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Our Executive Team.

Our Executive Team.

Meet our Executive Management Team who are dedicated to putting customers' evolving needs at the heart of our business and getting results for shareholders.

Vince Hawksworth // <span class="font-normal">Chief Executive</span>

Vince Hawksworth // Chief Executive

Vince joined Mercury in March 2020. Vince has considerable experience in the energy sector in both New Zealand and Australia. Most recently he was Chief Executive at generator/retailer Trustpower and prior to that, Chief Executive of Hydro Tasmania. Vince qualified as a Mining Engineer, working in UK coal mines and has an MBA from the University of Waikato. Vince commenced his career in the New Zealand energy sector at the Huntly power station and led both the generation and retail divisions at Genesis Energy. He led the demerger of Tilt Renewables from Trustpower and is now a director of Tilt Renewables.

William Meek // <span class="font-normal">Chief Financial Officer</span>

William Meek // Chief Financial Officer

William joined us in 1999 and heads the finance, treasury, ICT, legal and investor relations functions. William was previously responsible for generation investment strategy and enterprise risk functions. He has long-standing industry experience in risk management, power development, wholesale markets and forecasting.

Lucie Drummond // <span class="font-normal"> General Manager Sustainability</span>

Lucie Drummond // General Manager Sustainability

Lucie is responsible for the overall strategic framework and environmental, social and corporate governance at Mercury. She also leads our external communications, regulatory and government relations functions. A major focus for Lucie and her team is on identifying new possibilities for our company in the future of energy. She joined Mercury in 2012, holding a range of roles across the business. Prior to Mercury, Lucie practised environmental and energy law in New Zealand and the UK.

Phil Gibson // <span class="font-normal">General Manager Portfolio</span>

Phil Gibson // General Manager Portfolio

Phil is responsible for managing Mercury’s fuel portfolio, generation development, wholesale market activities and sales to large commercial and industrial customers. Phil joined us in 2004 and has held a number of roles across the business including General Manager Hydro & Wholesale, Wholesale Markets Manager and Head of Technology & Innovation in Consumer Markets. Prior to joining the electricity industry, Phil spent six years in structural engineering roles in Auckland, Wellington and London.

Julia Jack // <span class="font-normal">Chief Marketing Officer</span>

Julia Jack // Chief Marketing Officer

Julia is the custodian of our brand, and responsible for Mercury’s sales and marketing functions. A primary focus is on the design of innovative products and services that inspire our customers to enjoy energy in more wonderful ways. Her background includes more than a decade of senior consumer marketing experience in the telecommunications sector, driving brand and product strategy along with business transformation initiatives and culture change programmes.

Stew Hamilton // <span class="font-normal">GM Generation</span>

Stew Hamilton // GM Generation

Stew is responsible for the asset management, operation and maintenance of our renewable generation assets – hydro, geothermal and wind. He has a focus on health and safety, with an ongoing aim of zero harm. Before joining Mercury, Stew was the Chief Executive and General Manager at New Zealand Aluminium Smelters. He has more than 25 years’ experience leading large-scale processing and mining operations and began his career as an engineer.

Craig Neustroski // <span class="font-normal">GM Customer</span>

Craig Neustroski // GM Customer

Craig is responsible for ensuring the seamless end-to-end experience for our residential and small commercial customers and is firmly focused on our long-term strategic goal to become New Zealand’s leading energy brand. Craig has vast experience in the electricity sector, with more than a decade’s experience in senior leadership positions, most recently with Trustpower.

Marlene Strawson // <span class="font-normal">General Manager People & Performance</span>

Marlene Strawson // General Manager People & Performance

Marlene joined us in 2012 and leads the company’s human resources strategy, employee engagement and internal communications. Marlene has more than 25 years’ experience in human resources, with a strong organisational development background including in telecommunications, banking and the health sector.