Our 2016 event speakers:


Mike Underhill

Chief Executive

Mike Underhill is chief executive of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) in New Zealand. EECA is the government agency that promotes energy efficiency and renewables across key parts of the energy sector.

Transport is by far the largest part of the energy sector, and Mike believes there are significant opportunities in this sector, both with energy efficiency and renewable fuels.

Zane Fulljames

Chief Executive Officer
NZ Bus

Zane returned to NZ after being invited to join NZ Bus in 2008 from Royal Dutch Shell after more than twenty years offshore leading transformational programs across multiple sectors that included Banking and Finance, Technology, Pulp and Paper, Civil Construction, Food , Television, Logistics and Oil and Gas.

Jimmy Ormsby

Managing Director
Waitomo Petroleum

Jimmy is the Managing Director of Waitomo and a Shareholder. Jimmy joined Waitomo in 2003 after returning to NZ from the UK where he worked in London in the travel industry. Jimmy became a Director of Waitomo in 2009 and was appointed Managing Director in 2016.

Phil Bixley

Fleet Manager Heavy Vehicles

Mechanic by trade with livestock, tanker and freight driving experience.  Has come into management with Fonterra with a transport background, experience in leadership and operations – has a passion for people and seeing people succeed.

His role has grown into a strategic focus for now 542 milk tankers, 14 workshops and 170 maintenance staff with fiscal accountabilities of over $130 million NZD (Repairs and Maintenance, Road User Charges, Diesel and Tyres)

Ian Grodon

GM Fleet
NZ Bus

Ian Gordon is General Manager Fleet for NZ Bus and has held this appointment for two years.  He has an extensive background in asset management including Rail Assets Manager for GWRC and Assistant Chief of General Staff Logistics for the NZ Army.  Ian has also held senior roles across central government agencies including General Manager Access and Use, the New Zealand Transport Agency.  

Tony Gare

General Manager
Icon Logistics

With over 25-years’ experience and a wealth of knowledge Tony leads the team at Icon Logistics and has been the driving force behind the continued growth and success of the company. His passion for the transport industry and his people and commitment to providing only the best service to their customers through technology and innovation will see the business continue to grow in the future.

Tim Ellis

Managing Director
Gasoline Alley Services

Tim has almost 25 years of senior management experience, including 18 as a management consultant working with Price Waterhouse, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), IBM Global Business Services and the Resilience Institute. After qualifying as a chartered accountant in London, Tim spent time in a variety of financial line management roles for Thorn EMI, both in Europe and globally.

Jim Wiles

National Fleet Risk Manager

Jim was instrumental in establishing the Fleet Risk Management department at Lumley in 1998, now part of NZI.

A respected fleet safety expert, Jim works with brokers and transport clients,  speaking at conferences, running seminars, and liaising with government agencies, and other transport-industry bodies.

His career includes 18 years with the Ministry of Transport in a variety of roles and working as the Managing Director of a driver-training company.

Mike Noon

General Manager - Motoring Affairs

Mike joined the AA in 2005. He is responsible for motoring policy – that’s everything the government and its transport agencies do that affects motorists and AA Members. His role encompasses road safety and infrastructure, transport funding (including fuel excise, road user charges, regional fuel taxes), speed limits, traffic enforcement, environmental issues and petrol prices.

David Crawford

Chief Executive Officer
Motor Industry Association

David took up the role of CEO of the MIA in February 2013.  The Motor Industry Association represents the interests of the official New Zealand distributors for new cars, trucks and motorbikes.  It is the voice of the new vehicle industry, set up to provide a unified point of view and drive progress on issues that concern the sector, such as vehicle safety, low emissions vehicles, vehicle exhaust emissions, fuel standards, consumer standards etc.

Lance Manins


Lance Manins  is the CEO of Driveline Fleet a nationwide specialist fleet manager and funding organisation. Lance has a 23-year history in the vehicle lease and finance industries moving from traditional banking into motor vehicle leasing in the early 1990’s with Fleet Lease (now Custom Fleet) and then founding Driveline in 2001. Lance has significant industry experience in the transport funding and fleet management sector.

Andrew Jackson

Deputy Chief Executive
Ministry of Transport

Andrew Jackson has been the Deputy Chief Executive of the Ministry of Transport since August 2011.  He chairs the Ministry’s high level policy group which decides the Ministry’s overall portfolio of work considers aspects of transport policy and builds policy capability within the Ministry.
He was previously Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Development where he was responsible for policy relating to regulation of financial markets, company law, intellectual property and competition law and trade tariff policy. 

John Doesburg

Programme Manager for Heavy Transport

John is the Programme Manager for Heavy Transport at the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). He is responsible for the Heavy Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Programme. John has been in senior management roles for 25 years in the private and public sectors, with a strong background in customer services, relationship management and regulation and compliance. 

Chris L'Ecluse

Solutions Specialist
Teletrac Navman

Following a successful career in the Western Australian Police Force where he held the rank of Sergeant and served for in excess of 20 years, Chris had the opportunity to develop a keen understanding and appreciation for road safety.

For the last 16 years, Chris has trained Advanced Defensive Driving in many countries throughout the world, and consulted on land transport safety issues, specifically in the mining and resources sector.

Mark Stockdale

Principal Advisor

Mark joined the AA in late 2005 after spending 9 years as Executive Officer at the Bus & Coach Association. In the last 15 years has gained a wealth of knowledge of transport and motoring issues, legislation, Land Transport Rules, and experience working as a transport lobbyist in Wellington.

Elizabeth Yeaman

General Manager Transport

Elizabeth first joined EECA in 1996 and has worked in a wide variety of roles covering transport, local government and renewables. She holds a Masters degree in Natural Resource Engineering and prior to joining EECA worked in engineering and fuels consultancy, mainly on transport energy projects in developing countries. Elizabeth is a member of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (NZ).

Ian Twomey

Hale & Twomey

Ian is an experienced petroleum professional who established Hale & Twomey Limited more than 15 years ago. Hale & Twomey advises clients on all aspects relating to petroleum supply and procurement. Ian is a key advisor to both the Australian and New Zealand Governments on oil security and Hale & Twomey also operate in the Pacific Islands. Ian was lead author on the 2008 investigation into petrol pricing in the New Zealand market.

Malcolm Yorston

Technical Services and Membership Manager
Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association (IMVIA)

Malcolm’s role requires him to look after technical inquiries, research standards and vehicle compliance, advise people on technical and human resource issues, and deal with regulations, rules and legal disputes.
Starting in the NZ Post Office as an apprentice mechanic in 1962, Malcolm joined the Ministry of Transport in 1972 as a vehicle testing inspector, moving on to a challenging role of design compliance auditor in 1989 at a time when kiwi standards for seatbelt anchorages were being introduced.

Amanda Douglas

Wynn Williams

Amanda leads the Employment and Health and Safety practice at Wynn Williams.  She acts for employers and employees on a variety of Employment Law matters, with a particular focus in the dispute resolution area.  This includes disciplinary steps, claims through the ERA and Employment Court, negotiations and mediation.  Amanda also provides advice on employment agreements and organisational restructuring.  Amanda has a good ability to obtain a pragmatic negotiated outcome to many disputes.  Where resolution is not possible, she presents a well-considered case to the ERA or Court.  Amanda also