At DB Consulting Engineers our strength lies in our great team – a diverse group of dedicated professionals who all share similar values. We make sure our engineers and their supporting teams of technicians and administrative staff are given the opportunity to continuously develop their professional skills to the highest level. We also aim to support within the company a culture encouraging both experience and personality.
So, get to know the people behind DB Consulting Engineers, and the team members that you will be working with on your project.
After graduating Derek worked in the UK for two years before moving to work in Bahrain (Middle East) for three years.
Then after 6 months travelling he arrived in Taupo on a clear, frosty November morning and decided that this would be a great place to live. Good decision. Derek stayed and worked in Taupo for 5 years before heading back overseas, first working for a year in Bahrain again and then in Hong Kong for five years.
Derek started the engineering business, Derek Booth Consultancy, in 1984 after returning to Taupo. He also stepped up farming from a 30-hectare block with 250 goats to a 130-hectare farm with 100 cattle and 1000 sheep. Too labour intensive, the sheep were later to be replaced with 300 dairy heifers.
The business grew, becoming DB Consulting Engineers and moving from a shared office to a shop in Hilltop Shopping Centre, then to its own premises on Spa Road, and finally to the current head office site. The business now also has offices in Hamilton and Auckland.
Away from work Derek has had various interests over the years including running, four-wheel-drive rallying (with Land Rover series II and Suzuki sj560 vehicles) and sailing Young 5.7 and 7.8 yachts. He is a keen mountain biker and also owns horses, enjoying stock work, hunting, eventing and endurance riding.
In 1996 Carolyn started working with Derek Booth when DB Consulting Engineers was in its infancy.
Initially working one day a week as the only office administrator she has overseen the business as it has thrived and grown, and at the same time managed to develop and expand her own experience. Having done most of the jobs in the office during her career she knows the business and client base in detail.
Both Carolyn and Derek have always focused on running a family orientated business with extremely high ethical standards and producing top quality work. They both believe that work should be a happy, interesting place where the team and clients are both greatly valued.
Carolyn loves living and working in Taupo with her husband – particularly during the wonderful sunny summers. Outside of work her interests revolve around family, friends and fun ways to keep fit and healthy. She makes sure to have regular trips away with family and friends.
Jeet joined the DB Consulting Engineers team in 2010 after completing his post-graduate Master of Engineering studies at the University of Auckland.
Previously he had worked for five years with an engineering consultancy in Hamilton. During his time there he was responsible for set up their overseas office, drawing on the experience he had gained from his Graduate Diploma in Business Studies from Wintec, Hamilton.
Jeet now successfully manages the DB Consulting Engineers branch office in Auckland. He believes there is a great deal of potential for the business to expand and grow in the booming Auckland building market.
Outside of work Jeet enjoys spending quality time with his family and friends and watching movies.
Barry joined DB Consulting Engineers in 2003 bringing with him a wide range of experience from the construction engineering trade in the UK.
Whilst working for 10 years with International Consultant Ove Arup & Partners in London Barry qualified as an Associate Member of the Institute of Structural Engineers. He then worked for a further 20 years as a Senior Engineer at two other engineering consultancies in the UK where he was responsible for residential and retail jobs (both refurbishments and new built) which ranged in budget from small to $16-million projects.
Barry moved to New Zealand from England with his wife and three sons one of whom, Joe, now also works for DB Consulting Engineers. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, swimming, running, competing in local sports events – and fishing. He is also a keen imbiber of New Zealand wines.
Neil joined DB Consulting Engineers in 2013 bringing with him substantial and wide-ranging experience in both civil and structural engineering. He had previously been working with WSP Global Group in the Middle East and Asia specialising in high rise buildings and was involved in a number of the high-profile building projects in the region.
Since his engineering career started in 1991 he has become one of the few engineers in the Philippines to be awarded with the status of Specialist in Structural Engineering from the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines.
Neil is a professional Member of IPENZ (The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand) and a member of various international engineering organizations such as ASCE, SESOC, NZSEE, ISSEP, ASEP and PICE. He is also an International Professional Engineer / APEC Engineer and a Chartered Professional Engineer in the ASEAN Community.
Outside work, Neil enjoys spending quality time with his family.
Abegail graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Mapua Institute of Technology, Manila in the Philippines. She then worked as an engineer in Singapore and New Zealand before joining DB Consulting Engineers in 2009.
She specialises in cold formed structure design such as portal shed buildings and storage racking. However, she is also experienced in producing engineering designs with other materials such as timber, concrete and structural steel.
Abegail met her husband in Taupo and now considers this her new home. They have two daughters, and Abegail appreciates the great balance between continuing her career and enjoying family life that working with DB Consulting Engineers offers. She says, “It feels great to be able to cook dinner and be productive work-wise, without feeling exhausted at the end of the day.”
Michael provides specialist geotechnical expertise to our projects. Michael graduated in 2000 from University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Engineering and gained Chartered Engineer status in 2008.
He has spent three years working in the UK and Canada on various civil engineering projects before joining the Auckland based Tonkin & Taylor in 2004, where he specialised in land-slip assessment and remediation, and larger basement foundations projects. Michael moved to Taupo and joined the DB Consulting Engineers team in 2013.
Michael provides support to our civil and geotechnical jobs across the company, as well as expanding on structural engineering work. Michael is Chartered in both Geotechnical and Structural disciplines, and provides a cohesive link between the two engineering fields.
Ethan was born in Auckland but bought up in Coromandel. He now lives in Hamilton with his wife and two daughters.
Ethan’s training and work experience is in geotechnical, structural engineering, and slope stability work. Having recently built his own home, he combines practical skills with design experience and is an excellent engineer contact for the Hamilton office. His past engineering experience also includes surveying, road and utility construction and building.
Ethan enjoys both watching and taking part in sports. He keeps up-to-date with boxing and UFC and watches the CrossFit games each year. When he gets the opportunity he heads to Coromandel to do some adventure racing, and is aiming to complete the Spartan Race in Brisbane, Australia, with his wife and cousins.
Anthea brings environmental engineering specialty to the team and has been consulting for DB Consulting Engineers since 2014 on a range of wastewater, stormwater and environmental projects. She joins us from the University of Auckland where she has worked for over eight years as a lecturer and course co-ordinator in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She previously worked for three years at URS on civil and wastewater projects. With a BE in Environmental Engineering and a PhD in Civil Engineering, Anthea has been involved in a range of research projects in phytoremediation, contaminant fate and transport, and wastewater treatment.
Andy graduated from Auckland University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering.
For five years before joining DB Consulting Engineers in 2016 Andy had been based in Nelson working for a contractor to Transpower. His roles included providing engineering support, maintenance and project managing for the electrical power transmission line up-grade.
Previous to this Andy had a wide range of experience in the engineering business including working on the water and waste water infrastructure for Auckland, engineering carbon fibre for manufacture and testing air emissions in saw mills and factories in the North Island.
And all this while managing to run away and travel around New Zealand and overseas.
Joe’s main passion lies in cars. In the short 5 years behind the wheel, he has owned 11 vehicles, working on all of them in his garage. He enjoys getting his hands dirty working on other cars as well as his own. When he’s not in the garage he’s usually enjoying a cold beer with his friends.
Jamie started with DB Consulting Engineers at the beginning of 2016, he manages the site inspection administration for the Waikato Region whilst also undertaking onsite work. Jamie’s passion is in the sports and outdoors especially wake boarding, regularly travelling back home to Taupo to make the most of the river and lake. Jamie is also an avid car enthusiast – owning 4 sports cars over the last 2 years.
Wake boarding in the summer with family and friends.
With six years experience in the construction trade Paul joined DB Consulting Engineers in 2012. As a CAD draftsperson he is responsible for drawing up and amending plans for both commercial and residential buildings.
Paul’s favourite project has been Lusty’s Lagoon – the swimming pool, grotto and bar at the Taupo Top Ten Holiday Park. It was very different to all the previous plans he had drafted and he enjoyed watching it take shape as the project progressed.
When not at work Paul like to get out into the bush with his young son Lachlan for some pig hunting, although they spend more time looking for puddles for Lachlan to ride his bike in than looking for pigs.
Mark and his wife moved to New Zealand in 2008. He joined the DB Consulting Engineers team in 2016 as a CAD draftsperson drawing and amending structural engineering design plans.
During his career Mark has been a draftsman in the mechanical, electrical and civil industries, and still enjoys the trade, learning new things all the time.
In 1999 Mark took up scuba diving and he has since dived 265 times, spending a total of 8 days (192 hours) under water. His favorite dive experiences have been with manta rays and snorkeling with humpback whales.
Barbara joined DB Consulting Engineers in 2011 and since then her role has grown as the business has grown. From just a few hours a week she now works full-time in her current role as Accounts Manager.
Originally from Ireland Barbara and her family have spent the past fifteen years moving between Ireland and New Zealand but now she calls Taupo home.
Her favourite past-time is to get out for long walks on crisp winter days, when the is sun shining.
Mary and her family relocated to Taupo after living in Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia for 5 years.
When not at work Mary enjoys being in, on or near the water whether that is sea, lake or river.
Ko Maungapohatu te mā
Ko Ohinemataroa te awa
Ko Mataatua te waka *
Ko Tuhoe Potiki tōku tīpuna *
Ko Tuhoe tōku iwi
Ko Waikirikiri tōku marae *
Ko Mary tōku ingoa
The mountain that I affiliate to is Maungapohatu
The river that I affiliate to is Ohinemataroa
The waka that I affiliate to is Mataatua
My (founding) ancestor is Tuhoe Potiki
My tribe is Tuhoe
My marae is Waikirikiri
My name is Mary
Cecilia is originally from Wellington but has been living in Taupo now for over 12 years. She joined DB Consulting Engineers in 2016 bringing with her an extensive background in administration, mainly in New Zealand but also abroad.
A late comer to the world of keep fit she enjoys yoga, has started running and aims to do as many of New Zealand’s Great Walks as possible.
Jenny has recently joined the DBCON Team, returning to Taupo after 8 years away. Easy to forget how cold it gets here but easy to remember the fantastic scenery. When not at work you’ll find her in front of the fire with a glass of wine watching rugby on TV (far too cold to go out and exercise). Come summer you’ll see her out walking, swimming and enjoying the lake.
Very new to this type of work, however I am enjoying learning all the different aspects of structural, geotechnical, civil and environmental engineering.
Catching up with family and friends, especially with the kids – daughter in Christchurch, son in Auckland.
Rachel was born and grew up in Taupo but enjoyed her young adult years in Port Douglas, North Queensland, Australia. She joined DB Consulting Engineers in 2016, re-entering the work force after embarking on motherhood.
Rachel and her husband have chosen her hometown of Taupo to raise their three children. They all have a huge love for the great outdoors and use Taupo to its full potential.
Rachel loves being a part of the DB Consulting Engineers team where everyone has been so warm and friendly, and they have mastered the balance of work and a family friendly environment. They have made the transition back into the workforce for Rachel extremely enjoyable.
Catherine recently moved to Taupo from north of the Bombay Hills joining DB Consulting Engineers in 2018.
She has a background in technical recruitment where she was working with design, manufacturing and contract engineering businesses. She is looking forward to get to know and support DB Consulting Engineers’ customers with their projects.
She and her husband are currently building a home on a bare land section and plan to make it an equestrian delight for their horses.