Engineering NZ – Distinguished Fellows and New Fellows, 2020

Leading the future of Engineering in New Zealand

In early March Engineering New Zealand announced their 2020 Fellows. And we’re extremely proud to celebrate two of our very own Holmes people!

Des Bull, Technical Director here at Holmes Consulting, was honoured by being made a Distinguished Fellow. And our Principal, Structures – Hamish McKenzie, was announced as a Fellow. Both Des and Hamish have been recognised as leaders by their peers, and for their ongoing efforts in making a significant contribution to engineering.

2020 Distinguished Fellow, Engineering New Zealand
Des Bull DistFEngNZ, CPEng

Des has been elected a Distinguished Fellow of Engineering New Zealand for his contribution to structural engineering practice. Des has held senior roles in the profession, including Technical Director here at Holmes and the Holcim Adjunct Professor of Concrete Design at the University of Canterbury. He’s a key player for helping create the USAR engineer service in New Zealand, which was highly important in the aftermath of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. For almost 30 years, Des has been a regular presenter at industry training seminars and a major contributor to the New Zealand Standards for Concrete Structures and Seismic Design Actions. Including being the author or editor of many widely used national and international guidance publications, as well as devoting much of his personal time to mentor others, whether they are fellow colleagues, undergraduates, and postgraduate students. Read more about Des’ achievements here.

2020 Fellow, Engineering New Zealand
Hamish McKenzie FEngNZ

With over 20 years of structural engineering experience in New Zealand and overseas, Hamish is a great source of knowledge for the team here at Holmes, but his generosity with his knowledge doesn’t stop there! Hamish is the current President of the Structural Engineering Society and is recognised for his leading involvement in the structural engineering profession and wider industry initiatives. Currently, Hamish is one of our Principal, Structures here at Holmes, based in our Wellington office, and his project experience includes the structural design, seismic assessment and strengthening of several well-known Wellington buildings, many of which have been presented at national and international conferences and recognised in global engineering awards. Read more about Hamish’s achievements here.


Congratulations to both Des and Hamish on such a wonderful accolade acknowledging not just your engineering knowledge and experience but also your leadership in the New Zealand engineering community too.