Executive Management Team
Group Chief Executive Officer
Jaun joined the Unison family in 2006 as Network Development Manager, bringing extensive international experience within the electricity sector, particularly the fields of power quality and power systems engineering, after starting his career in South Africa in 1995 and relocating to New Zealand in 2004.
In 2010 Jaun was appointed to the role of General Manager Networks and Operations, leading the development and management of Unison’s electricity infrastructure assets to ensure that the company extract maximum value. In 2021 he rose to the role of Chief Operating Officer, utilising his expertise to drive the network toward our vision of a sustainable energy future..
In 2023 following 16 years of pivotal work to drive the business forward, Jaun took up the role of Group Chief Executive of the Unison Group, bringing his in-depth knowledge of our business, our communities and our customers along with a passion and commitment to the success and wellbeing of our people.
Jaun holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering, and a Master’s degree in electrical engineering. Jaun sits on several industry Boards including as Director of ETEL and ETEL Transformers, and Director of RPS Switchgear, is a chartered member of the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand and CIGRE and serves on a number of national working groups.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer at Unison Networks Limited, Greg leads the Corporate Services team including Strategy and Performance, Business Improvement, Finance and Treasury, Procurement and Logistics, and Risk Management.
Greg Morgan has extensive senior management experience across a diverse range of businesses including infrastructure (transmission, distribution, and fibre optic networks), electrical contracting, manufacturing, and captive insurance.
Prior to joining Unison in 2005, Greg was National Grid Management Accountant for Transpower NZ and before that held senior accounting and consultancy positions within Chartered Accounting Public Practice.
Greg is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA) and member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Group Chief Information Officer
Cynthia Patterson has worked in information services and technology for 20 years. During this time, Cynthia has worked across different areas including project management, software development and information management.
Prior to her appointment at Unison Networks Limited, Cynthia held senior IT leadership positions with Fonterra, ACC, the New Zealand Defence Force, The Open Polytechnic, Bankwest (Perth), and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington. In her role at Fonterra, Cynthia was responsible for the operation of technology platforms and services across the entire Fonterra business and led the deployment of Office 365. At the Open Polytechnic, she developed the information services technology strategy, led the delivery of digital technology and information management projects, and drove the adoption of a new, agile working methodology to be able to respond to rapidly changing market conditions.
In her role at Unison, Cynthia is responsible for the strategic management of information systems across the Unison Group, ensuring we have modern digital systems and platforms that enhance the overall user experience.
Originally from Arizona, Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Missouri and a Master of Science Degree in International Affairs (IT Policy) from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
General Manager Commercial and Regulatory
With a diverse background working in New Zealand and internationally in engineering, production and commercial roles in the food and beverage sector, Jason has worked in the electricity industry for 14 years in commercial management and strategic business development. Jason is passionate about the vital role energy and infrastructure plays in the wellbeing and prosperity of our communities, and about understanding our customers' decarbonisation needs.
Jason holds a Bachelor of Engineering - Chemical and Materials degree from Auckland University, and obtained a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies – Management from Massey University in 2017.
Group General Manager People, Safety and Culture
Rachel joined Unison in 2021 as the Learning and Experience Manager and was promoted to Group Employee Experience Manager in 2022. She was appointed to her current role in 2023, supporting delivery of Unison Group’s People Strategy, championing the health, safety and wellbeing of our people, and driving performance and development.
Rachel brings nearly 20 years of broad experience across the people, culture, leadership and learning sectors with leading organisations in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
When she’s not working, Rachel likes to spend time enjoying all Hawke's Bay has to offer with her family and renovating her turn-of-the-century villa.
General Manager Networks and Operations
Gagan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics engineering and joined the Unison family in 2007 as a graduate engineer. Over the years he has played a pivotal role in the development and implementation of Unison’s Smart Networks and led the Long-term Planning and Network Operations teams at Unison.
With his expert knowledge of Unison’s operations and deep understanding of Asset Management, Gagan took up the role of General Manager Networks and Operations in 2023 to where he is responsible for the delivery of safe, reliable, resilient, and cost-effective electricity distribution services.
Outside of work, Gagan enjoys spending time, and travelling with, his wife and young son.
Group General Manager Strategy and Sustainability
Holding a Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering Management from the University of Canterbury, Jaclyn began her career internationally in engineering and project management roles before expanding her skills to strategy and operations closer to home in New Zealand.
Having previously worked at Unison for over 8 years, primarily in the role of Network Investment & Delivery Manager, Jaclyn returned in 2023 to take up her current role.
Jaclyn brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise to help develop the Unison Group’s sustainability culture, strategize to enhance operational performance, and identify development opportunities for the Group.
Outside of work Jaclyn enjoys spending time with her family, including two young boys, playing tennis, and teaching cycling classes at a local gym.
Chief Executive Unison Contracting Services Limited
Quentin has extensive combined experience in the energy and legal sectors, having completed a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at Victoria University in Wellington after working as a qualified Electrical Inspector.
Quentin spent time working for the Government where he looked after disciplinary management of New Zealand electrical workers with the Electrical Workers Registration Board – which subsequently saw him as a member of Unison’s Board.
Quentin joined Unison in 2009 and has held various roles including Legal Counsel, Works Performance Manager, General Manager Operations for Unison Contracting Services, and General Manager People and Culture. Quentin’s deep understanding of, commitment to, and passion for Unison Contracting’s operations and people saw him appointed into his current role in 2023.
Outside of work Quentin’s passions lie in spending time with his family, at the beach, and cray fishing with his four children.