Wai Comply Limited

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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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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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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Technical 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. 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 the small supplies subsidy scheme and support 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 Consultancy.

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

Grant King
Drinking Water Assessor | Senior Compliance Advisor

Growing up in Taupō gave Grant an appreciation for the value of freshwater. A Bachelor of Health Sciences and Diploma in Drinking-water led to health protection roles at Hutt Valley and Bay of Plenty District Health Boards. Working in a range of areas including drinking-water assessment, public health disease outbreak investigations and recreational water quality has provided a broad range of experiences to draw on when supporting the drinking-water sector.

Highlights for Grant included being Technical Manager for an IANZ-accredited drinking-water inspection body and being enlisted as a member of the New Zealand Medical Assistance Team.

Grant enjoys spending time on the end of a spade, being outdoors with his family, and playing various musical instruments. When it comes to providing safe drinking-water, Grant is passionate about solving problems and finding solutions.

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Drinking Water Assessor | Senior Compliance Advisor

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.

Senior Compliance Advisor

Sarah is of Ngāti Kahugunu descent and is based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. She has over 25 years’ experience in the water industry. Starting her water career as a Laboratory Technician with Works Consultancy she then moved from the laboratory to the classroom and developed her skills as an education specialist.

Sarah has extensive experience in the development of learning resources and the delivery of training and assessment to water industry staff throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific. She has a multi-disciplined skill set with experience in water treatment, wastewater treatment and reticulation systems.

In her spare time, she enjoys Zumba, exploring Te Ao Māori and spending time with whānau.


Environmental Advisor

Born and raised in New Plymouth, Dawson appreciates all aspects of the Taranaki lifestyle. In mid-2021 he completed his Bachelor of Science at The University of Auckland double majoring in Environmental Science and Marine. Dawson has returned to Wai Comply in the role of Environmental Advisor after thoroughly enjoying his Summer Internship with the Company.

Dawson has a significant interest in freshwater ecology and waterway health, in addition to a broad curiosity surrounding marine ecosystems.

Dawson enjoys spending time in the ocean as a certified PADI Open Water Diver and passionate surfer.