Industry is well represented on the board
Mark Gilbert retired as Managing Directorof BMW Group New Zealand in 2012. He has nearly 30 years automotive industry experience, working in both New Zealand and Asia for international companies Volvo, and the BMW Group. Mark has also been an Executive Member, NZ Business Council for Sustainable Development (now the Sustainable Business Council), and President, NZ Motor Industry Association Inc. Mark is presently an Independent Director of Auckland Transport and Partmaster Limited.
Annette joined the Drive Electric Board in December of 2014. Annette is a director from Baker Tilly Staples Rodway, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors. She specialises in international business and deals with a number of listed and unlisted corporates and high net worth individuals assisting with all aspects of taxation, compliance, M&A and immigration.
Hideaki is a Founding Director of Drive Electric Incorporated.
Hideaki Fukutake is CEO of efu Investment Limited and assumes Director roles of Berlitz International, Benesse Holdings Inc. Furthermore, Hideaki is Vice-Chairman of Fukutake Foundation which operates Art-site Naoshima and holds world-renown Setouchi International Art festivals.
Matthew is General Manager Investments at efu Investment Limited. He works with the founding Fukutake family, and has experience in investments, being a CFA charterholder. Matthew has previous experience in the automotive sector, and currently also acts as Director for Kings Plant Barn, where under new ownership they have just placed their first order for electric vehicles.
Senior Commercial Manager at Westpac New Zealand
Dan is currently the Senior Commercial Manager at Westpac New Zealand working in Commercial Services. He has previously held senior roles within the Westpac Group and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and has worked in the procurement industry for over 15 years. This work has primarily been in the Financial Services and Construction sectors in both New Zealand and overseas. He is an experienced, MCIPS qualified and driven procurement professional with broad ranging skills and capabilities.
Dan currently has responsibility for all non-technology procurement at Westpac New Zealand and has a passion for sustainable business practices. His recent achievements include leading the Westpac EV fleet transition where 30% of the fleet has been converted to EV’s. Also, his work to achieve Living Wage accreditation for Westpac, the first bank and largest corporate in New Zealand to be accredited, has been widely recognised. Dan Harris joined Drive Electric in 2019.
Country Leader Custom Fleet NZ & General Counsel Custom Fleet Australia & New Zealand
Michelle is the Country Leader for Custom Fleet New Zealand. Custom Fleet is proud to be the largest fleet leasing and management company in New Zealand.
Michelle has over 20 years’ experience in leasing, asset finance and banking across a number of jurisdictions. Michelle is a qualified lawyer and during her career has held a number of senior business and legal roles across New Zealand, Australia and the UK.
Michelle joined the Drive Electric Board in May 2018. Michelle brings both legal and financial expertise in the area of leasing and as the Country Leader for New Zealand’s largest fleet management company provides an opportunity to leverage Custom Fleet’s customer relationships to promote increased EV uptake in fleets.
Michelle is excited about the innovation EVs bring to the fleet industry and the opportunity for businesses to meet sustainability goals through the addition of EVs to their fleet.
Michelle holds an LLB from the University of Waikato.
European Motor Distributors
Dean Sheed is General Manager of Audi New Zealand and has a commitment to bring more of Audi’s global breakthrough technologies and innovations to New Zealand. The brand has a strong commitment to electric mobility through its “e-tron” sub brand covering a range of standard and performance vehicles.
Prior to joining Audi, Dean enjoyed a thirteen-year tenure as the General Manager of Volkswagen New Zealand. Under his leadership, the Volkswagen New Zealand brand presence grew tenfold in vehicle sales and won several awards for excellence in vehicle sales, technology and design. He also developed a strong network of new dealerships and service centres nationwide.
Dean began his automotive career at Ford Motor Company in New Zealand and spent 12 years with the organisation working on different aspects of the motoring business spanning sales, marketing and brand management, additionally he serves on the board of the New Zealand German Business Association.
Dean holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Economics and Marketing from the University of Canterbury. He continued his post graduate studies in Finance from Massey University. His personal interests include snow skiing, following soccer and motorsports.
ABB New Zealand
Ewan Morris was appointed Managing Director of ABB in New Zealand, effective March 1, 2014. Ewan joined ABB in 1988 as an electrical engineer and has had a long and extensive career in the company across five countries including New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Malaysia and Switzerland.
Prior to moving back to NZ in 2014, he was based in Zurich, Switzerland for 15 years where he held global marketing and sales management roles for several businesses including Industrial Drives and Power Conversion, involving new technologies in the Sustainable Transportation and Renewable Power Generation segments.
Ewan has more than 25 years of professional experience in international industrial sales, marketing, product and service management, gained from working with diverse customer groups and industries around the world. He has been instrumental in building strong market positions worldwide across a number of businesses.
Ewan believes innovation and technology have a significant role to play in helping the world to reduce the correlation between economic growth and energy use – through energy efficient technologies, and to reduce the correlation between energy use and emissions – through emission free transportation and renewable based power generation.
Charge Net NZ
Co-founder, owner, and director of Serato, Steve West is passionate about promoting New Zealand business success, sustainability, and energy independence. His current focus is on accelerating the transition away from fossil fuel based transportation. Putting his money where his mouth is, he founded Charge Net NZ to build the largest Fast DC Charging network in the southern hemisphere.
Mark is an experienced Project and Board Director with expertise in delivering sustainable infrastructure projects across Australasia. He is a Director and Country Leader for Arup in New Zealand, and combines consulting experience with a distinguished executive career within government, including as a former Director of Sustainability within the South Australian Ministry of the Premier and Cabinet, and Deputy Director, Office of Sustainability.
Building upon architectural qualifications, Mark has over 25 years of experience in executive management roles in government and multi-disciplinary consulting, having lived and worked in Adelaide, Boston, Christchurch, and currently Auckland.
Mark’s professional experience cuts across project and board governance, people leadership, policy and strategy, program management, business development, commercial management, client relationship management, stakeholder engagement and international business relations. He practices in the areas of: resilient community masterplanning, urban regeneration, carbon management, climate change risk assessment, water & energy precinct planning and infrastructure sustainability assessment.
As a Board Member of Drive Electric NZ, Mark is motivated to help Aotearoa | New Zealand realise its sustainability dividend (social, environmental and economic benefits) derived from the accelerated and orderly uptake of plug-in electric vehicles and associated infrastructure. Mark is also particularly interested in the strategic impact of emerging trends and disruptive technologies relevant to the built environment (including electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles), and their likely impact on the future design of New Zealand cities.
Eric Pellicer is the General Manager Business Development at Powerco. He joined Powerco in 2011, holding a number of roles across the organisation prior to being appointed General Manager Business Development in 2018. In his current role, he supports Powerco’s goal to help the NZ businesses in their decarbonisation journey through prudent investments in private energy infrastructure and future technologies. This includes areas such as renewable generation, energy storage & transmission, hydrogen, low emission transport, and decarbonising industrial processes. Eric is passionate about e-mobility and has led many initiatives aimed at mainstreaming electric transport in NZ. Eric Pellicer joined Drive Electric in 2016.
Tim leads the Emerging Markets and Innovation team at Meridian Energy and is responsible for the development of Meridian’s electric vehicle and solar propositions. He is accountable for delivering value to the business by developing solutions that are responsive to market conditions and desired by businesses and the general public. His work in this role has spanned many aspects of the electric vehicle market and required him to develop industry relationships across the industries involved. Through this work, he has developed a deep understanding of the drivers and constraints for electric vehicle adoption across many markets.
Most recently Tim has assisted Meridian to develop a turn-key charging solution to support business fleet transition and public charging. These solutions have been recognised for the value they offer to the market and potential to solve existing barriers to EV adoption in NZ by being awarded co-funding in the most recent two rounds of EECA’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund.
For residential customers Tim’s team has delivered electric vehicle specific pricing plans; trialled multiple smart chargers in homes; created safe charging guidelines and managed partnerships with EV ride-share initiatives.
Since starting at Meridian Energy in 2010, Tim has worked across analytics and research, customer experience, product delivery and strategy, and he has a thorough knowledge of the business and of the electricity industry.
Tim is driven to achieve sustainable outcomes through evidence-based and market-targeted solutions.