Since graduating in 1985 Thomas has navigated a path that has touched on many sectors of the construction industry. Originally from Huddersfield in the UK, Thomas worked all over the world before moving to NZ
The first 15 years of his career were spent in contracting where he went from Junior Site Management to Project Manager, in charge of large multi-million dollar schemes. During this time he managed major roadworks, structures, fast-track commercial development, public sector projects and large housing developments.
This was followed by eight years as a private sector consultant involved in development, business improvement and contract administration. After this, Thomas spent many years as a Project Director/Programme Manager within the public sector managing programmes and projects including one of $800 million in value.
In 2016, Thomas joined Construction Cost Consultants in their Christchurch office. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as well as being an assessor for them, a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and a Chartered Project Management Surveyor. Further to this, he is a qualified Adjudicator of construction disputes and holds a Master’s Degree in Construction Law. A licenced building practitioner, he holds a site management licence for high rise buildings and concrete foundations, slabs and walls.
Thomas enjoys getting into the mountains in the winter and goes skiing whenever he can. Before retiring from the game, he was a Rugby League referee and has also been a high school Governor. Nowadays it’s the starry nights that draw him, and on clear nights you will often find him in the backyard peering through the telescope.