Forum Steering Group

  • George Adams

    Independant Director

    Chair of the Forum

    George came to New Zealand in 2003 as managing director of Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand & Fiji, a role he held for 10 years. Since moving into governance, he's also become chairman of Apollo Foods. Read more…

  • Toby Beaglehole

    CEO, Connexis

    Treasurer & Steering Group Member

    Toby is an experienced leader with a range of senior management roles, including Chief Executive of New Zealand Oil Services Limited and senior positions at New Zealand Post, Babcock and Brown Infrastructure, Meridian Energy and Ernst and Young. Read more…

  • Sheridan Broadbent


    Sheridan recently resigned as CEO at Counties Power. Prior to this she spent several years with Genesis Energy in executive positions, most recently as GM Strategy and Business Technology, leading the strategy, energy generation development and IT functions at the company. Read more…

  • Phil Parkes

    CEO, Worksafe NZ

    Steering Group Member

  • James Fletcher

    Chair, Leadership Subcommittee

    James joined Treescape as CEO in January 2018. Treescape is a leader in green asset management across Australasia, specialising in tree, vegetation and environmental management. Read more…

  • Francois Barton

    Executive Director, Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum

    Steering Group member

    Francois Barton took over as Forum Executive Director in May 2015. Read more…

  • Jono Brent

    Group - Transformation Lead, Orion

    Steering Group member

    Jono Brent has been operating within New Zealand’s infrastructure industry for the past decade. He has been the Chief Executive of Connetics Ltd since December 2010. Before that Jono was the General Manager – Business Development of City Care Ltd operating throughout New Zealand. Read more…

  • Mike Costelloe

    CEO, Think Delta

    Steering Group Member

    Mike joined Delta in June 2017 after many years in senior management for Downer, both NZ and Australia. He has 30 years leadership experience in the highly competitive contracting environment, predominantly in civil infrastructure. Read more…

  • Albert de Geest

    CEO, Liquigas

    Steering Group member

    Albert has 20 years' experience in a variety of senior executive roles in the electricity and gas sectors in New Zealand and Australia. These roles have covered infrastructure management including major hazard facilities, risk management, energy trading, wholesale marketing, market design and governance. Read more…

  • Shane Dufaur

    General Manager, Ballance Agri-Nutrients

    Steering Group member

    After completing an engineering degree at the University of Auckland, Shane spent the next 15 years working in the oil and gas industry in Asia, the USA, Europe and the Middle East. Read more…

  • Marc England

    CEO, Genesis

    Steering Group member

    Marc is responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and management of Genesis Energy's business interests. Read more…

  • Fiona Ewing

    National Safety Director, Forest Industry Safety Council

    Steering Group Member

    Fiona has 30 years' experience of working in health and safety in a wide range of industries including energy, engineering, construction, agriculture and forestry in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom (UK). Read more…

  • Hugh Goddard

    General Manager, Pipeline & Civil

    Steering Group member

    Hugh is a civil engineer who has been resident in New Zealand for over 15 years and has also accrued experience in Ireland, UK, Middle East and Scandinavia. Read more…

  • Gavin Ion

    CEO, Waikato Council

    Steering Group member

    Chief Executive of Waikato District Council for 14 years, Gavin has extensive experience in the local government sector. Read more…

  • Mike O’Brien

    Steering Group member

    Mike O’Brien has over 20 years of experience in general management, business development and change management. Read more…

  • Emma Powell

    Business Customer Service Delivery, ACC

    Steering Group member

    Emma has been with ACC since 2010 in a variety of roles. Passionate about supporting genuine engagement between ACC and its customers and stakeholders, allowing us to achieve positive outcomes for all New Zealanders. Emma is responsible for approximately 200 staff. Read more…

  • Andrew Priest

    Steering Group member

    Andrew is Chief Executive Officer of Ngāi Tahu Farming. He is also an independent director with past appointments at farmer cooperatives based in the Canterbury region. Read more…

  • Gillian Cagney

    CEO, Worley New Zealand

    Steering Group member

    Gillian joined Worley in 2004 in Ireland and moved to Queensland with them in 2005. She has held various positions in engineering, project/portfolio management and operational management. Gillian has operated in the Australian LNG, aluminium smelting, oil refining and the Canadian oil sands industries before taking up her recent role with Worley New Zealand. Read more…

  • Jeremy Sole

    CEO, Electrical Training Company (ETCO)

    Steering Group member

    ETCO currently employs more than 700 electrician apprentices and trains over 2,200 which is more than 50% on New Zealand’s electrical apprentices. Having left school to take on an apprenticeship, Jeremy moved into service management and sales roles, training, management, started and sold a training business, politics and then back to Management. Read more…

  • Gordon Shaw

    Executive Director, Vehicle Inspection New Zealand (VINZ)

    Steering Group Member

    Gordon Shaw, CEO of VINZ is a Key Service Delivery Partner for the NZ Transport Agency. Read more…

  • Carolyn Tremain

    CEO, Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

    Steering Group member

    Carolyn has over 30 years' experience leading large, complex service delivery organisations, and substantial change management programmes. The Ministry’s purpose is to ‘Grow New Zealand for all’, with its role to create better outcomes for all New Zealanders, particularly by supporting business growth. Read more…

  • Warwick Tauwhare-George

    CEO, Parininihi ki Waitotara

    Steering Group Member

    Warwick joined PKW in October 2016 and brings a strong commercial background that extends across a wide range of industries into PKW, key for growing and diversifying PKW into the future. Read more…