Rob Bernau – Director, Transmission Pricing Methodology (TPM)

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Rob Bernau

Rob Bernau, General Manager, Market Design has been seconded to the new position, Director, Transmission Pricing Methodology (TPM).

This is a 12-month fixed term role to ensure we have the necessary senior focus and support for TPM, as we work closely with Transpower towards implementing the TPM Guidelines, and respond to the legal challenges initiated by Trustpower.

Rob has experience delivering complex work programmes in challenging environments and an in-depth knowledge of regulatory organisations.

Before joining the Authority, Rob was Head of Energy, Airports and Dairy Regulation at the Commerce Commission. Rob was responsible for the Commission’s economic regulation of electricity lines, gas pipelines and major airports, and for the Commission’s regulatory functions in the dairy sector. Since 2016 Rob has also been responsible for overseeing the Commission’s interface with the Electricity Authority, particularly in relation to evolving technologies in the electricity sector. Rob joined the Commission in September 2010 as General Counsel in the Regulation Branch. Before 2010, Rob worked for New Zealand Post in network access and legal roles, and for Chapman Tripp.

Rob holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Otago.

Andrew (Andy) Doube – General Manager, Market Design

Andrew (Andy) leads the Authority’s Market Design group. The team is responsible for developing policy across the electricity markets to enhance competition for the long-term benefit of consumers.

Andy has extensive experience in public policy focussed on economic development of regulated sectors. He has held management and policy-director roles across agriculture, fishing, mining and petroleum, building and immigration sectors. Andy has led large complex areas of work and is skilled in managing contentious engagement with diverse and competing interests.

Before joining the Authority, Andy was a policy director at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Andy holds a Master of Arts degree and a post graduate qualification in economics.

Sarah Gillies – General Manager Legal, Ministerial and Compliance

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Sarah Gillies

Sarah leads the Authority’s Legal and Compliance Teams and is responsible for Ministerial engagement.

The legal team provides in-house legal services for the Authority, while the compliance team is responsible for monitoring, investigating and enforcing compliance with the Code, the Electricity Industry Act and various regulations.

The compliance team also undertakes market-facilitation measures to improve compliance, and identifies areas of the Code that may need change as a result of compliance work.

Previously, Sarah was Executive General Counsel International at CoreLogic where she led the legal and risk team for the company’s international activities (covering Australia, NZ and UK). She also held other roles where she was accountable for strategy, stakeholder management, and driving business performance and culture for CoreLogic’s New Zealand operations.

From 2005-12 she held various senior counsel roles in Telecom’s legal team, including in the Regulatory and Competition legal team. She has also spent time in private practice at two large national law firms.

Sarah holds an LLB (Hons), a BSc and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Management.

James Tipping – Chief Strategy Officer

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James Tipping

James works across the Authority to bring leadership and excellence to our work programme and to the evidence that underpins the Authority’s decision-making. He plays a role in maintaining and growing relationships with other regulators – both domestically and internationally – and ensures the Authority is well aware of regulatory best practice and emerging market developments.

James has more than 17 years’ experience working in strategy, analytics, policy and regulatory roles in the energy sector in New Zealand and in Europe. James’s most recent leadership role was at Trustpower as the Strategy and Portfolio Manager, having previously led Trustpower’s regulatory engagement for a number of years. His international experience includes consulting for Redpoint Energy, one of Europe’s leading energy consultancies.

James holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in Statistics, a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics, and a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Operations Research from the University of Canterbury. He also has a PhD in Operations Research from the University of Canterbury, focussed on modelling electricity wholesale market prices.