Our People

“Our strength is our people”

Highly valued employees

In addition to the management team we also have highly valued employees in these areas:

  • Project Management
  • Engineering
  • Surveying
  • CAD Design
  • Health & Safety
  • Machine Operating
  • Labouring
  • Workshops
  • Weighbridge
  • Transporting & Piloting
  • Office management
  • Billing and wages
  • Dairy & High Country Farms
  • Kiwi Safaris
  • Ecotech Geotextile
  • and many others...

There are too many to name individually but these are the people who are the backbone of our company and who often are our on the job point of contact with customers and clients. They give our company its character and their work ethic is what the Rooney reputation is built upon. Our many skilled and dedicated people are a key asset in the success and performance of their work group and are fundamental to the continued success of the entire Rooney Group of companies.

Gary Rooney

Rooney Group Director

Gary Rooney is the Director and 100% owner of the Rooney group of companies. Gary has a hands-on role in running various businesses.

Colin Dixon

General Manager

Colin was appointed as General Manager in February 2012 to take over some of the Group Management workload and day-to-day running of the company.  Colin has a 25 year background working with civil maintenance and construction contracts and has spent the last 20 years in senior leadership roles. His skillset fits well into the existing management structure as Colin heads a team of managers building a sustainable, effective future for the business.

Andrew Rae

Christchurch Area Manager

Formerly Ashburton manager, appointed as Rooney Consulting Manager in 2011. Andrew has 28 years experience in the earthworks and civil construction fields and specialises in Project management and Autocad pond design.

Crystal Sun

Senior Design Engineer

Crystal started with Rooney Group in July of 2010 as a trainee designer fresh from completing her Batchelor of Engineering. She has developed under the training of Steve Agnew, to now undertake the majority of the civil engineering design at Rooney Group. Her competencies include subdivision concept and full design, irrigation concept and full design, three water structural design, pavement design and has an excellent knowledge of local and regional authority engineering specifications from the Canterbury region. Crystal plays an active role on the committee of the South Canterbury IPENZ and maintains her professional engineering reputation throughout the industry

Callum Johnston

Waimate/Oamaru Area Manager

Beginning with the business in the 2014 as a survey cadet, Callum has developed a vast knowledge of the Rooney Group and its many operational functions. As a Civil Engineer, Callum has designed many small to medium projects in addition to supervising the build of various civil jobs. In 2021 Callum was promoted to Waimate/Oamaru Area Manager where he manages the day to day works operations based at the Waimate and Oamaru depots. Callum has an excellent support network of long-term workers, local knowledge of the region and works closely with a broad range of clients.

Richard Phimister

Timaru Area Manager

In November 2018, Richard joined the team as the Timaru Area Manager bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from over 40 years working in a civil and electrical environment in and around South Canterbury. Richard provides Rooney Group with experience and knowledge, organising a significant team of people and resources from the base in Timaru. His skills and local knowledge support a range of construction tasks including cable and service trenching, civil concrete construction, earthmoving, surfacing, stabilisation, and subdivision construction. Richard is the “go to” for getting the job done at the Timaru branch.

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