Three senior leaders promoted


We are pleased to announce three leadership promotions in the practice. Principal Sarah Hayden is the new lead of the Commercial Team; Principal Mary Henry is the new co-lead of the Education Team, and Associate Principal Roberta Johnson is stepping into a newly created management role in the Health Team.

CEO Sjoerd Post says the appointments reflect Jasmax’s commitment to design excellence and the leadership skills and expertise the trio bring to the practice.

“At Jasmax, we are continually cultivating new leadership in order to deliver the highest design outcomes. I am pleased to announce these appointments of these three women who have shown vision and drive in all they have undertaken, and I look forward to working with them in their new roles going forward.” 

Above: Roberta Johnson, Sarah Hayden and Mary Henry

Principal Sarah Hayden brings a wealth of commercial acumen to the team, having been at Jasmax for almost two decades. Sarah previously co-led the Health Team, where she was instrumental in overseeing some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most significant public health facilities, such as Burwood Hospital and the redevelopment of the University of Otago Dental School.

Recently appointed Principal Mary Henry will work alongside Principal Chris Scott to co-lead the Education Team. Mary specialises in the front-end design and delivery of projects and her considerable talent saw her win Emerging Designer of the Year at the 2017 Best Awards for her work as project architect for the design and delivery of AUT’s multi-award-winning Mana Haoura Building. Since her return from parental leave in November 2019, Mary has been working in a leadership role, adding to the sector’s strategic direction.

Associate Principal Roberta Johnson taught design at the University of Auckland School of Architecture and ran her own design practice for many years before joining Jasmax in 2014. She brings a broad range of experience to her new role, most recently working closely with clients in campus masterplanning and the design of specialist facilities in the tertiary education and research sectors. Having played a significant role in the evolution of Jasmax’s bicultural design identity, this role will allow her to pursue her interest in patient-centred healthcare design in Aotearoa New Zealand.

In their new positions, Sarah Hayden and Mary Henry will join Jasmax’s Leadership Team. Principal Evelyn Axten, who was appointed Wellington Studio Lead in March last year, will also join the Leadership Team when she returns from parental leave in April.

The appointments take effect in February 2020.