Wai Comply Taranaki

Our Team

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Chief Executive Officer (CEO) / Kaiwhakahaere

Déirdre came to Taranaki in 2005 after spending almost a decade working in overseas development, most recently in East Timor working in Food Security. Déirdre is an experienced Senior Manager with extensive experience in Biosecurity Surveillance, and Emergency Response Operations Management, Public Health and Community Development. Déirdre has worked across the Community, Government, and Public Sector in New Zealand.

Déirdre spends a lot of her spare time in water, Diving, Caving and Open Water Swimming. A keen Triathlete and Bikepacker, cycling the backroads of Taranaki and the Waikato.

Déirdre was excited to join the team at Wai Comply in 2020 and take on the role of CEO. She is currently completing her Executive MBA with Massey University.

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Quality & Administration Manager

Tracey has lived in Taranaki most of her life and loves the lifestyle and opportunities the region provides. Educated at Victoria University in Wellington, Tracey holds a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in Management, Marketing and Human Resource Industrial Relations.

Tracey is a highly accomplished ‘jack of all trades’ with vast experience and knowledge in Quality Management Systems, Human Resource Management, Marketing, CRM Management and Internal Auditing.  She brings an essential quality management element to the Wai Comply Team.  Away from work, Tracey enjoys an active lifestyle with her young family.

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Co-Founder | Senior Compliance Advisor | Drinking Water Assessor

Matt grew up and studied in the coolest capital in the world (Wellington), worked in Auckland before he made Taranaki his home. Matt has Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Environmental Health from Massey University, a Diploma in Drinking Water Assessment, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Travel Medicine from Otago School of Medicine.

Matt had worked in the public sector for 12 + years and has held a number of roles from management, regulatory inspector (Health Protection Officer and Biosecurity Officer) to fulfilling various emergency management roles during natural disasters before cofounding Wai Comply in 2017. Matt's fulfils many roles in the business, but his main role is a Drinking Water Assessor. In addition, Matt has fulfilled specialist functions such as a Technical Expert for International Accreditation New Zealand, and work on a range of Ministry of Health public health working groups.

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Co-Founder | Senior Compliance Advisor | Drinking Water Assessor

Josh hails from Gisborne where he spent most of his time growing up on the beautiful east coast beaches. As you would expect, Gisborne is also where Josh entered the Drinking Water Industry as a Water Treatment Operator working for the Gisborne District Council. After fulfilling his training goals and spending some time reflecting, Josh continued further studies in Civil Engineering and utilised this knowledge in a number of different roles related to both Water Supply and Wastewater.

Ready for a change, the move to Taranaki in 2012 was a natural fit for the whānau of whom had multiple connections to the region. Josh initially worked as an Engineering Officer for Stratford District Council then found a home as a specialist Drinking Water Advisor for the Taranaki District Health Board. After completing time in the Drinking Water Assessment sector, Josh finally decided with encouragement from friends and family, to start Wai Comply Limited with Matt in 2017.

In his free time, Josh loves whanau time with his wife and two children. He is an avid sportsman, and loves all things related to the ocean.

Grateful for both the personal and working relationships formed over the years, Josh is excited to offer a service that could assist all sectors of the Drinking Water Industry in ensuring public health.



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Senior Compliance Advisor

Scott is a Wellingtonian, having worked in the public health setting across NZ and overseas before returning to the windy shores of Te Whanganui-a-Tara. He studied science before gaining further qualifications in environmental health, drinking water assessment and resource planning.

His early career included local government and district health board roles in the Coromandel as well as the eastern and western Bay of Plenty. A move back to Wellington in the early 2000's saw further specialisation in drinking water safety and quality, including supply assessment work across the region.

A subsequent move to a senior advisor role at the Ministry of Health included work with a number of national drinking water projects such as the small supplies subsidy scheme and the drinking water online database. It was during this time that Scott was involved with the Crown response to the Havelock North drinking-water Inquiry, including the provision of evidence and expert caucus recommendations.

Before joining Wai Comply, Scott held a public health specialist position at WSP, one of NZ’s largest engineering companies. This included assisting clients with water safety planning, water quality monitoring, training and water operations.

Scott is married with two children and in his spare time is found honing his skills in gardening, snowboarding, motorcycling, pinball and dog walking.

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Senior Compliance Advisor | Drinking Water Assessor

Matt is based in Nelson and has over 25 years public health experience firstly with the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board and as a public health consultant over the last decade.

Matt has a Diploma in Environmental Health Science and a Post-graduate Diploma in Drinking Water Assessment. Matt has specialised in drinking water compliance and has worked with most District Health Boards in New Zealand as a Drinking Water Assessor and also to the World Health Organisation as a Water Sanitation & Hygiene Specialist. While spending a number of years predominantly working on water safety planning in the pacific islands, he now focuses his work closer to home. This has included drinking water work for the Department of Conservation, Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) and the Ministry of Health.

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Senior Compliance Advisor

Howard has over 28 years’ experience of working in the water industry both overseas and in New Zealand. Back In 2005 he took an opportunity to move to Aotearoa from England and hasn’t looked back since. As a civil engineering graduate, he started his water career with Wessex Water, one of the ten UK water companies. Initially focused on training to become a professional engineer, extensive experience was gained in all aspects of water engineering from project appraisal and design through to construction supervision and project management. He is familiar with big change, living through the UK water industry privatisation and the establishment of economic and quality regulation.
The draw to New Zealand was overwhelming and the work challenging, so he made the move to South Taranaki where he has remained ever since. At the District Council his focus was on water upgrades to achieve compliance and the embedding of asset management into the organisation.
Relationships are paramount in both his professional and personal life. Married with two grown up children he finds being a Grandad is awesome! He can be found out and about experiencing the natural beauty of Taranaki, or tinkering around in the shed – hopefully soon with a classic car.