There are several reasons why Ceinwen McNeil was the natural choice to lead BVT as CEO. She worked alongside us for years as a growth consultant so she has unique insight and even had a hand in shaping our values and culture. She has an intimate knowledge of our growth strategy (since she designed it herself). She has an existing relationship with and understanding of our clients. And Ceinwen’s enthusiastic, detail-oriented and diverse business skillset neatly complements – and challenges – our founder and managing director Matt Bishop with his ‘big picture’, technical thinking.
As expected, a relatively seamless transition has seen Ceinwen hit the ground running. Since taking on the mantle of CEO in January 2019, Ceinwen has already implemented several projects that usher our company towards the future. She has committed BVT to the Diversity Agenda as a founding partner. It’s an initiative by Engineering New Zealand, the New Zealand Institute of Architects and ACENZ to increase the number of women in engineering by 20% by 2021. She’s forged a relationship with active recruitment community Mothers Connect and developed more flexible roles in-house with the aim of growing the ranks of women in technical and mechanical engineering capacities within BVT. She has also overseen appointments of key personnel to clarify our structure and solidify our foundations as an agile, responsive and revolutionary engineering firm in years ahead.
As BVT reaches our 10 year milestone in business, Ceinwen is looking forward to developing and guiding our dynamic team and to execute our strategy of considered growth beyond Christchurch and Auckland as we establish a dedicated office across the Tasman. She does so with a renewed focus, energy and perspective that our clients welcome.