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Carole Lee to lead Environment Management and Planning in New Zealand

The increase in infrastructure and development projects to support swelling populations in urban hubs like Auckland and Christchurch as well as the flourishing economy of NZ, is an opportunity to plan competitive, resilient and design-led centres of growth. Careful environmental focus is crucial to making sure this growth is sustainable.


An Environment professional with extensive experience in both the private and public sector, Ms Lee joins the WSP New Zealand office as Technical Executive, Environmental Management and Planning. Ms Lee will be responsible for contributing to our successful environment business in New Zealand and will also support the Transport, Property and Power business with environmental management and planning services.

Director of Environment, Jenny MacMahon spoke highly of Ms Lee’s experience and said, “Carole’s breadth of knowledge and experience around legislation, regulation, and a broad range of environmental areas will boost our Environmental capabilities in New Zealand and better position us in a growing market. Carole’s collaborative approach, attention to detail, trusted client relationships and understanding of the New Zealand regulatory context will be immensely valuable to the team and we are very excited to welcome Carole on board.”

In her latest role as Manager, Closed Landfill and Contaminated Land Response at the Auckland Council, Ms Lee managed Auckland Council’s portfolio of nearly 200 closed landfills and council-owned contaminated land.  As well as driving a number of projects to improve the usability of the sites for the community, many of these sites are impacted by major roading projects such as East West Link and she had the opportunity to be part of the cross-council governance group focusing closely on the benefits and risks for the ratepayers of Auckland associated with this project.  

As convenor for the Regional Waste and Contaminated Land Special Interest Group, Ms Lee helped develop key connections within the contaminated land space and deliver on key national initiatives around data consistency and further development of contaminated land guidelines. Due diligence work is an area of expertise for Ms Lee, having managed some of the largest divestments and acquisitions in New Zealand in a wide range of areas.

Ms Lee is based in the WSP Auckland office and commenced in her role early August.

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