I joined Engineering New Zealand in February 2016 and I’m responsible for leading our legal and public affairs work, including complaints resolution, governance, communications, policy and thought leadership, as well as our people function. 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 – and in 2019, my team took out the in-house legal team award and Madison Dobie was named Young Lawyer of the year.
I'm passionately dedicated to the engineering and scientific community and all the wonderful contributions we make. I have been fortunate to have a career working alongside brilliant minds dedicated to working out some of our complex current and future infrastructure and energy challenges. I’m a firm believer that the more diversity of thought, talent and perspectives we can bring to the challenges in transitioning to a low emission future the more innovative and courageous New Zealand can be. Equally, the more healthy we are as a collective team we will be strong and resilient in this complex journey ahead. What a privilege it is to be representing the heart of the engineering community as a trustee in the Engineering New Zealand Foundation's contribution to this future. A physical geography scientist by qualification, working around the globe, sailor by past time and rural farmer by origin now living in Wellington I aim to bring this mixture of experience to the Trust over the coming years.
CMEngNZ, CPEng, IntPE(NZ)
I’m a Structural Engineer currently working at Aurecon. I’m a passionate engineer and believe in the importance of connecting with communities and designing for future generations. I started my career in the RNZAF as a qualified aircraft technician and have recently became a Practice Area Assessor (PAA). I have served on the Engineering New Zealand Manawatū Branch as a committee member, been a Futureintech ambassador and Transpower Neighbourhood Engineer participant. I know that my experiences stand me in good stead for my role as a Trustee of the Engineering New Zealand Foundation.
I am currently a director and CEO of HEB Construction. In addition to leading the strategic direction of HEB, I have recently held a number of governance board roles on major infrastructure projects including, North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Repairs (NCTIR), Auckland Northern Corridor Improvements, Transmission Gully, Mt Messenger Bypass, Huntly Bypass and the Tauranga Eastern Link. I am also a Trustee of the Auckland University Engineering Association Charitable Trust and a former President of Engineering New Zealand.
CMEngNZ, BE (Civil) MBA MInstD
I’m a chartered professional civil engineer with over 18 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’m completing a PhD in construction management, and am a guest lecturer on UC’s Master of Engineering Management programme. I also hold a number of governance roles and serve on the Engineering New Zealand Competence Assessment Board.
I've enjoyed a fantastic career meeting great people and seeing the Wellington winds of change. I have a depth of experience as a CFO and in management consulting which is invaluable when leading my HR and recruitment firm. I’ve worked in financial management in central and local government, marketing, and management consulting. With my Directorship responsibilities and a keen interest in youth development, I bring energy, leadership and a positive attitude to my work and adventures outside of work. I’m excited about the opportunity to add value to the careers and professional development of engineers through my association with the Engineering New Zealand Foundation.