Brendon Green, Founder & Managing Director
Brendon is of Ngati Hikairo (Tainui waka) and Ngapuhi descent and brings experience from both sides of the table where he has played instrumental roles in the development of projects with specialist experience in energy, forestry, oil & gas, water, geothermal, dairy and minerals.
Brendon brings over 20 years experience in resource development having worked in and with some of NZ’s and the world’s largest corporates. Companies worked for include the NZ Dairy Board, Contact Energy, General Electric and Mighty River Power – Mercury. Companies worked with include BP, Exxon Mobil, Chevron, NBC-Universal, Iberdrola, Watercare and Fonterra.
Qualifications: Brendon has a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering (Hons) (Canterbury University), a Post Graduate Diploma in Dairy Science & Technology (Massey University) and has completed executive leadership programs with General Electric at the company’s leadership school in Crotonville, New York.
Specialist Expertise: Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Iwi relations
Background: Career with Department of Corrections 11 years, Inland Revenue 4.5 years. Corporate Finance 12 years., Business Management.
Qualifications: BBus, PGDip Bus (current)
Rob Powell, Advisor
Background: Following training at the University of Otago, Rob established his career as a Research Scientist/Faculty member in Maryland, USA. Discovering a passion for entrepreneurship, during licensing negotiations for patents, Rob earned a MBA then gained practical experience in the USA and NZ in the areas of new opportunity identification, valuation and commercialization focusing on the life-sciences. Rob has held roles of University Scientist, Industrial Liaison, VP of a VC firm, interim-COO and CSO in VC start-ups and currently through his company, Powell Biotech (2000), he provides life-sciences consulting services to investors and inventors including science and financial diligence, licensing, development planning and interim staffing.
Qualifications: PhD (Biochemistry), University of Otago; MBA (Finance & Entrepreneurship), University of Maryland, USA
David Reeve, Advisor
Background: David started his career as an electrical apprentice at Te Awamutu Electric Power Board in 1983, finishing as Assistant Engineer. Within a small distribution business David had exposure to all aspects of distribution.
In 1993 David moved to ECNZ to be part of the inaugural Waikato Hydro Control Centre as an operator. Seconded to ECNZ’s central offer team in October 1996, David has been involved with the New Zealand Electricity Market ever since.
David transferred to Mighty River Power as part of the break-up of ECNZ in 1999. At Mighty River Power David held roles including Spot Trading Manager, Industry Strategy Manager, General Manager (Metrix – metering) and Enterprise Risk Strategist. As part of these roles he managed or oversaw the company’s exposure to transmission and market risks, regulation, capital programme, power development valuations and financial business cases, company and project insurance and trading/market risk management.
He has been consulting to the industry since 2009, predominantly in New Zealand, but also to Ireland, Australia, Tonga and Singapore. He is currently a Consulting Director with Sapere Research Group (a consultancy) and a Managing Director of Whiteboard Energy (an executive electricity education business).
Qualifications: Young Manager’s Programme, INSEAD Business School (2002); NZCE (Electrical), Waikato Polytechnic (1990)
Steve Sewell, Advisor
Background: Background – Steve is a geoscientist with over 10 years’ experience in geothermal resource exploration, development, field operations and research at four developed geothermal fields and over twenty prospects in six countries. He worked at Mercury (formerly Mighty River Power) for six years as a geophysicist and project geologist for the Rotokawa geothermal field. He has extensive expertise in design, acquisition, analysis and interpretation of most types of geophysical surveys used in geothermal exploration and field performance monitoring, including MT, TEM, gravity, micro earthquake and precision gravity methods. He also has expertise in the development of resource conceptual models supporting numerical reservoir simulation, well targeting and resource capacity risk assessment in both volcanic and sedimentary-hosted geothermal resources. His experience in geothermal resource management has included well planning and assisting with drilling and field operations.
Qualifications: – Post Graduate Diploma in Geothermal Energy Technology, University of Auckland – Bachelor of Science with honours (Geophysics)
Paul Ware, Advisor
Background: Career with Tasman Pulp and Paper, Fletcher Forests & Mighty River Power. 10 years’ experience in geothermal. Projects of note include Project Manager of Kawerau 105MW and Nga Awa Purua 140MW geothermal projects. Field and Operations Manager of MRP’s geothermal stations. Experience also with geothermal projects in Chile, USA and Indonesia
Qualifications: Bachelor Chemical & Materials Engineering
Steve Shirley, Advisor
Background: A Business Manager with extensive engineering and commercial experience in multiple industrial sectors across international and domestic markets. Key expertise includes leadership of Power Generation development renewable and thermal from initial concept through FEED and detailed engineering design, asset operation & maintenance optimisation. I have strength in mechanical engineering, project management, commercial bid and contract negotiation, service agreements, customer and people management.
I have 27 years’ industrial experience in Power, Consultancy, Construction and Aviation industries.
Qualifications: Trade Certificate – Mechanical Aircraft Engineering; Bachelor Engineering – Mechanical (Hons); MBA (University of Auckland)
Jay Manning, Advisor
Specialist Expertise: Power plant development, Gas turbine procurement and services.
Background: Jay is based in Houston, Texas and has spent his career in power generation where he held technical and senior executive commercial roles with Stewart & Stevenson (VP International Sales) and General Electric (General Manager, Global Sales).
Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (Finance) University of Texas