Keynote Speakers

Welcome – His Worship, the Mayor of Auckland, Len Brown

Len Brown 2Len Brown was elected Mayor of Auckland in 2010 and re-elected in 2013. His vision is for Auckland to be the world’s most liveable city. A University of Auckland law graduate, Len’s political career began in 1992 as Manukau City Councillor for Otara, later becoming Mayor of Manukau. Under his leadership, Auckland has developed a 30-year regional development blueprint, launched an Economic Development Strategy, and improved its standing in all three major international quality-of-life surveys, placing in the top 10 of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Report, Monocle magazine’s Most Liveable Cities Index and the Mercer Quality of Living Survey.


Official Opening – President of Local Government New Zealand and Mayor of Hastings, Lawrence Yule

Lawrence Yule 3Lawrence is the current President of Local Government New Zealand, elected in July 2008. Before being elected President he served as a provincial sector chair and member of the National Council of Local Government New Zealand, with special responsibilities for the transport and water portfolios. He is patron of several local groups and organisations, and takes a keen interest in organisations that operate to support the community of Hastings.  He has been Mayor of Hastings District since 2001. Lawrence has an Honours Degree in Engineering, and has recently been made a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers.

Day One Session 1: The US Experience

Ed Ebrahimian

Director, Bureau of Street Lighting, City of Los Angeles.

EbrahimianEd Ebrahimian has more than 26 years of experience in the Bureau of Street Lighting and oversees and manages all policies, programs, and activities of the Bureau. The City of Los Angeles has the 2nd largest municipal street lighting system in the United States with over 200,000 streetlights. This system provides illumination to more than 4,500 miles of streets. Ed Ebrahimian has overseen the largest international retrofit of urban LED road lighting resulting in cost savings of $7.5 million in electricity and $2.5 million in maintenance, and a significant reduction in street crime.

Dr. Ron Gibbons

Director, Centre for Infrastructure Based Safety Systems, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI).

gibbonsDr Gibbons is Virginia Tech’s lead lighting and visibility researcher in roadway-based safety systems. He is the author of several published papers on roadway lighting, photometry and target visibility showing that lighting and visibility are critical to the safety of motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists on roadways, parking lots and garages. His research examines the effect of the spectral components of lighting and the use of adaptive lighting technologies that will adjust lighting based on need. Dr Gibbons is a past president and Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.

Margaret Newman

Outgoing Chief of Staff, New York City Department of Transportation, Executive Director-designate Municipal Art Society.

Margaret Newman H&S at TableMargaret Newman has coordinated major departmental projects with a focus on sustainable design, providing design overview and project direction for the Urban Design and Art Division. She led the development of the City’s Street Design Manual, its LED road lighting pilot programme and decision to replace 250,000 road lights with LED, and contributions to key policy documents including Sustainable Streets, Green Light and World Class Streets. Her new role consolidates her position as an advocate for intelligent urban

design, planning and preservation. She is a former partner of New York City-based Marren and Newman Architects, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Edward Smalley

Director, US Department of Energy’s Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium (MSSLC)


As Director of the MSSLC, Edward Smalley is responsible for a programme to collect, analyse, and share information related to LED street and area lighting applications for a membership of more than 400 US municipalities and utilities.  As Manager of Seattle City Light’s Streetlight Engineering Unit, he was the chief architect of Seattle’s conversion to LED street lighting technology.  Edward Smalley is the Executive Chair of the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Street and Area Lighting Committee, and is a Lighting Certified Professional with more than 25 years of experience in the design, construction and operation of public outdoor lighting systems.

Day One Session 2: The Australian Experience

Graham Mawer

Director, Next Energy; and Program Manager, Street Lighting Improvement Program, Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC)

Graham Mawer 026smlGraham Mawer has worked in the Australian utilities sector since 1996 on energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Graham leads Next Energy’s street lighting practice and is Program Manager of a major street lighting initiative for 35 local governments in the Sydney area. He also works for other private and public sector clients on street lighting projects.   Graham has a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from McGill University in Montreal.

Paul Gowans

Principal Engineer, Electrical & Furniture, City of Sydney.

image001Paul has extensive experience in consultancy and Local Government road lighting management in his native Scotland and has been the spearhead of the recent City of Sydney LED trial program and large scale CBD LED deployment. He is also undertaking extensive trials of CMS technology and is a member of the AS/NZS1158 road lighting standards committee.


Day One Session 3: Improving Efficiency with Technology

Terry Collins

General Manager Products, Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA)

68f4ee26-0e1e-4239-ba45-904f8121483eTerry joined EECA in 2005 bringing a background in policy, quality management systems, regulatory compliance, and standards development. He is responsible for relationship management with the trans-Tasman Equipment Energy Efficiency Programme and he chairs the APEC working group on energy efficiency and conservation.  EECA’s Products team works to improve the energy efficiency of domestic appliances, commercial and industrial equipment, motor vehicles and homes. This is achieved through a combination of measures, including mandating energy rating labels on appliances and vehicles, developing and implementing minimum energy performance standards, and promoting the voluntary ENERGY STAR endorsement label.

Christophe Orceau

Chairman of the Steering Committee, TALQ Consortium, Paris

Christophe OrceauChristophe Orceau is the founder of Streetlight.Vision, the software company that develops open Central Management Software for Smart Streetlight and Smart City applications, and the Chairman of the Steering Committee for the TALQ Consortium which provides a standard interface between Central Management Software and various proprietary Road Lighting Networks.  Streetlight.Vision is committed to open systems that aim to integrate manufacturers products to unlock the Streetlight Control and Monitoring market and to allow cities to run their networks with “less energy and more control”. The company has managed 450 projects in 15 countries, of which the largest streetlight control projects are in Oslo, Paris, Dublin, Dongguan (China) and Jakarta.

Chris Byrne

Chairman, Lighting Council New Zealand; Managing Director, Thorn Lighting New Zealand

headshot2Chris has more than 30 years’ experience in the New Zealand Lighting Industry, having worked for a number of companies covering a range of responsibilities from lighting design, through sales and sales management, Luminaire Design and senior management. Recently Chris has been involved in the instigation of Better Road lighting in NZ, including the installation of Road Lighting Control Systems.


Day One Session 4: Improving Safety with Technology

 Nancy Clanton, PE, FIES, IALD, LC, LEED Fellow

Founder and President of Clanton & Associates, Chair IES Outdoor Environmental Lighting Committee & IES Mesopic Committee

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANancy Clanton’s firm specialises in sustainable lighting design. She is a highly-awarded registered Professional Engineer and a member of the National Science Foundation committee on solid state lighting. Last year she received the ACEC Colorado 2013 Outstanding Woman Engineer Award and the International CleanDesign Award. She chairs two IES committees, and is a past Director of the International Association of Lighting Designers, International Dark Sky Association, and the Illuminating Engineering Society. Ten Clanton & Associates projects have been named to the AIA Committee on the Environment Earth Day Top Ten List, and 13 designs have won LEED Platinum rating for other projects. She has led NEEA-funded research showing white light improves driver reaction time.

Bill Frith

Research Leader (Road Safety), Opus International Consultants

Bill FrithBill has worked in the Transport Sector since 1973. Before joining Opus in mid-2007, he was Manager Research and Statistics at the Ministry of Transport. He also managed the Austroads Safety Program from 2004 to 2006. He has expertise in all aspects of road safety. Recent projects include work on the reflective properties of New Zealand pavements, the safety impact of road lighting, pedestrian safety, older driver safety, safe speed, the impact of demographic change on travel and safety, quadbike safety and fuel efficient driving. Bill is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and  a Life Member of the Transportation Group of IPENZ.

Godfrey Bridger

Director, Strategic Lighting Partners Ltd

Godfrey Head Shot SLPGodfrey is an experienced CEO and senior manager with over 15 years management consultancy experience.   SLP was established after Godfrey was commissioned by NZTA to write a report on “Strategic Road Lighting Opportunities for New Zealand” and called on Bryan King’s assistance.  SLP has since written business cases for city councils to upgrade their street lighting to LED. Godfrey is a former CEO of EECA, former board member of Mercury Energy and former elected member of the Auckland Regional Services Trust which then owned the City’s independent businesses including Watercare Services and Ports of Auckland, and which developed the Americas Cup Challenge infrastructure to catalyse the redevelopment of Auckland’s city harbourscape.

Day Two Session 1: The Changing Regulatory Environment

Nigel Parry

Institute of Lighting Professionals UK, Principal Lecturer, CIE Division 4 Editor

 Nigel Parry 400xNigel Parry is the UK Member and Editor of the International Commission on Illumination (CIE) “Division 4” standards, responsible for “Lighting and Signalling for Transport”.  In the UK he is also Professional Services Advisor for the Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP), has his own Lighting Design consultancy “Array Lighting”, and works for OrangeTek LED road lighting luminaire manufacturers.


Alistair Scott BSc; CEng; FILP; MIMechE

Managing Director of UK consultancy, Designs for Lighting Ltd; a Past President and Fellow of the Institution of Lighting Professionals.

Alistair ScottAlistair Scott has spent more than 25 years in design and managerial positions within the lighting industry, having been Engineering Director with Urbis-Schreder Lighting prior to heading up Designs for Lighting in 2005. He specialises in advising on energy reduction strategies for Local Authorities and energy efficient lighting design.  He chairs the BSI committee EL/001/02 “Road Lighting” which published BS5489-1 in 2013 and he sits on the European CEN Joint Working Group working on the revision of EN 13201 Road Lighting standards. Alistair is the author of the Highway Electrical Association “Guide to the Intelligent Lifetime Management of Public Lighting Life Safety Engineering Systems”.

Graeme Culling

Senior Lighting Engineer, Betacom; AS/NZS Road Lighting Standards Committee Member


Graeme has been involved with the design, testing and production of road lighting luminaires for over 35 years.    His work includes the engineering disciplines involved in mechanical, electrical and photometric design as well as photometric measurements.  He has been a member of the AS/NZS Road Lighting committee that is responsible for the AS/NZS 1158 series of standards – since its formation in the joint format in 1990.

Graeme is a Charted Professional Electrical Engineer, a Fellow of the IES (The Lighting Society of Aus and NZ) and a Member of the ILP (UK).


Day Two Session 2: Funding Finance and Economics 

Dr Rune Elvik

Chief Research Officer, Institute of Transport Economics, Oslo

Rune Elvik handbook cropDr Elvik is lead editor of the internationally acclaimed Handbook of Road Safety Measures and joint editor-in-chief of the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention. He is Professor of Road Safety Studies at Aalborg University (Denmark) and Lund University (Sweden). His main areas of research include evaluation of the effects of road safety measures, research synthesis by means of meta-analysis, and cost-benefit analysis. He has taken part in international research organised by the European Commission, the OECD, the European Transport Safety Council and the US Transportation Research Board. He is a member of the Norwegian Association of Political Scientists, the Society for Risk Analysis, and the New York Academy of Sciences.

Michelle Hjort

Associate Director, RealTerm Energy, Canada

Michelle HjortIn her present role Michelle Hjort supports Canadian municipalities with the project management and financing to implement LED streetlight retrofits. In her previous role at LightSavers Canada, a non-profit promoting the uptake of LED lighting across Canada, Michelle developed a national market consortium assisting municipal and provincial governments, public institutions, and private companies that own or manage lighting assets to be aware of the opportunities of LED lighting and also to surmount the many barriers to understanding, procuring and implementing the technology.

Steven Proctor

Executive Director, HRL Morrison & Co (Public Infrastructure Partners Fund)

Steven ProctorSteven Proctor  heads up the investment activity of the Public Infrastructure Partners Fund (PIP Fund).  PIP Fund is an NZ based fund investing in PPP’s, joint ventures and public infrastructure projects where the principal customer is local or central government. Steven has been working in the infrastructure and PPP sector since 1995. Within the sector Steven has worked as Sponsor (purchasing and bidding infrastructure projects), Lead Arranging Banker (lending into several United Kingdom project finance transactions), and as a Financial Advisor, advising both project developers and various governments.

Lynley Hutton

Investment Assessment Manager, NZ Transport Agency

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Lynley Hutton is Investment Assessment Manager at the NZ Transport Agency.  She was the project manager for the Road Maintenance Task Force, having led –  or been involved in – change initiatives in other sectors.  Lynley’s background includes planning, monitoring, research, business analysis and policy support in central government.  Her interest’s include change management, organisational learning, writing fiction and going for very long walks in far-off lands.


Day Two Session 3: Innovative Procurement

Bryan King

Director, Strategic Lighting Partners; Chief Executive, Lighting Council NZ

BRYAN KING - HEADSHOT - NOV 2009 crop-resizeBryan is a highly experienced practitioner and recognised authority on road lighting practices worldwide.   Bryan is a member of the AS/NZS1158 Road Lighting Standards committee and is Convenor of the AS/NZS1158 Lighting Controls Working Group.  He has a 30 year history of leadership and governance in luminaire design, manufacture, application and consultancy businesses for the professional and municipal lighting sectors. Bryan was founding Chairman and is current Executive Director of Lighting Council NZ and is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of ANZ and the Energy Management Association of NZ.

 Ewan Gebbie

Energy Management Association of NZ

Ewan Gebbie CroppedEwan has been Executive Officer of EMANZ since April 2009.  In that time EMANZ has introduced a range of initiatives to boost the capacity and capability of the NZ energy services sector, such as establishing specialist training courses and adapting an Australian building energy performance rating scheme to New Zealand (NABERSNZ). Ewan has been involved in the technical and stakeholder advisory groups for NABERSNZ, and is also a member of the Retail Advisory Group for the Electricity Authority. Prior to joining EMANZ, Ewan was Regulatory Manager at energy and fibre utility Vector, bringing with him a wide range of industry and government experience.

Duncan Halliwell

Kensington Swan Lawyers

Duncan_Halliwell_Profile_headshotDuncan is a specialist adviser to the construction and infrastructure industry with over 10 years’ experience. Prior to joining Kensington Swan in 2007 Duncan worked for the largest construction law team in the UK. He advises on all construction matters including contract drafting and negotiation, and contract administration. He also advises on dispute avoidance and dispute resolution methods, including under the Construction Contracts Act 2002. He is familiar with all NZ standards including 3910, 3915, NZIA and NZTA’s standard forms, and overseas standards including FIDIC and NEC. Duncan’s approach ensures the client’s goal is clearly understood, and that all attention is focused on achieving that goal.

Day Two Session 4: The New Zealand Experience

John Rodger

Group General Manager Corporate Developments, Vector

John RodgerJohn joined Vector in 2006 as Senior Legal Counsel and Manager of Strategic Relationships Vector to advise on all aspects of Vector’s business and manage Vector’s strategic relationships team. His dual role was testament to his ability to bridge the commercial-legal divide and deliver results that matter to the business. Prior to joining Vector he was Senior Legal Counsel for 02 UK and led a team responsible for new product development and delivery in UK, and for O2’s presence in Asia Pacific and Middle East. John moved into the corporate world when he joined Orbian in 2001 after three years as an Associate with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

David Raven

Odyssey Energy

David RavenDavid has been involved with street lighting since emigrating to NZ 15 years ago. In this time, he has undertaken numerous Lux Mapping surveys in both NZ and Australia and carried out a number of lighting upgrade trials and lighting designs. Before emigrating, he spent the first 14 years of his working life in England in the electrical control and automation industry.


Keith Gibson

IESANZ New Zealand Chair

Keith GibsonKeith Gibson is the current chair of the New Zealand Chapter of the IESANZ.  He is a Technical Director and Technical Lead for the Building services division at Beca, one of the largest New Zealand owned international engineering consultancies.  Keith Gibson has held the position of Technical Convenor, representing the Society on technical matters to both the Standards Associations of Australia and of New Zealand in matters relating to lighting.  Keith has an extensive background and history in lighting design, application and review, with particular emphasis on sports floodlighting, street lighting and the evaluation of glare, and regularly appears as an Expert Witness at resource Consent and Environmental Court hearings.

Geoff English

Team Leader, Transport Asset Management, Christchurch City Council

Geoff photoGeoff is the Transport Asset Management Team Leader at the Christchurch City Council.  For over 30 years he has been involved in the design, maintenance and management of the road lighting network in the Christchurch area.  In 2000 he became a member of the Australia and New Zealand Road Lighting Standards Committee and in 2009 was lead consultant of the team that developed the road lighting resources for the Electricity Commission’s RightLight website.  He is also a member of the Local Government Energy Management Roundtable’s road lighting project.


Day Two Session 5: The Future

Roger Dennis

Founder, Sensing City.

Roger DennisRoger Dennis is working with leaders in local and central Government to rebuild the earthquake devastated city of Christchurch (in New Zealand) with a carpet of sensors to measure everything from traffic flow to water use in real time.  Prior to this he worked around the world with organisations to understand where the world was going and how they should take advantage of macro changes.  He’s worked alongside the Prime Minister’s team in the Singapore Government, the GameChanger team at Shell and numerous other organisations both large and small.  Roger has lived in Hong Kong, Sydney and London and now is based in Christchurch.

CJ Boguszewski

Senior  Director, Smart City Solutions, Silver Spring Networks, USA

Silver Spring Networks HeadshotsCJ Boguszewski is currently involved in managing a major public lighting modernization for the City of Copenhagen as part of a city target to achieve a carbon-free footprint by 2025.  His business unit has overseen the negotiations with other project participants, including lighting operator Citelum, and is developing the network architecture for this €80M+, 40,000 LED luminaire retrofit. Prior to taking up the Copenhagen project, CJ helped establish SSN’s presence in Brazil and also ran its Advanced Metering Infrastructure business.  CJ has more than 20 years’ experience in ICT working with Vodafone, Oracle, CIBER and others.

Margaret Newman

Executive Director, Municipal Arts Society, New York

Margaret Newman H&S at TableMargaret Newman’s new role consolidates her position as an advocate for intelligent urban design, planning and preservation.

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