Our people


Bioenergy Association is committed to reducing its own carbon footprint and to avoid travel related emissions undertakes most meetings by video conferencing.

Our Board

The Board represents the interests of all members and focuses on the Bioenergy Association governance. More information about the board and member’s voting rights can be found in the members area and the Constitution. The association's operational activities are developed and managed by its Interest Groups each of which has a Convener and Committee.

Board members are:

Grant Smith - MitchellSmith Partnership (Chair)
Paul Bennett - Scion
Grant Dunford - Negawatt Resources
Darren Gilchrist - Oji Fibre Solutions
Tony Oosten - Fonterra Co-operative Group
Sachin Ekbote - BecaAmec 

Our Interest Groups:

The Interest Groups are the operational arm of the association and are responsible for - our work programmes; advocacy; developing and managing research projects; overseeing professional development and best practice guides; hosting workshop and conference, and ensuring that each topic area is achieving the opportunities out there.  The conveners are:

Waste-to-Energy / Biogas - Alzbeta Bouskova (BPO Ltd)
Wood energy - Rob Mallinson (Living Energy)
Liquid biofuels & co-products - Simon Arnold (Blended Fuels NZ)

Working groups
Residential wood pellet heating - Andrew Wilson (EEnergy)

Pacific bioenergy - Leigh Ramsey (Blended Fuels NZ)

Professional Standards and Complaints Committee:

To avoid any conflicts of interest membership of the committee is established by the Board when the Committee is required to undertake an activity.

The administration team consists of:

Brian Cox - Executive Officer
John Gifford - Wood energy programmes
Anne Phiri - Administration / Memberships / Websites

Members list:

See a list of our members.