Meet The Crew
There’s a saying, “you can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep”. We think it’s the other way around. The people we keep are what make Survus, Survus. So we’d like to introduce them to you. Oh, and if you think you’d like to join the crew, send us a message.
The business was originally established in 1957 by the late Kenneth H Frizzell who ran it it as K H Frizzell, Reg’d Surveyor until his passing in 1992. His son Hamish Frizzell then took over the business changing the name to Frizzell and Associates, and in 2005 rebranded to Survus Consultants to better reflect the corporate structure and varied professional disciplines that were within the business by that time.
There are now two more members of the third generation of Frizzells working in the business. Staff numbers have grown from 5 in 1992 to 19 currently.
Managing Director/Business Development Manager (BDM)
Top dog Hamish explained that despite being the founder’s son, he still had to work his way up the company hierarchy like everyone else to get where he is today. He started as tea boy, then office junior. After lunch, he was appointed to the board. He’s well red in the wine department and doesn’t spend the weekend cleaning the car (you may notice that about him when he calls).
Position in the crew: Director of first impressions. Hamish is the one who’ll talk you through the stuff you need to know and will help you to think outside the square if required, to address issues in ways you may not have thought of.
Dislikes: Cats with too much attitude
Survey Operations Manager, Licensed Cadastral Surveyor
Brewmaster Craig is partial to hockey and hops, being a very competitive sportsman and home brewer. He’s described as generous, kind and personable (maybe not on the hockey field though).
Position in the crew: We see him as being in our number 2 key position when he steps in for Hamish. Craig is immensely skillful and a font of knowledge for the rest of the team here. We reward him by sending him to council meetings. Where he not only attends, but is also the Chairman of the Canterbury Branch of the NZIS.
Likes: Family, competitive sport, and brewing beer (in that order)
Dislikes: Red tape.
Poor Reuben says he’s not sure he has any friends. But he’s always talking about his mates Glen Fiddich, Ben Nevis, Glen Morangie, Johnnie Walker and Rose Bank. He watches so much sport that he can name virtually any sports person from any sport in any country. He’s also renowned as a repository of totally useless information.
Position in the crew: Being the boss’ son has perks. Since joining us in 2011 he’s rapidly progressed from crockery and cutlery sanitation technician to a management position. He manages to vacuum up the hole punch holes, wash coffee mugs and lick the stamps. Aside from this, Reuben is minister in charge of small job quotes, number crunching and accounts. This is in addition to his self-appointed position as chief advisor to the boss.
Likes: Whisky, sport (watching) and trying to play golf, often at the same time.
Dislikes: Messy desks, rap music and bad drivers.
His official title is Civil Engineer, which fits him perfectly as one of the most civil people we know. He likes birds and Guinness. By that, we mean he likes nothing better than sitting outside on his patio, listening to the birds, and enjoying a pint (473.176ml) of the Black Stuff.
Position in the crew:
Jim’s part time job is office agony aunt. The rest of the day he’s in charge of engineering design and plan drawing. He also manages projects and supervises contracts. He’s wise beyond his years. And there is a few of them!
Likes: Growing veggies for the team, golfing, motorcycling and tramping
Dislikes: Work interfering with his scheduled gym sessions
Executive Assistant (to Hamish)
A third generation Frizzell at Survus, Zoë joined us straight from school (and from annoying her mother). We were lucky to get her because she’s an avid photographer, would like to be an interior designer and loves helping out with children. Her friends describe her as easy going and opinionated, which is perfect – she’s easy going with clients and opinionated with Hamish.
Position in the crew: Hamish explained that his daughter is on her second tongue because her first wore out before she left school. She’s using the second one to good effect as she loves talking with potential clients to help them to get the services they need. ‘She’s a hard worker’, says Hamish, ‘although this has worn off by the time she is home.’
Likes: Being a freelance lifestyle photographer (out of hours)
Dislikes: When people chew loudly (she actually suffers from Misophonia, look it up)
Executive Assistant (to Hamish)
While it may be in her name, not much can get Bethany in a frizz. A master of juggling balls (she’d be a professional hockey player if the Black Sticks would return her calls), she keeps everything spinning at Survus – clients, staff, and most importantly, snack supplies. In another life, she’d be tempted to have her own florist-coffee shop business – but everyone here is so friendly that we’ve got her distracted. Besides, she still needs to decide if hydrangeas or tulips would be the store’s signature bloom.
Position in the crew: Her emails say Executive Assistant, but some days Bethany would call it ‘Assistant Executive’. In her spare time she’s also studying interior design. We know she and Zoe are just biding their time until they can completely redo the office’s layout when Hamish isn’t looking.
Likes: Exploring gorgeous New Zealand
Dislikes: Bad drivers who think they own the road.
Licensed Cadastral Surveyor
David’s ideal job would be Apple CEO, mainly due to the $378m salary. However, he’d retire after a week. He’s been with us since 2002 and we’re pretty sure it’s nothing to do with the salary here. When he’s not sleeping, socialising or travelling overseas, David referees and coaches rugby. He’s nice like that.
Position in the crew: Officially, David is a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor. We’ve found that cadastral surveying suits David to a tee as he’s super organised and loves being outside. So we mostly send him well out of town to do our country stuff.
Likes: Ignoring questions on surveys
Dislikes: People wasting his time
Senior Survey Technician
‘A complete waste of time and space’ is how Shane says his friends would describe him. We’d like to agree, but that wouldn’t be very PC of us. So, we’ll just say Shane is a truly nice guy and quite literally a computer magician (every time he’s seen near one, it disappears). He joined Survus last century after a lifetime at Lands and Survey as a public servant.
Position in the crew: We allow Shane out to conduct site surveys as the fresh air does him good. Then he will draw them. He told us he loves working with wood, so in the office, we gave him a desk for use in drafting plans.
Likes: Freshly mown lawn in the spring.
Dislikes: Mowing the lawn, particularly in spring.
Project Manager and Consent Magician
There is no one higher in the company than Andrew. Mainly because he’s a whopping 6’9” (that’s 2.0574 metres, but who actually uses metric measurements for people’s height?). Not surprisingly you’ll find him slam dunking. Mainly decent boutique beer, but also the odd basketball. We asked him what 5 words his friends would use to describe him. ‘Funny’ appeared twice. He is funny, but twice as funny? You be the judge.
Position in the crew: Anyone who is let loose on developing aircraft management systems must be pretty sharp. Andrew is proof of that as our truly excellent project manager, you will see ultra-organisation, efficiency, effectiveness and delivered promises. We see his workspace, but we take comfort in the old saying, “Behind every great man, there’s a messy desk’.
Likes: Good friends and good beer. Or maybe good friends who have good beer.
Senior Quality Assurance Technician
Carl is a stickler for quality. It starts with T.V. He’d be Head of Programming at TVNZ if he could do any job in the world. He’d start by replacing the rubbish that’s currently on with a good variety for people to choose from. After that, he’d be chief food taster for Jamie Oliver. A man of good taste and an eye for quality – that’s why he’s been at Survus since 2005.
Position in the crew: You’ll sometimes hear someone say “you don’t know squat.” That’s not true about Carl. He’s our Senior Quality Assurance Technician (SQUAT). Job satisfaction comes often, when Survus survey plans are approved with no requisitions.
Likes: Medical breakthroughs and happy kids
Dislikes: Inconsiderate people, loud sudden noises, buying something and then seeing it cheaper elsewhere, and Brussels sprouts.
Cadastral Surveyor (graduate)
Campbell is a surveyor of sites, transferrer of land and master of set-outs. He is described as a good guy to have around the place, but not by the computers, as he hates them when they have ‘one of their melt downs’. At the pub quiz, you want Campbell on your team for the sport, music, or spending time with family rounds, as he’s brilliant at all of them.
Position in the crew: He’s well rounded – not in girth (he loves running and soccer football) – but in the client work he powers through. He spends most of his time working on large land development projects and land transfer surveys. In his own time, he works hard towards becoming a licensed cadastral surveyor, due to graduate in 2017. We have the champagne bottles on ice already!
Likes: At Survus everyone is always willing to help each other out, great co-workers and Geoff’s homemade craft beer.
Dislikes: Inconsiderate drivers.
He’s the only Survus member whose name is a rhyming couplet, if you mispronounce his last name a bit. Dan admits he should be a professional sportsman – golf, surfing, rugby or cricket, it doesn’t matter. Instead he chose to be a surveyor, which at Survus is a much more rewarding career – our words, not his.
Position in the crew
Dan is our resident searcher. He finds old survey marks and hopes that there is no earthquake movement, especially while he’s searching presumably. We’re developing Dan’s skills and building on his mining experience (surveying them, that is).
Likes: The outdoors. All of it.
Dislikes: Setting the TV volume to an odd number.
Senior Survey Technician
Geoff used to bring home the, er, bacon as a lab technician in the food industry before doing his big OE in ‘94. Geoff describes himself as both happy and honest. After five or six rums, he’s happily honest enough to admit that Phil is his greatest annoyance. Geoff’s a Canterbury man by birth and after a short lapse (around 33 years) of living in Northland, he returned to his roots and joined us in 2006 as a ten-year veteran of surveying.
Position in the crew: If it’s to do with land surveying, Geoff’s our man. “Big horse” as he’s affectionately known is our set out meister, especially for our small builder clients. (That’s smaller in terms of company size, not builder height). He works very closely with Phil, which seems to be both a blessing and a curse for him. *Sadly Phil left the company.
Likes: The friendly atmosphere at Survus.
Dislikes: Just about everything, especially Phil
Senior Survey Technician
Gorgeous Malc (from his self-appraisal form by his wife) is a Survey Technician. He likes field surveying, is happiest when he has plenty of survey work ahead of him, and his dream job is being a survey technician at Survus. His fear in life is running out of survey jobs to do. In fact, our questionnaire was the only type of survey he doesn’t warm to.
Position in the crew: Early bird. If the old adage were true, Malcolm would have worms. He rises at 3:30am and is often working by 5:30. He’s our prodigal son, having worked for the company for 13 years, before he had a break spent selling survey equipment and drinking scotch whisky. He had enough of salesmanship in 2013 when he returned to Survus, but his relationship with whisky is still going strong. Described as stubborn and always up for a challenge, Malcolm once spent four days working in a stream, in winter, up to his ‘middle’, on one of our jobs. Now that’s dedication.
Likes: (Surveying?) his wife.
Dislikes: Cats. Anything that’s not surveying, apparently
Pete is “as fit as a buck rat” according to Hamish. And he’s better looking too. Pete is a huge outdoor fan and spends a lot of time tramping and sea kayaking. Given the chance though, Pete would have been a helicopter pilot. Fortunately, he never got the chance.
Position in the crew: Pete describes himself as a chainman. Technology has moved on a touch since surveyors measured with chains, which is why we call him a surveyor’s assistant instead. For someone who loves the outdoors so much, we have noticed that he’s a fair-weather surveyor’s assistant. In practice that means Pete is part time (weather dependent).
Likes: Outside. All of it
Dislikes: Surveying in the rain, electric fences and toi toi.
‘Loud’, ‘obnoxious and ‘opinionated’ are words you’d never use for Jistarne. ‘Reliable’, ‘friendly’, ‘honest’, ‘fun’ and ‘outgoing’ fit perfectly, which is why she’s our social coordinator. Social coordination is something that she’s good at outside of the office too as long as it doesn’t interfere with her shopping.
Position in the crew: When there are no social events to organise, Jistarne quietly prepares land transfer survey plans or talks to councils and clients and their solicitors. She was one of the first in NZ to prepare eSurvey plans.
Likes: Socialising and “a” drink
Dislikes: Unreliable people
Client Services Manager
We can always count on Andrea for being the one to eat all the scones at morning tea, except you wouldn’t think it when you see her as she keeps herself fit and strong with regular 10km runs and boxing sessions (You don’t want to have an arm wrestle comp with her). She enjoys spending time with family & friends, which means that Survus must be perfect as she classes us all as family, which is nice.
Position in the crew: Andrea worked in marketing overseas before joining us. This experience, coupled with the gift of the gab, makes her ideal for talking with our clients and administering our office.
Likes: Talking (after all, she is our client services manager)
Dislikes: Arrogant people and cruelty.
Sales and Marketing Executive, Business Development, and Special Projects
Amber is a lover of public speaking, especially when she’s inspiring and motivating others. Her blog “When things went tits up” verifies her passion for this. Amber is an Ambassador for Koru Care Christchurch and a self-confessed crazy dog lady, spending much of her time rollerblading with her Border Collie, Ava (the dog doesn’t skate though).
Position in the crew: Before Survus, Amber spent several years in leather. By that, we mean selling top quality leather products to the building industry of course. Now she’s here, we call her our hunter-gatherer; bringing home the goods using her killer combination of sales and marketing skills and little red car. Amber loves representing a quality product she’s proud of and getting people excited about doing business with a great company. She tells us that’s easy at Survus (and not just at salary review time).
Likes: Dancing, dogs and colouring in (without going over the lines).
Dislikes: Bad manners and not being allowed an unlimited number of dogs.
Bookkeeper and Accounts
Lynly has the most consecutive double letters in her job title as our Bookkeeper. She also has the fewest vowels in her name. Friends would describe her as friendly, trustworthy and honest. That’s true until she hits the pool table, which is where the shark in her emerges.
Position in the crew: Lynly is extremely popular with all the staff and not only because she’s the one that pays them. She loves working with people and it shows in the way she interacts with everyone here and our customers and suppliers.
Likes: Family and pool.
Dislikes: Staff profile questions.