Sir John Todd honoured at Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards


16 August 2012

Sir John Todd received the Energy News editor’s award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sector, at the Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards in Auckland last night.

The Outstanding Contribution award recognises achievement and excellence in the New Zealand energy sector. Over 650 guests attended the black-tie event at the Langham Hotel.

Energy News is the founder and organiser of the annual awards.

Energy News editor Gavin Evans said that while Sir John had served on the board of Todd Petroleum Mining since 1959, the award recognised his leadership of the Todd Corporation since 1987, and the development of the group’s integrated energy strategy.

“Where once the company was solely an oil and gas producer, it now controls a fleet of hydro, geothermal and gas-fired generation and has an expanding retail presence on the North Island,” Mr Evans said.

Sir John stepped down as chairman of the Todd Corporation in December 2011. He continues to chair the Todd Foundation.

The Minister of Energy and Resources, Hon Phil Heatley, the keynote speaker at the awards, congratulated the winners and said that recognising those who achieve excellence in any field of industry is an important part of a successful country.

Sir John acknowledged those who have played a part in what Todd has achieved in the energy field over more than 70 years, and also those who are continuing to progress the energy business today. He said the Company is very fortunate to have astute directors and enterprising executives who are carrying on the good work of those who have gone before them.

While many people had made an outstanding contribution to Todd’s energy venture, Sir John said he wanted to pay a particular tribute to the generation of Todd business leaders who preceded him - his father, Desmond, and his uncles Bryan, Andrew and Charles. Sir John described them as visionary and enterprising men who took the decisions that set Todd on the road to success with its energy activities.