Sina Cotter Tait has over 20 years' experience in consulting engineering as a Chartered Professional Engineer (Civil), holds an MBA and has just completed a PhD in construction management. A former member of the Engineering NZ Governing Board, she's currently serving on the board of CEAS, the Engineering NZ Foundation and the Engineering NZ Competence Assessment Board. She is outspoken on the need to increase equity in professional engineering, and sees huge opportunities in the construction and infrastructure sectors to benefit from a change in culture. She also believes in the responsibility for infrastructure leaders to lead on wider societal issues, including education, housing and equity, and currently sponsors the Cotter Tait scholarship at UC for Māori and Pasifika engineering students who aspire to make a difference in the world.
In 2021 she was awarded the Engineering New Zealand Fulton-Downer Gold Medal for her contribution to the profession, and is also the 2021 Governance NZ Women on Boards Emerging Leader. In her spare time she serves in a number of governance roles across a range of organisations including the North Otago Irrigation Company, the Cashmere High School Board of Trustees, the Canterbury-Kaikoura Lotteries Committee, and the Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Review Panel.