The Grid Skills Team

The team

The Grid Skills team is committed to providing you with a positive training experience from beginning to end – whether you attend a course at one of our training facilities or undertake your learning online.


Antony Ainsworth – Technical Specialist

Antony has come from a varied background, having worked in Substation maintenance, Transmission Projects, Distribution Networks maintenance, Heavy Industrial Reticulation, Commercial and Domestic services he ideally suited to offer Technical advice to the Grid Skills group. In recent years Antony was involved in incident investigation and workplace safety monitoring, he also developed and delivered competence training for EWRB licencing and has intimate knowledge of legislation and regulation of the Electrical Supply Industry.

Patricia Cribb-Lankey

Trish works in the Grid Skills Programme Redevelopment Team as a Training Resource Developer, designing the training resource materials for Grid Skills courses. She has worked in the design industry as a multi-disciplinary artist for the past 10 years. Previously, Trish taught graphic design at WelTec and brings valuable videography experience to the team.

Megan Cushnahan

Megan is the Project Liaison Co-ordinator for the Grid Skills Programme Redevelopment Team. Megan liaises with the wider Grid Skills team to communicate and coordinate activities, and drives the project plan to ensure the team meets their goals. Before joining Grid Skills Megan has worked as a Business Development Manager and is currently completing a PhD that explores the influence of big data characteristics on innovation in the science-making context.

Lynda Doyle – Technical Training Manager

Lynda provides strategic leadership and management of the technical training within Transpower. Lynda’s role includes leading the technical training capability and management services provided by the Grid Skills team. Prior to taking up the Manager Technical Training role Lynda was Manager, National Operations Technical Training, System Operations. Lynda has a learning and development background with considerable experience leading the learning and development function and teams within organisations.

Doug Drysdale

Doug is an Instructional Designer with the Grid Skills Programme Redevelopment Team. His role is to work with subject matter experts in developing training courses and materials for delivery within the transmission industry. Prior to becoming a member of the Grid Skills team Doug worked as a primary school principal and is currently completing a PhD that explores learner confidence while involved in training.

Kate Duggan – Assessment & Moderation Team Leader

Kate manages the Grid Skills’ assessment and moderation strategy and activity and leads engagement with NZQA and industry training organisations. Other aspects of Kate’s role include quality assurance of training and assessment resources, trainer development, pastoral care of learners, building assessor and moderator capacity in the transmission sector and providing advice on education needs for the provision of technical training.  Kate has a broad management and practitioner background in adult education across the community, social service and tertiary sectors; her past experience within the electricity supply industry includes the role of National Moderator for the Electricity Supply Industry Training Organisation (ESITO, now trading as Connexis), where she was involved with several research based projects and led a substantive review of the workplace assessment and moderation process. 

Marie Henry – Programme / Project Manager

Marie is leading the work required to redevelop our existing programmes as part of the three year Programme Redevelopment Project.  For the period of the project her work will include aligning programme curricula to the requirements of the TPSS 06.20 & TPSS 06.21 service specifications, ongoing maintenance of existing programmes, implementing new qualification programmes and refresher training programmes. Prior to taking up this Project Manager role with Grid Skills, Marie held a number of Change & Project Manager roles with the Ministry of Education and has over 15 years’ experience leading learning and development and IT projects in large organisations.

Diane Hodgkinson – Grid Skills Delivery Coordinator

Diane is the first point of contact for MySkills users. She is able to assist with approving enrolments, updating details, adding new users, and changing passwords. On the day of training Diane is the point of contact for learners unable to attend or withdrawing from training.  She is also the go-to-person for lunch orders and dietary requirements.

Diane has joined Grid Skills after many years working in logistics and customer service roles.

John Kinvig – Trainer and Verification Lead

John’s previous experience as a substation maintenance supervisor for a service provider, along with considerable earlier high-voltage industry experience, provides a good background for his role.

John's main focus is the engagement of the external trainers and their future development. John also monitors the performance of trainers, verifiers and tertiary education organisations where Grid Skills uses them to assist in providing training delivery.

Debra Maddocks

Debra is an Instructional Designer on the Programme Redevelopment Team. Debra brings over 18 years experience in tertiary education, having previously worked for UCOL most recently as a learning designer. Debra’s role at grid Skills is to liaise with subject matter experts to scope, design and develop training materials for Grid Skills courses.

Aleisha Millington – Grid Skills Delivery Team Leader

Aleisha is responsible for the day to day delivery of learning, including the forward proactive planning of all training to meet the needs of the business. Aleisha’s role also includes leading a team to ensure learning is delivered effectively. Aleisha is also responsible for the management of the MySkills system.

Aleisha worked in the distribution industry for a number of years prior to joining Transpower.

Donna Robert – Grid Skills Analyst

Donna  works with the entire team providing statistical information for various monthly reporting, plus she is charged with the team finances, including the approval of, and queries relating to, the travel and accommodation allowances. Donna joined the team after five years as an administrator for the Tararua Wind Farm, and prior to that, 25 years in the insurance industry.

Paula Sollitt

Paula is a Training Resource Developer on the Grid Skills Programme Redevelopment Team. She brings a wealth of graphic design experience to the team, assisting in the development of training materials from the design stage through to output. Before joining Grid Skills, Paula spent 15 years working in the Creative Department at Ezibuy designing clothing catalogues.