The Mitton ElectroNet team comes from a diverse range of professional and personal backgrounds - it’s one of the things that makes us great. No matter which level of the business and which business unit, we all share a common goal: better design through collaboration and innovation.
Brad Rooney is the General Manager. Brad leads the team with a focus on customers, technical quality and commercial relationships. Brad is a chartered professional engineer with extensive experience in the transmission and distribution industry within New Zealand and Australia, where he has previously held technical and business development roles.
His experience in design provides a foundation of technical knowledge and his previous role as Business Development Leader has led to a customer centric approach.
Having been in engineering management positions since 1990, Andrew has accumulated a broad variety of experience and knowledge, garnered through a series of eclectic and successful worldwide appointments, focused from 2008 within the New Zealand HV industry.
A qualified and experienced Project and Portfolio 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, both individually, or as part of an integrated team.
As Operations Manager, Andrew is able to provide overarching support and leadership for our talented Engineers, as well as ensuring efficient and effective use of resources, through communication with our customers on a regular basis.
Kieran is our Business Development Leader, as well as a Principal Power Engineer. Kieran leads the team responsible for growing the Mitton ElectroNet business, and building and maintaining relationships with our clients. He is a client centric, skilled relationship manager, who strives to provide clients with optimal results. He drives customer engagement, continuous improvement and efficiency, aiming to deliver projects that exceed expectations.
Kieran has thirteen years’ experience in the transmission industry, being involved since graduating from University in 2007. Initially specialising in power system earthing (both design and testing), Kieran has an extensive earthing knowledge and has presented on earthing related topics across New Zealand, Australia and the United States. From 2011, Kieran became primarily involved with high voltage primary substation design, particularly indoor 33 kV switchgear, primary indoor to outdoor interfacing design, switchroom building design, HV cabling design, and construction support. Kieran has also gained considerable knowledge of 33 kV busbar, feeder, bus section and supply transformer protection requirements, as well as RTU upgrades.
Valerie is the Personal Assistant to the General Manager at Mitton ElectroNet and a member of the senior management team. She is responsible for facilities management for our three corporate offices and leads our administration team.
Valerie has worked in the electricity industry for over 25 years and in 2017 was the winner of the AAPNZ New Zealand Administrative Professional of the Year Award.
Alice started with Mitton ElectroNet in January 2020 as our People & Culture Coordinator. Alice has 7 years’ experience in Recruitment/Human Resources and is responsible for coordinating/leading HR activities and initiatives.
She is responsible for creating and improving HR systems to become more effective and efficient, she provides advice and guidance to the team when required and is an active member of the Senior Leadership Team helping set the culture and values of the business.
Brad is the market leader of our Generation and Power System Analysis Team, and a Chartered Principal Consultant. Brad has more than fifteen years’ experience in the power industry, being involved since graduating from University in 2004. As Market Leader, Brad is responsible for managing a team of more than 14 engineers and ensuring that our reputation for quality and professionalism is maintained.
Brad’s skillset has historically revolved around power system modelling, and he is one of NZ’s foremost experts in DIgSILENT PowerFactory software. Through the years, Brad has also developed skills in power quality analysis, arc flash hazard assessment, secondary systems, project management, and more recently detailed design.
A keen follower of new technology developments, Brad is passionate about the forthcoming renewables transition and has often taken a thought leadership position to help solve difficult problems.
Michael entered the transmission industry in 2009 and has experience in both the UK and NZ.
He has focused on project engineering and has been the technical lead on numerous substation projects, on both the client and consultant sides.
Michael has a strong primary engineering base and has continued to broaden his technical expertise into secondary design and project management.
Michael’s recent projects include leading the design of two of Auckland’s 33kV switchboard conversions and leading a 220kV bus zone protection replacement design.
He has also investigated and supported the design of several other switchboard and protection replacements throughout the country.
Michael became the Transpower Market Leader in 2020 where he is responsible for managing the staff involved with all of Mitton ElectroNet's transmission design portfolios and managing the relationship with Transpower.
Michael has also published three papers for the EEA.
Angus is part of the market leadership and strategy team at Mitton ElectroNet.
With over 20 years’ of industry experience Angus leads the Communications and Controls (CC&I) team whilst providing system engineering, consulting, project management and strategic advice across infrastructure based networks and telecommunication systems.
A good communicator, technology researcher and innovator, Angus adapts easily to ever changing business needs and the fast changing technology world. Angus is a committed individual with a passion for delivering successful project outcomes across a multitude of disciplines.
Angus’s specialties include: project management, technology research, tendering, system audits, technology framework and roadmap planning, network planning & system design.
With a background in radio, fibre optic and microwave systems, broadband networks, IT/OT services planning, systems engineering and infrastructure design, Angus brings a comprehensive and diverse set of skills to projects across multiple industry sectors in the rapidly changing technology field.
With 24 years’ in design draughting, Hels has broad experience in engineering disciplines from secondary and primary design through to civil and structural design. This has been achieved through a variety of design roles, both in New Zealand and Chile.
Hels has extensive expertise in the use of AutoCAD and Inventor to produce high quality design solutions for the high voltage electrical industry, this includes specific expertise in substation design.
Since joining Mitton ElectroNet in 2008, Hels has led our highly successful draughting team. He has established a reputation as an important contributor to Mitton ElectroNet contracts – providing the expertise which drives generation of design options.
Hels has a track record of undertaking the high quality work which support ‘best for project’ decisions. He played an important role in the development of new services from the draughting team, Virtual Reality for safety training, Lidar surveying and BIM implementation for the Electrical market.
Stuart’s experience in the electrical industry includes industrial installation and maintenance work and design in both LV and HV environments. He has worked on varying projects in New Zealand and numerous critical facilities building services projects such as data centres and trading floors in the United Kingdom and Australia.
Since joining MEL in 2012, Stuart has undertaken a variety of projects including earthing system design, testing and modelling, arc flash surveys and analysis, project management and high voltage design. In 2018, Stuart was a key member of the working group, assembled to develop the industry good practice guide to arc flash. More recently, and as Market Leader of the Electrical Safety team, his focus is to ensure that his team offer the best service to our clients and that the power and heavy industry markets continue to be safe environments to work in.
Stuart is also the Health and Safety Coordinator at Mitton ElectroNet.
Rebecca has been involved in the Electric Power Industry since graduating from University in late 2009. Her experience includes protection and operational support, secondary circuit design, protection settings, Power Factory modelling, on-site support for 11 kV switchgear installations, investigation and documentation of solution study reports, production of cost estimates and project management.
As a testament to her technical skills, leadership and industry involvement, Rebecca was named the 2018 EEA Young Engineer of the year. Along with her role at Mitton ElectroNet, she is a Futureintech Ambassador, former Chairperson of CIGRE NZ and founding Chairperson of CIGRE NZ NGN (a young members group of CIGRE).
In 2015 Rebecca presented at the CIGRE Women in Engineering Forum which was held in conjunction with the CIGRE SC B5 colloquium in Nanjing, China. She won the IET best presentation prize at the 2017 EEA conference and was co-chair of the organising committee for the CIGRE Auckland 2017 International Conference which hosted more than 230 international delegates from over 35 countries. Most recently she was co-chair of the EEA APEX forum for 2020.
Torry is a Senior Engineer in the Electrical Safety team, where he has the role of Team Leader of the Power Utilities stream. Torry is a chartered professional engineer (CPEng, CMEngNZ) with extensive experience in the power industry, specifically with respect to the design of primary equipment, secondary systems, and completing safety assessments for high voltage infrastructure. Torry has been working at Mitton ElectroNet, within the Christchurch office, since completing his degree with the University of Canterbury in 2014.
Within the Electrical Safety team, Torry is predominantly involved in earthing related projects, namely: soil resistivity analysis, earth system modelling/design right through to on-site earth system testing, where he has tested over 100 sites across New Zealand and Australia.
Stuart joined Mitton ElectroNet in 2012, graduating from Canterbury University the year earlier. Initially specialising in earth grid injection testing and design, Stuart has since expanded his knowledge in low frequency induction studies, arc flash analysis, protection coordination and project management, working with various clients in New Zealand, Australia, UK and Europe.
Through his career he has completed two stints in the UK, both times working for separate electrical consultancy companies. The first two-year stint was based in Glasgow and the other three-year stint based in London. Upon returning to New Zealand in 2020, he recommenced employment with Mitton ElectroNet, becoming a Team Leader in the Electrical Safety team. His main focus is with clients within the Heavy Industry space.
Ben is a Senior Engineer and Team Leader in the Transmission team, leading a team of protection setting engineers. He has been working in New Zealand’s power industry since 2014.
Ben is heavily involved in secondary and SCADA design for the Transmission system. His current focus is on Outdoor-Indoor (ODID) conversions and protection replacements. Ben has been fortunate enough to work on multiple conversion upgrades in a lead secondary designer role and has recently moved to a review capacity.
Ben is heavily involved with Automation and has developed entire automated design drawings in AutoCAD for multiple projects. To facilitate this further, he has been back to university to complete an undergraduate computer science paper on Machine Learning algorithms. Ben finds designing in the electricity industry an invigorating career and one that challenges him every day. The electricity industry has a great opportunity at present to lead society into a new era with a focus on innovation and smart technologies which all leads to an exciting outlook ahead.
Wilhelm is an Engineer and Team Lead within the Transmission Team. Wilhelm is responsible for primary and secondary designs of key Transpower Outdoor to Indoor Conversion and volumetric projects across New Zealand. Wilhelm joined Mitton ElectroNet in 2018 and has been working in the power industry since graduating in 2014. Initially working in power distribution and primary substation design, Wilhelm has since taken on projects in secondary design and software development.
Wilhelm’s portfolio of past projects includes primary and secondary designs as part of the Transpower 33 kV Outdoor to Indoor Conversion portfolio, HV instrument transformer replacements and multiple line and transformer protection upgrades for transmission and generation clients.
Roderick is a Principal Engineer and a Team Leader within the Transmission Team.
Roderick is responsible for the execution of the designs for key Transpower transmission projects. Roderick has twenty-eight years’ experience in the power industry, being involved since graduating from University in 1992. Initially specialising in power generation and associated electrical systems (both asset management and testing), Roderick has been involved in the project management of large projects associated with the refurbishment and upgrading of electrical generating equipment, and the construction and commissioning of transmission and generation assets.
He has held various positions of leadership of the past 20 years including Engineering, Power Plant Production, Plant outage planning and execution, and Business Management. Roderick joined Mitton ElectroNet in December 2019.
Maulik is a chartered engineer who has been practicing in the field of HV substation design throughout NZ and Australia since joining MEL in 2013. He has been involved in wide range of projects which include large substation upgrades for Transpower as well as local and international utilities, wind farm projects, HV cable installations, on site testing and providing construction support.
He specialises in the field of secondary systems design and HV cable modelling but has the necessary knowledge to interface with other disciplines such as protection, SCADA, communications and primary systems.
Maulik is a team leader of our North Island Distribution team based out of Wellington and has strong project management skills as well as excellent communication skills.”
John has been employed with Mitton ElectroNet since graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Masters Degree in 2007.
John first gained experience by designing, testing and assessing earthing systems, before undertaking lightning and arc flash reviews and subsequently moving into substation design.
John has been the design lead for a number of projects including 66 kV undergrounding, 110/33-11 kV transformer replacement, 33 kV outdoor to indoor conversion and a 110 kV greenfield substation design. John has experience with a variety of utilities and is the Team Leader for the South Island Distribution Team.
Michelle joined Mitton ElectroNet in 2018 and is a Engineer and Team Leader of our Power System Analysis team. Her skills are focussed in the areas of power system analysis and electricity network planning.
Michelle started her career as a project manager for an electronics company in South Africa where she was exposed to electrical engineering. During this time in the industry, she developed a keen interest in Engineering and Technology which led her to pursue tertiary study specialising in power systems.
In 2016 she joined the Electricity Network Planning division at a utility company in South Africa, where she gained experience in power system planning and modelling.
Chris has over 25 years of international experience in the electricity industry across distribution, transmission and generation projects. Chris joined Mitton ElectroNet Ltd in 2013, before that working for Alstom in Australia and the USA where he was involved in turnkey substation design projects. This work involved the design, build and commissioning of substation plant and systems at voltages ranging from 11kV up to 500kV.
Chris has extensive site experience which means he has a practical, hands-on understanding of the construction and commissioning stages of projects. This enables Chris to complete and review design work from a whole project viewpoint, providing the best outcomes for our clients.
Devan started at Mitton ElectroNet in January 2020. Devan is an experienced electrical/mechanical Design Draughtsperson, with extensive BIM experience and a developed knowledge of electrical and mechanical systems. Devan has 10 years’ experience as an electrical/mechanical Design Consultant, across the commercial and industrial sectors.
Devan’s draughting skills are based on Autodesk software, ranging from Revit (6 years+), to Navisworks, Inventor and Solid Works and is always looking to further his current skills and experience and leading development of BIM at Mitton ElectroNet.
Paul is a Principal Consultant in the Generation team, with over 25 years’ experience in the power industry, including hydro power engineering experience in both New Zealand and Australia. He has acted in both consultancy and asset owner roles and thereby appreciates client needs for maintainability and life cycle cost optimisation.
Specialties include design and specification of hydroelectric protection & control systems, strategic engineering assessment and asset management of generating assets and construction support, including commissioning services for protection & control systems.
Jamie is a consulting engineer with 30 years of experience. He has broad experience in electrical, controls and control system networks design and delivery in a variety of generation, water and wastewater, and food process applications.
Jamie specialises in automation and controls, delivering classical SCADA and PLC solutions, IoT monitoring and novel advanced control applications.
Jamie’s focus is on working with customers to understand their business and operational needs. This includes aligning control system delivery to improve operational efficiency, through increases in automation and alignment with operational requirements.
Recently, Jamie has delivered unsupervised closed loop optimal dispatch of generation, IoT vacuum system monitoring and design, and selection of the control systems and radio communications required to deliver a catchment flood management system.
Philip is a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand, and is a Chartered Professional Engineer (Electrical). Philip has over twenty-five years’ experience in the transmission industry, being involved since graduating from University in 1995. Philip has an extensive earthing knowledge and has presented on earthing related topics across New Zealand and Australia.
In 2016 Philip’s presentation won the Best Paper (Member) award at the EEA Conference. Philip also has significant experience in Lightning Protection and Substation Design, including primary and secondary design
Hayden is a Principal Consultant in our Transmission Team. As a Principal Consultant, Hayden is responsible for ensuring a consistent, high quality service is delivered to clients. He is responsible for creating and maintaining quality assurance procedures and protection templates. Hayden is also involved with mentoring younger staff and internal auditing.
Hayden has 17 years’ experience in the power industry, both in New Zealand and the UK. His expertise is in the fields of protection and control; and commissioning procedures at both distribution and transmission level.
Part of the Mitton ElectroNet team since February 2013, Hayden has been deployed on a number of Transpower projects. This includes a secondment into Transpower’s Protection and Automation (P&A) Team for 16 months to provide project and operational support.
Hayden has also fulfilled the role of Lead Protection Engineer on several of Transpower’s 33 kV outdoor to indoor conversion projects and Transpower’s RCP2 transformer replacement programme. On both projects he provided expert advice and produced settings reports and protection settings for all project phases.
Tas is an electrical engineer with over 45 years’ experience in the electricity industry as a design engineer, project manager corporate manager and industry body governance leader. Tas initially worked as an engineer with the NZED on earthing systems research, substation construction and power station maintenance and design.
He then joined the Canterbury Distribution Sector initially with the CCEPB, designing and commissioning NER’s and implementing SCADA designs.
Tas progressed steadily, becoming the Chief Engineer of the Christchurch MED then General Manager Network Services and General Manager of Network Development at Orion, General Manager of Asset Management at WEL Networks and was elected the President of the Electricity Engineers’ Association executive committee from 1993 – 1997.
Tas is a fellow of Engineers New Zealand and a Member of the Institute of Directors and a Life Member of the EEA NZ. He was awarded the EEA Meritorious Service award for services to the Electricity Supply Industry in 2012.
Tas joined Mitton ElectroNet Ltd in 2014, and based on his diverse experience in the distribution sector has provided a range of strategic high level advice in areas such as quality of asset management planning, risk and maintenance practice to Line Companies, and particularly in the area of emergency preparedness and resilience maturity reviews.
Other areas of expertise include resonant earthing and the application of Ground fault Neutralizers and also the applications of smart metering devices to monitor network condition and status.
James is the Project Director of our Communications, Control & Instrumentation (CC&I) Team and a Principal Power Engineer, being involved in the industry since graduating University in 2008. As Project Director, James is responsible for the overall success of the CC&I project portfolio. James is a Chartered Professional Engineer with a passion for delivering comprehensive technology solutions across the electricity industry. As an experienced Project Manager with excellent communication skills, James relates well across all levels of the business.
James is driven to see Mitton ElectroNet succeed by being people and customer focused while ensuring a consistent high-quality service is delivered to clients on time and under budget. James is also the Technical Leader at Mitton ElectroNet where he focuses on the continuous improvement of the technical aspects of the business.
James has extensive experience with a variety of communications technologies and designs, in particular Transpower’s SMS, where he regularly provides expert advice and mentors others. James has developed a comprehensive Telecommunications and project management skillset through involvement with many projects.
JA joined our Auckland team in 2019. After graduating in 2004 he started a construction project management position and went on to gain industry experience in the transmission and distribution industry from both utility, EPC contractor and switchgear OEM perspectives.
JA’s experience includes substation primary design, switchgear design & manufacture, multi-disciplinary projects in the industrial plant environment, construction and EPC project management. In addition, JA has experience in ISO systems implementation and general engineering management as senior accountable manager in an emerging switchgear OEM.
JA has an Honours degree in Electrical Engineering, is registered as a Project Management Professional with PMI and was also formerly registered as a Professional Construction Project Manager with SACPCMP.