THE PETROLEUM Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (Pepanz) has appointed Cameron Madgwick as its new chief executive officer, replacing David Robinson who resigned several months ago.

Mr Madgwick has a background as a lawyer and governance professional in the energy sector. His specific legal skills cover corporate advisory and governance, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, regulatory and dispute resolution, though he recently refocused his career to more of a community engagement role.

His most recent position was community engagement manager with New Zealand Oil & Gas in Wellington and he will remain based in the capital as the head of Pepanz.

“I’m a Taranaki boy – born and bred, so I know first-hand how a strong and robust oil and gas industry can truly benefit communities – both their financial and social well-being.

“My experience in working on the ground in community engagement has taught me there is an information gap, people who are not familiar with the oil and gas sector and need to know more about how our sector operates.

“My vision for Pepanz is to provide solid and accessible information to communities, to grow the financial contribution our sector makes to the well-being of New Zealand’s economy in an environmentally responsible way and to work across the board with all interested parties to create an energy future we can all be proud of,” he said.