Our Board
Our Directors are responsible for broad corporate policy and overall performance. Our Board members oversee the management and stewardship of the company to enhance Pioneer Energy's long-term value and vitality.

Rob Hewett - Chairman

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Rob is a sheep, beef, forestry and wind farmer in the Clutha District.  He has extensive off-farm governance activities in New Zealand and Australia, across a number of companies.  Rob currently chairs Silver Fern Farms Limited, New Zealand’s largest red meat processor, exporter and marketer and he is a Director of Farmlands Co-operative, New Zealand’s largest rural supplies business.  In addition to this, Rob is a Director of Hilton Haulage, a Canterbury-based logistics company partnering with Ngāi Tahu and is an owner and Director of Crossdocks Australia, a Melbourne-based warehousing and logistics company.

Rob currently chairs the Clutha District economic development agency, Clutha Development.  Previously, Rob has worked for Shell across New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia in a number of commercial roles.

Bill Moran

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Bill Moran was with the New Zealand Treasury from 1985 to 2016. His last role was as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Secretary of Strategy, Performance and Engagement with responsibility for economic and organisational strategy. He previously led work for the Treasury in macroeconomic and fiscal policy, tax strategy and public sector management. 

Today, Bill holds governance roles with government, private sector, and not-for-profit organisations. 

He is the Chair of Sport NZ and High-Performance Sport NZ, as well as the NZ Sports Foundation, Deputy Chair of WorkSafe NZ and Community Trust South and a director of Invest South, Youthtown, and Sky City Charitable Trust Queenstown. He is an independent member of the Audit and Finance Committee of the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

In terms of his not-for-profit roles, Bill is Chair of Turn Up the Music Trust and Chamber Music At The World’s Edge Festival and a trustee of the Three Lakes Cultural Trust, NZ Football Foundation, Parliamentary Education Trust, and Whakatipu Community Hub Trust.  He is an executive judge for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.

In the 2019 New Year’s Royal Honours, Bill was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to State, Sport, and Youth.


Tony Balfour

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Tony has extensive global experience in a diverse range of industries and geographies. Most recently, he was General Manager (Markets) for Icebreaker Clothing with responsibility for the company’s global business units in New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada, Europe and Asia as well as the development of the company’s rapidly growing eCommerce and retail business units. His prior executive experience includes senior roles in Nike, Lion Nathan, and Seek.com. He has been a director on the Boards of Silver Fern Farms, Methven Industries, and Mt Difficulty Wines and is currently an independent director on the Boards of The Warehouse Group, Les Mills International, and Blis Technologies. He is a long-term resident of Queenstown and currently serves as a Trustee at Wakatipu High School.

Dr Don Elder

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After studying engineering at the Universities of Canterbury and Oxford, UK, Don worked in the UK, US, NZ and Canada then was CEO of Solid Energy a leading NZ exporter, who also drove renewable energy growth in biomass, biofuels and solar.  He and a colleague formed Aoraki Partners to provide capability, expertise and capital to emerging growth companies.  He's been director/chair of companies, industry and business organisations in Canada, Australia and internationally. In NZ Don's been a director of ASB Bank, Sovereign Life, Napier Port and Orion and is currently a director of Lyttelton Port, Alpine Energy and Infratec.  He's chair of the Family Help Trust and a trustee of The Loft and Independent Chair of the Canterbury Clinical Network.  Don's a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand, NZIM, and a Chartered Member of the IOD.  He splits his time between Christchurch and Wanaka. 

Jackie Cheyne

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Jackie is a professional director who currently chairs the Sustainability Committee for Stride Property Group, the Risk and Audit Committee for NZ Green Investment Finance and is a Board member of the External Reporting Board (XRB), where she chairs the steering group for the development of the NZ Climate Risk Disclosure standards.  Jackie is also on the Board of PaySauce and is a Member of the FMA’s Audit Oversight Committee. 

Jackie was previously a partner at Deloitte where she led a number of financial, emissions and sustainability related engagements in the energy sector, including being a past auditor of EFI (both financial and carbon assurance).  Jackie led the Deloitte Sustainability service line for over 8 years where she led the first Toitu carbon zero certification for Meridian, the first GRI assurance engagement for a Big 4 in NZ and a number of ETS related engagements. Her experience at both NZ Green Investment Finance and Stride includes a number of joint venture and equity related investment and capital raising examples.

Michelle Morss - Board Intern

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Currently managing a portfolio that includes Economic Development, Strategic Growth, Policy, Resilience and Climate Action, iwi relationships and the local government reform programme, Michelle has worked for QLDC for the past eight years. She is the primary QLDC liaison for the delivery of the district’s first Destination Management Plan and its keystone project to decarbonise the tourism system.

Prior to accepting the role to head up this new division within QLDC, Michelle’s focus was on pandemic recovery across the economic, environmental, social and cultural aspects of community wellbeing. With a background in the private sector, she started and grew a group of companies across Asia Pacific, working and living in Australia, Singapore and China. Originally from the UK, she holds Masters qualifications in Modern History and also Public Management. Today she is pleased to call Glenorchy home.