Helen Trappitt is a structural engineer, Director and shareholder at Lewis Bradford Consulting Engineers based in Christchurch. She is on the Industry Advisory Board for the University of Canterbury Civil and Natural Resources Engineer department, where she graduated with First Class Honours in 2000. Helen is a Director of Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Limited, the joint venture company tasked with reinstating the city’s most significant icon.
Helen specialises in the seismic strengthening of heritage buildings and has experience in this sector both before and after the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence. She is also well respected for her expertise in helping to resolve complex residential insurance claims.
Helen was awarded the Engineering New Zealand Canterbury Branch Award for Excellence in Service to the Community in 2018 for her pro bono work helping Gap Filler, CoCA, FESTA and SCAPE Public Art; and for her efforts in promoting engineering as a career at girls’ schools. In 2019 Lewis Bradford was awarded two inaugural Engineering New Zealand ENVI awards for projects Helen steered.
Helen has helped oversee the steady growth of Lewis Bradford in a robust manner and has been effective in delivering complex projects on time and within budget. As a firm Lewis Bradford has been responsible for the successful structural repair and strengthening of numerous important buildings in Christchurch. They were internationally recognised in 2019 with the IStructE award for structures in extreme conditions for the design of the new central library Tūranga.