Raf is a multi-disciplinarian with a background in finance, governance, strategy and risk. He is currently working with the Christchurch Foundation as an Independent Advisor supporting the victims of the 15th March terror attack. He spent two terms as a Christchurch City Councilor from 2013-2019. As Chair of the Finance Committee, his main focus was the Council's financial position and insurance settlement, as well as its post-earthquake strategic direction, risk management and engagement with Central Government. He has also been involved in Local Government working groups on Funding, Risk and Localism and the Central Government Working Group on Trade for All.
Raf spent 11 years trading global markets and providing high-level macro-economic advice for investment banks in London. In 2002, he moved to New Zealand and has since been actively involved in governance, strategy and social enterprise. He has worked with the Volunteer Army Foundation, Refugee Resettlement Services, Christchurch Budget Services, Pillars, Ohu Foundation and the Christchurch Arts Festival as both a volunteer and board member.
With 35 years of near continuous time in the construction industry, involved in both commercial and residential, Mark is a Licensed Building Practitioner who brings a wealth of experience in how to collaboratively plan a project and build a building. He has worked at all levels of the industry throughout his years and has a deep knowledge of construction. Mark has been directly involved in the delivery of several award winning commercial and residential buildings with both the Registered Master Builders Awards and the Property Council Awards including Registered Master Builders Supreme Award 2013.
Mark is a ‘people’ person and thrives working in a team environment harnessing collective expertise to achieve a common goal. He has been inspired by the Collect Corner vision of building communities through buildings. Mark is joining the team to use his years of construction expertise to assist in doing something different to achieve a positive outcome in the development and construction of a building.
Design and Relationships Steward
Camia is passionate about building 21st Century cities. She believes that the future of cities will be defined by their ability to create places of connection and belonging. Since moving to Christchurch she has been involved in several community minded initiatives including Ohu (Office for Holistic Urbanism), Exchange Christchurch (XCHC), Te Pūtahi: Christchurch Centre for Architecture and City Making, the Gap Filler Pallet Pavilion, and Studio Christchurch.
Before moving to New Zealand, Camia practiced as an Architect in Europe with OMA in Holland and Herzog & de Meuron in Switzerland and worked on several large scale civic projects and urban master plans.
Today Camia serves as a Trustee on the Hillary Institute board, the Ohu Foundation board, and she is the Founding Partner of Ohu Development Ltd, Founding Director of Collett’s Corner Ltd and Founding Director XCHC Ltd.
Grant MacKinnon is the Principal of DGM Group, which has been actively developing homes and apartments in central Christchurch since the mid-1990’s. DGM Group’s developments have ranged from small blocks of attached terrace homes to award-winning multi-level highrise apartment towers. Grant’s skills enable the full suite of development requirements to be understood and coordinated to achieve successful outcomes and stunning homes.
DGM Group is the longest-running residential developer in central Christchurch and has withstood the many challenges to face the sector over the last decade, such as the Global Financial Crisis, the Christchurch earthquakes and subsequent city rebuild, the March 2019 mosque attacks, and now the covid19 pandemic. Grant stands in a strong position to take projects forward with confidence and experience. He looks forward to working with the Collett's Corner team to bring this exciting project to fruition.
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