Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure WDC

Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure WDC

Last updated 9 September 2021
Last updated 9 September 2021

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Four General Managers appointed to Waihanga Ara Rau Workforce Development Council

First Workforce Development Council Chief Executive appointed

Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure WDC elects co-chairs

The Orders in Council for the WDCs

High level summary of industries represented:

Construction (including heavy, civil residential, non-residential and related engineering) and associated industries and trades, and infrastructure including water supply and drainage, gas supply, electricity generation and distribution, telecommunication, road and bridge building, and related engineering.

TITOS currently carrying out functions that will transition to the WDC are BCITO, Competenz, Connexis, MITO and The Skills Organisation.

WDC council members

Elena Trout -  Co-Chair

Elena Trout was the chair of the interim establishment board for the Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and holds an extensive portfolio of governance roles including being a director of Ara Ake Ltd, Callaghan Innovation, Ngāpuhi Asset Holding Company, Contact Energy, Harrison Grierson, is the Chair of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority and an external member of the Ministry of Defence/ NZ Defence Capability Governance Board. 

Ms Trout is a professional engineer and has significant experience in the development and delivery of large programmes notably in the infrastructure, transport and energy sectors and acts as an advisor to both central and local government on a variety of projects. She is also actively involved with professional associations for engineers, is a Past President and a Distinguished Fellow of Engineering New Zealand.

John Chapman -  Co-Chair

John Chapman, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Te Whakatōhea, Te Whānau Apanui, is the owner and director of KAEA, an organisation that provides and delivers programmes for Kāinga Ora, Māori Pacific Trades Training, and various other community and whanau development organisations. He has previously held a number of other senior positions focusing on education and youth development with organisations including VisionWest Community Trust Education and Training Centre and Wellington City Mission.

Mr Chapman was previously a member of the interim establishment board for the Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council. He also holds governance roles with a number of other organisations including Māori Pacific Trades Training Auckland and HHR Trust Aotearoa New Zealand.

Bill Newson

Bill Newson is the National Secretary of E Tū, New Zealand’s largest private sector union which represents people working in a range of industries including construction and infrastructure. He has been involved in unions for almost forty years and is also a member of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions National Affiliates Council.

Mr Newson was previously a member of the interim establishment board for the Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council. He also holds a number of governance roles related to construction and infrastructure including being a board member of Competenz Industry Training Organisation, Construction Health and Safety NZ, Mates in Construction (suicide prevention) and co-lead of the Workforce Development Workstream for the Construction Accord.

Brendon Green

Brendon Green, Ngāti Hikairo, Ngāpuhi, is an experienced director with a portfolio that has focused on energy, climate change, asset management, and engaging with the Māori economy and Māori communities. He is currently on the board of Watercare, HIRINGA Energy Ltd and Waikato District Council’s Infrastructure Committee.

Mr Green was previously chair of Tirohia Landfill Joint Venture and Tainui Kāwhia Incorporation as well as being a member of Te Whakakitenga o Waikato, Waikato Tainui’s governing body. He also has held a number of executive positions in energy companies in New Zealand and North America with companies including Wattstock LLC, Mercury Energy, General Electric and Contact Energy.

Chantelle Bailey

Chantelle Bailey, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hāmoa (Lotofaga and Le’auva’a) is a Lead Structural Engineer for Aurecon. She has more than 25 years of experience in engineering with a focus on structural and aircraft engineering in roles with GHD, OPUS and the Royal New Zealand Air Force. 

Mrs Bailey is a trustee of Engineering New Zealand Foundation, Te Ao Rangahau Māori Advisory Panel and was a previous board member of the Manawatū Branch of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand.  She is passionate about using the experience and knowledge that she has developed to influence change and inspire others for the future of our Rangatahi.  Having worked across different boards, she has developed strong leadership and kaitiakitanga skills.   She will bring to the table a world view, the benefit of her experience and insight, as an engineer and experienced governance practitioner, women, mother and wife, a totality of experience.

Daniel Haines

Daniel Haines (Te Rarawa) is the Head of Māori Outcomes for Eke Panuku Development Auckland. Recent employment includes Māori engagement and Treaty settlement work with Wynyard Edge Alliance and Auckland Council. He also was the elected president of the Auckland University Students’ Association and the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations.

Mr Haines is a board member of Academic Quality Agency, which provide external quality assurance for all New Zealand Universities, and ActionStation, an independent, crowdfunded, community campaigning organisation. His previous governance and advisory roles include the Public Service Association, Unitec’s Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Āwhina, Student Job Search, and the University of Auckland. Mr Haines has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Auckland.

Jan O’Neill

Jan is the Executive General Manager of People & Culture at Downer New Zealand. With over 30 years’ experience, Jan has worked at the most senior level in large complex New Zealand organisations. Jan was previously a member of the interim establishment board for the Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council.

Ms O’Neill’s areas of speciality include executive leadership, HR strategy, organisational development, culture development, and change management. Jan has a strong understanding of the education system, in particular vocational education. Under Jan’s leadership at Downer NZ, highly successful programmes for Māori school leavers and programmes to provide pre-employment training and entry into the infrastructure industry have been developed, along with strong partnerships with both Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) to deliver employment and training programmes. Jan was a member of the WDC (CIWDC) Working Group since it was established late 2019.

Kieren Mallon

Kieren Mallon is the managing director of three construction businesses – Meridian Construction, MF Group (joinery and panelling), and LoftHQ (architectural products). He has more than thirty years of experience in the construction sector, starting out as a joinery apprentice before becoming a tradesman and then a business owner.

Mr Mallon is a director of a number of organisations in the construction sector including the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO), New Zealand Registered Master Builders Association, and the deputy chair of BRANZ’s Building Research and Advisory Council. He was previously president of Auckland Registered Master Builders and has also been on a number of construction industry advisory groups for Auckland Council, Site Safe, and ACC.

Tracy Davis

Tracy Davis, Ngāti Whatua, is Deputy Chair for Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara, the post settlement governance entity for Ngāti Whatua o Kaipara. He holds a number of other governance and advisory roles relating to infrastructure including the National Māori Advisory Panel for the restructure of 3 Waters, and Chair of the Iwi Advisor Panel of Hōkai Nuku, who negotiate Mana Whenua and Māori procurement and training opportunities on Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Projects in Auckland.

Mr Davis previously spent more than twenty years working in the construction industry, first as a glazier and then starting a business which went on to become the largest shower installation company in New Zealand.

Order in Council

The WDC Order in Council can be viewed here: Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure