Net Carbon Neutral Towns

Supporting New Zealand communities to achieve a sustainable future.


Dr Colin Herron CBE

Managing Director

Zero Carbon Futures

Colin’s career in engineering began in 1973 as an apprentice toolmaker, commencing a 45-year association with the automotive industry. In 1987 he embarked on a 17-year employment with Nissan. After joining the public sector in the North East of England he played a large part in securing the Nissan LEAF, and Li ion battery production to the UK. Colin launched Zero Carbon Futures as MD in 2011 to consult/project a range of projects, from large-scale electric vehicle charging infrastructure programmes, to EV introduction strategy/planning for cities. Very close links with Nissan in Europe and Japan and other automotive OEMs, UK government departments and universities. Colin has presented, lectured and advised public and private bodies on the subject of EV infrastructure throughout the world. North East Plugged in Places Project (NEPIP): Project Director for one of the UK’s first regional EV charging networks, made up of 1,100 charge points in public, workplaces and homes. Notably this included the first 50kW rapid charging network in the UK. Rapid Charge Network (RCN): EU funded Rapid charger installation programme across the UK and Ireland, partners included; Nissan, BMW, Renault and VW. HyTrEc project ZCF worked with partners in Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and Germany to deliver training for the installation, maintenance and use of hydrogen as an alternative transport fuel. Relevant experience: ZCF have advised, companies, towns, cities and countries on EV strategy. 5 years’ experience of driving a Nissan Leaf. Current major projects * CPD training on Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) * Milton Keynes; 5 year Go Ultra Low project management. * UK EV skills development. * EV/ULEV transition strategy for a EU capital city airport. * Appointed consultants to Transport for London (TfL) regarding future EV infrastructure strategy. * Appointed consultants to Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) regarding EV infrastructure Strategy. Professional qualifications and membership: * Professor of Practice Newcastle University. * PhD in Engineering (2006). * Member of the IET Manufacturing Policy Panel. * Member North East England Innovation Board. * Member North East Automotive Alliance advisory board. * Member of the Newcastle City Futures group. Made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), June 2018, for business and EV.

Dr Bronwyn Hayward

Associate Professor

University of Canterbury

Dr Bronwyn Hayward is Associate Professor in Political Science and International Relations, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. A Lead Author for the IPCC special report 1.5 Degrees, she is also lead coordinating author for the 2021 IPCC Assessment Report 6 on Climate Cities and Infrastructure. She leads a 7 city study of children and young people’s life styles with CUSP: Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity, a UK ESRC funded research group and here most recent book is Sea Change: Climate Politics and New Zealand with Bridget Williams Books

Hon Dr Megan Woods

Minister for Energy and Resources, Government Digital Services, Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Research, Science and Innovation

Hon Megan Woods is a Christchurch local, and has been the Member of Parliament for Wigram since 2011. Following the 2017 election, Megan was sworn in as a Minister of the Crown with portfolio responsibilities including the Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Energy and Resources, Research, Science and Innovation, and responsibility for the Earthquake Commission. In her role as a local MP, Megan has worked alongside Cantabrians on important issues, in particular as many move on from the devastating earthquakes that struck the city in 2010 and 2011. With her ministerial focus on Christchurch, she wants closure for all Cantabrians. In Opposition, Megan held various portfolios - including Climate Change and Canterbury Issues - helping her to gain an understanding of a wide range of issues and build important relationships, especially in Christchurch. Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Megan worked as a Business Manager at Plant & Food Research. She holds a PhD in New Zealand History from the University of Canterbury. In between a busy schedule, Megan enjoys watching cricket, rugby and spending her free time with friends and family

Catherine Leining

Policy Fellow

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

Catherine Leining has 25 years of international policy experience with specialisation in climate change mitigation policy. As a Policy Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, she co-leads Motu’s research and engagement programme on “Shaping New Zealand’s Low-Emission Future.” She has held policy positions at the Ministry for the Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington City Council and New Zealand Transport Agency. In government roles, she helped to design the NZ ETS and served on the New Zealand delegation to the UNFCCC negotiations (2008-2009). In the US, she held policy positions at the Center for Clean Air Policy, ICF Consulting and the International City/County Management Association. She provides independent consulting through Silver Lining Global Solutions ( and has been trained as a Climate Leader under The Climate Reality Project launched by Al Gore. She holds a BS in biology (with distinction) and French from Duke University.
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