Congratulations to our two new Distinguished Fellows, 15 new Fellows, and special winners of the MacLean Citation, President's Awards and Student Innovator of the Year Award.

These outstanding engineers have been recognised as leaders by their peers, making a significant contribution to engineering.

Distinguished Fellows 

Anthony Wilson DistFEngNZ, CPEng, FICE, FCIWEM, FIEAust, IntPE(NZ)

Anthony Edwin Wilson is elected a Distinguished Fellow of Engineering New Zealand for his contribution to municipal infrastructure. 

Anthony’s career is based on municipal infrastructure, both in New Zealand and overseas. His contributions are seen in the development and infrastructure role he filled at New Plymouth City Council between 1983–2012, where he was instrumental in considerably strengthening and redeveloping all aspects of the original water supply and wastewater treatment facilities. He joined Wellington City Council in November 2012 and was City Engineer from November 2012 to June 2017. This role included being Group Controller for the Wellington Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group, and the Chief Engineer for Wellington’s “Let's Get Wellington Moving Alliance”. 

Anthony has a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Canterbury and holds professional qualifications and memberships in the fields of engineering and infrastructure management in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. He served as President of Engineering New Zealand in 2009–2010 and was President of Water New Zealand from 1998–1999. Anthony has led the New Zealand water sector in the development of best practice and has extensive experience in municipal infrastructure. In recognition of his standing and abilities, Anthony was invited to be on the three-member panel for the 2016 Government Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking Water. 

Outside of professional engineering, and as an extension to his abilities and commitment to public service, Anthony has a long-serving, senior involvement with the New Zealand Army Reserve Force.

Anthony has contributed significantly to the engineering profession throughout his career, and these contributions extend across all levels of the profession. Across his career, Anthony has actively demonstrated a full and wholehearted commitment to ethics and professionalism in every aspect of his professional and personal life. 

Des Bull DistFEngNZ, CPEng

Desmond Kenneth Bull is elected a Distinguished Fellow of Engineering New Zealand for his contribution to structural engineering practice.

Des has held senior roles in the profession, including Technical Director of Holmes Consulting and the Holcim Adjunct Professor of Concrete Design at the University of Canterbury. He was one of drivers for creating a USAR engineer service in New Zealand, the importance of which became clear in the aftermath of the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. 

Des displays a passion for structural engineering and the advancement and dissemination of structural engineering knowledge. He has the ability to bridge research, academia and consultancy in a very practical way. His teaching and research benefit immeasurably from his intimate link to practice. This is especially evident in Des’s research, which invariably focuses on key issues facing industry. Des has made major contributions in several areas, perhaps most notably in analysis and design of floor diaphragms and was pivotal in identifying and publicising the potential poor performance of some precast concrete floor systems. 

Des has been a regular presenter of industry training seminars and a major contributor to the New Zealand Standards for Concrete Structures and Seismic Design Actions for almost 30 years, as well as being the author or editor of many widely used national and international guidance publications. 

Another hallmark of Des’s character is his passion for acting as a mentor to countless undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students, with this often continuing after their graduation. His plain-speaking and obvious commitment to address issues within engineering practice has made him highly respected by his peers. Des is a role model, extolling the ethos of lifelong learning for himself and his students.

Des’s commitment to professional excellence has been widely recognised. He is a life member of SESOC, an honorary member of the Concrete New Zealand Learned Society, a fellow of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, and a previous recipient of the Engineering New Zealand Professional Commitment Award. 


Al Monro FEngNZ

Alastair Monro is a senior leader and engineer who has played a key role in the delivery of major multidisciplinary projects for GHD in New Zealand. Al’s involvement in the New Zealand water industry’s first alliance project and the Puhoi to Warkworth Motorway PPP Procurement Alliance are examples of his collaborative approach to working. 

More recently, Al’s leadership skills have been applied in his role as General Manager for GHD’s NZ/Pacific business, growing and diversifying the business to some 500 professionals. Al has also been a long-term member of IPWEA NZ and over the past 5 years as a board member has helped transform that organisation.

Dos Santos FEngNZ

Americo dos Santos is the Technical Services Manager for Hynds Pipe Systems, with over 40 years’ industry experience. He is an acknowledged expert in the design, manufacture and installation of precast concrete pipe and drainage structures, and regularly consulted for his expertise. His contribution to engineering in New Zealand includes training, addressing industry issues, and developing and marketing innovative precast concrete products. Dos is an active Member of Standards Australia Concrete Pipes Committee and a Member of the Concrete Pipe Association of Australasia. Dos has been a key influence in the drafting, review and presentation of many technical notes, guidance documents and papers commonly referenced by engineers, as well as the development of safe work practices in New Zealand.

Andrew Bell FEngNZ

Andrew Bell is a leader in the engineering professional services industry. His contribution to engineering in New Zealand can be seen through his organisational and business leadership, project governance roles on Alliance and design and construction projects, and technical transport planning project work. As a result, he has influenced the planning and construction of many large, complex infrastructure projects that have shaped New Zealand.

Bronwyn Rhynd FEngNZ

Bronwyn Rhynd is a director and shareholder of CKL, a fully integrated land development consultancy. Bronwyn has gained a reputation as one of New Zealand’s leading environmental engineers and stormwater specialists. Her technical and professional expertise, professional acumen and ethical behaviour is recognised by her role as an expert witness for the Environment Court. Bronwyn was also named as a finalist in the Women of Influence Awards. She champions diversity and inclusion and balances high levels of activity in her business and personal life with her commitment to family. 

Fergus Tate FEngNZ

Dr Fergus Tate’s career has focused on transportation with over 40 years’ experience, ranging from highway construction and maintenance management to professional services consultancy, academic and applied research, policy development and performance monitoring. He is recognised as a researcher both nationally and internationally.  His interests are wide and have seen him investigate a variety of issues, from the impact of roads on the independent mobility of children, the perceptions of shared spaces, road geometry, drivers’ speed choices and crash rates, new technologies to reduce crashes at junctions, intelligent speed adaptation/advice.  Over the last 20 years he has focussed on road safety and was involved in the development of road assessment programmes, such as the award-winning KiwiRAP.

Gary Porteous FEngNZ

Currently Client Director in Asset and Network Performance for WSP, Gary Porteous has managed a wide range of transportation engineering projects throughout the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand. He has been involved in the leadership and governance of a number of industry wide organisations and committees.  He is an acknowledged infrastructure asset management expert and has helped share and grow knowledge to develop New Zealand’s capability and capacity in asset management.

Geof Stewart FEngNZ

Geoffrey Stewart is the Director of XYOCOM Limited and provides strategic planning and asset management advice to infrastructure utility organisations.

He has worked in the water industry for over 25 years and has been responsible for Watercare’s long-term asset strategies and asset management plan, which set out the tactical implementation of water and wastewater services to meet Auckland’s 30-year growth projection. He has been influential in a range of regional and national initiatives, including asset management benchmarking and improvement programmes, the Auckland Geotechnical Database, governance of the Three Waters Metadata Project and the development of the National Pipe Renewals Framework. Geof is a passionate advocate for the engineering profession, having been a Practice Area Assessor and an Auckland Branch Committee member. In 2018 he was the Chair of the Auckland Branch of Engineering New Zealand.

Grant Lovell FEngNZ

As a senior civil engineer, with over 30 years’ experience, Grant Lovell is a Tonkin + Taylor Group board member and the director responsible for land development projects across Australasia.  For 18 years Grant was the South Island Regional Group Manager and led T+T’s sizeable response to the devastating Canterbury earthquakes. He continues to be actively involved in multiple aspects of the region’s rebuild and nationally significant infrastructure developments. Grant views problems as unexplored opportunities and is passionate about the contribution engineers can make to our community. He continues to lead through his multiple governance roles across industry.

Hamish McKenzie FEngNZ

Hamish McKenzie has over 20 years’ experience as a consulting structural engineer in New Zealand and overseas. Hamish is Principal - Structures at Holmes Consulting, based in Wellington. His recent project experience includes the structural design, seismic assessment and strengthening of several well-known Wellington buildings, many of which have been presented at national and international conferences and recognised in global engineering awards. Hamish is a strong advocate for the use of performance-based assessment and design and the application of Low Damage Design. He is the current President of the Structural Engineering Society and is recognised for his leading involvement in the structural engineering profession and wider industry initiatives.

Matt Watson FEngNZ

Matthew Watson has over 15 years of international industrial research and development experience working for a multinational industrial gases company. In 2015 he joined the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Canterbury, where he teaches energy, design, and computational-modelling related courses, primarily to 3rd and 4th-year students. He supervises the research of Honours, Masters, and PhD students in the areas of fossil-fuel-free mineral extraction, reaction engineering, additive manufacturing, and establishing a maple syrup industry in New Zealand. Matthew is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Rob Bell FEngNZ

Dr Robert Bell has blended his civil engineering skills with the sciences within NIWA to become internationally recognised for his expertise in ocean outfalls, coastal-hazard risks (including tsunami) and latterly in sea-level rise impacts and implications for adaptation. Rob was co-leader in the development of RiskScape, lead author of the 2017 MfE coastal climate change guidance and on the MfE expert panel that produced the framework for the first national climate risk assessment.

Steve Holm FEngNZ

Stephen Holm is currently Aurecon New Zealand’s subject matter expert on pressure equipment and seismic design for mechanical systems and has presented on the subject several times. He has delivered many significant industrial projects in both New Zealand and Australia and has a passion for technical excellence and mentoring young engineers. He has also been involved in the development and updating of Practice Note 19 and more recently, helping organise the 3rd Pressure Equipment conference.

Tim Armitage FEngNZ

Timothy Armitage has made a singular contribution to the assessment of professional engineers for 20 years. Originally assessing for Registered Engineers, he became a Staff Assessor for Chartered Professional Engineers when the Register was introduced. He plays a leading role in mentoring and advising fellow Lead Assessors. He advises engineers in preparing their CPEng applications. He is an Assessor and Moderator for Connexis. Tim led the team that introduced the Road Asset and Maintenance Management system and led the team that developed a system to improve road maintenance methods and skills. He assisted New Zealand and overseas institutions make change.

Tony Fairclough FEngNZ

Anthony Fairclough is a geotechnical and civil engineer with over 30 years’ experience in New Zealand and the wider Asia-Pacific region. He is currently a Principal Geotechnical Engineer and Project Director at Tonkin + Taylor. He counts his involvement in the Canterbury and Kaikōura earthquake emergency response and recovery processes as career highlights as they combined extreme pressure, stress, challenge and social service, along with professional and personal development. As Project Manager of the EQC TC3 Geotechnical Investigation Project, he was instrumental in the development of a globally unique approach to the collection, management and public distribution of high-quality geotechnical data in an extraordinary time frame. This work has provided an unprecedented volume of reliable and robust geotechnical data that has been used by researchers from all over the world to advance the science of liquefaction. Tony served on the NZ Geotechnical Society National Management Committee from 2011 until 2019. In this role he has been instrumental in the development of several noteworthy national design guidelines or standards.

Yifan Chen FEngNZ

Dr Yifan Chen is an internationally recognised academic leader with a demonstrated history of working in renowned universities in China, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Singapore, and the United States. He has pioneered the emerging field of computational nanobiosensing, where information and communications technology meets nanomedicine. He has also made an instrumental contribution to the technological, clinical and commercialisation advancement in the area of microwave medical imaging and sensing.

MacLean Citation

Andrew Read

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President's Awards

Fulton-Downer Gold Medal – Kennie Tsui
Fulton-Downer Silver Medal – Troy Brockbank

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Student Innovator of the Year

Rebecca Tinga & Ryan Tinga (Supervisor Matt Ramezanian Pour) 
Development of an Electro-Coagulator to Treat Greywater

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