NZPBC Executive Committee 2019
PETER MCGILL - Chairperson
Transnet New Zealand - General Manager Energy Division
Peter has 30 years’ experience managing energy related businesses in NZ Australia, Thailand, UK and lastly Tonga where he was the CEO and Director of Tonga Power before joining TransNet where his responsibilities include Pacific exports.
In 2012 TransNet created an Energy Division which has a focus on demand side management and storage of renewable energy using redox flow technically and more recently working with redT in the UK on hybrid Li-ion – redox storage machines. During 2015 TransNet developed a strategy to test micro grid opportunities in the South Pacific combining renewable energy with battery storage machines.
This included TransNet installing a micro-grid consisting of 70kW solar and 30kW-130kWh energy storage system to power the company’s National Distribution Centre in Auckland. Using its renewable energy, the daily operation of the complex is now 80% self-sufficient. The facility is also designed to showcase the technology to provide real-time information to work on alternative synergies to power the micro-grid.
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PAUL PLEDGE - Vice Chair
Tradestaff Global - General Manager- Operations
Tradestaff Global is a New Zealand based international recruitment agency that specialises in the supply of Expat workers in contract, temporary and permanent positions across a variety of sectors.
Part of New Zealand’s largest privately owned recruitment group we offer a unique method of supplying labour. Our approach delivers significant benefits to companies operating
internationally and in particular more remote locations.
We have supplied clients of varying sizes from one worker to large projects with over 100 Tradestaff Global workers on site at any given time in a multitude of different sectors including;-
• Remote Projects
• Oil & Gas
• Power & Energy
• Civil & Infrastructure
CATHERINE SUMPTER - Vice Chair
Sumpter Law - Principal
Catherine was born in France and is of French West Indian descent. She moved to New Zealand in 2002 after spending 15 years in the United Kingdom and Sydney as a teacher of modern languages. Catherine graduated from the University of Auckland with her Law Degree and was admitted to the Bar in 2007. She also holds an English Degree and a Postgraduate Degree in French Linguistics from the University of Tours in France.
She has played a very active role in the French community particularly in Auckland. Catherine is one of two approved Legal Counsel to the French Embassy in Wellington, a role she has held since 2009. From 2011 to 2014 she was appointed by ministerial decree as a Foreign Trade Adviser (Conseillère du Commerce Extérieur) to the French Embassy in Wellington on legal issues. She has been a member of the Board of the French New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Inc. since 2011 and acted as Vice-President from 2014 to 2017. She is also a member as emerging leader of the Super Diverse Women organisation.
Catherine has developed a significant legal practice with French-speaking clients based in New Zealand and abroad and strong ties with the private sector and business councils in New Caledonia and French Polynesia. She practises in the areas of Commercial Law, Estate Administration, Property Law and Relationship Property. She has a special interest in advising foreign investors (private or corporate) wanting to do business in New Zealand. In the past, she has worked at firms specialising in general civil litigation and franchising.
Mob: 027 555 0029
Chapman Tripp - Partner
Hamish specialises in construction law and major projects and has practiced in this area for the last 11 years (six years overseas and five years in New Zealand).
Hamish has worked on major construction projects, both within New Zealand and around the world (including in the Pacific), in a variety of sectors including infrastructure, mining, energy, oil and gas, commercial and residential. He has extensive experience working on ‘large-scale’ projects (his projects have a combined value exceeding NZ$40b). His experience includes both greenfield and brownfield projects and a significant amount of this experience has involved project finance transactions including some of the largest and most complex projects in the Middle East.
Hamish previously worked for UK “Magic Circle” law firm Allen & Overy where he spent approximately six years in their projects team in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, acting for sponsors undertaking major projects in the Gulf region and financial institutions (including commercial banks and ECAs) lending to those projects. He has extensive experience drafting, negotiating and advising on various project contracts including concession/ project agreements, large-scale EPC contracts, operating agreements, project management agreements, FEED contracts, technology licences, engineering agreements, feedstock supply agreements, marketing and offtake agreements, land leases and other ancillary project documents.
In addition to project contracts, Hamish has an intimate understanding of project finance agreements and his experience includes reviewing, drafting, negotiating and advising on finance documents including debt term sheets, facility agreements, intercreditor agreements, security documents and direct agreements.
Hamish is recognised as a “next generation lawyer” in Legal 500 2018.
ABB Ltd – Grid Automation Market Manager, New Zealand and Pacific Islands – Power Grids Division
Devin has developed extensive experience in the Pacific Region and leading teams. This experience grew out of the development of Northpower’s contracting business (in 2009) to target the build and expansion of critical grid and generation electricity infrastructure within the Pacific Island countries of Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Tonga, Fiji and Samoa. To facilitate these projects the establishment of a local entities was required, providing insights into the risks associated with operating a business in the Pacific Region. Eighty percent (80%) of the projects were funded by international funders such as the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, various government AID programmes, or a combination of these parties, which developed an in-depth understanding of drivers, funding and procurement processes.
An executive committee member of the NZPBC since 2012, Devin has held various roles with in the organisation, inclusive of Chair (fixed tenure, 2016 -2018). During this period, he has promoted and developed opportunities with New Zealand businesses who are looking to establish themselves or expand current activities in the Pacific Region. In addition,
Contributions to the organization in conjunction with the Executive Committee, include:
- Rewriting and adoption of the constitution to align it with current focus of the NZPBC.
- Embracing New Zealand’s own Polynesian Heritage by the formalization of a Maori name as well as implementing Maori values within the organization
- Investment into the website to bring it in line with modern business tools.
- Reestablishment of business missions for NZPBC members. (Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Cook Islands.
- Lead strategic sessions and plan on how the organization will deliver value to its members.
Over the last four years Devin has had the privilege to attend two New Zealand government ministerial visits to the Pacific Region, both in his private sector capacity and as Chair of the NZPBC.
In his current role he maintains strong links to the Pacific region; particularly the development of renewable energy infrastructure.
ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner of Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.
Seasonal Pacific Ltd - Director
Richard resides in Christchurch and joined the Exec in 2016. Richard has over the past 25yrs worked for large multinationals such as Coca-Cola, Heineken, Fisher & Paykel and most recently Fexco Pacific. Richard has also owned and operated a number of his own businesses around New Zealand. Richard has been actively involved with the New Zealand RSE (Seasonal Worker) programme since 2012 and today operates a dedicated freight service for seasonal workers from NZ to the South Pacific called Turtle Box. Richard is still actively involved with Fexco Pacific (No1 Currency) with over 50 branches and operations in 9 South Pacific countries. Richard has brought to the council a large network of people throughout the South Pacific and New Zealand who are “invested” in the South Pacific.
Adam has 18 years’ experience in environmental and social management of projects in a range of sectors including highways and bridges, airports, rail, energy, water infrastructure, master plans, natural resource management and community development. This includes projects funded by the main development banks (World Bank/ International Finance Corporation, Asian Development Bank,) and bi-lateral aid agencies (MFAT/ NZAid). Adam’ has in-country work experience in Australia, Cook Islands, Egypt, Fiji, Jordan, Kuwait, Liberia, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and Vanuatu.
Pacific Trade Investment (PTI) - Trade Commissioner
Michael Greenslade is Trade Commissioner for Pacific Trade Investment (PTI) in New Zealand based in Auckland with a full complement team of seven.
P T I, the Economic Development Agency of the Suva based Pacific Island Forum Secretariat, engages directly with the Pacific private sector and their organisations throughout the Pacific.
Key functions include Trade & Investment facilitation for member countries of the Forum which include The Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, The Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. The French Territories are associate members of the Forum.
The P T I network has offices, in addition to Auckland, in Beijing, Geneva, Sydney and Tokyo. Michael has hands on experience in both the private and public sectors. He has specialised in export trading globally including the Pacific with specific experience in Deal Making.
Michael spent 12 years working with New Zealand Trade & Enterprise where he initially served as Regional Manager in Otago – Southland- Chatham Islands, then Trade Commissioner in Fiji for 5 years and as Pacific Trade Commissioner based in Auckland for a further 5 years.
Michael majored in Politics at Otago University and went onto complete a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) at Massey specialising in International Trade
Michael sits on a number of Auckland Boards and associations including both School and University Alumni and has at one time or another been elected to the Executive all the six Pacific Island Business Councils in Auckland
Michael is married to Kate and they have 4 grown up children, most still at home, all of whom spent their formative years in Fiji and a dog called Mattie.
Michael is an avid follower of Otago sport including the Highlanders – (Pacific Highlanders) to reflect their magnificent backline!
ProDesigners Architects Ltd - Director
Kayhan Khadem is naturally proud his company’s contribution to the development within the Pacific area.
Currently, he serves as the Honorary Consul for the Solomon Islands and as an Executive Committee member within the NZPBC.
Kayhan graduated with a Bachelor Architecture Degree and Master Diploma in Community Architecture (Town Planning). He is the owner and General Manager of ProDesigners Architects Ltd, an architectural company, founded 38 years ago in the Pacific area and 24 years ago in Auckland, New Zealand.
The architectural team consists of twenty-four architects and designers across all the offices in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Timor L’Este and the head office in Auckland, New Zealand.
Prodesigners Architects has considerable experience in commercial and residential developments. They efficiently produce working drawings for construction and for local authority applications. Their project experience covers hospitality, commercial, education, industrial, health, residential apartments and residential houses sectors.
Currently they are working on 2 hospitals, a few large resorts and a big market development center (Gordon Market) in Papua New Guinea; a Commercial Building in the Solomon Islands; a food court and several other commercial buildings in Fiji; and schools, kindergartens, residential and commercial projects in New Zealand.
With over 1000 projects completed to date, he feels profoundly connected to most countries in the Pacific area.
Fletcher Construction South Pacific - General Manager
Brent is the General Manager for the Fletcher Construction South Pacific business unit Brent has over 25 years of experience in the civil engineering construction industry. This experience has been gained on numerous projects encompassing a wide range of civil engineering disciplines including piling, drainage, dredging, rail, water services and specialist works such as micro tunnelling both in the UK and New Zealand. Brent holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance, Commercial Law) degree and an NZCE (Civil).
Pacific Cooperation Foundation - CEO
Don Mann was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) in January 2019. Prior to this Don spent four years as Head of Corporate Partnerships for Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED), responsible for establishing ATEED’s partnership team in execution of the region’s economic development strategy. He is the former General Manager of the Vodafone Warriors NRL Franchise and a former Detective with NZ Police. Don is a certified Company Director and holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from Massey University.
Pacific Cost Consultants Ltd - Managing Director
30 years of experience, with the last 14 years working throughout New Zealand & the South Pacific region.
Providing a full range of professional Estimating, Quantity Surveying and Project Management functions throughout the South Pacific and New Zealand.
Strong knowledge in contract formulation and administration, Tendering & Cost estimation, Quantity Surveying and Contracts.
Comprehensive understanding and managing work related to Proposals, Contract Formulation and Administration, Quantity Surveying, Estimating/Cost Planning, Project Management.
Worked across all major sectors Building & Infrastructure (High rise Residential, Commercial, Retail, Industrials, and Institutional), Infrastructure including Airfield Runways, Marine and Power projects.
Proactive attitude, ability to work independently; exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills, calm and composed in dealing with and resolving conflicts.
New Zealand Trade & Enterprise - Market Manager Australia / Pacific
Scott is the Market Manager for Australia and the Pacific, for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. New Zealand Trade and Enterprise is New Zealand’s international business development agency. NZTE’s role is to help New Zealand businesses grow into international markets.
NZTE sits ex-officio on the New Zealand Pacific Business Council working jointly to support companies doing business across the Region.
Scott has been with NZTE for the past five years predominantly working directly with New Zealand companies operating across the globe. Scott now works directly to support companies with growth ambitions in Australia and the Pacific.
ENTEC - Managing Director
Bob has been with Entec for 22 years, and as Managing Director he is responsible for governance and leadership across the business.
Entec is a multi-disciplinary technical solutions company, which provides Project and Service work into New Zealand’s heavy industrial and energy industries. Established in 1982, Entec’s scope of products and services encompass instrumentation and electrical installation and service work, specialist rotating equipment maintenance, and supply and support of gas detection equipment. Entec’s particular niche is hazardous area installation and service work, particularly in oil, gas and petrochemicals, from upstream exploration and production assets right through to downstream fuel terminals and distribution facilities. Entec also manufactures a wide range of switchboards, control panels, dosing and pneumatic panels, and mobile plant rooms.
Entec has locations in Auckland, Taranaki and Waikato, and currently numbers around 80 personnel.
William Buck New Zealand - Managing Director
Clyde is Managing Director of William Buck, a member of the William Buck network, Australasia’s largest wholly owned chartered accounting firm. William Buck has been helping people and their businesses for over 115 years.
The Auckland office has eleven directors, including four Audit Directors, and around 80 staff. The William Buck Group consists of over 80 directors and 600 professionals across Australia and New Zealand. We have offices in Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.
In addition to being M.D., Clyde is Director of Business Advisory. He provides his clients with advice on business strategy, administration, accounting and tax issues. Originally from Samoa, Clyde prides himself on being friendly and understanding, enabling him to facilitate open communication between clients and his team.
Clyde sits on several boards including Find Your Field of Dreams.