The Authority appoints members to the IPAG to represent the broad array of expertise in the electricity industry.
The members of IPAG from 1 October 2019 are:
- John Hancock (Chairperson)
- Luke Blincoe
- Glenn Coates
- Allan Miller
- Terry Paddy
- Tim Rudkin
- Roxanne Salton
- Corrie Stobie
- Scott Willis
Director, Signature Consulting
John Hancock appointed as Chair of the Innovation and Participation Advisory Group from 30 May 2020 – 30 May 2023.
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.
General Manager Asset Management and Planning, Aurora Energy
Glenn Coates has been in the electricity sector for 28 years including various roles with Orion the electricity distribution network owner in Christchurch and 2 years with Transpower system operations. Glenn is an electrician by trade and a University of Canterbury qualified electrical engineer. Glenn has a wide range of distribution network experience including customer facing roles, research and development, planning, network performance/resilience and demand side management. Later in his career he developed a strong interest in the commercial and economic aspects of the power system. He has contributed to numerous industry working groups and is currently involved in the Electricity Networks Association Smart Technology Working Group. Recent work at Orion included research into emerging technologies and the associated new business models that may evolve. Glenn recently joined Aurora Energy where he will lead asset management and planning towards finding the right balance between managing short term traditional network asset performance and network preparedness for medium term changes in customer expectations.
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.
Chief Executive, Saveawatt
Tim Rudkin is the CEO of Save A Watt Holdings Ltd and is responsible for the creation and implementation of Saveawatt’s digital platform development including the intelligent personal assistant power switching service and New Zealand’s first consumer lead residential electricity bulk-buying platform. Tim has a background in international finance and has been a director and investor in New Zealand based export businesses.
Head of Digital Strategy and Delivery, Mercury
Roxanne has previously held digital leadership roles in the energy, banking and telecommunications sectors including at Mercury, ASB and Spark. Her expertise in transformation, innovation and disruption has been influenced by the changing economies of these varied industries. She is well-known for bringing her business expertise into the technology sector. She is an influential and inspirational leader who has specialised in digital transformation across large enterprise, strategy development, product innovation, disruptive technologies and emerging markets.
Roxanne is an experienced public speaker and known as a high energy, talented communicator and motivator. She is also a passionate supporter of women in sectors where they are underrepresented.
Product Delivery Manager, intelliHUB NZ/Metrix Ltd
Corrie has over 20 years’ experience in the NZ electricity industry within varied roles. Due to her invaluable first-hand insight of several industry participants businesses and their interactions with consumers, Corrie has a strong understanding of the complexities of the industry and the need to balance this with the consumer experience, product innovation and emerging technology. Corrie is highly experienced in the process of integrating transformation from innovation, new technologies and regulatory changes back into businesses, whilst managing the impacts and the delivery to customers.
Manager, Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust
Scott works as Manager of the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust, a nationally renowned NGO that creates local climate solutions together. Over the last 10+ years he has worked in the community sector to create energy literacy, energy efficiency and innovation in community energy with a special interest in the democratization of our electricity sector. Scott is Chairperson of the Energy Committee at the Otago Chamber of Commerce and Secretary/Treasurer of the Cosy Homes Trust in Dunedin and is a regular contributor to the Otago Daily Times on sustainability and energy issues.