Richard Fletcher (PhD, BEnvSc) joined Aurora Energy as Chief Executive in January 2018. He has extensive international experience in engineering and management consulting. He has advised on energy regulation, asset management, due diligence studies for mergers and acquisitions, as well as engineering investment plans. Before joining Aurora Energy, Richard was General Manager Regulation and Corporate Affairs at Powerco and before that a senior manager at national grid operator, Transpower NZ. From 2000 to 2005, Richard was Head of Economic Regulation at Welsh Water PLC.
Chief Financial Officer and General Manager Accounting and Finance
Gary (BCom, CA) joined Aurora Energy in October 2011. He is responsible for the finance, accounting, and administration. A Chartered Accountant, Gary has previously held a number of senior management and business service roles in the commercial and financial sectors. He began his career with Westpac and was Chief Financial Officer of the Mainland Poultry Group for 12 years prior to joining Aurora Energy.
General Manager Operations and Network Performance
John (NZCE Electrical, REA) joined Aurora Energy in March 2015 and was appointed General Manager Operations and Risk in February 2017. He is responsible for network operations and customer services, operation of the network control centres, strategic risk management and network safety for the Aurora Energy network. John has more than 30 years’ experience in the electricity industry having held senior management roles at Central Power in the Manawatu and the national grid operator, Transpower. He brings broad experience in operations, risk and compliance, contract management, international benchmarking, procurement and strategic project management.
General Manager Asset Management and Planning
Glenn (NZCE, Be Hons Electrical) joined Aurora Energy in March 2018. He is responsible for asset management strategy and the associated growth and lifecycle management of our network assets. He also leads the Aurora design and engineering teams who support the delivery of our network and customer related projects. Glenn has more than 25 years’ experience in the electricity industry having held senior management roles at Orion in Christchurch and operational roles for Transpower in Wellington. He brings broad experience in asset management strategy, planning and operations.
Chief Technology Officer and General Manager Technology and Information
Mark joined Aurora Energy in February 2017. He is responsible for information technology strategy and operations and network technology development. Mark has deep experience in information and communications technology leadership including as Chief Information Officer for Contact Energy and previous senior information and communications technology roles at the Ministry of Justice, Housing New Zealand and Telecom NZ.
General Manager Regulatory and Commercial
Alec (MBA) joined Aurora Energy in 1999 and was appointed General Manager Network Commercial in February 2017. He is responsible for network pricing, connection management, commercial development, customer solutions, regulatory affairs and resource management for the Aurora Energy network. Alec has more than 30 years’ experience in electricity transmission and distribution, with senior roles encompassing design and engineering, contracting and commercial management.
General Manager Work Programming and Delivery
Mark joined Aurora Energy in 2018 and was appointed General Manager Works Programming and Contracts in December 2018. He is responsible for forward programming of network and managing contract delivery for on the Aurora Energy network. Mark has more than 30 years’ experience in contract management and service delivery. Before joining Aurora Energy, Mark was Electricity Contracts and Performance Manager at Powerco.
General Manager Customer and Engagement
Sian (MID) joined Aurora Energy in February 2019. She is responsible for Aurora Energy’s customer experience, stakeholder engagement, communication and human resource management functions. Sian has been leading teams of communication and engagement professionals for over 15 years in various settings internationally. Before joining Aurora Energy, Sian was Director of Stakeholder Engagement at the Otago Regional Council and before that worked extensively in Australia in similar roles with a strong background in stakeholder engagement, media, government relations, communication and customer experience.