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Donna Howell


Contact Details

E: Donna Howell Tel: 04 499 9363

Key skills

  • Energetic and committed project management professional driven by a strong desire to achieve exceptional outcomes
  • Ability to integrate information from a wide range of sources to better anticipate issues and develop and implement solutions
  • Registered Gateway Reviewer.


Donna is a certified Project Management Professional with 20 years’ experience managing projects through all phases, including roles in architectural practice, public sector (client side) and project management consultancy. Donna has a proven track record steering projects to successful completion, particularly within complex or challenging environments involving multiple and diverse stakeholders.

Donna excels in the development and implementation of collaborative, creative, practical and context-specific project solutions.

Through her early work with the Dunedin City Council Architecture and Urban Design Department, Donna developed an acute understanding of the effect of regulation and development guidelines on economic activity, and the quality, amenity and sustainability of the urban environment.

Donna is a registered Gateway reviewer, has completed the Better Business Case (BBC) Practitioner course at the NZ Treasury.


  • Bachelor of Architecture with Honours, University of Auckland (1993)
  • Member, New Zealand Institute of Architects
  • Immediate Past President (National Board Member), National Associate of Women in Construction

Recent Experience

Lincoln University and AgResearch Joint Facility, Project Director (Design and Stakeholder Engagement Lead) - The Lincoln University AgResearch Joint Facility represents the first stage of the Lincoln Hub Master Plan, and will see AgResearch, Lincoln University and Dairy NZ provided with new laboratories, office, and education space to accommodate approximately 680 staff. Exacting technical requirements, fast track delivery, non-traditional procurement, staged consenting, multiple stakeholders and a high level of public scrutiny combined to make briefing and design development for the Lincoln Hub Project particularly challenging. The estimated construction cost is circa $160M.

In addition to providing project management consultancy services, Donna continues to deliver Tregaskis Brown's highly regarded Project Management Essentials course both in-house for client teams and as a training course for individuals wanting the skills and knowledge, tools and techniques to successfully manage projects.  

Recent Clients include;

  • Ministry for Primary Industries
  • Environmental Protection Authority
  • Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
  • Ministry for Culture and Heritage
  • Accident Compensation Commission

Donna consistently receives high praise for her delivery of this programme.

For general Enquiries

Tregaskis Brown


+64 4 499 9363

Office Location

Level 8, Berl House

108 The Terrace

Wellington 6011

New Zealand

Postal Address

PO Box 25 242

Wellington 6140

New Zealand