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Our General Management Team directs the day-to-day operation of the company.
Alison joined Transpower in 2014. She has held a number of senior executive roles across various industry sectors, most recently as Global Head of Chemicals for Orica PLC. She is a Director for Port of Tauranga, and has been a Director for Genesis Energy.
Prior to these roles, she held a number of senior roles at Fonterra Cooperative Group and across the Fletcher Challenge Group in Energy, Forests and Paper. Alison has a MBA from Warwick University, and studied Engineering (Chemicals and Materials) at Auckland University.
Chief Financial Officer
Alex joined Transpower in October 2014. He is a qualified Accountant and has held senior finance positions within New Zealand and internationally, including with Ernst & Young in Singapore, Australia and London. He has previously been a CFO with both TelstraClear and Vector, and has held a number of directorships including Chairman of Liquigas Limited.
Responsibilities: Management of the company’s financial performance and position including management of its funding base, the relationships with the Commerce Commission and Electricity Authority, the company’s insurance programme, enterprise wide risk management framework and its property portfolio.
General Manager Operations and Innovation
John was appointed General Manager Operations in 2014 from the position of General Manager Grid Development which he held from 2008. Previously John spent ten years in senior roles within our System Operator division. His earlier career in the New Zealand electricity sector has included roles in distribution and electrical engineering consulting. John holds a BE in Electrical Engineering.
Responsibilities: System operations – real-time co-ordination of supply and demand for the New Zealand power system and other security-related functions.
General Manager Grid Development
Stephen was appointed in October 2014. He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and currently on the Board member of the Electricity Engineers Association. Stephen was previously General Manager with Mitton ElectroNet – an engineering consultancy business. He has had a long and varied career within the electricity industry, including time with C.E.G.B, National Power, Nuclear Electric, Midlands Electricity Plc, Parsons Brinckerhoff Power and Meridian Energy. For a short period in 2002 Stephen was an Energy System Coordinator at Transpower.
Responsibilities: Developing the Grid – planning the national transmission grid, developing grid upgrade plans, managing the regulatory approval processes, and working with customers to develop their connection points.
General Manager People Division
Brighid joined Transpower in March 2018, and was previously GM People at Tourism New Zealand. Prior to this, she held senior executive and line management positions at Te Papa, Telecom, BNZ and Fletcher Challenge Forests. Brighid brings diverse industry and functional experience across a number of sectors, and has helped transform several organisations to successfully meet their future challenges. With this background, Brighid will make a valuable contribution to our organisational strategy and development, while leading the various teams that make up our People Division.
Responsibilities: Safety, Human resources management, organisational culture.
General Counsel and Company Secretary
David was appointed General Counsel and Company Secretary in August 2007. Prior to joining Transpower, David was General Counsel at Telecom NZ. David holds an Honours degree in law from the University of Auckland, and a Masters degree in law from Harvard Law School, which he attended as a Fulbright scholar. Prior to his career in law, David was involved in the wine industry, including periods as a winemaker, wine merchant and wine judge.
Responsibilities: General Counsel and Company Secretary.
General Manager Transformation and Auckland Development
Raewyn was appointed General Manager Auckland Development in 2016, from the position of General Manager Customers, Stakeholders & Environment which she held from 2015.
Raewyn has a background in environmental, regulatory and relationship management, and has worked in consultancy, within industry and for a regulator. She has worked in the electricity sector for 15 years both at Transpower and prior to that at Meridian. She holds a BSc from Victoria University and a Diploma in Business from Henley Management College.
Responsibilities: Customer and landowner relations, stakeholder engagement, environmental and property management, iwi and community relations.
General Manager Information Services & Technology
Cobus joined Transpower in 2011, and has held senior roles including IST Strategy and Architecture Manager. Prior to joining Transpower Cobus was the Network Solutions Manager at Alcatel-Lucent and the Technical Lead for Transpower’s Telecommunications and Networking Programme. As a multi-skilled ICT professional Cobus has experience in Defence, Enterprise, Telecommunications and Utilities organisations.
Cobus has a Masters in Project Management and Engineering (Electronics) from the University of Pretoria.
Responsibilities: Maintenance and development of Transpower’s information services and technology.
General Manager Grid Service Delivery (formerly Grid Performance)
After graduating from Lincoln University, Mark worked in project management and consultant roles in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Mark has been with Transpower since 2006, working in a variety of senior roles, including Regional Service Delivery Manager for the Upper North Island. In his most recent role, Maintenance Optimisation Programme Lead, he has been driving the business change programme using digital technologies to deliver operational expenditure efficiencies.
In 2017, Mark completed the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Executive Programme.
Mark is leading and managing a team accountable for the delivery of national transmission grid services to New Zealand – including safety, stakeholder relationship management, contractor and consultant management. He is providing effective real-time operations management to ensure that national transmission assets are operated within their specified capability, including associated risks, outages and events.
Responsibilities: Maintaining performance and operation of our grid assets such as substations and transmission lines, and property management related to our assets.
General Manager Customers and Projects
Kevin was appointed General Manager Customers and Projects in 2017, from the position of General Manager Grid Projects which he held from April 2013. Prior to this, Kevin held the position of Investigations and Planning Manager in System Operations. Kevin joined Transpower in 1994 and has a wide background in transmission and has led a number of IT and transmission projects.
He has led the System Operator’s efforts on commissioning the HVDC Pole 3 and our customers’ geothermal generation plants. He has played a key part in managing change within System Operations as it creates a new profile within the industry.
Responsibilities: Building grid enhancements – project management, procurement, supplier and contract management.