Board members

The Board has 8 members with a mix of skills. These include industry expertise in design, construction and inspection services, law, dispute resolution and mediation skills.

Chris Preston

Chairman

Mr Chris 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 postgraduate 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

Chris Preston, Chairman

Richard Merrifield

Deputy Chairman

Mr Richard Merrifield is a qualified carpenter and has been a Licensed Building Practitioner since June 2008. He has over 45 years’ experience in the building industry and has operated his own company since 1989. Mr Merrifield has held a number of industry-related board and working group appointments. He is a former Chairman of the Certified Builders Association of New Zealand and a former Chairman of the Building Research Association Advisory Council. Mr Merrifield is a board member of the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board and is a board member of the New Zealand Standards Approval Board. Mr Merrifield was appointed in 2012 and is from Upper Moutere.

Richard Merrifield

Robin Dunlop

Dr 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. Dr Dunlop has developed and strengthened a number of commercial buildings, and a church. Dr 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 Engineering New Zealand Heritage Board and Chairman of Destination Wairarapa and Deputy Chairman of the Montfort Trimble Foundation. He is also the Director of four private companies. He was previously CEO/Secretary of Transport in NZ and CEO of Transit NZ.

Robin Dunlop

Bob Monteith

Is a qualified builder who holds a New Zealand Certificate in Building. Mr Monteith is a Licensed Building Practitioner with over 45 years’ experience in the building industry. He is Managing Director of Monteith Central Construction Limited. Bob has held numerous industry-related working group appointments. He was a Board member of the New Zealand Certified Builders Association (NZCB) for seven years, three of those as the National President. He is an honorary member of NZCB. Bob was appointed in 2015 and is from Kuratau, near Turangi.

Bob Monteith

Catherine Taylor

Is a Charted Accountant and former Chief Executive of Maritime New Zealand. Catherine 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.

Catherine Taylor

Faye Pearson-Green

Is an Architectural Designer and a Licensed Building Practitioner (Design 2). She has over 34 years’ experience in the industry and has been self-employed since 1996. Faye holds a New Zealand Certificate in Draughting (Architectural) and is a member of Architectural Designers New Zealand and currently sits on the executive of the Canterbury Westland Branch. She is a Regional Judge for Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition. Faye was appointed in 2017 and is from Christchurch.

Faye Pearson Green

Mel Orange

Is a self-employed barrister and solicitor, and business consultant undertaking a range of commercial and project work in the construction and utility sectors. Mel has held senior management positions within Meridian Energy and board positions in the energy industry. Mel is the Presiding 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. Mel was appointed in 2013 and is from Christchurch.

Mel Orange

David Fabish

(Recent appointment)

Mr David Fabish has operated his own residential construction business for 37 years and holds 2 carpentry trade qualifications. David is a Licensed Building Practitioner in Carpentry and Site 2 and is a Life Member of the Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA). David is a past national president and board member of RMBA and is also currently a director on the Building & Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) board. David Fabish Ltd has won many House of the Year awards including 2 National Category winners. David was appointed in 2018 and is from New Plymouth.

David Fabish