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.
FEngNZ, CPEng, IntPE(NZ)
I’m a mechanical engineer with 30 years of engineering consultancy experience across a range of industries. I live in Christchurch and I’m a Director and Chief Technical Officer of Beca, one of Asia Pacific’s largest multidisciplinary engineering and professional services consultancies. Being on the Engineering New Zealand Board has meant that I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of our transformation into an organisation dedicated to bringing engineering to life. I’m a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and have governance experience across commercial and advisory roles. These include being founding Director of the New Zealand Green Building Council. I’m also a Director of City Care, and serve on two University of Canterbury College of Engineering industry advisory boards. I joined Engineering New Zealand as a graduate in the mid-1980s and was made a Fellow in 2008. As well as being Chair of the governing Board, I serve on the Performance and Remuneration Committee and the Standards & Accreditation Board, and am a Practice Area Assessor.
I am a civil engineer who graduated from Canterbury University. I’ve spent most of my professional career working for a diverse range of organisations in the infrastructure, energy and transport sectors. More recently, I have focussed on governance. I’m an independent company director for a number of publically listed companies and government-owned organisations. These include Harrison Grierson, Marsden Maritime Holdings, the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority, Contact Energy and Ngapuhi Asset Holding Company. I have been a member of Engineering New Zealand since I graduated. I’ve served on the Board and several standing committees for nine years. I was the second woman to be the President, and am currently Immediate Past President. Serving on the Board has given me the opportunity to help reshape the Institute so it’s relevant to a broader church of professional engineers. It has also allowed me to be an avid promoter and role model of the diverse career opportunities engineering offers.
FEngNZ, FICE ME, BE (Hons)
I’m Auckland Council’s Chief Operating Officer. This means I’m responsible for supporting the city’s growth and delivering on customer-service expectations, including regulatory approvals, community services, region-wide capital works and facility management, environmental services and civil defence. I also oversee a range of strategic issues, including water and housing. I’ve had a range of other governance roles, including chair of QuakeCoRE, board member of Infrastructure New Zealand and member of MBIE’s Building Advisory Panel. Prior to joining Auckland Council, I was managing director of AECOM NZ.
MEng, MTech, CMEngNZ, CPEng, 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.
My current role is Executive General Manager, Infrastructure Projects for Downer. I see the engineering profession as inextricably linked New Zealand’s development and prosperity. I’m motivated to be on the Engineering New Zealand Board because of my desire to influence how engineering expertise is delivered to benefit the nation, now and in the future. By highlighting long-term outcomes, we can ensure the profession is truly valued – and our contribution recognised. I offer proven leadership skills, gained through leading teams on some of the largest infrastructure contracts in New Zealand, such as Waterview and Victoria Park tunnels, and governance experience acquired on Alliance PABs and as a board member of the Quake Centre.
I’m a civil engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in local government and Crown agencies, in a range of leadership and specialist roles. I work in Hamilton and Wellington, and I live just outside Te Awamutu in the mighty Waikato. Formerly Highway Manager, Waikato for the NZ Transport Agency, I am now an advisor to its Safety and Environment Team. Being on the Engineering New Zealand Board gives me the opportunity to contribute to how we present ourselves as professionals and to influence the way we embrace our diversity. I’m a member of the Institute of Directors and the Institute of Public Engineers Australasia. As a former chair, I continue to be active in the Road Controlling Authority Forum. I joined Engineering New Zealand in the late 1990s after adding an engineering degree, mid-career, to my NZCE. I also serve on the Audit and Risk Committee.
Professor Jan Evans-Freeman
BSc(Hons), PhD, MInstD, FInstP, FEngNZ
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.
BE, BD, MSC(Lon), DIC, FEngNZ, CPEng, IntPE(NZ)
I am an Auckland-based geotechnical engineer with GHD Limited, an employee-owned multidisciplinary consultancy where I am a Principal Engineer (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 am currently a member of the Engineering Practice Advisory Committee of the Board, where we provide advice to the Board on issues and concerns that could have a major impact on the profession and on Engineering New Zealand's reputation. 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.
CMEngNZ, CMEngNZ, MPP, Assoc.NZPI
I did the Agricultural Engineering degree at Lincoln and then went to Auckland and worked in urban stormwater management – specifically flood management planning and urban water quality. With a strong interest in the environmental management of water in cities, and the use of vegetated ‘devices’ for stormwater treatment, I’m trying to influence the policy development part of the system. I completed a Master of Public Policy in 2015 and began work with Ministry for the Environment the same year. I’m excited to be on the Board of Engineering New Zealand at this time of transformational change. I hope to contribute a central government perspective. At the same time, I am working within central government to increase the influence of engineering knowledge in policy development. I also bring experience from working with both local government and private consultancies. I joined Engineering New Zealand on graduation, have served on technical group committees and conference committees, and was Chair of the Auckland Branch in 1994. I serve on the Board of the Engineering Practice Advisory Committee.
ONZM, FEngNZ, CPEng, IntPE(NZ), Fellow NZIM
During my career I have been involved in research and teaching in risk and resilience, sustainability design, complexity, decision and judgment. I have more than 30 years’ industrial consulting engineering and management experience across many industry sector groups. The past 20 years have included teaching in the Faculties of Engineering (Sustainability and Resilience) and Business (MBA) at Auckland University, Auckland University of Technology and Waikato University. I am a mission specialist scientist/engineer with the United Nations. This work is generally focused on developing countries and involves substantial in-country project management of large, complex sustainable development projects. My current academic activity includes teaching and research in risk and resilience in infrastructure and agribusiness, complexity management theory, leadership, decision and judgment. My doctorate addresses complexity, resilience and management in the chemical waste industry.
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.
Susan is a former lawyer who has worked in senior leadership and management for the last 15 years. She has been our Chief Executive since February 2015. Prior to her position at Engineering New Zealand, she was the Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Standards Authority. She practised law in New Zealand and England for many years and brings a wealth of experience to the role.
General Manager – Professional Standards
Brett has been our GM of Professional Standards since 2005. Prior to this, he worked as the Manager Quality Assurance at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority where he was oversaw the quality assurance of private training providers in the tertiary education sector. Brett works in graduate support, continuing professional development, qualification accreditation and competence assessment. His role is to make sure New Zealand's standards for qualification accreditation and competence-based membership and registration continue to meet international standards.
General Manager – Engineering Leadership
Tania joined us in March 2017 after a long career at MWH, an engineering and management consulting firm where she was General Manager of Water and Waste. She leads our work on professional engineering practice and policy, grows our continuing professional development portfolio and fosters relationships with our technical groups. She is a passionate supporter of engineering graduates and of raising the profile of the engineering profession.
General Manager – Marketing and Communications
Previous to working at Engineering New Zealand, Bridgit was the Business Development and Marketing Manager at OSPRI, a primary industries non-profit organisation. She has experience in marketing and communications, change management and executive management work for organisations such as BNZ, ANZ and the Ministry of Social Development. Bridgit also served as Deputy Chair on the Board of Directors of Accuro – New Zealand’s oldest member-based insurance provider.
General Manager – Corporate Services
Kevin is a qualified Accountant with a BMS from the University of Waikato. He's had previous senior finance roles with ACC, Fonterra and the Post Office. More recently, he has undertaken contract finance work including working part time for the Wellington City Mission. He took up the role of General Manager – Corporate Services in November 2016, looking after the finance, people and practice, member experience and information technology areas of the organisation.
General Manager – Legal & Policy
Helen joined us in February 2016 and leads our legal and policy work, including complaints resolution and governance. She has over 15 years’ experience in law, complaints management and policy. Prior to Engineering New Zealand, Helen 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. In 2017 Helen was awarded the In-house Lawyers’ Association of New Zealand’s Private Sector In-house Lawyer of the Year and Innovation awards for her work leading the redesign of our complaints resolution process.