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Leighs Construction appoints an additional Director

Leighs Construction Limited’s Shareholders have announced the appointment of Anna Cassels-Brown as a new Director for the company. Anna joined the Board of Directors on the 4th April 2022.

Anna is an accomplished and experienced Senior Executive and Director who possesses a wide range of skills and experience developed through her career.

Anna will continue in her executive role as General Manager Operations for Auckland International Airport Limited after joining the Leighs Construction Limited Board. She has previously held senior Executive positions at Landcorp, Refining NZ and Fonterra.

Anna has broad governance experience and was the Founding Trustee, Director and Chair of Ara, the Auckland Airport Jobs and Skills Hub. Earlier Anna was a Non Executive Director and Council Member for Northland Polytechnic as well as a Founder, Trustee and Chair of Hauraki Gulf Charitable Trust formed in partnership with the late Sir Peter Blake.

Anthony Leighs, Founder, current Director and shareholder representative of Leighs Construction says “I am very excited that Anna is joining the Leighs Board. Her appointment will continue to strengthen our governance and her considerable experience will strongly contribute to the ongoing growth and evolution of Leighs Construction.

Leighs Construction Chairman Mark Darrow says “ Anna’s appointment is part of a plan to strengthen the management and governance of the company, to ensure we take best advantage of the significant growth opportunities available to us. We warmly welcome her to the Board”.

Leighs Construction has grown and evolved positively since its inception in 1992 and is known as a high-calibre, specialist constructor with strong capability and a proven track record in building large and complex projects for the New Zealand Government and blue-chip businesses.

Leighs played a major role in the reconstruction of Christchurch following the devastating earthquakes, and more recently has completed significant projects throughout the country such as the new Building C at Mt Eden Prison and new research and manufacturing facilities for Fisher & Paykel Healthcare.

Leighs is currently constructing projects from Invercargill to Whangārei, including the Taranaki Base Hospital, Lincoln University Sciences and Hillmorton Specialist Mental Health Facilities. Leighs is also the preferred main contractor for Scott Base Redevelopment project in Antarctica, building on its twenty-year history of construction in Antarctica for the New Zealand Government.

Ms Cassels-Brown says “I am thrilled to be joining the Board of this iconic company. Leighs’ strong foundations justify the unique place it now occupies in the New Zealand construction sector, as well as the trust and confidence it has with its loyal staff, clients and stakeholders. I look forward to working with my fellow Directors and the Leighs team as we guide the company through its next evolution.”


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