Rick Herd

Chief Executive Officer at Naylor Love Construction

Rick has almost 50 years of experience in the New Zealand construction industry. He began his career in 1973 as a cadet engineering officer with the Ministry of Works & Development in Christchurch. His last project with the MWD was the Ngauranga Gorge Interchange, after which he joined the main contractor for that project, Mainzeal Construction Wellington, working his way up through the ranks to South Island Construction Manager.

Rick completed an MBA in 1995, subsequently working as General Manager or Chief Executive roles in the marine engineering contracting, the manufacture of engineered wood products (LVL) and the industrial mechanical construction sectors.

Under Rick’s tenure over the past 10 years, Naylor Love has risen to be the largest privately-owned construction company in the Country and arguably with the strongest reputation amongst employees and client organisations. Rick has an inherent passion for the construction industry and is determined to facilitate a lift in standards through involvement with the Registered Master Builders and Boards of Construction Health and Safety New Zealand (CHASNZ), and the Construction Accord.

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