Steve Home has joined the Veros team this week in the role of Project Director, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge from over 35 years in the property industry. To get to know Steve we sat down for a round of quickfire questions…
What’s your role at Veros? Steve: Project Director based in the Waikato.
Where are you from? Steve: Originally from Inverness in Scotland, but I have now lived and worked in New Zealand for over 25 years. I have been based in Auckland until recently with our move to Cambridge in the Mighty Waikato. Over the past 25 years, I have worked on projects throughout New Zealand from Invercargill to Whangarei including many in greater Hamilton.
What’s the best part of your job? Steve: The best part of my job is getting all stakeholders over the finishing line, not only that but also knowing they are more than satisfied with the end result.
Tell us about your background in the property industry? Steve: Straight out of university I started working as a project manager for a construction company in Scotland. As we expanded, I moved to work in England, Scotland and Kuwait (post-Gulf War reconstruction). In this delivery role, I gained a broad and unique experience working across projects in the different locations and this is also where I gained a solid grounding and interest in the property industry.
When I moved to New Zealand, I first worked as a Principal at one of NZ largest project management consultancy based in Auckland and then in 2003 I started my own project management consulting company. We specialised in finishing difficult projects, client representation, procurement and contracts and in dispute resolution. Over the years I have gained significant experience working with a number of central government departments and entities, where I was seconded to work directly out of their offices. This has enabled me to better understand how these organisations operate and have adapted my approach to work with them accordingly.
What’s the best experience of your career? Steve: Thinking back the project that stands out amongst others is the Americas Cup Village (ACVL) which ran from 1999-2000. This project was so unique and such a one of a kind project. The overall project was not only the redevelopment of the Viaduct Basin in Auckland along with the construction of Te Wero Island but also the event management obligations that ACVL were obliged to provide. My role was a combination of client representation, project management, stakeholder management, resource consent management and emergency planning management. This required working under immense timeframe pressure in a complex marine environment and was both hugely challenging and equally rewarding. Being part of such an iconic project presented unique situations and from this, I have built my skill set and expanded my knowledge base which I have then been able to apply to other projects.
Why Veros? Steve: I recently relocated from Auckland to Cambridge, and when looking for a project management role in the area, I found Veros to have a reputation with company values and interests that mirror my own. Veros is long established in the Waikato and is known for having a highly experienced team, that work hard every day to add value to clients and their projects. As I have done for a number of years, similarly Veros become part of a client’s team and truly partner with them to deliver their objectives. I was also intrigued by the diverse project, property and development services the company provides, and I now look forward to learning about the different areas of the business through my work in the region.
What does a typical day look like? Steve: One of the benefits of this job is that no two days are the same, there is such variety in the workload – one of the many attractions of working in this industry. I don’t have a repetitive structure to my days; I might start my day on-site or in the office or meeting with clients. Coffee around 10 am every morning is the only recurring item on my schedule!
Outside of work, what’s something you are passionate about? Steve: Beyond family, my true passion is motorbikes. I have travelled all over New Zealand on a number of motorbikes and covered most of the interesting roads and even some off-roads such as the Molesworth, Danseys Pass, Taranaki Tunnels and Cape Palliser. It is truly the best way to see this beautiful country that we get to call home.
Loch Ness Monster, real or fake? Steve: Real! I once saw something large moving below the water from the south side of Loch Ness.
Favourite Whisky? Scottish malts but my personal preference is Laphroaig.
Welcome Steve! We are excited to have you on board, with your diverse experience and unique skill set you are sure to be a true asset to the team.