Speakers

Our 2017 speaking line up included:

Chris Teeling

Global Head of Strategy, and Investor Relations
Xero

Chris is a recognised thought-leader on strategy and innovation in the digital age, Chris has influential viewpoints on positioning successful business strategies for the future. As Global Head of Strategy he has helped Xero reach over 700,000 small business customers internationally with recognition from Forbes as No #1 in its list of the World’s 100 Most Innovative Growth Companies. The company is now the leading cloud accounting solution in New Zealand, Australia and the UK and is expanding in the United States and South East Asia. 

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.

Sheridan Broadbent

Chief Executive
Counties Power

Sheridan is the Chief Executive of lines company Counties Power, a board member of the Electricity Networks Association and is one of the management committee of the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum.  Sheridan’s executive career has largely been in telecommunications, contracting and the IT sectors in NZ, Australia and the Pacific region, joining the energy sector in 2010 in an executive role with Genesis Energy.  She has been leading consumer-owned Counties Power since 2014.

Fraser Whineray

Chief Executive
Mercury

Since taking up the role of Chief Executive in September 2014, Fraser Whineray has been described as one of the forward-thinkers in the New Zealand energy sector – with a customer-first focus and advocacy for electricity as the ‘home-grown’ transport fuel, along with other opportunities to work New Zealand’s renewables advantage over the long-term for the benefit of all Kiwis and our country.

Gareth Hughes

Spokesperson for Energy
Green Party

Gareth is the Greens spokesperson for energy, ICT, tertiary education, research, science and innovation, broadcasting, and mining.
His professional background was at Greenpeace where he sailed on the Rainbow Warrior and coordinated New Zealand’s largest climate change campaign Sign On in 2009. Gareth lives in Wellington with his wife Meghan and their two young children, Arlo and Zoe.

James Kilty

Chief Generation & Development Manager
Contact Energy

Appointed to the newly created role of Chief Generation & Development Officer in October 2014, James is tasked with managing Contact’s commercial end-to-end activities of development, fuel, generation and trading. Prior to this, James held the roles of General Manager Sales and Customer Experience, General Manager Trading Development and Geothermal Resource, and Contact's General Manager, Generation Development. He has also held senior management and legal roles with New Zealand Post and Buddle Findlay.

Rory Blundell

General Manager Market Performance
Electricity Authority

Rory Blundell leads the Electricity Authority’s market performance team, which is responsible for industry monitoring, data management, modelling and market performance reviews. He has over 10 years’ experience within the industry, spanning a variety of roles in the wholesale and hedge market, risk management and responsibility for Contact Energy’s trading operations.

Jenny Lackey

GM Strategy and Delivery Services
EECA

Jenny is the GM Strategic and Delivery Services at the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), the government agency responsible for delivering energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to New Zealand.  Jenny has a background in law and government relations, and is currently responsible for strategic thinking, communications, marketing and regulatory affairs for EECA.  Jenny is also a founding member of the Young Energy Professionals’ Network NZ, and until recently was on the Board of the World Energy Council’s Future Energy Leaders programme.

Ralph Sims

Professor of Sustainable Energy
Centre for Energy Research, Massey University

Ralph Sims is Professor of Sustainable Energy at Massey University where he has researched renewable energy and climate change mitigation for several decades. He chaired the Royal Society of New Zealand panel for the 2016 study Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy for New Zealand and for Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has led teams of authors on Energy Supply (2007), Renewable Energy Integration (2011), and Transport (2014).

John Harbord

Independent Chair
Major Electricity Users' Group

John is the independent Chair of the Major Electricity Users’ Group, whose members represent more than 26% of electricity use in New Zealand with around $30 billion in annual revenue.

A partner at strategic communications firm SenateSHJ, John plays a leading role in Senate’s public affairs and government relations practice.  He has worked in both the Beehive and Parliament, most recently as a senior advisor to former Prime Minister John Key.

Toby Stevenson

Consulting Director
Sapere Research Group

Toby is a Consulting Director with international economics consulting firm Sapere Research Group. His expert area is electricity trading and risk management and he established himself as an independent energy consultant in 2004. Toby was the General Manager Electricity Trading at Contact Energy from its inception in 1996 to 2003 and has held a number of industry governance positions.

Eric Pellicer

Commercial Manager
Powerco

Eric is the Commercial Manager at Powerco,  New Zealand’s second largest electricity utility. He leads the customer and commercial side of the electricity business and is focused on lifting the engagement with consumers and integration of new energy technologies into the grid. Eric is also accountable for Powerco’s Emerging Energy Consumers and Markets programme which is aimed at understanding what New Zealander’s are looking for from their distribution utility now and in the future.

Simon Coates

Director
Concept Consulting

Simon is a director at Concept Consulting.  He has advised governments, regulators, and industry participants on a wide range of issues ranging from market design, through to commercial and strategic advice. 

He also heads up Concept’s modelling and quantitative analysis group which provides market forecasting and bespoke analysis services to clients. 

Prior to joining Concept, Simon held a senior manager role at Contact Energy.

Gary Holden

Chief Executive Officer
Pulse Energy

Gary joined Pulse in March 2013 with 30 years’ experience in the electricity industry, both here and overseas. 

During the 1990‘s he was CEO of TransAlta in New Zealand and also the independent market representative on the Wholesale Market Development Group (WEMDG) and a key player in the development of the first two large scale independent power plants.  In 1999 he returned to Canada where he led TransAlta Generation in de-regulation and became CEO of Enmax Corporation, the largest energy retailer in Alberta.
 

Nanette Moreau

Commissioner
Utilities Disputes Ltd

Nanette Moreau (BCom, trained Mediator, LLB, Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand) joined Utilities Disputes Ltd, formerly known as the Office of the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner (EGCC), in April 2002.  Nanette was appointed Commissioner in March 2016.

David Seymour

Leader
ACT Party

David Seymour is the MP for Epsom, Leader of the ACT Party, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education and the Minister of Regulatory Reform.

Before entering Parliament David was a researcher, speaker, and writer focusing on economic and public policy concepts while working in Canada and New Zealand. He has published op-eds in major dailies, appeared on radio and TV, and published a book on public policy.  In 2015 was offered promotion to being a minister by John Key but turned it down in order to pursue a private member’s bill on euthanasia.

Peter Armstrong

General Manager
Westpower

Peter Armstrong is a chartered engineer and member of the Westpower executive management team where is current role is General Manager of its engineering business, Mitton ElectroNet. Peter has a background in technical and commercial leadership in renewable energy and transmission & distribution engineering.    

John Hancock

Director
Signature Consulting

John Hancock is an independent consultant to utility companies and their suppliers, drawing on his valuable combination of deep experience in both technology and deregulation as key dimensions of the strategic environment in the sector. He has a 20 year career in the utilities industry including 14 years with Ernst & Young, Capgemini and Hewlett Packard (HP) in the Asia Pacific. John has worked with over 50 clients in the utility industry across 11 countries.

Judy Humphris

Associate Director
Nielsen

Judy joined Nielsen in August 2012 and is an Associate Director.  Judy's role includes ensuring she and her team assist clients to navigate the rapidly changing media landscape fueled by the growth in digital and other consumer behavioural trends.  Prior to Nielsen Judy worked in media in the UK for 11 years, predominantly for newspaper publishers.