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.

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Jane Pankhurst

Operations/Health and Safety/ Accounts
Christchurch/Wellington Laboratory

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

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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.


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.



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.