About us

Enlightened Fire Solutions has its origins in 1995 when director Carol Caldwell set up Caldwell Consulting Limited in Christchurch to provide fire engineering services. In 2002, the name Enlightened Solutions was created due to a re-brand. Since that time Enlightened Fire Solutions has grown to become one of the most trusted and experienced fire engineering companies in the industry. 

Carol is a chartered professional engineer, CPEng and fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand with over 30 years of experience working on a wide range of projects. Over that time, Carol has built a small, talented and experienced team from a range of backgrounds who are passionate about what they do and have a wide range of skills.

Today, Enlightened Fire Solutions are leaders in fire engineering who provide services and solutions to a wide range of clients located throughout New Zealand. 

Our role is to work with architects, engineers, building owners and developers as well as local authorities and the Fire Service to ensure that buildings are designed and constructed to meet fire safety requirements as well as achieving building goals, objectives and legal responsibilities. 

As all we do is fire engineering, we have a strong track record of providing our clients with advanced and innovative solutions that provide flexibility in design as well as safe and compliant buildings. We can react faster, be more agile, meet tight deadlines and most importantly we know what we are talking about. Our large number of repeat clients are testament to this which we believe is the best sign of our quality, service and experience.

This comes from our small team of highly experienced staff who have over 75 years of cumulative experience in the fire engineering industry. We strive to provide the highest level of professional service and expertise for all our clients as well as building meaningful relationships along the way.

Meet the team

Carol Caldwell


Carol is a very experienced fire engineer with over 35 years in the field. Her experience covers alternative solutions, performance-based design and Acceptable Solutions design for a wide variety of buildings; rest homes, bulk retail, atrium offices, heritage, shopping centres, industrial, food processing, bulk storage warehouses. Outside work, Carol and her husband Charley volunteer with GAP, (Greyhounds as Pets) and attempt to keep their two greyhounds; Zeke and Baloo from her giant stash of cooking chocolate.

Charmaine Hoeben

Office Manager

Charmaine comes from a HR and recruitment background, as a HR manager. She is used to managing multiple client contracts with hundreds of staff and due to this now provides high-level assistance to the Engineering team. She has been with the company for 5 years and has come to know and understand our clients needs and always ensures these are met. Charmaine is an unruffled, steady personality in the office. Outside the office she spends time with her family, supporting her daughter at Rhythmic Gymnastics, her son at Rugby or can be found at dog show competitions with some of her fur kids.

Clement Cheong

Fire Safety Engineer

Clement is a fire safety engineer with a BE(Hons) in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Studies (major in fire) from the University of Canterbury. He has 4 years of experience ranging from small Acceptable Solution designs to large C/VM2 and alternative solution designs. He has an in-depth knowledge and use of suitable fire engineering software such as B-RISK, Fire Dynamic Simulator (FDS) and Firewind. Clement spends his free time “smashing up” his opponents on the PC. Although his partner is trying to pry him away from the screens and into the real world by taking him on occasional walks.

Apeksha Shah

Fire Safety Engineer

Apeksha has 12 years of combined experience working at Auckland Council as a Fire Engineer and former Northshore City Council as a Technical Building Advisor. She has detailed knowledge of the New Zealand Building Code and the Building Act and clear vision of regulatory compliance for Fire Design. She has more than 10 years of overseas experience in structural design and finished her Master of Engineering in Fire Engineering from University of Canterbury in 2012. Apeksha is expert in Yoga and meditation. She spends most of her leisure time in spiritual activity and community services.

Morteza Taghizadeh

Fire Safety Engineer

Morteza has a civil engineering background with over 10 years experience working on a wide variety of projects. He continued his studies in Masters of Engineering Studies (Major in Fire) in Canterbury University. Since joining Enlightened Fire Solutions, he has built on that knowledge of current regulatory requirements with 3 years of experience ranging from Acceptable Solution to C/VM2 and alternative solution designs and his ability to design specifically to clients needs. He has a profound knowledge to use fire engineering software such as B-RISK, Fire Dynamic Simulator (FDS) and Firewind. Morteza enjoys spending time with his family and the outdoors.

Olivia Skirrow

Office Administrator

Olivia joined Enlightened Fire Solutions in January 2018 after completing her 5 month OE across the UK and Europe. She joined with a background in construction administration – which she has been able to apply to her role here. Olivia is part of the administration team that provides high level support to our team of fire engineers. Outside of the office, Olivia’s interests include Netball, a passion for music, spending time with family and friends and is always on the look out for great travel deals for another overseas adventure.

Hon Choong

Office Administrator

Hon completed his BCom in accounting from Lincoln University before moving back to Malaysia for 3 years to work. His dislike for the long commute and hot weather saw him return to Christchurch to enjoy the slow pace of life. Outside of work, his favourite past times are playing board games, computer games or going for hikes.