Meet the team

Behind the project is a dedicated team made up of staff from Watercare, our contractor Ghella Abergeldie Joint Venture, and a range of suppliers and subcontractors. Together, the team is working towards delivering the project safely, sustainably and to the highest possible standard for the people of Auckland.

Let's meet the team

Meet our Central Interceptor team member Antoine Foulon

Antoine Foulon
Project engineer

He arrived in Christchurch three years ago and now Antoine calls Auckland home. Antoine is not only a project engineer but he's also a drone pilot.

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Meet the Central Interceptor team - Elissa Miller

Elissa Miller
Senior project engineer

She’s travelled across the ditch to work for our contractor Ghella Abergeldie JV. Find out what a typical day looks like for Elissa.

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Meet the Central Interceptor team

Dennis Baumgart
Bentonite plant foreman

He travelled halfway across the world to work on the Central Interceptor, and while he's now moved onto other challenges, German born Dennis certainly made an impact.

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Photo of Peter Lilley underground in the Central Interceptor's tunnel boring machine

Peter Lilley
Tunnel boring operator

Peter is from Dan Carter country, but he's not in the business of kicking goals, instead building tunnels is his jam. Today, take a trip deep underground with him and explore his technocoloured office.

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Photo of project manager Dave Ward underground in the Central Interceptor tunnel

Dave Ward
Project manager 2013-2019

He’s been heavily involved with the project from the get-go, so a short video and a trip down the Māngere Pump Station shaft is the least we can do to say, farewell and good luck. Dave Ward – civil engineer, planner, project manager, mentor, colleague and friend – thank you for being part of our team and stamping your mark on our industry. Go well!

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Central Interceptor executive programme director shayne cunis holding a giant historic shell

Shayne Cunis
Executive programme director

Our team is led by Shayne who oversees procurement and delivery of the project. Along with a degree in civil engineering, Shayne brings more than 20 years’ experience and industry knowledge of water infrastructure to the table.

When he's not at work, you'll find Shayne on a bike or swimming at our local beaches. As he is an avid Ironman competitor, it's all part of his rigorous training regime.

Photo: Shayne with one of the giant historic shells uncovered from our Māngere site.

Photo of our head of health and safety Bronwyn Struthers on site

Bronwyn Struthers
Head of health and safety

Bronwyn (Bron) is a senior organisational development and health safety and wellbeing manager with more than 15 years’ experience in New Zealand and Australian corporates. She's led strategic and operational initiatives that span culture and engagement, recruitment, health, safety and wellbeing. 
Away from work, Bronwyn likes to hang out with friends and family, sing, renovate houses and climbs things.
Photo of stakeholder liaison Brent Evans talking with members of the public

Brent Evans
Head of external and strategic relations

Brent (second from left) and his team work closely with our contractor, Ghella Abergeldie Joint Venture, and together they aim to minimise the impact of construction on stakeholders and local communities. He's spent 30 years working in the public sector managing relationships with elected members and Council.
Outside of work Brent likes to head out on the water and fish the Hauraki Gulf.

Photo: Brent (second from left) explaining the project to local residents at a recent community event.
Photo of Michele Invernizzi who is a member of our Central Interceptor team

Michele Invernizzi
TBM mechanical superintendent

Michele has more than 30 years’ TBM experience, having first trained as a TBM mechanic in 1991. He’s worked on TBM projects all over the world, with his previous role being in France building a 57km tunnel under the Alps for a high-speed train project. He’s no stranger to New Zealand, having worked here in the late 90s building the Mercury vector tunnel in Auckland.

Role on site: He is responsible for assembling, installing and maintaining the TBM along with all its supporting plant and equipment such as rails and trains. This is no small job: at 190 metres long, the TBM has many moving parts and a massive support crew of plant and equipment experts on the surface.

Why do you like the job? Michele says, it’s a great opportunity to travel (when possible) and to find technical solutions for complex challenges.

Outside of work: Water sports and paragliding are his favourite pastimes.
Photo of Central Interceptor team member Sam Bridger

Sam Bridger
TBM mechanic

Working beside those driving the TBM is a team keeping the machine maintained and running smoothly. Sam is one of those team members. He was previously a heavy diesel mechanic but because of COVID his work slowed down and he decided to try something new.

Role on site: Sam and his team are the first team into the tunnel - they check the machine and make sure that all supplies are on hand.

What kind of person can work underground? The TBM cuts through some tough terrain which includes tunnelling under the Manukau Harbour. It’s a hard environment underground so you need to be motivated and able to work continuously. You also need to use your initiative, be passionate about wanting to do well, and eager to learn new things.

Outside of work: Sam likes to go to the beach, head out for a run, and is always keen to indulge in spearfishing.
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