About

civil engineering jobsColin Ashby, MIPENZ, CPENG, INT, PE, BE, NZCE

Principal Engineer

Colin is now 67 and has a wealth of some 49 years of engineering experience across Civil, Structural and Geotechnical engineering fields. Colin is still vibrant and active and not intending to retire for some time as he enjoys engineering and mentoring the development within his team.

He started work as an Engineering Officer Cadet with the Ministry of Works, working in Auckland and Whangarei gaining NZCE, then a BE at Auckland University.

During his 10 years with Works he gained a sound broad experience including Survey, Roading Design, School site development, Bridge Construction, Geotechnical, Laboratory work and Structural design.

Colin spent 13 years during his career with local government holding the principal engineering position with four different authorities including the former Onehunga Borough and Kaipara District. Again gaining a broad experience inclusive of Town Planning, Water, Stormwater and sewer reticulation, roading, etc but also gaining an appreciation and understanding of how Councils function, which has been of assistance in providing service to clients.

Colin also worked for Holmes Consulting Group as a site engineer on high rise buildings and as development engineer on an industrial complex. Colin also worked for TSE group in a structural and development engineering role, before setting up his own practice at Warkworth which he has since sold to concentrate on the practice set up in Christchurch to assist with the rebuild following the September 2010 earthquake. He first volunteered to assist Civil Defence then stayed on in Christchurch as there was a desperate need for engineers. In moving to Christchurch to assist with the recovery, Colin took an active interest, making submissions to the Royal Commission on base isolation, submissions to MBIE on development of guidelines for rebuilding and actively pursued an in depth understanding of liquefaction, undertaking a post graduate paper at Canterbury University on Advanced Liquefaction Studies.

Colin’s interests are: Flying, vintage cars and motor caravanning with his wife and best friend Sandra. Colin is happily married and has four adult children.


Chris - Website croppedChristopher Figg, B.Eng. (Hons)

Senior Engineer

Chris emigrated from England in 2009 with his wife and children to restart his career in Structural Engineering.

He graduated in 1988 from what is now The University of East London, working for structural design consultancies in London until 1996.  His main areas of interest have been in building refurbishment and refit, notably the JD Wetherspoon Public House chain.  He was lead engineer for the Brighton Shopping centre involving complex demolition, refurbishment and new build.

For the past six years, Chris has been with a structural engineering company in Christchurch working on a variety of Architectural, hillside and subdivision homes as well as some light commercial projects mostly in the Canterbury area, but also across the country, working with major housing developers in the area.  He has recently joined Ashby Consulting as a Senior Structural Engineer and is working towards becoming a Chartered Engineer.

Chris took a career break to bring up his four boys and during that time was involved in the community through scouting, youth work and for 12 years on the Board of Governors at his children’s primary school.  He remains involved with scouting in New Zealand and enjoys opportunities for camping, tramping and exploring New Zealand.  At home Chris is a keen DIYer and gardener, he is currently refitting his kitchen and re-decorating.


Simon photoSimon Velvin, B.Eng. (Hons)

Geotechnical / Structural Engineer

Simon is a graduate engineer from the University of Canterbury with a wide background in Civil Engineering, who started working for Ashby Consulting at the end of 2014.

His current work includes geotechnical and structural reporting and design as well as computer aided drawing.

Simon possesses strong problem solving and analytical skills as well as the ability to adapt to many different types of work.

 

 


Mariam Ibrahim, B.Eng. (Hons)Mariam photo

Geotechnical / Structural Engineer

Mariam graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2015 with a degree in Civil Engineering and began working for Ashby Consulting early in 2016.

Before attending Canterbury University Mariam also studied towards a certificate in CAD as well as a Diploma in Civil Engineering where she gained the Barrie Frost award for top mathematical student in 2012.

Mariams current work includes a variety of structural design, geotechnical reporting and CAD drawings.

As well as engineering Mariam enjoys travelling the work and cooking middle eastern food.


WookWook Hong, B.Eng. (Hons)

Graduate Engineer

Wook has recently graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Honours and started working for Ashby Consulting early in 2017 as a Graduate Engineer.

Before being involved in the engineering sector, Wook graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Economics and worked in various roles.

His current work includes a variety of structural design and geotechnical reporting as well as AutoCad drawing.

Wook loves travelling and tracking with his wife. One of his bucket list items is to complete all the Great Walks in New Zealand.

 

 

 


Vanessa Chapman Vanessa

Office Administrator

Vanessa is your first port of call when phoning or visiting our office, she coordinates the administrative side of the business, including accounts and is only too happy to assist with your enquiries.

Vanessa has worked in the administration field for over seventeen years and is currently studying part time towards a Diploma in Interior Design and Decorating. She has a seven year old daughter and is actively involved in the school PTA, including planning of various community and fundraising events.

When she’s not working Vanessa enjoys spending time with her daughter, family and friends as well as traveling, reading and singing.