McConnell Dowell’s Chris Ashton, Tunnel Construction Manager with the Well-Connected Alliance at Waterview for NZ Transport Agency has won the Civil Contractors New Zealand’s Z Energy Emerging Leader 2015 award.
The awards are organised by the New Zealand Contractors’ Federation to recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals within the civil construction industry.
“Chris is an incredibly well respected individual in the construction industry,” said Roger McRae, Managing Director of McConnell Dowell and chair of the Well-Connected Alliance.
“I’m delighted that he has been recognised for his leadership skills but also for his sound tunnelling, engineering and management experience gained working on infrastructure projects of great scale."
Chris has worked his way ‘from the ground up’ so to speak over the past fifteen years in the construction industry to his current position as Tunnel Construction Manager at Waterview Connection - the largest road infrastructure project in New Zealand.
Other notable career highlights include Chris’s work on the £16 billion Crossrail scheme in England which includes 2.7km of twin-tube tunnels which pass beneath the River Thames.
The win was announced at the Civil Contractors conference in Taupo.