As we continue to expand our growth and investment across our four national studios, Gray Puksand welcomes Naomi Mackenzie, who has been appointed as General Manager of the business.
With a proven track record of leading successful strategic and operational change initiatives, Naomi will oversee the effective management of Gray Puksand under the direction of the Board and National Managing Partner, Nik Tabain.
Naomi brings to the position more than 20 years of experience in strategic programming and project governance across health and retail sectors, having held senior operational and financial management roles at Bupa and Boost Juice Bars.
“I look forward to working alongside Nik Tabain driving strategy delivery and supporting the day-to-day operations of Gray Puksand to contribute to the business’ national growth aspirations,” said Naomi.
Playing an integral part in shaping Gray Puksand’s national work culture, Naomi highlights the importance of cross-collaboration and encourages flexible ways of working in promoting staff wellbeing and productivity.
Following the pandemic, Gray Puksand adopted the ‘new normal’ approach, fostering interstate cross-collaboration with the use of digital technology for teamwork and connection between studios.
“Unlike other industries, architectural design has a certain creative process that requires our teams to work both collaboratively and independently depending on the stage of the project”, said Naomi.
“The pandemic has allowed us to remove some barriers relating to working on interstate projects by encouraging cross-collaboration and allowing better opportunities to engage our specialist expertise at a national level.
“Our highly digital approach ensures better outcomes for our clients as we create a balance between studios. We are also encouraging some flexible ways of working for staff with families to meet the demands of both their personal and work lives.”
Our National Managing Partner, Nik Tabain, echoed Naomi’s enthusiasm in welcoming her to Gray Puksand’s senior leadership team.
“Naomi brings a wealth of valuable experience to the practice. It will be a pleasure to share her expertise with colleagues and clients to strengthen Gray Puksand’s business processes and investment in the health sector. I look forward to seeing Naomi’s leadership and expertise further contribute to our growing influence in this field,” said Nik.
Naomi’s significant commercial acumen, extensive project management experience and proven relationship-building skills will underpin a seamless transition into her new role as General Manager, which took effect in November 2023.