Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Lana Stockman and Mark Sandelin to the Electricity Authority.
The Electricity Authority is an independent Crown entity established in November 2010.
It is responsible for the governance and regulation of the electricity market and its objective is to promote competition, reliable supply, and the efficient operation of the electricity sector for the long term benefit of consumers.
Lana Stockman and Mark Sandelin have been appointed for terms of five years each commencing 6 June 2017. They fill vacancies left by Hon Roger Sowry and David Bull, who have now completed two terms with the Authority.
“Lana brings her experience working in executive and senior advisory roles in the Australian infrastructure sector, and experience in the New Zealand electricity industry. Mark brings significant legal expertise and skill, including dispute resolution experience, with the versatility to apply it to different issues.
“These appointments will benefit the Authority by bringing different skill sets and fresh thinking, complementing the appointment of Allan Dawson and Sandra Gamble in April.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Hon Roger Sowry and David Bull for their significant contribution to the Authority since its establishment. Both also served the Electricity Commission, the Authority’s predecessor, so have dedicated a noteworthy period of time to New Zealand’s electricity sector,” Ms Collins says.
There will continue to be six members of the Authority, with the others being Dr Brent Layton (Chair), Allan Dawson, Sandra Gamble and Susan Paterson.
Background information on appointees:
Lana has recently returned to New Zealand from Australia, where she was Vice President Regulation at Aurizon Network, a top-50 ASX listed company offering rail and road based freight and infrastructure solutions. She was also a General Manager at Energy Australia, a board member of the Electricity Retailers Association of Australia, and a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on smart meters in Victoria. Lana also has experience in the New Zealand electricity industry, including as an advisor to the Electricity Authority and its predecessor. She is degree qualified in both engineering and finance and coupled with a broad energy market experience, brings fresh thinking, and strong leadership, communication and relationship management skills.
Mark is currently a Partner at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, and a Director of Fairway Resolution Limited, which is a Crown-owned company that provides independent dispute resolution services and other conflict management services. He is also Deputy Chair of the Auckland Grammar School board of trustees. Mark brings significant legal expertise and skills – he has practiced law for over 30 years, specialising in commercial and contract litigation work. He has extensive experience in dispute resolution, can apply his expertise to a range of issues, and has strong governance, leadership, communication, and relationship management skills.