As a Kiwi company, it’s only right that Z Energy is managed in Aotearoa New Zealand. Say hello to our executive team.
Mike Bennetts — Chief Executive Officer
Mike has more than 30 years' experience in the global energy industry, with expertise in supply, trading and marketing businesses. In 1983 he joined BP in Aotearoa New Zealand with early roles in sales, marketing, information technology and finance. From 1992 to 2008 he served in various senior leadership roles in South Africa, China, Singapore and the United Kingdom.
Mike is one of the founders and the convenor of the Climate Leaders Coalition, a group of 100+ companies representing almost 60% of Aotearoa New Zealand’s emissions. He's also served as a director of various private and public companies and joint ventures in Singapore, China and South Africa. He is presently a Director of Loyalty New Zealand Limited and the Chair of Punakaiki Fund Limited.
Lindis Jones — Chief Financial Officer
Lindis has been with Z since 2010, where he's held several different executive roles including Strategy Manager. He was also overall project lead accountable for the integration of the Chevron New Zealand Business. Prior to becoming CFO, Lindis was GM Corporate and led the Strategy team, M&A and Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Communications teams.
Before Z, Lindis was with ANZ Bank where he led a number of significant property transactions and developments. He also spent 13 years with Shell in Aotearoa New Zealand and Europe in various retail operations and strategy roles.
Andy Baird — General Manager, Retail
Andy has an extensive retail, marketing and sales background. He held several executive roles throughout his 23-year career with BP including Retail General Manager for BP New Zealand where he launched BP Connect and led the development of Wild Bean Café.
Andy has worked for BP Australia, BP USA and the BP Global Brand Marketing and Innovation team. While working for BP USA, Andy developed and led a global team to commercialise new product and market growth strategies, before taking up the role of Senior Vice President of Marketing with BP America.
Before joining Z in 2019, Andy was the Managing Director of Brandxp where he delivered marketing consultancy and customer experience programs for leading retailers throughout Australasia. During this time one of Andy’s key projects was leading the design, development and rollout of the Z brand.
Debra Blackett — General Counsel and Chief Governance Officer
Debra is our General Counsel and Chief Governance Officer. Before joining Z in 2015, Debra held corporate legal roles with BP, ANZ, and Telecom as well as consulting on the initial establishment of the Financial Markets Authority. Debra worked for Chapman Tripp before moving into the corporate sector.
Helen Sedcole — Chief People Officer
Helen leads our People and Culture team. She's has over 20 years' experience in HR leadership positions across some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s well known listed employers including The Warehouse, Goodman Fielder and Fonterra. She also has governance experience in these industries and the not-for-profit sector.
Her most recent corporate role was as Regional HR Director for Fonterra.
Julian Hughes — General Manager, Supply
Julian leads Z's Supply team, overseeing the operations that enable Z to keep it's customers moving where ever in Aotearoa New Zealand they may be. Julian has held a variety of Executive roles at Z, most recently GM Transition focused on Z's transition to a low carbon future.
For the two years prior, Julian was General Manager of Strategy. and Risk at Z and before that, he was General Manager of Health, Safety, Security and Environment for four years, leading a transformation programme to improve operational risk management at Z.
Julian has over 20 years’ experience working in senior roles in the public and private sectors in Aotearoa New Zealand business. He has a master's degree from the University of Auckland and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Mandy Simpson — Chief Digital Officer
Mandy is Z’s Chief Digital Officer, responsible for leading the charge towards a digital first and data-driven future, and providing leadership for Z’s digital function.
Mandy has an executive background in financial, operations and technology roles, including as Chief Operating Officer at NZX. She's been a member of faculty at US-based Singularity University since 2016.
Mandy is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and New Zealand Global Women.
Nicola Law — General Manager, Commercial
Nicola is responsible for Z’s business customer relationships. These include diesel and petrol sales to Aotearoa New Zealand businesses, as well as all of Z’s sales across the aviation, marine, lubricants and bitumen markets.
Nicola has held several roles during her seven-year career at Z including Commercial Aviation and Marine Manager, Corporate Communication & Investor Relations Manager, along with working on several special projects, including the acquisition of Chevron New Zealand, the Fuel Market Study and the development of Pumped, Z’s loyalty and rewards program that launched in August 2019.
Prior to joining Z, Nicola spent nine years at BP in varied roles including Regional Operations Manager based in Perth, Western Australia, responsible for the safe and reliable operation of the company’s seven terminals in the state.
Nicolas Williams — General Manager, Strategy and Risk
Nicolas leads the strategy and risk functions at Z. Nicolas was previously Z’s Strategy Manager, responsible for corporate strategy development and merger and acquisition activity, following that he spent more than five years as our General Manager Commercial. Before joining Z, Nicolas held corporate finance advisory roles at Macquarie Group and the New Zealand Treasury.