Beyond Taranaki: Regional Development Panel


Nigel Davenport
Aoraki Development (Timaru district regional economic development agency)

Nigel has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services sector and brings a varied set of business skills, knowledge and networks to the role of Chief Executive. Having first-hand experience as a business owner through to various governance roles and involvement with a number of community organisations enables Nigel to fully understand the challenges and opportunities facing new and existing local businesses. He serves as a board member on Sport Canterbury, Independent Advisory Board Chairman of 100% Pure New Zealand Honey (NZ’s largest privately owned exporter of manuka honey) as well as a trustee on both the Aoraki Sports Person Charitable Trust and the Aoraki MRI Trust. He is past Independent Chairman of Scarlett Hydraulics Ltd (one of NZ’s leading hydraulics companies), and is the immediate past Chairman and Mayoral Trustee of the Aoraki Foundation – South Canterbury’s Community Foundation.

A born and bred South Cantabrian he is passionate about the region and doing what he can to make this an even better place to live and do business.

Bridget Irving
New Zealand Oil & Gas Southern
Community Panel

Bridget Irving is one of the Resource Management Partners at Gallaway Cook Allan in Dunedin. She has a particular personal interest in climate change adaption, and how we might be able to harness the opportunities that will arise as we figure out how to respond (without belittling the enormity of the challenges).

Bridget’s interest/involvement in the oil and gas sector has arisen out of her role as Convenor of the NZOG Southern Community Panel. In this role, Bridget and her fellow panel members have been trying to figure out how to constructively provide a voice to the disparate views of the Otago and Southland community when it comes oil and gas exploration and potential development of any resources.

Andrew Jefferies
New Zealand Oil & Gas

Andrew joined New Zealand Oil & Gas in 2013. He started his career with Shell in Australia after graduating with a BE Hons (Mechanical) from the University of Sydney in 1991, an MBA in technology management from Deakin University in Australia , and an MSc in petroleum engineering from Heriot – Watt University in Scotland. Andrew is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), and a Certified Petroleum Engineer with the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He has worked in oil and gas in Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom, Thailand and Holland.

Simon Lange
OMV New Zealand Ltd

Simon has held the position of Head of Exploration, Development & Production for OMV New Zealand Limited since September 2016. He has worked in New Zealand since 2013, as Head of Exploration for OMV, during this time he was responsible for building OMV’s current exploration permit footprint. Prior to arrival in New Zealand Simon worked for OMV in Abu Dhabi and Romania fulfilling management and senior technical roles. Prior to joining OMV Simon worked for Cairn India and Shell International. He has worked in technical exploration positions in a variety of locations including The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, India, Ireland, UK Atlantic Margin and UK North Sea. A geologist by background, Simon completed his studies in geology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Jason Leung-Wai
Martin Jenkins (lead consultant on
NZOG Barque report)

ason is a Senior Consultant in MartinJenkins. He has a background in regional economic development, scenario development and forecasting, policy, industry analysis and evaluating the economic impacts of projects and interventions. He has worked on a number of projects relating to the energy and minerals sector for government and the private sector in New Zealand. He undertook the economic analysis for the Wealth Beneath Our Feet reports that estimated the impacts of the oil and gas sector on the Taranaki and New Zealand economies. Jason led the project assessing the regional and national economic impacts of the Barque Field development.

Phil Watson

Phil is Director, Asia Pacific Gas for Methanex New Zealand Ltd. Phil’s primary responsibilities include securing gas supplies for the New Zealand methanol plants, managing existing gas supply and transmission arrangements and gas related regulatory matters. Prior to joining Methanex in 2001, Phil held a variety of commercial roles over a period of 15 years in the upstream E&P sector with Fletcher Challenge Energy and Shell.