EWBNZ appoints new Chief Executive

Engineers Without Borders New Zealand is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Dane Hart as CEO, effective November 2018.

With a comprehensive background as a civil engineer, Mr. Hart has held several leadership roles over his 10 years within Engineers Without Borders New Zealand (EWBNZ). This includes leading the Research Team, the Dialogues on Development team and most recently, overseeing Leadership and Training programmes within EWBNZ for the last three years.

Prior to studying Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury, Dane spent a year living with a community in rural Vanuatu, an experience which shaped his passion for engineering and development. He then joined EWBNZ as a student in 2008, where he led the Canterbury Students' Chapter.

Announcing Dane’s appointment, Rob Cardwell, Chair of the EWBNZ Board said “Dane has a long history of leading initiatives and role responsibilities in EWBNZ, in particular in the management team and fulfilling the role of an interim executive director while Carys was based in Vanuatu. He has proven himself to be exceptionally motivated and capable. The board are very excited to have Dane taking on the role of Chief Executive full time.

Mr. Hart is also currently studying towards a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Canterbury, which he envisions will introduce a broad business acumen to EWBNZ. When asked how this might be applied to EWBNZ, he said that he would be “do(ing) assignments on things that might be of use to (EWBNZ)”. For example, he recently wrote a business plan for an alternate social-enterprise-based funding stream which EWBNZ could employ in the future.

Reflecting on his appointment Dane said “I believe that engineers have played a largely understated role in the rapid increase of living standards over the last few centuries. Whether it is designing, operating and maintaining water supply networks free of contaminants or the risk management associated with natural hazards; the work engineers do everyday saves lives. Unfortunately, access to engineering capability and leadership is not universal in NZ and the South Pacific. Creating equitable access to engineering is an important part of fulfilling our commitments to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and it is a change that Engineers Without Borders New Zealand are proud to be leading. I am excited to have the privilege to lead EWBNZ, and to be working to support our team to continue to deliver impact for communities in New Zealand and the South Pacific.”

On behalf of the EWBNZ, Rob extended thanks to Mrs. Carys Brenin (formerly Carys Everett), who has held the role for the last five years and has stepped down to focus on her family. “Carys has done a fantastic job in the role of Executive Director; in particular building partnerships that enable EWBNZ to engage in more effective forms of development, and leading EWBNZ from being a purely voluntary organisation to one with full-time paid staff; a critical step in EWBNZ’s ability to make a significant difference in the world. We are looking forward to Carys returning to EWBNZ in due course. We would like to thank Carys for her contribution to the organisation so far.”

Dane is based in Christchurch, and lives with his partner.