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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 has also 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 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 System Operations and Innovation
John was appointed General Manager System 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 Performance
Jim was appointed GM Grid Performance in 2014 from the position of GM Information Services and Technology which he held from 2007. Jim joined Transpower in 2003 from Ericsson Synergy, where he was Chief Executive. He has extensive international experience as a strategic consultant in the IT and Telecommunications sector having worked on assignments in Europe, North and South America and Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining Ericsson Synergy, Jim was a senior executive at Telecom in the wireless technology division. Jim holds a BE in Civil Engineering and an MBA.
Responsibilities: Maintaining the performance and operation of our grid assets such as substations and transmission lines, and property management related to our assets.
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 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.
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 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.