John Hancock (Chairperson)

Director, Signature Consulting

John Hancock

John Hancock

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. 

 

Rosalind Archer

Head of the Department of Engineering Science, University of Auckland

Rosalind Archer

Rosalind Archer

Rosalind is a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Auckland. She is Head of the Department of Engineering Science and Director of the Geothermal Institute. Rosalind has a broad range of professional interests in the energy sector and coordinates the Master of Energy program at the University of Auckland – which addresses energy from scientific, engineering and business perspectives. At home she takes a personal interest in innovative energy technology and owns an electric car, solar panels and a Tesla power wall. Rosalind holds a B.E. in Engineering Science from the University of Auckland and a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University. She a non-executive director of NZ Oil & Gas, and is a Member of the Institute of Directors.

 

Luke Blincoe

Chief Executive, Electric Kiwi

Luke Blincoe

Luke Blincoe

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glenn Coates

General Manager Asset Management and Planning, Aurora Energy

Glenn Coates

Glenn Coates

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. 

 

Allan Miller

Director, Allan Miller Consulting

Allan Miller

Allan Miller

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.

 

Terry Paddy

Managing Director, Cortexo

Terry Paddy

Terry Paddy

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.

 

 

Stephen Peterson

Managing Director, Simply Energy

Stephen Peterson

Stephen Peterson

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 andretailing, electricity risk management, energy efficiency and mechanical & electrical engineering. 

 

 

 

Tim Rudkin

Chief Executive, Saveawatt

Tim Rudkin

Tim Rudkin

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.

 

 

Roxanne Salton

Head of Digital Strategy and Delivery, Mercury


Roxanne Salton

Roxanne 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 has held leadership roles in the digital world in the banking, telecommunications and publishing industries including at ASB, Spark and ACP Media (now Bauer Media Group). Her expertise in transformation, innovation and disruption has been influenced by the changing economies of these industries.

Roxanne enjoys translating the ever-changing face of technology (ICT) to other parts of the wider business and her anchor point has always been a fervent advocacy of the customer experience. 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.