Advisory Panel

Members of the Advisory Panel for Downstream 2018.  

Greg Skelton

Chief Executive Officer
Wellington Electricity

Greg has been the Chief Executive of Wellington Electricity since April 2009. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive, Greg was the Chief Executive of Alpine Energy Limited and has held various senior management roles in the electricity industry.  Greg has 30 years of experience in the fields of production engineering, electrical engineering and business management.  Greg holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, a Master’s degree in Business Administration and is a fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand.

Stuart Dickson

General Manager - Gas
Powerco

Stuart Dickson joined Powerco in 2011 as the General Manager of Powerco's Gas Business.

Stuart is a professional engineer who has worked in the gas and energy industry for the past 25 years in New Zealand and the UK. His experience spans asset strategy and management, network and plant operations, project delivery, consulting and engineering.

Gillian Blythe

Strategy & Peformance Manager
Meridian Energy

She has been intimately involved in the design and structure of the regulatory regime for the New Zealand electricity sector.  Initially as a consultant for London Economics who were tasked by WEMDG to consider options to split ECNZ, then part of a team providing ECNZ’s input on the 1996 market rules.  Gillian worked for the Crown's Electricity Reform Transition Unit on the final split of ECNZ which created Meridian, Mighty River Power and Genesis and she has worked for Meridian since it's establishment in 1999.  

Jenny Cameron

Chief Executive
ERANZ

Ms Cameron joined ERANZ from the Brewers' Association of Australia and New Zealand where she held the role of Director of External Relations. Prior to this, Ms Cameron served as a diplomat with the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade including a posting in Tokyo, and an assignment in Manila. She provided policy and legal advice in areas of trade policy, bilateral relations, international agreements, and environmental law. Before joining MFAT, Ms Cameron practiced law at Jacobs Florentine in Palmerston North.

Ms Cameron holds a BA (Psych) and LLB from Victoria University.

Andrew McKenzie

Customer Operations Manager
Electric Kiwi

Andrew McKenzie has worked in customer services since leaving University in 2003 within a variety of industries. Andrew started with Electric Kiwi as the Customer Operations Manager at the inception of the business to deliver quality service to customers while being an online based retailer.
Andrew, along with an outstanding group of people around him, have driven Electric Kiwi to win the 2017 Canstar Blue Award for Most Satisfied Customers - Electricity Providers, a real achievement given that Electric Kiwi do not have a call centre.

Tim O'Halloran

Head of Strategy and Development
Metrix

Tim O’Halloran is a strategist and innovator.  He has a background in energy, telecommunications and start-up enterprises. As Head of Strategy and Development for Metrix, Tim oversees market development, research and development and product innovation from smart technologies and in I.o.T.  He is also a member of the growth advisory board for NZ technology firm Navicom Dynamics; a global specialist in precision orientation technology.

John Perez

Omni-channel and User Experience Group Manager
Genesis Energy

Over the last 20 years John has had dual careers in Marketing and Technology and Digital delivery.  During that time John has helped companies navigate the waves of change resulting from new technologies starting with the dot com era through to the current social and mobility age.  He has worked across the UK government, banking and energy sectors helping organisations to adopt new technologies and ways of working that both improve the experience for their customers and take advantage of the opportunities offered by emerging technologies and new customer interaction channels.

Stephan Blaas

Customer Solutions Manager Upper North Island
Transpower

Stephan is the Customer Solutions Manager Upper North Island at Transpower New Zealand. In this role he manages Transpower’s relationship with grid connected customers, such as electricity distribution companies, generators and major industrials as well as government organisations and property developers whose projects affect Transpower assets.

Stephan has come to Transpower from an international consulting role in the power generation industry. He previously worked for ALSTOM and ABB.

Mark LLoyd

Business Development Manager
Vector

For nearly a decade Mark has been engaged in consultative business development roles that have focused on emerging technologies within the energy industry.  As part of the Vector Energy Solutions team he has been working across New Zealand’s distribution and energy retail sectors on the application of renewable energy solutions.

Gavin Evans

Editor – Energy News
Freeman Media

Gavin started his career with the Evening Post in Wellington in 1988. He has spent the past 16 years in financial journalism, first with the New Zealand Press Association and then with Bloomberg News prior to his current appointment. In that time he has covered most of New Zealand's major corporates, as well as specialising in energy, ports and forestry.

Nigel East

Forward Markets Manager
Contact Energy

Nigel is the Forwards Markets Manager, part of the Generation and Development team at Contact Energy in Wellington.  Before joining Contact Energy in 2016, Nigel held a number of roles at Mercury (Mighty River Power) including Portfolio analyst and Derivatives Trader.