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Peter Smith (President)
David Whittaker (Vice President)
Geoff Banks
Ignatius Black
Charles Clifton
Nick Horspool
Weng Yuen Kam
Stuart Palmer
Liam Wotherspoon
Rajesh Dhakal (Bulletin Editor)
Win Clark (Executive Officer)


Peter Smith (President)
Director of Spencer Holmes Ltd.
Elected to Management Committee 2012

As a director of Spencer Holmes, Peter has over 40 years experience in seismic design Recently he has participated in the DBH Engineering Advisory Groups following the Canterbury earthquakes. Peter has had an on going involvement with research at the Schools of Engineering at Auckland and Canterbury.

The Canterbury earthquakes have identified the need for the NZ Society of Earthquake Engineering to take a leading role in influencing research and practice so that the Canterbury earthquakes benefit future seismic design in New Zealand. Peter is interested in contributing to the NZ Society of Earthquake Engineering’s role in implementing such changes.

Contact:
Phone: (04) 472 2261
Fax: (04) 471 2372
pcs@spencerholmes.co.nz


David Whittaker (Vice President)
Senior Technical Director – Structural Engineering
Beca, Christchurch
Elected to Management Committee 2016

Dr David Whittaker is a Senior Technical Director and structural engineer with Beca Ltd. He has worked as a practicing structural engineer with Beca for over 30 years specialising in structural engineering of large commercial projects in New Zealand, South East Asia and the Middle East. Since 2011 David has been based in Christchurch assisting clients with earthquake recovery projects including building damage assessments, major insurance claims and design of new buildings including the new Burwood Hospital. He is an active practitioner in the application of base-isolation both in New Zealand and internationally, and has published several recent technical papers on design of isolation systems. David convened the Society’s publication of the Seismic Design of Storage tanks revision published in 2009, is co-chair of the current NZSEE led working group developing guidelines for base-isolated structures and is a member of the MBIE working group preparing a code of practice on Low Damage Design.

Contact:
410 Colombo St, Sydenham
CHRISTCHURCH 8023
PO Box 13960, Armagh Street
CHRISTCHURCH 8141
Phone: (03) 367 2440
david.whittaker@beca.com


Luke Allen
Architect, GHD Ltd, Wellington
Corresponding Member 2015-2017

Luke is a Registered Architect with extensive experience in commercial and public sector projects. He has taught regularly at Victoria University School of Architecture, and contributes to the Global Earthquake Model Building Taxonomy Group.

He is also Wellington Branch Chair of the New Zealand Institute of Architects.

Luke’s ongoing contribution to the Management Committee includes promoting multidisciplinary activity within the society and encouraging collaboration between the earthquake engineering disciplines and the professions of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design and planning. His areas of interest and study include design for resilience, and the implications of earthquake hazards on urban design and planning.

Contact:
Level 1 Grant Thornton House, 215 Lambton Quay
Wellington 6011
+64 4 472 0799

luke.allen@gmx.com


Geoff Banks
Founder and Director of Structex, Christchurch
Elected to the Management Committee in 2014

Geoff has over 30 years’ experience as a structural engineer, design team leader, and project director on many commercial and residential building projects in New Zealand, including a number of national award-winning projects. He established Structex in Christchurch in 2003. The firm has grown rapidly to become a growing network of connected but separate small firms currently based in Timaru, Christchurch, Blenheim, and Auckland.

Since September 2010, a major aspect of Geoff’s work has been directly related to the Canterbury earthquake, including damage assessments, major building demolition, and developing and implementing new seismic design strategies. He has been an adviser to the Department of Building & Housing on their Concrete and Steel licensing standards, to IPENZ on their practice guidelines, and to the CPIT industry advisory group. Geoff also represented ACENZ (Consulting Engineers) at board level from 2006 to 2008, and has contributed to the NZ Green Building Council.

Contact:
219 main south road
Christchurch, 8042
New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 341 8952

gbanks@structex.co.nz


Ignatius Black
Principal
Structural Engineer, Silvester Clark
Elected to Management Committee 2016

Ignatius is a principal at Silvester Clark. He graduated from Auckland University in 1997 and has worked in the areas of geotechnical and structural engineering in New Zealand and briefly in the UK. Ignatius has been involved in a number of varying sized seismic assessment and strengthening projects throughout New Zealand. He is also involved in many project in the aged care sector.

In the last four years Ignatius has become increasingly involved in the design of seismic restraints for non-structural components within buildings and has a keen interest in this area. He would like to see structural engineers put more focus into this area with early consideration of how structural and non-structural items will interact in a seismic event. Ignatius would like to promote more emphasis in this area as a member of the Management Committee.

Contact: Silvester Clark Ltd.
P O Box 12618, Wellington 6144
Phone: 04 473 8361
Ignatius.Black@silvesterclark.co.nz


Charles Clifton
Associate Professor, The University of Auckland
Elected to Management Committee 2017

Charles graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) in 1978 and a Master of Civil Engineering in 1979. From 1979 to 1981 he worked for a major New Zealand consulting engineering firm, then form 1981 to 1983 for a joint UK/Saudi Arabian consulting engineering firm in London.

In 1983 Charles established the Structural Division of the New Zealand Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA), with responsibility for technical development supporting the efficient and effective us of structural steel in buildings. At HERA he conducted and coordinated research in structural steel, composite construction, fire engineering and durability. Charles also made major and ongoing contributions to the introduction of new and revised standards, developed widely used design guides and was actively involved in professional development. A long and productive collaboration with the University of Auckland while at HERA saw several innovations researched, developed and adopted by the engineering profession, and also the award of his PhD in 2005. The outcome of Charles’s PhD was

Contact:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019,
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland, 1142
New Zealand

Phone: +64 9 923 8529
Fax: +64 9 373 7462
c.clifton@auckland.ac.nz


Nick Horspool
Risk Scientist & Seismologist
GNS Science, Wellington
Elected to Management Committee 2016 (Co-opted since 2015)

Nick is a risk scientist and seismologist at GNS Science. He has a MSc degree from Victoria University of Wellington. He has considerable and diverse experience in risk analysis and seismological research, both from GNS Science and his former employer, Geoscience Australia. Nick has sought-after ability in being able to bridge the gap between hazard and risk modelling.

Contact:
GNS Science.
Box 30368, Lower Hutt, NZ
N.Horspool@gns.cri.nz


Weng Yuen Kam
Senior Structural Engineer
Beca, Auckland
Elected to Management Committee 2015

Kam is a Senior Structural Engineer and a NZ Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) with Beca Auckland. He has specialized expertise in seismic assessment and retrofit of existing buildings, advanced structural analysis, low-damage seismic design and earthquake engineering. Kam has PhD and BEng (Hons) degrees in Civil Engineering and BCom degree in Economics from the University of Canterbury. Prior to joining Beca, Kam was a Research Associate post-doc at the University of Canterbury and was extensively involved with post-earthquake reconnaissance activities after the Christchurch 2010-2011 earthquakes.

Kam is an active member of the NZSEE with regular presentations at the NZSEE annual conference and participations in technical study group.Kam won the 2007 NZSEE Conference Best Research Paper award. He is currently part of the NZSEE/MBIE technical group updating the NZSEE “Redbook” guidelines on seismic assessment and retrofit. He is also contributing to the NZSEE working party on the seismic isolation design guidelines. Kam is passionate in continuing the strong tradition in NZSEE of collaboration between consulting engineering practice, leading edge research and academic. He sees a potential for NZSEE to have a wider membership engagement and more ways for members to be involved with NZSEE. He is excited at the opportunity to contribute to NZSEE’s role in raising public awareness and understanding of earthquake risk and safety.

Contact:
Fax +64 9 300 9300
DDI +64 9 300 9095
kam.wengyuen@beca.com
http://nz.linkedin.com/in/wengyuenkam


Stuart Palmer
Principle Geotechnical Engineer
Tonkin & Taylor, Wellington
Elected to Management Committee 2016

Stuart is a senior geotechnical engineer with more than 30 years’ experience. Since 1999 he has worked with Tonkin & Taylor Ltd from the Wellington Office. He has special interest and expertise in foundations and earthquake engineering. Collaboration with structural engineers is a critical aspect of his work. He is currently working with the NZSEE working group to expand the guidelines for the seismic assessment of buildings to include geotechnical engineering and soil-foundation-structure interaction.

Contact:
Phone: +64 4 806 4974

SPalmer@tonkintaylor.co.nz


Liam Wotherspoon
EQC Research Fellow, The University of Auckland
Elected to the Management Committee in 2013 (Co-opted since 2012)

Liam is the EQC Research Fellow at the University of Auckland, a position he has held since 2009. He is involved in a range of earthquake engineering related research projects, and is a lecturer in geotechnical engineering courses. Current research projects include bridge field testing and seismic response, resilience of New Zealand ports to natural hazards, integrated structure-foundation seismic response and geotechnical site characterisation. Much of this research focuses on the importance of interaction between structural and geotechnical engineers, and was the focus of his thesis research. He was the convenor of the 2014 NZSEE annual technical conference in Auckland.

Contact:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019,
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland, 1142
New Zealand

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 84784
Fax: +64 9 373 7462

l.wotherspoon@auckland.ac.nz


Rajesh Dhakal
Professor
University of Canterbury, Christchurch
Elected to Management Committee 2010

Dr Rajesh Dhakal is a Professor of Structural and Earthquake Engineering at University of Canterbury, and also a Chartered Professional Engineer in NZ. Rajesh was extensively involved in leading the building assessment teams after the Canterbury earthquakes and has contributed to the Canterbury Earthquake Royal Commission inquiry through written submissions and presentations. Rajesh has received more than a dozen awards including the prestigious EQC-NZSEE Ivan Skinner award for advancement of earthquake engineering research in NZ. Rajesh has been a member of the NZSEE management committee since 2010 and is currently convening the Society’s 2012 annual conference in Christchurch.

Contact:
Phone: +64 3 364 2987 ext: 7673
Fax: +64 3 364 2758
editor@nzsee.org.nz


Win Clark
Executive Officer
Life Member of NZSEE

Win is a chartered professional engineer with a wide experience of structural engineering design and construction monitoring as a consultant. He has filled the role of Executive Officer from November 2008, and assisted the New Zealand Historic Places Trust staff in Christchurch on structural issues following the 4th September 2010 Darfield Earthquake.

Contact: P.O. Box 38650, Wellington Mail Centre, LOWER HUTT 5045
Phone: (04) 565 3650
Fax: (04) 565 3650
Mobile: 021 522 663
exec@nzsee.org.nz