IPENZ ap­points new CEO

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NEWS -

Susan Free­man-Greene has been ap­pointed CEO of IPENZ, and will start in her new role in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

IPENZ’s cur­rent CEO Kieran Devine has been serv­ing on an in­terim ba­sis fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Dr An­drew Cle­land to the Royal So­ci­ety of New Zealand in Septem­ber. “We’re de­lighted to have made the ap­point­ment of such a high-cal­i­bre leader, fol­low­ing an ex­haus­tive search and se­lec­tion process,” says IPENZ’s pres­i­dent Dr Kevin Thomp­son.

Cur­rently the CEO of the Broad­cast­ing Stan­dards Au­thor­ity, Free­man-Greene has worked in se­nior lead­er­ship and man­age­ment po­si­tions for 15 years. Prior to this she prac­tised law in both New Zealand and Eng­land for over a decade.

“Susan has a nat­u­ral un­der­stand­ing of what be­ing a pro­fes­sional is about – so can re­late to IPENZ as a pro­fes­sional body,” Dr Thomp­son says.

“Her ex­pe­ri­ence with the ma­chin­ery of gov­ern­ment means she un­der­stands leg­isla­tive pro­cesses. She has worked closely with of­fi­cials on pol­icy and reg­u­la­tory is­sues, which is highly rel­e­vant for IPENZ in the light of an­tic­i­pated reg­u­la­tory change.”

Dr Thomp­son says Ms Free­man-Greene has a depth of ex­pe­ri­ence in com­pli­ance and com­plaints pro­cesses, and a long his­tory of work­ing with stan­dards, cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, ethics and as­sess­ment.

“It be­came ob­vi­ous that a non-en­gi­neer might view IPENZ dif­fer­ently from the way IPENZ views it­self. We ea­gerly an­tic­i­pate the in­sights that some­one out­side of the en­gi­neer­ing pro­fes­sion might have, and the pos­i­tive chal­lenge that will bring.”

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