Ben Thomson


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 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


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

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 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.

Emma-Kate Greer

As Genesis’ GM Corporate Relations, Emma-Kate is a passionate advocate for the role of the energy sector in New Zealand’s transition to a low emissions economy. In her role she is responsible for sustainability across the Genesis business as well as corporate communications, community investment, public relations and internal communications. She has more than 15 years’ experience in communications and corporate affairs in companies including Telecom, Ernst and Young, Porter Novelli and most recently TVNZ.

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.

Frans Plugge

Frans is the founder of ECOsystems, a company specialising in integrated energy efficiency projects with offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, which was sold to Pioneer Energy in 2016. He has since founded ecoNEW Limited, offering services in energy management, business consulting and continuous improvement.