Rory Blundell - General Manager Market Performance

Rory  Blundell

Rory Blundell

Rory leads our market performance team, which is responsible for market services, data management, modelling, market monitoring and market performance reviews.

The team looks after the overall operation of the electricity system and market including managing all of the market operations service provider contracts. The team also manages the provision of modelling and data analysis to support the Authority’s wider work. Much of this data is made publicly available through the website.

Before Rory joined the Authority, he was Manager-Integrated Portfolio at Contact Energy. He has over 10 years’ experience within the industry, spanning a variety of roles in the wholesale and hedge market, risk management and responsibility for Contact Energy’s trading operations. He brings strategic and analytical management expertise to the Market Performance team, with an emphasis on producing results-driven, robust and insightful analysis to support internal and external stakeholders.

Rory has a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and a Bachelor of Engineering Science with First Class Honours, both from the University of Auckland.

Chris Mathieson - Acting General Manager Legal and Compliance

Chris Mathieson

Chris Mathieson

Chris currently leads our legal team and compliance team, and is on secondment from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The legal team provides in-house legal services for the Authority, while the compliance team is responsible for monitoring, investigating and enforcing compliance with the Code, the Electricity Industry Act and various regulations.

The compliance team also undertakes market-facilitation measures to improve compliance, and identifies areas of the Code that may need change as a result of compliance work.

Chris is a senior in-house Government lawyer at MBIE and has been with that organisation since 2012. He previously held positions at MED and Crown Law. Most recently he has been seconded to the Treasury – managing their legal team.  His main area of experience is in public law, regulation and litigation.

Androula Dometakis - General Manager Corporate Services

Androula Dometakis

Androula Dometakis

 Androula leads the Electricity Authority's corporate services team.

Corporate services is responsible for organisational performance and planning, project management, communications, finance, human resources, IT and knowledge management.

Androula is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years' business experience in accounting firms, large stakeholder organisations and commercial enterprise.

Her expertise spans a range of fields including financial management, business improvement, strategic planning, leadership and governance.

Before joining the Authority, Androula was Governance Director for the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and prior to that held a variety of roles with the New Zealand Meat Board and Meat and Wool New Zealand.

Androula has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University. She is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Rob Bernau – General Manager Market Design

Rob Bernau

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.

Rob has experience delivering complex work programmes in challenging environments and an in-depth knowledge of regulatory organisations.

Before joining the Authority, Rob was Head of Energy, Airports and Dairy Regulation at the Commerce Commission. Rob was responsible for the Commission’s economic regulation of electricity lines, gas pipelines and major airports, and for the Commission’s regulatory functions in the dairy sector. Since 2016 Rob has also been responsible for overseeing the Commission’s interface with the Electricity Authority, particularly in relation to evolving technologies in the electricity sector. Rob joined the Commission in September 2010 as General Counsel in the Regulation Branch. Before 2010, Rob worked for New Zealand Post in network access and legal roles, and for Chapman Tripp.

Rob holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Otago.