Michael Clark

Senior Associate

LLB; MBA (with Distinction)

Michael Clark is a Senior Associate of Wellington-based Strata Energy Consulting.
Michael is legally qualified, a business executive, and company director with broad experience working in the public and private sectors, particularly in relation to the energy sector. He was the inaugural NZ director of networks regulation covering energy and telecommunications for the NZ Commerce Commission.
Michael has also held business executive positions in the design and manufacturing sectors in New Zealand.

Michael has more than 20 years' experience in business, much of which has been associated with the energy sector and its regulation.
This has including the development and implementation of policy; and the oversight and operation of market-based regulatory regimes.

Michael's legal and business background have resulted in him having considerable experience in commercial and regulatory contract negotiations; legal risk and compliance; and business and commercial strategy. Michael has most recently developed and led the strategy and implementation for the provision of market-oriented electricity system operations in New Zealand on behalf of the Electricity Authority.

Michael has been consulting predominantly in the energy sector since 2010. Prior to his consulting role, Michael was chief executive of an export electronics engineering and design company.

Previously, Michael headed networks regulation for energy and telecommunications with a particular focus on economic regulation of transmission and distribution lines businesses in the electricity and gas sectors and access regulation to the incumbent telecommunications provider in New Zealand.

Michael has overseen a number of regulatory reviews and investigations in the energy and telecommunications sectors. He has been the lead negotiator for a number of major commercial contracts and regulatory settlements. Michael has also led the strategy, project management and delivery of a number of regulatory submissions by utilities to the regulators.