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.

Stuart Heal - Chairperson

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Stuart Heal was CEO of CRT for 20 years until he and his wife chose to move to Cromwell in 2004. Since then he has been involved in a number of consultancy and governance roles.  He currently chairs the University Bookshop (Otago) Ltd and IFS Forestry Group Ltd.  He is also a director of Pulse Energy Ltd, Road Transport Logistics Ltd and the Southern Generation Partnership. 



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.

Rob Hewett

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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.

Bill Moran

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Bill Moran was with the New Zealand Treasury from 1985 to 2016. As Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Secretary Strategy, he was responsible for Treasury’s economic strategy and organisational strategy. During his Treasury career, he led work in macroeconomic and fiscal policy and tax strategy. He spent eight years on the board of New Zealand Football and was chair of the organising committee for the 2015 FIFA Under-20 Men’s World Cup.

Bill also established the Play It Strange Trust to foster young songwriters.Bill currently holds director and trustee roles with government and not-for-profit organisations, including Sport New Zealand, the NZ Dementia Trust, and the School of Government at Victoria University.

In the 2019 New Year Honours, Bill became an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to the state, sport and youth.

Nicola Crauford

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Nicki has extensive governance and senior management experience in energy, water and telecommunications utilities. As a director, she brings a combination of technical, commercial and strategic skills. She has a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and a doctorate in applied science from the University of Southampton and has worked in the oil and gas, energy and banking sectors. As well as utilities her governance portfolio has spanned science research and development, fire and emergency management, and environmental protection and regulation.

Nicki chairs GNS Science and is a director of Watercare Services, Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities and the Environmental Protection Authority. She also chairs the UFB Connect joint governance board of Chorus and Visionstream. She is a fellow of Engineering New Zealand, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.