Call for nominations
We are calling for nominations for three members of the Security and Reliability Council (SRC). We are particularly interested in nominations from people who can credibly represent the interests of:
- commercial and industrial businesses, especially businesses connected directly to Transpower’s grid
- residential consumers and/or small- and medium-enterprises.
Experience in electricity transmission, distribution and demand-side management is desirable.
We intend to appoint the successful nominees in March 2020, for an expected term of three years.
To submit a nomination please complete the online nomination form by 5.00 pm on 28 January 2020.
Hon Heather Roy (Chairperson)
Independent Chair of Utilities Disputes Limited
Hon Heather Roy is the Independent Chair of Utilities Disputes Limited and the Advertising Standards Authority, and is a principal and director of her business consultancy, TorquePoint. Heather’s previous governance roles include the independent chair of Medicines New Zealand, various Ministerial roles, including Minister of Consumer Affairs, and a member of the Territorial Force Employer Support Council.
Heather has also worked in the health sector as both a practitioner and in policy development, and was a Captain in the NZ Army Reserve (Royal NZ Engineers). She is a member of the Institute of Directors and winner of the Women on Boards ‘Inspirational Excellence Award’ 2017
Director of Elliston Power Consultants Ltd
Barbara Elliston is a director of Elliston Power Consultants Ltd, Counties Power Limited and Easy Warm Ltd, as well as being on the Board of the Australian Solar Council. Barbara's previous roles include directorships with Genesis Energy and Transpower as well as directorship and management with Comalco New Zealand Ltd. Barbara's background includes corporate governance, strategic development and distributed generation - photovoltaics. She earned a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) with honours from the University of Auckland.
Chief Executive of Mercury Limited (From 29 April 2020)
Vince Hawksworth is the Chief Executive of Mercury Limited (From 29 April 2020). Vince’s previous roles include Chief Executive of Trustpower, Chief Executive of Hydro Tasmania and General Manager Retail and General Manager Generation at Genesis Energy. Vince’s background includes strategic and operational leadership roles in electricity generation, trading and retail. He is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a former Vice President of the Electricity Engineers’ Association of New Zealand.
Director and co-founder of Smart Power Limited
Anne Herrington is a director and co-founder of Smart Power Limited. Smart Power, established in 1993, specialises in providing independent advice on energy use, costs and the energy industry to consumers. Most of Anne’s time is spent working directly with clients to save dollars and energy but she has also done stints on various Electricity Authority groups as a consumer representative and is currently on the Expert Advisory Panel for the coalition Government’s Review of Electricity Pricing.
Executive General Manager - Generation and Wholesale at Genesis Energy
Tracey Hickman is the Executive General Manager of Generation and Wholesale at Genesis Energy. Tracey has worked in the electricity sector for over 25 years, and has been responsible for managing Genesis Energy’s hydro and thermal generation assets for over seven years as well as Genesis’ wholesale and trading activities and fuel and carbon portfolios for the past three. Over this time, Tracey has overseen Genesis Energy’s generation fleet through a number of significant events in the industry, from volcanic eruption and earthquake responses, to fuel shortages to transmission constraints and major plant outages. Tracey holds a Master of Arts degree (first class honours) from University of Auckland specialising in Natural Resource Management and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Programme.
Chief Executive of Wellington Electricity
Greg Skelton has been the Chief Executive of Wellington Electricity since April 2009. Prior to that, Greg was the Chief Executive of Alpine Energy Limited and has held various senior management roles in the electricity industry. Greg has 30 years of experience in the fields of production engineering, electrical engineering and business management. Greg holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and is a fellow of Engineering New Zealand.
General Manager Business Assurance at Unison Networks Limited
Nathan Strong is the General Manager Business Assurance at Unison Networks Limited. He has responsibilities for Unison’s Risk Management, Legal, Regulatory, Network Pricing and Health and Safety Management activities. He also is a Member of a number of the Electricity Networks Association’s Working Groups, including Regulatory and Distribution Pricing. Nathan’s background is in economics and has held roles at the Commerce Commission and in economics consultancy.
Director Commodity and Risk Trading at Fonterra
Bruce Turner is Director Commodity and Risk Trading at Fonterra. Bruce's previous roles include Senior Vice President at Suez Energy International, Vice President Trading at Tractebel EGI, General Manager Wholesale Group Mighty River Power, and General Manager Commercial at Vector Ltd. Bruce's background includes operational and strategic leadership roles in energy and commodity trading and risk management, electricity generation, distribution and retailing, strategy and regulatory affairs, along with an active involvement in New Zealand electricity sector reforms during the 1990s.
General Manager of Generation and Natural Resources at Meridian Energy
Guy Waipara (Rongowhakaata) is the General Manager of Generation and Natural Resources at Meridian Energy Limited. Guy’s previous roles at Meridian have also covered General Management positions in Wholesale Markets and External Relations. Guy’s background includes strategic and operational roles in mergers and acquisitions in Meridian and transmission planning, system operations and grid development at Transpower.