The Authority appoints members to the MDAG to represent the broad array of expertise in the electricity industry.
The members of MDAG from 1 October 2019 are:
- Tony Baldwin (Chairperson)
- Paul Baker
- James Flannery
- James Flexman
- Stu Innes
- Andrew Kerr
- Rebecca Osborne
- Ann Whitfield
- Al Yates
Director, A E Baldwin New Zealand Ltd
Tony is a consultant providing advisory and project management services in relation to transactions, strategy, re-structuring and public policy. He has a long involvement in the electricity industry, starting in the early 1990s leading the Government’s team of officials and consultants in breaking-up ECNZ, through to project managing for Genesis Energy its role in the MOM IPO process and subsequent acquisitions. Tony has previously chaired industry groups on the electricity hedge market and model electricity retail contracts. More information on his background is at www.tonybaldwin.co.nz
Commercial and Regulatory Manager, Nova Energy
Paul has over 15 years’ experience in the electricity sector. Following management roles in the financial services and chemical industries, Paul worked with the Treasury, where he advised Ministers on State-owned Enterprises, including Genesis Energy and Meridian Energy. In 2004 Paul became Managing Consultant at Energy Link, with responsibility for its forecasting and consulting projects.
Paul holds an MCom (Hons) in Operations Research and has broad management experience including corporate planning, financial analysis, financial product design and marketing.
In his current role as Commercial and Regulatory Manager with Nova Energy, Paul looks after regulatory engagement across the electricity and gas sectors and commercial negotiations with industry parties.
Manager Fuels Trading, Contact Energy
James has over 20 years’ experience in the New Zealand energy industry. James’s current role is Head of Fuels at Contact Energy, a role that sees him responsible for the management of the fuel supply (natural gas, LPG and diesel) for Contact’s thermal power stations and retail customers. James is also responsible for the commercial operation of the Ahuroa Gas Storage facility. Prior to this role, James held a number of senior positions at Contact Energy.
Wholesale Markets Manager, Mercury NZ Ltd
James is the Wholesale Markets Manager at Mercury NZ Limited and has held this role since February 2015. His responsibilities include management of Mercury’s energy portfolio including real-time electricity dispatch and market optimisation, fuel position management, energy derivatives and futures trading, transmission and analytical support functions. He also heads up the Commercial and Industrial Sales team. Prior to joining Mercury, James worked in various management roles within Carter Holt Harvey in New Zealand and in the electricity sector in the United Kingdom. James holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree from Auckland University and an MBA from Oxford University.
Regulatory and Pricing Strategy Manager, Powerco
Andrew has over 25 years’ experience in the energy sector. He currently manages Powerco’s regulatory and pricing functions across its electricity and gas networks. A core element of this role is advising on the interaction of economic and market regulation on consumers, contestability, and network sustainability. Andrew’s previous industry and consulting roles have ranged from developing electricity security of supply settings, modelling gas and electricity market structures and dynamics (NZ and overseas), and scenario development and analysis under environmental and economic constraints. Andrew has a PhD in Management Science.
Chief Executive, emhTrade
Stu has a background as an energy trader and quantitative analyst. He has over ten years experience trading in NZ markets including spot trading, ASX and OTC futures and options, including market making of these contracts as well as FTRs and other derivatives. Stu has also traded physical electricity and gas products in the UK and Europe. He is currently CEO and Co-Founder of emhTrade, a proprietary trading firm and independent retailer. The firm specialises in using software automation and analytics to trade electricity and provide insight across the supply chain. The firm launched one of the world's first residential peer-to-peer electricity platforms in 2016 and continues to develop this product. Over the last ten years Stu has had a keen involvement in the regulatory process, particularly in regards to wholesale market design. He has previously sat on the Locational Price Risk Technical Group and chaired the Settlement and Prudential Security Technical Group and is a current member of the ASX Users Group and the FTR Users Group.
Regulatory Affairs and Pricing Manager, Transpower
With over ten years’ experience in the energy sector, Rebecca has worked for Meridian Energy, Energy for Industry, Pioneer Energy and is currently the Regulatory Affairs and Pricing Manager for Transpower. These roles have encompassed commercial, development, trading, market risk, strategic and regulatory functions. Her industry-wide experience includes large gentailers, independent generators, new entrant retailers, innovative energy products, transmission and heat energy. Prior to these roles, Rebecca worked as a consulting Process Engineer in New Zealand and the UK across industries including dairy, chemicals and natural gas.
Partner, HoustonKemp Economists
Ann has over 25 years’ experience working as an economist for both private consultancies and government. Her particular areas of expertise include utility regulation and broader issues of energy market development. Ann has advised both regulators and utility businesses in Australia, including on the impact of new technologies on the regulatory framework, and issues surrounding investment in network infrastructure in the context of renewable energy development and the increase in Distributed Energy Resources.
Chief Executive Officer, Ecotricity NZ
Al has been involved in a number of startups in the telco, IT and tourism sectors including Brightpoint and Snowplanet. Over the last 15 years Al has been Managing Director of Wind Farm Group, an independent wind developer and more recently CEO of carboNZero Certified electricity retailer Ecotricity. Al served for a number of years on the NZ Wind Energy Association and more recently is heavily involved in the promotion of electric vehicles and solar generation. Al was recently appointed to the board of ChargeNet, a nationwide public electric vehicle rapid charger network. Al has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in marketing and entrepreneurship.