The Board

The CPEng Board’s role is to govern the Registration Authority’s functions in line with the Chartered Professional Engineers of New Zealand Act 2002 and the Chartered Professional Engineers of New Zealand Rules (02) 2002. The Board currently has seven members. Members are appointed by the Engineering New Zealand Governing Board, following a call for nominations or expressions of interest.

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Keryn Kliskey

FEngNZ, MICE, CPEng, CEng, ME, BE(Hons)

Keryn has been actively involved in the engineering profession in Aotearoa for more than 20 years including as a CPEng Practice Assessor and Past President of ACE New Zealand. Keryn is currently a Principal Project Director with WSP New Zealand and has leadership roles on a range of transformational transportation projects throughout the country, drawing experience from successful delivery of projects in New Zealand, the UK and Hong Kong. As a Chartered Professional Engineer and Fellow of Engineering New Zealand, Keryn is committed to the professional development and mentoring of engineers and other infrastructure professionals. “The CPEng Board has a key role to provide governance and direction to build public and industry confidence in professional engineers as we transition to a new occupational regulation for engineers and provide for future generations,” says Keryn.

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Deputy Chair

Debbie Scott


Debbie is the co-owner and Principal Fire Engineer of OnFire Consulting and has been working for over 20 years as a consulting fire engineer. Debbie has made a significant contribution to the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and Engineering New Zealand, being on the SFPE New Zealand Chapter as an executive committee member from 2000 to 2021 (including three years as President). Debbie is currently on the SFPE Magazine Editorial Committee and was elected as a Life Member of the SFPE New Zealand Chapter in 2020. She also serves as a Governing Board member for the Society of Fire Protection Engineers Foundation, a global non-profit organization that supports research and education to improve our understanding of fire and its interaction with the natural and build environment. Debbie was a member of Engineering New Zealand’s Governing Board between 2005 and 2009. She has served on numerous Engineering New Zealand committees and is a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand and a Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineering International in 2021. Debbie is passionate about the engineering profession and ensuring engineers uphold ethical and professional standards.

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Geoffrey Farquhar


Geoffrey is a Principal of GHD and a Technical Director (Dams & Geotechnical) based in Auckland. He has 45years of engineering experience in New Zealand and overseas and provides technical leadership in geotechnical and dam engineering for infrastructure, buildings, and dam projects. Geoffrey is involved in advisory and review roles, and he is a member of Engineering New Zealand’s Natural Disaster Recovery Panel which facilitates the resolution of residential insurance claims for the New Zealand Claims Resolution Service. Geoffrey has previously served on the Competency Assessment Board and the Engineering New Zealand’s governing board. He is past chair of the New Zealand Geotechnical Society. Geoffrey is committedto providing independent technical and professional advice in a pragmatic manner.

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Paul Campbell


Paul is a practicing structural engineer and Fellow of Engineering New Zealand. He is currently the National Technical Director for Building Structures at WSP. Paul has represented the engineering profession on several industry bodies and has been awarded Engineering New Zealand’s MacLean Citation for exceptional and distinguished service to the engineering profession. He is also a past president of the Structural Engineering Society of New Zealand. Paul is passionate about quality and building on the legacy of professional engineering in New Zealand.

Mel Orange

Mel Orange


Mel is a barrister and business consultant from Christchurch, specialising in regulatory regimes. Mel is currently the Chair of the Electricity Rulings Panel, Presiding Member (Chair) of the Electrical Workers Registration Board and the Deputy Chair of the Building Practitioners Board. Mel has been involved in the construction and utility sectors for about 30 years.

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Jeff Fahrensohn

Jeff has more than two decades in building regulatory roles and currently leads the Auckland Council building inspection team. Annually, his team conducts over 200,000 inspections, offering valuable insights into construction quality across Auckland. Leveraging this experience, Jeff collaborates closely with industry leaders to enhance construction standards by sharing daily observations and feedback from building sites. He is affiliated with the Institute of Directors NZ and the Association of Building Compliance, and serves as a board director for the Building Officials Institute of NZ (BOINZ) and the Building Research Advisory Council (BRAC).


Rachel Wright

Rachel is a Chartered Professional Engineer with 25 years’ experience in Engineering in NZ.  She is a Director and Principal Engineer at RS Eng Ltd in Whangarei, and was previously the Section Manager for structural engineering NZ for SKM/Jacobs following the Christchurch Earthquakes.  Rachel has been a member of the Engineering NZ Competency Assessment Board for two years (CAB) and is now a member of the CPEng Board. She believes in the importance of supporting and giving back to the profession and upholding high professional standards, ethically and professionally.  In addition to the current ENG NZ Board roles, Rachel has been a branch committee member, participates in Investigation and Disciplinary Committees and was formerly an Area Representative and then Board Member for ACE NZ.