Executive Team

Chief Executive officer

Ken Forrest

Ken has been with Arrow since 2001, initially in senior finance roles and now as Chief Executive of Arrow International, with responsibility for New Zealand the Melbourne business. It is a role that comes easily to Ken, with his deep appreciation of the business and its people.

A finance professional with experience in manufacturing, construction, engineering and IT, Ken has the commercial acumen to create successful projects on behalf of clients. Fully conversant with all aspects of business, finance and risk management, his strategic approach, and appreciation of the impacts of technology and need for change, is immensely valuable to Arrow and the construction industry as a whole.

A graduate of the University of Canterbury, Ken calls Christchurch “home”, and spends his weekends being taxi driver for his kids to their numerous sporting activities.

General Manager – Christchurch

Mark Farrell

A highly experienced project and cost manager, Mark has a deep understanding of project success. Prior to his appointment as GM Christchurch, he was Commercial Manager for the $4 billion Southern Response project, a highly successful enterprise designed to effectively manage thousands of earthquake repairs across the Canterbury region.

Mark’s commercial abilities have been honed on some sizeable projects for some illustrious clients, including Fonterra ($60M), Pegasus Town ($160M) and O2 ($600M) and West Coast Railways ($14b) in the United Kingdom. The size of the budget doesn’t faze Mark, who remains focused at all times on value for clients and successful outcomes. He is enthusiastic about Arrow’s commitment to partnering in more development projects.

When Mark isn’t climbing mountains at work, he’s mountain biking around Canterbury or enjoying his small farm holding with his wife and two children.


General Manager – Central

Chris Goldsbury

Chris’s credentials in project and construction management are enviable, having worked on the $175M Wellington Regional Hospital and $60M plus Taranaki Base hospital projects for Fletcher Construction. He has also delivered facilities for Ontrack, Mainfreight and is currently leading development of a high profile hotel for Wellington International Airport.

Chris’s excellent project experience is complemented by a strong track record in business development and pre-construction early contractor involvement. Clients appreciate Chris’s energy and zeal, and his ability to shape projects from the outset by focusing on the objectives and working in partnership from concept to completion.

Chris is our business leader across the Central region, where he is growing Arrow’s already strong development, design and build offering.

Passionate about the outdoors, Chris is often up a mountain or camping with his family.

General Manager – Southern

Nick Hamlin

Nick oversees delivery of all projects in Arrow’s Southern region. He recently celebrated 17 years with Arrow and is probably one of its most experienced professionals having been a foreman carpenter, a site manager, a cost controller, construction and project manager.

Nick is equally well rounded when it comes to projects, having managed projects in the tourism, industrial, sports and recreation, accommodation, not-for-profit and public sectors. His team recently worked with Presbyterian Support to design and build the Mt Aspiring Enliven Care Facility in Wanaka, and he had key role developing the Remarkables ski field, with a new chair lift, ski tracks and base building. The latter was delivered in punishing work conditions that tested the team’s planning skills and endurance.

Outside of work, Nick’s passion is car racing.


Tom Clisby - Arrow International Southern Response Christchurch

Director – Southern Response

Tom Clisby

Tom’s illustrious career with Arrow played out over 28 years as Director – South Island. More recently, he has put his considerable talents behind the Southern Response earthquake rebuild, which has repaired over 8,000 homes in the region. Arrow’s largest contract to-date, Southern Response has had a major impact on the recovery of the Christchurch community.

When he’s not working, Tom enjoys hitting the West Coast bike trails and being a grandfather.

General Manager – Business Development

Steven van der Pol

South Island born and raised, Steven’s career with Arrow has been long and fruitful. Having delivered a number of high profile projects in the South, he is now focusing on Arrow’s national marketing and growth. It’s a role he is well suited to, with a strong network of clients and good instincts around emerging trends in construction.

Implementing strategy in an industry where things don’t always go to plan is challenging, but for Steve it’s how you get out of these predicaments that makes for success.

Outside of work you’ll find Steven running in the Port Hills.


General Manager – Development and Modular Construction

Andrew Mckenzie

Andrew made his mark in Wellington and Christchurch, where he played a key role in strengthening Arrow’s project success and reputation. A “natural” at business development, he has clear understanding of client needs and invests significantly in relationships.

Currently, Andrew is taking the lead on Arrow’s expanding property development business, with an initial development – a $68m apartment tower – planned for Wellington. Arrow is JV development partner, development manager and build contractor.

Andrew is also focusing on modular or manufactured construction. He is excited by the opportunities it provides to secure significant productivity gains, and recently joined the board of PrefabNZ with the intention of increasing the use of prefabricated and modular technology in construction and development throughout New Zealand.

When Andrew is not hunting, fishing or diving, he enjoys good food, good wine and good rugby.