Our Board
Our Directors are responsible for broad corporate policy and overall performance. Our Board members oversee the management and stewardship of the company to enhance Pioneer Energy's long-term value and vitality.

Rob Hewett - Chairman

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Rob is a sheep, beef, forestry and wind farmer in the Clutha District.  He has extensive off-farm governance activities in New Zealand and Australia, across a number of companies.  Rob currently chairs Silver Fern Farms Limited, New Zealand’s largest red meat processor, exporter and marketer and he is a Director of Farmlands Co-operative, New Zealand’s largest rural supplies business.  In addition to this, Rob is a Director of Hilton Haulage, a Canterbury-based logistics company partnering with Ngāi Tahu and is an owner and Director of Crossdocks Australia, a Melbourne-based warehousing and logistics company.

Rob currently chairs the Clutha District economic development agency, Clutha Development.  Previously, Rob has worked for Shell across New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia in a number of commercial roles.

Nick Lewis

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A graduate of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with a Mechanical Engineering degree Nick initially worked in the commercial nuclear power industry in the US before co-founding a successful data management firm. On the sale of the business, Nick’s focus turned to investment banking in New York at JP Morgan and CIBC World Markets for close to ten years. During his time on Wall Street, he worked on a wide range of transactions for clients including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, initial public offerings, bond, bank, and derivatives. Nick arrived in Wellington in 2004 to take-up the role of CEO of a smart meter and data management technology company. He was the founding CEO of the climate change website, www.celsias.com.

Bill Moran

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Bill Moran was with the New Zealand Treasury from 1985 to 2016. His last role was as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Secretary of Strategy, Performance and Engagement with responsibility for economic and organisational strategy. He previously led work for the Treasury in macroeconomic and fiscal policy, tax strategy and public sector management. 

Today, Bill holds governance roles with government, private sector, and not-for-profit organisations. 

He is the Chair of Sport NZ and High-Performance Sport NZ, as well as the NZ Sports Foundation, Deputy Chair of WorkSafe NZ and Community Trust South and a director of Invest South, Youthtown, and Sky City Charitable Trust Queenstown. He is an independent member of the Audit and Finance Committee of the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

In terms of his not-for-profit roles, Bill is Chair of Turn Up the Music Trust and Chamber Music At The World’s Edge Festival and a trustee of the Three Lakes Cultural Trust, NZ Football Foundation, Parliamentary Education Trust, and Whakatipu Community Hub Trust.  He is an executive judge for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.

In the 2019 New Year’s Royal Honours, Bill was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to State, Sport, and Youth.


Tony Balfour

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Tony has extensive global experience in a diverse range of industries and geographies. Most recently, he was General Manager (Markets) for Icebreaker Clothing with responsibility for the company’s global business units in New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada, Europe and Asia as well as the development of the company’s rapidly growing eCommerce and retail business units. His prior executive experience includes senior roles in Nike, Lion Nathan, and Seek.com. He has been a director on the Boards of Silver Fern Farms, Methven Industries, and Mt Difficulty Wines and is currently an independent director on the Boards of The Warehouse Group, Les Mills International, and Blis Technologies. He is a long-term resident of Queenstown and currently serves as a Trustee at Wakatipu High School.

Dr Don Elder

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After studying engineering at the Universities of Canterbury and Oxford, UK, Don worked in the UK, US, NZ and Canada then was CEO of Solid Energy a leading NZ exporter, who also drove renewable energy growth in biomass, biofuels and solar.  He and a colleague formed Aoraki Partners to provide capability, expertise and capital to emerging growth companies.  He's been director/chair of companies, industry and business organisations in Canada, Australia and internationally. In NZ Don's been a director of ASB Bank, Sovereign Life, Napier Port and Orion and is currently a director of Lyttelton Port, Alpine Energy and Infratec.  He's chair of the Family Help Trust and a trustee of The Loft and Independent Chair of the Canterbury Clinical Network.  Don's a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand, NZIM, and a Chartered Member of the IOD.  He splits his time between Christchurch and Wanaka.