Programme 2019: Network Managers' Forum

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Monday 4 March Tuesday 5 March Wednesday 6 March
Network Managers'
Strategic Summit
Day One
The Downstream
Strategic Summit
Day Two


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Programme - 

Held during the afternoon of Monday 4 March, before the main 2019 Downstream conference, the forum brings together New Zealand’s network managers and their teams to discuss important sector trends and opportunities.

This event is open to all network staff involved with managing, designing, operating and building New Zealand’s transmission and distribution systems.

This event is free to attend for Network staff attending the main Downstream conference.  There are a limited number of paying registrations available, see Registration page for details.

To register, please click on the REGISTER page link at the top of the page. 

Sponsored by Nexans.



Registration - tea and coffee



Welcome from the Chair

John Scott - Director, Chiltern Power (UK)



Leaders panel: Network management and the human influence
Networks don’t look after themselves and we know a network’s performance is a function of the people who manage it.  This panel will cover the key sector trends that could influence network management, such as:

  • The impact of automation and AI
  • The need for digital skills and experience
  • The importance of diversity and tackling it
  • Training, development and education needs

Jo BirnieGroup Human Resources Manager, Powerco
Paul BlueGeneral Manager Asset Management, WEL Networks
Andrew McLeodChief Executive, Northpower



Network Transformation Roadmap
The roadmap is designed to enable electricity distribution network businesses to best prepare for change occurring in electricity use.  Jonathan will provide insight in to the consultation, feedback and progress so far in developing a roadmap designed to support consumers with the adoption of emerging technology, and to support the New Zealand economy with reliable and renewable electricity.

Jonathan Kay – on behalf of the Electricity Networks Association



Pioneering technology and long-life assets

The story of a cable company in provincial New Zealand and the role it played in pioneering the technologies that sees quality medium voltage cables with a life expectancy of over 50 years.

Simon Perks – National Sales Manager Utilities, Industrial and Pacific, Nexans



Afternoon tea


Power Pilot
New options for industry using IOT communications.  A solution that can be deployed anywhere on the network to deliver metering quality data. 

Rodger Griffiths – GM Assets, Westpower



Investing in the future while not breaking the bank

Electricity demand and distributed generation is likely to increase significantly as New Zealand electrifies large parts of its economy.  What solutions exist to help distribution networks meet increased demand without over-building infrastructure needed to meet the peak demand of the coldest, darkest day of the year? This interactive panel discussion will introduce the latest research from Transpower’s Te Mauri Hiko – Energy Futures with key insights into potential implications for distribution networks.

Stephen Jay – GM Grid Development, Transpower
Andrew Renton – Senior Principal Engineer, Transpower



Summary remarks from the Chair



Networking drinks and canapes


End of Forum