Governance Bio
Ian McInnes
Appoint Professional

Ian McInnes

28 Years
Paid or Unpaid Roles

Interested In:


Private company
Listed company
Incorporated Entity
Government Sector Org
Non Governmental Organisation
Sport & Physical Recreation Orgs
Council Controlled Organisation


Advisor / Advisory Board
Board Member
Committee Member
“I have been very fortunate to have had a successful career in the Manufacturing & Energy Industry during the last 30 years. I have assisted a number of smaller NZ companies to enter the International market utilizing my extensive contacts after 4 years based in China and 5 in Brisbane. I bring strong Governance experience both locally & Internationally.”


Special Interest Groups

Governance Roles

Independent Chairman

Windflow Technology Ltd

July 2016 - Present (1 years)

Appointed to the board of this NZX listed company to assist with developing licensing relationship with a number of Chinese turbine manufacturers wishing to license the WTL - unique I.P. Appointed Chairman in December 2016


Smiths Elements Ltd

February 2016 - Present (1 years)

Appointed as Board Chair to assist with introducing professional governance disciplines into a very successful family business.

Non Executive Director

Genco Energy Group

November 2013 - Present (3 years)

Assisting founders and Company to establish professional Governance and board procedures while growing the business across four geographic regions


Genco Energy Group

July 2013 - Present (4 years)

Genco Energy Group has resources and offices , in Melbourne Australia, Jakarta Indonesia, Botswana and Nigeria and New Zealand. Genco designs , develops, finances , builds, sells and leases mobile Gas Turbines (LM2500- KB7 installed on trailers) and operates small gas fired power stations, It also works with others to supply runners for small (<5MW) hydro power stations.


Sino Investments Ltd

August 2012 - Present (5 years)

My own consulting and mentoring company assisting with international introductions, project 'rainmaking' and process development


AES Corp US - CCUS Technical Working Group

July 2010 - December 2012 (2 years)

AES Carbon Capture , Use and Storage Working Group (CCUS)


Chongqing Dongjiang Songzao renewable Energy Dev Co

July 2009 - June 2012 (2 years)

AES Board Director - VAM project in Chongqing China


AES Climate Solutions Asia ( HK) Ltd

January 2009 - February 2012 (3 years)

AES representative on Hong Kong subsidiary Board

AES China (Climate Solutions)

Managing Director

December 2007 - December 2011 (4 years)

Established the AES ( large US - IPP) Climate Solutions business unit in Beijing and was responsible for capturing more than 1m tonnes CO2e while investing in small Hydro, and permitting, constructing the largest VAM plant in the world at Chongching China ( Ventilation Air Methane destruction)


4RF Communications Ltd

May 2001 - May 2003 (2 years)


Canterbury Technology Trust

May 2001 - May 2003 (2 years)

Establishment Board


Canterbury Innovation Incubator Ltd

May 2001 - May 2003 (2 years)


NZ Venture Capital Inc

March 2001 - May 2003 (2 years)

assisted to establish NZ Venture Capital Board - Orion


CIC Global LLC

January 2000 - May 2003 (3 years)



January 2000 - September 2003 (3 years)


TransFlux Ltd

January 1995 - May 2003 (8 years)

Chaired the technology group


Waipa Power Ltd

January 1991 - January 1993 (2 years)


Cambridge Electricity Ltd

October 1988 - September 1992 (3 years)

Appointed as inaugural Director by Government

Managing Director

Aquatherm Manufacturing Ltd

January 1987 - January 1993 (6 years)

Executive Roles


Sino Investments Ltd

November 2011 - Present (5 years)

Established Sino Investments to develop opportunities in China and Asia for technology transfer working with Maxen Capital and China Water Investments ( HHO) in China on US$ 1 billion project equity investment fund. Assisting a number of small NZ companies with unique business models and technology to grow internationally utilizing my relationships and contacts overseas

Managing Director AES Climate Solutions

in China

November 2007 - May 2012 (4 years)

AES is a significant global IPP based in Arlington Virginia with some 25,000 employees worldwide. It owns and operates 128 power stations in 30 countries internationally. AES Climate Solutions had 200 employees globally and was established in 2006 to source, initiate, develop and operate CDM projects and CER offsets to mitigate the carbon effects of the existing AES 40,000 MW power station platform. Ian initially consulted to AES Arlington on LFG, CMM and CBM in late 2007 and was asked to establish the Climate Solutions Business Development Group in Beijing in January 2008. This was successful and AES China had a four person CDM team working alongside an existing 50 person legal, regulatory, business development, purchasing, construction and operations teams in Beijing. Progress was slow but significant and AES had many CDM projects under development including a number that have achieved investment support in the Coal Mine Methane Sector ­ Ventilation Air Methane destruction (VAM). One project was registered , constructed & commissioned in Chongqing in 2011 and three others were expected to start construction in 2012. The major deliverable in China was to establish a successful operating VAM & CDM business unit including wind & hydro generation which produced significant CER / ERPA quantities which was successfully achieved.

Executive General Manager - Operations

Developments Ltd (ENE) based in

March 2003 - September 2007 (4 years)

Ian initially joined EDL as Executive General Manager Manufacturing in June 2003 after 10 years with Orion New Zealand who was at that time an investor in ENE he was also a key member of the Corporate Executive Group of five reporting to the board through the Managing Director. He left EDL in August 2007 to recharge after assisting to grow the company from a share price of A$1.56 to over $5.20 between mid 2003 to mid 2007. EDL was a $500 million medium cap renewable energy company with more than 600MW of generation from sixty power stations internationally. These include LFG (land fill gas) stations from 1MW to 23MW ­ CMM (Coal Mine Methane) stations from 32MW to 94MW & Remote Power stations that range from 6MW to 36MW supplying island power to mines and remote communities. The generation fleet consisted of more than 400 modular gas fired spark ignition reciprocal engines as well as Centaur and Taurus Solar turbines. The role saw Ian with responsibility for 35 Australian power stations generating revenue of over $165 million and control of $35million in operating and direct labour budgets for approx 170 employees across Australia. Energy Developments grew significantly during Ian's five years with Australian revenue up from $120m to over $200m, NPAT tripled and peaked at $48m with a share price that went from $1.56 to $5.20 during his time. (now back at A$2.50 ) For the ten years prior to the role at EDL Ian was a senior General Manager within the New Zealand Electricity and Gas industry specifically with Southpower, Enerco & Orion, based in Christchurch New Zealand. These were $400m T&D utilities serving approx 400,000 customer connections. Ian started with Southpower in 1993 with responsibility for a single technology development group and held a number of senior GM roles over the ten years

General Manager - Operations

Southpower Ltd / Orion

January 1993 - April 2003 (10 years)

For ten years held a number of GM roles , including technology development , Power Manager and metering development , IT and new ventures.

Managing Director

Aquatherm Manufacturing Ltd

September 1987 - December 1992 (5 years)

Established this manufacturing company out of a subsidiary of Brugger Exports as an MBO with assistance from Hamilton company Energy Products International - grew to $4m in revenue manufacturing hot water radiators, boilers and heat exchangers

General Manager

Brugger Industries Ltd

January 1984 - January 1987 (3 years)

based in Wellington was a multi-faceted manufacturing engineering concern, involved in the vehicle assembly industry and the manufacture and export of domestic wood fires and hot water radiators.

Group Marketing Manager - Consumer & Industrial

Dunlop NZ Ltd

June 1979 - December 1984 (5 years)

Worked in a range of roles in manufacturing , Marketing , purchasing , plastics, tyres , sports equipment and urethane manufacturing


NZ Institute of Directors

Chartered Member, Governance

2012 - 2014


Chairing the Board , Governance

2011 - 2011

IBC ( Asia)

Diploma , Technical Studies in Coal Bed Methane

2010 - 2011

NZ Institute of Management ( southern)

Fellow NZIM, Management

1999 - 2009

Victoria University of Wellington / Wellington Polytechnic

1970 - 1975