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Kathryn Ryan : RNZ National Presenter of the Nine to Noon Show

Kathryn grew up in the South Island and is now based in Wellington.

She has a BA degree in History and Education, a post-graduate diploma in journalism, and has also completed university study in business and economics.

A journalist for twenty years, Kathryn began in print, and joined Radio New Zealand in 1999.

She spent six years reporting on Parliament in Radio New Zealand’s Press Gallery office, the last three as Radio New Zealand’s political editor.

She became host of Nine to Noon in May 2006.

Kathryn has covered the last seven general elections in various roles, including co-hosting Radio New Zealand’s election night programmes.

Kathryn has travelled widely throughout New Zealand and visited around 20 countries in Europe, Asia and the Pacific, as well as the United States and Antarctica.

Malcolm McCulloch croppedMalcolm McCulloch : Associate Professor – Oxford University

Malcolm is an Associate Professor in Engineering Science and a Tutor at Christchurch College. In 1993 he moved to The University of Oxford to start up the Electrical Power Group.

Now the Energy & Power Group (EPG) in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford undertakes computational and experimental sustainable energy research with particular focus on smart energy systems, energy storage (materials to devices and devices to systems), power electronics, transport and electrical machines.

Climate change, resource depletion and social inequity are the big challenges facing our civilisation. The group’s focus has now changed to developing, and commercialising, sustainable energy technologies. Malcolm has active research programmes in the four sectors of developing world, domestic energy use, transport and renewable generation.

Malcolm was Co-Director of the Institute for Carbon and Energy Reduction in Transport, a member of the Oxford Martin School from 2008-2013.

Chelsea_Sexton_croppedChelsea Sexton : Electric Car Advocate & Advisor – California

Chelsea Sexton’s electric transportation background includes working on General Motors’ EV1 program, serving as Director of the Automotive X PRIZE, Senior Advisor for VantagePoint Capital Partners, and co-founding Plug In America.

Chelsea was featured in Who Killed the Electric Car?, and was a Consulting Producer on Revenge of the Electric Car.

She currently serves as an advisor, consultant, and general pot-stirrer, is quoted frequently in a variety of media outlets, and occasionally writes for one of them.

Daveid Carley croppedDavid Carley : Senior Advisor – Plugin British Columbia

David Carley is a Senior Advisor at Plugin British Columbia (BC) which is an initiative co-chaired by the BC Government, BC Hydro (government energy company) and several municipal governments to lay the groundwork for plug-in electric vehicles and related electric charging infrastructure in BC, Canada.

Over the past 4 years David has been promoting the benefits of Electric Vehicles in BC by hosting public outreach and education events, advising on government policy and incentives, and advising on charging infrastructure strategy.

David currently drives a fully electric Nissan Leaf and lives in Vancouver, Canada with his wife, 3 children and works at Microsoft as a territory sales executive. David is originally from Kapiti Coast and is proud to share the knowledge and best practices that have made EV’s successful in BC with his home country of NZ.

Christina Bu4 croppedChristina Bu : Secretary General – Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association (via video presentation)

Christina has led the Norwegian EV Association for over two years, and has previously worked as a political advisor at The Norwegian Automobile Federation, specifically covering new car technology and environmental issues.

The Norwegian EV Association is a non-government organization with close to 40,000 members made up of EV owners from all over the country. The association aims to promote the shift to electric vehicles, both within Norway and internationally. Currently, electric vehicles make up 25.7% (including PHEVs – plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) of the market share in Norway.

Mike Underhill croppedMike Underhill : Chief Executive – EECA

Mike has extensive management experience in the gas and electricity sector in New Zealand and overseas. He’s been Chief Executive of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority since May 2007 and is also the independent chairman of the Security and Reliability Council of the Electricity Authority.

Mike’s former roles include being chief executive of WEL Networks, TransAlta and Energy Direct. He was chairman of Pacific Energy Ltd, EECA, and Katolyst, the Waikato Regional Development agency.

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.

Greg Skelton croppedGreg Skelton : CEO – Wellington Electricity

Wellington Electricity is the distribution company that supplies the electricity network connecting our capital city and its surrounding region.

Greg has been the Chief Executive of Wellington Electricity since 2009. Prior to this appointment, Greg was the Chief Executive of Alpine Energy Limited and has held various other senior management roles in the Electricity Industry as well as being a Past President of the EEA and past Director of ESITO.

Greg has 30 years of experience in the fields of production engineering, electrical engineering and business management. Greg holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand.

Martin MatthewsMartin Matthews : Chief Executive – MoT

Martin Matthews is the Secretary for Transport and the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Transport.  He has held this position since September 2008.

The Ministry’s purpose is to ensure our transport system helps New Zealand thrive. The Ministry is a team of approximately 150 people advising on policy and regulatory settings, and revenue and expenditure of over $4 billion per annum. It also advises on the governance, funding and performance of the New Zealand Transport Agency, Civil Aviation Authority, Maritime New Zealand and the Transport Accident Investigation Commission.

Martin was previously the Chief Executive of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Prior to this Martin was Assistant Auditor-General.

Sam BridgmanSam Bridgman : Sustainability Specialist, Environment – NZ Post

Sam is a senior environmental professional with over fifteen years’ experience across environmental management disciplines including resource efficiency, corporate sustainability, waste management and greenhouse gas accounting.

He is currently part of the Corporate Sustainability (CS) Team at NZ Post and is responsible for driving and evolving the CS strategy across the group of NZ Post companies and subsidiaries. Sam provides oversight and coordination of the environmental sustainability plans and programmes ensuring they are successfully embedded throughout the organisation and support the organisations commitments and targets.

Sam is a Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP) and member of the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

Johan Pro PhotoJohan Olyslagers : Product Division Manager – Carbridge

Johan commenced employment with Carbridge in 2009 in the capacity of an Operations Manager for the Perth based operation.

He then had the opportunity to work for Emirates Airline as a Flight Steward for several years based in Dubai.  Upon his return to Australia, he has been reemployed by Carbridge to head the products division and oversee the development of the TORO eBus.

Johan has a large interest in environmental conservation.  He has previously completed a Permaculture Design Certificate and is currently studying for a degree in Sustainable Development.

Pierre Zivec croppedPierre Zivec : Fleet and Maintenance Manager – Transdev Australasia

Pierre joined the Transdev Group in 2004 and relocated to Australia to be part of our Australasian operations as Fleet and Maintenance Manager in November 2015

Truly passionate about public transport, Pierre has held various project management positions within the industry, enabling him to develop a deep understanding of the operations from both a front line operation and manager’s perspective.

During his time with Transdev in France, Pierre worked as National Fleet and Maintenance Manager.  He was responsible for the deployment of a national maintenance plan, standardising systems and processes to better manage our fleet operations across 200 workshops and rolling out Infor, a software fleet management tool.

Pierre also managed a series of innovative projects including the electric buses, plug-in buses and the WATT project operated in Nice Airport.  The major innovation of the WATT System is the vehicle’s opportunity charging, which consists in supplying power from the bus stop pole to the vehicle while customers board and alight the vehicles.

As Fleet Manager in Australasia, he is in charge of improving the maintenance standard to ensure Transdev Australasia provides the best quality results with the current fleet.  With a sound knowledge on the evolution of transportation in terms of technology, he is responsible for leading Transdev towards an innovative strategy regarding those technologies.

Pierre holds a Master of Engineering in Transportation, and is a Member of Transdev’s International Maintenance Committee.

Zane Fulljames croppedZane Fulljames : Chief Executive Officer – NZ Bus

Zane is Chief Executive Officer of NZ Bus, the largest operator of urban bus services in New Zealand. It has a fleet of over 1,000 buses, employs approximately 1,900 people and carries over 50 million passengers each year, across its operations in Auckland and Wellington.

NZ Bus’ market leadership in public transport provision is built on its track record of innovation and continuous improvement to deliver efficient, reliable and accessible bus services. It recently announced plans to invest NZ$43m in Wrightspeed electric powertrains to enable it to lead the transition to electric-powered vehicles for public transport.

Zane enjoys the challenge of achieving business success through innovation, and driving his team to produce the best possible outcomes for customers, shareholders, employees and stakeholders.

Prior to joining NZ Bus in 2008, Zane held senior operational leadership and transformation roles in a number of sectors including Finance, Manufacturing/FMCG, Petroleum and Civil Construction.

Sue Kedgley croppedSue Kedgley: Greater Wellington Regional Council

Sue is a Greater Wellington Regional Councillor, is the Deputy Chair of the Sustainable Transport Committee and a member of Te Upoko Taiao – Natural Resource Management Committee.

She is also an elected member of the Capital and Coast District Health Board and the Board of Consumer NZ.

Paul Swain croppedPaul Swain:  Greater Wellington Regional Council

Paul is an elected member of the Wellington Regional Council, is the Council’s Public Transport Portfolio Leader and is Chair of the Wellington Regional Transport Committee.

He is the Chair of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission and the independent Chair of the New Zealand Utilities Advisory Group (NZUAG).

Paul also runs his own consultancy business based in Wellington. 

Andy Foster croppedAndy Foster : Councillor – WCC

Andy is the Councillor for the Onslow-Western Ward.  He is the Chair of the Transport and Urban Development Committee and the Council advisory on the Safe and Sustainable Transport Reference Group, along with being external representative on the GWRC Regional Transport Committee.

Other Committees that Andy is involved with cover  Governance Finance and Planning, Environment, Community Sport and Recreation, Economic Growth and Arts, and Regulatory Processes.

Sigurd Magnusson cropped photoSigurd Magnusson : Wellington Region EV Working Group Convenor

Sigurd is a huge supporter of electric vehicles and sustainability. He owns a fully electric car and compiles a comprehensive guide to New Zealand Electric Cars, regularly updated. He provides advice to a number of organisations to boost electric car adoption in New Zealand.

Sigurd has 20 years experience in the software sector, and is a co-founder and director of a leading New Zealand software company, SilverStripe.

Sigurd spends his leisure time mountain biking, camping, and doing astronomy, and lives with a young family in Wellington.

GaryNalderPhotoGary Nalder : Board Member – Drive Electric

Gary has over 20 years experience in the finance sector with the last 8 years working for Westpac Institutional Bank as Director of Asset Finance.

For Westpac sustainability is at the heart of its culture. Westpac is committed to helping New Zealand transition to a low carbon economy by growing the CleanTech sector through economic solutions to environmental challenges.

Gary sits on Westpac’s Environmental Solutions Working Group which is tasked with growing Westpac’s lending into the CleanTech sector. Since Gary’s involvement in this group he has developed Westpac’s Energy Efficient Lease product for Westpac’s institutional customer base which helps offset the cost of investing in energy efficiency assets that produce immediate energy savings.

Gary first became interested in electric vehicles when introduced to Drive Electric through Westpac’s sustainability team early in 2015. Since then his interest has developed into a passion and in February 2016 Gary joined the Board of Drive Electric. Gary’s appointment not only added financial expertise in the area of leasing but also the opportunity to leverage Westpac’s relationships with large institutions to help increase the uptake of EVs into these fleets.

It is clear to Gary that corporate New Zealand plays a crucial part in stimulating the growth of electric vehicles in New Zealand. Gary is actively promoting EV Leasing for pool car fleets of Westpac’s customers and has been involved in Westpac’s commitment to place EVs into its own pool car fleet.

David Silvester croppedDavid Silvester : National Planning Manager and Transport Agency Electric Vehicle Programme Director
– NZ Transport Agency

David is a senior manager with the NZ Transport Agency, with over 35 years experience in integrated transport planning, programming and investment.  An experienced and well-respected professional engineer in the transport sector,  he worked initially in local government and has since worked within central government including Transit New Zealand and Transfund New Zealand.

He has a leading role in the provision of planning services, including resource, urban, transport and traffic planning.  Another responsibility is the development of clear national level planning and investment signals to councils and the Transport Agency’s Highways & Network Operations for developing and managing the $4.5 billion per year National Land Transport Programme.

David also undertakes a variety of programme lead roles within the Transport Agency including cycling, regional economic development, and now the role as Electric Vehicle Programme Director.

Steve WestSteve West : CEO – Charge Net NZ

Steve’s fascination with Electric Vehicles began as a child, inspired by Usborne books painting a future of elegantly simple and efficient personal transportation. Charge.Net.NZ is borne of Steve’s frustration at waiting for that future to arrive in New Zealand. He owns NZ’s only Tesla Roadster and imported NZ’s first Tesla Model S, and also a Tesla P85D.

Philip Ivanier croppedPhilip Ivanier: Spark Venture Labs

Philip has spent the last number of years helping to drive innovation and new business areas with Spark and has been a force behind Morepork, Spark’s WiFi Network, Spark’s network of EV chargers named Spark Plugs, among other initiatives.

Before joining Spark Philip was the founder of 3 startup ventures located in the Silicon Valley and started his career at Apple where he spend 16 years helping to build all sorts of products and partnerships that where always a bit a head of their time!

Barry Barton cropped Barry Barton : University of Otago

BA LLB (Hons) Auckland LLM British Columbia

Barry Barton’s field of research is energy, natural resources and environmental law. In energy law, the issues of climate change, energy policy and energy security hold a growing importance, and present special legal challenges.

Barry has worked on energy regulation and the relationship between regulation and effective markets; and has reassessed the popular view that market liberalization obstructs energy sustainability. He has examined the regulatory work of the Electricity Commission and Commerce Commission.

At present his focus is on energy efficiency, especially through the project Energy Cultures that has been funded by the Foundation of Research Science and Technology. This interdisciplinary project seeks to understand the drivers of energy use behaviour in the household, in order to devise more effective law and policy in the field. Within the International Bar Association, he has co-edited or contributed to a series of studies on energy and resources law published by the Oxford University Press: Human Rights in Natural Resource Development, Energy Security, Regulating Energy and Natural Resources, Beyond the Carbon Economy, and Property and the Law in Energy and Natural Resources.