Speakers & panellists

2019 Speakers and panellists will be announced mid year.

David Kelly

Chief Executive of the Registered Master Builders Association

David Kelly is the Chief Executive of the Registered Master Builders Association.   Registered Master Builders is the oldest representative body for builders in New Zealand, both residential and commercial, ranging from New Zealand’s largest contractors down to small residential firms. David is also the Chair of the Construction Safety Council.

Prior to talking up his current role, David was a Deputy Chief Executive for the Department of Building and Housing and subsequently Director of the Canterbury Recovery Programme for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.  In those roles, David was extensively involved in the Government’s response to the Canterbury earthquakes from day one, including establishing the technical investigation into major building collapses, which provided key technical information to the Royal Commission.  He also led the Building Act changes that were part of a package of reforms in the construction sector.  

Going back further, David held a number of senior roles in local government including that of Chief Executive of South Waikato District Council.