NZIHT Board of Directors
NZIHT Board of Directors
Ian Lind (Chair)
Ian is the Managing Director for New Plymouth based Meco Engineering Ltd, a company he has been with since 1986. Meco Engineering offers a comprehensive manufacturing engineering service to the petrochemical, marine, food, and commercial industries, as well as the residential and rural sector.
Ian continues to create a company culture of accessibility and flexibility, while driving it in a commercially viable way for its shareholders. A fitter and turner by trade, Ian has a Diploma in Business and more than 35 years of hands-on engineering industry experience.
Ian was a Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki (WITT) Council member prior to being appointed to the NZIHT board as a Director in 2005. He has been Chairman since 2008.
Marise James is a chartered accountant and a partner in a New Plymouth based accounting practice called Staples Rodway. Her client base is a mixture of both commercial and farming clients. She has strong connections to the rural sector, and in 1998 was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship which provided the opportunity for her to travel extensively throughout Asia, Europe and the US and view business structures and agriculture from a global perspective. With this wider understanding of both business and agriculture, Marise then found herself with opportunities to participate in various businesses at a governance level.
She was a founding director of Fonterra and also of Dexcel, which was the forerunner to Dairy NZ. She has just completed a 9 year term on the board of Landcorp Farming Limited and currently still serves on the boards of FMG Insurance Group and the TSB Bank Limited. She is also deputy chair of the TSB Community Trust. She also served on the WITT Council from mid 2008 until November 2009 and that appointment lead to her current appointment to the Board of NZIHT.
Lindsay has a strong civil engineering background, having been involved in consulting and local government prior to joining Fulton Hogan in 1995. He commenced as Construction & Regional Manager (Dunedin), moving to Operations Manager and finally as Chief Executive of Fulton Hogan NZ Contracting (2001-2008). He was appointed Acting Chief Executive of Fulton Hogan Australia (2010) before stepping aside to take on a Group Civil Engineer until he finished with the company in late 2011.
He is a Past Chairman of Roading NZ and was Chairman of the Alliance Board on the largest road infrastructure project in New Zealand, Northern Gateway Toll Road. He has had previous director appointments of five small companies in the quarrying industry..
Lindsay is currently a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Board which advises the Minister for Infrastructure and Treasury on development of a 20 year Infrastructure Plan for NZ. In early 2010 he was appointed to a Technical Advisory Group to assist the Minister of Environment to consider new procedures for faster consenting for large infrastructure developments.
Lindsay’s interest in professional development has him in roles as Chair of the New Zealand Board for Engineering Diplomas and an Advisory Committee Member for the University of Canterbury Civil Engineering and Natural Resources Degree.
In his community, Lindsay is a Board Member of the Harewood Golf Club and Chair of a Rotary Christchurch Earthquake Response Committee coordinating community projects.
Lindsay has had a leadership role in engineering contracting over the last two decades, a time that has demanded improved practice for performance outcomes. He is Distinguished Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand, a Fellow of New Zealand Institute of Management and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.
Lindsay currently has three directorships - Director of Infratrain NZ Ltd, Director of Lyttelton Port Company Ltd, Member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Board
Elanga Ekanayake was appointed to the WITT Council by the Minister for Tertiary Education in May 2010. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, a Fellow Chartered Secretary and a Certified Management Accountant of Australia.
Elanga was the Chief Financial Officer of Powerco Limited, the second largest energy distribution company in New Zealand for over 20 years and retired from this position just prior to joining the WITT Council. He has also worked in Papua New Guinea for many years as a Consultant Accountant of an Asian Development Bank project.
It is Elanga’s aspiration to see WITT and its wholly owned subsidiary NZIHT becoming premier tertiary education providers in Taranaki and beyond maintaining very high quality academic standards, financial stability and good governance.
Malcolm has been appointed a Director of NZIHT by WITT where he is Deputy Chair. He is a Chartered Accountant who, over the last two decades, has worked in a range of consulting, management and governance roles across both private and public sector organisations, some facing significant challenges.
From 2001 until 2005 Malcolm was a Deputy Commissioner at the State Services Commission. He has also been Crown Observer to WITT and four other tertiary institutions. Malcolm holds degrees in Commerce and Psychology and is a Member of the Institute of Directors. He is also currently Deputy Chair of UCOL.