Meet the Team


Alexia Mehrtens

Managing Director
Christchurch Laboratory

Alexia has been with EIAG since its inception. Over her 5 years with the company Alexia has spent time up and down the country performing asbestos surveys, offering consultancy advice and clearance procedures.
Alexia holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Psychology, her Asbestos Assessors Licence, has completed the W504 and is an IANZ KTP approved for air sampling and fibre counting.
In her spare time, Alexia enjoys riding her horses, both in competitions and for fun.


Stuart Elliott

Operations / Technical Manager 
Christchurch Laboratory

Stuart joined the team in October 2018 working out of the Christchurch Office. He has been an asbestos consultant since 2001 working for a range of accredited consultancies in the United Kingdom. He has been in New Zealand since September 2017 working in and around the Auckland region, but is loving the move to Christchurch.
Stuart has an Environmental Science Degree with Honors and holds an Assessors Licence along with the P402, P403, P404 and S301 qualifications.
Stuarts enjoys spending time with his young family. Hobbies (when possible!) include snowboarding and mountain biking, and is loving the easy access to both.

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Belinda Hughes

Laboratory Technician / National Quality Manager
Christchurch Laboratory

Belinda started with EIAG after completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science at the University of Canterbury. She has since gained IANZ KTP status in fibre counting, air monitoring and bulk asbestos identification. 
In early 2018 Belinda gained her Asbestos Assessors Licence and is enjoying getting out into the field to do air monitoring and clearance work. 
Belinda’s hobbies include mountain biking, tramping and caring for her aviary of chattering budgies.


Alannah Elliott

Laboratory Technician 
Christchurch Laboratory

Alannah joined EIAG in November 2018 and has been in the asbestos industry since 2012. Alannah has previously worked in the industry in the UK before relocating to NZ in 2017. 
Alannah has a BSC (hons) in Geology, her asbestos assessors license, BOHS P401, P402, P403 and P404. Currently in our laboratory team she is also experienced in surveying, air monitoring and managing asbestos. 
In her spare time Alannah enjoys exploring the South Island with her Husband and young son. She likes skiing, walking and cycling when she has the chance.
Alannah is currently on maternity leave with their latest baby.


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Brigitt White

Laboratory Technician
Christchurch Laboratory

Brigitt joined the EIAG team in October 2016 and is a KTP in fibre counting and fibre identification. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Geology and her areas of expertise are petrography, mineralogy and geochemistry.
Geology is also a passion and her love of learning about the way everything works, astronomical to minute, utilising physics and chemistry, did not stop with university studies and continues in her spare time.
Brigitt also enjoys the arts, practicing drawing and playing bass in a local band.

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Destiny Cruickshanks

Laboratory Assistant
Christchurch Laboratory

Destiny started with EIAG in June 2019. After completing a Bachelor of Applied Science specializing in Laboratory technology, at Ara Institute of Technology. Destiny also has a Certificate in Quality Systems Level 6.

Since starting Destiny has been undergoing training in Bulk asbestos identification, air monitoring, surveying, clearance work and fibre counting.

Destiny has two preteen children who she enjoys spending her time with, this includes going swimming, picnics and walks in parks. When she doesn’t have her kids Destiny enjoys relaxing and listening to the silence.

Hobbies include learning to play acoustic guitar.

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Jane Pankurst

Operations Manager/ Administrator / Accounts
Wellington/Christchurch Laboratory

Jane studied a Bachelor of Applied Science at Otago University before spending 3 years abroad. Jane is currently managing our Wellington operations.  Jane still ensures the continued efficient running of our Christchurch Laboratory, putting to good use her dynamic set of organisation and practical skills as well as conducting sampling and surveying. 
Jane immensely enjoys running, mountain biking, skiing and many other outdoor activities.

Julian Staite

Julian Staite

Laboratory Manager
Wellington Laboratory

Julian is our Wellington Laboratory Manager. He has a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Canterbury, graduating in 2014.
After living in Wales and travelling through Europe, Julian has returned home to continue working in the asbestos industry and put his 2 years of experience back into practice with EIAG as a laboratory technician.
In his spare time Julian enjoys travelling and the outdoors, he is most looking forward to exploring the Wellington area and the greater North Island.


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Anne Bennett

Laboratory Assistant/Field Assistant
Wellington Laboratory

Anne is the newest employee of EIAG. Anne and her partner have recently moved to Wellington from Limerick, Ireland. Anne has completed her Research Masters in Sustainable Communities at the University of Limerick. Anne is currently training to become a laboratory technician and has just completed her first round of fibre counting and identification PTAS. While in NZ Anne would like like to see a penguin. In her spare time Anne enjoys travelling, going to music festivals and keeping fit and healthy.