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About Base


Base Key Personnel

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Julian Kinnaird

General Manager

Julian has over 40 years’ experience in Civil contracting, roading and local government maintenance contracts.  Julian’s attention to detail and excellent relationship management skills contribute to him being a well-respected, experienced manager and leader at Base and in the wider Civil Contracting Industry.  Julian has a New Zealand Certificate in Engineering Civil and a New Zealand Institute of Management Certificate.  

Courtney Brown

Business Support Manager
Courtney is the Business Support Manager, with a background in business and administration across various industries from Hospitality, Tourism, Property Maintenance, and Engineering.  From these different industries Courtney has gained extensive knowledge in the smooth running of an office.  This role is essential to support the overall day-to-day office management, company-wide business development, accounts, project support and HR employee requirements. 

Scott Sutherland

Contracts Manager

With over 18 years’ experience in the Civil Construction Industry and working on various projects around the Southern Lakes area, Scott has developed good relationships and integrated himself into the community.  As the Contracts Manager Scott runs the day-to-day operations of all large projects at Base and has been essential to the successful delivery of all his projects to date.  Scott has a New Zealand Certificate in Engineering Civil and a New Zealand Institute of Management Certificate in Operational Leadership.

Murray Forward

Site Supervisor

Murray has over 35 years’ experience in the Civil Construction Industry in and around Queenstown Lakes district, he has integrated himself into the community and is Chief of the Arrowtown Fire Brigade.  Murray has invaluable knowledge of contractors, council, and the Wakatipu Basin Environment.  Murray is a highly experienced and skilled Machine Operator.  Due to Murrays experience he is well qualified for projects on steep terrain that require a certain depth of understanding.  Murray has a wide range of qualifications including a national certificate in water and drain reticulation and New Zealand Forest service. 

Chris Murdoch

Site Supervisor

With over 30 years’ experience in the Civil Construction Industry and working on various projects around the Southern Lakes area, Chris has worked as a Site Supervisor and a highly experienced Machine Operator, on various large projects at Base.  He has developed good relationships with the site team and Contracts Manager.  As the Site Supervisor Chris runs the day-to-day operations of the team on site, undertaking daily prestarts to ensure everyone is on track.

Michael Stroud

Operations Manager

Michael Stroud Operations Manager. Michael has over 20 years experience in the civil construction and mining industries both in New Zealand and overseas, Michael, who is born and bred in the Wakatipu Basin, has good insight, local expertise, and solid relationships with key suppliers throughout the region. As the Operations Manager, Michael overseas the day-to-day plant and resource operation requirements for Base, he also has experience in Site Supervisor and Project Manager roles. 

Andy Gillies


Andy has over 27 years’ experience working in the road transport, mining, and construction industries throughout the world and in New Zealand.  As the Base mechanic and Workshop Lead, specialising in Komatsu and Mercedes machines, Andy maintains a robust scheduled maintenance program for all Base plant and equipment, his attention to detail and breadth of knowledge and vast experience has made him an integral part of the Base Team.  Andy has an Automotive Engineering certificate specialising in Road Transport.

Jay Hull

Health and Safety Supervisor

Jay is the newest addition to the Base Team.  As the Health and Safety Supervisor, Jay supports the day-to-day health and safety requirements for all Base projects, while ensuring compliance under the Health and Safety at work act 2015.  Jay maintains a robust health and safety system to ensure health and safety of all Base staff.  Jay has a NEBOSH diploma in Health and Safety.



Base has a significant amount of experience ensuring quality and compliance in regard to testing and certification.  Base has a clegg hammer and scala penetrometer with a clear testing procedure, that is used for testing each lift/chainage of trench.  The testing procedure can be adapted for any testing regime as specified by our clients.  At Base Work Instructions (WI) and/or Inspection Checklist (IC) are used to control the work and verify compliance with the quality requirements.


Safety and Wellbeing is important to Base, at the end of each day we want all our staff and subcontractors to go home safe and healthy and we want to continue to provide services for our clients incident free.  Our dedicated Health and Safety Supervisor supports Base in compliance, internally and with any requirements set out in our clients Health and Safety Management plans, for works on site and relevant legislation included in the Health and Safety Work Act 2015.  

Base develops comprehensive Site Specific Safety Plans, Task Analysis and Safe Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for all our projects, tasks and equipment, these outline hazards, associated risks and methods of control. 


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Base Contracting Ltd is a medium sized civil contracting company with 40+ full time employees and an extensive fleet of Komatsu Excavators, Mercedes Trucks, Loaders, Rollers, various Small Plant and Utilities. 


We are a multi-faceted contracting company undertaking large earthworks, drainage & utility services, trenching, excavations, installation of reticulated services, subdivisional developments, retaining structures, rock walls, rural property development, ponds & water features, roading, demolition and high alpine re-vegetation projects. 


With a well-established team of ‘can do’ contracting staff and management, Base Contracting’s experience and work portfolio is extensive.

Training and Development 

All our team and subcontractors are trained and assessed by our internal Connexis and NZTA approved trainer and assessor.  

Investment in our employee development and training is important to Base, our key staff attend regular Leadership courses, and we also support our employees through their apprenticeships, licenses, water retic, drainlayer certifications and engineer qualifications.

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