Pamela Bell

Hi there!

I'm Pamela Bell

Consultant for innovation in the built environment.

 
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Hello!

I'm an experienced director and CEO with key strengths in ‘spotting the gaps’ by responding to challenges with a creative strategic focus, integrated teamwork + an inquiring perspective, drawing from my experience at the interface of high-performance sport, innovation, design, construction + business.


I am a connected achiever + influencer that thrives in uncertain situations. 

Over the last decade, I have successfully transformed a fragmented design + construction industry offsite sector towards a future sustainable innovation eco-system.

I am passionate about delivering a better built environment for all New Zealanders.

Innovation is my key driver.

 
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I can help you with…

 
 

creating new strategic opportunities:

  • innovation in the built environment + other industries


 

leading + influencing:

  • industry association + social enterprise chief executive


 

a safe pair of hands:

  • governance board member of commercial + non-profit entities


 
 

I can assist with specific consultation, project management, strategic change, design thinking, keynote presentations + interactive design-led workshops. 

If you’d like to learn more about me, browse through the site.

If you see something you like, or you want to discuss what I can do for you, please get in touch.

hello@pamelabell.nz

 

Projects

 
TedX Wellington, New Zealand (2016)

TedX Wellington, New Zealand (2016)

Kiwi Prefab book, New Zealand (2012)

Kiwi Prefab book, New Zealand (2012)

SNUG ‘a home in my backyard’ design competition, New Zealand (2018-19)

SNUG ‘a home in my backyard’ design competition, New Zealand (2018-19)

HIVE home innovation village - commemorative book, New Zealand (2016)

HIVE home innovation village - commemorative book, New Zealand (2016)

HIVE home innovation village, Christchurch (2012-14)

HIVE home innovation village, Christchurch (2012-14)

Kiwi Prefab exhibition, Puke Ariki, New Plymouth (2012-13)

Kiwi Prefab exhibition, Puke Ariki, New Plymouth (2012-13)

Others say …

 
 

Leah Singer - PrefabNZ Board Chair

“During the past nine years as Chief Executive, Pamela has reported to over 50 Board meetings. The Board have consistently found her to be professional, open and honest, and personally dedicated to endeavours.

The Board have also found her to be a true champion for diversity within both the industry and PrefabNZ. Pamela has truly led by example.

At a personal level, it has been a pleasure to work with Pamela. She wears her heart on her sleeve, shows empathy, and always acts with integrity. She is an extremely driven and passionate person.”


 

Gary Caulfield - Former PrefabNZ Board Chair

“Throughout my association with PrefabNZ since 2010, as Board Member, Board Chair, Life Member, sponsor and general supporter, I remain consistently impressed with Pamela’s constant enthusiasm throughout the ever-changing construction and political landscape over this period.

Pamela’s drive to innovate and educate the benefits of the offsite sector, often to challenging audiences, has seen the awareness and success of PrefabNZ increase dramatically. The single constant remains Pamela’s communication skills and attention to detail!”


 

Dave Strachan - Architect + Former PrefabNZ Board Member

“I continue to be amazed at how Pamela’s drive and dedication to the whole of the prefab / offsite industry has gone from a virtual ‘start-up’ in 2010, to the successful industry organisation it is today. I am convinced that without Pamela’s commitment to an idea formed during her Master of Architecture research into prefabrication, we would not have PrefabNZ at all.

Having worked with Pamela, since those early trying times, I have no hesitation in recommending Pamela for any position requiring drive, determination, research and a can-do attitude to take any project to ‘next level’.”

 
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My skills include…


 

Key governance skills:

  1. Macro perspective – an ability to take a broad + international view to problem-solving while keeping a focus on the end + local strategic goal

  2. Intelligent inquiry – a personal confidence to probe and ask questions to reach my own conclusions and avoid ‘group-think’

  3. Communications – a commitment to remind board + operations of the importance of clear, timely + transparent information to clients, members + wider stakeholders

  4. Strategic thinking – experienced in Business Planning, Budgets + Financial Reporting

  5. A listener, a thinker, a team contributor – able to absorb, process + re-evaluate new evidence into focused outcomes


 

Key operations skills:

  1. Experienced manager, team-building, hiring + firing personnel

  2. Development + management of communication collateral + professional development

  3. Grow financial turnover (PrefabNZ, by 300% over 3 years 2010-13)

  4. Solid human resource, financial and asset management experience


 

Stakeholder relationships:

  1. Develop the go-to voice + face of offsite manufacturing construction expertise - online, TV, radio etc.

  2. Presentations to key conferences across building professions + material types

  3. Key-note speaker to Australasia, South-East Asia and North American conference audiences


 

Personal skills:

  1. Exceptional organisational + time management skills

  2. Enthusiastic + highly motivated by challenges

  3. Ability to lead, listen + also be an active team decision-maker

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Experience

Chief Executive, PrefabNZ Inc.

February 2010 - June 2019

For the past nine years since inception in 2010, I have been Chief Executive Officer of the innovative design and construction industry sector social enterprise + member-based association PrefabNZ Incorporated. PrefabNZ was founded from my Master of Architecture research recommendations into offsite construction for New Zealand housing. PrefabNZ is the hub for innovative construction in New Zealand – delivering information, education and advocacy to challenge, lead + engage the public, industry + government alike.


Board Member, BRANZ Group

September 2017 - present

Experienced director and CEO with key strengths in responding to challenges with a creative strategic focus, integrated teamwork, + an inquiring perspective from the interface of high-performance sport, innovation, design + construction, + business.

BRANZ is the Building Research Association of New Zealand. It is an independent and impartial research, testing, consulting and information company providing services and resources for the building industry. It is also the non-profit custodian or kaitiaki of the Building Research Levy which is guided by the Building Act (2004).

Building Advisory Panel Member, Ministry of Business Innovation + Employment

May 2017 - present

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s Building Advisory Panel provides MBIE's Deputy Chief Executive of Building, Resources & Markets with independent strategic advice on issues facing the construction sector.

Education

July 2019 - August 2019

ALTMBA (Alternative MBA)

The altMBA is a digital sprint course founded in 2015 by bestselling author and entrepreneur Seth Godin. It is an intensive online workshop designed to help leaders level up.

The altMBA is an online leadership and management workshop. It uses digital tools like Slack, Discourse and Zoom to engage more than 100 students in an intense four-week process.


1991-1992 + 2000-2002

Bachelor of Architecture (First Class Honours), Victoria University of Wellington

The BArch final year design project was the publication of the Marketecture* magazine + corresponding launch of jewellery + clothing - exploring the link between branding + architecture.

The seven-year gap in the BArch was spent as a snowboard athlete, coach, founder of the NZ Snowboard Academy, and co-owner / designer / marketer of Fruition snow clothing.

July 2007 - June 2009

Master of Architecture at Victoria University of Wellington

The ‘Kiwi Prefab: Prefabricated Housing in NZ’ MArch thesis led to the 2010 'Kiwi Prefab' workshop where PrefabNZ was founded.

The MArch 'Kiwi Prefab' thesis was also the basis for the ‘Kiwi Prefab: Cottage to Cutting Edge’ book (co-authored with Mark Southcombe of Victoria University) and the ‘Kiwi Prefab: Cottage to Cutting Edge’ exhibition at Puke Ariki Museum, New Plymouth – Dec 1 2012 to Apr 1 2013. 


1997-1999

Diploma of Business (Part), Massey University (Extramural)

Business papers were completed extramurally while competing on the World Cup snowboard circuit.

An interest in entrepreneurship has been explored through establishing enterprises, including Vertical Addictions, NZ Snowboard Academy, Fruition Snow Clothing + PrefabNZ  Inc.

Awards

  • Distinguished Alumni, Victoria University of Wellington, 2019

  • Professional Finalist, National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) / Hays, 2017

  • Leadership Scholarship, Leadership NZ, 2015

  • Entrepreneurship Finalist, Fairfax Westpac Women of Influence, 2014

  • Excellence Award, Todd Foundation, 2008

  • Masters Scholarship, Victoria University of Wellington, 2007 + 2008

  • Young Achiever Scholarship, AMP, 1999-2001

  • Women to Watch, She / More Magazines, 1998

CV + References

Contact Pamela at hello@pamelabell.nz for curriculum vitae + references

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2/9 Hawker Street,
Mt Victoria,
Wellington 6011,
New Zealand