Our Team

The Irricon Resource Solutions team is the leading environmental consultancy based throughout Canterbury and Otago.

  • Our Team
  • Keri Johnston - Director
  • Haidee McCabe - Director
  • Gary Rae - Director
  • Nia Edwards
  • Nicola Scott
  • Sarah Rickard
  • Hannah Manson
  • Nicole Phillips
  • Melissa Cowan
  • Jack Christensen
  • Ben Howden
  • Nicky Watt
  • Bridget Pringle
  • Al McCabe
  • Malcolm Read
  • Kathryn Bampton

Our Team

Our Team

Irricon Resource Solutions are a skilled team of 17, with offices in Ashburton and Timaru, with staff located from North Canterbury to North Otago.

Keri Johnston - Director

Keri Johnston - Director

Natural Resources Engineer 

03 308 8587    027 220 2425
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BE(hons) Natural Resources, Professional Member of IPENZ, Chartered Professional Engineer, National Certificate in Irrigation Evaluation, National Certificate in the Design and Management of Farm Dairy Effluent Systems, RMA Decision Maker.

As a Chartered Professional Engineer, Keri specialises in natural resources projects; regional planning, water allocation, water quality, groundwater and surface water abstractions, farm dairy effluent systems, and irrigation systems.

She is also experienced in all aspects of design and construction of environmental infrastructure; working as an expert witness in planing and resource consent hearings, and the environment and high courts. Keri is a certified RMA decision maker.

 

 

Haidee McCabe - Director

Haidee McCabe - Director

Environmental Consultant 

  03 308 8587 Ext 4        021 686 006
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Haidee has been involved with various irrigation based companies since 1998 on completion of a Bachelor of Resource Studies at Lincoln University. She has mainly been based in South Canterbury but also having worked in Western Australia and throughout the South Island. Roles have included environmental consulting for large irrigation schemes and projects, irrigation design and sales through to her current role since 2005 on a wide range of projects.

Haidee’s expertise is consents for surface water irrigation projects: from on-farm through to larger scheme projects; coordinating consent requirements with irrigation designers; consents for hydro schemes, often in conjunction with irrigation; project management and technical interface of irrigation related projects, including the development of catchments plans, either water quantity or quality; various farm consents, including dairy, land use and earthworks through to stakeholder and community liaison.

Gary Rae - Director

Nia Edwards

Nia Edwards

Manager of Finance & IT

021 242 5383
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Batchelor Business Degree Accountancy/Management

Nia has joined our team as Manager of Finance and IT. Originally from Wales Nia has lived in New Zealand for nearly 30 years. Nia trained as an Accountant in New Zealand and has worked throughout the country in commercial and local government roles. Nia and her husband moved to South Canterbury after living on the West Coast for 11 years where she had her own business as an MYOB Consultant, Accountant and Trainer. Now, in the equestrian hub of South Canterbury she is often found out riding.

Nicola Scott

Nicola Scott

Environmental Consultant

0272 426 990
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BSc in Agriculture

Nicola grew up in the South East of Scotland where she graduated with a BSc in Agriculture before coming to New Zealand. She then worked and travelled her way around the South Island on various farms before meeting her partner and settling in South Canterbury. She has recently joined us from working as an Advisory Officer for Environment Canterbury and is responsible for the water quality monitoring, FEP audit and compliance administration and co-ordinating the field work. Outside of work Nicola spends a lot of her time with her horses, hunting or out enjoying the lifestyle New Zealand offers.

Sarah Rickard

Sarah Rickard
Environmental Consultant

  03 308 8587 Ext 72        021 242 5593
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BSc. – Zoology, MSc. Hons – Environmental Science. Sarah specialises in ground and surface water consents for irrigation and working with farmers to make them practical and manageable. She also focusses on the preparation of Farm Environment Plans (FEPS) and fresh water ecology.

Sarah is also experienced in liaising with regional and district council staff in the preparation of applications such as Assessments of Environmental Effects (AEE). Along with working with farm managers and other staff on compliance issues. Her Masters of Science involved analysing the effects of dairy farming on fresh water environments. In the past she has worked in the resource management field with Bowden Environmental and then Sylait, as well as spending six years in the UK.

Hannah Manson

Hannah Manson

Environmental Consultant

03 308 8587 Ext 5 022 0488 556
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BSc (Ecology), P.G.Dip. (Environmental Management), Certificate in Sustainable Nutrient Management.

Hannah has spent much of her working life directly or indirectly involved in the agricultural sector. Re-training in Environmental Management through Massey University, Hannah is a recent addition to the Irricon team. She is involved in various aspects of the business including preparing resource consent applications and Farm Environmental Plans, water quality monitoring, compliance monitoring and OVERSEER. Outside of Irricon, Hannah enjoys spending time with her children and friends camping and socialising.

Nicole Phillips

Melissa Cowan

Melissa Cowan

Environmental Consultant

  03 308 8587 Ext 9        021 0253 1124
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B.Sc. and M.Sc. (Hons) (Freshwater Ecology) and P.G. Dip (Resource Studies).

Melissa has worked in the resource management and environmental fields since 1999, as a Senior Consents Investigating Officer and Water Quality Scientist for Environment Canterbury for seven years; a Town Planner at a District Council in the UK for a year; and since 2007 as an Environmental Consultant.

Melissa has technical expertise in designing, implementing and reporting on freshwater ecological assessments, including fish, macro-invertebrate and habitat assessments. In addition, she has extensive experience in the preparation of resource consents for a range of activities required for both Regional and District Councils, including dairy conversions, surface and groundwater abstractions and land-use activities. Some recent projects include the preparation of resource consents and carrying out in-stream assessments for the proposed Christchurch Southern Motorway Stage 2; and for a large-scale dairy conversion.

Melissa currently farms with her husband in North Canterbury where they crop and run dairy grazers. This farming experience combines well with her employment and gives her a good understand of the issues farmers face and practical ways to ensure good environmental outcomes. 

Jack Christensen

Jack Christensen

Environmental Consultant 

  03 308 8587 Ext 3         027 242 5300
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B.EMP

Jack grew up on a small farm in South Canterbury. He has a varied background, largely in adventure tourism. Re-training and graduating from Lincoln University with a degree in environmental management and planning has led to work in the environmental management field. Jack worked as compliance monitoring officer for Environment Canterbury before joining the Irricon team.

Jack is responsible for the management of the CompliancePro aspect of the business, assisting consent holders to manage and stay on top of ever growing compliance requirements.

Jack is involved in preparing resource consent applications for both Regional and District Councils as well as concession applications with the Department of Conservation. Much of his work focuses on land use consents such as those required for irrigation storage and pipelines, works in and around waterways, stream realignments and gravel takes. Other work that Jack is involved in includes surface water abstractions, dairy discharges and the preparation of Farm Environment Plans. Jack enjoys spending time with his young family, showing them some the amazing sights and recreational opportunities that can be found around the South Island, the region and in our own backyard.

Ben Howden

Ben Howden

Environmental Consultant

  03 308 8587 ext 73        0212420023
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BSc (Geology), MEnvSci, Advanced Certificate in Sustainable Nutrient Management, Approved Farm Environment Plan Auditor (ECan)

Ben grew up on a farm in mid Canterbury which led to work for various farming enterprises during his education years.

Ben is experienced in dairy discharge consenting, land use consenting and preparation of Farm Environmental Plans (FEPs). In the past he has worked in a farm consultancy and management company focussing on financial modelling, board governance reporting, farm system analysis and implementation, irrigation development, and OVERSEER modelling and FEP/SMP (Sustainable Milk Plan) preparation.

Ben focusses on the preparation of FEP’s/SMP’s and OVERSEER scenario modelling for farm system changes to achieve nutrient loss goals/requirements and farm profitability. Ben enjoys hunting, fishing and diving; along with anything else that involves the outdoors.

Nicky Watt

Nicky Watt

Environmental Consultant

   021 2201 136
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B Agr Sci (Hons), Advance Certificate in Sustainable Nutrient Management, Certified Nutrient Management Advisor, Dairy Farm Consultant (since 1997).

Nicky was brought up on a Sheep and Beef farm in the Hawkes Bay before marrying a Waikato dairy farmer . Nicky moved to Mid Canterbury (2005) to continue dairy farming with irrigation. Nicky and her husband farm 3000 cows on stony Lismore soils, in a red zone under LWRP Plan Change 3 rules so understands the farmer side of nutrient management issues!

Nicky’s focus is in completing Overseer Nutrient Budgets, preparing farm environment plans and preparation of land use and dairy consents. Nicky plans to use her dairy farm consultancy skills to help farmers navigate their way through their nutrient management issues, sustainably and profitably.

Bridget Pringle

Al McCabe

Malcolm Read

Kathryn Bampton

Timaru

16 Hilton Highway
+64 3 308 8587
0800 irricon

Ashburton

159 Alford Forest Rd
+64 3 308 8587
0800 irricon

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