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Operations and facilities

Email Property Service is responsible for keeping all of the University's campuses well maintained and humming along. The University has almost every kind of building you can imagine - for teaching, health clinics or as homes-away-from-home for our students. We have highly specialised laboratories, historic buildings, and an electricity network to power it all. It's very much like keeping a small, but very complex town running.


The Compliance team is responsible for making sure our buildings comply with building legislation and most importantly are safe to use. They ensure things such as fire extinguishers will work when needed, Building Warrants of Fitness are in place and manage the risk of exposure to asbestos dust. As building regulations have changed, their role has become ever more complex. It's accurate to say that without the Compliance team's work the University would not be allowed to open its doors.


The Energy team manages the electricity, heat and hot water which is supplied to our buildings so the University's students and staff can live and work in comfort. Their constant focus is on energy conservation, sustainability and cost management.


The Contracting team includes every kind of building trade under the sun to keep our buildings running smoothly - carpenters, joiners, electricians, plumbers, a signwriter or two and even a locksmith. They have someone on call 24/7 to provide the first response in an emergency. They also take care of everything from changing your light bulbs to medium-sized building alterations and anything in between.

Facility Management

Get to know your Facility Manager because she or he will often often be your first point of contact with the Property Service Division. If you need something fixed or have a space issue, a safety concern or a question relating to your building, they can be contacted directly via phone or email. They quite literally know the University's buildings inside out and are here to help you.

If you are unsure who your facility manager is you can find out using either of these two documents:

Their areas of responsibility include:

  • Liaising with building users and other stakeholders
  • Allocating and monitoring maintenance spending
  • Advising on policies relating to building management issues
  • Supervising and implementing asset management plans
  • Conducting annual property audits

There are seven Facility Managers - five for the Dunedin and Invercargill campuses and one each for the Christchurch and Wellington campuses.

GenericOperations and Facilities Manager

Garry Grindley

Tel 64 3 479 5064

Garry had a long career (39 years) with Opus International Consultants and its predecessors prior to joining the University.

Initially he trained as a Quantity Surveyor before moving on in the 80’s to assisting with site supervision of larger projects including the Cromwell town centre and being responsible for cost control on larger projects.

In the early 90’s he was promoted to manage the Architectural Building Services Business in the Otago/Southland area. During his tenure as the Manager, systems were developed locally to manage building compliance nationwide for clients and Opus moved into the facilities management business winning major contracts for Transpower and other energy and broadcasting clients in both NZ and Australia. Garry was jointly responsible for many of these commissions.

In 2002 shortly before Opus was listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange Garry was one of the first staff to be accredited as a Partner.

In later years Garry was actively involved In developing asset management services for clients before being appointed to Opus’ internal Technical Committee. The Technical Committee was responsible for the technical standards and health of Opus International Consultants. His work during this period included rewriting standards and some dispute resolution. In addition he negotiated leases and project managed Opus leases and fit-outs in the Southern region.

As Operations and Facilities Manager for Property Services Garry leads a great team dedicated to providing a clean, warm and pleasant environment that is compliant with all relevant building related legislation.

PeterStablesMaintenance & Facilities Manager

Peter Stables

Tel 64 3 479 8409

Prior to joining the University in October 2000 as a Services Engineer, Peter worked as a Mechanical Engineer. He was appointed to his present position in 2002. Peter has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London, and is a Chartered Engineer. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1995.

GenericFacilities and Services Manager - Wellington School of Medicine

Ian Perry

Tel 64 4 385 5551
Tel 021 245 5551

Facility Manager - Christchurch School of MedicineGeneric

Murray Clarke

Tel 64 3 364 0959

Murray handles all requests for tradesmen, along with requests for building alterations, re-configuration of spaces, design issues, or new elements (like permanent pinboards on the walls).

Facility Manager - Alexandra & InvercargillGeneric

Jon Thompson

Tel 64 3 479 9256

Dunedin campus

GenericFacility Manager - North West Campus

Jon Thompson

Tel 64 3 479 9256

GenericFacility Manager - East Campus & Campus and Collegiate Life Services

Jon Thompson

Tel 64 3 479 9256

Facility Manager - Dunedin Medical & Dental SchoolsGeneric

Jonny (Jonathan) Goldsmith

Tel 64 3 479 7141

Facility Manager - Centre/South CampusMarkKelly

Mark Kelly

Tel 64 3 479 8021

Margaret StrangeFacility Manager - South Campus

Margaret Strange

Tel 64 3 479 8020

Facility Manager – Centre/North CampusGeneric

Michael Porter

Tel 64 3 479 8019


RobWilksCompliance Manager

Rob Wilks

Tel 64 3 471 6218

Rob Wilks' main role is to ensure that all buildings meet statutory requirements (Buildings Act, MAF, etc) and that planned maintenance is carried out.

MindyMcLellanCustodial Services & Mailroom Manager

Mindy McLellan

Tel 64 3 479 8176

Visit Custodial Services & Mailroom to find out more.

Mindy has 22 years experience as the University's Custodial Services Manager, and has an NZIM Cert Mgmt and DipGrad (Otago). Mindy leads a team of three: Ashley Lie-Olesen (Senior Mailroom Administrator), Lynette Still (Mailroom Administrator) and Viv Washington (Custodial Services Assistant).

HansPietschEnergy Manager

Hans Pietsch

Tel 64 3 479 8029

Visit Energy & sustainability to find out more.

With the rise in fuel costs and the drive towards sustainability, Hans Pietsch plays a pivotal role in the division. Hans is responsible for:

  • Negotiating energy supply contracts (e.g. electricity)
  • Monitoring energy consumption across the university
  • Implementing sustainability projects, (e.g. sustainable fuelled boilers and water conservation systems)
  • Upgrading building insulation

He has also been heavily involved in the nation-wide Green Building Initiative. Hans is available to give advice and information on these systems.

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