Management

Mike Bennetts
Mike Bennetts
Chief Executive Officer
Mike is presently the founding Chief Executive of Z Energy Ltd, the company that purchased the downstream (refining and marketing) business of Shell in New Zealand in April 2010 and Chevron in June 2016. As a result of an IPO in August 2013, Z is now dual listed on the ASX and NZX and ranks in the NZX10.

Mike has accumulated 30 years of experience in the global energy industry with his expertise in supply, trading and marketing businesses covering both consumer and business to business segments. In 1983 he joined BP in New Zealand with his early roles being based 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 68 companies representing nearly half of New Zealand’s emissions, and has 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.

Mike holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Management. He graduated as a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in Management from Massey University where he was recognised as a Massey Scholar because of his academic record.

Lindis Jones
Lindis Jones
Chief Financial Officer

Lindis is Chief Financial Officer for Z. Lindis has been with Z since May 2010 and during that time he has held several different Executive roles including strategy manager and overall project lead accountable for the integration of the Chevron New Zealand Business. Prior to becoming CFO Lindis was GM Corporate leading the Strategy team, M&A and Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Communications teams.

Before joining Z Lindis was with ANZ Bank leading a number of significant property transactions and developments.

Lindis spent 13 years with Shell in New Zealand and Europe in various Retail Operations and Strategy Roles.

Lindis completed Masters in Finance from the London Business School and also has a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Otago University.

Jane Anthony
Jane Anthony
General Manager, Marketing
Jane has been Marketing Manager with Z for the past 5 years and has been responsible for building the Z brand and the company’s marketing program over this time. Prior to that Jane was with Shell for 14 years in a variety of local and global brand, marketing and operations positions in NZ, Australia, the UK and Europe.
Andy Baird
Andy Baird
General Manager, Retail

Andy Baird is the General Manager of Retail at Z Energy. Andy has extensive retail, marketing and sales background having 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 BP’s Global Brand Marketing and Innovation team. While working for BP USA Andy developed and led a global team to commercialize new product and market growth strategies, before taking up the role of Snr Vice President of Marketing with BP America.

In this role Andy was responsible for the marketing efforts of the BP and Armco brands with over 2,500 stores across the US. In addition, he also drove the very successful launch of the Armco convenience brand and offer to eight new markets in six eastern states.

Prior to joining Z Andy was the Managing Director of Brandxp providing marketing consultancy & 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.

Dave Binnie
Dave Binnie
General Manager, Supply

As the General Manager of Z’s Supply business unit Dave leads the procurement, optimisation and delivery of Z’s liquid fuel requirements and the production and delivery of Z’s bio-diesel.  In leading NZ’s largest liquid fuels supply chain, Dave draws on an extensive, 30 year career in the global energy industry and joined Z in 2014. 

Before moving to New Zealand in 2011 to lead the New Zealand Government’s Petroleum and Minerals division, Dave held a number of senior leadership roles in the global energy industry spanning engineering, operations, commodity trading and business development. Dave started a 25 year career with BP culminating in leading BP’s Alternative Energy business development in Abu Dhabi.  Prior to embarking on his New Zealand adventures, he was Managing Director of the UK’s Oil & Gas industry’s skills and competence development organisation, OPITO.

Debra Blackett
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.
Julian Hughes
Julian Hughes
General Manager, Strategy and Risk
Julian leads the Strategy and Risk functions at Z. For the past four years he was General Manager of Health, Safety, Security and Environment, 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 New Zealand business. He has a Master degree from Auckland University and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Helen Sedcole
Helen Sedcole
General Manager, People and Culture
Helen leads our People and Culture team – with over 20 years experience in HR leadership positions across some of 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.
Mandy Simpson
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, and has been a member of faculty at US-based Singularity University since 2016. She has a law degree from Cambridge University and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and New Zealand Global Women.
Nicolas Williams
Nicolas Williams
General Manager, Commercial
Nicolas is responsible for Z’s business customer relationships. This includes diesel and petrol sales to New Zealand businesses, as well as all of Z’s sales across the aviation, marine, lubricants and bitumen markets. He also has operational accountability for Z’s Mini Tanker business. Nicolas was previously Z’s Strategy Manager, responsible for corporate strategy development and merger & acquisition activity. Before joining Z, Nicolas held corporate finance advisory roles at Macquarie Group and the New Zealand Treasury. He has an MBA from the University of Oxford, and Bachelor degrees in law and finance from the University of Canterbury.