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.

Peter Dwyer

BEng (Hons) Civil, NZCE Civil

Senior Infrastructure Engineer

Peter is a senior civil engineer with over 25 years’ experience. Peter has worked in Australia and South East Asia on multi discipline projects including commercial and residential development, master-planning, energy projects, water and wastewater infrastructure and forestry. Peter was also based in Christchurch leading civil design teams on multiple discipline inner city post-earthquake rebuild projects.

Peter has recently returned from Vietnam where he was based on site on a large power station project in the Mekong Delta. Since returning to New Zealand he has worked on multiple three waters infrastructure projects including water and wastewater pumping stations and flood management projects.

His interests include travel, gardening, scuba diving and boxing.

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.

Tina Moody

Office Admin & Assistant to the Directors

Tina is Fluent’s Office Administrator and has been part of the team since the establishment of the company in 2013. Tina is a key member of the behind the scenes team, ensuring quality control of all documentation leaving the office, providing support to the Company Directors and Employees and completing the daily office and administrative tasks.

In her spare time, Tina enjoys spending time with her family and friends and pottering in her garden.

Euan Cowie

AssocDegEng (Civil), Dip AD, Dip ArchTech, Autodesk Certified Professional (C3D)

Engineering Designer

Euan is an engineering designer with 17 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.

Since returning to New Zealand, he has been involved in the design, documentation and construction monitoring of the H2OurHealth, Oamaru to Hampden water supply pipeline which has been a 2 year project from conception to completion.

During his spare time, Euan enjoys getting outdoors for some snowboarding or mountain biking depending on the seasons.

Rolly Hill

NZDE (Civil)

Infrastructure Engineer

Joining Fluent Solutions as a mature graduate student, Rolly brings an experienced practical background to his engineering work.

Rolly works on a large number of infrastructure projects. This has led him to work on a variety of projects from a domestic scale, such as on-site stormwater and wastewater designs, through to large scale subdivisions and local authority works.

As a father of two boys, spare time is rare, but it is generally spent sailing – either cruising on his own yacht or racing around the cans with old friends at a local and national level.

Stef Toemmers

BE (Civil) MSc (Env) PhD (BioChem)

Environmental Engineer

Stefanie is a motivated and multi-disciplinary chemical engineer with more than 12 years working experience in the fields of wastewater treatment, waste to energy and process engineering research.

Since joining Fluent Solutions, Stefanie has applied her civil and environmental engineering skills to the field of three waters and is often found designing onsite treatment systems and developing stormwater management plans including hydraulic modelling. She is a social and adaptive team player able to work proactively with her colleagues to deliver high quality engineering projects.

Stefanie loves the outdoors and is passionate about cycling and tramping.

Zaaid Shah

BEngTech Civil

Environmental Engineer

Zaaid is a civil engineer with a background in finance and accounting. Originally from Fiji he has called Dunedin home for the last 10 years.

During his studies Zaaid explored a wide variety of civil engineering topics including; Geotechnical, Transportation, Structural and Hydraulics. For his final year project he produced a viable solution for flooding and sea level rise in the Taieri Plains and presented it to the Otago Regional Council. He has strong passion for civil and environmental engineering, continually trying to broaden his knowledge through mentorship and experience.

Outside of work Zaaid is a family man and also enjoys helping manage the Otago University Seafarers 7s rugby team and volunteering for the Red Cross as well as other local community organisations.

Josh Pringle

NZ Dip. Architectural Draughting, Otago Dip. Architectural Technology

3D CAD Technician

Josh comes from an architectural background. He studied at the Otago Polytechnic, where he found great success, completing his qualifications in the top band of students in New Zealand.

Following a stint as an Architectural designer and CAD technician working on several large scale commercial and industrial buildings in Christchurch, Josh is now back home working in Dunedin and building his knowledge of three waters infrastructure.

Josh is proficient in a diverse range of Autodesk software including Revit, Civil 3D and AutoCAD. Advanced BIM Modelling is a real passion of his – boasting capabilities of producing high end Level of Development/Detail BIM models.

Josh takes a great deal of pride in his work, striving for excellence and cultivating positive relationships with clients and colleagues.

When not working, Josh loves to spend his time in the outdoors – with a particular interest in fishing, motorcycle riding and mixing with friends and family.

Emma O’Neill

HND (Land Administration), BA (Hons) Town & Country Planning, Post Grad Certificate (Design)

Environmental Planning & Consents Officer

Emma is an Environmental Planner and Project Manager. Emma has applied her Planning, Design and Project Management skills across transportation planning, urban design, community arts and environmental engineering projects, in both UK and NZ over the last 15+years. Emma has extensive experience of community engagement and consultation, and cross sector partnerships. She has worked in multiple local authority teams and has a good understanding of local government mechanisms.

When not working, Emma enjoys the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

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.

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.

Andy Carter

NZDE (Civil)

Engineering Technician

Andy is an Engineering Technician with 10 years’ experience and a background in building and construction.

In the last 10 years Andy has worked in the field of infrastructure asset management and GIS. This primarily involved asset data collection and mapping of underground services.
Andy has also been involved with construction monitoring and design of land development projects.

Andy’s background experience comes from 20 years in the building and construction industry. This includes small and large scale developments along with drilling and tunneling related work.

Outside work Andy spends time with his family enjoying the outdoors and when time allows tramping and multisport.

Klemens Markiewicz

BE Civil & Environmental (Hons)

Environmental Engineer

Klemens studied environmental engineering in Brisbane, Australia where he was involved with Engineers Without Borders; researching alternative biofuel energy sources for a community in India as well as unconventional water filtration methods for arsenic removal in Cambodia. His studies explored water, wastewater, civil and environmental engineering disciplines.
For his first large job he was thrown into the deep end for six months where he reviewed and reported on the condition of Kaikoura’s wastewater infrastructure following the large earthquake in 2016. Klemens continues to develop his skills as an engineer and has recently moved from our Dunedin office to the Queenstown office to take on larger roles and to assist the Queenstown team.
Klemens has a great interest in the outdoors, traveling and humanitarian activities. Outside work he is either snowboarding, tramping or being a local tour guide.

Chrissie Hart

DIP Arch Tech

3D CAD Technician

Chrissie is an Engineering Technician who joined the Fluent team in 2016 after graduating with a Diploma in Architectural Technology. Chrissie’s work includes producing detailed design plans, and design documentation for a wide range of projects. She is a skilled 3D network modeller proficient in Revit, AutoCad and Civil 3D software using her skills to provide 3D design plans and solutions. She is gaining valuable experience in water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure design.

In her spare time she enjoys Architectural and interior design, renovating, gardening and spending time with her family.

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.