Our Board

Ben Thomson, Chair

Ben Thomson

Chair

Ben is the Divisional Manager and Senior Energy Engineer at Lumen (formerly known as Enercon) and has been working in the energy industry since 2013. Ben is based in Wellington and specialises in commercial and industrial energy audits, energy management and strategy and energy procurement. Ben joined the CEP Board in June 2020 and was appointed Chair in June 2021.

Scott Noyes, Vice Chair

Scott Noyes

Vice Chair

Scott has been involved in the commercial building services Industry for over 25 years, with roles in project engineering, project management, contract management, facilities management and business management. Scott joined the Board in May 2011 and is a former Chair.

Yvonne Gilmore, Treasurer

Yvonne Gilmore

Treasurer

Yvonne has worked in utilities management both internationally and locally for more years than she likes to admit. She believes strongly in sustainability and leaving a smaller footprint on the planet. Yvonne is an independent consultant based in Christchurch. She joined the Board in May 2017, and was appointed Chair from June 2018 until June 2021.

Jason Bretherton

Jason Bretherton

Jason is an Electrical Engineer with a Post Graduate Diploma in Management. He has worked as an engineering consultant in the building services industry in New Zealand and overseas for more than 25 years. In his current role as a Technical Director at WSP based in Christchurch, Jason provides technical leadership, high level concept design advice and undertakes critical review across a diverse range of projects. He has a passion for energy efficiency and sustainability, and strives to deliver a high degree of integration by applying a whole-of-life approach. Jason joined the Board in September 2021.

Tania Coelho

Tania Coelho

Tania is the Energy Manager Sustainability Solutions at Total Utilities Management Group Ltd. She is an Electrical Engineer with a Masters in Finances. With a background in project management, large-scale solar and wind generation projects, energy consulting and analytics she builds strong relationships with clients and creates bespoke energy solutions that meet their unique requirements. Tania joined the Board in May 2019.

Mark Davis

Mark Davis

Mark has been in the energy services industry for more than 20 years, predominantly in consultancy roles. He has worked across many sectors, including industrial processes, commercial buildings and the public sector. Mark is a Senior Optimisation Engineer with Deta Consulting based in Christchurch. Mark joined the Board in May 2018.

Kievin McGrath

Kevin McGrath

Kevin is the Director of Power Solutions Ltd, a company that has been providing energy management services for almost 25 years and specialises in electrical engineering design, street lighting design and network management. He advises extensively to the public sector Kevin joined the Board in May 2016.

Rahul Chopra

Rahul Chopra

Rahul is a Sustainability and Climate Change Consultant. He has worked with the New Zealand Parliamentary Services and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and is an active member contributing to Society 5.0. He also sits on the board of the Kaipatiki Pest Free Society and is a steering committee member of the 2035 Agri-Food-Tech Oceania Summit. Rahul holds a Masters in Climate Policy, is a certified Project Manager and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) certified professional.