The Advisory Group is a pan-sector group from the electricity distribution, retail, installer and supplier sectors. Their experience and inputs on issues around the uptake of consumer-centric energy technology, the effects on the wider electricity industry as well as insights into solutions for industry, provide SEANZ with valuable resource
This collaboration ensures a pragmatic, real-world approach to the imminent changes in the electricity sector as the members of the group are the issues facing the wider industry.
SEANZ Advisory Group
Simon MacKenzie - Group Chief Executive – Vector
Simon has been with Vector for 16 years and was appointed its Group CEO in 2008. He has extensive experience in the infrastructure sector, including strategy, regulation, network management, information technology and telecommunications. In addition to international experience in the construction and consultancy sectors, Simon has tertiary qualifications in engineering, finance and business studies, and has completed the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. As an infrastructure business, Simon leads Vectors transformation into the new energy sector to create the new energy future. Solar PV, storage and energy services form a part of that strategy.
Andy Booth - Chief Executive Officer – solarcity
As CEO of solarcity, one of New Zealand’s leading solar energy services companies, solarcity’s purpose is to make a difference with climate change and to help New Zealand move to 100% renewable energy by making solar affordable for all Kiwis. Andrew has overseen the successful introduction of the US energy service model to New Zealand, for which they won the industry innovation award in 2015, its solarZero energy service.
Andrew has extensive campaign and media experience from his days as a campaigner with Greenpeace. He later served as an international board director for Greenpeace. In 1992 Andrew founded World Television and established it as Europe's largest internet TV communication group. With Reuters and CNN he launched the world's first international news feed on the environment and floated the company on the London Stock Exchange.
Chris Talbot - Managing Director – YHI New Zealand
On completing his Bachelor of Commerce from University of Auckland, Chris held a variety of accounting, branch and sales management positions in the industrial, agricultural and CNG/LPG vehicle conversion sectors. Moving to Cheviot Pacific Ltd, who manufactured and distributed a range of automotive products, Chris was appointed Sales and Marketing Manager. In 1996 Chris established YHI (New Zealand) Ltd who today distribute a wide range of power and automotive products including an extensive portfolio of solar PV and storage and battery brands. YHI maintain six branches across New Zealand and are a major supplier to the industry throughout the country.
Matt Olde - CEO - Metrix
Matt is a senior executive with over 15 years leadership and commercial experience in the investment banking and energy industries. Currently Matt is with Mercury Energy, formerly Mighty River Power, having been appointed Metrix Chief Executive in 2014, with overall responsibility for Mercury's metering services, data business and responsibility for one of New Zealand’s leading solar PV businesses, What Power Crisis, acquired by Mercury in 2016. Matt is a founding member of the NZ Smart Grid Forum. Joining Mercury in 2010, his roles have included GM Business Strategy and Solutions and, as IPO Project Manager, was responsible for overseeing the Company’s preparations for listing in 2013. Prior to this, he worked in investment banking in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Matt’s investment banking experience focused on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions and structured finance transactions.