Neal Barclay was appointed as Chief Executive in January 2018.
Neal joined Meridian in 2008 as their Chief Financial Officer. He then moved into the position of General Manager Markets and Production where he was responsible for generation asset management and wholesale trading. Neal held this position until April 2016 when he was appointed General Manager Retail, responsible for Meridian and Powershop New Zealand’s customer sales, service and operations.
Before joining Meridian, Neal held a number of general manager and finance roles during a 13-year career with Telecom New Zealand Limited. Neal has an accounting background and is a qualified chartered accountant.
Chief Financial Officer
Before taking up his role as CFO at Meridian in 2009, Paul was Chief Financial Officer of Transfield Services New Zealand. Paul has extensive senior finance experience in a variety of industries, including ports, manufacturing and retail, both in the UK and France. Paul is a chartered accountant (NZICA and ICAEW).
Paul’s team has responsibility for strategy coordination, performance measurement, external reporting, funding, risk management coordination, procurement, financial transaction services, and ICT.
General Manager Human Resources
Jacqui Cleland joined Meridian as General Manager of Human Resources in September 2012. She has an extensive background in human resources and has held senior human resources management roles in New Zealand Post, New Zealand Inland Revenue and Fonterra.
Jacqui was previously a trustee of the New Zealand Post Superannuation Plan. She also spent a number of years as a university lecturer, teaching and researching in a wide range of business and human resources topics.
Jacqui's team focuses on developing leaders and executing strategies to help Meridian’s people utilise and grow their capabilities, competencies and skills. This ensures the company is well supported to deliver on its business objectives and aspirations.
Jason Stein joined Meridian in 2008 and is General Manager of the Office of the Chief Executive. As General Counsel and Company Secretary, Jason’s team are responsible for the company’s legal services and managing Meridian’s governance, regulatory and government relations processes. He has accountability in sustainability and communications, and for Dam Safety Intelligence Limited, a Meridian subsidiary responsible for monitoring many of New Zealand’s dams.
Jason has experience in governance roles in a number of former and current Meridian subsidiaries, including as the Meridian parent representative and as a director. Jason has until recently chaired Meridian's Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
General Manager Generation & Natural Resources
Guy Waipara (Rongowhakaata) was appointed to General Manager of Generation and Natural Resources in November 2017. Prior to this he was General Manager of Markets and Production from April 2016, and held the role of General Manager of External Relations from August 2010. Guy has held roles at Meridian in offshore business development and setting company strategy. He has over 25 years' experience in the electricity sector and previously worked at Transpower New Zealand Limited in roles responsible for transmission planning and network development.
Guy is responsible for generation asset management and operations in New Zealand and Australia. In New Zealand this generation asset portfolio includes seven hydro power stations and five wind farms that deliver around 30% of New Zealand’s electricity generation. In Australia, Meridian owns and operates two wind farms and three hydro stations. Guy's role also involves managing existing and future renewable projects.
General Manager Wholesale
Mike Roan was appointed to General Manager, Wholesale, in November 2017. Prior to this he was Wholesale Markets Manger from November 2009, having originally joined Meridian in 2006 as a Strategy Analyst. Prior to Meridian, Mike was domiciled in the United States where he worked in a number of energy trading roles. He is a kiwi who, prior to the US, spent time working within the New Zealand electricity sector and banking.
Mike is responsible for all wholesale market activities in New Zealand. He also manages the relationship with New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelter and provides support to activities in Australia.
Chief Customer Officer
Julian Smith joined Meridian as Chief Customer Officer in March 2018. He is responsible for both Meridian and Powershop NZ’s customer sales, service and operations. He has been leading businesses in New Zealand and Australia for the last 15 years and has an extensive background in strategy, marketing, customer experience and business transformation.
Julian was previously the Deputy CEO for the Tertiary Education Commission, the head of Corporate Strategy and Customer Experience for Westpac and the NZ General Manager for MYOB. He has worked in a broad range of industries including financial services, internet and digital, FMCG, utilities and government.
A qualified lawyer, Julian also sits on the board of the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra
CEO, Meridian Australia and Powershop Australia
Ed McManus became the Chief Executive Officer of Meridian Energy Australia and Powershop Australia in January 2016. Ed joined Meridian as General Manager of Powershop Australia in October 2014, from realestate.com.au where he held a number of commercial roles. Prior to that he spent several years at GlaxoSmithKline and headed up its respiratory business, having started his career as a medical research scientist.
Ed is responsible Meridian’s integrated generation and retail business in Australia, delivering a better energy experience to a growing number of customers. Ed and his team also contribute to the debate on how Australia can decarbonise its energy system while maintaining reliability and affordability. Ed sits on the advisory board of the Melbourne Energy Institute at the University of Melbourne.