Board & Team

Our Board.

Keith Fraser
 Keith Fraser (BMS, Strategic Management and Leadership) has been with PACT Group for more than nine years in an HR capacity, and currently is the GM of Human Resources for the group throughout New Zealand. He joined the WECA board in 2010 during his time with NDA, and worked in HR roles for the pulp and paper industry in his early career.

"WECA provides a really good platform founded on a model we know works. I am pleased to be leading the association into the new decade, and to be supporting the team to gain the traction needed to step into sector leadership. We have an opportunity to play a leadership role with the Reform of Vocational Education, and our region is in a good position for this. WECA will also continue to build on the good work of those who have gone before us and the initiatives we are well known for; networking events, excellent communications to young people, a strong network of educators and employers, advocacy on behalf of members, Mana in Mahi and more." - Keith Fraser


Shelley Wilson

Shelley Wilson is the Director of Wintec’s Centre for Engineering and Industrial Design. She has been in management roles with Wintec since the mid-1990s with various roles such as co-ordination of programmes, curriculum development, moderation, student advice and monitoring. Shelley has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Masters and DPhil in Biochemistry from University of Waikato and has also been a member of Wintec’s Academic Board and Academic Approvals Committee.

"Wintec’s involvement with WECA as a vital part of delivering qualifications relevant to industry."


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Dave Stuart is sales and engineering manager at Stafford Engineering, coming from the shop floor after completing a fitting and turning apprenticeship in the transport industry. Dave started with Stafford Engineering in 1993, achieving NZCE in Mechanical Engineering moving through various roles of design, project management and then into sales. In 2010 Dave became a shareholding partner of Stafford Engineering and he has been involved in WECA for about a decade.


Mike Welten

Mike Welten is the General Manager of NDA Engineering. He joined the company as a Project Manager in the late 1990s and was previously Production Manager at the Pacific Aerospace Corporation. Mike also has a post-graduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of Waikato.

“Involvement in WECA has been a great opportunity to network with other people from various engineering businesses, educators and training providers. There is plenty of opportunity for dialogue on hot discussion topics at the great events that WECA co-ordinate throughout the year and to have some real input into how we promote engineering as a career.”


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Professor Mark Dyer (BEng BSc MA DPhil FICE FTCD CEng) is the Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Waikato. Mark spent the first n19 years of his professional career (with the exception of his PhD studies) working on construction projects in Europe, USA, Asia and Africa. The projects ranged from tunneling, deep foundation (Cementation Piling and Studio Geotecnico Italiano), flood defence (Humber Estuary), bioremediation of contaminated land (Rotterdam Botlek, Philips Zwolle, Tilburg, Napoli Siemens) and highways, waste management facilities comprising landfills, tailing dams, sewage treatment facilities (Acer Consulting, MRM Partnership).

 Adrian Marshall

Adrian Marshall (DipEng (Mech)) is a Director of family-owned JP Marshall, one of New Zealand’s most experienced steel fabricators and industrial engineering providers, based in Hamilton and Christchurch.

“It’s important to be involved with WECA as we need to work together to promote engineering – a largely hidden industry. Our sector is vital, but we have an ageing workforce and we need young people to step up to lead us into the future.”


Our Team.

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Manager: Mary Jensen (BBSAcEd) has a background in regional development, business, education and communications, as well as almost a decade leading WECA. She is a member of the Waikato Regional Labour Market Strategy Group and the Strategic Partner Forum of the Waikato Plan. Mary is also Chief Executive of the award-winning Smart Waikato Trust.

Contact: [email protected]





WECA Co-ordinator and Communications Manager Sally Birch has been with WECA since 2012 and has a background in business development and journalism.

Contact: [email protected]




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EVolocity Waikato Manager: Levinia Paku (MSc) has spent more than a decade specialising in engineering and science recruitment as a placement co-ordinator for University of Waikato students. Levinia has worked as a PR and events co-ordinator.

Contact: [email protected]



Events Assistant: Maddie Walker, of Ngaati Porou and Maniapoto descent, is a former Fairfield College student with a background in events co-ordination. Maddie joined the team via Mana in Mahi, a Ministry of Social Development initiative kick-starting young peoples' careers with support and subsidies for employer and employees.

Contact: [email protected]


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