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Company:LT McGuinness Wellington
Matt left school as a 16-year-old to start a carpentry apprenticeship. Early in his career, Matt’s talent was recognised, and he was a runner-up in both the 2009 and 2010 Regional Apprentice of the Year Awards. Matt started his career in residential construction and moved to commercial following an offer from LT McGuinness, the firm he has been with since 2009.
The projects Matt has been involved in while at LT McGuinness have all been award winners. Along the way, Matt has developed a specialty in two areas: heritage and facades. On the former, his site manager role on the St Mary of the Angels project was notable. Along with managing 40-50 staff at any time, and heading the site’s Health & Safety programme, Matt developed a public profile as a key contributor to the church’s programme to raise funds for the strengthening and refurbishment works. Matt appeared in a documentary on St Mary of the Angels and his interview with the Dominion Post featured on their front page.
In 2015 Matt completed a Bachelor of Construction and won the Supreme Award at the NZIOB Central Chapter Student Awards. In addition, his final year’s research project won a Massey University award. Matt’s intellect saw him presenting papers at engineering conferences in 2016 and 2017.
Matt’s most recent LT McGuinness project saw him perform the role of facade manager on the PwC Centre in Wellington, another building currently winning awards. Matt’s goal is to be a project manager of large and significant projects. “I love setting the team up and watching them go to it” says Matt, “in team building, it’s all about honouring people, seeing their strengths and trusting them.” The judges described Matt as a hardworking father (of four children) who is passionate about what he does and who he works for.