Grant O’Connor

Principal - Project Management

Grant is the Babbage dairy specialist. He heads the 50-person team designing, building and expanding dairy processing facilities throughout the country, he brings two and a half decades of knowledge to the role, and he is the go-to authority on the sector because he gets things done.

Since graduating from the University of Canterbury in 1991, Grant has built extensive experience in every phase of dairy project development, from concept and feasibility studies, through all aspects of design and construction, to commissioning and operation. He keeps all requirements in balance because he understands the final operational aims of the project.

Babbage is a New Zealand leader in dairy processing facility design, and Grant is central to that, having built his team of specialists to more than 50, operating from offices throughout the country, but headquartered in Hamilton. He has worked on projects all over New Zealand, as well as working for four years in Australia, he joined Babbage in 2001 and became principal in 2004.

Leadership and relationships are keys to Grant’s work, helping him identify and resolve complex issues and getting the best result for the client. He’s proud of the fact a safe product coming out of the client’s factories is feeding people around the world.


Key projects include:

  • MVM infant formula plant, Gore
  • Oceania Yili plant, Glenavy
  • Westland UHT Project, Rolleston
  • Fonterra Lichfield and Darfield expansions
  • Pure Nutrition canning and blending plant, Rolleston
  • Westland D7 infant formula project, Hokitika
  • Yashili infant formula plant, Pokeno

Managing Principal

Project Management

BSc, BE (Chemical, Process)


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