Facilities Management Association Welcomes New CEO

July 2016

Gillian Wess has been appointed as CEO of FMANZ taking over from Des Brennan.

Originally from London, where she trained with William Collins (now HarperCollins) book publishers, Gillian’s extensive career spans the private, civic and not-for- profit sectors. Her business, marketing and communications experience includes the senior positions of Promotions Director at Christchurch City Council, Corporate Affairs Executive for Paynter Corporation property developers, and other communications consultancy roles. Notably, for 10 years Gillian was General Manager of Architectural Designers New Zealand, the national professional body representing the advocacy, professional development and branding interests of architectural designers, with networks into the construction sector.

Gillian’s interests in the arts and creative industries have seen her hold the role of General Manager for Showbiz Christchurch, NZ’s leading producer of large-scale stage productions, and as Founder/Director of the Enrich Arts & Business Enrichment Partnership Programme. Gillian also serves as Executive Officer for the Storylines Charitable Trust and committee member for the Dame Malvina Major Foundation.