Garth DibleyChief Executive
With extensive experience in the generation, retail, transmission, and distribution sectors of New Zealand’s electricity industry, Garth took up the position of Chief Executive at WEL Networks in September 2014. He previously held leadership roles at both Transpower and Meridian Energy. Appointed as General Manager Grid Performance at Transpower in 2010, he led operations and asset maintenance functions of the national grid. Prior to this, he was based at Meridian Energy, working as General Manager Markets and Production and then General Manager External Relations.
Garth has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Canterbury and an MBA from Waikato University. He has completed executive training programmes at Kellogg and INSEAD business schools of management.
Michelle AllfreyGeneral Manager Commercial Engagement
Michelle joined WEL in 2013 and has had various managerial roles within the business including billing, pricing, revenue and regulatory. Michelle brings strong commercial and analytical skills to her role with experience in central and local government and also within the competitive business sector.
Managing the Revenue, Legal and Business Development Solutions functions, Michelle has responsibility for strategic planning and regulatory management. She has a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato.
David BarnettChief Financial Officer
David has been with WEL since April 2019 and holds the position of Chief Financial Officer overseeing Finance, Procurement, Treasury, Insurance, Fleet Management and the Distribution Centre.
David has a background in finance, risk management, markets, advisory and supply chain across a range of industries and companies including Nestle, Transpower, Vector, Westpac and ANZ Bank.
Dan CoffeyGeneral Manager Works Programme
Dan joined WEL in 2020 as a member of the commercial team, creating a platform that has allowed WEL to be an active participant in the reserve market. He subsequently expanded this successful reserve market platform, developing it into a product for commercial customers.
Now as General Manager Works Programme, Dan is leading a team focussed on enabling the delivery of WEL’s expanding network and driving customer engagement and satisfaction. He enjoys bringing people and teams together and his leadership mantra is to help people and business be more than they thought possible.
Dan holds a MBA from the University of Auckland and prior to joining WEL, spent 15 years in the oil industry working for Chevron NZ and Z Energy. He held a broad range of operational, safety oriented and commercial roles in these organisations, including the development of the Z/Caltex loyalty programme, Pumped.
Vicky CostainGeneral Manager People and Performance
Vicky joined WEL Networks in 1998 and has held a number of roles within the organisation; from leading the risk, insurance, business continuity and internal audit functions through to her current role managing the Human Resources, Organisation Development, Health and Safety and Communication units.
She is responsible for ensuring these core business functions align with and support WEL’s business strategy, culture and values. Vicky has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Post Graduate Certificate in Management Studies from the University of Waikato.
Kerry GreenGeneral Manager Energy Services
Kerry joined WEL in 2013 after an aviation career in the RNZAF followed by the commercial airline industry. Having developed a passion for planning and delivering maintenance and engineering requirements to satisfy the demands of a busy airline, Kerry developed the airline reliability programme and managed the fleet gas turbine engine programme.
A new direction was sought and upon completion of a Master of Business Administration at the University of Waikato, Kerry was employed by WEL in the Works Programme space responsible for customer engagement, design, planning and scheduling and ultimately the complete delivery of the Annual Works Plan. His new role leads Energy Services, a team focussed on new energy solutions including renewable generation development and an EV charger business.
Mat O'NeillGeneral Manager Asset Management
With a solid career in the electrical industry Mat brings a strong analytical and practical engineering skill set to his management role. In 1992, he completed his electrical apprenticeship with Waitaki Power Ltd and then went on to graduate from the University of Canterbury with a Masters Degree in electrical engineering in 2001.
He worked at Genesis Energy's Huntly Power Station from 2001 to 2012, followed by two years at Delta Utility Services in Dunedin. Joining the WEL Networks team in 2014, he has held the roles of Asset Planning and Engineering Manager and WEL Services General Manager for two years before moving into his current position.
George PirieGeneral Manager WEL Services
With over 28 years’ experience in the utility sector, working in Electricity Distribution, Transmission and Telecommunications infrastructure, George Pirie has joined WEL as General Manager of WEL Services.
Originally from Scotland, George started his career in Distribution as a Line Mechanic and moved to New Zealand with his family in 2007. Working initially for Electrix as Contracts Manager and then BBUGL, George joined WEL from infrastructure company Connect 8 Ltd, where he was part of the senior management team.
George joined the WEL team in October 2019 and oversees WEL’s Field Delivery and Business Services.