Diana Stil - key speaker at the 2012 World Demolition Summit

By Lindsay Gale06 August 2012

Diana Stil, president of the New Zealand Asbestos & Demolition Association

Diana Stil, president of the New Zealand Asbestos & Demolition Association

One of the key speakers at the 2012 World Demolition Summit - and quite likely the furthest travelled - will be Diana Stil from New Zealand contractor Nikau. Her overview of that country's demolition industry to the events that saw the city of Christchurch devastated following a major earthquake is certain to be one of the presentations of the day.

As the current president of the New Zealand Demolition and Asbestos Association (NZDAA), Diana is proud to represent New Zealand's premiere demolition and asbestos companies and is committed to improving the overall operating environment within the sector.

Diana is co-founder and co-director of Nikau Contractors, one of New Zealand's leading demolition and salvage companies. Given her 30 years' experience, extensive practical and technical knowledge of the industry, the benefit of her 'hands on' involvement with the business is clear; ensuring that each and every project is planned and executed with the utmost precision and consideration for the broader impact of deconstruction activity.

She is an Industry specific professional to the New Zealand Contracting ITO advising on the development and formation of national qualifications and unit standards for the demolition industry, participated as an industry advisor for the review of the Demolition Code of Practice to government for the development of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992.

In addition, she has held directorships on the boards of other external companies, Held Trustee and Treasurer position on external Auckland based Trust Board with a realised asset base in excess of NZ$126 million and developed in co-ordination with external consultants on the design, formulation and implementation of the Company's Health and Safety, Environmental and Quality Assurance management systems.

Diana is fully experienced in the practical methods and applications of demolition and salvage recovery, works effectively with principals, head contractors, architects, engineers, other contractors, local authorities and government agencies.

Finally, she headed and wrote the current industry best practice guidelines for Asbestos Removal Work, endorsed by the Department of Labour and headed and wrote the new industry best practice guidelines for Demolition Work soon to replace the current Code of Practice for Demolition Work.

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