Our 2018 speaking line up included:


Dan Sadler (UK)

H21 Programme Director and Head of Energy Futures
Northern Gas Networks

A chartered Engineer with nearly 20 years industry experience.  Dan joined Northern Gas Networks (NGN) in 2012 as ‘Head of Investment Planning and Major Projects’ following supporting the network in their RIIO-GD1 regulatory submission.  After undertaking several highly strategic roles within NGN Dan was seconded throughout 2016 to the UK governments Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) advising across policy teams on all gas industry and wider energy related topics.

Nigel Barbour

Chief Executive

Nigel joined Powerco in October 2002 and was appointed Chief Executive in October 2011. He was previously General Manager Electricity and has also held a range of other executive-level Commercial and Corporate roles within Powerco. He has an economics and legal background and has previously held roles with Transpower and Bank of New Zealand.

Dr. Philippa Hardy (UK)

Senior Analyst - Flexibility Research

Philippa leads the development of Delta-ee’s Flexibility Research. She also manages and works on a wide range of consultancy projects, for a variety of clients, on demand response, smart buildings and low carbon heating.  Previously she worked in the Heat Research Team at Delta-ee – managing the Pathways Service and working on the Heat Insight Service, which quantified market disruptions, forecasted the future of residential heating and analysed customer needs and wants.

Peter Kriss (USA)

Lead Research Scientist

Peter is a behavioural scientist whose expertise lies in behavioural economics, research methodology, innovation and experimentation, data analytics, and the psychology of decision making. At Medallia, he works to understand what makes companies successful, what will make them successful in the future, and to help shape our product to make that future happen. Prior to joining Medallia, Peter completed his doctoral degree in behavioural decision research, with a focus on how real people both should and actually do make decisions.

Nikki Davies-Colley


Nikki is the Chairman of Northpower Ltd, and has been on the board for more years than she cares to remember – a board that has taken the company through the late 90s reforms, and grown the business from a small distribution business to one that now has both electricity and fibre networks, as well as a large distribution and transmission contracting division.  Nikki is also a director of Landcorp Farming Ltd, Farmlands Co-operative Society Ltd and WorkSafe New Zealand.

Fraser Whineray

Chief Executive

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.

Vic Crone

Chief Executive
Callaghan Innovation

Vic has significant executive and governance experience in technology and innovation. She brings a strong customer focus, and a track record of leading and implementing strategy, and building organisational culture.  Vic was previously the Managing Director of Xero, NZ and New Markets, following executive roles at Chorus and Telecom New Zealand.   She has been an Independent Director on the Boards of a number of companies and organisations in the technology sector, including RedShield, Figure.NZ, Creative HQ and the Hi-Tech Trust.

John Perez

Omni-channel and User Experience Group Manager
Genesis Energy

Over the last 20 years John has had dual careers in Marketing and Technology and Digital delivery.  During that time John has helped companies navigate the waves of change resulting from new technologies starting with the dot com era through to the current social and mobility age.  He has worked across the UK government, banking and energy sectors helping organisations to adopt new technologies and ways of working that both improve the experience for their customers and take advantage of the opportunities offered by emerging technologies and new customer interaction channels.

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.

Simon Coates

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.

Roxanne Salton

Head of Digital Strategy & Delivery

At Mercury we are on a mission to inspire New Zealanders to enjoy energy in more wonderful ways. Roxanne is leading the digital transformation of Mercury’s next generation energy services, to define and create the best imaginable customer experiences. Roxanne is a passionate leader and a strong customer advocate who believes in leaving a lasting legacy. Before joining Mercury, Roxanne gained wide experience in the digital world, in banking (ASB), telecommunications (Spark) and publishing industries.

Carl Hansen

Chief Executive
Electricity Authority

Carl has been the Electricity Authority's Chief Executive since inception in November 2010.

Carl has been involved in the evolution of the New Zealand electricity market, as a senior executive and director, independent advisor and economist. He has chaired sector technical and advisory groups and acted as principal adviser to a number of industry bodies.

Erik Westergaard

Senior Consultant

Erik has extensive experience providing assistance to clients on the development implementation and evaluation of strategies and advice on all aspects planning, funding, implementation and operation of initiatives that arise from those strategies.  This work has included as a CEO and Director, where he has led executive teams and worked with his Board.

Fiona Smith

GM Customer Operations

Fiona joined Trustpower in 1996. Holding a number of senior roles at Trustpower, her career has focused on leading and implementing change that supports our multi utility proposition and values our customer’s experience. In her present role, Fiona is responsible for the Customer Operations business; this encompasses almost all customer touch points and includes meter reading, provisioning, billing, collections and our Contact Centre.

Alex Garkavenko

Head of Product

Once an architect, then a curator and now an analyst, as Head of Product at Dexibit, Alex Garkavenko magically combines the three to help the world's museums become data driven through big data analytics and artificial intelligence. Alex is fascinated with the intersection of data, storytelling and the urban
context and believes that the cultural institution plays an important role in the future of the smart city.

Eric Pellicer

Commercial Manager

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.

Steve West

Chief Executive

Co-founder, owner, and director of Serato, Steve West is passionate about promoting New Zealand business success, sustainability, and energy independence. His current focus is on accelerating the transition away from fossil fuel based transportation. Putting his money where his mouth is, he founded ChargeNet NZ to build the largest Fast DC Charging network in the southern hemisphere.

Tim Fairchild

Director, Global Communications and Energy Practice

Tim Fairchild is the Director of the SAS Global Communications and Energy Practice. In this role he leads a team responsible for developing global product strategy and defining and delivering market-driven offerings for the Communications and Energy industries. His team works closely with global customers, alliance partners, and SAS Research & Development to ensure that SAS Communications and Energy solutions meet the needs of the market.

Steve O'Connor

Chief Executive Officer
Flick Electric

Steve has been helping disruptive ideas become great businesses for more than 20 years in a number of utility industries.  He has experience in both the NZ market and in a number of large international markets.  Aside from Flick Electric, Steve’s energy industry experience includes driving innovation and new ventures to market for Meridian Energy.  Prior to founding Flick Electric Steve was CEO of Creative HQ, Wellington’s business incubator and innovation centre.

Hans Arz

Portfolio Manager, Customer Analytics and Insights

With a passion for new technologies and innovation, Hans has helped Spark to transition from a traditional telco provider to New Zealand’s market leader in Digital and Communications Services. In his current role, Hans leads the development of customer insights and strategies to improve customer experience and increase Spark’s marketing and sales effectiveness. In 2017 Hans presented at Dreamforce Spark’s innovative solution to improving customer experience using customer analytics and Insights.

Jenny Cameron

Chief Executive

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.

Tracy Smithers

Director of Customer and Direct Response Marketing

Since migrating to NZ eight years ago with her family, Tracy has been fortunate enough to work some amazing NZ Brands.  Firstly in the energy sector for Mercury Energy.  Then as GM of Client Services of a specialist data driven, customer relationship marketing agency Track (formerly RAPP), where she headed up the teams on Spark and Air New Zealand.  Currently at Westpac leading the CRM team where she has driven 3 award winning, highly effective, customer engagement programmes:  First 100 Days, Home Ownership Programme and Value Me.

Mike Hensen

Senior Economist

Recently Mike has worked on the effect of competition regulation on business and markets.  Mike has extensive experience in the application of economic frameworks to a wide range of areas including business case analysis, financial management, information technology, operational risk, and credit risk.

Jamie Silk

Specialist Adviser

Jamie is a strategic new energy/ business innovation advisor and business case specialist with 25 years industry experience in the UK, New Zealand and leading global distributed teams. His capability is founded in a deep analytical ability to understand and simplify complexity, detail and emerging trends to plot the roadmap to a solution.

Stephen Jay

General Manager - Grid Development

Stephen currently holds the role of General Manager - Grid Development for Transpower, where he is accountable for the long term strategic plan and engineering of the transmission grid. 

Previous to this he held senior management roles in the power and investment banking industries, including technical design and consulting with Mitton ElectroNet and PB Power, asset management and maintenance at Meridian Energy, analysis and equities at Kleinwort Benson, and a variety of research, engineering, and operations within the nuclear arm of the CEGB.

Paul Mitchell

Chief Adviser - Regulation Branch
Commerce Commission

Paul Mitchell is a Chief Adviser within the Regulation Branch at the Commerce Commission, working on all aspects of price quality regulation relating to electricity lines and gas pipeline businesses. Prior to joining the Commission, Paul was Head of Regulation at SSE and SGN operating under the RIIO framework and has also held positions with other regulated utilities and Ofgem in the UK. Paul has also worked for MBIE and the Gas Industry Company in New Zealand. He has a MA in European Studies (Economics), a BA(Hons) in Business and Finance and comes from an engineering background.

John Hancock

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.

John Rampton

General Manager Market Design
Electricity Authority

John 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.

John brings an extensive background in development of energy sector policy and a mix of regulatory, commercial and technical skills to the role of GM Market Design.