Meet the Team

Jake Woolgar

September 27, 2017

Andrew Sweeney

September 27, 2017

Emma Chambers

October 12, 2017

Graham Durkin

December 12, 2017

Samantha Polovnikoff

March 31, 2021

Rebecca Ward

January 8, 2018

Jason Dourado

January 18, 2018

Eugene Kim

September 15, 2021

Carlo Ramos

March 31, 2021

David Major

August 23, 2019

Roger Crichton

August 23, 2019

Kyle Wegner

March 31, 2021

Daniel Russell

August 23, 2019

Pranay Patel

September 30, 2018

Rajveer Nijjer

March 31, 2021

Griffin Hill

May 5, 2019

Millar Sykes

January 5, 2020

Daniel Patton

May 5, 2020

Karli Baker

November 18, 2019

Moira Halls

February 6, 2021

Lauren Marrion

February 6, 2021

Laura Elliott

September 11, 2019

Jake Woolgar

Director
Chartered and Registered Building Surveyor

Jake leads the building pathology and expert witness team at AS Jacobs Ltd. Since graduating from University with an Honours Degree in Building Surveying, Jake has worked in the UK, South East Asia and New Zealand in various building surveying roles. Prior to forming AS Jacobs Ltd, Jake worked for eight years as a senior building surveyor at a leading building consultancy practice in Auckland. Prior to this Jake worked as a technical advisor in the building consents department of a territorial authority.

Jake has extensive experience in surveying buildings for weather tightness and construction defects, providing repair recommendations and specialist remediation designs as a licensed building practitioner and administering construction contracts on a range of buildings from single level houses to multi storey apartment blocks and government owned buildings. Further to these roles, Jake regularly assists legal counsel in providing expert witness services and has given evidence in some of the highest profile leaky building High Court cases in New Zealand.

Andrew Sweeney

Director
Chartered and Registered Building Surveyor

Andrew leads the commercial building surveying team at AS Jacobs Ltd. Since graduating from University with an Honours Degree in Building Surveying and moving to New Zealand in 2007, Andrew has worked for leading property consultancies in both Australia and New Zealand. He has carried out a range of work from technical due diligence for both vendors and purchasers to negotiating end of lease obligations for both landlords and tenants.

Further to this, Andrew has been heavily involved in the defect reporting of education and multi unit apartment blocks, and providing expert witness services to legal counsel, gaining valuable experience in Wellington’s largest leaky building claim.

Emma Chambers

Chartered Building Surveyor

Emma specialises in the commercial surveying sector, having worked with a leading property consultancy in the UK prior to emigrating to New Zealand.

She has experience in administering construction contracts, and particularly enjoys leading negotiations on commercial lease disputes.

Emma has also had substantial experience in the assessment of passive fire protection.

Graham Durkin

Registered Building Surveyor

Graham’s responsibilities at AS Jacobs encompass a wide range of specialities. These include building condition inspections, defect analysis and expert witness for legal claims. In addition to this, Graham also prepares scope of work documentation, undertakes the procurement of public and private contracts, and acts as Engineer to the Contract carried out under the NZS3910:2013 form of construction contract.

Commercially, Graham carries out premise condition reports, technical due diligence and end of lease dilapidations inspections and negotiations.

Graham is a member of the Weathertightness Review Panel for the Ministry of Education, where he provides expert review and recommendations on the Ministry of Education property assets.

Graham is also a Certified Asbestos Assessor, and is the Upper North Island Chapter Co-ordinator for the NZIBS. In this role he provides guidance and information to new and transitional members of the Institute.

Jason Dourado

Building Surveyor/Architectural Designer

Jason graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies, and a Masters in Architecture. In a short period of time, Jason has been involved in a variety of building surveying work for Bodies Corporate, commercial landlords and companies, under the direction of senior Building Surveyors.

Jason has primarily been involved with premise condition surveys, building defect and weather tightness investigations and reports.

Rebecca Ward

In-House Legal Counsel

Rebecca’s legal qualifications are complemented by her significant knowledge and practical experience in construction and procurement.

Rebecca has over 10 years’ experience, and has amassed a broad understanding of the property industry and related professions including building and quantity surveying, architectural design, and dispute resolution.

Rebecca has significant experience in the preparation and management of tenders and contracts, and is experienced in the review and preparation of evidence for expert witnesses.

Pranay Patel

Building Surveyor/Architectural Designer

Having graduated from the University of Auckland in 2016 with a Bachelors and Masters of Architectural Studies, Pranay gained two years’ experience in the field of architecture. His experience extends across many sectors, with particular attention to residential and education buildings.

Pranay joined AS Jacobs to pursue a career in Building Surveying. He has been involved in a variety of building surveying work for Body Corporate, commercial, and residential development. Pranay has primarily been involved with premise condition surveys, building defects, and weathertightness investigations and reports.

Griffin Hill

Building Surveyor

Griffin graduated from the University of Auckland in 2019 with a Bachelor of Property and a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Management and International Business. He gained experience working in the residential property industry during his time at University.

Griffin is looking forward to gaining varied building surveying experience at AS Jacobs and aims to work towards becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor.

David Major

Senior Project Manager

David joined the AS Jacobs team with 14 years of experience in Property and Project Management, for a cross section of clients and acting as their representative on numerous development, refurbishment, and remediation projects. Over this time he has developed skills in Asset, Facilities, and Project Management.

He has a passion for Project Management and ensuring that any solutions exceeds the requirements and expectations of the end user. He is a qualified Asset Manager with NAMS/IPWEA (NZ Asset Management Support / Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia), and mentors students working towards their accreditation. David’s public service experience and out of the box thinking make him a problem solver, and invaluable asset to the team.

He has a degree in philosophy and ethics so is always looking for an opportunity to have an existential argument, and on weekends he can be found exploring local parks, beaches, and ice cream shops with his young family.

Roger Crichton

Registered Building Surveyor

Roger has experience in project management, working on residential and commercial buildings. He has worked extensively in the UK as a Builder, involved with multi-million dollar projects. On returning home to New Zealand, he has worked for leading re-clad companies as a Technical and Senior Contracts Manager, overseeing large teams of builders re-cladding and re-furbishing multi-unit apartments throughout New Zealand.

Roger has acted as an expert witness in High Court claims, and has attended mediation on numerous occasions. He has extensive experience investigating leaky buildings and large apartment building/complexes suffering from original construction issues. Roger has a comprehensive range of expertise within the New Zealand Construction Industry and is frequently engaged by home owners and Body Corporates.

Daniel Russell

Building Surveyor 

Daniel has recently completed a Bachelor of Property at the University of Auckland.

Daniel is excited to gain valuable experience and knowledge working alongside professionals in the property industry here at AS Jacobs.

Millar Sykes

Building Surveyor

Millar graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 2019 with a Bachelor of Building Science, double majoring in Project Management and Sustainable Engineering Systems.

Millar is very keen to work alongside the experienced staff at AS Jacobs to further develop his skills and knowledge, whilst working towards becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor in the future.

Karli Baker

Administrator

Karli joined the team in 2019, after relocating to Auckland from the Bay of Islands. Changing from her position in retail, Karli has moved to work in administration support with AS Jacobs. She enjoys working with the admin team, in the fast-paced role.

Karli has a passion for systems, law and legal practices and is currently completing her Diploma in Legal Executive Studies.

Outside of work, she enjoys travelling, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Daniel Patton

Building Surveyor

Daniel is currently completing a degree in Property and Commerce, majoring in Economics and Finance at the University of Auckland.

Daniel is excited to learn from the best, while gaining a broad skill set in the industry.  His long term goal is to become a RICS Chartered Building Surveyor.

Moira Halls

Executive Assistant

For a good part of Moira’s working life she has worked in the Tax Sector, but in recent years has moved into Finance/Accounts and Administration.

Over the years Moira has worked with a variety of people and systems internally and externally, always looking for the best outcome and building good working relationships. She enjoys understanding the finer details in what makes processes work.

Lauren Marrion 

Administrator

Lauren has a background specialising in client service within media and e-commerce.

She is passionate about people, loves working in a team and and holds a Bachelor of Communications Degree. She enjoys working together with the team and clients to accomplish a shared vision.

Rajveer Nijjer

Building Surveyor

Rajveer graduated in the UK in 2011 with a BSc (Hons) in Building Surveying. Since then she has gained experience in both the residential and commercial building sectors and undertaken a range of bank monitoring and project management roles of office and shop fit outs.

After moving to New Zealand in 2016 Rajveer has been involved with building condition surveys, weathertightness assessments, timber remediation and project monitoring roles for a number of residential and commercial Clients. She is currently working towards becoming a registered member of the New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors (NZIBS) and a Chartered Building Surveyor (RICS).

Outside of work Rajveer spends her time playing hockey.

Carlo Ramos

Architectural Technician

Carlo graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelors and Masters of Architectural Studies.

After completing his Masters he gained varied experience at a structural steel fabrication company in which he was involved in procurement, administering construction contracts and preparing shop drawings.

Prior to AS Jacobs he has worked at an architectural practice specialising in residential architecture where he gained experience in the detail design and documentation phases.

He is currently working towards becoming a registered architect and is excited to learn from the experienced professionals here at AS Jacobs and contribute to the company’s success.

Kyle Wegner

Project Manager

Kyle graduated at Auckland University of Technology in 2020 with a Bachelor of Building Engineering Technology, majoring in Project management and Quantity Surveying.  He is excited to grow as a Project Manager and prove himself alongside professionals who have excelled in their respective disciplines here at AS Jacobs.

Samantha Polovnikoff

Building Surveyor

Samantha Graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies in 2018 and a Master of Architecture in 2021.

Originally from the Bay of Islands, Samantha has a passion for Architecture and Design. She is excited to gain a large range of valuable experience alongside knowledgeable co-workers.

Laura Elliott

Administrator

Laura has worked in the UK, Australia and New Zealand in a variety of positions, from dance teaching where she gained her degree, to Administrative and Executive roles in the business sector. She is process driven, dynamic and has strong attention to detail.  Laura is passionate about customer service, effective administration and enjoys liaising with teams and clients to achieve the best outcome for all parties.

Eugene Kim

Senior Architectural Designer

Eugene shifted to AS Jacobs after working at previous companies for 10+ years.  He felt it was time to expand his knowledge and learn from other designers and professionals.

He specializes in residential developments, focusing on three essential principles – Expertise, performance and value, in order to give clients plans that work.