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Our team

“Steve and David are engaged, committed, very experienced, highly knowledgeable and they clearly enjoy what they are doing. I strongly recommend this to anyone in the electricity sector. Whiteboard has filled a glaring gap very successfully.”

– Golbon Zakeri, Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland.

Both Stephen and David are passionate about mentoring and developing critical thinking skills in their staff, as well as being balanced, pragmatic decision makers. We are both highly motivated about encouraging exploratory discussion, clarity of thought, and team-based cross-functional discussion.

David Reeve


David Reeve has a long association with the electricity industry. He began as an electrical apprentice with Te Awamutu Electric Power Board. He moved on to engineering and NZCE (Electrical) before moving to ECNZ as part of the inaugural Waikato Hydro Control Centre, which became Mighty River Power in 1999. He was on the ‘ground floor’ of industry reform and has observed and participated in much of the (sometimes chaotic) evolution of the electricity industry since 1983 (including a secondment to ECNZ’s first NZEM trading team in 1996).

At Mighty River Power he has managed Control Centres, led Industry Strategy (including regulation), held the position of General Manager, Metrix (the metering business) and Enterprise Risk. He has considerable experience in leading, mentoring and developing small teams of advanced analysts and engineers. Since 2008 he has been consulting to the industry.

Steve Batstone


Stephen Batstone completed a PhD in Operations Research at Canterbury University. He was part of the Energy Modelling Research Group (EMRG) through the evolution of the wholesale market in New Zealand. Over this time he lectured both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Moving to the electricity industry in 2002, he held a variety of senior roles across regulatory, transmission, risk, investment and commercial groups before co-founding Whiteboard Energy as a specialist energy-sector training organisation in 2011.

Stephen and Whiteboard co-founder David Reeve researched, filmed and produced the 4-part documentary “Powering New Zealand”.  He also held positions as Head of Infrastructure Strategy and COVID Recovery Manager at Queenstown Lakes District Council.

As well as Whiteboard, he now consults to the industry across a variety of topics including market design, decarbonisation, energy system modelling, new technologies and risk management.”

Vanessa Stevens
"'Welcome to the Electricity Industry' broadened my knowledge on the electricity industry, giving me a good base for my day to day work. I have found that it enables me to understand the company I work for in more detail and why certain issues are important."