Stuart had a management background in the rural sector before seeking a career in governance 17 years ago. He currently is chairman of Breen Construction Ltd, and Road Transport Logistics Ltd. He is a past Chairman of NZ Cricket and has served on a number of boards in a variety of sectors. Stuart was awarded an MNZM for services to sport and the community in 2016. He lives in Central Otago.
Fraser has more than 25 years’ experience in the wider energy sector both in New Zealand and abroad, covering distribution, renewable generation, retail, thermal energy and organic waste to energy solutions. In April 2020, he was appointed acting CEO of Pulse Energy, after being a director of the company for the 4 years prior. He is also CEO of Pioneer Energy, a position held since 2010. Fraser stepped back onto the Pulse Energy Board as a Director in October 2021.
Other current roles include director of Ecogas, Southern Generation Limited Partnership and Mainpower Ltd. Prior to joining Pioneer Energy as CEO in 2010 he held a position as General Manager at Northpower.
Rob is an experienced director across agricultural and renewable energy supply chains. He is currently the Chair of Silver Fern Farms and Farmlands Co-operative and a Director of NZX-listed T&G Global, Lincoln University and Pioneer Energy.
Rob has a carbon positive large scale sheep and beef farm in Clutha with significant forestry and windfarm interests. Rob has senior corporate experience in Shell, working across Asia-Pacific and is Masters degree qualified in marketing and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors
Frank is a Fellow of the College of Chartered Accountants and has been the Chairman of Buller Electricity Limited for five years. He is also a Director of Westland Milk Products Limited and Buller Holdings Limited and a Trustee of Development West Coast.
Our Executive Team
Chief Executive Officer
Sharnie joined Pulse Energy in October 2012 as the Marketing Manager. Sharnie was resonsible for all marketing and sponsorship projects for Pulse Energy, Just Energy and Grey Power Electricity.
In 2015, Sharnie was promoted to General Manager External Relations and Communications and then promoted to General Manager Customer Experience in November 2019. Sharnie led the Customer Experience Teams which included Sales, Marketing, Customer Care, Resolutions, Payments Solutions, Training and Quality along with being responsible for the strategic development of external partnerships.
In October 2021, Sharnie was promoted to Chief Executive Officer, recognising her brand building skills and leadership in creating an industry leading customer experience.
Prior to joining Pulse, Sharnie was an Account Manager at Fairfax Media for 2 years. She has worked in New Zealand and England in Marketing, Account Management and Recruitment. Sharnie has a BCom (Hons) from the University of Otago.
Chief Financial Officer
Artem joined the Pulse Energy Team in January 2016 as Financial Controller.
Artem was promoted to General Manager, Finance in September 2018 and Chief Financial Officer in April 2022. In this position, Artem leads the finance team to deliver statutory and management reporting and partners with the other businesses to drive financial results. Artem’s key focus is to drive clear insights into what makes the business more competitive and what delivers value for Pulse in competitive and rapidly changing energy markets.
Artem has over 17 years' experience in finance roles. Prior to joining Pulse Energy, Artem was Group Financial Controller for TSX and ASX-listed Besra Gold, including a period of time as interim Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Besra Gold, he held a number of senior financial roles with Two Degrees Mobile, SKM (Jacobs) and Ernst & Young.
He is a qualified Accountant (CPA) and holds an MBA from AIB Business School (Australia) and a Bachelor of Economics from the Higher School of Economics (Russia).
General Manager, Sales & Marketing
Louise joined Pulse Energy as General Manager Sales & Marketing in October 2021.
Louise previously worked in roles in the financial services, media and telecommunication sectors. She has experience leading marketing, insights and product development teams. Louise is responsible for the development and implementation of Pulse Energy’s sales and marketing strategy. She is passionate about developing customer centric propositions.
Louise has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business (Marketing) from the University of Auckland and a Bachelor of Law (Hons) from the University of Birmingham.
General Manager Customer Experience
Kasey joined Pulse Energy in 2010 and has over 15 years of experience in the energy industry.
In 2017 Kasey took up a role as a Customer Experience Manager at Vocus Group where she assisted in the product and operational development of their energy product and lead digital transformation projects before returning back to the Pulse Family in 2019.
In 2019, Kasey was promoted to General Manager Operations. Kasey leads the Operational Teams which includes Data Management, Billing, Field Services, Switching and Operational projects. In October 2021 Kasey was promoted to General Manager Customer Experience, leading our Customer Experience, Billing, Field Services, Switching and Project Teams.
Kasey has a business degree from Massey University majoring in Human Resource Management.
General Manager Wholesale Market
Ben joined Pulse Energy in 2010 and has worked across a range of finance and operation roles. In 2018, Ben was promoted to General Manager Wholesale Market and is responsible for Wholesale, Pricing, Reconciliation, Compliance, and Data Service operations.
His main area of expertise lies in managing wholesale risks and retail product design. He has played a key role over recent years in important initiatives, including the implementation of multi-brand offers, Time-Of-Use services, and negotiating multi-utility supply arrangements.
Qualified with a bachelor’s degree in computing systems, he started his career with HSBC in IT roles where he was responsible for managing global software development projects across Asia and Canada. Ben completed a Master of Business (Finance) degree from Auckland University of Technology with support from HSBC.
People & Culture Manager
Marlene started her career in IT as a programmer, but soon found that customer service was a natural fit. Marlene owned and ran her own travel agency in South Africa for 5 years before moving to New Zealand in 2009 with her husband and 2 cats. Marlene worked her way up in the travel sector to Reservations Manager and eventually HR Manager. After Covid put a stop to travel, Marlene worked with Evolution Traffic Management and Urban Maintenance Systems before flying solo as an HR Consultant, after which she joined Pulse.
Marlene completed her studies and gained a New Zealand Diploma in Business (Human Resource Management) and has a solid background of Employment Relations, Training, Recruitment and Onboarding skills, amongst others. She is passionate about supporting Pulse Energy in maintaining staff engagement and providing training and development to get the best from our people.