About MEL

Mainstream Engineering Ltd (MEL) is a multi-award winning industrial engineering consultancy firm with offices in Kawerau and Nelson, New Zealand and supported by personnel in Waikato and Christchurch. We 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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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.

Darrin Hawkes (Director)

Darrin Hawkes (Director)

Business Development and 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 and has steadily attracted a highly skilled and capable team of professional engineers, managers, supervisors, planners and administrative personnel. As directors of MEL, he and Dianne recognise and acknowledge the need and benefits of a diverse and experienced leadership team and encourage the autonomy to successfully utilise their capabilities resulting in exceptional overall service.

Dianne Hawkes (Director)

Dianne Hawkes (Director)

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.

Warrick Moore

Warrick Moore

General Manager

Warrick leads the MEL management team with over 35 years engineering and management experience in heavy production industries including pulp & paper, power, thermal and hydro. He has significant capital project management experience and has managed larger size teams of technical people in maintenance and capital engineering groups. Warrick is well experienced with progressing business cases, capital project approvals, corporate communications and reporting to boards of directors.

Warrick is responsible for all MEL operations, ensuring consistency of service, quality, safety and value, along with the well-being of the MEL staff.

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.

Neale Kent

Neale Kent

Engineering and Design Manager

Neale oversees the MEL engineering and design group and with his 35+ years engineering design and leadership experience is well suited to guide the diverse capability of the MEL engineering team.

Neale has wide industrial experience, commencing with alumina refining in Australia carrying out project and maintenance engineering roles. Then his career led him to the sugar industry, culminating in the role of engineering manager for BSL group mills.

Relocating to NZ in 2010, he has gained extensive experience in the pulp and paper industry. Initially as engineering manager for two large kraft pulp and paper mills, Neale led a large team overseeing the capital and major maintenance programmes and assisted with the strategic development of both facilities.

Neale joined Mainstream Engineering in June 2018 as engineering team manager bringing his diverse industry experience along with systematic and analytically decisive leadership.

Colin Brown

Colin Brown

South Island Area Manager

Colin heads up the MEL South Island team of 3 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.

As a relatively new member of the MEL team, heading up the office in a new location 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 greater South Island.