Advisors for Downstream 2022 are:

Judy Nicholl

Chief Executive
Counties Energy

Judy joined Counties Power as Chief Executive in October 2017. Prior to this, Judy had full operational responsibility for Auckland Airport, including rescue fire, engineering, utilities, forecasting and the processing of close to 20 million passengers per year. Prior to Auckland Airport, Judy held senior management positions in several industries, including Fonterra, New Zealand Police, AFFCO and Unitec.

Tracey Hickman

Chief Customer Officer

Tracey Hickman joined the Genesis Executive Team in 2012 as General Manager Generation. In 2019, she took on a new portfolio as Executive General Manager Retail Operations. Prior to her current role, Tracey led Genesis’ Generation, Wholesale and Fuels portfolio businesses as Executive General Manager. On 1 September, 2020, Tracey took up the role of Chief Customer Officer. Tracey is accountable for the Genesis Retail brand, LPG operations and a range of retail support functions for the whole business.

Raewyn Moss

General Manager External Affairs

Raewyn is GM External Affairs at Transpower, heading up communications and engagement, landowner relations, environmental and property management, iwi and community relations and sustainability. Raewyn has worked in the sector for 20 years, both at Transpower and Meridian. She has extensive RMA experience working on large infrastructure projects including consenting windfarms, hydro and irrigation schemes.

Lisa Hannifin

Chief Customer Officer

Lisa Hannifin was appointed as Chief Customer Officer in November 2019. As General Manager of Meridian’s retail business, Lisa's role includes accountability for the Meridian and Powershop customer brands and the operational retail functions of the Meridian Group. She brings rich experience and insight from a number of customer roles in her career, including a decade in the New Zealand electricity market.

Charles Teichert

General Manager - Commercial & Strategy
Nova Energy

Charles has been with Nova Energy since 2000 and is currently responsible for strategy development, key commercial arrangements, electricity risk management and regulatory affairs. He began his career in the energy sector, joining the ECNZ wholesale electricity trading team in 1996 followed by short stints with Genesis Energy and Contact Energy.

John Mercer

Portfolio Manager

John heads up our HR, legal, public policy and public sector conference portfolio and manages the team of conference producers who create world class conferences for these audiences.

John's been with the company since 2018, after he relocated to New Zealand from the UK. He has been in the conference business for 18 years, working for a wide range of different kinds of organisation, from big publishing companies to membership associations to small boutique conference businesses and has delivered events of all scales around the world.

Liam Casey

Conference Producer

After joining Brightstar at the beginning of 2021, Liam has delivered many events covering a variety of sectors. He is excited to produce and deliver Downstream 2022 and has really enjoyed learning and researching about the energy sector. Liam is an avid reader and sports enthusiast.


Irwin Munro

General Manager

Irwin is the General Manager at Freeman, which sees him take responsibility for the commercial side of the energy sector products of Freeman, including all events, surveys, stakeholder management and business development.