About MEL

The team at MEL Engineering

Mainstream Engineering Ltd (MEL) is a multi-award winning industrial engineering consultancy firm with offices in Kawerau and Nelson, New Zealand. We are also supported by personnel in Auckland and Christchurch. Our engineering consultants have been providing solutions to industry since 2004 as our reputation for excellent service delivery grows.  Our experienced team of professional engineers, project managers, designers, and construction supervisors annually deliver over 50,000 hours of practical, compliant and cost-effective service. Being mobile and responsive, MEL staff work collaboratively with you, applying both technical expertise and practical experience to provide quality engineering and project management support.

We apply what we are good at to provide solutions that allow you to focus on your business and what you are good at.  Mainstream Engineering Ltd are considered by our clients as motivated, practical, solutions-orientated practitioners delivering:

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Impac Prequal certifcation logo

Health and safety systems and other management process used by Mainstream are assessed by the Prequal Certification. This provides the Client with an indication of Mainstream’s ability to perform work that is aligned with good practice and the Client’s own aspirations in these two important areas. Prequal Certification – Engineering (Professional Services Category 3) – was extended for Mainstream Engineering Ltd for a further 2 years in Feb 2021. MEL achieved an impressive overall score of 86% and an assessment rating of 5 stars.

Supplier Ethical Data Exchange Certified Engineers

SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) is a not for profit membership organisation for businesses committed to the continuous improvement of ethical performance within their supply chains.

Mainstream Engineering has been a member of SEDEX since 2012.

Certified Machinery Safety Expert qualification

MEL can supply personnel with CMSE® – Certified Machinery Safety Expert qualification. CMSE® qualification provided by Pilz GmbH & Co. KG is consistent internationally. The training covers all areas, from hazard analysis to the creation of safety concepts, through to actually placing plant and machinery on the market. TÜV NORD certification is proof of the person’s competence in machinery safety.

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MEL December 2018 Newsletter

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Our Management Team

The Mainstream Engineering management team has combined over 150 years of industrial engineering experience. Within industrial engineering, there is not a lot this team has not seen or been directly involved with. We all have a passion for success, strong values, are safety orientated and advocates of the importance of customer satisfaction. This management team keep in touch with and oversee all projects undertaken by MEL, therefore your project directly benefits from their combined experience.

Chris Power

Chris Power


Chris leads the MEL team and believes that people are the most important company asset. He has over 25 years’ experience in the New Zealand Energy Sector and holds tertiary qualifications in Engineering (Electrical), Management and Law. Chris is responsible for all MEL operations, ensuring consistency of service, quality, safety and value, along with the well-being of the MEL team.

Chris’s career has an extensive background leading customer facing teams. As such he is keenly focused on making sure that MEL provides quality engineering and safety services that meet our customer’s needs, and are delivered on time and within budget.

Chris is well experienced with progressing business cases, business analysis, corporate communications and reporting to boards of directors.

Darrin Hawkes

Darrin Hawkes

Special Projects

Darrin is both an accomplished, qualified, professional mechanical engineer, and a time served boilermaker/welder tradesman. He has 30 years combined fabrication, engineering and design experience, making him a versatile and analytically flexible member of the MEL team. He has a unique talent for visualising problems and working with a team to develop solution options.

With a wide range of both practical construction and maintenance experience combined with analytical engineering knowledge, Darrin adds value to any project. Whether climbing into dirty confined spaces to inspect plant or presenting the conclusions of technical analysis to clients, Darrin is motivated and driven to deliver successful results and exceed expectations.

Darrin is the founding member of the Mainstream Engineering team that has steadily attracted a highly skilled and capable team of professional engineers, managers, supervisors, planners and administrative personnel. He recognises and acknowledges the need and benefits of a diverse and experienced leadership team and encourages the autonomy to successfully utilise their capabilities resulting in exceptional overall service.

Dianne Hawkes

Dianne Hawkes

Business Services Manager

Dianne leads the MEL business services team who deliver both internal and external financial and administrative support. Dianne has over 30 years of accounting and business systems development experience in many industries; banking, logistics, manufacturing, public service and private consulting.

Dianne has a passion for setting up business systems. Integrating seamlessly into any team, she identifies where gaps may exist and implements solutions to avoid disruption. Highly skilled with spreadsheets and various financial software applications, she is a management accountant that has a particular eye and skill for extracting, analysing and presenting financial information for project and business lead teams.

Dianne has strong family and friendship values, bringing a more personal dynamic into the MEL lead team. With a strong commitment to work-life balance, she demonstrates how it is possible to achieve professional career success while managing to raise a family and enjoy her passion for scuba diving, horse-riding, motorcycling and travel.

Lynn England

Lynn England

Construction and Projects Manager

Lynn heads the MEL projects and construction group and has accumulated an excess of 35 years’ experience in project management for construction, commissioning, start-up and maintenance of large industrial, complex, multi-facility projects. He has acted in various capacities both on and offshore on program-wide process-driven projects including; power generation, mining, waste water, materials handling, civil engineering, buildings and services, food and beverage, pulp and paper, oil and gas, timber, manufacturing and heavy process industries. He is a specialist manager and has led large teams on heavy industrial, fast-track projects and shutdowns focused on delivering the best performance outcomes with absolute focus and priority on health and safety, the environment and quality.

Lynn leads our project engineers, planners and supervisors and is responsible for the delivery and success of the construction and installation phase of your project.

Andrew Thorpe

Andrew Thorpe

Engineering and Design Manager (interim)

Andrew oversees the MEL engineering and design group and has a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He brings over 35 years of heavy industrial Process Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Project Management experience to MEL. Andrew has significant leadership experience gained working for a large multi-national consultancy and as a senior manager in various organisations.

Andrew has worked in New Zealand, Australia, Asia and Africa where his roles have covered feasibility studies, process design reviews, detailed mechanical design and project, design & construction management in the Pulp & Paper, Chemicals, Power and Mining & Metals industries.

He is responsible for the delivery of engineering solutions that exceed our customer’s expectations.

Colin Brown

Colin Brown

South Island Area Manager

Colin heads up the MEL South Island team based in Nelson and Christchurch. Colin is a qualified Mechanical Engineer with 30 years engineering design and project management experience predominantly in the mining and materials handling sectors.

Colin has excellent technical knowledge, enthusiasm and drive for success that dovetails well into the manner in which MEL supports our clients. Colin’s customer-focused passion assures regular committed service to cement MEL as a long term industrial engineering resource, delivering the wider MEL capabilities into the South Island.

John Bazley

John Bazley

Electrical and Instrumentation Team Manager

John heads up the MEL Electrical and Instrumentation team and joins MEL from a consultancy based project management and team leadership environment.  He brings more than 30 years’ experience in world-wide multi-discipline project delivery and team leadership with a strong background in Electrical and Instrumentation engineering.

This experience has been gained across a variety of industry sectors – Pulp and paper, Geothermal, Mining and metals, Oil sands, Nuclear reprocessing / decommissioning. Petro/chemical, Water and waste, Food and beverage, Oil and gas and Pharmaceuticals.

John also has strong engineering, construction and technical knowledge with the ability to deliver all phases of multi-discipline projects and possesses the necessary people and coaching skills to coach the wider team to implement change, generate significant time savings in the engineering and construction program and reduce direct and indirect project costs.

His experience and knowledge are merged with a client focused and results driven approach, combined with a strong emphasis on health and safety and quality of service. John strives for quality, consistency and the delivery of fit for purpose solutions to our clients.

Greg Brown

Greg Brown

Business Development Manager

Greg oversees business development, customer relationship management and sales & marketing for MEL. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering and has an extensive background in process engineering, technical, production and sales. His experience is predominantly in Pulp and Paper working in New Zealand, Australia, China, Canada and USA.

Greg has spent much of his career in customer focused roles and understands their needs. He enjoys the process of working with customers to help them succeed. Greg’s role is to expand MEL’s customer focus.