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a selection of team member profiles

Our Team

The Cequent team are an ensemble of talent and energy. A hand-picked group of highly focused, motivated individuals who treat every job as if it were their own.


Our aim is always to add value and ensure certainty of outcome for our business partners. This requires considerable talent, determination, and coordination across a wide range of difficult tasks. Our reputation survives on the success of the projects we complete. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Caleb Ballin

Managing Director

Caleb established Cequent Projects in 2008. Prior to that, he was Project Director and one of three major shareholders of a leading Australasian Project Management company, Carson Group SI Limited.

Caleb has delivered a range of high profile, complex projects over the last 17 years. These include the delivery of three concurrent hotel projects, and the construction of the Christchurch Art Gallery.

Coming from a strong commercial property valuation and finance background, Caleb has particular expertise in the early initiation and planning, and strategic definition of projects. He has excellent people skills. Caleb is a member of the Property Council of New Zealand, and is a Project Management Professional PMP (USA).

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Lincoln Blair

Project Director and Owner

Lincoln is an expert in stakeholder communication and cost management. He has the ability to select and manage diverse teams of consultant disciplines to work on projects, while at the same time mitigating risk. Lincoln’s track record includes project managing developments ranging from $2.5 million to $8 billion in both New Zealand and Singapore.

Lincoln knows the trade from the inside out, having started off as a qualified carpenter. He became a Project Management Professional PMP (USA), and has added qualifications in Finance and Greenmark (Singapore MDIS & BCI).

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Mathew Whittleston

Project Manager
Bachelor of Business Management, PMP (USA)

Mathew is a project manager with wide ranging commercial experience.  He has worked on complex new builds and apartments to large-scale hotel refurbishments..

A natural problem solver, Mathew has excellent interpersonal skills and an enthusiasm to get the job done. He is particularly good at aligning a project team to a common goal, and is comfortable operating in environments with executives and construction workers alike.


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Joanna Grigg

Project Manager
Member ICOMOS New Zealand

Jo brings a wealth of project management experience to Cequent.  In particular, she has a passion and real expertise in the heritage and conservation sector.  She has set up, overseen and delivered a range of projects of varying complexity in Christchurch. Jo is a skilled communicator at all levels, and approaches all business matters with strong integrity and professionalism. 

Prior to joining Cequent, Jo was an Assistant Project Manager for one of Australasia’s leading project management companies. 


Simon Winfield

Project Manager

Simon is an outgoing and highly motivated person who enjoys collaborating with others. He is adept at building effective working relationships. Simon joined Cequent in May 2013, and has grown to be a highly valued member of our team.

Simon prides himself on accurate analysis of current issues, effective consultation, and creative problem solving. He also takes a pragmatic approach to seeing projects through to a successful conclusion.

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Lucy Brown

Project Manager
Bachelor Building Science (Hons) Victoria University, Wellington, NZ

Lucy has construction in her blood.  She comes from a highly respected local building family, growing up with the trade. Lucy joined the team in October 2012 as a junior project manager. She has a degree in building science, which has provided her with a sound understanding of the construction industry, and an in-depth knowledge of modern building technologies, design, and architecture. Her knowledge of embodied energy issues and green construction techniques makes Lucy a go-to staff member if our clients have an interest in pursuing a green build. She has a collaborative style, developing strong relationships with the teams she works with.

Lucy’s experience ranges from various projects in the Christchurch City Council Greenspace portfolio to commercial fit-outs and refurbishments.  

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Michael Gilbertson

Project Manager
Bachelor of Building Science Victoria University, Wellington, Certified Assoc Project Management (PMI), Diploma Design Technology, Cert Computer Aided Design

Michael is a smart, self-sufficient and highly motivated Project Manager.

He understands how buildings come together, having trained as a Architectural draughtsman and had experience working for a contractor.

Since joining Cequent in June 2016, Michael has been exposed to a variety of unique and challenging projects - ranging from complex Port Hill demolitions, repairs and upgrades of category 1 heritage buildings - through to new retail and office construction.

Michael is proactive when working independently or with a diverse range of peers.  With strong communication and interpersonal skills, he is a valuable member of the Cequent team.

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Jack Lyness

Senior Project Manager
Higher National Certificate in Engineering - De Monfort University, NVQ Level 3 National Diploma - Tresham Institute of Engineering

Jack joined our team during June 2017. He has a strong engineering background developed in the UK, having started out as a mechanical design engineer.  Prior to joining Cequent, Jack held a range of leadership and management roles in varied environments across Australasia. He has a strong construction knowledge, having worked as a site manager for two of the largest construction companies in New Zealand.

Jack is solutions driven, enthusiastic and a motivated team man, with an eye for detail.  He brings with him strong communication skills and a sound understanding of modern health and safety management.

He is a real asset on any project he works on.

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Seb McFadzean

Intermediate Project Manager
Bachelor Engineering (Honours) Forest - Canterbury University, Post Grad Cert in Construction Management - Canterbury University

Seb joined the Cequent team during September 2016. He is an outgoing member of our team that thrives on a challenge.

Seb believes there is always a better way.  This mentality coupled with his ability to build and maintain long standing business relationships, has enabled him to plan and deliver a number of complex projects to date.  These ranging from multi-unit developments with soil stabilisation, corporate office fit-outs, hotel refurbishments - to the repair and seismic upgrade of a Category 1 Heritage Building.