Meet the Cambridge Construction Company Team

Cambridge Construction Company Team and Grader

Chris McCoy NZCE (Civil)
General Manager / Director

After leaving St Johns College in Hamilton in 1996, Chris studied at Wintec for his Civil Engineering Qualification. Upon completion of his study Chris joined Cambridge Construction in 1998, as an Engineers Assistant gaining practical experience prior to completing his qualifications in 2002.

Chris quickly proved to be a practical and versatile man for the construction industry, interested not only in academic engineering matters but also hands on construction work and machinery operation.

With Chris’s obvious ability in construction, he quickly rose through the ranks and within six months became the Contract Engineer on the New Zealand Transport Agency, State Highway 5, Four Laning Contract. In this project he had full responsibility for all survey work as well as quality control. He acquitted himself with distinction during this period with more high profile contracts and November 2005 took over the Business along with Willie and Scott from the founding owner.

In 2005 Chris filled the position of General Manager / Director and Shareholder. Chris continues to manage the daily operations of Cambridge Construction and has 15 years experience as the Company’s Contractors Representative,  managing civil engineering contracts for Government, local Government  and private developers, these include The New Zealand Transport Agency, Housing New Zealand, Hamilton City Council, Waipa District Council, Waikato District Council and Tainui group Holdings. Chris has a reputation for delivering contracts on time and within budget. Chris has a natural ability for contracting and managing the public, employees and subcontractors.

Chris takes pride in all his work and pride in providing a quality construction company to all stakeholders.

Outside of Cambridge Construction Chris’s Interests include, spending time with family and friends, boating, fishing, spending time outdoors, and working around home.


  • NZCE – Civil Engineering
  • Certifying Drainlayer
  • National Certificate in Water Reticulation – Level 3
  • Goods service licence holder
  • Waikato Regional Council - Sediment and Erosion control Training
  • ICE Bridge Owner Manager Programme
  • STMS Level 2/3 (NP)
  • Workplace First Aid Certificate
  • License to Use radioactive materials
  • Confined spaces qualification
  • Machinery Licenses including heavy transport, wheels, rollers, tracks, and forklift

Scott Leith BCom, Dip Tax, ATII, CA (ICANZ)

A successful businessman with significant experience and responsibility for closing large business transactions.

Scott's career was fast tracked by Ernst and Young and from there he became an Investment Banker, achieving Executive Directorship level at CIBC World Markets in London before returning home to NZ where he currently owns a civil engineering company in Hamilton and an auto spares business in Auckland and provides advisory services to a number of businesses in Auckland, Australia and the Pacific.

Highly competent at developing, originating, executing and closing business transactions and global restructuring. Project manages all aspects of deal including people and resources, cost control, risk management and legal accountabilities. Offers strong leadership qualities, is highly focused on achieving results and builds exceptional business relationships.

William McPherson
Project Manager /Director

William has been a part of Cambridge Construction for nearly 10 years. He was employed to drive the grader in 2004, but immediately proved to have a skill set that far outweighed that of the role. His work ethic and management skills surpassed those expected of him, and as a result, in 2005 when the company changed hands he became a shareholder and project manager of the company. Taking on day to day handling of contracts, his responsibilities including; operating, surveying, contract management and for the past seven years, as Director.

William began his civil construction days at the age of 7, sitting on the side of his grandfathers bulldozers in Auckland. This giving him the opportunity to observe and develop his knowledge of the industry, an opportunity he willingly accepted. In 1995 he made the decision to take this on as a career in paid employment.

Taking on a role with a civil engineering firm, he quickly made his way to driving excavators and working on some major Auckland projects at the time, including the north harbour stadium and the Americas cup village to name a few. William travelled over the United Kingdom for 12 months, where he worked, experienced and developed as a person, returning to the industry with a fresh perspective on life and his goals. In mid 2002 he worked on the Manukau treatment ponds, driving one of the excavators that removed the last sea wall in record time, (ironically his grandfather had built the wall some forty years prior!) Such large scale projects William has tackled in the past have lead him to develop a diverse skill set to which he applies in the industry with care, and consideration.

William continues to actively develop his knowledge of the industry today; this vast knowledge having been demonstrated useful on many occasions, making him an important asset to the Cambridge Construction.

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