Rory Blundell - General Manager Market Performance
Rory leads our market performance team, which is responsible for market services, data management, modelling, market monitoring and market performance reviews.
The team looks after the overall operation of the electricity system and market including managing all of the market operations service provider contracts. The team also manages the provision of modelling and data analysis to support the Authority’s wider work. Much of this data is made publicly available through the emi.ea.govt.nz website.
Before Rory joined the Authority, he was Manager-Integrated Portfolio at Contact Energy. He has over 10 years’ experience within the industry, spanning a variety of roles in the wholesale and hedge market, risk management and responsibility for Contact Energy’s trading operations. He brings strategic and analytical management expertise to the Market Performance team, with an emphasis on producing results-driven, robust and insightful analysis to support internal and external stakeholders.
Rory has a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and a Bachelor of Engineering Science with First Class Honours, both from the University of Auckland.
Ross Hill - General Manager Legal and Compliance
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.
Before being appointed General Manager Legal and Compliance, Ross was the Senior Legal Counsel in the Electricity Commission's transmission team and more recently Acting Manager Legal and Compliance for the Electricity Commission as it transitioned to the Electricity Authority.
Ross has an extensive background in legal and compliance matters, including various roles as a lawyer in government and private practice.
He holds an LLM (Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.
Androula Dometakis - General Manager Corporate Services
Androula leads the Electricity Authority's corporate services team.
Corporate services is responsible for organisational performance and planning, project management, communications, finance, human resources, IT and knowledge management.
Androula is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years' business experience in accounting firms, large stakeholder organisations and commercial enterprise.
Her expertise spans a range of fields including financial management, business improvement, strategic planning, leadership and governance.
Before joining the Authority, Androula was Governance Director for the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and prior to that held a variety of roles with the New Zealand Meat Board and Meat and Wool New Zealand.
Androula has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University. She is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Rob Bernau – Acting General Manager Market Design
Rob is on secondment from the Commerce Commission where he is the Head of Energy, Airports and Dairy Regulation. This includes responsibility for the Commission’s economic regulation of electricity lines.
Rob will lead the market design team until a permanent appointment is made.
The market design team is responsible for Code development and market facilitation in the retail and wholesale markets. This includes promoting to consumers the benefits of comparing and switching retailers.
Rob holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Otago.