GARTH DIBLEY - Chief Executive

With extensive experience in the generation, retail, transmission, and distribution sectors of New Zealand’s electricity industry Garth  took up the position of Chief Executive at WEL Networks in September 2014. He previously held leadership roles at both Transpower and Meridian Energy. Appointed as General Manager Grid Performance at Transpower in 2010, he led operations and asset maintenance functions of the national grid. Prior to this, he was based at Meridian Energy, working as General Manager Markets and Production and then General Manager External Relations.

Garth has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Canterbury and an MBA from Waikato University. He has completed executive training programmes at Kellogg and INSEAD business schools of management.


Julian Lonsdale - Chief Technology Officer

Julian has 25 years' experience across a broad range of senior IS/ICT design, delivery and management roles locally within Skycity, Spark and IBM NZ, and internationally with IBM India, CSC UK and British Telecom.  He enjoys delivering new IT systems and technology in partnership with the relevant business teams to deliver exciting new services and changes to existing services.  Julian joined the WEL team in June 2019 where he'll use his broad experience of delivering new products and services to support WEL's continuous improvement in IS/ICT delivery practices.


MAT O'NEILL - GENERAL MANAGER Asset Management

With a solid career in the electrical industry Mat brings a strong analytical and practical engineering skill set to his management role.  In 1992, he completed his electrical apprenticeship with Waitaki Power Ltd and then went on to graduate from the University of Canterbury with a Masters Degree in electrical engineering in 2001.

He began working at Genesis Energy's Huntly Power Station from 2001 to 2012, followed by two years at Delta Utility Services in Dunedin.  Joining the WEL Networks team in 2014, he has held the roles of Asset Planning and Engineering Manager, WEL Services General Manager for two years before moving into his current position


MICHELLE ALLFREY - GENERAL MANAGER COMMERCIAL ENGAGEMENT

Michelle joined WEL in 2013 and has had various managerial roles within the business including billing, pricing, revenue and regulatory. Michelle brings strong commercial and analytical skills to her role with experience in central and local government and also within the competitive business sector. Managing the Revenue, Legal and Business Development Solutions functions, Michelle has responsibility for strategic planning and regulatory management. She has a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato.


 

vicky costain - General Manager People & Performance

Vicky joined WEL Networks in 1998 and has held a number of roles within the organisation; from leading the risk, insurance, business continuity and internal audit functions through to her current role managing the Human Resources, Organisation Development, Health and Safety and Communication units.  She is responsible for ensuring these core business functions align with and support WEL’s business strategy, culture and values. Vicky has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Post Graduate Certificate in Management Studies from the University of Waikato.