Advisory Panel

Members of the Advisory Panel for Downstream 2020.  

Gillian Blythe

Independant Consultant

She previously worked as head of strategy and regulatory affairs over a 20 year period for Meridian Energy. Over the years Gillian has participated in many sector advisory groups covering retail, wholesale, transmission and climate action matters.

Angela Ogier

Group Strategy and Corporate Development Manager
First Gas

Angela is the group Strategy and Corporate Development Manager, including being responsible for driving the revised gas transmission access code and development of the transmission system in the context of a low carbon future.  She has broad commercial, business development and strategy experience - having worked internationally in the upstream oil and gas industry in Africa, Europe and Australasia.  She has degrees in engineering from the University of Auckland and an MBA from the University of Cambridge.

Andrew Kerr

Head of Policy, Regulation and Markets

Andrew manages Powerco’s regulatory and pricing functions across its electricity and gas networks. A core element of this role is advising on the interaction of economic and market regulation on consumers, contestability, and network sustainability. His previous consulting and industry roles have ranged from strategy, quantitative modelling, and policy in the gas, electricity and telecommunications sectors. 

Miranda Struthers

Accessible Energy Advocate
Electricity Retailers’ Association of New Zealand

Miranda supports the energy retailers, leading projects and programmes to provide greater support for vulnerable customers. With more than 6 years experience in an energy efficiency social enterprise prior to joining the industry, and as town planner before that, she brings a flaxroots understanding of the issue of energy hardship to ERANZ and advocates for positive change in the industry. 

Rebecca Osborne

Regulatory Affairs and Pricing Manager

Rebecca is the Regulatory Affairs and Pricing Manager for Transpower and is responsible for overseeing regulatory affairs and transmission pricing functions.  Her previous roles in the NZ electricity industry have encompassed commercial, development, trading, market risk, strategic and regulatory functions. Prior to these roles, Rebecca worked as a consulting Process Engineer in New Zealand and the UK across industries including dairy, chemicals and natural gas.

Rob Bernau

General Manager Market Design
Electricity Authority

Rob leads our market design team, which is responsible for Code development and market facilitation in the retail and wholesale markets. This includes promoting to consumers the benefits of comparing and switching retailers.