The Authority appoints members to the IPAG to represent the broad array of expertise in the electricity industry.
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.
Executive General Manager – Technology and Digital, Genesis Energy
Jen Cherrington-Mowat is the Executive General Manager of Technology & Digital at Genesis Energy. Prior to joining Genesis in October 2016, Jen has worked with both PLC and start-ups, including as Managing Director for eBay UK, European Director of Operations for Yahoo! Europe, and Director Home, Garden and Toys for Amazon UK. Jen is a believer in customer-focused business strategies and has been involved in virtually all aspects of setting up and running businesses and business units focused on growing digital operations profitably. Her passion lies in technology, (big) data and how to drive her team to get the optimal mix behind great products and services that really make a difference to the customer.
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.
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 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.
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.