About Torque IP

About Torque IP

Torque IP has been an independent smart building technologies consultant since 2004.

Torque IP is uniquely placed as we cover a wide spectrum of technologies from cabling to wifi to smart building technologies and IoT (Internet of Things) on a national basis.

The Value of Independence

Independence is critical to ensure that the project and procurement approach, advice and recommendations reflect the end user’s needs while maintaining procurement guidelines.
  • As independent advisors we do not sell or install infrastructure.
  • Our role is to manage or consult on projects.
  • Our role is to subject suppliers, project managers and architects to a rigorous assurance process.
  • We have a team of 20 specialist ICT/Smart Building technology consultants located throughout New Zealand.

This ensures that what they deliver complies with global industry best practice, current industry standards and other relevant building code and regulatory requirements.

Our team

Torque IP co-founder Mak acts as a principal consultant and gets involved at the front end of projects to ensure practical outcomes to the end users. He provides strategic oversight and manages suppliers and installation contractors to ensure their delivery is in line with the client deliverables, relevant industry, building and regulatory requirements. Mak provides leadership for both the ICT and Smart Buildings Divisions and is involved with projects at the master planning and design phase driving value for clients by reducing costs and managing risk. His strengths are in providing commercial strategies and vision, ICT digital strategies, design and operational efficiency for clients across the build environment.

Mak Kulkarni

Managing Director

Torque IP co-founder Phil is Principal Consultant and Technical Director with a vast range of skills and experience including industrial electrical, layer 1-7 data and wireless infrastructures across large multi-building campuses where operation uptime is critical. He has global experience working on large and complex projects involving telecommunications and electrical systems and devices. Phil is a leading specialist data-design consultant in New Zealand and is known for his efficient approaches and continuous improvements. He strives to meet or exceed expectations for project success which focuses on the three main areas; on time, within budget and at the best quality.

Phil Earl

Technical Director

Douglas joined Torque IP in early 2020 after 30-plus years in the education, research and technology sectors. Originally a high school teacher in NZ and the UK, he spent the early 2000s at the Ministry of Education working on a range of school-based ICT and eLearning initiatives including the provision of laptops to teachers, the upgrade of all school networks and the provision of fibre-based broadband to NZ schools. Prior to Torque IP Douglas was Chief Engagement Manager at REANNZ, the national research network that connects NZ’s leading tertiary and research institutions to their colleagues globally.

Douglas Harré

Director New Business Opportunities

Mike is a lead consultant and technical advisor with vast design, auditing and compliance experience developed over 38 years in the industry. Mike has been instrumental in the evolution of the ICT infrastructure industry in New Zealand actively participating with various industry forums, in particular, the standardisation process of the AS/NZS cabling standards on the AS/NZS - CT-001 committee. Mike is the Chairperson of BICSI New Zealand (Building Industry Consultants International) and is a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD).

Mike Stacey

Client Director

With over has over 30 years’ in the ICT industry, Ross has a vast range of experience with organisations and project implementations throughout New Zealand.  This involvement ranges from Community Trust Funded ICT and Government projects to working in disaster affected areas, recommissioning Network infrastructure for stakeholders.

Ross is an effective, customer focused consultant who holds a wide range of skills and expertise.  He is approachable and problem-solving focussed and works hard to resolve and make decisions that benefit all stakeholders. An experienced relationship manager with strong leadership skills, Ross leads and communicates well in a team environments.

Ross Dore

Client Director

Graeme is a multifaceted technology project manager with vast experience across many fields within the telecommunications industry. Graeme is very customer and results focused on any project he manages. He provides transparent leadership and guidance across all invested stakeholders. His strengths are in the delivery of complex projects delivering whole-of-solution type projects. He has diverse experience in commercial, government, tertiary and education projects of various sizes. 

His skill is to make quick and well considered decisions that will bring operational and practical benefit to the projects he oversees. Graeme has the unique ability to be able to communicate effectively with the senior leadership team through to the contractor in the field. Customer satisfaction is the motivator that drives Graeme to his accomplishments.

Graeme Thomas

Client Director

Jack our Chief Technology Officer is often on the forefront of technology developments and is constantly leading the search for innovative and disruptive technologies in the Smart Buildings space. As such he finds himself in a position to deliver value, scalability, efficiency, reliability, and
performance that is best suited to the client application. Quality, innovative projects delivered on time and within budget are factors that drive Jack and his team.

Jack Tan

Chief Technology Officer

Adrian comes to us from vendor land and is well-grounded in the understanding of how products and systems are developed, manufactured, deployed and how it is best maintained in the field. A great communicator, Adrian is an ICT Engineer who knows how to design, build, maintain and advise on numerous types of networks and systems that best fits a client’s needs. His drive to deliver exceptional outcomes every time means the client is always being delivered value consistently.

Adrian Packwood

Senior Network Engineer

Brett is a multifaceted Auditor, Designer, & Project manager with vast experience across many fields within the telecommunications industry.

Brett is extremely customer focused, able to meet and exceed customer expectations through providing efficient and effective solutions. His strengths are in his vast experience from technician onsite through to management. Brett has high interpersonal skills enabling him to relate to a wide range of people at all levels of an organization. Satisfaction from delivering effective innovative customer solutions, on time and to budget expectations are Brett’s key motivation. 

Brett Gurney

ICT Consultant

Cas is an ICT/ELV Building Services consultant with over 19 years’ experience in electronic security system design and installation, structured cabling systems, ELV systems, internetwork design, GSM monitoring device installation and project management. Our health and local government sector clients benefit from his years of experience in the design of the various ICT, ELV and intelligent building systems that provide a platform to accommodate the ever changing technology evolution, with minimal impact to business.

Cas Olckers

ICT Consultant

David is a senior consultant specializing in ICT project delivery and procurement assignments and has been involved in several major ICT projects in education which included Data Cabling, Fibre Optic, Wireless and network installations. He is also involved with specialist procurement projects for Education and the Retirement Village Sector. David has been working in the electrical and ICT fields for over 40 years.

David Strickett

Procurement Manager

Girish specializes in 3D modelling tools like Revit MEP, AutoCAD, Solidworks, CATIA and PRO-E, and ensures that the BIM models are coordinated as well as modelling processes are in place. Girish is an Industrial Engineer specialized in Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD / CAM), HVAC drafting for large commercial buildings. His experience caters for effective BIM Coordination and delivery of 3D models.

Girish Mailar

BIM & Revit Modeller

Jane Constable

Accounts Manager

Jason is AGILE certified and a senior ICT consultant specialising in the design and delivery of structured cabling systems, UFB infrastructure, network and Wi-Fi solutions, nurse call, audio visual and security systems. He has 16 years’ experience in the ICT industry having designed and managed
ICT projects in both New Zealand and Europe. His project experience covers multiple sectors including Aged Care, Education, Defence, Finance and Health. Most recently Jason has been working with Summerset Holdings as the Lead ICT Engineer across their new village development programme. In this role he has been responsible for the design of ICT and ELV infrastructure across multiple large campus’s, incorporating residential, commercial and health care requirements.

Jason Terry

ICT Consultant

Mark is a positive individual fulfilling a multi-faceted role at Torque IP with responsibilities including a number of core services such as:

  • Independent technical advisory services for the MBIE completing over 80 x technical (electrical) reviews relating to complaints.
  • Project management (delivery of over 120 projects of varying types and sizes within our Ministry of Education portfolio).
  • Building services consultancy including ICT, electrical, audio visual and electronic security disciplines.
  • Energy efficiency consultancy encompassing in a number of technologies including lighting and solar.
  • Design and delivery of Ministry of Education ICT Cabling Standards training courses to over 800 active telecommunications contractors.

Mark maintains oversight for our quality, assurance, health & safety and compliance processes.
Mark is a registered electrical inspector also holding qualifications in electro technology (Nat.
Diploma) and project management (Prince2).

Mark Carter


Michael is a senior consultant for the projects team and provides leadership for both the ICT and the Project Management service groups.

With over 10 years of ICT consultancy experience, his strengths are in the design of ICT, Security, and AV infrastructure, as well as the procurement and delivery of the ever-increasing number of solutions that rely on it. With industry-aligned qualifications and experience in commercial, hospitality and education projects of all sizes, he is well placed to provide frameworks and decision- making that will bring benefit to all stakeholders.

As a design consultant and Project Manager, Michael has been fortunate to work both in construction and built environments and understands how to deliver quality outcomes whichever role he is operating in.

Client satisfaction, and projects delivered to budget and programme are key drivers for Michael.

Michael Hand

Project Manager

A senior AGILE certified “Whole of ICT” consultant within the ICT Division specializing in Structured Cabling Infrastructure, Networking, Wireless, Audio Visual and Security Solutions. Most recently Raj has been the Lead ICT Consultant for a number of Christchurch School redevelopments (CSR); responsible for the design of ICT and ELV services. His strength is in the design and delivery of multi- faceted projects. This pertains to design, specification, evaluation and cost analysis ensuring compliance and delivery, on time and to budget expectations.

Raj Singh

ICT Consultant

Riaan is a Senior ICT Engineer with over 12 years’ experience as an electronic technician in South Africa and ICT consultant in New Zealand. Riaan is skilled in the design and development of electronic communication systems and system Infrastructure. His experience includes the design and delivery of solutions for structured cabling systems, wireless communication technologies, electronic security systems (ACID), IP surveillance systems (CCTV), nurse-call communication systems, clinical and non-clinical audio visual (AV) solutions including master antenna television (MATV) and building control systems in both small and large scale implementations.
Riaan has managed significant workloads and the delivery of multi-disciplinary projects to tight deadlines. He has outstanding knowledge in design and delivery with proven experience in project management. He has a solid technical understanding of electronic communications systems and can utilise his skills to optimise delivery and value on every project.

Riaan Brits

ICT Consultant

Rob is our resident subject matter expert in the field of IP connectivity. He has a wealth of experience in architecting sophisticated networks at scale and has been known to fix the irreparable. With a good eye for detail, he excels in this field of IP network engineering with the skills and capability to delivery outstanding results, anywhere and with any technology at any price point in the marketplace.

Rob Hurley

Network Architect

Ruel’s back ground is in ICT design using different types of software such as Revit, AutoCAD and Visio. A differentiator that Ruel brings, is his background experience provides a natural peer review function to the BIM process / developing design process. This ensures that the design is developed in a unified, coherent and consistent manner, in accordance with the project and BIM requirements and in compliance with building standards.

Ruel is an ICT design consultant specializing in extra low voltage technologies – structured cabling infrastructure, security, wireless, ICT and all relevant technologies that cater for effective curriculum delivery.

Ruel Rosario

BIM & Revit Modeller

As an ICT Project Manager Ryan brings a multifaceted approach, encompassing technical know-how and commercial acumen that enables clients to select simple solutions that solves complex challenges. Where it be related to building technologies, transport, health or commercial sectors, Ryan will always deliver quality, speed and innovative approaches to ensuring the client achieves the best outcomes.

Ryan Sales De Andrade

ICT Project Manager

As independent, specialist smart building consultants, we work with the build team and stakeholders to ensure the design and decision making process caters for the whole ICT / Smart Building eco-system. This ensures innovative and integrated design components work as intended. Torque IP’s ‘whole-of-ICT’ planning approach has helped us achieve an envious end-to-end track record and a reputation for ‘making it work’.

Mak Kulkarni
Managing Director

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