International experience and a comprehensive knowledge of methodology give director Philip Yong a distinct advantage over his contemporaries.
Philip provides CBP's link with the countries of Southeast Asia and China. Besides his first language of English, Philip is fluent in Chinese Mandarin, both written and spoken. He also has spoken ability in Chinese Cantonese and both written and spoken Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia.
With 15 years at CBP in two stints, the past five as a Director, Philip has been instrumental in shaping the practice. "I think our point of difference is having the partners involved at all levels. I have worked with firms that have staff of more than 1000, and I believe we can provide better service with our small, versatile team of specialists."
Having worked recently in joint venture with a British consultant on the design of Nam Cheong station in Kowloon, the massive southern terminus of the KCRC West Rail in Hong Kong, Philip has experience in projects of immense scale and complexity.
That experience is valued by a number of Philip's International Client who has consulted Philip on targeting international projects
This is the most recent step in a career that has spanned more that 30 years, from graduation, with honours from the University of Canterbury in 1975.
Philip began his working career at the Ministry of Works and Development Central Laboratories in Wellington, and later in the Bridge Design Office. During his time there he was involved in a number of specialist investigations, including the fatigue problems in the orthotropic deck of the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
Having joined CBP in 1987, Philip headed overseas three years later to join the Hong Kong Office of a large Australian Consulting firm, and worked on major projects across six countries in the region. Project experience included design manager for the Olympic Station of the Hong Kong Airport Railway line and the design for high-rise towers up to 65 stories high in Thailand, Hong Kong and China.
He rejoined Clendon Burns & Park Ltd in 1996 and has continued to consult on major projects in Southeast Asia.
Philip is married with three daughters, with whom he enjoys music and movies.