David Prentice

Chief Executive

David was appointed in Jan 2020 in an acting capacity following the departure of the previous CEO, Vince Hawksworth. Originally from Scotland, David moved to New Zealand in 1997 and initially worked as an engineer with Opus International Consultants. Following a number of different roles within Opus, David was appointed Chief Executive and Managing Director in 2010. Opus was an NZX listed global infrastructure professional services company employing around 3000 people in 80 offices. He also served on the Board of Directors for Opus as a non-independent and executive board member. Most recently, David was the Chair of the Interim Committee for Climate Change – an independent organisation tasked with providing analysis and recommendations to Government regarding emissions from agriculture and electricity generation. David graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) degree and a PhD in Engineering. He was Chairman of Business New Zealand’s Infrastructure sub-group for 5 years, is a member of the Institute of Directors, and a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand. David was also appointed as Chair of Martin Jenkins in Dec 2019.