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Meet the team


Our staff combine the highest academic achievement and years of solid engineering experience with an element of marketing and communications know-how. They are on a mission to advocate the use of steel in construction, a cause they champion with energy, enthusiasm and dedication.

 
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Darren O'Riley

SCNZ Manager
Phone: +64 9 262 6684
Mobile: +64 21 221 6936
Email: darren.o'riley@scnz.org
 
Darren’s knowledge and expertise are a strong fit for SCNZ as the organisation moves forward. He has 28 years of sales and marketing, and business development experience, gained largely in the building and construction industry. He joins SCNZ from Fletcher Aluminium, a division of Fletcher Building, where he was for 16 years. Prior to that Darren held positions at BHP New Zealand Steel, Solid Energy, Marley NZ and Plyco Doors. He has also just ended his time on the board of industry organisation the Window Association NZ where he served for 12 years, seven as Chairman.

 
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Kevin Cowie

Senior Structural Engineer
 (Technical Development)
Phone: +64 9 262 6685
Email: kevin.cowie@scnz.org
 
Kevin is a structural engineer with over 15 years’ experience. He is a chartered professional engineer (CPEng) and a member of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (MIPENZ).
Kevin is experienced in the development of design and estimating guides; and has been assisted consultants in the preparation of many multi-level steel construction design options. He sits on a number of Standards Australia committees and is responsible for technical development at SCNZ.

 
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Zahid Hamid

Structural Engineer
Phone: +64 9 262 6681
Email: zahid.hamid@scnz.org
Zahid graduated in engineering from the University of Auckland. Before joining SCNZ he worked at a Civil/Structural consulting engineering firm, designing residential and light commercial steel buildings.

Zahid contributes to SCNZ’s specialist consulting services and standards work as well as to the development of technical design guides. He mans the technical helpdesk, digging out information and providing vital support to the steel construction industry. 
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Rebecca Symonds

Marketing Administrator
 Phone: +64 9 262 6682
 Email: rebecca.symonds@scnz.org
Rebecca has been at SCNZ since 2008. Previously she was Personal Assistant to the General Manager of Excel Corporation (now Downer Group) and to five Directors at Franklin District Council.

Her role involves supporting the work of everyone at SCNZ, as well as acting as internal and external events co-ordinator. Rebecca is likely to be your first point of contact at SCNZ and members regularly benefit from her friendly administrative support. 
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Ingrid Burns

Communications Officer
Phone: +64 27 537 1122
Email: ingrid.burns@scnz.org 

Ingrid has over 15 years experience of working in public relations and communications, both in-house and for consultancies (including the leading global public relations firm, Weber Shandwick) across a wide range of sectors including construction.

At SCNZ she is responsible for developing methods of communication to ensure that we are effectively reaching all our members and the industry as a whole.  
   
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