Our People

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Dane Hart

Chief Executive

Dane has been involved with EWBNZ in various roles since its inception before coming on board as the Chief Executive in 2018. Having volunteered and working across most areas of the organisation Dane has a good understanding of what makes volunteers tick and the potential that the organisation has to create positive change.

Prior to studying Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury, Dane spent a year living with a community in rural Vanuatu. This was an experience that he credits as having taught him many things, including insight as to how engineering, when used appropriately, can be used to provide opportunities for others to support them lifting themselves out of poverty.

Dane is a passionate advocate for learning and firmly believes that engineers need to embrace the skills of other sectors in order to stay relevant in a rapidly changing world. He loves tramping and stand up paddle boarding, and also enjoys developing a good Excel spreadsheet if there is time.

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Carys Brenin

Management Team Member

Carys Everett is a New Zealand's first Chartered Humanitarian Engineer and is the former Executive Director of EWBNZ. Upon completion of her Master of Engineering at the University of Bristol, UK, she worked on water and waste engineering projects around the world. You will find Carys at her happiest when talking about toilets or the challenges of community water systems in diverse places and cultures. Carys could not imagine a better job than working with EWBNZ. She says that the energy, enthusiasm and dedication of our members to achieve our vision is contagious and inspirational. She is proud to be leading an organisation that puts people and communities at the centre of engineering development and advocates for humanitarian engineering to be integrated fully into all engineering and technical projects.

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India Eiloart

Programmes Coordinator

India completed her BE (Natural Resources) from the University of Canterbury in 2016, however, has been volunteering with EWBNZ since 2014 in both programme and operational roles. She currently works as a Water Resources Engineer with WSP Opus in Wellington. Her interests lie in potable water safety and the relationship of legislation with the practical implementation of it.

In her Programmes Coordinator role, India works to support the team leads of EWBNZ's programmes to ensure they succeed in the individual aspirations of each programme while working in unison with parallel programmes.

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Claire Wild

Management Team Member

Claire joined the EWBNZ team in 2012, as a member of the student's chapter at the University of Canterbury. Since then, Claire has worked in a broad range of roles across EWBNZ; from our schools outreach team, to events, marketing and senior management. Today, Claire works with EWBNZ to help us scale our impact in a financially sustainable way.

Since completing her Master of Engineering in Management, Claire has moved into the world of management consulting. She is now based in Melbourne, spending much of her time working as a strategic advisor with Spark Strategy. Through this role, Claire helps for-purpose organisations to balance social impact and financial resilience. Having spent time in the not-for-profit, social enterprise, and corporate sectors, Claire is a strong believer that doing business and doing good don't need to be mutually exclusive.

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Jen Johnstone

Management Team Member

Jen has been involved with EWBNZ since 2011, when she emigrated to New Zealand from the UK and swiftly became the president of the Canterbury Professionals Chapter. Since then, she has forged a career in international development, breaking away from engineering consultancies to work in the not-for-profit sector.

Her role at EWBNZ involves managing international projects and placements, a position which allows her to fulfill her drive to create sustainable positive change in the countries we work in.
In addition to working at EWBNZ, she also works at Habitat for Humanity on international development programmes. She lives in Christchurch with her husband, her two young kids and their cat.