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ANZ Committee

CIBSE ANZ Regional Chair - Mark Crawford

Mark is an electrical engineer by qualification, with a passion for systems commissioning.  With over 20 years’ experience in engineering and commissioning, including managing the commissioning of complex, highly technical buildings, Mark understands the importance of thorough planning for the testing and commissioning phase of construction.

Originating from the UK Mark now resides in Auckland and freelances as a commissioning manager, having previously performed a similar role at Beca.  The projects where Mark’s skills and experience are put to best use are complex buildings, including GreenStar buildings, and mission critical facilities, such as data centres.  Mark has worked on many such projects, both in the UK and NZ, with a client list including the NZ & UK Governments, various telecommunications, banks and pharmaceutical companies.

Mark strongly believes in thorough commissioning of buildings’ systems and the careful management of that commissioning.  His philosophy is that if a system cannot be commissioned correctly the effort and expense of design and installation has been wasted.  Within Beca Mark is leading the drive to educate the engineers on the importance of commissioning and how the design of building services can be enhanced to assist the installation and commissioning on site.

Mark is the past chair for the Auckland Chapter of CIBSE ANZ, having served on the committee since 2015.  He has also been a member of the Commissioning Specialist Association (CSA) in the UK for 20 years and is a founding co-chair of the New Zealand branch of the CSA, launched in the third quarter of 2013.  To cover his electrical engineering interest Mark has been a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET) for over 10 years.


CIBSE ANZ Vice Chair - Phil Senn

Phil joined the CIBSE NSW Committee in 2013 while working in the energy efficiency industry and studying part time for a Master of Design Science in Building Services at the University of Sydney. This led to a broader focus on energy efficiency project management and commissioning roles on several large new construction projects in Victoria and the ACT.
In late 2014 Phil joined Australian property group Charter Hall, working in their Office Technical Services team. This role focusses on asset operations and lifecycle management through capital investments and has provided an opportunity to take a long term view of building services performance and seeing how intelligent building management translates to happy, productive tenants and confident investors.

He continues to hold the position of CIBSE NSW Chapter Chair alongside his responsibilities as ANZ Vice Chair.
Phil is passionate about the value of CIBSE’s repository of technical information and the professionalism that active CIBSE members bring to building services.

Honorary Secretary -  Jen Cardwell

Jen is a mechanical engineer who first joined CIBSE as a graduate in 2008 and has been a member of the CIBSE Queensland Chapter Committee since January 2019.

She spent the first five years of her career in the UK before moving over to Sydney with her family and now lives in Brisbane where she works for Arup delivering engineering solutions for commercial and public buildings. Since being in Australia Jen has been a keen promotor of CIBSE’s extensive technical resources and events within her networks.

Jen is a passionate engineer and project manager with a focus on communication, coordination, collaboration and commercial success.


Business Development Manager - Sharon Pestonji

Sharon oversees national events in the CIBSE ANZ regional calendar, including the Young Engineers Awards and Annual function, and the ANZ Seminar Series. She is involved in raising the awareness of building services opportunities at tertiary institutions and championing chartership to raise standards for the greater good of the industry. She is working to develop more CIBSE cpd training opportunities in the region, both online and face to face. She also co-ordinates in-house membership presentations, regional communications such as the ANZ eNewsletter and the Talking Buildings podcast and would love to hear from you if you have any content you would like to contribute or if you would like to know how CIBSE can help to support your staff development.

Prior to joining CIBSE ANZ in 2017, Sharon worked for CIBSE UK as a Marketing Executive. She managed the marketing for the CIBSE Building Performance Awards and the CIBSE Building Performance Conference & Exhibition as well as producing the CIBSE Newsletter. 


Mathew KinfaltHonorary Treasurer - Mathew Klintfalt

Mathew has been volunteering for CIBSE since 2010.  He was elected YEN President in 2012 and is currently serving as the National Treasurer.  Mathew is the Managing Director of Ultraflow Group, providing building services in Stormwater Design and Indoor Climate.


CIBSE ANZ YEN Chair - Melanie Finch



Technical Advisor - Steve HennessyStephen Hennessy

Stephen Hennessy is a past Chair for the Australia and New Zealand Region of CIBSE.  He has had a long association with the Institution, serving in the past as the NSW Chair, and the national membership secretary. He also served as Region Chair from 2004 to 2006. In 2010 he was awarded a Silver Medal for services to the Institution. He also undertakes the Professional Competency Review Interviews for IEng and CEng, and the Competence Review Interviews for ACIBSE and MCIBSE.

Technical Advisor - Peter Kinsella


Regional Almoner - Ian Small

Ian Small served as Chair of the CIBSE ANZ Region from 2014 - 2017. Prior to this, Ian was the ANZ Regional Treasurer from 2005. Ian was also the Chair of the South Australian Chapter from 2003 to 2014, as well as serving on the  South Australian Committee prior.

Ian has been awarded the CIBSE Bronze Medal for his service to the Institution.

Ian is the retired Managing Director of the National Air Group. He has been involved in the HVAC Industry in the UK and Australia, as both a Mechanical Services Contractor and Consultant, for over 45 years.


Committee Chairs:

Auckland -  Raitis Kjestrup

Raitis works along side Auckland committee members to deliver future focused CPD’s and provide support to CIBSE members. Raitis has over 7 years’ experience in the Building Services Industry and previously worked in marine industry for 13 years. He currently works for WSP on various medium to large building projects in the education, commercial and hospitality market segments and has been recently seconded to the City Rail Link Project to work on the station design.


>>Meet the Auckland Chapter Committee<<


Christchurch - Position vacant 



New South Wales - Ian Van Eerden

Ian joined CIBSE YEN in 2012 and joined the CIBSE NSW State Committee in 2017. He began his professional career providing sustainability advice to householders wanting to reduce electricity costs as part of the Federal Energy Efficient Homes Program. After moving into renewable energy consultancy, Ian set up and managed a program of solar panel inspection across the country for the Clean Energy Regulators. Ian leads the Northrop Sydney Sustainability team. He believes that project success depends on a combination of three key elements: economic viability, social acceptability, and environmental sustainability. His current focus is on finding novel solutions to complex sustainability problems to achieve the desired sustainability outcomes.

>>Meet the New South Wales Chapter Committee<<

Queensland - Keith Merry

Keith is the founder and Managing Director of Redd Zebra, a national independent Asset & Building Advisory firm. His career spans over twenty years, including executive roles leading operational and business change as well as strategic marketing, asset and commercial property consulting. Keith is no stranger to CIBSE previously holding the CIBSE Qld Chair role and being actively involved with the committee over the years.

>>Meet the Queensland Chapter Committee<<


South Australia - David Brown

David Brown works for Global Intertrade as their Commercial Property Manager. Global is a private Spanish-owned company who own a dozen buildings in and around Adelaide and a few offices in Melbourne. He manages the leasing, tenancies, facilities, engineering, building services and redevelopment of their commercial properties. Although employed as a manager, he is an all-rounder who does all from fault-finding to approving capital expenditure to leasing and re-development. His specialty is developing the outcome, whether it's leasing to a new tenant, providing their needs, upgrades to buildings and building services etc.

In a previous role as a Facilities Manager, David became particularly interested in A/C, Fire & building codes, having completed Grad Cert in Air Conditioning (Code Compliance) and Grad Cert in Building & Fire Codes as additional training. 

In the past he has held many association roles: Treasurer and President of AIRAH SA; past National Director of AIRAH; past President of IPEA SA; and has been secretary of CIBSE SA for the past two years.


>>Meet the South Australia Chapter Committee<<


Victoria - James Cheesewright




>>Meet the Victoria Chapter Committee<<


Wellington - Colin Wyatt

Colin works as Market Sector Director for AECOM’s Mission Critical Practice in Australia and New Zealand and also as Client Director for Building Engineering in New Zealand.

He has held senior management positions in the fields of consultancy, commercial property development and corporate real estate with a number of leading global firms and has participated in the delivery of multi-disciplinary projects across large geographical Regions including CEE, EMEA, Asia Pac and ANZ as well as peer review of projects in the USA.

Most recently before his return to New Zealand he led AECOM’s Buildings and Places business in Russia managing around 200 professional Architects, Building Services and Structural Engineers and this international exposure have given him great experience of delivering engineering projects using multiple codes and standards for Client all around the world.

He has been a member of CIBSE since 1989 and previously served as both Secretary and Chair for CIBSE North West Region in the UK as well as serving as a visiting lecturer at Stockport College lecturing in Building Services Engineering.



>>Meet the Wellington Chapter Committee<<

Western Australia - Mark Davie



>>Meet the Western Australia Chapter Committee<<