Martin Ward has been engaged in many aspects of impact assessment since 1974 in New Zealand, Australia and the wider Pacific region (Fiji, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Brunei, Indonesia). He brings a wide perspective spanning central and local government, major corporate and consultancy.
Martin’s approach to this work is anchored on the purpose of impact assessment. Importantly it is not an end in itself. It is a means, a means by which a project (or policy) proponent, the administrating authority and the public can understand the potential consequences of the activity in advance and work together to maximise its benefits and minimise its adverse effects. Accordingly the impact reports and their assessment or audit should be subject to a rich and flexible process to enable changes in the proposal, conditions of approval and to management plans..
Professor, Strategic Water Management
Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management; a Joint Centre of University of Canterbury and Lincoln University.
Prof Jenkins has been recently appointed as Professor, Strategic Water Management at the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management, a joint centre of the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University. The Centre provides undergraduate and postgraduate courses in water resources management and coordinates research across the universities and Crown Research Institutes in water resource issues.
Prior to this appointment he was chief executive of Environment Canterbury for more than seven years. Environment Canterbury is the regional council for Canterbury whose responsibilities include natural resource management and the development of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.
He was chief executive of the Department of Environmental Protection in Western Australia for seven years. Prior to that, he had more than 20 years experience in environmental management consulting throughout Australia, South East Asia, India and China.
He has a PhD in environmental planning from Stanford University, a masters and first class honours degrees in civil engineering from Adelaide University and a master of administration from Monash University.