Magazine article New Zealand Management

NZIM/Eagle Technology Young Executive of the Year Jono Brent: High Achieving

Magazine article New Zealand Management

NZIM/Eagle Technology Young Executive of the Year Jono Brent: High Achieving

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After several years with Deloitte, Jono Brent, a qualified chartered accountant, joined Christchurch s City Care (a construction and maintenance business) in 2003. He began as a management accountant for the roading, water and wastewater businesses before being promoted a year later as the company's financial controller and part of the management team. In August last year, Brent was promoted to the senior executive team of City Care in his current role as national business development manager. This role involves the strategic management of the company's growth and strategic positioning, management of the company's communications team and management of key customer accounts on behalf of the company.

During the past two years he has led teams which successfully gained around $30 million per annum of new work and in new locations for the company. This puts the company ahead of its 10-year growth targets.

One of the largest projects he has been part of over the past two years is the development of the company's first 10-year strategic plan. This involved the development of detailed market knowledge of all opportunities over the next five to 10 years, knowledge of City Care's competitors' positioning including a SWOT analysis on each, market needs analysis in each of the four market segments City Care operates in, detailed analysis of City Care's current position including in-depth SWOT analysis and development of 10-year financial projection models with scenario analysis.

Brent describes himself as an extrovert and says he enjoys leading groups. He says it's hard to describe his leadership style as he may have a "different opinion" from those he works with but, when pushed, says he is a "pretty open leader with a tendency to be a bit controlling by wanting to have control over all aspects--something I work on to not happen".

He says the thing he has learned most over the past two years is the need to coach and develop others as part of developing great teams and company success.

"I have responsibility for a small team of four who are all reasonably new to the organisation. I believe my role is not only delivering on my responsibilities but giving them all the tools they need to complete their jobs effectively and efficiently."


Outside City Care, Brent is involved with Christchurch Boys' High School's Year 12 and 13 business management curriculum, presenting speeches to the boys, acting as a mentor for the Young Enterprise Scheme, and offering City Care and himself for case studies and feedback on assignments and projects. …

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