Our Governing Board
Our Board is responsible for the governance and strategic direction of IPENZ. Four senior office holders – headed by the President – and six committee members make up the Board. Our Members elect the Board each year.
We call for nominations each October and hold elections every February. Make sure you have your say in the annual election by casting your vote or by standing for election.
FIPENZ, CPEng, IntPE(NZ)
Craig is a Director and South Island Regional Manager of Beca Ltd, one of Asia Pacific’s largest multidisciplinary engineering and professional services consultancies. Craig is an IPENZ Practice Area Assessor, a previous Chair of the Competence Assessment Board and was a founding Director and subsequently Chair of the New Zealand Green Building Council. A Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, Craig has a range of governance experience. Craig currently serves on the Engineering Practice Advisory Committee, Standards Accreditation Board and Audit and Risk Committee.
Elena is a professional director who serves on a number of company boards and an independent consultant. She has held leadership roles with transport and energy companies including KiwiRail, Auckland Regional Council/ARTA, Serco New Zealand Ltd, Kingett Mitchell and Associates and Methanex New Zealand. Elena chairs the IPENZ Engineering Practice Advisory Committee and Audit and Risk Committee. She is a member of the Performance and Remuneration Committee and Fellowship Panel.
As Auckland Council’s Chief Operating Officer, Dean leads the largest division in council – the Operations division, responsible for supporting Auckland’s growth and delivering on Aucklanders’ services expectations, such as building and resource consenting, waste services and stormwater infrastructure, environmental services, capital works, maintenance and management of facilities, through to community services including libraries, parks and recreation, and community development and safety. As COO, Dean also has oversight of the Housing portfolio and civil defence. Prior to joining council, Dean was managing director of AECOM NZ. He has wide experience at senior executive and governance levels.
MEng, MTech, MIPENZ, CPEng, MICE, CEng, MNZIM
Ben is the NZ General Manager Commercial and Major Projects for Opus International Consultants and focuses on improving Opus’ commercial and project delivery. He has a background in civil engineering and business management. Ben has previously served on the Competency Assessment Board, and is the Board representative for the IPENZ IT change project and the Engineering Heritage Board.
FIPENZ, CPEng, IntPE(NZ), Recognised Engineer, MICE, CEng(UK)
Geoffrey is Principal Geotechnical Engineer with GHD Limited. His background is in consulting engineering in New Zealand and overseas. He served for six years on IPENZ's Competency Assessment Board before being elected to the Governing Board in 2013. Geoffrey is a Staff Assessor for CPEng and PEngGeol applications. He is a member of the Board's Performance and Remuneration Committee and Engineering Practice Advisory Committee.
Glen is a Client Service Manager and Senior Mechanical Engineer within MWH New Zealand’s Energy and Industry Group. He was the Chair of the IPENZ Emerging Professionals Council and national Chair of the Engenerate programme before stepping down after being appointed to the Board in May 2013. Glen previously served on the Engineering Practice Advisory Committee and is a current member of the Competency Assessment Board and Audit and Risk Committee.
Professor Jan Evans-Freeman
BSc(Hons), PhD, MInstD, FInstP, FIPENZ
Jan is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the College of Engineering at the University of Canterbury. She is a Director of Transpower and on the governing boards of several national government-funded research projects. Jan has a background in electronic engineering and is a member of the IPENZ Audit and Risk Committee.
Ron McDowall ONZM
FIPENZ, CPEng, IntPE(NZ)
Ron is a senior lecturer at the University of Waikato Business School in the MBA programme. His teaching focuses on sustainability, resilience, governance and ethics, and society’s expectations of business. His research is focused on resilience and infrastructure, complexity management, decision theory, judgment, and over the horizon sustainable technology design. Ron is a member of the IPENZ Engineering Practice Advisory Committee.
Aidan has served on the Auckland Branch committee since 2010. He is also a Stormwater New Zealand committee member and a Futureintech Ambassador. He works at CKL (NZ) as Senior Environmental Engineer, Stormwater Solutions.