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ChargeNet signs up director

Elizabeth Yeaman, who previously worked for EECA, joins board of transport and energy industry leader.
Posted on 24 September, 2021
ChargeNet signs up director

ChargeNet, New Zealand’s leading charging network company for electric vehicles (EVs), has appointed Elizabeth Yeaman as an independent director.

Chairman Richard Dellabarca says: “It’s a privilege to have Elizabeth join our board.

“She brings extensive strategic and specialist experience in the transport and energy sectors, and knowledge of market-driven transport electrification strategies.

“This will be invaluable as ChargeNet executes its local and global expansion plans.”

During her career, Yeaman has held various positions, such as founding specialist with independent consultancy Retyna and leading the government’s EV programme at the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

In the latter position, she was responsible for designing and implementing the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund (LEVCF) and EECA’s EV information programme. 

“Elizabeth has a deep understanding of government policy and processes which broadens and further strengthens our board,” adds Dellabarca.

“This expertise will be critical as we accelerate our growth strategy to deliver a future-proofed EV charging network and progress plans to develop superior charging networks in other countries.”

Yeaman, pictured, says: “I’ve been very impressed by the management team’s commitment to delivering an EV future for New Zealand.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the company as it continues to invest in expanding charging services and introducing new, innovative technologies. 

“ChargeNet has a clear and achievable vision for an electric transport future. A recent investment by global energy-trading company Mercuria was a significant milestone for the company, ensuring its technology and skills continue to be at the forefront of providing a charging network to enable that future.”

Yeaman adds the next five years will be pivotal for ChargeNet because the increased adoption of EVs and the electrification of heavy vehicles, including buses and trucks, the marine industry and short-haul aircraft opens up significant new opportunities for providing charging services. 

“It’s an exciting time to join the company,” she says. “I’m looking forward to providing my insights and understanding of the wider transport sector to support CEO and co-founder Steve West and the board to build the business, and drive growth to underpin the transition to EVs locally and in selected international markets.”

About ChargeNet

ChargeNet owns and operates New Zealand’s largest EV charging network. It is also the country’s leading EV hardware distributor for rapid and hyper-rapid charging.

With the support of the LEVCF, the company has built up a network of more than 270 strategically positioned rapid DC charging stations. 

Using cutting-edge hardware technology rigorously tested to be safe and reliable, combined with its cloud-based management software, ChargeNet delivers real-time telemetry and fault resolution. 

It now has industry-leading experience in working with central and local government on funding, reporting and site agreements.