IPWEA NZ Board

IPWEA NZ President

Priyani de Silva-Currie
President, IPWEA NZ
Principal - Asset Advisory
Beca

T: +64 274 99 4472
E: Priyani de Silva-Currie

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Priyani was appointed to the IPWEA NZ Board in June 2019.
Priyani has nearly 10 years experience as the National Asset Management Leader within an NZ consultancy with a background in Buildings and Property and a broad Asset Management base spanning all public infrastructure sectors. Priyani trains in asset management and procurement, is an assessor for the New Zealand Diploma in Infrastructure Asset Management and New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Procurement. Priyani has co-lead the development of the BTechEng degree for Asset Management with Weltec and Massey University, in her spare time Priyani also guest lectures at Massey in Leadership.



Cushla Anich
Director, Morrison & Low
IPWEA NZ Northern Branch Chair

E: Cushla Anich

Cushla was appointed to the IPWEA NZ Board in June 2019.

Cushla is an experienced infrastructure manager and a chartered professional engineer. In her role as Director at Consultancy Morrison Low, she provides strategic advice to clients in central and local government sectors in New Zealand and Australia across a diverse range of assets. She enjoys helping clients build their internal asset management capability. Cushla’s recent experience includes strategic practice reviews, infrastructural health checks, asset management improvement programmes, and procurement advice. She is a recognised strategic manager in the water industry.



Hugh Blake-Manson
Infrastructure Asset Advisor, Waugh Infrastructure
IPWEA NZ Upper South Island Branch Chair

E: Hugh Blake-Manson

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Hugh was appointed to the IPWEA NZ Board in June 2019.

Bio to come



Raj Suppiah
Group Manager - Corporate, Tararua District Council
IPWEA NZ Wellington/Taranaki Branch Chair

E: Raj Suppiah

Raj was appointed to the IPWEA NZ Board in June 2019.

Full Bio to come



Quinton Penniall 
Environmental Engineering Manager, Central Otago District Council 
IPWEA NZ Otago/Southland Branch Chair

E: Quinton Penniall

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Quinton was appointed to the IPWEA NZ Board in September 2021.

Currently living in Cromwell with my wife and our two dogs, I am passionate about public infrastructure - it is instrumental in helping communities prosper and thrive now and into the future, mindful that it’s my future too.

I have understood IPWEA’s value since I presented as a graduate at an Otago Southland Branch meeting. I have been an advocate for the network throughout my career, including in my current role as Environmental Engineering Manager at Central Otago District Council.

It is in that context I seek your support to represent you as Otago Southland Branch Chair.

I will bring a combination of youth, passion and pragmatism. My private and public sector experience has taught me successful relationships will be critical to advancing our objectives and effectively participate during a time of unprecedented change.

As we enter the most significant reforms in a generation my focus will be on enabling all members (young and less young!) to share knowledge and engage, ensuring we keep challenging ourselves and the industry we’re responsible for as it transforms. We will celebrate successes and create a safe space to talk about mistakes too, because that learning is a major component in getting things right.

Nicola Chisnall
Principal Advisor Asset Strategy at Wellington Water

E: Nicola Chisnall

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Nicola was appointed to the IPWEA NZ Board in June 2019.

Full Bio to come



IPWEA NZ Vice-President


Gary Porteous
Client Director - Asset & Network Performance
WSP
Audit and Risk Committee

E: Gary Porteous

Gary was appointed to the IPWEA NZ Board in June 2018.

Gary is a chartered Professional Engineer in both NZ and Canada.Gary has over 20 years’ experience in highway maintenance, operations and asset management in both the private and public sectors.  Gary is an expert in the development and procurement of highway maintenance contracts, having worked in this industry sector for the last 20 years, in New Zealand, the UK and Canada.  In his role at WSP, Gary is responsible for providing technical leadership and direction to the transportation sector within WSP.



Kristina Hermens
Business Director, Three Waters

E: kristina.hermens@beca.com

Kristina is a Business Director (Three Waters) at Beca. She has worked in asset and project management roles in consultancy and local government for the past 20 years.

Kristina is passionate about helping our communities to prosper and thrive by providing public infrastructure which is tailored to meet their needs.

Kristina finds this an exciting time to be working in the government sector and as the sector transforms over the next few years. Sound asset management practice by well-trained and experienced practitioners will be of utmost importance. IPWEA has the opportunity to lead and support the industry to take asset management practice to the next level and she looks forward to being part of this journey. 



Steve Browning

Director, Strategic Asset Solutions



E: Steve Browning

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Steve was appointed to the IPWEA NZ Board in September 2021.

Steve is an asset management specialist with extensive experience working with infrastructure assets in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Canada. HE enjoys providing strategic advice to asset owning organisations, utilizing technology to assist optimized decision making and securing funding by helping tell the infrastructure investment story.

He has worked on all sides of the infrastructure management process and has a robust understanding of construction and maintenance, data modelling and forward works planning. Steve was the client-side Lead Asset Management Advisor for large scale PPP contracts in Canada and was the Technical Director of Asset Management for TRL in the UK.

Steve is a skilled negotiator and an experienced communicator, who has delivered asset management training to staff at all levels of organizational seniority. He is passionate about raising the profile of infrastructure asset management and is currently leading the IPWEA NZ training working group to develop the next generation of asset management training.

He has supported clients to create industry leading activity management plans and is an experienced investment logic mapping and business case developer. Steve has worked across the infrastructure spectrum, specializing in the transport, property and water sectors, and enjoys cross pollinating best practice from each sector.



Fleur Tytheridge
Regional Sales Manager, Thinkproject

E: Fleur Tytheridge

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Fleur was appointed to the IPWEA NZ Board in September 2021.

Fleur is the Regional Sales Manager at Thinkproject, a member of the IoD and a Massey University alumna of the Executive MBA with First Class Honours. Fleur is a technology enthusiast specialising in digital innovation, with over 17 years’ experience in public and private sectors across multiple industries, in a variety of governance, leadership and operational roles.

Fleur began her leadership and governance career as IT Manager & Governance Lead for an organisation of England’s NHS, and was also founder and chair of the region’s IT Forum.
Fleur brings broad expertise, paired with specialist knowledge and experience with local government agencies and their service providers in the AECO industry to the Board. She fosters an environment of collaboration and thought leadership, and values strong ethics and robust, independent thinking.



George Bowman
Director, Asset BowManagement Ltd

E: George Bowman

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George was appointed to the IPWEA NZ Board in September 2021.

Since George gained his BSc (Hons) in Geography and Environmental Management from the University of the West of England in 2015, his career has moved from strength to strength. He worked in Flood & Coastal Risk Management for the UK's Environment Agency before moving to New Zealand, where he worked as a Flood Risk Engineer at Greater Wellington Regional Council for 2.5 years, before setting up his own consultancy, Asset BowManagement Ltd.

George will inject a new energy to the group and unleash his passions to help strengthen existing and new initiatives of IPWEA NZ, including:

  • Growing the IPWEA tribe;
  • Countering the public works skills shortage, particularly engineering and asset management; and
  • Raising the profile of Flood Protection and River Management (commonly under-represented as the 4th water). There is room to create stronger relationships with this sector, provide more sector-specific training where there is currently gaps, and convert more tamariki into river practitioners.

George has previously served time as the Branch Secretary for Wellington/Taranaki, and is part of the IPWEA Training Working Group providing support for the AM Digital Badges.