Our People

EWBNZ is kept running by some passionate and dedicated people.

Carys Everett - Executive Director

Carys_Everett.JPGIn 1998 Carys was fortunate to meet an engineer who had spent many years working in Africa assisting the local community to develop simple water supply systems.  Carys quickly realised that civil engineering was the perfect career choice and studied a Masters of Engineering at the University of Bristol.  With itchy feet Carys moved to New Zealand in 2007 and joined the Auckland Professionals Chapter of Engineers Without Borders New Zealand in 2009.  Carys is passionate about humanitarian engineering and community development, and in 2012 was given the opportunity to undertake a placement with EWB Australia in Cambodia.  Carys worked with East Meets West, an international non-governmental organisation, to establish their Water and Sanitation programmes in Cambodia.  Returning to New Zealand Carys was and still is excited to continue involvement with EWBNZ as Executive Director.

Varun Purushotham - Learning and Change Manager

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Dane Hart - Leadership and Training Manager

Dane_Hart.jpgDane is the Leadership and Training Manager and steers EWBNZ's member-focused programs as well as looking after relationships with external partners. Dane joined the team as a student in 2008 and has spent time as the President of the Canterbury Students' Chapter, the Research Team Manager and the Dialogues on Development Team Manager.

Prior to studying Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury, Dane spent a year living with a community in rural Vanuatu, an experience that has both shaped his passion for engineering and development as well as been the basis for many a story repeated ad infinitum.
Dane is currently a member of the Christchurch water team at AECOM and in his spare moments plays rugby, tramps and gets out stand-up paddle boarding. He also enjoys developing a good Excel spreadsheet if there is time.

Jen Johnstone - Working With Communities Manager

Jen_Johnstone.jpegJen heads up the Working With Communities team, which is the part of EWB that carries out projects and placements. She's been involved with EWB since 2011, and is passionate about making a real difference in the communities we work in.

She is currently in the Water team at Beca in Christchurch. She's undertaken a couple of international development placements, one through EWB in Ambrym, Vanuatu, and one in Pondicherry, India.

Anita Cheng - Operations Manager


Anita Cheng is a founding member of EWBNZ. Throughout her time with EWBNZ she has worked on two renewable energies projects in Tonga, was Board Secretary and Board Treasurer from 2013-2015 and is now Operations and Organisational Development Manager. Anita completed a BE in Biomedical Engineering and recently started her own business. She is passionate about social development, sustainable living, innovation, and elephants!

Richard Neate - Corporate Partnerships Manager

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Deb Godinet - Board Chair


Deb Godinet was appointed to the role of Chair in December 2016, and joined the board in 2015.  Deb has recently been appointed the role of Head of Real Estate and Infrastructure for the New Zealand Defence Force following her role as the Group Manager of Property and Planning at Auckland Transport.  Deb's professional background is in law and planning.  Deb's career to date has spanned private legal practice, and local government including transport infrastructure projects.  Deb is also an alumni of Leadership New Zealand - a  programme which focuses on growing New Zealand leaders to address the very complex economic, environmental, social and cultural issues facing New Zealand.  This programme enabled Deb to build on the work she had done at the Darden Leadership course, run by Darden University through Ernst and Young.  Deb is committed to serving her community through volunteering with EWB, the St John Northern Region Trust Board and Rising Voices Youth Poetry Trust as a board member.  Deb previously contributed to the West Auckland Women's Centre as a board member and chair.  Deb is proud to be a member of  EWB and enjoys the opportunity to contribute her skills.  As a New Zealander of Samoan descent, Deb feels a very personal satisfaction in being involved in an organisation making a difference in the Pacific.

Rob Cardwell - Board Member

Rob_Cardwell_150x150.jpgRob joined EWBNZ as a founding member in 2008 in the Canterbury Students chapter. There he helped manage the Canterbury Tonga Renewable Energies project. He has since had various roles in EWBNZ initiatives including helping organise the Vision Mission and Values Refresh workshops in 2011, the 2012 Visioning Weekend and is now the EWBNZ corporate partnerships manager.

Since completing his BE and Master of Engineering Management Rob has gone on to work in economics to follow his desire to learn more about how the economy works. When not analysing a spreadsheet or EWBing, Rob enjoys reading, playing guitar, playing basketball and hiking.

Jenny Chu - Board Member

Jenny_Chu_150x150.pngJenny was part of the founding group of students in EWBNZ in 2008, before getting the travel bug to go away in the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and World Expo in Shanghai. She returned to NZ earlier this year to continue her study in BE/BLLB at the University of Auckland and to work on transportation and environmental engineering projects. Jenny has a keen interest in climate change resilience, development, travel, good reading and great food!

Manjit Devgun - Board Member

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Garry Miller - Board Member

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