Judges

Toby Stevenson

Toby StevensonToby is a Consulting Director with international economics consulting firm Sapere Research Group. His expert area is electricity trading and risk management and he established himself as an independent energy consultant in 2004.

Toby was the General Manager Electricity Trading at Contact Energy from its inception in 1996 to 2003 and has held a number of industry governance positions including Chairman of the New Zealand Electricity Market (2000 – 2003) and Chairman of the Electricity Commission’s Common Quality Advisory Group (2004 – 2009). He was a member of the Technical Advisory Group to the Ministerial Review of the Electricity Market in 2009.

Lizzie Chambers

Lizzie ChambersLizzie has a finance background and a Masters in Regulation from the London School of Economics. She has spent the last decade working in the carbon area.  She founded and continues to run the online trading platform Carbon Match which enables online direct trading between emitters, foresters, banks and other organisations.  She is passionate about New Zealand’s need to decarbonise and the role that new technologies and environmental markets will play in meeting that challenge. She is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors and has served as a director of Crown Research institute for forestry “Scion”.

Simon Coates

Simon CoatesSimon is a director at Concept Consulting.  He has advised governments, regulators, and industry participants on a wide range of issues ranging from market design, through to commercial and strategic advice.

He also heads up Concept’s modelling and quantitative analysis group which provides market forecasting and bespoke analysis services to clients.

Prior to joining Concept, Simon held a senior manager role at Contact Energy.

John Hancock - MBA, MA

John Hancock is an independent consultant to utility companies and their suppliers, drawing on his valuable combination of deep experience in both technology and deregulation as key dimensions of the strategic environment in the sector.

He has a 20 year career in the utilities industry including 14 years with Ernst & Young, Capgemini and Hewlett Packard (HP) in the Asia Pacific.  Operating at a Board and General Management level he has worked with a number of large international utilities on trends in the sector how technology can be deployed to enable their strategic response to them.  

John has worked with over 50 clients in the utility industry across 11 countries.

John Kidd

John is the Director of Equity Research at Woodward Partners. John was previously Head of Research - Asia Pacific at Edison Investment Research, and Head of Research at specialist sharebroking and investment banking firm McDouall Stuart. John has over 15 years of analytical and consulting experience in the energy sector, including four years at Shell's global head office in London where he worked on the development of new E&P, gas and petrochemical business ventures across the Shell Group. John's work has taken him to more than 20 countries.

Cameron Madgwick

Cameron MadgwickCameron has a background as a lawyer and governance professional in the energy sector. He has refocused his career to a more community engagement role. His specific legal skillset covers corporate advisory and governance, M&A, intellectual property, regulatory and dispute resolution. His most recent role at New Zealand Oil and Gas was as the Community Engagement Manager. His work required the establishment of a framework from the Board down to the Community up- based on the identification of issues, the community representatives with whom to engage and the sustainability of structures and processes for productive ongoing engagement.

Cameron brings experience in the legal, infrastructure and energy sectors. His awareness of oil and gas challenges and requirements gives him the background and knowledge to promote the industry and educate stakeholders about exploration and production activities.

Graeme Peters

Graeme PetersGraeme Peters is the chief executive of the Electricity Networks Association. Graeme has a degree in electrical engineering and has spent most of his career working in the media and for industry associations.

Appointed to lead ENA in March 2015, Graeme saw many examples of business excellence while working as a business journalist for the Financial Times, Thomson Reuters, and the Dominion Post, and is an experienced judge of national media awards

Elisabeth Welson - LLB (Hons)

Elisabeth has a wealth of experience in the energy sector providing legal advice to numerous clients across the oil & gas sector, both upstream and downstream, gas and electricity transmission and distribution, electricity generation, including renewable and alternative energy sources.  

A legal practice focussed around major energy and infrastructure projects and regulatory aspects of utility infrastructure has seen her consistently recognised in international legal directories as a leading New Zealand lawyer in energy and resources projects.   Elisabeth was a member of the Energy Law Association Executive Committee for more than 12 years, with three years as Chair of that organization.

Professor Bob Buckley

Professor Bob BuckleyProfessor Bob Buckley is the director of the Robinson Research Institute at Victoria University and has undertaken research in a wide range of materials including amorphous semiconductors, zeolites, ionic conductors, sea ice and since their discovery in 1987, high temperature superconductors (HTS).
Bob has led the transition from the materials discovery phase through HTS wire development and on to the development of HTS machines including magnets, transformer and MRI systems.

James Muir

James MuirJames Muir is the Business Innovation Advisor – Energy & Environment at Callaghan Innovation, New Zealand’s innovation agency. He has a track record of business leadership through thoughtful analysis, creative strategy and adaptable communication and was previously Director of Operations for the power consulting group at Jacobs NZ. He has worked internationally for almost 20 years across sectors including power, finance, oil & gas, government, water and transport and has a particular passion for clean energy and sustainability.