About Scanpower

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Lee Bettles

(Chief Executive)

Lee has been Chief Executive of Scanpower since 2002. He is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors and has previously held a number of senior roles in the electrical contracting and electricity utility industries, including positions with Westinghouse Cubic in London, Waitaki Power and Meridian Energy in New Zealand. Lee holds an MBA (distinction) from Massey University and BA (hons) from the University of Southampton.

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Ben Van der Spuy

(Company Finance Manager)

Ben joined Scanpower in 2004 in the role of Company Accountant and is now the company’s overall Finance Manager. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and his previous work experience includes positions with Audit New Zealand and the Office of the Auditor General in South Africa.

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Brent Dais

(Group Manager – Health, Safety, Quality & Training)

Brent joined Scanpower in 2013 in the role of Group Manager – Health, Safety, Quality & Training.  He has worked in the safety industry as a consultant and trainer / assessor in high risk activities since 2009.  Prior to this, Brent was a professional fire fighter and member of New Zealand’s Taskforce 1 urban search and rescue (USAR) team.

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Ken Mitchell

(Network Division Manager)

Ken is Scanpower’s Network Manager and has 23 years in the electricity distribution industry.  Prior to this he worked in the railway and aeronautical sectors.  Ken has extensive experience and expertise in distributed generation, irrigation schemes, and system design / planning.

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Allen Hutchison

(General Manager – Power Line Contracting)

Allen has been General Manager of Scanpower’s Power Line Contracting division since 2012.  He joined the industry in 1979 and has held a number of senior roles within the electricity distribution and contracting industries.  This includes a position as General Manager of a major electrical / power line contracting business in the Kapiti region.

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Warren Hirst

(Treesmart Division Manager)

Warren has been in the arboriculture industry since 1997 and has held the position of Treesmart Division Manager since 2012. He previously worked for six years as a Senior Arboricultural Coordinator for Palmerston North City Council. He has also operated his own small business Tararua Treecare which provided arboriculture services to the Tararua district.

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Brenda Thirkell

(Administration Associate & Trust Secretary)

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