Craig O’Connell is the Owner/Director of the Management consulting firm, Recruitment and Performance (RAP) Consulting Limited. Craig served as the acting Chief Executive of the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board from February to November 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in economics. Craig was appointed in July 2011 and is from Wellington.
Nick Fleckney is a registered Certifying Plumber, Gasfitter and Drainlayer who works as a Senior Hydraulic Design Engineer for BECA. Here he is involved in the total review and design of water, gas, stormwater, waste and sewer services. Along with his trade qualifications he also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Graduate Diploma in Higher Education, Backflow Testing and Surveying Accreditations, and is currently continuing his studies to complete a Diploma in Hydraulic Building Services Design. Nick was appointed in September 2012, reappointed in 2014 and is from Christchurch.
Sue Simons has specialised in Environmental and Resource Management Law for more than 25 years. She is a highly regarded litigator and has gained national recognition for her expertise in every aspect of this area of law.
Sue has lead precedent setting and ground-breaking cases in many areas within her specialty. She has appeared before the Environment Court regularly and many Boards of Inquiry including those in connection with the Ruataniwha Dam and Wiri Prison.
Sue has represented many large developers obtaining significant live zoning for Fletcher Residential, Fulton Hogan and Todd Property and has succeeded in obtaining plan variations for controversial greenfields development such as Okura and Wesley. She is routinely instrumental in obtaining resource consents and rezoning to facilitate large scale urban and rural development projects. These include Pokeno and Millwater in Auckland, and natural resource development projects such as mining, quarrying, cleanfills and landfills. Sue is frequently called upon to provide high level opinions on complex Resource Management, Local Government and Environmental issues.
In 2012, Sue and Simon Berry co-founded the boutique Environmental specialty law firm, Berry Simons.
In 2016 Sue won the Award for Excellence at the Auckland Property People Awards, recognising her contribution to the property sector.
Colleen Upton is the General Manager of Hutt Gas & Plumbing Systems Ltd and a Partner in Upton Electrical. Previously a Director on the Master Plumbers Board and Masterlink Board. Colleen has also served on School Boards of Trustees, involving Chair of both Disciplinary and Board at secondary school level. She holds a position on the Lead Group for the Qualifications Review with The Skills Organisation and has held an executive position with the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Federation since its inception. Colleen was appointed in March 2015 and is from Upper Hutt.
Barry Willcox is a registered Certifying Plumber and Gasfitter. He is the Managing Director of Willcox Plumbing Ltd and past president of Canterbury Master Plumbers. Barry is currently convener of the Canterbury Master Plumbers disputes, and is a current member of the Canterbury Master Plumbers Finance Committee and Executive. He is also a previous member of Master Plumbers of New Zealand Skills Advisory Group. Barry was appointed in July 2015 and is from Christchurch.
Ken Douglas is a registered Certifying Plumber, Gasfitter and Drainlayer and is the Managing Director of F B Hall & Co Ltd. Ken has been involved with the Waikato Master Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Association for many years. On the Executive, he was the President from 1989 to 1991, The Organising Committee for the 1990 plumbers conference in Rotorua, and convener of the conference in Hamilton 2004. Ken was appointed in July 2015 and is from Hamilton.
Deborah Cranko is a practising registered architect, Fellow of the Institute of Architects, and Co-director of a professional services firm which provides architecture and professional engineering services. She was awarded the National Association of Women's Professional Woman of the Year 2015. Deborah has also had long-standing governance involvement in related architecture including Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Registered Architects' Board, Chair of the Audit Committee of the NZ Architects' Co-operative Society (professional indemnity insurance), and a Board Member since 1998. She is Depupty Chair of the Engineering Associates Registration Board, a member of the Karori Brooklyn Charitable Trust, and recently Chaired the Professions Advisory Group to the School of Architecture and Design at Victoria University of Wellington.
Diana Kuhtz-Covich is a registered Certifying Plumber and Gasfitter and is the Managing Director of Unique Gas and Plumbing Ltd in Kaitaia. Diana is an Independent Qualified Person (IQP) in backflow protection, and in 2011 was presented with the Board’s Merit of Excellence Award. Diana was appointed in July 2016 and is from Kaitaia.
Martin De Gouw is a registered Certifying Plumber, Gasfitter and Drainlayer, IQP Backflow Prevention, and holds an Associated Trades Electrical Registration. He is the Managing Director of Clyne & Bennie (1988) Ltd, since 1995. Martin is a director of Master Plumbers, Gasfitters & Drainlayers NZ Inc (since 2012) where he served as National President for two years. He currently chairs The Disputes and Health & Safety Committees. Martin is the current President and Executive Member of the Canterbury Master Plumbers, and a previous member to the PGDB Advisory Group.
A member of the Institute of Directors, Martin was appointed in September 2019 and is from Christchurch.
Martin Sawyers has been Chief Executive of the Plumbers Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board, since September 2015. Martin is a lawyer and spent 18 years in private practice before moving to the public sector in 2009. He has held extensive governance roles in both the public and private sectors. In recent years Martin has mainly worked in the area of regulation and is a strong advocate for a pragmatic and solutions-focused approach to that discipline.
During his time with the Board Martin has led the introduction of mandatory Continuing Professional Development and a number of competency initiatives, including electronic examinations and oral competency assessments for those with literacy difficulties. He has also led a project targeting restricted work being performed by those unqualified to carry that work out.
The Board is a not-for-profit body whose operational revenue is derived from fees (such as registrations,licences, examination) and levies on the tradespeople who are registered and licensed. There is no general tax payer contribution to any of its operations.
The Board operates within the building industry framework, including the Gas Act 1992 and the Building Act 2004.