People

Anthony Steel

BE (Civil)

Managing Director | Infrastructure Engineer

Anthony is a senior civil engineer who manages teams on large multi-disciplinary projects. He has worked in New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, USA and Southeast Asia for over 25 years on multiple infrastructure projects. He enjoys the challenges provided by working in different countries and cultures.

Anthony makes sure that the client’s interests are always at the forefront, while considering all and any contractual obligations. He takes great pride in his work, ensuring that the quality and timeliness of the designs and construction are of the highest level.

Recently Anthony lead the team that won a Silver Award for Innovation and Excellence (from the Association of Consulting Engineers NZ) for the design and project management of a 24MLD membrane filtration and ozone disinfection water treatment plant and associated works for the Oamaru community.

Anthony enjoys good music, a good laugh and many types of sport where he can be seen participating, watching and coaching any time of the year.

Derrick Railton

BE (Civil) CPEng IntPE (NZ)

Director | Civil / Environmental Engineer

Derrick boasts 35 years experience in civil, environmental and infrastructure engineering. He is passionate about wastewater, and is known for thinking beyond the square. He is considered something of a guru in the field of environmental engineering. Derrick saved Queenstown Lakes District Council $1M in 2000 by providing an alternative and technically challenging design to a planned wastewater treatment plant upgrade.

Derrick is constantly mentoring and giving back to the future champions of the industry, including lecturing at Otago Polytechnic. He gives traditional good solid engineering advice to clients, and delivers a high level of service.

Beyond the wastewater treatment plant you will find Derrick enjoying the outdoors, particularly working the land on his lifestyle block overlooking Otago Harbour, which he claims offers the best view in Dunedin.

Melanie Stevenson

BSc, BE (Nat.Res)

Director | Environmental Engineer

Melanie is an environmental engineer with over 16 years’ experience within the environmental, utilities, and infrastructure engineering fields. She has an excellent knowledge of Local Government processes and drinking water legislation. Melanie specialises in the design, management and delivery of water projects.

Coming from a family of engineers and designers, Melanie has an innate understanding of spatial and scientific concepts. She offers high value engineering to her clients, and believes in providing well-considered engineering advice at all stages of projects.

Outside of work, Melanie likes to spend time with her family and friends and enjoys mountain biking, walking and playing netball.

Gary Dent

BE (Civil) Dip Hydraulic Eng (Delft) MIPENZ

Director | Environmental Engineer

Gary has been with the team for 23 years, specialising as a water specialist. He has a detailed knowledge of hydrologic and hydraulic processes in rural and urban environments. He also works in civil and infrastructural engineering, and provides services in asset management and valuations.

Gary has sought ways to minimise the environmental effects and reuse stormwater for water supply and wastewater management in the broader context of developing urban and industrial infrastructure solutions. Gary is a valued expert for clients who need a passionate environmental engineer.

Outside of work you will find Gary fly fishing on an alpine river or enjoying New Zealand’s mountain environments.

Tommy Chan

BEng (Hons) Civil

Infrastructure Engineer

Tommy is a widely experienced project manager and civil engineer with over 10 years’ experience in the water and wastewater infrastructure sector. He has worked across all areas of project delivery from programme development, investigation studies, solution development, detailed design, construction, commissioning and project management.

Tommy has undertaken a variety of roles with increasing responsibility, which has allowed him to be efficient in all stages of the project lifecycle and civil engineering procedures.

The majority of Tommy’s work has been in the design of major hydraulic infrastructure projects: large diameter pipelines for both water and sewer networks, pump stations, wet wells, tunnels, HDPE pond liners and modelling. A significant achievement of Tommy’s was successfully delivering a 100% renewable 8MWe Biodiesel CHP plant in the UK.

His activities and interests are football, tennis and travelling.

Euan Cowie

Dip Arch Tech, Dip Arch Draught

Engineering Designer

Euan is an engineering designer with 14 years’ experience.  During this time he has worked in Australia, New Zealand and the USA, and has been involved in a wide range of civil, infrastructure, roading, structural, water and wastewater projects, covering engineering design, detailed modelling, drawing documentation and project management.

Euan has recently returned to New Zealand after living in Brisbane having been involved in numerous projects requiring civil design modelling and drawing documentation of tailings dams, spillways, landfills, diversion drains and sediment storage and control.

He is looking forward to settling back home and getting back into his interests of snowboarding and mountain biking.

Alexis Patrylak

BSc (Bioenvironmental Eng)

Environmental Engineer, Christchurch

Alexis is a recent graduate engineer from America who has made Dunedin her new home. At university, her studies explored a variety of sectors in the environmental engineering field including soil analysis, stormwater infrastructure, wastewater processes, due diligence, and air pollution engineering. She also helped to establish the Rutgers Climate Institute, which focuses on climate change research and outreach.

Since living in New Zealand, she has been engaged in projects involving a variety of design engineering sectors. Alexis continues strengthen her skills as an engineer, while gaining more responsibility as a project manager.
When not working, Alexis exercises the artistic side of her brain as an accomplished ballerina and can now be seen periodically performing in shows throughout Dunedin.

Martin O’Malley

BE (Civil / Environmental)

Senior Infrastructure Engineer, Queenstown

Martin has over 17 years’ experience in the delivery of infrastructure projects in a variety of different roles, contexts and locations. He has recently returned from a number of years work in the humanitarian context of service provision in order to take up his current role as Engineering Manager, based in our Queenstown Office.

After many years working in the construction of infrastructure projects, he moved to work with Queenstown Lakes District Council and spent 7 years leading various projects there. This provided a good practical insight into construction of projects as well as understanding the drivers and needs of clients. Over the years this has led to the ability to reduce project costs to an acceptable level by working closely with the relevant project participants and removing unnecessary or reducing onerous requirements to an acceptable level.

Martin has a strong focus on communication and ensuring that the relevant people have knowledge and understanding of the project, its purpose and progress at the appropriate times. Thus allowing for the smooth transition in the various project stages and in particular getting required approvals.

In his free time Martin can be found enjoying the great New Zealand outdoors, whether tramping, diving or pest control.

Jayne Richards

BE (Environmental, Hons), BSc

Environmental Engineer, Queenstown

Jayne is an environmental engineer with eight years’ experience in a range of applications of environmental engineering. She commenced her career managing the environmental impacts of oil and gas projects in Western Australia but was subsequently drawn to the water industry, particularly due to its significance in a changing climate.

Jayne has worked extensively in the management of water supply, drinking water quality, wastewater treatment and power supply for remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. She has been an integral part of many significant improvements in delivery of these essential services to remote communities, despite the huge challenges associated with supplying to small populations in extremely remote areas.

Jayne’s work has taken her to some amazing parts of the world, from the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua where she worked to improve drinking water quality at the household level, to the north of Jordan where she has improved access to water and sanitation for Syrian refugees and now to her new home in Otago.

Outside of work you will find her tramping in the mountains or mountain biking around Queenstown.

Helen Wightman

NZDE (Civil), NDCE (Applied), CertETn, AIPENZ

Infrastructure Engineer, Wanaka

Helen is a civil engineer and engineering technician who has worked closely with the Fluent directorship team for over 10 years. She has a wide range of experience in water and wastewater infrastructure design, and also in land development projects. Helen is also a skilled hydraulic network modeller, experienced in water and collection system (wastewater and stormwater) modelling, pressure sewer design, as well as transient analysis of various pumped systems.

Helen has a lot of experience working as part of a design team, taking on all aspects and tasks of a project as required. Helen is also highly proficient in the use of AutoCAD and Civil3D software for the design of large scale earthworks, pipeline and infrastructure projects, enabling efficient production of design deliverables.

When not working, Helen spends time with her family, takes time out for rowing, and loves cooking, freshwater fishing and learning to play the banjo.