Having previously served as RCP’s Central North Island Regional Manager, Brett Watchorn is deeply connected with RCP and the breadth of our projects. After joining RCP in 2007, Brett is an Associate and has worked in our Taupō and Auckland offices. He now calls Tauranga home and is passionate about creating buildings and spaces that are integrated parts of the wider community and environment.
“I love creating something that adds value to our communities. Whether it’s helping to create commercial developments, rolling out infrastructure or creating new public amenities, it’s about delivering something meaningful for the people who will use it.”
Equally, Brett is conscious of the important role that development plays in supporting environmental outcomes.
“We want to, and need to, make progress in projects, but we also want to do things in the right way for the right, long-term reasons. Projects need to respect the environment in which they are built and the communities that will use them. Projects and environmental concerns don’t need to be at odds with each other. They can work in harmony.”
Coupled with his emphasis on community and environmental outcomes is Brett’s commitment to creating relationships that last. His easy-going, ‘get the job done’ approach is one he has fostered since working as a labourer during his university holidays.
“You’ve got to create a working environment where people respect each other. I avoid making assumptions about people and about projects. With a bit of effort, you can usually find a solution that helps everyone win. If our relationships are sound, our project delivery will be sound. I try to focus on this in each project, and I also encourage it in the wider industry. There is a way to have fewer losers and more winners.”
“I love what I do. I get to work with great people, on some of the country's most exciting projects. The Rugby World Cup is one example, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of a project that really meant something to our country. It’s that wider meaning that really drives me, and it’s something that I think also drives RCP.”