People

Our General Manager

Stephen Jay

Stephen oversees the governance of our business and has extensive experience as a people manager of both technical and commercial teams. Stephen successfully leads our multi-disciplined team to realise value for our clients through practical solutions.

Stephen is a Chartered Engineer with 20 years industry experience in generation (wind, hydro, nuclear, thermal), transmission, distribution, engineering management and asset management.

 


 Our Operations Manager

Andrew Beddard

With 22 years in engineering management, Andrew has a broad variety of experience and knowledge, garnered through worldwide appointments, with the last five years being in New Zealand HV projects. A fully qualified and experienced Project Manager, Andrew has a track record of being able to tender, manage and deliver successful projects to a variety of satisfied customers throughout New Zealand, individually or as part of an integrated team.

As Operations manager, Andrew is able to provide overarching support for our talented Engineers, as well as ensuring efficient and effective use of resources through communication with our customers on a regular basis.


Our Engineers

Stephen Matheson

Stephen has 35 years experience in both local government and consulting engineering firms. He is an experienced Manager and Civil Engineer, with a sound and practical knowledge in Hydro Electric development, Project Management and Asset Management systems. Stephen has considerable experience in the design and construction of roads, hydro electric schemes, earthworks and piping work.

Stephen is one of our Principal Engineers and an experienced team manager.


Tony Mitton

Tony has worked in the power industry for over 30 years both in NZ and overseas. His fields of expertise includes substation design, construction management, commissioning, earthing design and testing and special investigations. From 1990 to 2007 Tony was the Managing Director of Mitton Consulting Ltd which merged in 2007 with Electronet Design to form a new company which now includes over 35 staff.

 


Martin Outram

Martin is a Chartered Engineer and has extensive experience in the power industry, including experience in the switchgear manufacturing industry and the planning, design and operation of the power and protection systems in a large city. Recently he has been utilised as a Principal Consultant responsible for protection studies, relay settings and the design and modification of indoor and outdoor substations.

Martin is one of our principal electrical engineers and an experienced team leader responsible for a team specialising in substation design and protection.


Mike McSherry

Mike is a Chartered Engineer with 27 years experience in the electricity supply industry involving technical and commercial team leadership and project management.

Recent experience involves developing asset management and safety management systems to demanding international standards.


Philip Boys

Phillip is a Principal Electrical Engineer and has extensive experience in the fields of earthing, lightning protection and substation design.

Philip is one of our experienced team leaders responsible for the management of a team specialising in the design and safety analysis of new and existing earthing systems.


James Rouse

James Rouse has over seven years experience within the UK and NZ power industries. He has extensive experience in the fields of project management, primary and secondary substation design at distribution and transmission levels, protection studies and windfarm design including grid connection.

James is one of our team leaders responsible the management of a team specialising in Hydro and Wind Generation.


Yelena Pogrebinskaya

Yelena is a principal electrical engineer and has 30 years industry experience having first worked as an engineer for the State Consultancy in the Ukraine for 15 years prior to emigrating to New Zealand in 1995. Yelena has very strong PLC and Control systems design and commissioning expertise.

Yelena is one of our experienced team leaders responsible for a team of professional engineers specialising in substation design, control and communications.


Hayden NikolajenkoHayden

Hayden has over nine years experience within the UK and NZ power industries.He has extensive experience in the fields of protection & control, and commissioning procedures at both distribution and transmission levels.

Hayden has been the Lead Assurance Engineer and Commissioning Officer for major National Grid (UK) 132kV AIS to GIS substation replacement’s, new 275/33kV transformer installations, and several protection and control projects (including auto switching schemes).

 Hayden is a Principal Engineer located in our Wellington Office.


 Angus Henderson

Angus is a very experienced project manager, systems engineer and communications strategist. He is skilled in the fields of technology and systems engineering and adapts easily to changing business needs in the technology world. Angus is an experienced member of our team specialising in communications and control.


Chris WaiteChris

Chris is a Principal Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand HV Power industry.  He has extensive experience in HV protection and control including design, installation and commissioning of systems up to 500kV. 

Chris is one of our experienced team specialising in substation design and protection.


 

Bruce Westbruce

Bruce has 17 years industry experience as an engineer and asset manager of Transmission, Thermal and Hydro Electric Plant. He has extensive experience in computer programming and software testing.

Bruce is one of our experienced team specialising in Generation, Transmission and Distribution equipment.


Paul Vaughan

Paul is a Chartered Engineer with over 15 years experience in the power industry, including hydro power engineering experience in both New Zealand and Australia. He has previously held consultancy and asset owner roles and thereby understands client needs for maintainability and life cycle cost optimisation.

Paul is a valued member of our team specialising in generation design and commissioning services.

 


 

Richard PrinsRichard Prins

Richard is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the NZ, Australia and Middle East power industries. He has extensive experience in protection and control including development, asset management, commissioning, operations and maintenance at both transmission and distribution levels.
Richard is a Principal Engineer and is a valued member of the Wellington team.


Keith Moffat

Keith is a Chartered professional electrical engineer with over 35 years’ experience in the New Zealand power industry. He has a wide range of skills including, substation design, network planning, protection systems, specification writing and contract management.

Keith is a valued member of our substation and protection team. 


Robin Watson

Robin specialises primarily in substation design. He has been the lead designer and project engineer for major 66 kV substation upgrades, 33 kV and 11 kV capacitor banks, and several protection and control projects. Robin has presented at industry workshops and published papers on earthing safety.

Robin is a valued member of our team specialising in substation design, communication and control. 


 

 Aman BajracharyaAman - Copy

Aman has over four years of experience in power industries in Australia and a year of experience in manufacturing industry in Nepal. He has worked in secondary substation design at transmission and distribution level.  While working in Transend and AEMO Aman specialised in protection studies, FAT, SAT, RTU programming, protection commissioning, transmission line planning and alternative supply .

Aman is a valued member of our team specialising in substation design, communication and control.  he was also the recipient of Endeavour Postgraduate award in 2007.


 Olly Powell

Olly is an Chartered Electrical Engineer with six years’ experience developing silicon solar cells. He also spent four years developing micro-systems and silicon micromachining processes. He has recent experience in earth system modelling with CDEGS and earth system testing, cable rating, dynamic modelling of generators with MATLAB, and power systems studies with ETAP and DigSILENT.

Olly is a valued member of our team specialising in the design and safety analysis of new and existing earthing systems.


Andrew PauliAndrew P

Andrew is a structural/civil engineer with 10 years’ experience working on a variety of industrial projects in New Zealand and abroad.  He has worked on jobs ranging from hydro and debris protection project in Canada to power station construction in Egypt, as well as New Zealand experience in bridging, the design of food industry expansions and various seismic assessments and strengthening projects.

Andrew brings structural and civil design capabilities to our team. 


 

 Jenny Chi

Jenny is experienced in the fields of automation and control systems, project management, DC system review, solution studies, high voltage testing, and earthing system injection and soil resistivity testing.

Jenny is a valued team member of our substation design, communications, and control team.


Kieran Kennedy

Kieran has had four years experience, being employed by Mitton ElectroNet from University. Initially specialising in earth grid injection testing, soil resistivity testing and earth grid design, Kieran has more recently begun specialising in the area of substation design. He has been involved with multiple transformer, circuit breaker, and protection replacements and is now beginning to design greenfield substations.

Kieran has presented on earthing related topics across NZ, Australia and the US. He is a valued member of our team providing expertise in the area of earthing and gaining valuable experience in the area of substation design.


John Taylor

John has had four years experience in the fields of risk analysis, earth grid injection testing, and soil resistivity testing. He is skilled in the fields of power system earthing design, testing, and analysis.

John is a valued member of our team specialising in the design and safety analysis of new and existing earthing systems.


James Craib

James has experience in the fields of earth grid design, EMF/EPR and lightning shield studies.

James is one of our experienced team specialising in the design and safety analysis of new and existing earthing systems.


Matt Anderson

Matt has 24 years electricity industry experience (HV and LV). He has been involved in design draughting for all the major voltages up to 220kV. Matt has also been involved in design, installation and maintenance of a wide range of electrical disciplines in varied sectors of the electrical industry.

Matt is a valued member of our team specialising in the design and safety analysis of new and existing earthing systems.


Marlon Fonseka

Marlon has experience in the fields of earth grid design, EMF/EPR and lightning shield studies.

Marlon is a valued member of our team specialising in the design and safety analysis of new and existing earthing systems.


Jackson Lung

Jackson is an Electrical Engineer with four years experience in the design of substations, protection systems, network reticulation and project planning & management.

Jackson is a valued member of our substation and protection team.


Lilian Lei

Lilian has worked at Mitton ElectroNet Ltd since 2007. She is experienced in design draughting and Substation design.

Lilian is a valued member of the team specialising in substation design.


Nathan Rich

Nathan is a 2011 graduate electrical engineer specialising in power systems and communications. His work experience includes the maintenance of the phone and broadband network throughout the South Island as well as the hands-on overhaul of various substations throughout Wellington City.


Rob Orange Rob

Rob has eight years of experience in the power industry, spread across the Asia-Pacific region. Most recently Rob has worked in Singapore with Vestas, providing grid connection studies and value engineering services for wind farms being tendered in all regions, as well as providing post-sales support to existing sites. Rob is familiar with steady state and dynamic studies using DigSILENT, PSCAD, CDEGS and PSS-SINCAL.

Rob is a valued member of our team specialising in earthing design and network analysis.


Stuart BanksStuart Banks

Stuart has twelve years experience in the electrical industry including practical industrial work and design in both LV and HV environments.  He has worked on varying projects in New Zealand and numerous critical building services projects in the United Kingdom and Australia.

As a member of the earthing team, Stuart is involved in design, testing and modelling as well as having project management roles. 


 Maulik Patel Maulick V3

Maulik is a recent graduate electrical engineer. He has previously worked for Alpine Energy Ltd and Netcon as part of his summer work experience.

Maulik’s previous work included developing a Load-Flow model for Alpine’s network and working alongside linemen/faultmen to gain valuable hands on experience.

 

 


 Keith ChanKeith C

Keith is a recent graduate Electrical Engineer. He also holds the qualifications in Physics (University of London) and Computer Science (University of Auckland). He has five years’ experience in access control and intrusion detection system design and 5 years’ experience in manufacturing industry.

 

Keith was the recipient of an EEA Scholarship and the Engineers for Social Responsibility prize in 2013.

Keith is a valued member of our team specialising in earthing design and network analysis.


 Soumen BetalSoumen

Soumen has over seven years of experience in power industries in India and a year of experience in Australia. He has worked in electrical design of thermal power plant in India and secondary substation design including protection & control, Power System Study at transmission and distribution level. While working with Chevron Australia Soumen specialised in IEC61850 protocol based Fast Load Shedding and Energy Monitoring System Solution for Oil & Gas Plant.

Soumen is a valued member of our team specialising in Substation design, Protection and Control engineering and Power System Studies.

Soumen is a Principal Engineer and a valued member of the Wellington team.


Yuyin KuehYuyin 1

Yuyin is a recent graduate Electrical Engineer having completed her engineering degree at the University of Canterbury in 2013. Yuyin has previously worked for Powerco Ltd over two summer placements, visiting sites, developing load flow models and helping with long term network planning.

Yuyin is a valued member of our team specialising in substation design and protection.

 


 

Michael SaundersMichael S

Michael has worked in the industry for eight years, he has experience working on projects within the California oilfields and food/beverage facilities, along with oil/gas projects in the Middle East. Michael has extensive experience in the draughting/design of new greenfield facilities, Scada upgrades to existing facilities, PLC/Instrumentation, power distribution and Earthing system designs.

Michael is a valued member of our team specialising in earthing design and network analysis.

 


 

Gavin Austin Gavin V1

Gavin is a graduate engineer, having completed his engineering degree at the University of Canterbury in 2013. Gavin has previously worked as a summer student with PowerNet Limited, which provided experience with load flow and outage studies.

Gavin is a valued member of the Earthing Team.

 

 


 

Max Doesburg Max

Max is a graduate engineer, having completed his degree in electrical engineering at the University of Canterbury in 2013.  He has joined the Earthing team at Mitton and looks forward to gaining experience in the power engineering industry.

Max is a valued member of the Earthing Team.

 

 


 

Design Draughting

Hels Lopez

Hels is skilled in the fields of design, 3D modelling and drawings automation. He has extensive knowledge of AutoCAD and Raster Design to produce and update drawings to a high standard for companies within the High Voltage Electrical Industry.

Hels is our Draughting Team Leader.


Doug Mills

Doug has 31 years electricity industry draughting experience and has been involved in design draughting for all the major voltages. Doug has designed several “green field” substations, starting from the relay & instrument diagram and working through the civil, structural, protection, cabinet design & communications disciplines. Doug is a valued and experienced member of our draughting team.


Quinton Moss

Quinton has worked for the company since July 2009. He has extensive experience with AutoCAD to produce and update drawings to a high standard.

Quinton is a valued and experienced member of our draughting team.


 

Brian Avery

Brian is skilled in design and drawing for highly detailed equipment. He has extensive knowledge of AutoCAD and Raster Design, to produce and update drawings to a high standard for companies within the High Voltage Electrical Industry.

Brian is a valued member of our draughting team.


 Simon WoffendenSimon

Simons design draughting experience in the electrical industry includes Building Services, Switchboards, Control Panels, HV Primary & Secondary.  He has developed a good working knowledge of AutoCAD & Raster Design to produce drawings to a high standard.

Simon is a valued member of our draughting team.


 Julian DendleJulian D Small

Julian has 20 years draughting experience in the power generation & power distribution industry. This has included a wide range of hydro & geothermal PowerStation projects, some from concept design 3D visualisations right through to completion. Julian is an advanced AutoCAD user with additional skills in 3D modelling, visualisation & rendering.


 

Project Management

Adrian Wells

Adrian has worked in the NZ power industry for 27 years. He is experienced in the fields of hydro powerstation and substation design, construction management and commissioning. Adrian is an experienced member of our Project Management Team.


Accounts and Office Management

Janice Cassidy

Janice has worked at Mitton ElectroNet since 2009. She has many years of experience in accounting roles.


Valerie Lang

Valerie is our office administrator and PA to the General Manager. She has over 13 years experience in administration and office management and with extensive knowledge of operational Health and Safety systems and practices.

 

 


 Leisa HarneyLeisa H

Leisa is a valued member of our Office Administration Team based in Christchurch.  Leisa has over 20 years experience in customer service and office administration.