Chief Development Officer
Jacqui has been with Contact Energy for over 15 years taking the role of Chief Development Officer in October 2021. As Chief Development Officer she has responsibility for the company’s development and demand growth activities aligned with its Contact26 strategy. Previously Jacqui has held a wide range of roles within Contact across finance, resource management, trading and most recently as Chief Generation Officer where she was responsible for the electricity Generation and Trading, and Sustainability functions of the business which deliver 80% of Contact’s EBITDAF.
Prior to her current role Jacqui has headed up trading, the land consenting and environment group and was Company Treasurer from 2004 to 2010. In the years before Contact she was Treasury Adviser at Airways for nine years and prior to that worked at ANZ Banking Group.
More broadly she has in recent years undertaken a number of external governance roles as Chair and Trustee of the New Zealand Red Cross Foundation (appointed Chair Aug 2020), she is a Director of the New Zealand Geothermal Association and is Chair and Trustee of the Performance Arcade.
Jacqui has received a number of external awards recognising her work and capability including the 2019 US Energy Association – Women in Energy Feature for Exemplary Leadership (https://www.usea.org/article/women-energy-jacqui-nelson) and the 2018 US Energy Association Corporate Volunteer Award for her work with Ngati Tahu in helping the Masai in Kenya. (https://www.thinkgeoenergy.com/contact-energy-and-ngati-tahu-win-international-award-on-geothermal-engagement-work-in-kenya/).