Directors

Gerard O'Connor

Gerard O'Connor

Managing Director
Rodney Lucas

Rodney Lucas

Engineering Director - EU and the Americas
Steve Lowe

Steve Lowe

Engineering Director - Asia Pacific
 

Gerard O'Connor

Gerard O'Connor

Managing Director

Gerard is a chartered engineer with a Chemical and Materials Engineering degree from Auckland University. As a graduate engineer, he worked for a specialty chemical manufacturing and supply company in NZ. He then spent 3 years working in the UK as a project and process engineer for large scale API manufacturing pharmaceutical plants in Bristol and Grimsby.

Gerard joined PDV in 1996 where he has worked as a project engineer, process engineer, design engineer, engineering manager, and is now the managing director. Gerard successfully designed and managed many of PDV’s large scale projects in New Zealand and overseas, and has played a vital part in growing PDV Consultants into the highly successful company they have become today.

He is passionate about engineering and splits his work life between managing the company and carrying out engineering projects which he is still heavily involved in. He sees one of the most important and rewarding jobs is transferring knowledge and engineering skills to the next generation of engineers working at PDV Consultants.

 
 

Rodney Lucas

Rodney Lucas

Engineering Director - EU and the Americas

Rodney graduated from Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland with a First Class Masters in Chemical Engineering. Rodney joined the PDV team as a student placement in 2003. He has since returned to the UK to manage the European office for PDV since 2008, serving both Europe and North America.

Rodney's knowledge base is across the entire dairy unit operations and Rodney has managed and engineered several large projects in NZ and Europe.

 
 

Steve Lowe

Steve Lowe

Engineering Director - Asia Pacific

Steve began his career in architectural design and quantity surveying with Telecom NZ prior to travelling and working for a number of engineering consultancies in the UK.

Steve joined PDV as a contract CAD designer in 1997. His ability to design, draft, supervise site staff and project manage installation works led Steve to join the company staff in 2002. He has been involved in design engineering either as a lead or as a supervisor for most of the work undertaken by PDV.

 
 

Business Team

Krystal Lee

Krystal Lee

Assistant Accountant
Sarah Morton-Johnson

Sarah Morton-Johnson

Human Resources Consultant
 

Krystal Lee

Krystal Lee

Assistant Accountant

Krystal joined PDV in 2019 as Assistant Accountant, after working in the early childhood sector as an Administration Co-ordinator. She attended Massey University where she attained a Bachelor of Business Studies, double majoring in Marketing Management and Human Resources.

Krystal has returned to Massey as a distance student and is currently studying Accounting, with the aim to become a Chartered Accountant.

Outside work Krystal has two young children that keep her on her toes. She also enjoys kick boxing and gardening.

 
 

Sarah Morton-Johnson

Sarah Morton-Johnson

Human Resources Consultant

Sarah is passionate about supporting people and organisations to realise their potential and perform at their best. She’s all about doing things right and doing the right things. With a background as a human resources generalist across the manufacturing and services sectors in Australia and New Zealand, Sarah enjoys working with the PDV Consultants team to engineer a strong team that delivers great results for clients and is fun to be a part of.

Sarah wears many other hats, including school trustee, Chairman of a not for profit, tea lady for a senior’s craft group, parent/taxi service to two primary-aged children and wife to a busy entrepreneur. When she’s not wearing one of these hats, you can find her planning a cruise holiday or reading a trashy novel!

 
 

Engineering Staff

Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy

Principal Engineer
Trevor Lowes

Trevor Lowes

Principal Engineer
Jonas Hoffmann-Vocke

Jonas Hoffmann-Vocke

Principal Engineer
Chris Stainton

Chris Stainton

Principal Engineer
Andrew Boulton

Andrew Boulton

Senior Process Project Engineer
Jacus Kruger

Jacus Kruger

Senior Engineer
Dan C. Hela

Dan C. Hela

Senior Engineer
Emma Roe

Emma Roe

Senior Engineer
Robyn Mayne

Robyn Mayne

Process Project Engineer
Ashleigh Weir

Ashleigh Weir

Process Project Engineer
Kaitlin Te Rito

Kaitlin Te Rito

Process Project Engineer
Catherine Muldoon

Catherine Muldoon

Process Support Engineer
Ray Benson

Ray Benson

Senior Mechanical Designer
Josh Sun

Josh Sun

Mechanical Design Engineer
Arron Craig

Arron Craig

Senior Mechanical Design Engineer
Kuljeet Singh

Kuljeet Singh

Mechanical Design Engineer
Burgert Conradie

Burgert Conradie

Mechanical Design Engineer
Kieran Mangan

Kieran Mangan

Mechanical Design Engineer
Kartik Ghansela

Kartik Ghansela

Mechanical Design Engineer
Tanya Flynn

Tanya Flynn

Senior Process Project Engineer (UK)
Jashneel Chandra

Jashneel Chandra

Mechanical Projects Engineer (UK)
Michael Sutton

Michael Sutton

Process Project Engineer (UK)
Michael Ferris

Michael Ferris

Process Project Engineer (UK)
 

Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy

Principal Engineer

Chris joined PDV as Principal Engineer in 2018, and has over 25 years Engineering and Project Management experience across a range of industries. Prior to joining PDV, Chris spent 12 years in the Capital Projects team at Fonterra, successfully implementing projects across a number of sites. Chris is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, and obtained a First Class Honours degree from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys running his lifestyle block at Karapiro with his wife.

 
 

Trevor Lowes

Trevor Lowes

Principal Engineer

Trevor joined PDV as Principal Engineer in 2018, and has over 20 years Engineering and Production/ Process Improvement experience across the food manufacturing industry. Prior to joining PDV, Trevor spent 5 years as the Lead Technologist (Powders/ Lactose) at Fonterra, providing technical expertise across the business and successfully implementing a number of process improvement projects.

Trevor completed a B.Tech (Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering) at Massey University and brings a unique sense of humour as well as enjoyment of cycling and fishing to the PDV Consultants team.

 
 

Jonas Hoffmann-Vocke

Jonas Hoffmann-Vocke

Principal Engineer

Jonas has a Bachelors and Doctorate in Materials and Process Engineering from the University of Waikato. He initially worked in the field of mechanical design and development before working in industrial energy efficiency research and implementation focused on the dairy industry. He joined PDV in 2012.

Jonas is a Chartered member of IChemE and has completed design and management roles across a variety of projects throughout New Zealand and overseas. He has a strong passion for engineering, and likes to work on home projects and a spot of fishing when he gets a chance.

Jonas is based in Hamilton with his wife and young daughter.

 
 

Chris Stainton

Chris Stainton

Principal Engineer

Chris joined PDV as Principal Engineer in January 2020, with over 25 years’ experience in a range of engineering, technical and management roles within the dairy industry. Immediately prior to joining PDV, Chris spent 7 years at Fonterra as Lead Technologist and then Process Design Team Lead, applying new processing technologies to dairy manufacturing processes. Prior to that he worked for engineering supply companies in process engineering, project management and portfolio management.

Chris has a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical and Materials, from the University of Auckland. He is based in Hamilton NZ, and enjoys hiking and spending time with his wife and three teenage children.

 
 

Andrew Boulton

Andrew Boulton

Senior Process Project Engineer

Andrew joined PDV in 2019 and has worked predominantly within the dairy industry for over 30 years, beginning in sheet metal construction of process vessels and specialised equipment. This hands-on start to his career has proved pivotal to his success in project engineering and project management roles. He has been involved with many different projects from inception, detail design, through to final commissioning and client handover.

Andrew enjoys spending time with family & friends and pursues his passion of four-wheel driving with enthusiasm.

 
 

Jacus Kruger

Jacus Kruger

Senior Engineer

Jacus completed a Bachelor of Engineering in Food Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Bioprocess Engineering at Massey University.

After a previous engineering role, Jacus joined PDV in 2012 as a process engineer and is now a senior engineer. He is also a Chartered member of IChemE. He has worked on various dairy industry projects throughout New Zealand and overseas.

Outside of work, Jacus enjoys exploring the outdoors.

 
 

Dan C. Hela

Dan C. Hela

Senior Engineer

Originally from Auckland, Dan earned his bachelor's degree with honours at the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He previously worked overseas as a project engineer in composites manufacturing and shipbuilding for an Australian OEM company based in China prior to returning home to NZ in 2015. He joined PDV as a process project engineer where he has been continuously involved in various construction projects, installing and commissioning processing facilities.

For Dan, there are five secrets to happiness: fried chicken, pastry, burgers, good wine, and good coffee. Well actually, there's chocolates, too. So, make that six.

 
 

Emma Roe

Emma Roe

Senior Engineer

Emma joined the PDV team in 2014 as an engineering graduate from the University of Waikato. While in NZ, she gained valuable experience working on a large variety of projects. In 2017, Emma transferred to PDV’s UK branch based in Belfast where she gained experience in cheese processing and continued to develop her project management, process engineering and commissioning skills. Emma returned to the NZ team in 2021 and is looking forward to new challenges in the NZ industry.

In her spare time she enjoys staying active, getting outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

 
 

Robyn Mayne

Robyn Mayne

Process Project Engineer

Robyn started as a graduate process engineer with PDV Consultants at the end of 2019 after completing a BE(Hons) in Materials and Process Engineering at the University of Waikato.

In her spare time, Robyn enjoys spending time with her family and friends and getting outdoors by running, tramping and camping.

 
 

Ashleigh Weir

Ashleigh Weir

Process Project Engineer

Ashleigh graduated with BFoodTech (Hons) in Food Process Engineering from Massey University and joined PDV in June 2020. During her time at university, Ashleigh spent a semester at the University of Limerick in Ireland where she got to experience the Irish culture and explore some more of the world outside of New Zealand.

Growing up on a dairy farm in Taranaki, she is passionate about developing creative solutions in the dairy industry. She enjoys playing hockey and being with friends and family in her spare time.

 
 

Kaitlin Te Rito

Kaitlin Te Rito

Process Project Engineer

Kaitlin studied Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Waikato with extra studies focusing on mechatronics. As a student, she worked as an intern at Tatua Dairy Company assisting in CIP validations and numerous small-scale projects which gave her a valuable introduction into the dairy processing industry. She joined PDV in 2019 as a summer student and has since worked on process projects and commissioning.

She is an ardent foodie and also enjoys challenging herself in various mountain bike trails. In her spare time, Kaitlin enjoys patting cows.

 
 

Catherine Muldoon

Catherine Muldoon

Process Support Engineer

Catherine graduated with a BE(Hons) in Chemical and Process Engineering from the University of Canterbury. After previous engineering and production roles in the papermaking and dairy industries, she joined PDV in 2016.

Catherine is busy with two teenagers at home, but when she does get some free time you might find her out with her camera, or in the sun with a good book.

 
 

Ray Benson

Ray Benson

Senior Mechanical Designer

Ray has worked with PDV since 2002 as a contract mechanical CAD designer. Earlier in his career, he was an HVAC tradesman with the Ministry of Works, where he achieved his Advanced trade Certificate. Then furthering his mechanical training, he attended Waikato Polytech to earn a NZCE.

After years of freelance draughting in the Waikato he widened his life skills on volunteer building programs in Papua New Guinea and Myanmar for several years with his wife, before returning to PDV as a staff member in 2013.

 
 

Josh Sun

Josh Sun

Mechanical Design Engineer

Josh completed a Bachelor of Engineering degree with First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waikato. He joined PDV in 2016 as a fourth-year intern and started working full time in early 2017.

He has been involved in the design and commissioning of various projects through-out New Zealand and providing engineering supports to the UK office as required.

 
 

Arron Craig

Arron Craig

Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Arron began his career in Australia’s mining and oil and gas industries as a boiler maker/welder in 2006 before eventually upskilling into Mechanical Engineering and moving to New Zealand.

He joined PDV Consultants in early 2018 as a Mechanical Design Engineer and has been involved in numerous projects throughout New Zealand and the UK.

Arron enjoys spending his free time the warmer months hiking and traveling with his wife or at home spending his time 3D printing and tinkering with electronics projects.

 
 

Kuljeet Singh

Kuljeet Singh

Mechanical Design Engineer

Kuljeet worked at PDV Consultants in 2017 as part of a summer internship program. He studied a BE(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waikato and graduated with first class honours. Since then he has been working as a dairy farm manager on a family farm, and in 2019 has joined the team at PDV Consultants as a mechanical design engineer (part-time).

Kuljeet enjoys living a rural lifestyle and often spends time working on projects at his farm workshop in Whitikahu.

 
 

Burgert Conradie

Burgert Conradie

Mechanical Design Engineer

Burgert studied a BE(Hons) at the University of Waikato and graduated in 2017 with first class honours. After graduating, Burgert immediately started work in the dairy industry as a materials’ handling mechanical design engineer. In 2021, he joined the PDV team and is excited to grow with the capable people therein. Burgert’s goals include working towards becoming a Chartered Professional Engineer and project engineer in the dairy industry.

Outside of work, Burgert likes to keep himself busy with home projects and spends weekends bowhunting or hiking through the New Zealand bush.

 
 

Kieran Mangan

Kieran Mangan

Mechanical Design Engineer

Kieran graduated with a BEngTech Mechanical from Wintec in 2021 and joined the PDV team shortly thereafter. He really enjoys the culture at PDV and learning from his colleagues.

Prior to his engineering studies, Kieran worked in the scenic construction industry in the UK and has experience working on large projects in theatres and museums.

In his spare time, Kieran enjoys woodworking and brewing beer.

 
 

Kartik Ghansela

Kartik Ghansela

Mechanical Design Engineer

Kartik studied a Mechanical Engineering (DipME) at Wintec and has established a background working in large scale projects within the Industrial & Aerospace industry, where he designed a Sliding Canopy for a Legacy Aircraft.

His passion for innovative design, has brought him to PDV where he is excited to learn from the experts in the field and make his mark within the dairy industry as a Design Engineer.

Outside of work, Kartik enjoys a good adrenaline rush with some Mountain Biking & likes to challenge himself on various home projects

 
 

Tanya Flynn

Tanya Flynn

Senior Process Project Engineer (UK)

Tanya has a B.Tech (Hons) in Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering from Massey University. She has over 25 years of experience in various process engineering roles in the dairy industry, including a four-year stint as a project engineer for Nestlé in Cumbria, UK. Prior to joining PDV, she spent the last 13 years working as a process engineer on contract with Tetra Pak. Tanya joined the PDV UK office in 2021.

Outside of work Tanya enjoys gardening (especially visiting other people’s gardens), walking and conservation, including as a volunteer feeding kaka and hihi at the Maungatautari Ecological Island project and as a life member of the National Trust in the UK.

 
 

Jashneel Chandra

Jashneel Chandra

Mechanical Projects Engineer (UK)

Jashneel joined PDV Consultants in 2018 as part of his summer internship program. He attended Waikato University where he gained a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with First Class Honors and was part of the Formula SAE team as part of his 4th year project. Upon completion of his required papers and internship, Jashneel was delighted to be a permanent member of PDV in his role as a Mechanical Project Engineer.

During his down time Jashneel likes surfing, fishing, diving and spending time with friends and family.

 
 

Michael Sutton

Michael Sutton

Process Project Engineer (UK)

 
 

Michael Ferris

Michael Ferris

Process Project Engineer (UK)