New CE for Engineering New Zealand

Engineering New Zealand has appointed Richard Templer as the new chief executive.

Templer is currently chief executive of Manawatū District Council and will take up his new role in November.

Engineering New Zealand President Colin Crampton says Templer stood out as a collegial leader who knows how to get things done through others.

“Richard is a seasoned leader who has developed good relationships with mana whenua and key stakeholders, and delivered results for the council’s customers and communities.”

Templer says he’s excited about joining the Engineering New Zealand team.

“2020 has delivered unexpected, major challenges for all of us. Engineering and engineers are playing vital roles in New Zealand’s response. They’re delivering innovative healthcare solutions, new means of keeping communities connected, working on vaccine manufacture and creating new infrastructure.

“As the profession rises to these challenges, we must do so in new, creative, inclusive and diverse ways, as we engineer better lives for all New Zealanders.”

He holds a PhD in engineering and has a background in science and innovation.

He succeeds Susan Freeman-Greene who is moving on to a new role as chief executive of Local Government New Zealand. Engineering New Zealand general manager Helen Davidson will be acting chief executive in the interim.