The Team

​​Our key personnel are detailed below

Chris Kinley

Head of Laboratory Services

Qualification - Business Studies (Hons), Associate Chartered Management Accountant

With over 20 years' senior commercial management experience across diverse sectors and roles, and a globally recognised professional qualification in management accounting, Chris is a strategic, adaptable and resourceful leader who can be relied on to consistently deliver client solutions on time and in budget. His international experience in competitive service-orientated organisations has given him a breadth of knowledge and experience encompassing customer services, field service operations, business development, customer retention and financial disciplines.  With 8 years relevant experience in the New Zealand water industry as a senior manager in Watercare, Chris has a sound appreciation of the responsibilities and objectives that Watercare and our customers have in common.

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Phone - 027 445 7227

Dr You-Sing Yong

Operations Manager

Qualification - PhD (Chemistry), MBA  

Dr Yong has been with Watercare Laboratory Ser vices since 2001. Prior to joining Watercare Laboratory Services, he carried out research and d evelopment in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. He has significant experience in chemical manufacturing facilities and analytical consulting laboratories. He is responsible for the ongoing and long term operations of the laboratory. His expertise in environmental chemistry, water analysis, wastewater analysis and business acumen ensures Dr Yong can assist clients in achieving their objectives.

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Phone - 021 937 774

Organic Chemistry Department

Dr Peter Boniface

Head of Department

Qualification - PhD (Chemistry)

Dr Boniface joined Watercare Laboratory Services in 1998 as the Head of the Organic Chemistry Department. He has extensive experience in the analysis of water and environmental samples and the use of various analytical techniques. Dr Boniface has carried out considerable method development to support capabilities of the laboratory. His main role is overseeing the daily operations and development of the organic chemistry department. Dr Boniface is an IANZ Technical Expert Assessor and a Court Expert Witness.

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Phone - 09 539 7760

Inorganic and General Chemistry Department

Dr Stephen Money

Head of Department

Qualification – PhD (Chemistry)

Dr Money joined Watercare Laboratory Services in 2001 following his post-doctoral work in ultra-low detection of metals in environmental samples at the Louisiana University Marine Consortium Laboratory, USA. He was responsible for the implementation of ultra-trace metal testing facilities and ICP-MS technology at Watercare Services Limited. Dr Money now oversees the inorganic and general Chemistry departments and is also an IANZ Technical Expert Assessor.
Phone - 021 947 768

Microbiology Department

Dr Neil Leat

Head of Department

Qualification – PhD (Biochemistry)

Dr Leat joined Watercare in 2019 following various technical and commercial roles in South Africa.In 2009 he joined Rand Water, the largest water utility in South Africa, as a Senior Scientist in their microbiology testing facility. While at Rand Water he was a member of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) technical committee on water quality and the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) technical committee on water testing. He is now responsible for the day to day operation of the Microbiology laboratory and the team.

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Phone - 021 848 365

Air Quality Department

Mr Phil Dobson

Head of Department

Qualification – Mphil, BSc (Hons) Chemistry

Mr Dobson joined Watercare in 2012 as Marketing Executive responsible for the sales and marketing team. He then moved to take up the position of Head of Department for our Air Quality business in 2016. He has 15 years of experience in the European chemical industry, mostly with the global multinational, Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI). He has completed a number of technical and commercial roles during his career and now provides management, strategy and a commercial focus for the air quality business.
Phone - 021 270 7465

Quality Assurance Department

Dr Robyn Abernethy

Compliance and Technology Manager

Qualification – PhD (Chemistry)

Upon completion of her PhD at the Australian National University, Dr. Abernethy joined Watercare in 2008 as a member of the Inorganic Chemistry Department specialising in nutrient chemistry. She was also responsible for the day-to-day operation of the ultra-trace metals facilities and execution of testing programmes. She was then promoted to Head of Department for Sample Logistics where she was responsible for all aspects of sample reception and managing our team of twenty sampling technicians, in January 2020 she was appointed to the role of Compliance and Technology Manager. Dr Abernethy is an IANZ Technical Expert Assessor.

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Phone - 021 987 745

Sales & Marketing Department

Mr Bruce Winter

Sales Manager

Qualification - B.Ag, PG Dip Bus Admin

Mr Winter joined Watercare in 2017 as Marketing Executive responsible for the sales and marketing team. He has over 20 years of experience in the oil and chemical industry, mostly with the global multinational, Shell Oil. He has completed a number of technical and commercial roles during his career and now provides sales and marketing strategy and implementation for the business. 

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Phone - 021 508 018

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