Dr Cristiano Marantes

Dr Cristiano Marantes

Chief Executive

Dr Cristiano Marantes is a highly experienced energy sector executive with an extensive engineering background and an informed worldview on the potential of technologies and business opportunities that will likely emerge in a low-emissions energy future. Personally, he brings to the position a life-long passion for enabling this future, through strong leadership, innovation and knowledge of new low-emissions energy solutions.

Jonathan Young

Jonathan Young

Head of Policy, Research & Insights

For the past 12 years, Jonathan served the MP for the New Plymouth electorate. Through his role as Energy & Resources spokesman, he travelled throughout New Zealand gaining a thorough knowledge of the integrated energy system. He has travelled overseas gaining insight into other countries energy systems, gaining a broad understanding of the global energy transition.

Pam Walklin

Pam Walklin

Head of Commercialisation

Pam has a depth of strategic, commercial, business development and transformation experience and she has extensive stakeholder engagement and relationship building in the energy sector. Most recently Pam led the Horticulture Technology Catalyst Project at Callaghan Innovation, a High Impact Project within the AgriTech Industry Transformation Plan, tasked with positioning NZ as a global leader in horticulture technology. Prior to this role Pam successfully completed the establishment of Ara Ake in her role with Venture Taranaki. Pam’s energy leadership experience spans electricity distribution, MEP services, retail, generation and upstream and downstream energy services.

Pam is impact led and sees the power of connectivity and relationships, both within Aotearoa and globally, as a key enabler to supporting our energy transition to a low emissions future.

Lucy Graydon

Lucy Graydon

Operations Manager

Lucy has a background in law, strategy and policy and extensive experience working for purpose-driven organisations across private sector, not-for-profit, central, state and local government. She is passionately committed to the kaupapa of supporting a strong and resilient energy sector to underpin the transition to a low-emissions future.

Caroline Gunn

Caroline Gunn

Communications & Digital Manager

Caroline played a key role in establishing Ara Ake through her role as Project Coordinator & Researcher at Venture Taranaki. Prior to that she was the Transitional Economy Coordinator at Venture Taranaki and assisted in the delivery of the Taranaki 2050 Roadmap and the developing Transition Pathway Action Plans. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Commerce in marketing and management and is passionate and committed to a strong new energy sector for Aotearoa.

Rebecca Buis

Rebecca Buis

Finance Manager

As our Finance Manager, Rebecca is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of the finances, producing timely, accurate financial information, budget planning and comprehensive support to the Chief Executive, Board, and Aka Ake team.

Prior to joining Ara Ake, Rebecca was the Finance and Administration Manager at Venture Taranaki where she worked for 16 years.

Glen Baxter

Glen Baxter

Business Analyst

Glen is an engineer with broad knowledge spanning the energy system, with particular experience in providing decarbonisation solutions for industrial sites. With his early work being in the Taranaki petrochemical industry, his passion now lies in supporting a resilient energy sector that is transitioning to a low-emissions future. As a part of this, Glen’s interest is to help bring about an energy transition that is both efficient and just for Aotearoa businesses.

Shannon House

Shannon House

Office Administrator

Shannon is an experienced travel professional/ business owner with over 17 years’ experience in the travel and tourism industry. She also supports her partner with the running of a small farm located just outside of New Plymouth.

As our Office Administrator, Shannon is responsible for day to day administrative support across the team and stakeholders including on project work and also EA support to the Chief Executive.

She is new to the energy sector but is passionate about a sustainable future.

Chase Hancock

Chase Hancock

Project Manager

Chase is an experienced engineer with a mechanical background and successful track record in both programme development and project management. From physical modelling to business case development, he brings broad suite of influences and an analytical mindset to the opportunities offered in the energy sector transition.

Chase is passionate about the environment and committed to engaging with local and national communities to develop pathways to a low carbon future.