Engineering New Zealand today welcomes Dean Kimpton as the new President, three new Board members – Colin Crampton, Tim Fisher and Sina Cotter-Tait – and one re-elected Board member, Geoffrey Farquhar.
Mr Kimpton is Auckland Council’s Chief Operating Officer and a passionate advocate for engineers, who he says have a critical role to play on issues that matter to New Zealand.
“I am thrilled to take up the role as President of Engineering New Zealand, an organisation that not only supports engineers but sees them as part of the bedrock of our nation’s development. Engineers are vital to the work being done to manage the country’s growing pains and issues such as seismic resilience, climate change and urbanisation.”
Mr Kimpton is also Chair of QuakeCoRE, a Board member of Infrastructure New Zealand and a member of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Building Advisory Panel. He was previously Managing Director of engineering consultancy AECOM NZ.
He takes over the presidency from Craig Price, who oversaw a period of immense change for the organisation, as it rebranded itself from IPENZ to Engineering New Zealand. Mr Price played an integral role in the design of the new membership structure to be more relevant and inclusive for all engineers.
“As we continue to explore new ways to grow and support engineers across the country, I’m confident in Dean’s ability to navigate the challenges facing our industry and take the organisation to the next level,” said Mr Price.
Also announced today was the new Vice President, Colin Crampton, who was appointed unopposed. Tim Fisher, former Auckland Branch Chair, and Geoffrey Farquhar, who returns for his third term, were voted in by members from a record-breaking 27 nominees. The Board has also appointed Sina Cotter-Tait onto the Board for a two-year term. She was the third-highest polling candidate.
“With Elena Trout retiring this year, we believe it is important to maintain diversity of thought on the Board. Sina’s experience in engineering, governance and SMEs as well as her gender and cultural heritage will be immensely valuable to the Board as we continue to strengthen Engineering New Zealand’s voice and influence,” said Mr Price.
Engineering New Zealand has grown by more than 1,000 members in the past year, and now has 21,000 members across all fields of engineering.
| An EngineeringNZ release || March 16, 2018 |||