Members of the Rulings Panel are appointed by the Governor-General in accordance with a recommendation from the Minister of Energy and Resources after consultation with the Minister of Justice and the Electricity Authority.

Mel Orange - Chair


Mel Orange is a barrister and business consultant from Christchurch. He has worked in the energy and construction industries for 25 years, including being a past Board Member of MARIA. Mel is the Chair of the Building Practitioners Board and a member of the Electrical Workers Registration Board.

Mel has been reappointed for a second five-year term from 29 June 2023.

Matthew Dunning KC

Matthew Dunning

Matthew Dunning is a barrister and King’s Counsel with over 40 years of experience in commercial litigation, particularly competition and regulatory issues. He has advised many local and international businesses and represented them before New Zealand courts and regulatory bodies, including in relation to the operation of the electricity market and challenges to regulatory decisions. Prior to becoming a barrister in 2003, he was a partner at Russell McVeagh in Wellington, then Auckland.

Matthew has been appointed for a five-year term from 29 June 2023.

Paul Webber

Paul Webber

Paul Webber is an infrastructure specialist with a particular interest in pricing and economic regulation of utilities. He has more than 30 years of experience in the electricity industry in New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific, Asia and Africa. As a director of Wedgwood White Limited, he has provided pricing, economic regulation and investment analysis advice to utilities, governments and multilateral lending organisations over the last 23 years. Away from infrastructure, he is a trustee of Sailability Auckland and is involved in the governance of other organisations related to sailing for youth and the disabled.

Paul has been appointed for a five-year term from 29 June 2023.

Lee Wilson


Lee Wilson is an electricity market specialist with over 35 years' of experience with electricity companies and providing consulting services to the energy sector. He was a founding director of Concept Consulting Group and during his 18 years consulting led a wide range of assignments for government agencies and energy companies, with a focus on energy policy and market design.

Lee's senior executive roles include Establishment CEO for Genesis Energy, CEO for the Electricity Reform Transition Unit, Market Development Director at Contact Energy, and Corporate Development Manager at the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand. He was a member of the Electricity Price Review, which provided its recommendations to the Minister in May 2019.

Lee has been reappointed for a second five-year term from 29 June 2023.