Meet the Board

President - Helen Atkins

Helen is one of the founding partners of the boutique environment and public law firm, Atkins Holm Majurey. She has worked for a variety of private and public sector clients on a range of environmental, local government and public law matters.

Helen has served on both the New Zealand Planning Institute local branch Committee (Wellington) and on the Resource Management Law Association National Committee (including as president from 2009 to 2011).

Helen served an 11-year term as a member of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Committee of the Environmental Protection Authority (ERMA) and was a board member of the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) before it became the EPA.

She says this is an exciting time to be in the water sector and as President, is focused on building industry capacity and capability and supporting the industry to work with Taumata Arowai to ensure the proposed safe drinking water goals are achieved.

Board Member - Tim Gibson

Tim is Chief Executive of Citycare Water and is a qualified civil engineer with a Master of Business Administration. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and Director and Chairperson of Apex Environmental.

Tim has participated in several special interest groups and has contributed to the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo Steering Group for more than a decade. He is also a member of the Service Providers Forum (now part of the Water Utilities Association) and Water Services Managers Group.

As Chairperson of the Water Industry Group, Tim has been actively involved in future-proofing talent and skills for our industry within the Connexis Governance Structure to ensure the educational frameworks and training platforms will attract and retain industry talent.

Board Member - Lorraine Kendrick

Lorraine recently started as Project Director at Beca, after serving many years as Manager Project Delivery at Waipa District Council.

Lorraine is a Chartered and International Professional Engineer and graduated with a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from University of Ulster, Northern Ireland in 1999.

Lorraine has been Chair of the Water Services Managers’ Group, a position she has held for four years.

Lorraine says it is vital that, through Water New Zealand, the sector views are both heard and represented, and that there is an understanding and appreciation of what is happening at the coalface in the Three Waters assets space, particularly in the rural and provincial areas.

Board Member - Deborah Lind

Deborah is Technical Director - Water Advisory for AECOM New Zealand Limited and worked for more than 25 years in the water sector, both in New Zealand and overseas.

She has held both internal leadership and external advisory roles across the regulated UK water industry, New Zealand councils and CCOs, as well as Australia and the Pacific Islands.

Deborah is a member of the Institute of Directors and a Chartered Scientist with the Royal Society of Chemistry. She has completed executive training at the Mt Eliza Business School, the SOLGM Accelerated Leadership Programme.

Deborah believes our sector must adapt and enhance our advocacy and other service offerings to Water New Zealand members and the broader infrastructure sector. She says that through partnering with Taumata Arowai, there are significant opportunities to engage and prepare our next generation of managers, leaders, and water sector champions for the challenges ahead.

Board Member - Priyan Perera

Priyan is currently Head of Operations Excellence at Watercare.

Priyan is a Process Engineer and Water Industry Professional who has spent the past 14 years of his career focused on the water industry and the delivery of consistently high-quality services to customers.

He is focused on providing the best service to our customers. But he understands the reality of lifting performance under tight budgets and with increasingly complex requirements.

While the changes in the water sector will pose significant challenges, Priyan says the industry is open to change and he is looking forward to working to ensure positive outcomes are achieved across the country.

Board Member - Iain Rabbitts

Iain is a Principal Process Engineer at Lutra, with over 25 years’ experience in New Zealand and overseas. He has been involved in water treatment plant design and implementation from Invercargill to Kaitaia and on five continents.

Iain was a member of the expert panel assisting the public inquiry into the Havelock North Contamination Event where he helped shape the national thinking on water reform and regulation.

Iain says Water New Zealand is in an important position to continue to influence the outcomes of the reform process and help ensure safe drinking water across the country.

He says that along with drinking water reform, waste and potentially stormwater reform is vitally important and Water New Zealand needs to lead the process.

Board Member - Troy Brockbank Troy (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi) is a civil engineer, a water practitioner, and Pou Ārahi Māori - Māori Advisory Lead (Principal) at Pattle Delamore Partners.

Troy has more than ten years professional experience in the water industry across engineering consultancies, civil contractors and suppliers.

A key role is to support Māori cultural understanding of water and work alongside the board to link Te Ao Maori and Te Ao Pākehā.

Troy was the recipient of the  2018 Beca Young Water Professional of the Year Award at the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo and has been the deputy Chair of the New Zealand Stormwater Group.

He is passionate about empowering the water industry to incorporate Māori values and perspectives into our professional capacities, bridging the Māori and engineering worlds and combining the best of both for the protection of water into the future.

“Wai (Water) is the essence of all life and the world’s most precious resource. It is of high importance to Māori, as it is the life giver of all things, a precious taonga (treasure), part of our whakapapa (genealogy), part of our identity. For Māori, the health of the water is connected to the health of the people. We are one and the same. If the water is unhealthy, we are unhealthy.”

Ko te wai te ora o ngā mea katoa – Water is the life giver of all things

Board Member - Garth DibleyGarth is Chief Executive at WEL networks and has extensive experience in the generation, retail, transmission, and distribution sectors of New Zealand’s electricity industry.

Garth has previously held leadership roles at both Transpower and Meridian Energy. Appointed as General Manager Grid Performance at Transpower in 2010, he led operations and asset maintenance functions of the national grid.

Prior to this, Garth was based at Meridian Energy, working as General Manager Markets and Production and then General Manager External Relations.

Garth has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Canterbury and an MBA from Waikato University. He has completed executive training programmes at Kellogg and INSEAD business schools of management.