The Authority appoints members to the IPAG to represent the broad array of expertise in the electricity industry.
Call for nominations for IPAG membership
The Authority is calling for nominations for a member of the IPAG following the resignation of George Block. The IPAG addresses issues related to innovation in technology and business models in the electricity sector, and consumer participation.
Experience in the electricity sector, evolving technologies, new business models, consumer choice or retail competition is desirable. The Authority is particularly interested in nominations from people with experience in representing household consumer perspectives.
The requirements and expectations of advisory group members are set out in the Charter for advisory groups and the Terms of reference for the Security and Reliability Council and other advisory groups.
The Authority wants to appoint the successful nominee for a term extending until the end of September 2019.
Nominations close at 5.00pm on Tuesday, 17 April 2018.
John Hancock (Chairperson)
Director, Signature Consulting
John Hancock works as an independent consultant, drawing on his unusual combination of deep experience in both technology and energy market deregulation. John has worked in the utilities and related industries for nearly 3 decades, starting with the deregulation of the UK electricity and gas industries in the late 1980s followed by 15 years in the Asia-Pacific with Ernst & Young Consulting, Capgemini and latterly Hewlett Packard as Asia Pacific Director for the Utilities Industry. John regularly chairs industry seminars and conferences, presents as a sector expert around the world, has authored many whitepapers on utility industry trends and leading practice as well as publishing a popular weekly blog/podcast on strategic themes in the sector since 2009.
Chief Executive, Electric Kiwi
Over the last 10 years Luke has had a range of senior roles in the NZ electricity industry including leading Mercury’s specialist retailing and smart metering businesses. Prior to this Luke held a number of senior roles in multinational consumer products businesses.
Network Growth and Planning Manager, Orion
Glenn Coates has been in the electricity sector for 27 years including 2 years with Transpower system operations. He has been responsible for Orion network planning since April 2004. His role also includes responsibility for core business growth including the purchase of Transpower spur assets and providing strategic insight for Orion’s demand side management systems. Following a few years of network earthquake recovery planning, Glenn’s focus has shifted to strategy development around emerging technologies and the impacts and opportunities this presents for Orion and the wider power industry. Glenn is an electrician by trade and later a University of Canterbury qualified electrical engineer but has a strong interest in the commercial and economic aspects of the power system including emerging technologies and the new business models that may evolve.
Head of Marketing, Meridian Energy
Melanie is the current Head of Marketing for Meridian Energy and has extensive experience in retail and ecommerce. Whilst at Meridian, prior to her current role, Melanie has held positions as the Head of Digital and managed a Retail Technology Programme. She has a background in digital and tech and spent 7 years working for Amazon.com before moving to New Zealand in 2013. Melanie brings strong leadership skills, a bias for action and an appreciation for the intersection between IT and business.
Director, Allan Miller Consulting
Allan Miller is a consulting engineer, providing independent expert advice in the electricity and technology industries. His experience includes leadership and technical roles in the electricity and international high-tech industry. He was director of the Electric Power Engineering Centre (EPECentre), University of Canterbury, from 2011 to 2017, where he established and led the GREEN Grid research programme. Prior to that Allan was a product manager, followed by Managing Director, of Allied Telesis Labs Ltd, a product development centre for the Japanese computer networking company Allied Telesis. He has worked as a hardware and software engineer, as an analyst for Transpower during the establishment of the wholesale electricity market, and Western Power in Perth, Western Australia, where he led a demand response programme. He holds a Ph.D. and B.E. Hons in electrical and electronic engineering.
Managing Director, Cortexo
Terry is the Managing Director of Cortexo, a software development company that provides a grid edge ‘Internet of Energy Things’ software platform. Terry has been involved with innovation and disruption for the last 15 years and has been the President of the NZ Software Association as well as the Chair of the Canterbury Software Cluster. Prior to his move to software, Terry spent 20 years in the aviation sector, both military and commercial, giving him a strong grounding in leadership, training and assessment.
Managing Director, Simply Energy
Stephen Peterson is founder and CEO at Simply Energy Ltd. Stephen has previously worked for Castalia, Invensys, Enron Europe and engineering companies across Asia. Stephen's background includes electricity wholesaling and retailing, electricity risk management, energy efficiency and mechanical & electrical engineering.
Chief Customer Officer, Vector
Rod has extensive experience in corporate strategy, business and product innovation, digital growth, transformation and disruption chiefly in the New Zealand communications and media sector. Rod has recently joined Vector as Chief Customer Officer focused on driving customer experience, innovation and market development to support Vector’s vision of creating a new energy future. Before this Rod was most recently Chief Executive Officer of Spark Ventures. Prior to that Rod was Spark’s Chief Product Officer and before that Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the Spark Executive team for almost 10 years. He is a Founder and Director of strategic advisory consultancy The Exponential Agency and a Director of JUCY Group, Metlifecare, SMX and start-up Genoapay, a Trustee of Springboard Trust and a member of AUT’s Auteur’s influencers panel. Rod is also an AUT Creative tech mentor and Icehouse Flux Accelerator mentor. Rod holds a BCA from Victoria University, an Executive Management Diploma from Darden Business School and is an ANZ Chartered Accountant and also a Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.