Staff profiles

The power behind our business is people. Find out what some of our talented team have to say about working at Transpower.

 

Niamh Scott, Market Analyst

Why did you choose to join Transpower?

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Niamh Scott, Market Analyst

Transpower’s work in the electricity industry combines my passion for the environment and solving problems. New Zealand’s biggest challenges right now is to decarbonise, and Transpower’s work plays a key part in enabling our transition to a zero-carbon future. It’s an opportunity to help make a large-scale difference!

Their graduate programme also looked awesome – allowing me to test the waters of different roles and find the pathway which works best for me.

What makes you proud?

Everyone I have met is driven by passion about what they do – we are all working towards the same goal of New Zealand’s electrification future. Being new to the industry and the working life in general, I was excited. However, I was welcomed with compassion and support by my colleagues who are genuinely excited to share their knowledge. It means I am comfortable asking for help and so I end up learning heaps!

What’s the best part of your role?

When I left university, I didn’t know exactly which engineering pathway to take. Even within the energy industry, there are different opportunities.

The graduate programme has helped me to get more of an idea about what I enjoy in a job. Additionally, I understand a lot more about how the wider business functions and have a better idea of future opportunities because I’ve seen how much room there is for growth. Transpower also offers a great work-life balance, so I have heaps of time for all my after-work activities.

 

Chantelle Tomon, System Coordinator

Why did you choose to join Transpower? 

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Chantelle Tomon, System Coordinator

I was first introduced to Transpower when I was studying at the University of Auckland. Their role as the owner and operator of the national grid and System Operator was discussed in lectures and during industry showcases.

My interest was piqued, and I ended up at a Transpower careers presentation where I was fascinated by all the work they do for New Zealand. After a brief time back home overseas, I migrated back to New Zealand and was delighted to join the Transpower team and contribute to their work.

Transpower’s role plays a vital role in New Zealand’s electricity sector and the work I do not only contributes to the professional development of engineering career, but also to New Zealand.

What makes you proud / happy to be working here? 

Providing a service that enhances the overall quality of life gives me great pride and satisfaction in my job. Working at Transpower has given me valuable insights into how small, yet significant, tasks done well can contribute to the continual improvement and growth of the entire country.

What’s the best part of your role? 
The beauty of my job is that there is nothing typical about any one day; every day is different. Anything can happen on the grid at any time, so no matter the day, you’re always on your toes and up for a challenge.

 

Maggie Keshaboina, Applications Manager - Enterprise

Why did you choose to join Transpower? 

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Maggie Keshaboina, Applications Manager

I chose Transpower because of the vital role they play in the everyday lives of each New Zealander. Electricity is essential to every household, business and person in New Zealand, and Transpower is the enabling factor that connects the whole electricity industry together. This central role in the industry puts them at the forefront of New Zealand’s transition to a decarbonised economy. This means there’s always plenty to do and no two days presents the same challenge.

What makes you proud / happy to be working here? 

The list of reasons why I'm proud to be part of Transpower is simply too long. The organisation's culture and values, unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion, emphasis on personal growth and development, diverse range of projects and initiatives, and their prioritisation of health, safety, and well-being—all contribute to their exceptional work environment.

However, what truly sets Transpower apart is its people. From our leadership team, to the guidance and support provided by my manager and co-workers, every individual within the organisation is truly inspiring. Their passion, expertise, and dedication make me genuinely proud to be a member of the Transpower team.

What’s the best part of your role? 

My role enables me to bring the best of my skills in operations management, project governance and people leadership experience to what I do every day. Over the years, I’ve been able to challenge myself and stretch these skills, while also learning new ones. The culture of support and encouragement reciprocated by my leaders, peers and team is what makes me look forward to giving my best to Transpower, every day.

 

Doralba Valencia Restrepo, Principal Engineer - Substations

Why did you choose to join Transpower? 

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Doralba Valencia Restrepo, Principal Engineer - Substations

Being a part of Transpower gives me the opportunity to work in the energy sector, where I can truly make a difference in people’s daily lives. In my work, I contribute everyday to the development and implementation of innovative energy solutions, and our sustainable energy future.

What makes you proud / happy to be working here? 

It makes me proud to be part of a company that plays a big role in the decarbonization of the economy. Transpower’s full of innovative thinkers and idea, and I’m delighted to work in a space where I get to think about and develop meaningful, high-quality solutions to the challenges our industry faces. Being part of Transpower means I actively contribute to the transition towards cleaner and greener energy practices, bringing a positive impact the environment and our future generations.

What’s the best part of your role? 

The best part of my job is the team I work with. The diversity of knowledge and experience I’m around everyday bring new opportunities for learning every time I walk in the door. Transpower fosters a collaborative and inclusive working environment, bring together experts from various fields to promote knowledge sharing, professional growth, and the exchange of ideas.

 

Katherine Moore, Operations Planning Manager

Why did you choose to join Transpower? 

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Katherine Moore, Operations Planning Manager

I've had the privilege of choosing Transpower not just once, but twice. The first time was during the earlier stages of my career when I wanted first-hand experience in the electricity industry. I was a journalist at the time and wanted to do more than just write about it. The second time around, I found myself working as a consultant. But a desire to engage in practical work rather than advising drove me back to Transpower.  

I had also been influenced when collaborating with someone from Transpower on an industry working group. This person’s constructive and hard-working attitude left an impression on me, and their ability to take a whole-of-New Zealand perspective was hugely appealing.  

What makes you proud?  

When people ask me what I do, it feels good to talk about being part of keeping the lights on and playing a role in New Zealand's decarbonisation journey. The power system and market can be perplexing at times, but I find satisfaction in being part of the effort to address these critical challenges within a complex framework.  

Within my role, I take great pride in the fact that my team contributes to the development of the next generation of engineers and planners for New Zealand's energy system. I enjoy witnessing the growth and progress of these individuals who will shape the future of our nation's energy landscape.  

What’s the best part of your role?  

Working in Operations, the impact of your role is remarkably immediate, allowing you to witness the tangible value of your work daily. What I find captivating is the multifaceted nature of the power system that we have the privilege to explore. From delving into the intricacies of the electricity market to ensuring the security of the system, from monitoring the lake levels for the hydro dams to embracing the advancements in renewable generation, and from overseeing the maintenance of transmission lines and substations to tackling the latest challenges within our bustling 24/7 control centres.