The Mainstream Engineering management team has combined over 150 years of industrial engineering experience. Within industrial engineering, there is not a lot this team has not seen or been directly involved with. We all have a passion for success, strong values, are safety orientated and advocates of the importance of customer satisfaction. This management team keep in touch with and oversee all projects undertaken by MEL, therefore your project directly benefits from their combined experience.



Chris leads the MEL team and believes that people are the most important company asset. He has over 25 years’ experience in the New Zealand Energy Sector and holds tertiary qualifications in Engineering (Electrical), Management and Law. Chris is responsible for all MEL operations, ensuring consistency of service, quality, safety and value, along with the well-being of the MEL team.

Chris’s career has an extensive background leading customer facing teams. As such he is keenly focused on making sure that MEL provides quality engineering and safety services that meet our customer’s needs, and are delivered on time and within budget.

Chris is well experienced with progressing business cases, business analysis, corporate communications and reporting to boards of directors.


Technical Director

Darrin is both an accomplished, qualified, professional mechanical engineer, and a time served boilermaker/welder tradesman. He has over 30 years combined fabrication, engineering and design experience, making him a versatile and analytically flexible member of the MEL team.

He has a unique talent for visualising problems and working with a team to develop solution options. This combined with a wide range of both practical construction and maintenance experience and analytical engineering knowledge, means Darrin adds value to any project.

Whether climbing into dirty confined spaces to inspect plant or presenting the conclusions of technical analysis to clients, Darrin is motivated and driven to deliver successful results and exceed expectations.


Finance and Business Services Director

Dianne leads the MEL business services team who deliver both internal and external financial and administrative support. She has over 30 years of accounting and business systems development experience in banking, logistics, manufacturing, the public service and private consulting.

Dianne has a passion for setting up business systems. Integrating seamlessly into any team, she identifies where gaps may exist and implements solutions to avoid disruption. Highly skilled with spreadsheets and various financial software applications, she has a particular eye and skill for extracting, analysing and presenting financial information for project and business lead teams.

Dianne has strong family and friendship values, bringing a more personal dynamic into the MEL lead team. With a strong commitment to work-life balance, she demonstrates how it is possible to achieve professional career success while managing to raise a family and enjoy her passion for scuba diving, horse-riding, motorcycling and travel.


Major Projects Director

Lynn heads the MEL Major Projects group and has accumulated an excess of 35 years’ experience in project management for construction, commissioning, start-up and maintenance of large industrial, complex, multi-facility projects.

He has acted in various capacities both on and offshore on program-wide process-driven projects including; power generation, mining, waste water, materials handling, civil engineering, buildings and services, food and beverage, pulp and paper, oil and gas, timber, manufacturing and heavy process industries.

He is a specialist manager and has led large teams on heavy industrial, fast-track projects and shutdowns focused on delivering the best performance outcomes with absolute focus and priority on health and safety, the environment and quality.


Mechanical Engineering and Projects Manager

Alan oversees the MEL Mechanical Engineering, Design and Projects groups.  He brings over 30 years of heavy industrial Engineering, Project Management and Asset Management to MEL.  Alan has significant leadership experience gained working as a Manager and Project Manager in various organisations.

Alan has experience in Wood Processing, Power Generation and various Process Engineering Industries.  With his Project Management focus he understands the importance of clear communication and a structured approach.

He is responsible for delivery of fit for purpose engineering solutions that exceed our customers’ expectations.


South Island Area Manager

Colin heads up the MEL South Island team based in Nelson and Christchurch. He is a qualified Mechanical Engineer with 30 years engineering design and project management experience predominantly in the mining and materials handling sectors.

Colin has excellent technical knowledge, enthusiasm and drive for success that allows MEL to provide superior service to our clients.

Colin’s customer-focused passion assures regular committed service to cement MEL as a long term industrial engineering resource, delivering MEL’s capabilities into the South Island.


Electrical and Instrumentation Team Manager

John heads up the MEL Electrical & Instrumentation team and comes from a consultancy based project management and team leadership environment. He brings more than 30 years’ experience in world-wide multi-discipline project delivery and team leadership. This experience has been gained across Pulp and Paper, Geothermal, Mining and metals, Oil sands, Nuclear reprocessing / decommissioning. Petro Chemical, Water and waste, Food and beverage, Oil and gas and Pharmaceuticals.

John also has strong engineering, construction and technical knowledge with the ability to deliver all phases of multi-discipline projects and possesses the necessary people and coaching skills to help the wider team implement change, generate significant time savings in the engineering and construction program and reduce direct and indirect project costs.

His experience and knowledge are merged with a client focused and results driven approach, combined with a strong emphasis on health and safety and quality of service, John strives for quality, consistency and the delivery of fit for purpose solutions to our clients.