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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.
General Manager Grid Development
John was re-appointed General Manager Grid Development in 2020, following a period as General Manager Operations which he held from 2014. John was General Manager Grid Development from 2008-2014, and had previously 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: 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 Operations
Stephen was appointed to this role in 2020, having previously held the role of General Manager Grid Development since 2014. He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and currently on the Board 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: System operations – real-time co-ordination of supply and demand for the New Zealand power system and other security-related functions.
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 Manager External Affairs
Raewyn was appointed GM External Affairs in 2018, having previously headed the Transformation and Auckland Strategy division, and Customers, Stakeholders and Environment division.
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: Communications and engagement, customer solutions, landowner relations, environmental and property management, iwi and community relations, corporate transformation.
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 (IST): Maintenance and development of Transpower’s information services and technology.
General Manager Grid Delivery
Mark has been with Transpower since 2006, working in a variety of senior roles, including Regional Service Delivery Manager for the Upper North Island, before moving into General Management.
Previously, Mark worked in project management and consultant roles in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Further to his degree from Lincoln University, Mark completed the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Executive Programme.
Responsibilities: Maintaining the operation, performance and enhancement of our grid assets, such as substations and transmission lines, and property management related to our assets. Accountable for the delivery of national transmission grid services to New Zealand, providing effective real-time operations management.
Chief Financial Officer
Catherine was appointed Chief Financial Officer in February 2022. She joins Transpower from Todd Corporation where she held the role of Group Manager, Treasury, Tax and Insurance. Catherine holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Otago and is a Chartered Accountant.
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, procurement and its property portfolio.
General Manager Strategy & Customer (acting)
Nicolas was appointed acting General Manager Strategy and Customer in December 2021, after joining Transpower in July that year as Senior Strategy Manager. Prior to this role, he held a series of senior positions within the energy industry, including with Gas and Electricity distribution business Powerco, and French electricity generator EDF. Nicolas holds a Masters of Science in Engineering (Diplôme d’ingénieur) from École Centrale Paris.
Responsibilities: Customer solutions and relationships, development and implementation of the organisation’s strategy.
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.