Yardstick is owned and operated as a collaborative partnership between the private sector and industry associations.

Project management and auditing is undertaken by consulting firm Xyst. This company brings particular expertise and experience in parks, recreation facilities, asset management and local government.

Key People

  • Brian Milne

    Facilities Benchmarks Project Director

    Brian has a wide range of experience in local government parks and recreation facility management. In addition to a background in operations and planning work, Brian now specialises in asset management for the parks and facilities sector.

    He is currently responsible for managing Yardstick’s online development and the Facilities Benchmark project.

  • Chris Rutherford

    Surveys Project Director

    Chris has a wide range of experience in local government parks and recreation facility management encompassing operations, planning and asset management roles. He has worked for five Councils in the UK and NZ. In addition he has been the contract manager for a large contracts company and worked as an industry specialist in local government for Fujitsu. A few years with Worley Consultants (AECOM) as a Senior Asset Manager eventually led to the establishment of Xyst Ltd in 2000.

    Chris was the Architect of the Yardstick project and is currently responsible for managing Yardstick’s international growth and the Visitor Surveys project.

  • Jayson Kelly

    Parks Benchmarks Project Director

    Jayson has over 25 years of local government experience in the parks sector, either as a council officer, parks manager, or senior consultant specialising in parks management.

    He is currently responsible for the Parks Benchmark project.

  • Eric Hamilton

    Parks and facilities auditor

    Eric began working in the parks sector 30 years ago as a park ranger with regional councils in Auckland and Wellington. He then changed focus to a planning role ensuring that best practice is integrated into policy outputs. He has worked as a parks and recreation consultant for the last 15 years.

  • Paul Wilson

    Parks and facilities auditor

    Paul has over 25 years of central and local government experience in the parks sector, including general management roles. Paul was a founding member of the Yardstick steering group. Paul is an accredited recreation professional (NZRA) and a certified international parks professional (Ifpra). Paul is a senior consultant specialising in parks and recreation planning and lighting design.

  • Susie Yeats

    Field Research Manager

    Susie has a legal background, having been admitted to the Bar in 1987 as a Barrister and Solicitor. Prior to joining the Xyst team she was involved in a variety of community organisations both as a trustee and legal advisor.

    Susie is responsible for the engagement of intercept surveyors, co-ordination of survey resources, programming of work schedules, undertaking of field surveys, training, quality control and data entry.

  • Alison Rawley

    Yardstick Project Manager

    Alison has over 30 years experience in the parks sector in a variety of roles including operations, administration, planning and asset management.

    During this time her responsibilities included operational maintenance, asset renewal programmes, reserve land administration, policy development, contract management (professional services and construction), asset database management, reserve management planning, asset management planning and community engagement.

    Alison is involved in a variety of roles with the Yardstick projects.