Advisory Panel

Members of the Advisory Panel for Downstream 2019.  

Andrew Kerr

Regulatory and Pricing Strategy Manager

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. 

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.  

Angela Ogier

Transmission Commercial Manager
First Gas

Angela is the Transmission Commercial Manager at First Gas.  She is 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.

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.

Jenny Lackey

Group Manager for Strategy and Performance Group
Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority

Jenny Lackey is EECA’s Strategy and Performance Group Manager. She oversees strategic programme development activities at EECA, engagement with government, and EECA’s regulatory team. EECA’s refreshed strategy and purpose to ‘mobilise New Zealanders to become world leaders in clean and clever energy use’ is guiding the Authority’s activities in energy efficiency and low-emissions opportunities, with a particular focus on transport and process heat. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons).

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.