The Authority appoints members to the IPAG to represent the broad array of expertise in the electricity industry.
Lindsay Cowley (Chairperson)
General Manager Customer Data, Delivery and Innovation, Spark New Zealand
Lindsay Cowley is currently the General Manager of Customer Data, Delivery and Innovation at Spark New Zealand having previously been CEO of Spark's Wholesale and International business. Lindsay brings to the IPAG significant governance and advisory experience having been a director and Chair of the Southern Cross Cable Network from 2013 to 2017 and an Advisory Board member for Rural News Group since 2011. Lindsay has over 15 years senior executive experience in a diverse range of sectors, including in the telecommunications, utilities and travel sectors. He holds a BCom in Marketing and a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Otago.
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.
Technical Writer, Consumer New Zealand
George is a writer at Consumer NZ. He covers energy, including electricity and gas retailers, along with environmental matters from a consumer-focused perspective. He also manages some of Consumer’s product tests. Before joining Consumer, George trained as an electrical engineer and spent some time working on development projects in Asia.
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.