Our people

To find out more about our senior managers and the teams that deliver our energy efficiency programmes, look in the relevant sections below.

Senior management

Chief Executive

EECA recently farewelled its Chief Executive, Mike Underhill, who retired in November 2016.

EECA is pleased to announce James Hay has been appointed as its new Chief Executive. He will take up the role in mid-January 2017.

 Read the media release about this appointment

In the interim Ian Horne, General Manager Corporate, will be Acting Chief Executive from 19 November – 31 December 2016.
Greg Visser, General Manager Business, will be Acting Chief Executive from 1 January – mid January 2017.

General Managers

Ian Horne, General Manager Corporate

Ian led the state sector and public finance reforms in the New Zealand Customs Service before moving to Public Trust in 2001, where he led reforms that returned the organisation to profitability. His diverse private sector experience includes banking and the motor industry.

He has a Master of Business Administration (with Honours) from Massey University, has completed the Strategic Management Programme at the Henley Business School in the UK, and is a graduate of the Jonahsm programme. Ian joined EECA in October 2006.

Elizabeth Yeaman, General Manager Transport

Elizabeth has worked in a variety of roles at EECA, covering local government, transport and renewable energy. She holds a Masters degree in Natural Resource Engineering and before joining EECA in 1996, worked in engineering and fuels consultancy, mainly on energy projects in developing countries. She is a member of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (NZ).

Robert Linterman, General Manager Residential

Robert Linterman joined EECA in 2008 to work on our residential programme. He has extensive experience in business management and re-engineering. Before EECA, he was chief executive of the clothing manufacturer and retailer Norsewear and chief executive of The Wellington Company, a commercial property company.

Greg Visser, General Manager Business

Before joining EECA, Greg was responsible for developing a range of new energy technologies at Solid Energy. He’s worked in technical and management roles for the petrochemical and gas industries in New Zealand and South Africa. Greg holds a Bachelor in Engineering in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor in Commerce majoring in Business Management.

Jenny Lackey, General Manager Strategic and Delivery Services

 

Our Board

EECA is governed by a board of 6 to 8 members who are appointed by and report to the Minister of Energy and Resources.

 Our Board

Market delivery teams

We have 3 market delivery teams that work with stakeholders to improve energy use across all sectors of the economy.

Residential Team

The Residential Team works to improve the way New Zealanders use energy at home. The team provides financial incentives for insulation and runs campaigns to encourage more efficient energy use.

Business Team

The Business Team delivers training, information and financial programmes to help businesses find significant, cost-effective and sustainable energy savings.

Transport Team

New Zealanders’ transport choices and behaviour have significant potential for saving energy and greenhouse gas emissions. Our Transport Team consolidates expertise from across EECA to help vehicle fleets and individual motorists.

Corporate teams

We have two corporate teams that deliver our projects, programmes and statutory obligations.

Strategic and Delivery Services Team

Strategy and Programme Portfolio Team

This team looks after our programme portfolio planning, research, technology and information management. It also helps to identify and test strategic opportunities and programme design.

Efficient Products Team

The team is responsible for the regulation and compliance of standards and labelling programmes. It also looks after New Zealand's obligations under Trans-Tasman and APEC product labelling agreements.

Marketing Team

Along with the high-profile Energy Spot television series, the team delivers campaigns to promote home insulation, efficient lighting, fuel efficient driving and energy efficiency in business. Through our websites, the team makes sure you have access to useful, reliable information about energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Communications and Government Relations

The team manages corporate communications to build EECA's profile and make sure that the relevance of EECA's work is understood. The team also oversees EECA's relationship with the Minister of Energy and Resources and other government agencies.

Corporate Services Team

Finance and IT Team

The team provides our financial and IT support.

People and Property Team

Our People and Property Team makes sure we attract and retain talented staff and oversees their training and development.

Business Intelligence Team

Business Intelligence ensures our annual business plan, our 4-year plan and our strategic plan are working in harmony.

Contracts and Grants Management

The team provides support and expertise around grant payments, procurement and record keeping.