Young Professionals Group – Welcome to new leaders

We are very pleased to announce the new appointment of Franceska Strano and Cameron Paintin as Young Professionals Group Co-Chairs.  After 3 years as the YPG Chair, growing the group to over 60 members, Dan Forster is stepping aside to allow new energy and enthusiasm to lead the group through the next stage of growth.  Dan will work closely with Franceska and Cameron as they transition into the role, and will continue to provide the link between YP Group and Management Committee (in his role as Chair of the Symposia and Education Sub-Committee).

Please join us in congratulating Franceska and Cameron on their new roles.  If you would like to join, or find out more about the Young Professionals Group, please contact or

In the meantime, a word from your new Co-Chairs:

Hi everyone, I am Franceska Strano.  I am stoked to be in the role of NZSOLD Young Professionals Group co-chair with Cameron.  Together we will facilitate the sharing of industry knowledge and provide useful benefits to our young professionals.  I know that supporting and promoting our young professionals is an important investment in our future.  I enjoy bringing together like-minded people that thrive on working with dams because we truly love what we do.  I have 7 years of experience in dam safety, construction and asset management across Australia and New Zealand, starting with Snowy Hydro Ltd in Australia before moving to New Zealand and working in consulting. 


Hi everyone, my name is Cameron Paintin. I am looking forward to working alongside Franceska to keep the Young Professional Group engaged with what’s going on in the industry.  I have already met a lot of you at various NZSOLD conferences and field trips, and am keen to meet the rest of you at future events. I have been working in the dam industry for four years in the Christchurch office of Riley Consultants.  I have been involved in dam designs, dam break models, and a two-year dam construction monitoring programme.  My main areas of interest are dam break hydraulic models and hazard assessment.


Dan Forster

Young Professionals Group outgoing Chair