Meritorious Service Awards

23 November 2005

Standards New Zealand recognises the outstanding contributions of individual committee members each year at the Annual Fora.

Awards this year will be presented to: Dr Richard Fenwick, for his contribution to the Loadings Standard and the Structural Concrete Standard; John Stark, who specialised in Pressure Equipment and Welding Standards; Karen Davis, for her work towards infection control and endoscopy Standards; and Reginald Darrough, for his contribution to electrical equipment Standards.

Valued partners of Standards NZ, including committee members, funders, professional associations and industry advisory groups attend the fora in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland to celebrate past achievements and discuss future strategic issues.

Richard Westlake, Chair of the Standards Council, said this year’s award recipients clearly embody the principles of partnership, which are fundamental to developing Standards.

“Over many years, these people have voluntarily contributed valuable knowledge, experience, research and time and have made an immensely positive contribution for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

“The 2005 awards recognise the efforts of four committee members. However, over the years, hundreds of individuals from a wide range of sectors have also made this essential commitment to developing Standards, which improve quality, safety, prosperity and convenience,” said Mr Westlake.

The following descriptions outline the contributions award winners have made to Standards development over many years.


Dr Richard Fenwick has made a significant commitment to Standards over a number of years.  He has made an extremely valuable contribution of knowledge, gained from years of research.

He was a member of the committee that wrote the Loadings Standard, and in recent years, he has spent time working on the replacement of this Standard and the revision of the Structural Concrete Standard.

After obtaining a PhD in civil engineering, Richard spent nine years working as a structural design engineer in New Zealand and the UK.  He then took up a position at the Department of Civil Engineering at Auckland University, where he was involved in structural research and teaching. 

After 27 years at Auckland University, Richard retired in 2002. He moved to Canterbury University’s Department of Civil Engineering.   A considerable portion of this time has been spent on the committee writing the Loadings Standard for earthquake actions, and the committee revising the Structural Concrete Standard. 


John Stark has made an outstanding contribution to Standards, industry and government. 

He has been involved in the pressure equipment and welding industries for several decades, for both the Marine Division of the Ministry of Transport and the Occupational Safety and Health Service.

He has represented New Zealand interests on the joint Australian New Zealand Pressure Equipment committee (ME-001) for nearly 20 years, chairing the committee for the past three years.  He has also been a member of the Qualification tests for metal arc welders (4711) committee for 15 years, and has put in a huge amount of work on the New Zealand Standard to match ISO 16528.

John represents Standards New Zealand on the ISO TC-11 committee and its working committee.  Contributing to the safety components of Standards is a top priority for John.

John always consults widely to ensure the best outcome for both industry and government. John has an expansive knowledge and is a meticulous researcher. He produces original ideas and provides constructive criticism. His contributions show a great deal of insight.


Karen Davis has devoted seven years as a conscientious leader and contributor to Standards development.  She made an outstanding commitment as chair of the Infection Control Standard committee in 1999, and she is currently chairing the committee responsible for reviewing this Standard.

Karen also chaired the Infection Control Audit Tool  committee, which developed a workbook to support the Infection Control Standard.  And Karen was a valuable member of the Processing of Endoscopes  committee.

Karen applies her extensive practical experience and academic research skills to Standards committees. She is always well prepared, and refers to evidence-based methodology, and national and international research.

Karen has shown outstanding commitment to high professional standards both individually and in her support for other health professionals. Karen is a clear communicator, and is always professional and generous in sharing her knowledge, skills and time.


Reginald Darrough has made an outstanding and valuable commitment to Standards development over three decades.  His career in the electrical industry spans 50 years, specialising in product design and electrical equipment safety, along with equipment performance.

Reg’s vast contribution includes: 30 yrs participation and 20 yrs as Chair for Safety of electronic equipment; 20 years as Chair for Microwave oven performance; Chair since 1988 for In-service testing and inspection of electrical equipment; 30 years participation in Safety of household and similar electrical appliances; and 25 years participation in Fire hazard testing.

During this time, Reg encouraged the take-up of the IEC process of standardisation.

On retiring and setting up a consultancy business in 1995, Reg maintained his membership in Standards Committees and continues to contribute as Chair, Standards writer and interpreter.

Reg has made an extraordinary contribution of time and knowledge to developing Standards, which all contribute to enhanced safety and quality.