Plenary Speakers

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Alison Andrew


Chief Executive, Transpower

Alison joined Transpower in 2014. She has held a number of senior executive roles across various industry sectors, most recently as Global Head of Chemicals for Orica plc. She has also been a Director for Genesis Energy. Prior to these roles, she held a number of senior roles at Fonterra Cooperative Group and across the Fletcher Challenge Group in Energy, Forests and Paper. Alison has a MBA from Warwick University, and studied Engineering (Chemicals and Materials) at Auckland University. Alison's presentation at Chemeca 2018 will involve comparing and contrasting electricity systems of New Zealand and Australia.

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Dr Michelle Dickinson


Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland
Nanogirl Labs

Dr Michelle Dickinson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at The University of Auckland. She is better known as "Nanogirl", an enthusiastic communicator on matters about science and engineering on radio, television, podcasts, YouTube, and in live stage shows. She obtained her PhD from Rutgers University (USA) and her MEng from Manchester University (UK) in Biomedical Materials Engineering. At Chemeca 2018 she will speak about her philosophy and activities in communicating about science and engineering to potential students and the wider community.

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Ken Rivers
Deputy President and Honorary Treasurer, Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

Ken is Deputy President and Honorary Treasurer of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.
He chairs the UK’s Control of Major Hazards (COMAH) Strategic Forum, which is the joint industry/regulator group tasked with raising standards and improving the effectiveness of major hazard legislation.

Ken’s  extensive international career included being CEO of  Refining NZ  and responsibility for Shell’s UK refining and petrochemical operations. He is a past President of UK Petroleum Industry Association and chaired  the joint industry/regulator task force in the wake of the Buncefield terminal explosion. He was one of the founding members of the New Zealand Business Leaders’ Heath and Safety Forum.  More recently, he  chaired the “Midstream Oil Sector Government and Industry Task Force”, which considered  ways of improving the resilience and viability of the UK refining and fuel import sectors following the recent government review. He is an Honorary Fellow of North Tec – Tai Tokerau Wananga for his services to the wider community. Ken will discuss the global perspective on chemical engineering to the Australasian community at Chemeca 2018.