Forging his own path

John Burden

General Manager (Infrastructure)

If management is doing things right, and leadership is doing the right things, then John Burden strikes a perfect balance. Which is just as well. His 28-year career-journey has taken him from humble beginnings as a labourer on construction sites overseas to his current post as General Manager of our Infrastructure Business Unit - a $600 million, 1000-staff entity.
Dig a little deeper and it all makes perfect sense. Few labourers will have a Master of Science degree in chemistry in their back pocket. Even then, his attention to the smaller details, an awareness of self and others, the innate ability to keep learning from every project, as well as his steady responsive leadership style have built a stellar track record. 

I want to be a part of the team. And I need to convey that.

Projects he has helmed read like a what’s what of Auckland’s infrastructure: the Waterview connection ($1.4 billion), Victoria Park Tunnel ($406 million), Grafton Gully interchange ($130 million), Northern Busway ($250 million) and SH20 Manukau Harbour Crossing ($200 million) are a few. 
Each project has added depth to his ability to quickly understand and steer diverse teams toward successful delivery of complex projects. His capacity to learn and lead hasn’t stopped there. Complementing his academic credentials, which include a Master of Science (chemistry) degree, a BE(Hons) and CPEng in Civil Engineering, John provides a valuable link between industry and academic sectors. 
John sits on the Board for the University of Canterbury (UC) QuakeCentre and chairs the Construction Management Advisory Committee at UC's Department of Civil and Natural Resources. He is an elected fellow of IPENZ for his contribution to innovation in the creation of engineering works.