Elisabeth Welson - LLB (Hons)

Elisabeth has been judge of the Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards since 2012 and brings a wealth of experience from across the energy sector to that role. While in legal practice her work advising on major energy and infrastructure projects saw her consistently recognised in international legal directories as a leading New Zealand lawyer for energy and resources projects. At the same time her clients spanned the full breadth of the energy sector – both upstream and downstream oil and gas, electricity transmission and distribution and renewable and alternative generation. She chaired the Energy Law Association for three years, with more than 12 years as a member of its Executive Committee.

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”.

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

Carmen Blackler

Carmen BlacklerCarmen is an independent strategy & management consultant who operates in the Energy sector, covering electricity, gas, emissions trading and more recently asbestos management.

Carmen’s 20+ year career has seen her work across all levels of an organisation, leading business change initiatives, developing new products and services, providing project and operational management services, developing and implementing strategy, and operationalising policy & legislation.

Carmen has a passion for identifying opportunities for improvement, and is currently working toward a Masters in Applied Practice (Technological Futures) to better understand the effect disruptive technologies are having and will have on the Energy Sector, with a view to identify opportunities to “do things differently” in an ever-changing world.

Carmen has a BE (Electrical & Electronic Engineering) and a Diploma in International Marketing. Carmen is also a member of the Institute of Directors and sits on two sporting organisation boards.