Network Waitaki Leadership Team

Chief Executive: 
Geoff Douch

Geoff was appointed as Network Waitaki’s Chief Executive in April 2019. Prior to joining Network Waitaki, Geoff held senior management roles at Counties Power and Wellington Electricity, with responsibility for network management and operations. Previous experience includes commercial, engineering and project management roles within the electricity distribution sector.
He has a degree in Electrical Engineering, a Graduate Diploma in Business, has completed the Advanced Management Programme at the Melbourne Business School and is a Member of the Institute of Directors and the Institute of Engineering and Technology (UK). Geoff is currently the vice president of the Electricity Engineers Association.

Chief Financial Officer: 
Victoria Sergel

Victoria was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer in September 2021. Victoria brings with her over 10 years of experience in financial leadership roles predominantly in the manufacturing and construction sector. Her most recent role being Financial Controller for Terra Industrial NZ Ltd, part of the Sime Darby Industrial Group.
She has a degree in Commerce (Accounting) from University of Canterbury and is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

GM Network: 
Shane Watson

Shane was appointed in October 2021 to the newly created role of General Manager Network. He is responsible for the strategic development and operational management of the electricity and fibre networks, metering and energy technology assets to ensure the delivery of safe, reliable and cost-efficient electrical energy to meet the current and future needs of our customers and community.
Shane has held a number of roles in the electrical distribution and transmission industry, with over 30 years experience across consulting, asset management, engineering, procurement and delivery of major projects and work programmes.
Shane has a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, a Master of Business Administration, and is a current Chartered member of Engineering NZ and a Chartered member of Institute of Directors. He is also currently a Trustee of the Power Engineering Excellence Trust.

GM Contracting and Operations: 
Derek McGee

Derek has over 50 years engineering, construction and
management experience working for Network Waitaki and its predecessors.
As GM Contracting and Operations, Derek is responsible for ensuring Network Waitaki has a safe and effective field operations team to deliver the construction and maintenance requirements of the company, and to provide contracting services to our valued external customers. His role also includes the management of operations support functions including stores, fleet and property.
He has an NZCE (Electrical), is a Registered Engineering Associate, and is an Associate Member of Engineering New Zealand.

Health, Safety and Risk Manager: 
Chris Webb

Chris was appointed in 2019 and has responsibility for the health, safety and risk management functions of the business.
Chris has experience in health and safety management across a range of industries including manufacturing, construction, mining and the public sector within Australia and New Zealand.
Chris has a range of qualifications in health and safety, training design and delivery, auditing, and including a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. He is a Professional Member of the New Zealand Institute of Safety Management and a Member of Risk New Zealand.

Customer and Community Relations Manager: 
Michelle MacLean

Michelle was appointed as Customer and Community Relations Manager in November 2020, and is responsible for leading our customer service and community relations functions. Her role is to deliver on our strategic priorities of increasing Network Waitaki’s connection and engagement with our customers and our community on all levels, as well as promoting customer care throughout Network Waitaki.
Michelle brings a depth of customer experience from senior advisory positions held across a variety of industries. Michelle’s expertise lies in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with all our customers and understanding their needs to enable Network Waitaki to deliver a higher standard of service.


Information and Digital Technology Manager: 
Alan Hasell

Alan was appointed in 2019, to lead the Information and Digital Technology team.
Alan has substantial IT experience with management roles in Application Development, IT Operations, Architecture and Security, and holds current certificates in Project Management, IT standards, and IT security.
Alan has worked across government and private sector including previous experience in the electricity sector for Network Waitaki’s predecessor and a national energy retailer, as well as more recent management experience in IT operations and security for a large government department.