Governance Diversity

Based on member feedback, the ACENZ Board is placing a strong focus on ensuring greater transparency around the election and appointment process for both our Board and Regional Chairs.

Our goal is to have diverse and inclusive governance and leadership, which not only represents member interests but also provides a broad range of skills that is well placed to deliver positive and effective stewardship.

With this in mind, the Board is currently seeking expressions of interest from people interested in serving either on the Board or as Regional Chairs.

In particular, we are looking for expressions from:

  • People from diverse personal backgrounds (gender, ethnic and cultural diversity)
  • People from diverse practice backgrounds (a range of engineering and consulting sectors, as well as geographic locations)
  • Young professionals (aged 35 or below)
  • People with relevant governance skills and experience

Most importantly, you should have a passion for the engineering and consulting sectors, and a strong commitment to ACENZ and its ethos.

To find out more and to express your interest, please click here.

 

 

About the Board:

The Board is elected to provide governance for ACENZ as well as monitoring the organisation’s performance. The Board sets our strategic direction, and importantly, protects the integrity of the organisation by ensuring that robust systems are in place.

The Board consists of the following:

  • The President (Elected for a term of one year. Eligible for re-election in that office for a maximum of two consecutive years).
  • The Vice-President or Immediate Past President (Elected for a term of one year).
  • Five representative board members (Elected for a term of one year. Eligible for re-election in that office for a maximum of three consecutive years).
  • The Board may also co-opt up to two special interest members to the Board (Co-opted members are appointed for a term of one year, which may be renewed for a maximum of three consecutive years).

Board members are elected through voting at ACENZ’s Annual General Meeting.

 

Current ACENZ Board members:

President: Ida Dowling, Commute Transportation Specialists (Eligible for re-election)

Vice-President/Immediate Past President: Mike Kerr, BECA (resigned April 2019)

Representative Board members:

  • Paul Burton, Tonkin + Taylor (Eligible for re-election)
  • Ian Fraser, GHD (Not eligible for re-election in this office)
  • Richard Morley John, MSC Consulting (Eligible for re-election)
  • Ashley Wilson, Lewis Bradford (Not eligible for re-election in this office)
  • Jenson Varghese, MR Cagney (Eligible for re-election)

Co-opted Board members:

  • Clare Tolan, Harrison Grierson (to be replaced by Weng Yuen Kam, BECA as the winner of the ACENZ Future Leader Award)
  • Glen Cornelius, Harrison Grierson (Eligible for re-appointment)

 

Regional Chairs:

The Board is supported by twelve Regional Chairs, who facilitate ACENZ activities and initiatives in their region.

The Regional Chairs are elected at the Annual General Meeting for a term of one year. They are eligible for re-election in that office for a maximum of three consecutive years.

Current Regional Chairs:

The current Regional Chairs are:

  • Northland. James Blackburn, Hawthorn Geddes Engineers (Not eligible for re-election in this office)
  • North Shore. Hamish Bennett, Dobbie Engineers (Eligible for re-election)
  • Auckland. Meagan Barfoot, Roadlab  (Not eligible for re-election in this office)
  • Waikato. Rob Fleet, Gray Consulting Engineers (Eligible for re-election)
  • Bay of Plenty. Chris Green, EDC (Standing down, vacancy available)
  • Gisborne - Hawkes Bay. Guy Lethbridge, Strata Group (Eligible for re-election)
  • Taranaki. Alistair Tippett, BECA (Eligible for re-election)
  • Manawatu – Wanganui. Brendan Sterling, WSP Opus (Eligible for re-election)
  • Wellington. Hugo Bosman, WSP Opus (Eligible for re-election)
  • Nelson – Blenheim. Alastair McEwan, WSP Opus (Eligible for re-election)
  • Canterbury - West Coast. Maryam Razz, Pedersen Read (Eligible for re-election)
  • Otago – Southland. Nik Devlin, Stantec  (Not eligible for re-election in this office)

To find out more and to express your interest, please click here.