Managing Director and Property Manager
Group Projects Manager
Chairman and Property Manager
Andrew co-founded Viranda in 1986. Recognising a market weakness for commercial property investment services for private individuals, Viranda’s early client base consisted of airline, medical and business professionals. From day one he has stayed true to his business philosophy of presenting what he calls the ‘jewel in the crown’ for every client. The right jewel is a property that minimises risk and maximises return according to client’s stated requirements and this on its own has been the guiding principle for Andrew’s 32 years at the same company address. Putting the client’s goal at the heart of the process has led to the retention of more than 75% of his clients, many of whom have become lifetime friends.
An unwavering commitment to achieving success for clients can also be demonstrated by Viranda’s completion of a commercial property purchase every 18 days, resulting in more than 650 properties and assisting in the growth of 300 trusts and companies. These achievements have led to a far-reaching level of confidence with Andrew being a director and trustee of more than 200 entities both in New Zealand and internationally.
As Viranda evolved, Andrew explored new technology as a way to share potential properties with clients in a digital manner. A separate business unit was established – ‘Property3D’ is a successful company and a particularly insightful business tool for offshore investors who can tour buildings in a virtual sense – street view to foyer, right through to the inside. Included amongst its premier clients are Eden Park, Auckland City LIVE, Sky City, ASB Head Office, Britomart, The Hilton and so on.
Andrew is a Barrister and Solicitor and an Arbitrator and Mediator (AMINZ). Believing that everyone should have access to legal services, he carries out approximately 12 pro bono (without charge) cases each year. Traveling frequently Andrew has worked out of Viranda House in Takapuna since 1986 and from time to time from home offices in Auckland, Wanaka, and London. An avid musician since starting at the age of six he continues to play in a band, plays guitar frequently, and enjoys a full spectrum of music from Mozart to the Stones.
Andrew is confident about the dedicated culture at Viranda. Placing the client’s best interest at the centre of every project and having a talented, multi-disciplined team has led to strong results for Viranda and, most importantly, for its clients.
Managing Director and Property Manager
As Managing Director, Mark Bridgman plays a pivotal role in Viranda’s vision and success. He started with the company in 2005 and is now a joint partner in property acquisitions, client relationships, and due diligence.
Before joining Viranda, Mark spent six years at Guardian Trust in the funds management division, focusing on property assets. He then moved offshore and worked for Drivers Jonas, the largest locally-owned surveying practice in the United Kingdom. During this time, Mark gained a wealth of knowledge in institutional portfolio management.
Once back in New Zealand and seeking to expand his career, he was drawn to Viranda’s positive culture and growth mindset. He respects the company’s client-focused vision and believes this is achieved through robust research and analysis and strong empathy for clients’ goals. Under Mark’s leadership, the team are encouraged to foster trust and develop tailored solutions for every client.
Harnessing new technology is important to Mark, and in 2013 Viranda established Property3D as a value-add business tool for offshore investors. Prior to investing, a potential building can be virtually toured from any location around the globe. Several prominent local businesses have also embraced this technology. Breaking down geographical barriers and improving communication is the goalpost for Mark when it comes to these exciting business tools.
Outside of Viranda, Mark is a keen hunter and enjoys pursuing the sport at his native bush block near the King Country.
Commercial property investment has been Oli’s lifeblood for more than 13 years in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Building successful, lasting relationships with private investors and property developers are Oli’s particular strengths. Committed to finding unique solutions for every client, he takes a very personalised approach to understanding and achieving his client’s goals – their desired lifestyle through to retirement. Oli’s clients have provided testimonials that share a similar theme; he is respected for his integrity, and solution-driven, warm nature. Due to his wealth of experience and industry knowledge, Oli leads Viranda’s property management and acquisitions team, and this keeps him abreast of every project within the company.
Outside of work, Oli enjoys rugby, fishing, and anything outdoors or sports-related!
Group Projects Manager
Brandon has a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Valuation and Property Management. Prior to joining Viranda, he spent three years within the commercial property industry dealing with developers, landlords, tenants, investors and many of Viranda’s clients. He now brings this experience directly to Viranda, along with a personal goal of forging strong client relationships. Focusing on value appraisal, marketing strategy and sales negotiation are his key strengths.
Staying aware of industry dynamics and trends is important to Brandon, and he is looking forward to a new direction in his role, steering towards project management of existing developments, along with acquisition and feasibility of new developments.
Brandon’s passion for the industry is matched by his enjoyment of fitness and an overall interest in health and wellbeing.
Richard’s primary focus is to alleviate pressure from the Property Managers at Viranda, and he draws on 20 years of experience in facility management to achieve this goal. He strongly believes in a ‘roll up your sleeves and get on with it’ attitude. Clients appreciate that when he is on task, all issues will be resolved quickly, strategically and cost consciously too. Delivering peace of mind for tenants and clients is what Richard strives to bring to every working day, and he does so with a calm disposition. Drawing on a depth of industry knowledge means very few issues unnerve or surprise him!
Richard aims for a long-term, value-add service – one that enables Viranda’s clients to forecast renewal plans well in advance, rather than reactively. This working style has proven successful in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment. Building asset wealth is at the heart of any project Richard proposes.
Balancing out a busy career is time spent with family and exploring tramping tracks throughout the country.
Peter brings an extensive marketing background to Viranda. After completing a Bachelor of Commerce in 2012 he travelled to San Diego, Vancouver and Melbourne. During his travels, he gained invaluable work experience in real estate marketing and commercial tenant public relations.
From his career to date, Peter believes the deepest respect he can provide his clients is to be responsive and flexible to individual investment goals. Everyone has a different requirement and he appreciates the importance of robust research, tailored marketing plans and strong communication with all stakeholders.
Peter has an interest in business systems and brings a positive team-building spirit to Viranda. He values the supportive team environment and champions the company’s marketing projects.
Outside of commercial property management, Peter enjoys gym fitness, golf, boxing, travelling and cooking.
Caroline McNaught is excited to bring a background in commercial property sales and marketing to her role at Viranda. Having spent two years working on the agency side of commercial property, she is looking forward to expanding her knowledge and acting directly for Viranda’s clients. The team at Viranda worked with Caroline in her capacity as a Bayleys agent and respected her excellent people skills and organisation. Caroline qualified with a double major in marketing and management, two disciplines she will put to good use at Viranda in her role as a Property Manager. In addition to this, she will bring extra skills and ideas to the marketing team.
Caroline feels the commercial property space is a good fit for her because it’s all about building relationships and strong communication – two areas she enjoys.
When the work hat is removed, Caroline enjoys staying active with tennis, hiking and Pilates.
Chris brings seven years of property experience with him, along with a proven sales and negotiating acumen. Having spent five years in residential real estate, achieving at a high level, Chris then turned to body corporate management. During the past two years, he has looked after the admin and operations of a large portfolio of units in Auckland. This varied background has put him in good stead to offer excellent service and knowledge to Viranda’s clients.
Ireland-born, Chris has been surrounded by property from a young age. His mother owned a property investment business in Dublin, which proved to be a rewarding early education into the merits of building property wealth.
Chris left Dublin about 15 years ago and now enjoys the warm NZ hospitality and climate with his wife and new baby. He is looking forward to bringing his body corporate knowledge to his role, along with easy-going people skills – a great fit for both clients and team alike.
Bringing 15 years’ experience to his role as a Property Manager, Mickey is a committed professional and looks forward to seeking new opportunities for Viranda’s clients.
Prior to his career in New Zealand, Mickey was a Director in the UK for a successful real estate agency with a focus on industrial and office markets in West London. In 2016, he joined JLL Auckland in the industrial team. This gave Mickey an excellent introduction to the nuances of the Auckland property market, along with a sound knowledge of New Zealand’s property legal system.
An excellent communicator, Mickey enjoys relating with people across all facets of the property landscape from surveyors, contractors, development mangers, property managers, tenants and clients. He is adept at providing strategic marketing advice, managing sales and lease transactions, and advising clients on market value, rent reviews and valuations.
When not at work, Mickey enjoys NZ’s mild climate to surf and explore the outdoors.
Rosie Hartwell brings energy and drive to her role as a Property Manager at Viranda. She is well-versed in juggling a busy role with studying part time, and will soon complete a Bachelor of Business, majoring in property. This pressured work/life setting has shaped Rosie to be organised, open to knowledge and deadline driven.
Prior to Viranda, Rosie enjoyed the challenges of property managing approx. 28 sites for one of New Zealand’s leading freight provider; PBT Transport. She grew in the role as Assistant Property Manager to a full time Property Manager. The role was tenant based, looking after properties on behalf of PBT, so Rosie is excited about fine tuning her skills in Viranda’s client led environment.
Property is in the blood, her father is a property developer and a great mentor for Rosie. As one of four girls in the family, there is a healthy competitive spirit among them. She believes this has been positive for her character and career growth.
Rosie looks forward to bringing excellent communication and commitment to Viranda’s clients.
Since joining Viranda in April 2015, Amy has displayed a no-limits approach to her Assistant Accountant role. Thirsty for knowledge and result-driven, she has embarked on studies while working full time and expects to finish a Chartered Accountant qualification in 2019.
Amy’s personal goal is to have an extensive understanding of every client and tenant at Viranda. She believes excellent communication is critical, along with exploring ways to improve internal work systems. Staying organised and responsive as she juggles several accounts and management enquiries every day – the team respects her calmness under pressure.
Outside of work she wears the Treasurer hat for Norwest OHV – a 4-wheel drive incorporated society. Off-roading competitions, a vehicle enthusiast and plenty of study – there’s never a dull moment in Amy’s world.
Glenn has been with Viranda since 2006. He plays a pivotal role in the financial and accounting strategies for both Viranda and its subsidiaries, including Property3D. In-depth reporting and analysis, and striving for business efficiencies, are the key strengths he brings to the business.
Taking a big-picture view of the financial health across the business is what drives Glenn, and the team appreciates his solution-driven, calm disposition. Having been with the company for many years, Glenn has a comprehensive understanding of the industry and is well-respected for his attention to detail and sound advice.
Family time is at the heart of life outside of work, as is dog agility competitions with the (sometimes obedient) miniature schnauzer.
Jan is one of the longest-serving team members at Viranda. Supporting senior management, she has a busy and diverse role. Life at Viranda began in 2004 for three years, and again in 2010 when Jan re-joined the company. Holding tight to the vision and values of Viranda, she enjoys the challenges and ever-changing pace of commercial property. She has developed strong relationships with clients who value her multi-tasking skills and excellent communication.
Jan respects the client-first culture at Viranda, and she takes an active role internally to keep staff morale high. Part of this comes with organising team social events, along with helping staff wherever possible across their projects. She is the backbone of the business.
When a vacation calls, Jan relishes family time. With an Italian husband and adult children in Rome and London, they’ve become regular globe-trotters! In fact, prior to her career at Viranda, Jan spent 12 years with the United Nations in Rome (Food & Agriculture Organization). The team appreciate her varied skill set and knowledge.
Jay Singh has recently joined Viranda as an Executive Assistant. He has quickly shaped a valuable spot within the team and can juggle a busy workload across both Viranda and its subsidiary, My Business Plus (New Zealand). Jay enjoys the fast-paced dynamics of the property industry and particularly likes alleviating some of the pressure from the property managers and finance team. He carries strong qualifications, including a Bachelor of Commerce and an e-Commerce degree, and has a keen eye for systems.
Prior to joining Viranda, Jay spent nearly 10 years with NZ Post, managing teams of up to 20 people in the mail processing side of the business. This environment has honed his people, leadership and time management skills.
Jay will continue to identify ways to assist the wider team, and also looks forward to an opportunity to shape and grow the digital/virtual side of things over at My Business Plus (New Zealand).
Family life is important to Jay. Outside of work he appreciates spending time with his wife and two school-aged children.