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Board Appointments

The Minister for Building & Construction appointed the following members to the Board effective 20 December 2016 for a term of two years. Refer to NZ Gazette Notice Issue No.2, 12 January 2017;

 

     

Nomination

     

 

Dr Robin Dunlop

     

Chair

     

Ministerial

     

Reappointed

Deborah Cranko

 

Deputy Chair*

 

Ministerial

 

Reappointed

Glynn Cowley

     

IRHACE

 

Reappointed

Warren Crawley

   

 

NZIHE

 

Reappointed

Debbie Hogan

     

Ministerial

 

Reappointed

Bruce Hurley

     

Electronics Inst

 

Reappointed

Gilbert Inkster

     

NZM&PE

 

Appointed

Danny Muthumala

     

NZIGE

 

Appointed **

Graeme Wells

     

DANZ

 

Reappointed

* Deborah Cranko re-appointed as Deputy Chair by the Board.
** December 2017 – Victor Gradowski resigned and Danny Muthumala appointed.

Profiles of Board Members

Robin Dunlop

 

Dr Robin Dunlop

Appointed as Chair of the Board April 2010. Based in the Wairarapa Dr Dunlop consults on management and transport issues. He has been involved in the transport sector for over 30 years covering strategic direction, funding, organisational form, asset management and research.

Dr Dunlop has a BE (Hons) in Civil Engineering and a PhD in Civil Engineering. He is Chairman of the Institute of Professional Engineers Heritage Board and Chairman of Destination Wairarapa. He is also the Director of four private companies and Deputy Chair of a charitable forestry trust. He was previously CEO/ Secretary of Transport in NZ and CEO of Transit NZ.

 

Deborah Cranko

 

Deborah Cranko

A Ministerial appointment in 2012 as a member of the Board, Deborah is a registered practising architect working mainly in the Wellington region. She has extensive governance experience in the building sector, within her profession (NZRAB and NZACS), with the former BIA and also is member of the Plumbing Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board.

In practice projects, architectural practice team works on a daily basis across many sectors of the construction industry, including REAs of several disciplines, structural, geotechnical, mechanical and electrical engineering, and surveying and quantity surveying.

Deborah chairs the Staff committee and is Deputy Chair of EARB.

 

Glynn Cowley

 

Glynn Cowley

Appointed December 2012 as a member of the Board on the nomination of the Institute of Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineers of NZ Inc (IRHACE). Glynn is currently Chair of the Refrigerant Licence Trust Board (RLTB) and maintains currency within the industry via his shareholding and directorship of Cooling Equipment Ltd, an engineered solutions provider to the refrigeration industry.

With more than 40 years experience in the HVAC&R industry, Glynn is trade qualified having completed his refrigeration apprenticeship with Ellis Hardie Symington. He founded Cowley Refrigeration Ltd and held the position of Managing Director and CEO until he retired in 2010 after 30 years. Actively involved within the HVAC&R Industry, Glynn has been an IRHACE Councillor and is their representative on IIR’s NZ National Council. He brings wide-ranging experience to the Board, which stems from a keen personal interest in ensuring that the HVAC industry maintains a sustainable mechanism for compliance training specific to meet the challenges of a changing environment.

 

Warren Crawley

 

Warren Crawley

Appointed as a member of the Board March 2016 on the nomination of the NZ Institute of Healthcare Engineering. Warren started his career in the NZ Railways prior to entering the Health industry in the late 1980’s. He graduated with NZCE (Electrical) and has REA and REAcap. He graduated from Massy University with a Diploma in business Studies and a Master of Technology (with Distinction).

In Railways he was Resident Senior Engineering Officer (Signals) and was President of the Wanganui Branch of the Permanent Way Institute. Other work experiences include 24 years working with the Ambulance Service both in volunteer and paid roles as a Paramedic and Ambulance Tutor.

Warren is currently Technical Services Engineer employed by Spotless Services based at MidCentral District Health Board’s Palmerston North Hospital Campus. He is a member of the three Standards Committees overseeing four NZ and Australian Joints Standards and is Secretary of the NZ Institute of Healthcare Engineering.

 

Deborah Cranko

 

Debbie Hogan

Debbie Hogan has been a Ministerial appointment on the Board since 2015. Debbie has a BScEng (Civil), MEng (Civil), PrEng (ECSA, SA) and MIPENZ. Debbie’s early working career was in construction, research and as a consulting engineer before discovering the key role of teaching engineering students.

Debbie is currently the Civil Engineering Co-ordinator and tutor at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, teaching the NZ Diplomas in Engineering (Civil).

 

Bruce Hurley

 

Bruce Hurley

Appointed December 2014 as a member of the Board on the nomination of the NZ Electronics Institute. Joining NZPO as a Radio Technician, Bruce qualified with a Radio Technicians Certificate and NZCE (Telecoms). He is an REA.

He has a long career within the telecommunications industry undertaking a variety of technical and management roles as the NZPO transitioned to Telecom and, now, to Spark. His experience included design and deployment of radio networks, field force management and commercial relationship management.

Currently Bruce is Strategic Projects and Performance Manager for Spark utilisinghis technical knowledge to get best value for supplier spend. He also serves as the National / Treasurer for the NZ Electronics Institute.

 

Gilbert (Gibby) Inkster

 

Gilbert (Gibby) Inkster

Appointed as a member of the Board December 2016 on the nomination of the NZ Institute of Marine and Power Engineers. Born in the Shetland Islands and on completion of his schooling went to sea with the New Zealand Shipping Company as an Engineer Cadet. After completing his apprenticeship Gibby spent a further six years at sea as an Engineer on various ships of the P&O General Cargo Division before settling in New Zealand.

After seven years in various shore jobs, but principally with BP, he and his family returned to Shetland for a year where he spent most of the time on tugs at Sullom Voe, then the largest oil terminal in Europe, in terms of product transhipped.

On returning to New Zealand Gibby joined the Interislander as an Engineer and eventually ended up sailing as Chief Engineer before semi retiring as a Project Engineer preparing the necessary specifications required by the vessels for dry docking purposes.

 

Danny Muthumala

 

Danny Muthumala

Danny Muthumala has been a Ministerial appointment on the Board since 1 March 2018, nominated by the NZ Institution of Gas Engineers. Danny is qualified with NZCE (Civil) and holds REA.

He has a long career within the Gas Industry undertaking a variety of technical and management roles over the past 35 years. His career in the Gas Industry began in 1983 with the Natural Gas Corporation (NGC) in New Plymouth. In 1986 he joined the local Gas Distribution Company “City Gas” in New Plymouth and has continued his journey in the Gas Industry working for Powerco Ltd as a Project Engineer.

 

Graeme Wells

Graeme Wells

Appointed August 2006 as a member of the Board on the nomination of the Design Association of NZ. Graeme qualified with NZCE (Civil), has REA, Registered Designer, and FDANZ. Graeme is a long serving director with the Design Association of NZ, a member of the Engineering Program Advisory Committee (EPAC) for Ara Institute of Technology, and previously in roles with DCCITO and BCITO.

Graeme has over 46 years experience in engineering, 16 in Central and Local Government, and the last 30+ in private sector consultancies. His experience covers both design detailing and construction monitoring in earthworks, reinforced concrete, water retaining structures, waterway crossings, commercial and industrial buildings of single and multi-storey construction, wastewater treatment plant facilities, mechanical equipment and pipework.

An Associate with Beca he is currently primarily involved in construction monitoring of large wastewater treatment plant projects, condition assessment of infra-structure structures and process equipment, and inter-discipline co-ordination and constructability review of drawing sets for larger projects.

Profile of Registrar

Roger Woods

Roger Woods

Roger assumed the EARB Registrar’s role in late July 2018 after a period of familiarisation from May 2018. Roger is qualified with ETC (Electrical) & NZCE (Telecoms). He is an REA. Roger has also completed business studies at university level.

He commenced his career with five years in the fire engineering & electronic security sector in Christchurch. He then moved to Wellington as a technical officer with a Government department. He progressed to become a senior adviser for physical security specialising in electronic systems. For 15 years Roger led a team providing protective security risk advice and consultancy services to Government departments. During this time Roger undertook professional development in New Zealand and the UK.

Roger completed his 34 year government service career in senior management roles in information technology and protective security.