The New Zealand consortium of electricity lines companies SmartCo has announced a new board of directors, the establishment of an advisory committee, and other appointments.
The new board of directors includes Grady Cameron, chief executive of DELTA Utility Services and Aurora Energy, Dr Julian Elder, chief executive of WEL Networks, John O’Hara, independent chairman, and Russell Shaw, group chief executive of Top Energy Group.
The company expects to appoint further independent directors in the new year.
SmartCo’s Advisory Board will be chaired by Neil Simmonds, chief executive of Counties Power. The other members are Gordon Cameron, new business manager of The Lines Company, Bob Jones, metering services manager at DELTA Utility Services, Gavin Murphy, general manager – business development at Eastland Group, Dayle Parris, commercial manager at MainPower NZ, and Rob Sweet, smart grid project manager at WEL Networks.
The retiring SmartCo chair, Bob Lack, has taken up the position of general manager in addition to his role as general manager commercial of Counties Power.
John McCutcheon of Power Business Limited will continue to advise the SmartCo board.
These new appointments recognise that SmartCo is moving from the development phase to the implementation phase of this project, the company said in a statement.
SmartCo is planning to install about 500,000 smart electricity meters over the next 3 years in homes and businesses served by 14 mainly provincial electricity networks spread across New Zealand, from North Cape to Bluff.