IPWEA NZ are delighted to welcome the new chair of Otago Southland Branch, Quinton Penniall.

We asked Quinton a few questions to get to know more about him and his vision for Otago Southland Branch.

Tell us a bit more about yourself

Kia ora koutou I’m Quinton Penniall the new Otago Southland Branch Chair.

I am currently living in Cromwell with my wife and our two dogs, I am passionate about public infrastructure – it is instrumental in helping communities prosper and thrive now and into the future, mindful that it’s my future too.

I have understood IPWEA’s value since I presented as a graduate at an Otago Southland Branch meeting. I have been an advocate for the network throughout my career including in my current role as Environmental Engineering Manager at the Central Otago District Council.

What strengths do you bring to the Branch Chair role?

I will bring a combination of youth, passion and pragmatism. My private and public sector experience has taught me successful relationships will be critical to advancing our objectives and effectively participate during a time of unprecedented change.

How will you support IPWEA NZ’s mahi in your region?

As we enter the most signifincant reforms in a generation my focus will be on enabling all members (young and less young!) to share knowledge and engage, ensuring we keep challenging ourselves and the industry we’re responsible for as it transforms. We will celebrate successes and create a safe space to talk about mistakes too, because that learning is a major component in getting things right.

To find out more about Otago Southland branch events, click here.