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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CMEngNZ, BE (Civil) MBA MInstD
I am the director of a small start-up and I am a practicing civil engineer. I have over 16 years of experience in the profession, including roles as a civil/infrastructure engineer, project director, design manager and client relationship manager working for large and small firms and local government. Alongside my day job, I am doing a PhD in public sector procurement. I also serve as a school board trustee and I am an intern director with Christchurch EcoCentral Ltd.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
I became Chief Executive of Engineering New Zealand in February 2015. I’ve worked in senior leadership and management for the last 15 years, heavily influenced by earlier roles as a lawyer and a mediator. Before starting at Engineering New Zealand, I was Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Standards Authority. I’ve also worked at the Human Rights Commission, as Chief Mediator and Strategic Policy Manager, and for the former Department of Labour. I value both harder-edged legal/compliance/analytic skills and softer-edged relationship, influencing and advocacy skills -they are both sides of the leadership coin. I believe we only have impact as individuals and organisations if we focus not just on what we do, but how we do it. Leading Engineering New Zealand, with our vision of 'engineering a better life for New Zealanders', is a privilege, a challenge and a fantastic opportunity.
General Manager – Professional Standards
I’ve been GM of Professional Standards since 2005. Before this, I was Manager Quality Assurance at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, where I oversaw quality assurance of private training providers. The Professional Standards team has a key role in setting and maintaining standards for entry to the profession (thorough our qualification accreditation programme) and for engineering practice (through our Chartered assessment process). 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.
General Manager – Engineering Leadership
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. The Engineering Leadership team takes care of professional engineering practice and policy, growing our continuing professional development portfolio and fostering relationships with our technical groups. I’m passionate about supporting engineering graduates and raising the profile of the engineering profession.
General Manager – Marketing and Communications
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.
General Manager – Corporate Services
I’m an accountant and have worked in a range of corporate organisations, mainly in the dairy and government sectors, including New Zealand Post, ACC and TVNZ. I have also contracted for a range of organisations, including the Wellington City Mission. I strongly believe that membership organisations must keep delivering benefits to members – and to do this, we need a sound and sustainable financial base.
General Manager – Legal & Policy
I joined Engineering New Zealand in February 2016 and I’m responsible for leading our legal and policy work, including complaints resolution, governance and thought leadership. 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.