Speaker profile: James Fletcher, Trustee & Chairman of Works, King’s School, Auckland


Pursuing a significant building project in an over-heated construction market, with a new Health & Safety regime, opposition to the demolition of an iconic building, and fierce competition for donor funding – why would you do it?  And how do you do it successfully?

In this address, James shares the disruptive challenges King’s School faced, and strategies for not only dealing with that disruption but also for creating competitive advantage and long-term value.  Key themes include visible and collective leadership from the School’s Board and Management, new collaborative models in communication, safety, construction and problem solving, and innovative approaches to design, safety, building services and funding.


James Fletcher is a former student of King’s School and King’s College. 

After an initial grounding as a commercial litigator, he has pursued a 20-year career in the building products, construction, building services and facilities management industries, working for the likes of Fletcher Building, Norfolk Group, OCS and Spotless.  He is now the CEO of Treescape, a tree, vegetation and environmental management company.

James is a Trustee of the Fletcher Trust, a philanthropic trust focussed on education and youth development, and a member of the Steering Group of the Business Leaders’ Health & Safety Forum, an organisation of 160+ CEO’s dedicated to education and improving safety in New Zealand’s workplaces.

He is a Trustee and the Chairman of Works of King’s School in Auckland and has recently overseen the completion of a $30million new educational facility for the School, which was completed in under two years and on budget.