Who we are
- Chris Preston - Chair
- Richard Merrifield– Deputy Chairman
- Dianne Johnson – Board member
- Brian Nightingale – Board member
- Mel Orange - Board member
- Catherine Taylor - Board member
- Robin Dunlop - Board member
- Bob Monteith - Board member
Mr Preston is self-employed as a dispute resolution professional, undertaking a range of residential disputes and advisory work. Clients include homeowners, contractors and builders. He was previously CEO of the Registered Master Builders Federation and acting CEO of BRANZ on two occasions.
Mr Preston has a Bachelor of Commerce and a post graduate diploma in dispute resolution from Massey University. He is an Associate of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand and has undertaken the Institute of Directors course in governance.
Mr Preston has a keen interest in the community having been on the local Community Board and Business Association.
Mr Preston was appointed in 2013 and is from Hanmer Springs.
Mr Merrifield is a trade certified carpenter, and has been a licensed building practitioner (LBP) since June 2008. He has over 40 years experience in the building industry, and has operated his own business since 1989.
Mr Merrifield has held a number of industry-related board and working group appointments, and has been a board member, Chair and Past Chair of the Certified Builders Association of New Zealand (CBANZ). He has also held governance roles with the Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ).
Mr Merrifield was appointed in 2012, and is from Upper Moutere.
Ms Johnson is Managing Director of Capital Improvements Ltd, which undertakes building surveyor consultancy services throughout New Zealand.
Ms Johnson holds a NZ Certificate in Draughting (Architectural) and Diploma in Business Studies (Dispute Resolution). She has previously held executive roles with the NZ Institute of Building Surveyors, and is a current member of National Association of Women in Construction, and associate member of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand.
Ms Johnson was appointed in 2011 and is from Petone.
Mr Nightingale is a director of Building and Construction Services Ltd which provides consultancy services to the construction industry. Prior to this, he was General Manager of McKee Fehl Constructors Ltd.
Mr Nightingale has held a number of building-related board appointments, and is currently Chair of the Registered Master Builders Technical Advisory Committee.
Mr Nightingale was appointed in 2010 and is from Lower Hutt.
Mel Orange is a self-employed barrister and solicitor and a business consultant undertaking a range of commercial and project work in the construction and utility sectors.
Mr Orange has held senior management positions within Meridian Energy and board positions in the energy industry. Mr Orange is a current member of the Electrical Workers Registration Board, a former Chair of the Electrical Workers Complaints Assessment Committee and a former Board and Commission member of the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commission.
Mr Orange was appointed in 2013 and is from Christchurch.
Ms Taylor is a Charted Accountant and former Chief Executive of Maritime New Zealand.
Ms Taylor has extensive Governance experience as a former Director of Crop and Food Research (including an appointment as Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee); and the Civil Aviation Authority.
She has also held positions as Trustee/Director of Life Flight Trust; Ambulance New Zealand; The Aviation, Tourism and Travel Training Organisation and Diabetes New Zealand.
Ms Taylor is from Nelson and was appointed in 2013.
Mr Dunlop consults and advises on management and transport issues. He has been involved in the transport sector for over 30 years covering strategic direction, funding, organisational form, asset management and research. Mr Dunlop is currently developing and strengthening a number of commercial buildings, a rest home and dementia facility, and a church.
Mr Dunlop has a BE (Hons) in Civil Engineering and a PhD in Civil Engineering. He is Chairman of the Engineering Associates Registration Board, Chairman of the Institute of Professional Engineers Heritage Board and Deputy Chairman of Destination Wairarapa. His is also the Director of four private companies and a trustee on a charitable forestry trust. He was previously CEO/Secretary of Transport in NZ and CEO of Transit NZ.
Mr Dunlop is from the Wairarapa and was appointed in 2014.
Bob Monteith is a NZ Certificate in Building qualified builder and a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) who has 46 years’ experience in the building industry. He is Managing Director of Monteith Construction Limited and Monteith Rural Construction Limited.
Bob has held numerous industry related working group appointments. He is a current member of a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Building Advisory Panel. He has been a Board member of the Certified Builders Association of New Zealand (CBANZ) for seven years, three of those years as Chairman.
Mr Monteith was appointed in 2015 and is from Kuratau, near Turangi.