The following speakers have been confirmed for the EMANZ Conference 2015 in Wellington

Monday 25 May 9.00am - 5.30pm

Celia Wade-Brown  Mayor, Wellington City

Celia will formally welcome delegates to the EMANZ Conference in Wellington.

CeliaWade-Brown.jpgCelia Wade-Brown was born in London and graduated with an Honours degree in Philosophy from Nottingham University.

Celia began her IT career at IBM UK. She emigrated to New Zealand in 1983.

With her husband, Alastair, she set up an IT consultancy business, working around the world specialising in banking software. Celia was elected to the inaugural Council of the Internet Society of New Zealand and was the founding Chair of 2020Trust, set up to bridge the digital divide.

Celia founded Living Streets Aotearoa, a voice for pedestrians. She was successfully elected as a Councillor five times and is in her second term as Mayor of Wellington, the capital of New Zealand.

As Mayor, her top priorities are: active and public transport choices; good jobs especially in creative high-tech sectors; connecting citizens with nature; and support for local communities. Above all, she works with many partners to make Wellington “a city where talent wants to live”.

Dagmar Graczyk  South Asia Programme Manager - Office of Global Energy Policy, IEA

What's New In Energy Efficiency? The Latest IEA Market Update. Dagmar Graczyk will present the latest findings on how and where the IEA member countries have been energy efficient, and what the future holds for the energy efficiency market.

Dagmar_Graczyk.jpgMs Graczyk is the South Asia Programme Manager in the Office of Global Energy Policy at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, France. Before joining the IEA in 2003, she worked for 10 years with the Asian Development Bank based in Manila, Philippines, where she held various positions in the ADB’s infrastructure operations covering South Asia and the Mekong Region. She was the first ever female Team Leader for an energy sector lending operation of the ADB resulting in the approval of the Madhya Pradesh Power Sector Development Program of US$ 350 million in 2001. She was awarded the ADB President’s Award for Exemplary Performance, 2000 and nominated for the same award in 2001.

Earlier Ms Graczyk worked for three years for the United Nations Development Program in Geneva, Switzerland focusing on community development and micro-finance projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. She also had short-term assignments with McKinsey & Company in Germany, the World Bank in Washington, DC and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation.

Ms Graczyk graduated from the Christan-Albrechts University zu Kiel, Germany with two Masters Degrees; one in Economics and the second in Socio-Economics.

Eli Court  Project Manager, ClimateWorks Australia

Energy Management and Company Competitiveness. Eli will present ClimateWork's latest research on how 50 large companies from a variety of industrial sectors have lifted their financial performance and reduced their exposure to future energy prices through improved energy performance.

Eli_Court.jpgEli Court is a Project Manager at ClimateWorks Australia. He manages a range of research and engagement projects aimed at identifying opportunities for companies, governments and cities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions cost-effectively, and supporting the implementation of those opportunities.

He is passionate about working with people and making the research and evidence about how to cost-effectively reduce emissions accessible, exciting and practical to enable the people who make policy, business and investment decisions to deliver real initiatives.

Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Eli had extensive experience in developing public policy and working with government, having worked as a lawyer for the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office and Legal Policy Officer for the Victorian Department of Justice. He also has broad knowledge of energy-related industries and energy policy in Australia and internationally through his role as Energy Policy Advocate at the Moreland Energy Foundation.

Eli holds a Bachelor of Law (Hon) / Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, and is a recent graduate of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership's Fellowship Program.

Hon Simon Bridges  Minister, Energy and Resources, Transport

Simon Bridges 15.jpgSimon was elected to Parliament in 2008 as the Member for Tauranga and became a Minister in April 2012. He currently holds the Transport and Energy and Resources portfolios, is the Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues and Justice, and the Deputy Leader of the House.

He has previously served as Minister of Labour, Minister of Consumer Affairs and Associate Minister of Transport.

Before entering Parliament Simon was a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the District and High Courts, and has also practised as a litigation lawyer at a major legal firm.

Simon has Bachelor degrees in Arts and Law (with Honours) from the University of Auckland and a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford, which is where he met his wife Natalie. He has also worked as an intern at the British House of Commons.

Simon and Natalie live with their sons Emlyn and Harry in Tauranga.

Laurence Kubiak  Chief Executive, New Zealand Institute for Economic Research

Energy Efficiency and Commercial Disruption. The current technologies which support energy efficiency are interesting and valuable in themselves, but do they open up wider possibilities? Laurence will discuss the commercial implications of developments in the field, and what this will mean for the strategies of industry participants in the energy management sector, both in New Zealand and internationally.


Laurence Kubiak has been NZIER’s Chief Executive since October 2014. Prior to moving back to New Zealand in 2014, Laurence lived in Europe for 25 years, where he held a series of commercial and strategic roles for FTSE-100 companies active in international markets.

Laurence’s career has spanned the ICT, telco, aviation, infrastructure and energy sectors, and has included roles in strategy, economics, regulation, country management, operations, business development and general management. After a series of financial and commercial roles for BP Amoco, Shell and SITA, Laurence joined BT Group in 2000 and was appointed Head of Economic Analysis for BT Global Services in 2003. BT Global Services is the international division and largest business within BT, active in 170 countries and an ICT top-50 company in its own right. He was then successively Head of Products, Head of the UK and, in 2010, Director of Global Competition and Regulation, leading multi-disciplinary and multinational competition strategy and regulatory teams across Europe, the US, Africa and Asia.

Laurence was also Chair of the Working Groups for Economics and Business Services for the European Competitive Telecommunications Operators Association (ECTA) in Brussels for seven years.

Alison Andrew  Chief Executive, Transpower

Innovation on the National Grid. Alison discusses Transpower’s Demand Response programme and other initiatives that are providing transmission solutions for New Zealand.

AlisonAndrew.jpgAlison Andrew joined Transpower in 2014. She has held a number of senior executive roles across various industry sectors including Global Head of Chemicals for Orica, Chief Executive of Lexicon Group and she has also been a Director for Genesis Energy.

Prior to these roles she held a number of senior roles at Fonterra Cooperative Group and Fletcher Challenge Energy. Alison has an MBA from Warwick University, and studied Engineering (Chemicals and Materials) at Auckland University.

Mike Underhill  Chief Executive, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

New Zealand Energy: Our Global Advantages. Mike’s presentation will explore New Zealand’s energy trends compared to global energy trends, and examine the opportunities these trends present to New Zealand both in terms of its traditional exports, and within the energy sector and the energy services sector.

Mike_Underhill.jpgMike Underhill has been chief executive of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) in New Zealand since 2007. EECA is the government agency that promotes energy efficiency and renewables across key parts of the energy sector.

Mike has extensive management and governance experience in the gas and electricity sector in New Zealand and overseas, and has operated as a chief executive for over twenty years. He has a Bachelor's degree in engineering, a Master's degree in economics, has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers (IPENZ).

Grant Smith  General Manager - Business Development & Strategy, Pioneer Generation Ltd 

Designing an Energy Scheme for a Rebuilt City. Rebuilding the Christchurch CBD provides a unique opportunity to develop a modern and highly efficient city centre incorporating the best technologies available in today's market. Grant Smith will discuss the planned district energy scheme, the progress to date and the challenges ahead.


As GM Business Development & Strategy for Pioneer Generation Ltd Grant is involved in all facets of the business and has a proven executive management track record and over 15 years of experience driving growth in the electricity industry. Grant was CEO of Energy For Industry Ltd (EFI) a market leader in providing energy solutions and partnering to some of New Zealand’s leading exporters, and institutions. On the sale of the business to Pioneer Generation in 2012 Grant’s highly valued expertise and knowledge is recognized and retained in his role in the executive team.

Prior to heading EFI, Grant was Meridian Energy’s Portfolio Manager of Trading & Generation, responsible for the overall risk trading risk position and he led the integration of Meridian Energy's wholesale and retail market positions.

Grant has previously worked in the Australian and New Zealand energy markets in roles including power station development, strategy and business development, technology research, commercial and trading risk management and retail sales and marketing.

Grant is currently a board member of the Bioenergy Association NZ.

Stuart Dickson  General Manager - Gas, Powerco

Where does gas fit into a smart energy future?  Reticulated gas has been part of the energy mix in New Zealand for almost 150 years, but will gas have a role in a smart energy future? Stuart will discuss the recent gas smart meter trials that have been completed in New Zealand, with the industry poised for roll-out. 

Stuart_Dickson.jpgStuart Dickson joined Powerco in 2011 as the General Manager of Powerco's Gas Business.

Stuart is a professional engineer who has worked in the gas and energy industry for the past 25 years in New Zealand and the UK. His experience spans asset strategy and management, network and plant operations, project delivery, consulting and engineering.

Powerco is New Zealand’s second largest electricity and gas distribution utility with around 420,000 consumers connected to its networks. Powerco’s gas networks are in Taranaki, Hutt Valley, Porirua, Wellington, Horowhenua, Manawatu and Hawke’s Bay.

John Hancock  Director, Signature Consulting

Smart Grid Forum - Architecting a Future Electricity System for All New Zealanders. John will provide an update on the Forum’s work to date and its current activities including scenarios of disruptive technologies and the most efficient strategies for the electricity industry to ensure quality and reliability of supply under such disruption.

John_Hancock.pngJohn Hancock is Secretariat to the New Zealand Smart Grid Forum and independent Chair of the Electricity Authority’s Wholesale Advisory Group.

John consults to utility companies and their suppliers, and has a 20 year career in the utilities industry including 14 years with Ernst & Young, Capgemini and Hewlett Packard (HP) in the Asia Pacific.


Steve Blume  President Australian Solar Council (ASC) & Energy Storage Council (ESC); Director, New Zealand Pacific Solar Council (NZPSC)

Solar Future, Storage Now. Steve will give an overview of the state of play of the solar industry in Australia, the growth of solar and PV and the outlook. He will also discuss why the ESC was established and offer some insights into the critical role storage technologies will play in a transformed and decarbonised energy system.


Steve Blume is President of the Australian Solar Council and the Energy Storage Council (ESC), Director, New Zealand Pacific Solar Council (NZPSC) and CEO/Owner of NoCarbon Pty Ltd.

Steve creates partnerships to plan, design & deliver large scale commercial and community solar and renewables projects and provides policy and program consulting services through his company, NoCarbon Pty Ltd. He is a former political adviser and private sector senior executive, policy creator, change management consultant, business manager and public servant.

Steve offers consulting and advising services on climate change & environment policy development & implementation, energy efficiency & conservation measures, solar, storage & other renewable energy technologies and distributed energy networks.

As President of the Australian Solar Council and the Energy Storage Council Steve undertakes advocacy and other activities to enhance the national voice of solar and storage in Australia and to increase international collaboration and co-operation as we build a clean energy future.

Gregory Hussey  Product Manager, Euroglass Solar

From Alternative to Mainstream – the Solar Potential in New Zealand. The Solar Industry has evolved from ‘science’ to ‘alternative’ to ‘mainstream’ global energy contender. Greg will speak to this evolution and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for greater co-operacy between power generators and distributors.

Greg_Hussey_lores.jpgGreg Hussey is a Solar and Renewables Practitioner with 30 years experience in construction. For the past 11 years he has worked in holistic energy consultation, design and installations from large woodchip boiler projects to 1MW solar power systems. Greg worked in resident management and onsite implementation of wind, hydro and projects over 5 years in Afghanistan which included the construction of micro-grids, metering and community mobilisation.

 As the Product Manager for national startup Euroglass Solar his current role is focused on Architectural Integrated Solar Power systems and energy design for high end construction and commercial scale solar opportunities.

Greg earned a Merit Scholarship and studied Psychology and Philosophy at Massey University. His interest in logic, ethics and social behaviour is applied to future thinking about the NZ Energy market, the solar industry, and tensions between the energy industry status quo and emerging disruptive technologies.

Dave Jamieson  Director, Techmech Ltd

New Battery Technology – What’s Possible? Dave will speak about current and emerging battery technologies which will make an impact on current energy storage and management capability.

Dave Jamieson spent 15 years as a hardware engineer with IBM, before another 15 years with Government Computer Services, specialising in computer centre design, UPS and battery backup systems.

Since leaving the computer industry Dave has been working mainly in the domestic and motor home environment. This has involved everything from heating, insulation, electrical efficiency, and PV/ generator/backup/UPS and of course, various battery systems. Dave’s involvement has mainly been in an advisory or consultative role, although he can't resist diving in and getting my hands dirty sometimes.

Dave has a great interest in new battery technologies, particularly the latest and greatest in rechargeable technology. He has custom-made top end LED torches which provide extraordinary performance.

Dr Rebecca Ford  Deputy Director - Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago

PV Uptake in NZ: Research-based insights from the GREEN Grid project. Rebecca will discuss findings from the University of Otago GREEN Grid research programme that provide insight into the drivers, barriers and enablers of photovoltaic (PV) uptake in New Zealand, and the implications this may have on further adoption.


Dr Rebecca Ford is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research focuses on complex systems and the emerging technologies that encourage and enable sustainable energy transitions. She is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Sustainability at the University of Otago.

Rebecca’s research interests are on: (1) how people interact with data and technology, (2) how systems approaches can be drawn upon to better understand complex issues, and (3) how to pull these together to solve WICKED problems. Rebecca leads the demand side stream of the 6-year GREEN Grid research programme, which is looking at the future of New Zealand’s electricity system. She has also undertaken research in the Energy Cultures 2 interdisciplinary research programme looking at the adoption of more sustainable transport in New Zealand, and has co-led a project in Vanuatu exploring their rapid transition from kerosene to solar lamps.

Before moving to New Zealand, Rebecca trained as an engineer, completing her DPhil in the Department of Engineering at the University of Oxford. She is also an Honorary Research Associate at Victoria University of Wellington.

Christian Weeks  Managing Director, EnerNOC Australia and New Zealand

Overcoming the Big Data Challenge in Modern Energy Management. Today’s metering technology, combined with building management systems and other monitoring equipment are providing data rich information about energy usage. Christian will discuss how powerful analytical tools are improving the efficiency and effectiveness of energy management today.


Christian Weeks is the Managing Director for EnerNOC Australia & New Zealand, a leading provider of energy intelligence software for enterprises and utilities. Christian is responsible for regulatory affairs, business development, operations, and back office functions in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to moving to Australia in 2013, Christian spent four years with EnerNOC in the United States in various roles including corporate strategy, business operations, account management and sales.

Christian has extensive experience working with utilities and commercial, industrial, and institutional customers on demand response and energy efficiency programs. He also has significant experience with demand response participation in energy markets in New England, PJM, and Western Australia as well as network-based demand response programs in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

Prior to joining EnerNOC, Christian worked in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operations practice based in Washington, DC. While at Deloitte, Christian helped launch Deloitte’s enterprise sustainability consulting practice and supported Deloitte’s work with the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency. Christian is a graduate of Dartmouth College in Hanover New Hampshire and the Harvard Business School in Boston Massachusetts. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and two children.

Dr Janet Stephenson  Director - Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago

Energy Cultures: Research-based Insights on Energy Behaviour. Why do households and businesses get locked into using energy in inefficient ways? Dr Janet Stephenson will present the latest findings of her research team's work in energy-related behaviour change and how this can significantly impact energy use.

Janet_Stephenson.JPGJanet Stephenson is a social scientist with a particular interest in societal responses to environmental challenges. She is the Director of the Centre for Sustainability at the University of Otago, which carries out interdisciplinary collaborative research in agriculture, food, energy and environment.

Janet’s research interests are in three main areas – energy and society, perceptions of landscapes, and indigenous resource management. In the energy field, Janet leads the 4-year interdisciplinary research programme Energy Cultures 2 which examines opportunities to support energy-related behaviour change in households, businesses and transport. She is also a research team member in the 6-year GREEN Grid research programme, which is looking at the future of New Zealand’s electricity system; her work is specifically focused on the impact and potential of changes in household energy behaviour.

Janet has also carried out research on the social acceptance of renewable electricity developments in New Zealand. She is a member of the Trust Board of New Zealand’s National Energy Research Institute.

Robert Tromop  Energy Efficiency Consultant

Energy Productivity, the New Black for Energy Efficiency. A number of governments are asking how energy efficiency can contribute to their social and economic aspirations in a post-global financial crisis world. Robert Tromop will discuss how energy is being seen as a 'first fuel' to support these aspirations.

Robert_Tromop.JPGRobert Tromop was recently Head of Energy Efficiency at the IEA over a three year period. Key outputs included; the Energy Efficiency Market Report, Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency, Regional Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations, cross-sector and sectoral policy analysis in a series of Policy Pathways and sector focused projects in buildings, appliances, industry and transport.

Robert's previous role was Manager Monitoring and Research for the New Zealand Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA). This involved leading monitoring and analysis of programme design and performance and, tracking changes in energy use, energy efficiency and renewable energy change across the New Zealand economy, leading the development and operation of economic analysis tools for policy design and evaluation.

Robert's international energy efficiency experience includes IEA and APEC Energy Efficiency committees and programmes, and development of the APEC PREE review process with the APEC Energy Working Group Secretariat.

Until 2005, Robert led New Zealand’s product efficiency regulatory programme, and held roles in the development of New Zealand’s first National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy. He has a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Martin Fryer  Sustainability and Environmental Manager, Auckland Airport

New Zealand’s Airport of the Future – Efficient, Resilient, Sustainable. Auckland Airport handles 75% of all international visitors to New Zealand, making it a key hub for tourism, aviation and trade. Martin will provide the background to the creation of the company’s first sustainability policy, how that policy was implemented, and the resultant 3GWh of electricity saved over a period of just two years through the implementation of the policy.


Martin is a chartered environmentalist with over twenty years’ experience in environmental sustainability.  Martin came to New Zealand in 2001 and has held environmental management roles with Fletcher Building (Steel Group) and Air New Zealand.

Martin joined Auckland Airport in 2007 and was tasked with writing the company’s first sustainability policy and an associated five year action plan to ensure its implementation. A key focus of the plan was energy efficiency and total reductions in carbon dioxide emissions were achieved through a comprehensive approach to energy management.

In 2013 a specific energy policy and new three plan were produced which include significant upgrades to heating, ventilation and cooling, as well as energy efficient lighting and controls.

Martin has also chaired the company’s energy efficiency group for the past seven years and his efforts were recognised by EECA, in May 2014, when he was awarded the prestigious Leadership in Energy Management Award.

Tuesday 26 May 9.00am - 5.00pm

Lane Wesley Burt  Managin​g Principal, Ember Strategies

The Evolution of Benchmarking in the US and Australia: Challenges and Milestones. Lane will talk about the evolution of benchmarking (and disclosure requirements) for large commercial buildings in cities and states in the US, and compare the systems, processes, and results with the Commercial Building Disclosure program in Australia. 


Lane Wesley Burt is a passionate advocate for energy efficiency. Lane is a building engineer and longtime proponent of best-in-class technologies, strategies, and programs that maximize financial and environmental returns. From the details of appliance efficiency to the big-picture politics surrounding national energy and climate policy, Lane has advanced the best building science and the most innovative programs to reduce energy waste from the building sector.

Lane is currently based in Melbourne, Australia, after being awarded the 2014 Fulbright Professional Scholar Grant in Climate Change and Clean Energy. Lane is a licensed professional engineer and after leaving engineering practice, he served as the Policy Director of the U.S. Green Building Council and as the federal energy efficiency lead for the Natural Resources Defense Council. In 2013, Lane founded Ember Strategies to focus on advancing energy efficiency in the private sector. Lane has Masters and Bachelors degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida and North Carolina State University respectively.

Lane is a well known speaker on efficiency and has given keynotes and technical presentations at a variety of events in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Lane has provided numerous briefings and testimonies before congressional committees in the U.S. Senate and House or Representatives, as well as federal agencies. He has done extensive press work on energy efficiency and his writing has been published in the Washington Post and many online outlets dedicated to green building.

Don J. Cleland  Centre of Postharvest and Refrigeration Research, Massey University

Refrigeration Technology - Evolution, Revolution or Back to the Future? Poor understanding of life cycle costing and thermodynamic and heat transfer principles remain significant barriers to improved design and operation of refrigeration systems. Professor Don Cleland will describe the latest developments in refrigeration technology, and how to get the best energy efficiency out of your system.

Don_Cleland.JPGProfessor Cleland is Head of the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology at Massey University, New Zealand. His research interests are industrial refrigeration, energy efficiency and food processing. 

Prof Cleland is an Honorary Member of the Science and Technology Council of the International Institute of Refrigeration and the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning and Heating, and a Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers, the Institution of Professional Engineers of NZ, the Institute of Refrigerating, Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers of NZ and the NZ Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Prof Cleland is a Board member of the MacDiarmid Institute, the NZ Robotics Charitable Trust and the Manawatu Cricket Association.

Janelle Dawson  Director Marketing - Australia and New Zealand, EnerNOC

Janelle_Dawson.jpgUnderstanding and Delivering to Enterprise Business Case Requirements. Enterprises have complex buying structures. Understanding the psychology of their buying process and the key elements they look for in your business case delivery can be the key to getting energy management projects off the ground. Janelle discusses the complex buying ecosystem in organisations, and the questions you can ask when developing your business case.

Janelle Dawson is the Marketing Manager for EnerNOC Australia & New Zealand, a leading provider of energy intelligence software for enterprises and utilities. Within her role at EnerNOC, Janelle researches and explores enterprise customer needs and buying processes. Using this knowledge, she delivers product, pricing and marketing campaigns designed to grow the EnerNOC business and help enterprise customers manage their energy more effectively.

Prior to joining EnerNOC, Janelle had over 20 years of strategic marketing experience within some of Australia’s largest financial services and retail energy businesses. Within these roles she developed and pitched businesses cases for multi-million dollar projects that required board level approval within the enterprise. She has successfully pitched merger and acquisition proposals, new information technology frameworks for products and gained endorsement for new market entry investments that delivered significant value to these enterprises.

Janelle holds a Bachelor of Business, Marketing from RMIT in Melbourne, and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Monash University, Melbourne.  She lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children, and rows competitively in her spare time.

Rob Bishop  Technical Director, Energy Solutions Ltd

Rob_Bishop_2015.jpgVentilation Control – the Biggest Energy Savings Measure of Them All. For various reasons, most mechanically ventilated buildings do not control the amount of outside air delivered to their spaces. Rob will discuss the optimisation of outside air, to minimise heating and cooling loads, along with the requirements for reducing over-ventilation without compromising indoor air quality.

Rob Bishop is a founding member of EMANZ and former chairman of the EMANZ Board. He trained as a mechanical engineer (M.S.M.E. from Stanford) and has worked as a researcher and teacher, as well as an engineering consultant for over thirty years in this industry.

Rob has had five books published, as well as over a hundred journal and conference papers. He was lead developer in New Zealand’s energy auditor accreditation programme, and EMANZ’s Commercial Building Energy Specialist and Energy Management for Facilities Managers training programmes. Rob has taught these and many other courses, including at Victoria and Massey Universities.

Rob has completed over one hundred energy audits of large commercial and industrial sites around New Zealand, instigated many successful energy saving projects, and trained many energy efficiency award winners.

Mark Crawford  Technical Director - Building Services, Beca

How to Achieve Energy Efficient Buildings Through Commissioning. One of the key requirements for delivering a correctly operating and efficient building is the careful management of the commissioning process throughout the 'design, build and occupy' phases of the project. Mark will give an introduction to the benefits of both Commissioning Management and Continuous Commissioning within buildings.

Mark_Crawford.jpgMark Crawford is an electrical engineer by qualification, with a passion for systems commissioning. With 20 years experience in engineering and commissioning, including managing the commissioning of complex, highly technical buildings, Mark understands the importance of thorough planning for the testing and commissioning phase of construction. His philosophy is that if a system cannot be commissioned correctly, and then managed, the effort and expense of design and installation has been wasted.

Originating from the UK, Mark works as a Technical Director for Beca in Auckland, having previously performed a similar role in the London office. Mark has worked complex buildings, including GreenStar buildings, and mission critical facilities, such as data centres, both in the UK and NZ, with a client list including the NZ & UK Governments, various telecommunications, banks and pharmaceutical companies.

Mark has been a member of the Commissioning Specialist Association (CSA) in the UK for 20 years, having served on the committee for four years. He is a founding co-chairman of the New Zealand branch of the CSA, launched in the third quarter of 2013. Mark, along with his fellow chairman and committee members in NZ, is actively promoting the benefits of good commissioning to the NZ buildings market.

Dr Paul Bannister  Director - Projects & Advisory (incorporating Exergy), Energy Action

Impacts of HVAC Control Tuning for NZ Office Buildings. Recent improvements in building simulation modelling enable a more rigorous approach to be taken to energy savings estimation. Paul will review results generated from a standard office model in the simulation package IES to show more clearly what the potential savings from simple tuning measures is.

Paul Bannister crop.jpgDr Paul Bannister is Director of Projects and Advisory Services for Energy Action, Australasia’s leading energy consultancy. In this role Paul manages a team of 45 professionals in the delivery of energy audits; NABERS and Green Star ratings; BMS tuning optimisation projects; PV, PFC and lighting design and installation projects; Independent Commissioning Agent engagements; mechanical upgrades; energy reporting; and other related services.

Paul has been working in the energy sector since 1988, undertaking many energy efficiency related projects, most notably developing the NABERS Energy and Water ratings for Australia and New Zealand.  Building tuning and HVAC optimisation are particular areas of specialisation for Paul, and he has a string of such projects with 20%+ reductions in HVAC energy use to his credit.

Paul is also the President of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) in Australasia, and is Director-at-large for the international body IBPSA.  He has over 100 publications in conferences, academic journals, book chapters and industry magazines and has present at conferences all around the world.

Erin Roughton  Director, Emsol

Case Studies in Industrial Efficiency. Quality, ongoing energy management practice is key to ensuring continued savings in industrial settings. Erin will highlight some of the opportunities and challenges in maintaining this practice across some highlighted case studies.

ErinRoughton_crop.jpgErin Roughton is an accredited EnergyMasters energy auditor and leading energy management specialist in New Zealand. Working on international and national projects spanning 23 years, he has practical experience in energy engineering including design, energy auditing, energy efficiency, electrical equipment efficiency, renewable energy, research and development and projects management. 

In 2002, Erin established Emsol, an energy management consultancy, and he has successfully directed its development and growth since then. Erin has provided innovative and cost effective advice to clients who include private businesses, food processing companies, councils, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, hotels and home owners. As a qualified professional engineer, Erin develops integrity based relationships and assists clients in implementing findings to achieve maximum energy cost savings.

Jonathan Pooch  Managing Director, DETA Consulting

ANZCO Foods - an Energy Management Success Story. In October 2012, ANZCO Foods commenced a two year Energy Management Programme aiming to reduce annual energy consumption by 25 GWh. This presentation provides a detailed review of the outcomes of the programme including the challenges, lessons learnt and success stories.  

J Pooch Photo_0.JPGJonathan Pooch is Managing Director of DETA Consulting, one of the leading energy consulting firms in New Zealand. 

After completing a First Class Honours degree in Chemical and Process engineering, Jonathan has built significant experience in industrial sectors, and understands that one of the key barriers to process improvement is human resource, not financial resource.  As an Accredited EnergyMasters Auditor and Chartered Professional Engineer, Jonathan’s key focus is on realised results, rather than theoretical analysis. 

Recently, Jonathan has developed and implemented an Energy Management Programme for ANZCO Foods Ltd. To date, this programme has delivered 30GWh of realised annual energy savings, reducing energy costs by more than 15%.

Andy Logue  Director, Energy NZ Ltd

Industrial Energy Monitoring and Targeting. Whilst commercial M & T projects have been around for some time, little has been happening in the industrial sector due to costs and challenges involved with monitoring utilities such as gas, steam and compressed air.

With a number of projects now completed, Andy will run through these challenges along with highlighting the opportunities that often lie undetected.

Andy_Logue_15.jpgAndy Logue is the Director of Energy NZ and Energy AU Pty and has been working in the industrial automation and energy management field since 1998. Andy is an accredited EnergyMasters Auditor, trade-qualified electrician and electrical engineer, a member of IPENZ and holds a PGDip of Business (University of Auckland). Andy has also served on the EMANZ Executive Committee.

Apart from energy management, Andy is also involved in power quality auditing and has assisted Government agencies on investigations such as the 2010 Pike River Mine explosion.

Dudley Enoka  Business Leadership Consultant

Success by Treating People the Way THEY Want to be Treated. Dudley will share his experiences in interacting with different business stakeholders and introduce some tools and methodologies that will help strengthen how you position your energy management proposals.

Dudley Enoka.jpgDudley Enoka has spent most of his career working in the Telecommunications, Technology, Advertising and Energy industries. In a private capacity he consults in leadership, mentoring, coaching, sales and team building which are his business passions. He currently manages a small portfolio of clients in addition to chairing the Advisory Board of an Auckland-based events and media company.

Dudley started his career with Telecom as a cadet in 1969 and enjoyed a broad range of roles with the company. These included roles in Service, Marketing, Sales and Leadership. Selling is a passion and much of his career with Telecom included leading sales teams, at a local, regional, national and General Management level.

In 2005 Dudley left to join Yellow Pages Group and as CEO he played a key role in leading the sale of the business in 2007 to achieve an industry world record sale (14xEBIT @ $2.25B). The new private equity owners asked him to stay on with the company and he worked until 2008 as CEO and later as a Director of the company.

In 2009 Dudley joined Meridian Energy to head the Sales and Service team and worked in the company until 2014 when the company was listed on the NZX.

Dudley rejoined Spark in 2014 and was appointed as Head of Sales for the Medium Business customer segment.

Stefan Korn  CEO, Creative HQ

Open Innovation and Business Accelerators. Large organisations tend to struggle with innovation. To address this, Creative HQ uses startups to bring fresh thinking, new approaches and open innovation to large enterprises, government and industries. In his presentation Stefan outlines key principles of startup innovation, explains how these principles can be successfully applied to large organisations and shares case studies and recent NZ success stories.

Stefan_Korn.jpgStefan Korn is an investor, entrepreneur and CEO of Creative HQ, a publically funded business incubator and accelerator in Wellington. Stefan is also a founding investor of New Zealand’s first digital accelerator programme “Lightning Lab” and serves on a number of boards of profit and not-for-profit organisations.

Prior to Creative HQ, Stefan founded private incubator WebFund to help web-based Kiwi start-ups conquer the world. Since its inception in 2007, WebFund has become a well-known player in the NZ start-up ecosystem with an established a portfolio of successful start-ups in Australia, the US and UK.

In 2010, Stefan was recognised as New Zealander of the Year by North & South Magazine for innovation in parenting education with one of WebFund’s Start-ups “”.

Stefan has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, an MBA in international business and an Honours Degree in Computer Engineering. During his career in the corporate world, Stefan ran large scale ecommerce platforms and managed complex business intelligence implementations for companies like HP, Oracle and InterContinental Hotels Group.

Outside of work, Stefan enjoys following his passion for music by occasionally DJing at parties and producing dance tracks at home with his son Noah.

John Ascroft  Chief Innovation Officer, Jade Software Corporation

Reducing Cost and Environmental Impact through Creative Innovation. Understanding the benefits of improving energy use, through to the engineering skills needed to install and optimise energy using equipment, need new ways of thinking. John will discuss the fusion of design thinking with pure creativity, and how this can deploy ambidextrous thinking where using both left and right brain techniques leads to superior outcomes.

JohnAscroft.jpgJohn Ascroft is based in Christchurch and is a member of the Jade senior management team. His current responsibilities include program management, the Jade innovation program, and partner management. 

John joined Jade in 1983 and has held a variety of technical and management roles in the research, development and marketing areas. He sits on the Local Advisory Committees for a number of Polytechs, is an industry representative on the CITRENZ Executive Committee, and a member of the steering committee for the current ICT MROQ.

John has a BCom in Accounting, is a Member of the New Zealand Institute of IT Professionals, and holds CITP certification. His outside interests include flying, motorcycles and history.

Tony Woods  Director, Sustainable Energy Services International

Taking NZ's Capability to the Overseas Market. SESI's primary focus has been on community development to assist communities with their energy needs. Tony will describe some of the stages his business has gone through, along with the rewards and challenges of taking on projects in some of the world’s more difficult locations and political climates.


Tony Woods is the founder and Director of SESI (Sustainable Energy Services International). His background in energy spans 20 years and 19 countries primarily working on development projects at the community level through Asia and the Pacific.

Tony’s work on renewable energy has taken him through the difficulties of Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and also into the polar opposites of Bhutan, Nepal and Tokelau. His background has included hydroelectric systems, wind energy and is now increasingly focused on commercial/industrial scale applications for solar energy systems. 

Tony graduated from Massey University with a BTech (Manufacturing) and has a post graduate diploma in Business Administration.