Making their Mark 2019 Recipients
Andrea Rickard 1983 – 1987
Andrea Rickard was recently appointed as Beca’s first female General Manager of Transport and Infrastructure. Beca is regarded as the largest professional consultancy services companies in the Asia-Pacific region and Andrea has held senior management roles in major infrastructure projects such as the development of the Waterview Tunnel, the Victoria Park Tunnel, and the Newmarket Viaduct.
In 2014, Andrea was recognised as a Beca Technical Fellow, specialising in Resource Management Planning. The title of Technical Fellow recognises a commitment to excellence among Beca’s technical and future leaders.
Andrea is passionate about advocating for her profession and is currently the longest serving elected national executive member of the Resource Management Law Association. She is also recognised for empowering the next generation of urban planners, which she does through her involvement on the NZ Planning Institute’s membership interview panel.
Jennifer Jin Ma 1999 – 2002
Jennifer is the founder of Little Oasis, the first lifestyle-based Early Childhood Education brand in China. Little Oasis, which has eight locations across China, places a strong emphasis on the emotional and physical wellbeing of both parent and child and promotes education through the power of play.
Jennifer was the recipient the 2015 Innobrand Competition for most innovative product and most innovative service. She is also on education-related speaking circuits internationally, and has given addresses as prestigious events including Beijing Design Week, International Kid’s Design Week, and even a Yale Guest Forum, where she spoke on the subject: “How to raise a happy child”.
Jennifer’s love of working with children is not limited to her professional life. In addition to running Little Oasis, she is also instrumental to the Summer Children’s Foundation, a charity that organises fun activities for kids undergoing leukaemia treatment in hospitals across Beijing.
Jennifer is the proud mother of three boys – Lucas (8), Jacob (6) and Mason (2).
Tracey Andrews Smith 1970 – 1981
Tracey is a Capital Programme Director with the New Zealand Defence Force, where she helps to develop, maintain and manage land, property and infrastructure assets in order to support NZDF military capabilities.
She is a member of a multitude of professional organisations and societies including the Resource Management Law Society, New Zealand Society of Construction Law, Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of NZ, Project Managers Institute, the Directors Institute, and the Designers Institute of New Zealand. She was also a Foundation Member of the Property Institute
In addition to her professional interests, Tracey has volunteered extensively in the Northland region with the local iwi, helping families in need and supporting tamariki sports initiatives. She spent six years as a volunteer board member of the Northland Conservation Board, where she was instrumental in Supporting and writing the Northland 10 Year Conservation Strategy.
Of the importance of community engagement, Tracey says “communities are made through connectedness, a series of relationships based on commonality; college, sport, friends, interests, faith, or the town we grew up in. Not all of us, through position of birth or lack of resources, have equal opportunity or ability to change circumstances for ourselves or those we love or those around us.”