Craig Price is the new President of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ), taking the reins from Elena Trout.
He has had a long career with engineering consultancy Beca, and is currently South Island Regional Manager and Chair of Beca’s New Zealand business.
Price takes office during a significant period of change for IPENZ, with the organisation adopting a new direction and membership structure and listing a ‘record’ 19,000 members across all fields of engineering.
“This will be another big year of change, as we deliver on our strategies to drive increased credibility and influence for our members,” says Price. He states he is passionate about upholding engineering standards and also wants to see engineers moving beyond technical management into leadership and governance roles, in both business and the wider community.
“Engineers needs to step up and become influencers, not just implementers. Problem solving is at the heart of engineering, and engineers can bring this valuable perspective to industry groups and commercial and community boards.”
He has been a strong supporter of Beca’s School Days programme, which gives local high school students the chance to experience a day as a professional consultant in a Beca office.
“Engineering is an energising and challenging profession full of different paths and possibilities. We need to keep attracting the best young talent – and to make sure we support them throughout their careers,” he says.
Price is an IPENZ Fellow and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, and is a director of infrastructure services company City Care.