FNZIS, Registered Professional Surveyor
The founder of Fox and Associates and a professional surveyor since 1964, David combines a deep passion for land with his expert knowledge of surveying, engineering, planning matters and practices, to design and release the full potential of any site
In 1966, David’s passion for excitement and professional challenges took him to Borneo where for eight years he was responsible for a variety of projects in Sarawak under British Aid and later in Sabah with NZ Foreign Affairs. As well as advising local councils on planning issues and managing 35 survey parties and 100 staff, he also provided technical input into the Malaysian Five-year Development Plans. David is experienced and well versed in Resource Management Act planning, resource consent procedures and legal issues relating to land.
David founded Fox and Associates in 1981. After more than 40 years as a consultant and partnering with some of Christchurch’s leading land developers, David is widely known for his skill in the concept and design of major residential developments. Hillside development is a particular speciality with David having been central to the design and development of some 700 sections on the Port Hills over the last 40 years. He is particularly proud of the Broad Oaks Subdivision which won the NZ Institute of Surveyors top award for “the Concept and Design”.
It was also an honour for David to be selected as a member of the Min. for Environment Working Party that produced The Urban Design Protocol in 2004.
David established the Fox value that ‘people are the purpose’. Business and social activity are inextricably intertwined for David but he also has time for socialising, sport, travelling and enjoying family life.
B.SURV, MNZIS, Registered Professional Surveyor (RPSURV)
Although it might seem as if Carl was born to be MD at Fox and Associates, his earlier endeavours may surprise you. Carl studied a wide range of subjects during School and University including Fine Arts, Economics, Psychology, and Astronomy, pursued Architecture for a short time and even tried his hand at windsurfing instruction before he ultimately graduated with his Bachelor of Surveying in 1993.
Carl sees his role at Fox as the constructive challenger of client and team thinking. Being an eternal optimist, he believes that there is always a solution to be found when you sit down and discuss and explore the issues. As an all-rounder, he has great knowledge of each stage of the process and can take a problem, fit all the pieces together, develop creative ideas and then provide the leadership to ensure effective delivery of the final solution.
Carl is relatively hard to rattle and so provides a sense of calm and security to those around him. He sees his greatest driver and challenge in creating or developing something worthy and enduring - whether it be a subdivision development or an engaged and dynamic team.
B.SURV, MNZIS, Registered Professional Surveyor
Michael started at Fox and Associates right after graduating in 1991 and cites the learning culture, intellectual stimulation and challenge his work provides as the reasons he has never left. We are thrilled he hasn’t as over the years Michael’s problem-solving skills, analytical thinking and depth of thought together with his sharp sense of humour have made him an indispensable member of the management team.
Michael’s specialities include the design and contract management of roading and drainage for major subdivisions. He is the in-house IT specialist, which involves problem-solving technological challenges and always looking out for the next thing to adopt. Michael’s skills in computer systems, engineering design and analysis have also proven invaluable to our clients.
Michael’s favourite part of being in the surveying game is growing the skills and experience of his team and thereby contributing to the development of the surveying industry.
At home, Michael and his wife are kept busy with their two teenage children and two cats Minnie and Mouse! Michael also finds time to help lead his church, manage the youth group (keeping him young at heart) and drinking too much coffee with his friends.
B.SURV, MNZIS, Registered Professional Surveyor (RPSURV)
Despite his North Island roots and still being an avid North Harbour fan, Craig is well on his way to being accepted as a Canterbury local with the help of his Christchurch-born wife and children. With a busy work and family life, you can often find Craig plotting ways to get the family out of the city for some tramping and camping or to get the boat out and go fishing.
Craig began his surveying career in the public sector, dealing with Crown land issues and surveying land for public works such as roads and power schemes. Since 2011, Craig has been responsible for keeping things ‘business as usual’ around the Fox office, managing client projects from the initial inquiry right through to delivering the finished product, as well as championing health and safety.
Having grown up on a farm, Craig thrives on helping rural clients navigate planning and surveying rules, so they get the best out of their biggest asset – their land. He especially likes taking tricky jobs and charting a pathway through the red tape. Craig still enjoys getting out ‘in the field’ particularly around Banks Peninsula or the high country.
Office Administration Manager
Lisa is our Swedish administrative savant who organises and coordinates the office to ensure that everything runs smoothly. She has a distinct eye for detail and an analytic mind which makes her an extremely valuable and interesting member of the Fox team.
Before joining Fox and Associates in 2015, Lisa travelled and worked around the world. She started her career with Club Med and for 3 years had the good fortune to work in many of Club Med’s fabulous and exotic locations. She then relocated to Guadeloupe, French West Indies where for 20 years she worked as the Chief Accountant and then as the Financial controller of the Peugeot Group of Companies. Next up was the beautiful Whitsunday Islands in Queensland where for 4 years Lisa worked as the administrator of the Proserpine Golf Club.
Moving to Christchurch in 2015 with her Kiwi husband, Lisa continues to be inspired by the stunning sights of the South Island. She recently discovered the joys of gardening and, along with her passion for cooking, loves making delicious meals with her home-grown fruits and vegetables.
B.SURV (hons), MNZIS, Registered Professional Surveyor (RPSURV)
Phil conducts and manages a variety of survey projects and thrives on the challenge of finding creative solutions to tricky measurement problems. He excels at data analysis and works his magic to present it in ways that everyone will understand including those attending a technical presentation at Trimble’s Dimensions Conference in Las Vegas.
Since graduating in 2004, Phil has worked primarily in cadastral surveying and spatial measurement but also brings experience in resource management planning and engineering to the Fox team.
Outside of work, Phil enjoys spending quality time with his three school-aged daughters, playing West African drums or going for a run in the red zone.
B.SURV, MNZIS, Licensed Cadastral Surveyor
Alex graduated with a Bachelor of Surveying from Otago University in 2005 and then moved on to work at Andersen and Associates where he was involved in major GPS positioning surveys, rural surveys and also Crown land surveys where he developed specialist skills in the disposal of Crown land
Alex who joined Fox in 2015 enjoys the strong team environment of the firm, plus the challenge of learning new software and being involved in construction and land development work. To keep his head spinning Alex is currently studying for a post-graduate diploma in Computer Science at the Univ. of Canterbury
Alex believes in a good work-life balance and a four day week. When he isn’t out overseeing topographic surveys or building set outs, he devotes his spare time to fishing, tramping or collecting classic Hewlett Packard calculators! Alex loves restoring old aircraft and is currently President of the Ferrymead Aeronautical Society.
When you combine his experiences from living on a farm and passion for off-roading, fishing, hunting and tinkering out in the welding shed, Jesse’s love of the outdoors is what makes him so good at his role.
Life as a field assistant is never dull. Every day there are new sites to visit and a variety of work to keep him on his toes. As one of Fox and Associates UAV pilots, Jesse helps the team create highly accurate topographic surveys using high-resolution aerial photography.
If Jesse could be anyone in the world he would be Matt Watson from The Fishing Show - and we can see that the similarities are clear. Part conservationist, part hunter, part caretaker; their ideologies match. It is these unique qualities in Jesse that we value and which make him an indispensable part of the Fox team.
With a love for the outdoors, the role of Survey Assistant fits Tyler like a glove. Spending most of her days travelling around Canterbury carrying out fieldwork, Tyler has explored places she never knew existed until starting at Fox.
Her positive, enthusiastic approach means she always brings a smile to the office every day. Tyler undertakes the tasks of her role with gusto, always eager to work to the best of her abilities.
If Tyler could be anyone for a day, it would be Kai Lenny; big wave surfer, windsurfer, kitesurfer and Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) World Champion. Tyler considers the beach her second home, and with her passion for SUP and sports, it’s easy to see her affinity with Kai Lenny. Tyler also shares his will to win, which is what makes her so valuable as a survey assistant; she always goes the extra step to get the job done.
David (Davo) Patterson
David’s burning desire is to create low-impact, sustainable liveable neighbourhoods through well-considered design that leaves a lasting positive imprint. His dedication to making the world a better place was recognised in 2006 when he was declared Time Magazine’s Person of the Year (along with 4 billion or so other people, but still!).
After graduating in 2010 with a BSurv from the University of Otago, Dave honed his surveying skills on measuring earthquake infrastructure damage, before moving on to designing concepts for greenfield subdivisions in Wanaka. He excels at creating plans that enable dynamic discussion and clear guidance of projects, from concept to completion.
When he is not impressing clients with his expertise in Autodesk design packages, Dave enjoys running, snowboarding, road cycling, playing music and trying to keep two pot plants alive. A lover of music and film, he also plays the guitar and piano.
Emma’s talent for multi-tasking is legendary, as she not only fulfil the roles of administration, accounts and marketing at Fox and associates, she also looks after her husband’s business affairs in the evening. Any spare time is devoted to the needs of their 5 fur-babies and numerous foster dogs. Emma says her superpowers come from having a logical mind and thriving on variety.
While working at the IRD, she decided to move on to bigger things, completing a BCom in Accounting and Taxation at the University of Canterbury in 2012. Her husband is a graffiti artist and in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes, he was asked to bring some energy back to the city through his murals. Emma turned this opportunity into an organised business operation, enabling him to focus on his creativity. Their business is a team effort with Emma also organising and managing public art events.
If Emma could be anyone in the world for a day, it would be the prime minister so she could improve animal welfare rights and laws. We would vote for her.
Everyone brings something different; that's what makes us strong.
When you work with us, you’ll get a unique blend of expert planning, surveying, engineering and design skills combined with clever thinking, innovative ideas and a deep love of land.
We don’t have a formula, or a one size fits all approach. We deliver creative solutions for people, property and places, so you can do more and better with what you have. We take pride in what we do and will treat your project like it is our very own.