Members of the Rulings Panel
Members are appointed by the Governor-General in accordance with a recommendation from the Minister of Energy and Resources after consultation with the Minister of Justice and the Electricity Authority.
The current members of the Rulings Panel are:
- Peter Dengate Thrush (Chair)
- Geraldine Baumann (Deputy Chair)
- Nicola Wills
- Susan Roberts
- John O'Sullivan
Background notes on each member
Peter Dengate Thrush
Peter Dengate Thrush is a barrister sole specialising in intellectual and industrial property, information technology, the internet and competition issues. He is a member of the Copyright Tribunal and until June 2011 was Chairman of the Board of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). He has been a member of the Rulings Panel since March 2008 and was Deputy Chair between July 2008 and August 2011.
Geraldine Baumann has 30 years experience in the electricity sector. She was General Counsel at the Electricity Corporation of NZ from 1987 to 1999 and then CEO of ECNZ - Residual for a year. Since that time she has been on the Board of EECA (from 2001 to 2007, including a period as Deputy Chair), the Board of Genesis Energy (2002 to 2008), and a member of the Board of Inquiry to consider the National Policy Statement for Renewable Energy (2008-2009).
Nicola Wills has practised as a barrister since 2000. She has extensive experience in commercial dispute resolution, and has been an Adjudicator of the Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal since 2006. Her experience in the electricity sector includes a period as In-house Counsel at Transpower from 1998 to 1999.
Susan Roberts has over 30 years commercial experience, including 16 years in the energy sector carrying out senior level management and consultancy roles with Contact Energy, NGC, Genesis Energy and ECNZ.
John O'Sullivan has been a member of the Rulings Panel since it was established in 2004. He is a power system engineer with 40 years' experience in the New Zealand electricity industry and overseas, including managing power stations and as General Manager Thermal and General Manager Geothermal at Contact Energy. He served as a board member of Transpower from 1991 to 1994, and the New Zealand Geothermal Association from 2002 to 2005.
The Authority's contact for the Rulings Panel is Ross Hill.