John is the Chief Executive of Energy Resources Aotearoa, a role he took up in December 2019. He was previously the Executive Director of the BusinessNZ Energy Council and has nearly three decades experience in public policy and energy markets, specialising in energy, climate change and resource management policy.
He leads our work on evidence-based policies to make New Zealand a better place, ensuring we have sustainable, affordable and reliable energy.
Phone: +64 21 375 061
POLICY DIRECTOR – ENERGY USE AND FUELS
Jesse leads our policy programme in the downstream energy sector, including transmission, distribution, and use of energy and fuels.
Jesse has a strong background in energy and climate change policy, having worked at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and served as Private Secretary in the office of then-Minister of Energy and Resources, Hon Judith Collins. He has also covered national security and infrastructure policy issues with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Treasury.
Before joining Energy Resources Aotearoa, his most recent role was as Manager Policy and Engagement at the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, where he focused on downstream energy and decarbonisation policy.
Phone: +64 27 373 7851
POLICY DIRECTOR – UPSTREAM AND CLIMATE
Josh leads our policy programme relating to upstream oil and gas, taxation, environmental policy and climate change policy.
Josh has a strong public policy background and understanding of regulatory matters relevant to the oil and gas sector. Previously Josh worked on petroleum and energy policy at the Ministry for the Environment, the Environmental Protection Authority, and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Josh also developed a sound understanding of local planning issues from time working for the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.
Before joining Energy Resources Aotearoa his most recent role was Policy Manager at Straterra, the industry association for the New Zealand minerals sector.
Phone: +64 4 494 8974
Energy Skills Manager
Sheree leads the Energy Skills programme to attract, promote and develop talent for the New Zealand energy industry.
Sheree has both a private and public sector background, working in labour market, business and human resource strategic roles. This includes time as Labour Market Manager at the Department of Labour; Economic and Community Development Advisor at the Department of Labour; Business Development Manager at the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce and Human Resource Manager at Rishworth Aviation in Auckland.
Ben leads our communications function. He works closely with journalists and stakeholders to make sure our messages and perspectives are heard.
Ben has an extensive background in public relations, communications and campaign management. He has previously worked as a parliamentary researcher, as a campaign manager for the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union, and as a public relations consultant for BlacklandPR where he advised multinationals, cooperatives, charities and NGOs.
Before joining Energy Resources Aotearoa, his most recent role was as External Relations Manager at The New Zealand Initiative public policy think tank.
Caroline has a background in accounts, HR and events within the private sector. Prior to joining Energy Resources Aotearoa she worked for EnergySkills for five years in a very diverse role including responsibilities for accounts management, HR and co-ordinating public events. Prior to this she worked in the financial sector in varied roles including as a Registered Financial Adviser.