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. Our members elect the Board each year in February. We call for nominations in October – be sure to make the most of your membership by voting or standing for election.
FEngNZ, CPEng, IntPE(NZ)
Craig is a Director, Chief Technical Officer and the South Island Regional Manager of Beca Ltd, one of Asia Pacific’s largest multidisciplinary engineering and professional services consultancies. Craig is a Practice Area Assessor, a previous Chair of the Competence Assessment Board, and was a founding Director of the New Zealand Green Building Council. He serves on the Engineering Practice Advisory Committee, Standards Accreditation Board. and Audit and Risk Committee. He is a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Elena is a professional director who serves on a number of company boards, and an independent consultant. She has held leadership roles with transport and energy companies including KiwiRail, Auckland Regional Council/ARTA, Serco New Zealand Ltd, Kingett Mitchell and Associates and Methanex New Zealand. Elena chairs the Engineering Practice Advisory and Audit and Risk Committees. She is a member of the Performance and Remuneration Committee and Fellowship Panel.
Dean is Auckland Council’s Chief Operating Officer. He leads the Operations division responsible for supporting the city’s growth and delivering on residents’ services expectations, such as building and resource consent, waste services and stormwater infrastructure, environmental services, capital works, facilities management, and community development and safety. He also has oversight of the Housing portfolio and civil defence. Prior to joining council, Dean was managing director of AECOM NZ.
MEng, MTech, CMEngNZ, CPEng, MICE, CEng, MNZIM
Ben is the NZ General Manager Commercial and Major Projects for Opus International Consultants. He focuses on improving Opus’ commercial and project delivery. He has a background in civil engineering and business management. He previously served on the Competency Assessment Board. He is the Board representative for the Engineering New Zealand IT change project and the Engineering Heritage Board.
FEngNZ, CPEng, IntPE(NZ), Recognised Engineer, MIC
Geoffrey is Principal Engineer(Dams & Geotechnical) with GHD Limited. His background is in consulting engineering in New Zealand and overseas. He served six years on the Competency Assessment Board before being elected to the Governing Board in 2013. He is a member of the Engineering Practice Advisory Committee.
Professor Jan Evans-Freeman
BSc(Hons), PhD, MInstD, FInstP, FEngNZ
Jan is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the College of Engineering at the University of Canterbury. She is a Director of Transpower, and serves on the governing boards of several national government-funded research projects. Jan has a background in electronic engineering and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
ONZM, FEngNZ, CPEng, IntPE(NZ)
Ron is a senior lecturer at the University of Waikato Business School in the MBA programme. His teaching focuses on sustainability, resilience, governance and ethics, and society’s expectations of business. His research is focused on resilience and infrastructure, complexity management, decision theory, judgment, and sustainable technology design. Ron is a member of the Engineering Practice Advisory Committee.
Kaye is Road Safety Programme Director at NZ Transport Agency. She has had an extensive career in local government in the central North Island, covering most aspects of municipal and regional engineering. She is a member of the Institute of Directors, a past chair of the Road Controlling Authorities Forum, and serves on the Audit and Risk Committee.
CMEngNZ, MPP, Assoc.NZPI
Sue-Ellen is a Senior Analyst at the Ministry for the Environment. She has worked in urban stormwater management in local government and engineering consultancies. She is a member of Water New Zealand, and serves on the Engineering Practice Advisory Committee.
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.