The Board consists of seven members from around New Zealand, representing both trade and the public. Five members are registered electrical workers and two are lay members. All are appointed by the Minister for Building and Construction.
Professional and administrative support for the Board is provided by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment.
Mel Orange is a self-employed barrister and solicitor and business consultant from Christchurch who works in the energy and construction industries. He has previously held senior management positions and board positions in the energy industry. Mel is a former Presiding Member of the Electrical Workers Complaints Assessment Committee and a current member of the Building Practitioners Board.
Deputy Presiding Member
Mr Macklin is a self-employed registered electrical inspector based in Darfield. Mr Macklin was previously a director for a large New Zealand low voltage switchboard and switchgear company. He comes to the Board with broad experience in electrical, commercial and disciplinary proceedings.
Mr McLeod is a self-employed registered electrical contractor with a current knowledge of the electrical sector. He was a councillor on the Whangarei District Council from 1998 until 2005 serving on a number of committees including the judicial committee.
William is a registered electrical service technician and has a background in general management, sales and marketing. He has worked as a senior executive for a large American corporation, in both Australia and New Zealand. He has also had significant experience within SMEs, as well as operating his own business. William has significant experience at board level, being the immediate past Chairman of a School Board and working with a number of SME boards. He holds a BSc in Applied Mathematics and Marketing and is a member of the Institute of Directors. William also has technical qualifications in telecommunications engineering.
Quentin Varcoe holds a senior management position for the contracting arm of an electrical distribution business based in Hastings (Unison), where he is responsible for the operational and financial performance of the business and implementation of the company’s strategies. Quentin holds practising licences/certificates as a registered electrical inspector and is a barrister and solicitor. He has owned and operated several businesses (including electrical contracting and software development) and is a former senior advisor for the Electrical Workers Licensing Group.
Shane runs a business that provides auditing, geospatial and consulting services to utility companies. He is a registered line mechanic with 29 years of experience in the electricity industry and holds a Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Systems as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Shane brings to the Board expertise in implementing and managing quality and safety systems.