It is a rare accolade; there are less than 20 recipients in almost a century of this industry body's lifetime. This recognises an outstanding contribution to the power engineering industry by a visionary leader who has brought significant benefit to our electricity supply industry, and to New Zealand.
The Bio Notes of recent Meritorious Service Award recipients are available below.
Updated May 2023
It is a rare accolade; there are less than 20 recipients in almost a century of this industry body's lifetime.
This recognises an outstanding contribution to the power engineering industry by a visionary leader who has brought significant benefit to our electricity supply industry, and to New Zealand.
|Our 19th Recipient Of The EEA Meritorious Service Award Is Bob Taylor, of Bob Taylor (Consultant) Ltd.
Bob is being recognised by EEA for his long and distinguished service to the New Zealand (NZ) electricity industry. He has made an outstanding contribution across a wide range of areas including contractor management; industry safety; industry education (ITO), live work and EEA governance as both an Executive Committee member and EEA President. Bob is a passionate committed leader and advocate in all of these areas.
He came up through the ranks, starting as a line mechanic in the United Kingdom (UK), became a live liner, lines engineer and then went on to obtain his engineering degree. He was Managing Director of Connectics, the contracting arm of Orion. Bob then moved into consultancy where his safety and contracting knowledge has led significant change and improvements in both those areas.
What sets Bob apart is his great knowledge of the various layers that create the electricity industry, how they interact and what 'good' looks like.
|Our 18th Recipient of the EEA Meritorious Service Award is Harvey O'Sullivan, of Harvey O'Sullivan Consulting Ltd. (Awarded posthumously)
Harvey was a graduate mechanical engineer from the University of Canterbury and a Fellow of Engineering NZ and held a Diploma of Maintenance Management and a Diploma of Business Administration. He started his industry career in the late 1970s with the construction of the Huntly Power station and left in 1991 as Mechanical Maintenance Manager for Huntly Power station.
Throughout, his career Harvey showed a passion for working with people to improve health and safety and willingness to share his considerable knowledge, experience and wisdom with others.
|2017: Mark Gatland
|2016: Keith Turner
|2015: Jo Grilli
|2014: Pat Bodger and Patrick Strange
|2012: Tas Scott
|2009: Kevin Mackey
|2004: Bryan Leyland
|1989 J (Peter) Vernon
|1986: O C Stephens
|1980: M G Keys
|1970: J Ellis
|1965: N A Davidson
|1963: A P G Holloway
|1960: A Mill
|1958: J K Horn
|1956: T E Kelly