GARTH DIBLEY - Chief 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.

Richard barnard - general manager commerciaL

Richard has led WEL Networks’ Commercial arm, incorporating Regulatory Pricing, Procurement and Business Assurance, since he joined the team in August 2015. He also plays a key role in WEL’s investor relations, particularly with regard to the implementation of the nationwide Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) project.
Richard has proven commercial acumen and skill in implementing business change initiatives. Prior to joining WEL, he provided professional consulting services through PwC and EY and spent seven years at Virgin Mobile and Virgin Media in the UK.
His experience in the electricity industry includes managing Transpower’s Asset Management transformation programme, which achieved certification in PASS 55/ISO 55000. Richard also supported Meridian Energy to successfully establish and implement its retail electricity company, Powershop. Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Applied Research from Victoria University.

paul blue - GENERAL MANAGER Asset Management

Paul brings strong technical and management skills to his role at WEL Networks, which he took up in January 2015.
With responsibility for leading WEL’s Asset Management team, which oversees the functions of network planning and design, asset performance, quality and investment and system control.

Prior to joining WEL Networks, Paul spent 13 years at Transpower (New Zealand national grid operator) in roles that included project management for the North Island Grid Upgrade project and as Upper North Island Regional Manager. Paul has an Honours degree in electrical engineering and has recently graduated with an MBA from Auckland University.

Bella Takiari-brame - GENERAL MANAGER finance

Bella is a Chartered Accountant with Global and Financial Controller proficiency. She joined WEL Networks in September 2015, having gained range of international experience including leading global teams within the world’s largest corporate treasury.

Bella is experienced in valuation of corporate financial derivatives, hedge accounting and global process standardisation. She has overseen entities in Europe, USA and Asia with a combined value of US$100B. Before returning to New Zealand in 2013, Bella spent nine years in the United Kingdom working for Shell International. She was a Senior Manager for EY prior to taking up WEL’s General Manager Finance role.

With a Masters in Management Studies from Waikato University, Bella is a member of CAANZ and the Association of Corporate Treasurers in the UK. She is a former Director of Portfolio Investments Limited for Te Ohu Kaimoana Group (The Māori Fisheries Trust) and has recently been elected as a Trustee for Maniapoto Māori Trust Board.

vicky costain - General Manager People & 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 appointment as General Manager for the People and Performance Group. Managing the Human Resources, Organisation Development, Health and Safety, Communications and Customer Services functions in the business 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.

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Mat O’Neill - General Manager WEL Services

With a solid career in the electrical industry Mat brings a strong analytical and practical engineering skill set to his management role at WEL Services. 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 began working at Genesis Energy’s Huntly Power Station from 2001 to 2012, followed by two years at Delta Utility Services in Dunedin. He then joined the WEL Networks team in 2014 as Asset Planning and Engineering Manager before being appointed as WEL Service General Manager in July 2017.