Our Governance Board

Cameron Madgwick


CEO, PEPANZ, Cameron has a background as a lawyer and governance professional in the energy sector. He has refocused his career to a more community engagement role. His specific legal skillset covers corporate advisory and governance, intellectual property, regulatory and dispute resolution.

His most recent role at New Zealand Energy was as the Community Engagement Manager.

Cameron also has extensive experience in the NGO sector as Chairman of Community Law Centres o Aotearoa and governance roles with other NGOs.

I’m a Taranaki boy – born and bred, so I know first-hand how a strong and robust Energy industry can truly benefit communities - both their financial and social well-being.

My experience in working on the ground in community engagement has taught me that there is an information gap, people who are not familiar with the Energy sector need more information about how our sector operates. I believe our Association can play a larger role in filling that void, giving communities someone to talk to, and information they can rely on.




Jane Snowden

Jane provides strategic and operational leadership of human resources, communications, community relations, sponsorship and administration for the upstream energy division. She has 17 years’ experience in human resources consulting, management and leadership roles within the NZ Energy industry. She has worked in HR management roles with Fletcher Challenge Energy, Swift Energy, Origin Energy and Resources and as Operations Manager at Offshore Marine Services.







Max Murray

Mr. Murray is a 30-year Energy industry veteran with a deep understanding of the New Zealand Energy landscape. He’s the right person to help continue TAG’s evolution from a junior explorer to the busiest integrated explorer and producer of Energy in New Zealand. Over six years with Origin Energy, Max was most recently Manager of Production Upstream E&P and Senior In-Country Manager, accountable for the safe and efficient operation of all producing assets across Australia and New Zealand. Max previously held senior positions with Swift Energy New Zealand, Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Co. Ltd., and Methanex New Zealand. 







Kate Dunn

Kate Dunn is the Human Resources Manager at Refining NZ, having joined the Company in January 2013.  Kate brings a breadth of industry experience to the role from working offshore with Merrill Lynch and GlaxoSmithKlein, time with Carter Holt Harvey followed by 10 years with Fonterra. Kate has a Masters and Post graduate diploma in Industrial and Organisational Psychology. Her management roles have been in Human Resources, Lean Sigma and Change Management. A ESANZ board member since early 2013 Kate sees huge potential in what ESANZ can deliver to the Energy industry. 





Kolya Eccleton

Kolya Eccleton, Human Resources & Administration Manager at OMV New Zealand who holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Management and Marketing from Otago University and a PG Dip in HRM from Victoria University, Kolya brings a diverse background in business and HR.  Kolya has been with OMV since 2005 and over this time has seen the company grow from a non-operated office of 20 employees to become a successful operator of the Maari Field with over 100 OMV employees and a further 150 contractors.






Lara Barton

Lara Barton is the Human Resources Manager for Methanex New Zealand. She has 15 years experience within Human Resources, both in the Public and Private Sectors. During her time at Methanex she has overseen the growth of the organisation back to a full capacity three plant operation.  Along with providing leadership for the NZ HR function, Lara plays an active role in the Methanex Global Human Resources Team, providing strategic direction to build a talented global workforce. 








Paul O’Neill

Paul is the country Human Resource Manager for Shell New Zealand and Shell Todd Oil Services.
Paul commenced his association with the O&G industry in the late 1990s’ when he joined Shell Todd Oil Services as a Business Analyst. Since that time he has overseen considerable growth for Shell and its venture interests. Paul is passionate about Energy skills development for New Zealanders, and is a founding director of ESANZ having served on the board since 2010.



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Mike Oakes

Mike is the General Manager of Operations for New Zealand Energy Corporation.  He has worked in the Energy industry for 33 years in Canada, Brunei, Australia and New Zealand. Commencing his career as a field technician in New Zealand, he has advanced to hold various operational, technical, safety and management positions within exploration and production companies. Mike's vast experience and technical background has resulted in him overseeing design, commissioning and startup of four Energy production facilities.  As General Manager Operations for NZEC, Mike oversees exploration and is responsible for all producing wells and operation of the Waihapa Production Station. Mike has sat as a board member of Energy Skills Association of NZ (ESANZ) for 3 years.

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