurance, capability development and organisational culture change and has much experience leading organisations through large change initiatives. He is an experienced portfolio, programme and PMO manager with consulting engagements that include the financial services, healthcare, legal, Government, local Government, commercial and not-for-profit sectors.

    Darrin’s areas of interest are: investigation, growth, emerging organisations, mergers and acquisitions, rescue, and rebuilding organisational structure. Darrin’s key strength is the ability to listen and he is not afraid of emotion in the work place and harnesses this energy to drive the passion to achieve required outcomes. Darrin brings people on a journey to achieve required outcomes.

    Specialties:

  • Capability development
  • Business transformation
  • "Susan has been a great addition to the Argenta family. It has been a pleasure working with her over the past six months. We have benefited from her wealth of knowledge and experience in project, programme and portfolio management. Susan has an incredible work ethic and has been a great mentor. The project managers and I have learnt a great deal. In the process of setting up templates and processes in line with project management best practices, she has also interacted with other team members in various departments. I have heard nothing but great things about her. She has truly added value to our business and I am grateful to you for recommending her for our PMO assignment. I hope we stay in touch and get a chance to work together in the near future."

    Rana Ali, Client Manager – New Business, Argenta

    Susan Cavanagh

    Associate/Programme Manager


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    Susan is a very experienced project and programme manager and specialises in assisting organisations improve their capability in project, programme and portfolio management. Susan builds practical frameworks using recognised best practices with a high focus on delivering improvement for the most pressing business needs/risks and at a rate of change that the business is able to cope with. She has a strong background in IT and has worked across a wide range of organisations in New Zealand & overseas, including telecommunications, media, local government, health, education, research, pharmaceuticals, banking and the airline industry. Susan is a big advocate of standardisation of process and clarity of scope and responsibilities so that the desired benefits can be delivered effectively. Susan loves leading businesses on their journeys of improvement.

    Specialties:

  • Project/programme management standardisation and improvement
  • Linking strategy, portfolio and programme/project execution
  • "Michelle’s influence and involvement during the restructure as to how various gen-i business units should engage with ICT Operations was instrumental not only to the success of the project objectives but also how the project was conducted. Michelle’s empathetic ability to work with different stakeholders across multiple business units from the ‘boots on the ground’ to Senior Leadership level, ensured the purpose, the execution plans and expected benefits was fully understood and supported. Michelle demonstrated total professionalism with an energised and engaging personality even during the toughest negotiation meetings and workshops. Her attention to the smallest of detail is outstanding as well as her talent to recognise and communicate the bigger picture. Michelle’s knowledge and implementation of change management principles are a credit to the profession."

    Carl Van Rooyen, Project Sponsor, gen-i

    Michelle Hewlett

    Associate/Change Manager


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    Michelle is a certified change and project manager and is passionate about ensuring people impacted by change are set up for success throughout the lifecycle of projects and beyond. This focus ensures change projects and initiatives are delivered, adopted and embedded with minimal disruption to the organisation. Her experience spans the financial, IT, telecommunications, both corporate and government sectors, locally and overseas.

    Michelle has a flair for connecting with people at all levels of an organisation making them feel at ease and fully involved.  She lives by four principles: be loyal without compromise, keep people informed, be ethical without question and have fun.

    Specialties:

  • Change management
  • Stakeholder management
  • "David performed two roles for me during Rugby World Cup 2011. He was my Project Manager for the build and fitout of the International Broadcast Centre as well as Project Manager for the fitout of a new OB Van. All I can say is David is a top Project Manager. We had challenging issues around both projects and David's project management skills combined with his warmth and inter-personal skills saw us thru the day. He has great judgement to do the right thing at the right time. He was a great asset to the RWC Programme and I would have him on my team without any hesitation. He's a safe pair of hands."

    Joseph Dawson, Rugby World Cup 2011 Programme Manager, Sky Television

    David Holden

    Associate/Project and Programme Manager


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    David is a highly regarded project and programme manager having successfully delivered large and complex IT and business transformation projects and programmes.

    Skilled in managing multiple projects simultaneously and teams with varying experience and knowledge, David is also noted for his excellent stakeholder management skills. His experience spans the finance, health, media and telecommunications sectors and he has recently been working in ERP system delivery, and logistics and distribution network solutions.

    Specialties:

  • Project and programme delivery
  • Stakeholder management
  • "Andrew Nelson was engaged by the council to help translate our IS strategy (developed earlier by Rocket Projects) into a roadmap. He hit the ground running, engaging well with the key stakeholders, translating the vision of the strategy and the business requirements in an easily understood roadmap. His ability to take in a lot of information, sieve through it, and produce a very good result is a strength. Andrew has a broad knowledge of IT practices and current trends. He communicates very well, considering how the final result will communicated as he develops it. We also engaged Andrew to drill down into some of the roadmap items and get to the next level of detail. In this capacity he facilitated a workshop and produced more detailed roadmaps and business cases. Andrew is good to work with, delivers when he says he will. The work he has done has been critical in progressing the council’s IS strategy. "

    Mark Willcock , Chief Information Officer at Waikato District Council

    Andrew Nelson

    Associate/Senior Advisor & Programme Manager


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    Andrew has over 25 years experience in IS strategy, programme & project management, digital transformation, enterprise architecture, operations and infrastructure management. He is expert at developing business-aligned IS strategies, defining executable roadmaps, and driving programmes to deliver real business benefits. His success is based on his collaborative approach, a reputation for pragmatism and reliability, and strong architecture background. He has worked in Telco, Finance, Central and Local Government, Transport, Education, Health, Retail, Manufacturing & Distribution & Utilities in NZ, Australia, USA & UK, and has recent deep vendor experience with mobility, cloud computing, unified communications, BI, customer contact & CRM solutions

    Specialties:

  • Strategic roadmaps linking business drivers to value delivery
  • Programme management and benefits realisation
  • "Glenn Philips came into a tough and already on-going multiple work stream technology project, a difficult place to start on a project that had already burnt through two previous project managers. Our project, with immovable deadlines, had a seeming overload of work to be done, by too few people and extremely tight budget. Glenn took over as project manager and using his superior organisational skills, his well-rounded technical and business knowledge, and a calm and focussed attitude, he was able to bring a previously battling project in on time and under budget. There is no doubt that the outcome would have been very different without his influence and management of this project."

    Altmaar Visser, CIO, Heartland Bank

    Glenn Phillips

    Associate/Programme Manager


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    Glenn is an experienced programme manager, IT manager, consultant and systems architect with experience gained in information systems, business strategy and information security. He has in-depth knowledge of IT and technology management including strategy and governance, human resources, financial management, ITIL-based management and has specialist skills in the design and management of secure IT systems.

    Glenn has a Bachelor of Technology and MBA, and his wide range of knowledge and skills, together with a calm and focused attitude , has helped many clients achieve their organisational goals.

    Specialties:

  • Information and telecommunications technology
  • Programme and project delivery
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    Stephen Plank

    Associate/Senior Advisor


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    Stephen is an innovative thinker with broad experience in strategy, team building, digital technology, business development, and portfolio management. Stephen has a reputation for creating successful outcomes in highly complex environments. He comes with decades of industry and geographical experience with a focus on building high-performance teams and strategies. Stephen's main areas of interest are digital and business strategies, organisational culture and transformation, benefits management (building a winning business case), project governance and portfolio management.

    Specialties:

  • Strategy
  • Digital
  • Culture and transformation
  • "Mandy joined our team during a challenging period of change and proved a great fit from the outset. We appreciated her ability to understand our business and practical approach to implementing a new project management framework. Mandy worked tirelessly with individuals (many of whom had no project management experience), building their confidence and project management capabilities. She produced extraordinary results across an entire programme of infrastructure projects, giving our business a much clearer understanding of its true position. Mandy's collaborative nature improved relationships with other internal teams and provided a seamless whole of life approach to our projects. Mandy has a fantastic attitude. Combined with her outstanding knowledge of project management she adds tremendous value to any business."

    Tracey Oliver, Programme manager, Auckland Council

    Mandy Quantock

    Associate/Project Manager


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    Mandy has experience in many facets of project management including the development and integration of  project management skills and frameworks, developing assessment tools for project and programme management, and running business improvement projects and third party implementations. She has worked in a number of sectors including local government, FMCG, pharmaceuticals, communications, export and property development.

    Mandy has a proven ability to accept challenges and her excellent interpersonal and communications skills, plus her practical approach and  broad skill set, have all made her highly sought after.

    Specialties:

  • PMO function establishment
  • Project management capability development
  • "Helen took charge of our District Plan Review. We were under pressure from our Councillors to deliver to a deadline as a timely outcome was really important to our community. We had lost key staff which meant we didn’t have specific District Plan experience. Helen initially facilitated a stocktake to understand exactly where we were at. This resulted in the need to recruit specific expert planning capacity and development of a detailed project plan. Only at this point did we really understand where we stood. Helen’s strong leadership, her ability to dive into the detail to provide specific direction and understanding of what specific capability was required, was critical in delivering the quality we needed within the required timeframes. We wouldn’t have made it without her!"

    Tony Whittaker, General Manager Strategy and Support, Waikato District Council

    Helen Tonkin

    Associate/Project and Change Manager


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    Helen is senior project / change manager with extensive experience in a wide range of organisations including financial services; construction, manufacturing, transportation, forestry, local government, insurance, events management, auctioneering and not for profit. She has specialised skills in business governance; finance, change management and also programme and project management. Helen brings a strong understanding of the connections between business strategy, IT / business processes and people. She is professional, builds effective relationships, is intuitive, responsive and adaptable to change and can move seamless from the very detailed to the strategic picture. She has strong problem-solving skills, which combined with the application of her people and technical skills, create successful outcomes for organisations.
     

    Altmaar Visser

    Associate/Senior Advisor


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    Altmaar Visser, an experienced ICT leader, is well practised in creating business enhancing Enterprise ICT Strategy, and successfully turning strategy into operational reality. He has successfully led large scale, ICT – Technology Environments internationally and is adept at leading large scale, cross functional Business and ICT organisational Change.  He has also created and operationalised several PMOs and has a successful history of large scale Programmes and Projects across, traditionally, the banking and finance sectors. Altmaar further compliments his skills set with well-rounded, Enterprise Architectural ability; ICT Contract, Procurement and Vendor Management; and in-depth knowledge of the applied Governance, Risk, Compliance and Assurance Practises, associated with the above. Altmaar’s default leadership style can be described as consultative, collaborative, adaptive, and influencing, with outcomes based influences by Collins and Covey, and he communicates comfortably across all levels of the corporate organisation.

    Specialties:

  • Strategy; Turning strategy into reality
  • Organisational Change; Leveraging ICT as a "business enabler"
  • "I engaged Rocket Projects to project manage a difficult business integration, bringing together 3 separate entities procured under the CHEP banner by Brambles. The focus of the engagement was to standardise business processes within 17 global offices whilst migrating data and users from legacy systems onto a new release of the in-house CHEP operations management system. Due to business constraints, the timeline for the project was particularly tight and therefore risky. Despite these challenges, Derek Williams provided excellent guidance, negotiating an achievable scope at the start of the project, communicating his plans to managers and staff at all levels, defining a training programme and delivering scope within agreed deadlines. We could not have succeeded with this project without him."

    James Everett, Director – MRO Network, CHEP Aerospace Solutions

    Derek Williams

    Associate/Programme Manager


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    Derek has extensive project and programme management experience in financial services and public transport industries with an enviable record of success in the delivery of major change. Qualified in MSP (Managing Successful Programmes) and Prince 2, and a member of PMI, he has many years of experience as a project, programme and portfolio manager, as well as his background in software development. Having owned and operated his own manufacturing business, Derek has clear understanding of the drivers that make change effective in support of strategic business objectives, and is passionate about delivering vision and benefits through strong, flexible processes.
    "Hadas was quickly able to assess the situation and rapidly addressed the issues impacting poor project performance. She changed some project team personnel, addressed issues of what she described as a lack of integrity in the team, developed a clearer sense of purpose and was able to take the Project Management Plan and develop an effective implementation approach. The project has to date successfully gone live with modules across all three functional areas and from both vendors. This has involved change management of both administrative and academic users with effective training and communications support... Hadas has been particularly accomplished at key stakeholder management across the many diverse stakeholders in the University and quickly gained the confidence of the Project Steering Group, Executive Sponsors and other key staff."

    Dr. John Smart, Director of Research Management, The University of Auckland

    Hadas Wittenberg

    Associate/Programme Manager


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    Hadas Wittenberg is a professional business manager with many years of programme/project and senior management experience across defence, local government, telecommunications, IT and education sectors.

    Her unique combination of strategic leadership, hands-on management and proven experience of successful programme management provides her with the ability to effectively undertake a wide range of assignments. These have included developing organisational capabilities ( including the cultural change that is required); the set-up of multidisciplinary delivery groups, establishment of project management capabilities and offices, and the successful delivery of complex multimillion programmes and projects.

    Specialties:

  • Business leadership
  • PMO establishment and leadership