Jim is the Principal Advisor, Drinking Water at Taumata Arowai and has worked in the water sector for 30 years, initially as a Health Protection Officer and Drinking Water Assessor before joining the Ministry of Health in 2005 to lead the $150M Drinking Water Assistance Programme and assist with the preparation of drinking water standards. Nine years as a Principal Environmental Scientist with Opus International Consultants assisting drinking water suppliers manage risk followed before he was Principal Water Quality Advisor with Water New Zealand.
Melinda Sando is the Regulatory Services Manager at Taumata Arowai. Melinda works to support the Regulatory team with training, procedures, business processes and advice to inform and deliver their functions. Melinda has a background in public health and has worked for local and central government agencies. Prior to joining Taumata Arowai she was the National Manager Food Compliance Services at the Ministry for Primary Industries. She has also served as a Study Director at the University of Otago and worked as a self-employed consultant for 12 years.