11 August 2015

Engineering Practice Advisory Committee

The overarching purpose of the Engineering Practice Advisory Committee (EPAC) is to advise the IPENZ governing Board on matters arising in or affecting engineering practice that could have major impact on the profession, its reputation with stakeholders or the Institution as the lead body in maintaining a healthy self-regulating profession.


Elena Trout


Elena Trout is a professional director serving on a number of company boards and an independent consultant. She has held leadership roles with 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, and is a member of the Performance and Remuneration Committee and Fellowship Panel.

Deputy Chair

Craig Price


Craig Price is a Director and South Island Regional Manager at Beca Ltd, one of Asia Pacific’s largest multidisciplinary engineering and professional services consultancies.

Craig’s 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. He’s also a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. He currently serves on the Standards Accreditation Board and Audit and Risk Committee.

EPAC members

Geoffrey Farquhar

FIPENZ, CPEng, IntPE(NZ), Recognised Engineer, MICE, CEng(UK)

Geoffrey Farquhar 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's a Staff Assessor for CPEng and PEngGeol applications. He's a member of the Board's Performance and Remuneration Committee and Engineering Practice Advisory Committee.

Ron McDowall


Ron McDowall 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.

Arthur Park


Arthur Park is a Director of Clendon Burns & Park Ltd, a consulting civil and structural engineering firm based in Wellington. He is a former Board member and past president of the Association of New Zealand.

Arthur has been a Board member of CEAS since 1987 and Chairman since 2006.

Steve Abley


Steve Abley is a leader in the engineering community and the managing director of the professional services firm he founded, Abley Transportation Consultants.

Steve holds a number of governance and business interests in the tourism, property development and professional services sectors. He has previously served on the national governing board of the Institution of Professional Engineers NZ and continues to have a leadership role with IPENZ, advising the board on engineering practice issues. 

Hamish McKenzie 


Hamish McKenzie is a Principal with Holmes Consulting Group and has practiced as a consulting Structural Engineer since graduating from the University of Canterbury in 1996.  

Based in Wellington since 2006, he has had lead structural engineering roles on projects throughout New Zealand. He also worked in Britain and is an advocate for improving collaboration between architects and engineers.

Hamish has guest lectured at the University of Canterbury Department of Civil Engineering and Victoria University of Wellington School of Architecture.