Steve Abley

Chief Executive
Direct: +64 3 367 9003
Mobile: +64 21 556 864

About Steve:

Steve has a very successful career assisting decision makers with pre-eminent technical advice. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer and holds leadership positions within his community, advises the engineering and GIS community on practice issues and is a respected and successful researcher.  He was one of the youngest people to be recognised at the leading edge of his profession, when he was made a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers NZ in 2011 and received the MacLean Citation in 2015 for distinguished service. Steve’s recent work includes using GIS as an innovative tool for engaging decision makers, and providing innovative solutions for clients.  Steve’s skills were recognised in 2013 through his election to the Institute of Directors Canterbury Branch committee.  He continues his ongoing passion for growing a successful business.

What Steve has to say:

What made you decide to lead a consultancy?

I’ve always been interested in creating things.  At a very early age I enjoyed combining art and science and the natural outcome was a career solving problems.  

What did you do before joining Abley?

I had a variety of experiences designing engineering projects and then implementing and supervising the construction of projects. 

What does a typical day in the office include?

Talking to lots of people; clients, the wider team and staying on top of the projects I’m leading.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Making a difference - I can see the impact our team is making so communities have better places to live, work and play.  That is hugely satisfying.  

What’s the most challenging thing about your job?

Time management.  So much to do, so many opportunities, always another goal.

What’s been your career highlight so far?

Being amazed at the personal growth of the young people in our team. Being awarded the MacLean Citation in 2015 wasn't too bad either.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Water sports, especially wake boarding with my young family and mountain biking.