New head for Wairoa-owned QRS

Nigel Pollock will take over as chief executive in August following the resignation of Mark Browne.

Nigel Pollock will take over as chief executive in August following the resignation of Mark Browne.

Nigel Pollock QRS CEO

A WAIROA man will be at the helm of civil construction and maintenance company, Quality Roading and Services Wairoa Ltd (QRS).

Nigel Pollock will take over as chief executive in August following the resignation of Mark Browne, who decided to pursue other interests after three years with the company.

Mr Pollock said the opportunity to lead one of the region’s largest employers was too good to ignore.

“QRS’s track record, exhaustive project experience and strong relationship with locals, fuelled my desire to lead the team.”

Ongoing challenges for QRS included keeping up with technological advances in civil construction technology, as well as staying on top of compliance, regulation and legislative updates and changes.

Mr Pollock said QRS understood the needs of Wairoa District Council and was invested in helping provide great infrastructure so the community had better access to economic opportunities.

“We’re operating in a competitive environment and we’re isolated, and that adds to the challenges. But if you listen to customers, probe for more detail and take on board feedback, then we can continue to take the lead in civil construction and maintenance projects.

Chairman of the board of directors Guy Gaddum said QRS was delighted Mr Pollock had accepted the role.

“QRS will benefit from his experience and energy,” he said.

Mr Gaddum said the company had matured under Mr Browne’s leadership and diligence, and adapted well to the modern contracting environment.

“Under Mark, QRS stepped up its game as a credible, safe and professional contractor. He was instrumental, alongside Wairoa District Council, in developing new ways of working that saw more collaboration, efficient use of resources, and better care of local assets.”

Network outcome contracts, or NOCs, were introduced by the New Zealand Transport Agency for its state highway network to create national consistency and efficiencies. They were adopted by QRS and Wairoa District Council in 2013.

Company chief financial officer Karen Burger will act as chief executive until Mr Pollock begins his role.

QRS, fully owned by the Wairoa District Council, is responsible for maintenance of the unsealed road network in the Wairoa district.

— Wairoa Star

A WAIROA man will be at the helm of civil construction and maintenance company, Quality Roading and Services Wairoa Ltd (QRS).

Nigel Pollock will take over as chief executive in August following the resignation of Mark Browne, who decided to pursue other interests after three years with the company.

Mr Pollock said the opportunity to lead one of the region’s largest employers was too good to ignore.

“QRS’s track record, exhaustive project experience and strong relationship with locals, fuelled my desire to lead the team.”

Ongoing challenges for QRS included keeping up with technological advances in civil construction technology, as well as staying on top of compliance, regulation and legislative updates and changes.

Mr Pollock said QRS understood the needs of Wairoa District Council and was invested in helping provide great infrastructure so the community had better access to economic opportunities.

“We’re operating in a competitive environment and we’re isolated, and that adds to the challenges. But if you listen to customers, probe for more detail and take on board feedback, then we can continue to take the lead in civil construction and maintenance projects.

Chairman of the board of directors Guy Gaddum said QRS was delighted Mr Pollock had accepted the role.

“QRS will benefit from his experience and energy,” he said.

Mr Gaddum said the company had matured under Mr Browne’s leadership and diligence, and adapted well to the modern contracting environment.

“Under Mark, QRS stepped up its game as a credible, safe and professional contractor. He was instrumental, alongside Wairoa District Council, in developing new ways of working that saw more collaboration, efficient use of resources, and better care of local assets.”

Network outcome contracts, or NOCs, were introduced by the New Zealand Transport Agency for its state highway network to create national consistency and efficiencies. They were adopted by QRS and Wairoa District Council in 2013.

Company chief financial officer Karen Burger will act as chief executive until Mr Pollock begins his role.

QRS, fully owned by the Wairoa District Council, is responsible for maintenance of the unsealed road network in the Wairoa district.

— Wairoa Star

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