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ACE year in review

November 28, 2022 at 4:00pm - 6:30pm


To round off 2022 and look towards 2023, our Chief Executive Helen Davidson and Board President Ceinwen McNeil invite you to ‘a year in review’ in your region.

Our ACE Regional Chairs will host in-person events in each region across the country where Helen and Ceinwen will dial in for their virtual presentation from the event in Christchurch, hosted by Regional Chair, Andrew Davidson. 

We'll reflect on the challenges and opportunities of 2022, what that has meant for professional services firms and ACE New Zealand, and what we can look forward to in 2023.

It's a great opportunity to network with members from your region and build new connections over refreshments.


  • 4pm - 4.30pm Networking for the in-person locations
  • 4.30pm - 5.30pm Virtual live presentation from Helen and Ceinwen from the Christchurch event. 
  • 5.30pm - 6.30pm Networking for the in-person locations


  • Gisborne / Hawke's Bay - The event host is ACE New Zealand Regional Chair Russell Nettlingham
    Strata Group, 308 Queen Street East, Hastings
  • Manawatu – The event host is ACE New Zealand Regional Chair Campbell Ogilvie
    WSP, 49 Victoria Avenue, Palmerston North
  • Wellington – The event host is ACE New Zealand Regional Chair Marlo Bromley
    DTCE, 11 Broderick Road, Johnsonville
  • Nelson/Blenheim – The event host is ACE New Zealand Regional Chair Erin McNairy
    CGW, Level 4, 241 Hardy Street, Nelson
  • Northland - The event host is ACE New Zealand Regional Chair Rob Brown
    Dickens Inn, 71 Cameron Street, Whāngarei
  • Auckland - The event hosts are ACE New Zealand Regional Chairs Liz Richardson and Colin Dryland
    Beca, 21 Pitt Street, Auckland
  • Otago/Southland - The event host is ACE New Zealand Regional Chair Geoff Wigley
    Stantec, Level 10, Otago House, 477 Moray Place, Dunedin
  • Canterbury - Helen Davidson and Ceinwen McNeil will present the 'year in review' in person from Canterbury 
    WSP, 12 Moorhouse Avenue, Christchurch
  • Waikato - The event host is ACE New Zealand Regional Chair Bryan Chen
    GDECO, Block B4, Rototuna Village, 1 North City Road, Hamilton
  • Bay of Plenty - The event host is ACE New Zealand Regional Chair Johann van Wyk
    Beca, 32 Harrington Street, Tauranga

There will be a recording available of Helen and Ceinwen's presentation.


Places are limited. Secure your place at one of our in-person locations

Register for the online event

About the presenters

Helen Davidson is Chief Executive of ACE New Zealand, a member organisation representing more than 240 engineering professional consulting services firms that deliver critical technology, construction, infrastructure and environmental solutions across Aotearoa.

After studying law and biomedical ethics at the University of Otago, Helen worked for 15 years across health law, professional regulation, patient safety policy and biomedical ethics, both in New Zealand and Canada. She then moved to the engineering sector, spending five years on the leadership team at Engineering New Zealand before moving to ACE.

Ceinwen McNeil is the CEO of BVT Engineering. Over the past three years, she has led the organisation, setting the direction and significantly increasing BVT’s growth in the New Zealand and Australian interior seismic engineering market.  Her leadership skills and ability to adapt to changing market landscapes have been recognised across the professional services eco-system, as she actively champions disruption, diversity and inclusion.

As the President of ACE and her position on a number of boards and regulatory advisory groups; Ceinwen is not just involved in the NZ construction sector but is actively shaping it including working closely with the government on the regulatory transformation agenda.