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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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Alistair Fussell

SCNZ Manager
Phone: +64 9 262 6683
Mobile: +64 21 636 937
Alistair is a structural engineer with over 25 years’ experience including 15 years working for various New Zealand consulting engineering practices on a wide variety of civil and building projects. He is a chartered professional engineer (CPEng), and a member of the Institution of Professional Engineers NZ (MIPENZ).

Alistair sits on a number of Standards Australia committees (BD001 Steel Structures, BD023 Structural Steels and BD090 Bridge Design) and on the Standards NZ committee SNZ. He heads up SCNZ's promotion and advocacy work.

Kevin Cowie

Senior Structural Engineer
 (Technical Development)
Phone: +64 9 262 6685
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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Chris Burns

Senior Structural Engineer (Industry)
Phone: +64 9 262 6684

Chris has 12 years’ experience as a structural steelwork design engineer, most recently heading up the Design and Build department of one of the most progressive steel fabricators in the UK. He has also spent time working for the Asia-Pacific branch of Aurecon.

Chris primarily works on projects relating to industry as well as providing technical advice and support to our members

Zahid Hamid

Structural Engineer
Phone: +64 9 262 6681
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
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
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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