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Jim Quinn – Chairman

Jim is an experienced director, chief executive and executive manager. His governance experience includes past Chair of MCom and Intilecta.  He is currently chair at Payments New Zealand, ComplyPro and Tubman Heating and a director at Lyttleton Port and Ngai Tahu Tainui Go Bus. His  executive career included being the inaugural CEO of KiwiRail, Chief of Strategy at Auckland Council, and CEO of Express Couriers joint venture between New Zealand Post and DHL.  He has had General Management roles in New Zealand Post, Advantage Group (EFTPOS Industry), WEL Energy, QED Software and New Zealand Couriers.


Garth Dibley
– Director and CEO at WEL Networksgarth.dibley

Garth joined WEL Networks as CEO in 2014. His career in New Zealand’s electricity industry spans generation, retail, transmission, and more recently, distribution sectors. Previously Garth was GM Grid Performance at Transpower and also held a number of engineering and senior management positions at Meridian Energy, including GM Markets and Production. Garth holds an engineering degree and an MBA.


jason-franklin2012Jason Franklin – Director and Chief Executive at PowerNet

Jason joined PowerNet in 2012 as Chief Executive. Previously he worked in a variety of senior roles for Rio Tinto and the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand (ECNZ). While with Rio Tinto, Jason held a number of commercial roles in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. These roles included the management of the energy arrangements for Rio Tinto. Jason’s experience with ECNZ, followed by 14 years experience in the industry as a major electricity user with Rio Tinto, led to his appointment as Chief Executive for PowerNet. Jason has held a number of industry positions, including as an executive committee member of the Major Electricity Users Group and a member of the Wholesale Advisory Group for the New Zealand Electricity Authority.

 oliver-kearneyOliver Kearney – Director and CEO at Network Tasman

Oliver Kearney is the CEO of Network Tasman and is a qualified chartered accountant. He is also a director of On Metering Limited & Nelson Electricity Limited.



Andrew-TombsAndrew Tombs – Director and CEO at Alpine Energy

As CEO for Alpine Energy Ltd Andrew has led the South Canterbury based electricity distribution business through an impressive period of growth and development and continues to raise the bar in operational excellence, health and safety, and shareholder value. Andrew joined Alpine in July 2009 after having managed Tenix Alliance NZ’s $80Mp.a. 400 staff contracting and engineering business; a role he took on after serving as GM, Service Delivery for Unison Networks Ltd in the Hawkes Bay. Prior to this he spent 6 years with Transpower New Zealand. Andrew’s 25 years + experience internationally in engineering, sales, marketing, and business continues;  as a member of the NZ Institute of Directors and a director with South Canterbury’s Chamber of Commerce.

Kavi Singh
– Director and General Manager New Energy Development & Strategy at PowerNetkavi.singh

Kavi joined the SmartCo board in 2019. He has been the General Manager New Energy Development & Strategy role since 2018 when he returned from the UK, where he held executive roles with global energy and analytics companies. Prior to that he worked for both Mercury Energy and Vector in management and operational roles. Kavi is a highly accomplished and entrepreneurial executive, with extensive experience in global energy markets. He has a strong background in commercialisation, operations management and strategic planning. Kavi has an engineering degree, a PhD in operations management and optimisation, and is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors.


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