Our Board

Our Board is responsible for the governance and strategic direction of Engineering New Zealand. It's made up of 4 senior office holders and 6 committee members, and operates according to our Board Charter. Our members elect the Board each year in February. We call for nominations in December and January – be sure to make the most of your membership by voting or standing for election.

Colin Crampton

President

Colin Crampton

FEngNZ, BE (Hons)

I am the Chief Executive of Wellington Water. Prior to my current role I lead a team who operated and managed the New Zealand State Highway Network. I am a big supporter of the new direction of Engineering New Zealand. I think the engineering profession does some amazing things; things that are essential for the ongoing prosperity of Kiwis and the communities we live in. I like the way Engineering New Zealand is promoting the outcomes we collectively deliver as a sector. By making it clear what our customers receive from our toils, we will be appreciated more, as will the interesting challenges we deal with every day. I will bring energy and a “results focus” to the Board of Engineering New Zealand. As a Chief Executive, I think I can provide the thought leadership the sector needs, and provide the right governance support to achieve an efficiently-run organisation.

Ben Holland

Immediate Past President

Ben Holland

FEngNZ, CPEng, MEng, MTech, MICE, CEng, MNZIM

I’m a Civil Engineer with 25 years’ experience in Europe and New Zealand. My wife and I emigrated to New Zealand in 1998, initially living in Nelson and, since 2008, in Wellington. I am the General Manager Commercial and Major Projects for Opus International Consultants. In this role, I focus on improving Opus’ commercial and project delivery. Before this, I held various project and business leadership roles, including managing Opus’ research facility in Petone. I joined Engineering New Zealand in 1999. I was first voted onto the board in 2012. Since joining the Board, I have served as Board Representative on the Competence Assessment Board and the Engineering Heritage Board, and I am currently the chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. In 2017, I was voted in as Engineering New Zealand’s Vice President. I became a practice area assessor for my practice field of Civil Engineering in 2015. I have also been chair of two of Engineering New Zealand’s change programme steering committees, covering IT improvements and the new Membership Pathway. I am on various transport project governance boards and on the Open Polytechnic Engineering Advisory Group.

Rosalind Archer

Deputy President

Rosalind Archer

FEngNZ, BE, MS, PhD, CMInstD

I’m a Professor at the University of Auckland, and have been Head of the Department of Engineering Science for the past six years. I hold a BE in Engineering Science from the University of Auckland. My MS and PhD degrees are in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University. My work involves frequent engagement with industry (locally and internationally), and with government (for example, leading multiple New Zealand Aid programme projects in New Zealand, Asia and Africa). I’ve served as a non-executive director of NZ Oil & Gas since 2014 (with 2013 as a consultant to the board). I chair the board’s Nomination and Remuneration Committee. I enjoy the challenges of governance and undertake professional development as a director through the Institute of Directors. I am a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

Tim Fisher - Board Member

Vice President

Tim Fisher

FEngNZ, PhD, ME (Dist), BE (Hons), DipMEEC

I have served as the Chair of the Auckland Branch of Engineering New Zealand for the past three years. During my time leading the Auckland Branch, I oversaw the delivery of more than 30 events per year to local members. I have over 20 years of experience in water engineering, and I am part of Tonkin + Taylor’s Executive Leadership Team. I have also previously held governance roles on Tonkin + Taylor’s boards.

Bryan Leyland

Board Member

Bryan Leyland

MSc, DistFEngNZ, FIMechE, FIEE(rtd), MRSNZ

After five years with the Auckland Electric Power Board as a Cadet Engineer, I Left New Zealand in 1961 on a yacht bound for Tahiti and eventually arrived in Los Angeles on a full rigged sailing ship. After nine years in Europe, UK, Mauritius, Cyprus, Sierra Leone and Malaysia, I returned to New Zealand in 1970 with a Masters degree in power systems analysis and an English wife I met in Sierra Leone. We have two children – both have engineering science degrees. I initially worked for Lloyd Mandeno, a prominent consulting engineer and set up a consulting business specialising in mechanical and electrical engineering and, in particular, hydropower in 1974. We were responsible for the mechanical and electrical design of many of the small hydro schemes built in the 1970s and 80s and a number of hydro projects in Australia and the Pacific Islands. I have worked on power system development, hydropower projects and dam safety projects for development banks in Southeast Asia, the Pacific and Africa. I have had a long involvement with Engineering New Zealand as a Board Member and on various local committees. Awards include the IEE Silver Medal, IPENZ “Communicator of the year” and “Supreme Technical Award” and EEA best paper. I am a member of Committee V of ICOLD and I work to increase awareness of the high risks of large dams. My book “Small Hydroelectric Engineering Practice” was published internationally in 2014 and received many positive reviews.

Geoffrey Farquhar

Board Member

Geoffrey Farquhar

FEngNZ, CPEng, IntPE(NZ), BE, BD, MSc(Lon), DIC

I am an Auckland-based geotechnical engineer with GHD Limited, an employee-owned multidisciplinary consultancy where I am a Principal and Technical Director (Dams & Geotechnical). I have 39 years of consulting engineering in New Zealand and overseas. My work with GHD focuses on both technical leadership and providing technical input to infrastructure projects in New Zealand. In my five years on the Engineering New Zealand board, we have made and continue to make significant changes to the organisation to shape it to better serve members in a changing world. There remains more work to do to achieve our vision for Engineering New Zealand, to ensure the organisation represents the profession and to function as a vital organisation for members. I have been a member of the Engineering Practice Advisory Committee and Performance and Remuneration Committee of the Board. Currently I represent the board on the Engineering Heritage Board. My previous governance experience includes being on the board of an engineering consultancy. I was made a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand in 1999. I served six years on the Competency Assessment Board before being elected to the Governing Board in 2013. My term on the Competency Assessment Board reflects my long and continued strong interest in registration, assessment and professional practice. I was instrumental in the development of a register for Professional Engineering Geologists. I am a member of three technical societies and maintain close links with the New Zealand Geotechnical Society, of which I am a life member and former chair.

Jan Evans-Freeman

Board Member

Jan Evans-Freeman

FEngNZ, BSc(Hons), PhD, MInstD, FInstP

I have worked in Universities for 30 years, 20 of them in electronic engineering departments. I am now the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the College of Engineering at the University of Canterbury, one of the two largest engineering colleges in New Zealand. As part of the Engineering New Zealand board, I can bring awareness of the Institute and its professional relevance to students and academics. I am a Director of Transpower, and serve on the governing boards of several national government-funded research projects. I am a Chartered member of the Institute of Directors, and have held several governance roles over the past few years. I was made a Fellow in 2010 and I am a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Kennie Tsui

Board Member

Kennie Tsui

CMEngNZ CPEng IntPE(NZ)

I am the immediate past Chair of the Wellington branch and served on the Wellington branch committee for over five years. Through organising over 30 events annually and as a Wonder Project ambassador, I have been fortunate to meet many outstanding and inspiring individuals who bring engineering to life. I have gained significant governance experience as the Chair of the Engineering New Zealand Wellington Branch, the International Partnership of Geothermal Technologies, and Vice President of Scots College Parents Association since 2015. My background as a chemical and process engineer has enabled me to work in both private and public sectors for nearly 25 years and I have gained experience in research and innovation, policy and regulatory areas, and manufacturing. I currently work at the New Zealand Climate Change Commission.

Matt Harris

Board Member

Matt Harris

CMEngNZ CPEng IntPE(NZ) MICE CEng

I’m a Chartered Professional Engineer (Structural and Civil), delivering projects across the whole of the South Island as South Island Business Manager for Babbage Consultants. The challenges ahead of us, such as climate change, the need for greater diversity and the ongoing promotion required to raise public awareness of what engineers do remain as priorities for a forward-thinking board. I have past board and company director experience and am an active engineer. Based in Canterbury, I cover the whole of the South Island, managing a multi-discipline team who design commercial and residential projects. I also sit as the Otago/Southland Regional Chair for the Association of Consulting and Engineering (ACE New Zealand).

Sue-Ellen Fenelon

Board Member

Sue-Ellen Fenelon

CMEngNZ, MPP, Assoc.NZPI

It’s been an exciting three years as the Board has overseen the Engineering New Zealand strategy come alive. Connections are being made internally and externally, the Diversity Agenda has won international recognition, and our input is sought by Government on key issues. I value the chance to continue contributing to this important work. After many years developing expertise across the water quality, flood management and land use planning issues arising within the field of catchment planning, in Auckland, I was motivated to complete a Master of Public Policy as a foundation for moving into central government. Since joining MfE in 2015 I’ve contributed to urban water policy, natural capital and well-being indicators, urban Resource Management, and I currently work in climate change policy. At each opportunity I’ve helped colleagues understand the value of engineering knowledge to policy, and to delivering solutions. The environmental challenges we face as a nation have never been so evident. We need to find solutions and ways of working towards a better world. The increasing influence of engineers, and of Engineering New Zealand, and the opportunities that creates for us as a profession sets us up to respond to these challenges – to engineer a better New Zealand. I was Chair of the Auckland Branch in 1994, I’ve served on technical group and conference committees, and I currently chair EPAC.

Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team is responsible for leading and managing more than 60 staff and 2,000 volunteers. They come from a diverse range of backgrounds and disciplines such as engineering, science, technology, law, finance, education, and marketing and communications.

Helen Davidson - People

Acting Chief Executive

Helen Davidson

I joined Engineering New Zealand in February 2016 and I’m responsible for leading our legal and public affairs work, including complaints resolution, governance, communications, policy and thought leadership, as well as our people function. I have over 15 years’ experience in law, complaints management and policy. Prior to Engineering New Zealand, I worked mainly in the health sector, including as Principal Legal Advisor at the Health and Disability Commissioner and the Director of Patient Safety at the Ministry of Health Services in British Columbia Canada. I love that every day I get to work on building public trust and confidence in this amazing profession, and ensuring that we speak out influentially on issues that matter to engineers and New Zealanders. In 2017 I was honoured to be awarded the In-house Lawyers’ Association of New Zealand’s Private Sector In-house Lawyer of the Year and Innovation awards for the redesign of our complaints resolution process – and in 2019, my team took out the in-house legal team award and Madison Dobie was named Young Lawyer of the year

Brett Williams

General Manager

Brett Williams

CompEngNZ

I’ve been a GM at Engineering New Zealand since 2005. Before this, I was Manager Quality Assurance at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, where I oversaw quality assurance of private training providers. My team has a key role in setting and maintaining standards for entry to the profession (through our qualification accreditation programme) and for engineering practice (through our Chartered assessment process). We also manage interactions with members as well as continuing professional development. Part of my role is making sure New Zealand's standards for qualification accreditation, competence-based membership and registration meet international standards. I love working with the passionate group of staff and members who maintain standards in a profession that makes such a huge difference to the safety and quality of life for New Zealanders and to our prosperity as a country.

Bridgit Sissons

General Manager

Bridgit Sissons

I’m a seasoned communications professional with a love for the ‘why’. I’ve worked in all sorts of environments, both here and in the United States, and tackled nearly every kind of comms, PR, brand, marketing and change management challenge imaginable. I spent nine years on the Board of Accuro Health insurance – one of New Zealand’s oldest membership-based insurers – along with stints at Westpac, NZX, Sweeney Vesty, MSD and OSPRI, amongst others. I relish a problem and am happiest tackling the tricky issues and making stuff happen. As well as marketing, my teams’ responsible for the Wonder Project, events and Engineering New Zealand’s technology. In 2019 we were awarded 'best in-house marketing' for the Wonder Project at the TVNZ Marketing Awards.

Tania Williams

General Manager

Tania Williams

FEngNZ

I joined Engineering New Zealand in March 2017 after a long career at engineering and management consulting firm MWH, where I was General Manager of Water and Waste. My team takes care of professional engineering practice and policy, growing our continuing professional development portfolio and fostering relationships with our technical groups, as well as managing Engineering New Zealand’s finances and client services. I’m passionate about supporting engineering graduates and raising the profile of the engineering profession.