Have your say – voting for your next board is open from now until Friday 8 March. Eligible members will have received a personalised voting link through email. Learn more about the candidates below.

We’ve received 11 nominations this year for one Board seat vacancy. One candidate has also been nominated for each of the positions of President and Deputy President. We’re grateful to all candidates for expressing an interest in serving the profession by being on the Board.

Because only one candidate has been nominated for each of the two Senior Office Holder positions, the next President and Deputy President will be elected unopposed. The Board seat election will continue as planned. You can learn more about all the candidates on this page.


“Meet the candidates” event

At 12pm on Friday 23 February we held an online “Meet the candidates” event via Zoom. A recording of the event will be made available on this page soon.


Profiles

Candidates for President

Jan Evans-Freeman

I led the University of Canterbury College of Engineering as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Engineering for 12 years, until 2021. The engineering disciplines I led included nine different engineering degrees, with my own area of expertise being electronic engineering. I am currently the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Sustainability at the University of Canterbury, and I am the Project Sponsor at the University for several large construction projects to reduce our university carbon footprint.

I will bring to this role of President a deep knowledge of Engineering New Zealand, having been a Board member for many years; I am currently the Deputy President of Engineering New Zealand, and was previously the Vice-President. I have extensive governance experience; I led a national steering group in the United Kingdom prior to 2009, and since 2009 I am or have been on the board of many New Zealand organisations including Engineering New Zealand and Transpower, where I also Chaired a Board sub-committee. I am a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and I understand the role of governance boards in supporting management to fulfil their Strategy.

I bring a unique perspective to the role of an understanding of all the requirements of the New Zealand industry from an educational point of view, plus a deep understanding of how future and current engineers need to be equipped with the skills to solve emerging sustainability and climate change issues, both here and abroad. I understand the necessity and value of consultation and partnership with iwi, and I am experienced in practising the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi in my current and previous University roles.

I am passionate about Engineering New Zealand and its role in supporting and leading engineers in ethical best practise and creative solutions. I am interested in being President because it would provide me the opportunity to support management effectively to achieve our Strategy. Given my long-standing Board member record and now as a Senior Office Holder, it feels natural and logical to follow this path, to support Engineering New Zealand in an increasingly inclusive and yet challenging environment. I bring substantial experience across a range of governance roles and organisations and would welcome the opportunity to be of service to Engineering New Zealand in this way. I hope to support the organisation in its endeavours to have a voice for professional engineers, when representing the industry to policymakers, government, and the public.

What leadership qualities would you bring to this role?

I led the College of Engineering at the University of Canterbury for 12 years, where I had about 400 staff and 20 direct reports. I have also led a multi-country large engineering project for the European Union. I would describe my style as follows: I am a listener, a mentor, a problem-solver, and a decision-maker. Many people whom I mentored into leadership positions during my term became highly sought after leaders in the wider university. During my leadership period in the College, student numbers almost doubled, the percentage of female students increased, and bicultural competence was introduced into the curriculum. I am very comfortable presenting my ideas, talking to very diverse audiences, and I am always open to learning.

Please describe any specific governance experience and training you have had. 

I was on the Board of Transpower for seven years and chaired a Board sub-committee. I have many years’ experience on various research entity Boards, including the Crown Research Institute that was Industrial Research Ltd (which became Callaghan Innovation). I am a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors (IoD), I keep my governance CPD up to date through the IoD and have attended many IoD courses. I have been on the Board of Engineering New Zealand since 2014, and a Senior Office holder since 2022. I have a clear understanding of the difference between governance and management and have expertise in supporting management through strategy setting, challenges, and achieving their KPIs.

How would you drive Engineering New Zealand’s strategy?

Together with Management, progress on the current Strategy would be closely monitored, with regular check-ins to celebrate successes, understand roadblocks, and ensure the current Strategy remains fit for purpose and appropriate. New strategies would be set in conjunction with Management after the consideration of the needs of the engineering profession, the national and international landscapes, and any budgetary requirements. The new government this year may mean some uncertainty for future strategies, and I would ensure that Management have the best information and are supported through any potential issues as new policies emerge, on behalf of the membership and the engineering profession.

How would you contribute to improving the Board’s cultural capability?

I would ensure that some key values are embodied in our behaviours, our actions, and our advice to Management on behalf of the membership. These would be Whanaungatana (value people and their differences), Kaitiakitanga (enhance and nurture our resources) and Manaakitanga (extend care and empower others). To address the first of the three, we will take care to ensure all opinions, of Board members, management, and all other members, are heard, valued, and taken into consideration when weighing up actions. We will perform as a team rather than as individuals, putting aside any of our own (personal) ambitions. To follow our value of Taitiakitanga, the Board would value resources on behalf of the membership, management and for the good of New Zealand, encouraging a deeper understanding of Te Ao Māori and its relevance to our profession. Finally, the Board will empower others, look after the organisation and our stakeholders, and act with empathy and kindness, fulfilling our value of Manaakitanga.

Candidates for Deputy President

Kennie Tsui

Tēnā koutou

It’s my privilege to serve our members over the past years as Wellington Branch Chair (2017-2019), Board Member (2020-2023) and the past year (2023) as Vice President. My passion to become an engineer started in my formative years, from a desire to make a positive impact and transformed me into a purposeful leader in leading industries, communities and society where I strive for climate action. I have over 25 years’ experience in private, public and not-for-profit sectors pioneering climate initiatives in Aotearoa through diverse, skilled and innovative teams.

Volunteering is an invitation for service through leadership. I have committed to building a strong and diverse group of ‘action leaders’, unified around a spirit of service and capable of working across multiple tasks. As a Board member of Engineering New Zealand (2020-2023), I contributed sound governance practices to refresh our organisation’s strategy and worked with technical groups and branches to stay current and connected in our profession.

As the Engineering New Zealand Wellington branch Chair (2016-2019), I hosted over 30 events each year to promote the service of our profession. I was extremely humbled to receive the 2020 Fulton-Downer President Gold Award for Outstanding Achievement by Engineering New Zealand; the first Asian female to have received this award.

Increased diversity at the board table, in 2023, I was selected as the first Asian female to become the Vice President of Engineering New Zealand.

I have committed to remaining responsible for the strategic and overall direction of the organisation and I will always be learning, embracing new competencies and diversity at the board table.  I will continue to champion engineers as climate leaders, placing te Tiriti o Waitangi and equity at the heart of our response.

Good governance drives the impact and performance of an organisation which is essential for a strong Engineering NZ and the communities we serve.  I hope to increase leadership from the board and focus on generating stronger impact for our profession.

What leadership qualities would you bring to this role?

There is increasing regulatory complexity and expectations of our profession from society. From my governance experience and as a senior leader of membership-based organisation, I have gained strong financial capability as a board director and an understanding of how effective strategy can drive an organisation’s performance.

Please describe any specific governance experience and training you have had. 

As an experienced senior executive and leader I have built upon extensive experience in private, public and non-for-profit organisations, deep knowledge of renewable energy and industrial sectors and how these sectors contribute to achieve a more sustainable future. It is with great enthusiasm and privilege that I apply for this position.

  • C-suite:  As Chief Executive (CE) of the New Zealand Geothermal Association I am responsible for leading the execution of long-term corporate strategies, Board administration and support, programme and service delivery to our members, financial, tax, risk and human resource management, community and public relations and fundraising.
  • Strong governance experience:  I’m a current board member at Engineering New Zealand, Board member of Wellington Cable Car, trustee of Enterprise Great Lake Taupō, Global board member of USA Geothermal Resources Council (Geothermal Rising) and the Chair of International Partnership of Geothermal Technologies and Scots College Parents Association. These positions enable me to gain extensive experience in business innovation, managing emerging issues, such as regulatory compliance, governance and strategy development.
  • Governance membership:  Chartered Member of Institute of Directors and Global Women, which provides guidance to support me in carrying out my governance duties.

How would you drive Engineering New Zealand’s strategy?

To continue achieving the goals of Engineering New Zealand, I was involved as a board director and, alongside the management team contributed to the establishment of our long-term goals, including our 2050 vision for our organisation and a well-defined strategy for achieving those goals in 2023.  I also represent the Board on the Engineering NZ climate actions programme since it began.  I will continue to represent our members’ interests by increasing the focus on monitoring the delivery of Engineering New Zealand’s strategy, performance over time.  I will also foster constructive relationships with our members and key stakeholders that encourage them to increase engagement with our organisation.

How would you contribute to improving the Board’s cultural capability?

Tēnā koutou katoa

Ko Kennie Tsui taku Ingoa

Nei hou (Chinese Cantonese)

In traditional boardroom settings, those board directors who are not native English speakers often feel marginalised, lost, and pressured into discarding our culture.  Therefore, diversity must start from each of us.

Be comfortable with being uncomfortable.  Our judgement and decisions are based on our own culture, background, upbringing, languages, and values.

I have accepted that I might be questioned by others or confronted with something that I don’t agree with.  As a result I have learned to be comfortable, be authentic, to actively listen to other’s perspectives, to know that they also have something to offer and that that ignites creativity.  Through diversity, the quality of the decisions we make is hugely improved.

Nga mihi nui.


Candidates for Board seat

Syed Iqbal

Dear Esteemed Members of Engineering New Zealand,

I am pleased to present my candidacy for the position of Board Member. This role aligns seamlessly with my extensive professional background, commitment to excellence, and dedication to advancing the engineering profession.
Professional Background: I am Syed Khurram Iqbal, a proud resident of Napier City and an actively engaged member of the Hawke's Bay branch of Engineering New Zealand. I hold the esteemed membership class of IntPE(NZ)/APEC Engineer/CMEngNZ/CPEng. I bring over two decades of international experience in Engineering Management, specialising in environmental governance, program management, and leadership.
My credentials include memberships and certifications such as MIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus) from Engineer Australia, Chartered Fellow of Managers and Leaders Australia, and Environmental Hearings Commissioner in New Zealand. These qualifications underscore my commitment to excellence and continuous professional development.
Engagement with Engineering New Zealand: Beyond my national membership, I actively contribute to the local community as a Committee Member in the Hawke's Bay branch and as the representative of the Project Management Institute of New Zealand. These roles provide valuable insights into our industry's local and national challenges and opportunities.
Primary Discipline and Local Presence: With my primary discipline in Engineering Management and residence in Napier, I am well-positioned to bring a localised perspective to the Board. This ensures an adequate representation of our region's unique challenges and triumphs.
Contribution to the Board and Good Governance: If elected, I aim to contribute by bridging global perspectives with local insights. This diversity of thought is crucial for fostering innovation and addressing the multifaceted challenges of our profession. My commitment to sustainable practices and regulatory adherence demonstrated through my roles as an Environmental Hearings Commissioner and Chartered Project Professional, aligns seamlessly with the principles of good governance.
Serving the Profession: In this role, my dedication is to facilitate strategic initiatives, promote diversity, and contribute to the continued growth and success of Engineering New Zealand. I pledge to engage with members actively, address their concerns, and champion initiatives that advance the engineering community. Additionally, I am committed to fostering collaboration between various disciplines within the profession, ensuring a holistic approach to industry challenges.
Conclusion: Thank you for considering my candidacy. If elected, I am eager to bring my dedication, unique perspective, and collaborative spirit to the Board. I look forward to serving the profession and contributing to the strategic direction of Engineering New Zealand.

Adam Leslie

“My inspiration and passion come from my family. I am father to three amazing young boys and they motivate me to seek out smart, sustainable solutions to ensure that tomorrow’s Aotearoa is somewhere that future generations can thrive. I get real fulfilment from participating in roles that have significant influence on New Zealand, our people, and our infrastructure.

I work for the NZ Transport Agency as the Lead Advisor Pavements and am responsible for the strategic direction of our roading asset. I provide technical expertise and leadership to ensure we are continually improving in the way we design, build and maintain our pavements and ensure that the way in which this is undertaken upholds the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. I have worked for the NZ Transport Agency since 2019 and am involved with several technical and governance groups across the sector. Prior to this role, I spent over a decade working for a major contractor in a variety of roles across materials testing and development, asset management, quality assurance, construction and design. During this time I was also responsible for leadership and mentoring of young engineers and technical training in my field for the organisation.

I represent New Zealand on the Austroads Pavements Task Force, working closely with the Australian State Road Controlling Authorities. This connection to the Australian authorities as well as my role in the public sector gives me valuable insight into government direction and policy. I bring a future focused, strategic perspective to understanding opportunities and risks and enjoying engaging with a wide range of people to truly break things down and find pathways forward.

I am passionate about sustainability and resilience of our assets, and this includes the most valuable asset of all in our people. I want to ensure that the engineering profession is seen as one with a solid foundation of trust and accountability but also a profession that excites and engages. I want to be involved with organisations to strengthen and support our profession whilst tackling the significant challenges the country faces for now and our future generations to come. “

Paice Dale

Dale Paice

I am a practicing civil engineer with 20 years’ experience specialising in stormwater management and flood risk. In my field, I am known for creative problem solving, a skill which I have used to develop innovative solutions for multi-disciplinary and complex design problems.

I am an experienced and effective people manager, having been responsible for a team of 50+ engineers and other professionals for Beca in Auckland. Through that experience, I developed a great interest in helping others build fulfilling careers in our profession. I have particularly enjoyed assisting those newly entering engineering or New Zealand become successful in their fields. I see this Board position as an opportunity for me to have a broader impact on developing engineers, noting that I believe that maintaining a strong talent pool is a very important part of building resilience for New Zealand’s infrastructure.

I also act as a project director for land development and water projects. This governance role across projects enables me to assist a broad range of clients make strategic decisions that often have far-reaching implications not only for their organisations but for our land and water.

The years I have spent working with water have taught me the importance of upholding the Treaty of Waitangi principles through the application of Te Mana o te Wai principles into my practice. I have had the pleasure of working with and learning from mana whenua to collectively create stormwater management solutions for a better balance between water, the environment and people. As a Board Member of Engineering New Zealand, I will be able to apply those learnings to influence and support a wider cross section of the engineering profession to also embrace these principles.


Kishan Seger

As the 2023 Engineering NZ |  Te Ao Rangahau Young Engineer of the Year I have demonstrated my commitment to bettering the field of engineering and giving back to the community we serve.

I am a chartered structural engineer who strives on delivering low embodied carbon design solutions. Sharing the knowledge I’ve gained in this field is a passion of mine, having presented numerous times to students and industry bodies on low carbon building design through all life cycle stages of a project.

I have a strong relationship with Engineering NZ, having been the chair of the Young Engineer’s of Auckland earlier in my career, as well as more recently being on the BOP regional committee before moving back to Auckland late last year.

Recently I joined Southbase Construction as a Design Manager in Auckland. I made this move from consultancy to construction to further my knowledge and to help better learn how to bridge the gap between contractors and consultants so we can together deliver better outcomes for the community.

What I plan to bring to this governance role is my passion to foster an environment for continual knowledge sharing and learning for our engineers, encourage innovation without losing sight of first principles, and create a greater sense of community and belonging for engineers.

I bring perspective. Perspective from the young engineers I mentor who are just starting their careers, the engineers I liaise with daily (whether young or old) through projects and industry bodies; the future engineers like my little boy; to the sub-contractors I now work with to build our designs. Promoting Te Ao Māori in our profession is important and I believe only strengthens it for the better, I am fully committed on advancing Engineering NZ’s commitment on doing so.

By taking on this governance role I plan on bringing my passion for our profession and the well-being of our engineers, acting as a voice for the younger engineers in our community, promoting innovative thinking, and ensuring we think with sustainability in mind with our profession’s direction to help deliver results for Aotearoa.


Simon Drew

Mā wai e kawe, e hiki i te mana o tō tātou mahi? Mā tatou. Who will uplift and carry the mana of our profession? We all will.

I’m a Chartered Professional Civil Engineer with 25 years experience in governance and leadership positions in consulting, contracting and local government organisations – Simon Drew Linkedin Profile.

My experience includes national lead responsible for the ensuring best practice of 3 waters operations, maintenance, and construction models to lower cost, increase resilience and improve delivery outcomes for a leading NZ and Australia contractor. I was responsible within Local Government for 200+ staff and the maintenance and operation of assets valued at approximately $3.0 billion along with an annual spend of approximately $300 million (capital and operational) across 3 waters, transport, recycling & waste, coastal, and climate adaptation, and I managed 40+ consultants for a leading NZ owned business as Principal Engineer and Branch Manager predominantly focused on optimisation of existing and creation of new infrastructure across the motu. I therefore bring a unique perspective on the value each supply chain partner provides to deliver, operate, and maintain the infrastructure that supports our communities.

I am a passionate surfer which motivates my commitment to te mana o te wai. I have worked on several wastewater treatment projects across NZ and the UK to improve discharge standards to the receiving environments.

I have been a long-time practice area assessor (10+ years) and a member of the Dunedin Engineering NZ Branch and enjoy giving my time to coaching and mentoring within the profession that has provided me so many opportunities.

I can see a substantial delivery gap between the infrastructure needs of NZ and the reality of the current workforce capacity.  As part of the Engineering NZ Board, I will continue to invest my time supporting the next generation of infrastructure professionals that NZ will need to be productive and prosperous.

Robert Smith

I am currently the Principal Geotechnical Engineer for CGW Consulting Engineers and have about 20 years of geotechnical engineering experience throughout New Zealand, the Pacific and Southeast Asia. My current qualifications and memberships include:

CMEngNZ CPEng IntPE (NZ) / APEC Engineer; Member of the Geoscience Society of New Zealand; Member of the New Zealand Geotechnical Society; Member of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering; Member of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment; Member of the International Society for Rock Mechanics.

Considering I am part indigenous Fijian, and I grew up in Fiji, the unique contribution I would bring to the board would be a Pacifica perspective of engineering in New Zealand and working towards promoting and encouraging more Pacifica youth to consider engineering as a career.

I believe that we have a responsibility to ensure the engineering profession has the knowledge and tools to work with Māori to realise the intention of Te Tiriti to ensure inclusivity and Kotahitanga with Māori.

I would like to be on the board to have an opportunity to empower and encourage Pacifica men and women in engineering.  What I would bring to the board would be my Pacifica values such as respect, service, leadership, family, belonging, and relationships which are important within Pacific cultures.

Anna Bridgman

I am a Three Waters engineer who has been in leadership roles within Stantec NZ for the last 11 years, currently as the Operations Leader for our Water business.  Whilst most of my day-to-day work in the last few years has been more in the operations space, I continue to be involved in consenting and asset management projects for our clients.

As part of our Water and New Zealand leadership teams I ensure life runs as smoothly as it can, we deliver well for our clients, and our teams are engaged and motivated by the work they do every day.  I am keen to continue to grow a water business that will meet the needs of the industry in the years to come.  I thrive on having teams who communicate and challenge each other and excel in the work they deliver.

I have always been interested in New Zealand history since I was a child and, and over the years have continued to learn about how our history has shaped where we are today and how we can continue to improve. I have a strong commitment to increasing the understanding of how we can honour te Tiriti o Waitangi within my organisation, and looking at how we can improve our understanding of giving effect to Te Mana o te Wai within the water industry.

I am standing for the Board as I am passionate about the engineering and infrastructure industry and the opportunities it can offer people and communities.  I have been involved in the infrastructure industry for 20 years and I have witnessed a massive change in the culture of the industry over that time. I look forward to shaping how the industry will continue to change and welcome all the amazing and diverse people that are part of it.

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Stuart Haynes

NZ Diploma in Highway Engineering, career constructor. Multi-discipline project experience, ECI, D&E, Alliance and 3910 projects. Vice President of Contractors Federation (Taranaki branch).

Fully conversant and experience on co-governance leadership and construction champion for broader outcomes and Social Procurement.

To bring the views of SMEs to the table and to advocate for the construction sector.


Cameron McKay

Has it happened to you too? I’ve often told people that I’m an engineer and they have no idea what that means!

Kia ora, my name is Cameron McKay, Head of Design and Asset Information at Powerco.

It’s clear that our world is changing, and so must we, to ensure we deliver a sustainable future and harness the worlds scarce resources and technologies for the future of our society. I’m ambitious for our profession to tackle the adaptation challenge and to move quickly while ensuring we take the wider community with us on the journey.

I believe we need to start by raising our profile with everyday New Zealanders and making our profession attractive to young people who have many more career options than previously and may overlook choosing to study engineering.

It’s also critical that we sell the importance and impact of engineers on everyday life and bolster the pipeline of diverse and bright youngsters into the STEM subjects – to widen the pool of great minds for the next generation of engineers.

In my role at Powerco, I work with all types of engineers, in all types of organisations – from mechanical to software and graduate to CEO. I play a key role in providing technical leadership and advice, supporting the executive team by championing the resolution of complex technical issues, providing strategic thought for cross-business challenges and people development, and having oversight and accountability for design and data workstreams.

I believe the board needs someone who knows what is happening on the ground, who isn’t afraid to speak their mind and who cares deeply about the longevity and sustainability of our profession – and more importantly the lives and futures of our kids.

As a board member, I will advocate for the future of our profession, champion diversity and te ao Māori and represent all types of engineers for the array of challenges that are coming our way. I will encourage debate and discussion on new ideas, seek to draw together inputs from diverse perspectives and look for win wins.

Thank you for considering me to represent you.


Peter Armstrong

I am EA Networks’ General Manager – Network, providing electricity and fibre network services to Mid Canterbury. With over 30 years of electricity industry experience as a practitioner and manager and qualified with a BE and MBA, I bring a strong strategic focus to the challenges the engineering profession faces.

We are grappling with economically providing resilient infrastructure, new technology and responding to the challenges of climate change and decarbonisation of process heat and transportation. Equipped with ecological trust governance and executive level management expertise, I am ready to help the Engineering New Zealand Board guide our profession in setting collaborative strategy and thrive as we shape this challenging future together.

As an electrical engineer and skilled, collaborative leader with multi-disciplinary experience in generation, transmission and distribution, I have a solid understanding of the changing face of EV transportation and electrified process heat users. My record of thought leadership is evidenced by regular conference papers to the Electricity Engineers’ Association and the NZ Geothermal Association, and my MBA research project investigated the relationship between safety climate and safety leadership. I have a record of involvement in a number of Engineering New Zealand branches, serving on the Waikato Branch as a committee member in 2009 and Chair in 2010.

I am committed to Engineering New Zealand’s principles of promoting te Tiriti o Waitangi in partnership, protection of the right to be consulted and heard, and ensuring participation of tangata whenua in decision making. I am of Scots/Irish heritage, my wife is affiliated to Ngāi Tahu in Southland, and I am a beginner te reo speaker. I’m enthusiastic about the opportunity and privilege to be on the Engineering New Zealand Board, to promote engineers as shaping and solving the issues of our challenging future. I believe that my passion for the electricity industry serving every connected home and business and strong experience in cross-functional engineering will make a key contribution to Engineering New Zealand’s governance. In being on the Board I will be sharpened and challenged by my fellow Board members, the team at Engineering New Zealand and all Engineering New Zealand members as we work on being better, together.


Sisira Jayanatha

I am a CMEngNZ, CPEng and IntPE(NZ) with over 25 years of experience in water infrastructure design, engineering and construction. I have been an Engineering New Zealand Competence Assessment Boad member and Practice Area Assessor in Civil/Environmental Practice Field since 1999. From 1998 till 2016, I was heavily involved in the Wellington Branch activities and held Secretary and Treasurer positions.

I have developed environmentally sustainable solutions throughout my career and have helped develop and guide young professionals to become Chartered Engineers.

As a Technical Director Water Infrastructure, I am responsible for the Three Waters infrastructure projects and business development in Wellington region.

Prior to that, as a Principal of Robert Bird Group, I was responsible for delivery of water infrastructure projects in New Zealand. Previously working with CPB, I was responsible for liaising with local authorities on water infrastructure relocation works enabling the Transmission Gully Highway construction. I worked for AECOM as Associate Director managing the water infrastructure business in Wellington, while leading the water infrastructure design group.

Over the past 25 years in New Zealand, I worked in both local government and private entities in the capacity of Engineering Lead, Engineer to the Contract, Project Manager, Project Director and Business Manager.

Throughout my career, I have proven that my proactive attitude makes things happen. I have built relationships and driven numerous negotiations with stakeholders.

As a strategic thinker with the ability to translate vision into operation, my aim is to assist and contribute to the engineering community in developing their competencies to create a better future for everyone.


Voting

Voting will be held between Monday 12 February and noon Friday 8 March 2024.

Voting will be administered by electionz.com, an independent voting services provider. All financial members will receive a voting email on Monday 12 February from iro@electionz.com – please add this email address to your safe senders list to ensure you are able to vote. If you’re a financial member and have not received a voting email by Tuesday 13 February, please contact the board secretary.

We will use Single Transferable Vote. With this voting system, candidates are ranked in order of the voter’s preference, rather than voters simply picking their most preferred candidate for each vacancy. This tends to result in more proportional representation.

The results of the elections will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on Friday 22 March 2024.



About the Board 

The Board is responsible for Engineering New Zealand’s strategy and for monitoring its performance. Being on the Board is your chance to influence the direction of our professional body. The only prerequisite to becoming a Board member is being a financial member of Engineering New Zealand.

Board meetings are held six times a year, for one day. As well as attending meetings, Board members are expected to engage directly with branches and groups, attend events and be champions for Engineering New Zealand.

The role of elected Board member is voluntary, with Engineering New Zealand covering expenses.

Board members need to be able to:

  • take a strategic view, while understanding key operational matters
  • be well prepared and informed – and ready to constructively engage
  • have respect for others, and see others’ points of view
  • solve problems creatively
  • appreciate commercial issues and risk
  • focus on accountability and transparency in monitoring compliance and performance
  • act in good faith and in the best interests of the organisation.

What makes a good board?

A good board debates issues from a range of perspectives. It needs a mix of strengths, with each member contributing something unique and valuable to the culture and vision of the board. Board members also bring their individual experience and networks. Having a diverse board means we capture a range of viewpoints and make better decisions – we’re looking for diversity of thought, disciplines, ages and career stages – as well as gender and ethnicity.

You can learn more about what’s expected of Board members by reading our Diversity and Skills document and the Board Charter.

Read our Board Charter

Read our Diversity and Skills Matrix

Our current Board 

If you are considering standing for the Board next year, take a look at the profiles of our current Board members. Think about what you might add to that mix in taking a governance role in the future direction and success of Engineering New Zealand.