About Z

Our leadership team

As a Kiwi company, it’s only right that Z Energy is managed locally. Meet our executive team.

Mike Bennetts, CEO

Mike became CEO of Z Energy after 25 years with BP in a variety of downstream roles in New Zealand, China, South Africa, the UK and Singapore.

His last role was as CEO of BP’s Eastern Hemisphere supply and trading business.


Chris Day, Chief Financial Officer

Before moving to Z Energy, Chris has held general management, Chief Financial Officer and Financial Controller roles in a range of listed and commercial companies. Most recently as Financial Controller for Contact Energy and before that as Chief Financial Officer for AXA New Zealand. He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (CA) and is a director of Landcorp Farming Limited.


Mark Forsyth, GM Retail

Mark held management positions with Shell in New Zealand, the UK and Ireland.

He oversees Z Energy’s 200+ service stations and nearly 100 truckstops, as well as asset management. Mark is a Director of Loyalty New Zealand Ltd.


David Binnie, GM Supply and Distribution

Before moving to New Zealand in 2011 to lead the New Zealand governments Petroleum and Minerals division, Dave held a number of senior roles in the global energy industry. He started a 25 year career with BP as an engineer in Scotland, progressed through oil refining and chemicals manufacturing roles to commodity trading management and ultimately to lead BP’s Alternative Energy business development in Abu Dhabi.

Prior to embarking on his New Zealand adventures, he was Managing Director of the UK’s Oil & Gas industry’s skills and competence development organisation, OPITO.

Lindis Jones, GM for Corporate

Lindis was Head of Property at ANZ National Bank, leading a number of significant property transactions and developments.

Prior to that, he was with Shell for 13 years, primarily in retail operations and strategy in Europe, Asia and New Zealand.



Meredith Ussher, General Counsel and Company Secretary

Meredith has been with Z Energy since May 2010 when the company was acquired from Shell New Zealand.

Previously with Todd Energy and the New Zealand Racing Board/TAB, Meredith is an experienced corporate lawyer in both the energy and franchise network industries. Prior to that, she was a Senior Associate with Minter Ellison Rudd Watts.


Jane Anthony, GM Marketing

Jane has been Marketing Manager with Z for the past 5 years and has been responsible for building the Z brand and the company’s marketing program over this time.

Prior to that Jane was with Shell for 14 years in a variety of local and global brand, marketing and operations positions in NZ, Australia, the UK and Europe.


Julian Hughes, GM Health Safety Security and Environment

Julian has worked in the fields of health, safety, rehabilitation and wellness management for nearly 20 years.

Most recently he helped set up and head the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum, a group of over 200 Chief Executives who had committed to working together to improve workplace health and safety in New Zealand.

Prior to this Julian was the National Manager of safety and welling at the New Zealand Fire Service and he also has experience in the road transport, construction and health sectors as a consultant. Julian has a Masters in Health Science degree from Auckland University.


Nicolas Williams, GM Commercial

Nicolas was previously Z’s Strategy Manager. In that role he was responsible for strategy development and managing Z’s merger & acquisition activity.

Prior to joining Z, Nicolas held roles at the New Zealand Treasury and Macquarie.


Helen Sedcole, GM People and Culture

Helen SedcoleHelen leads our People and Culture team – with over 20 years experience in HR leadership positions across some of New Zealand’s well known listed employers – including The Warehouse, Goodman Fielder and Fonterra. She also has governance experience in these industries and the not-for-profit sector.

Her most recent corporate role was as Regional HR Director for Fonterra.