Our Team

MIKE BASSETT-SMITH (BCOM)

MIKE BASSETT-SMITH (BCOM)

As Managing Director, Mike oversees the financial management of all large scale commercial projects. His key capabilities of analysing the financial considerations of projects, structuring finance for projects and providing excellent project finance management are demonstrated with that PowerSmart to date has successfully completed on budget three South Pacific Renewable Energy Projects valued at over $40 million. He will also point the fact that PowerSmart is one of the few solar power companies that is hasn't gone bust since they started in 2007. Mike has a Bachelor of Commerce and studied how finance relates to the renewable energy industry.

Mike is a half Canadian half Kiwi and is partially to blame for all the Canadians who have discovered the beauty and lifestyle of New Zealand while working for PowerSmart.  Mike’s NZ family are from Tauranga and Mike has lived here long enough to remember Papamoa as a nude beach before it became a sprawling suburb.  As MD Mike is often the last word on important decisions at PowerSmart and tends to focus most on our upcoming commercial projects and the long term business strategy of the company. 

Mike’s favourite things include surfing a little later in the morning than Shane, working in the Pacific Islands, shooting and eating fish, and sailing catamarans.  One day he hopes to farm sunshine and spend his year between New Zealand, Canada, Tahiti, and France.

Role MANAGING DIRECTOR

The rest of the team

DEAN PARCHOMCHUK (BENG)
DEAN PARCHOMCHUK (BENG)

Dean has well over ten years of engineering, design and project management experience in the international solar power industry.  He has...

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MIKE BASSETT-SMITH (BCOM)
MIKE BASSETT-SMITH (BCOM)

As Managing Director, Mike oversees the financial management of all large scale commercial projects. His key capabilities of analysing the financial...

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SHANE ROBINSON (BENG)
SHANE ROBINSON (BENG)

Shane has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. He has a strong entrepreneurial...

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ROGIER SIMONS (BID-Hons)
ROGIER SIMONS (BID-Hons)

Rogier leads a team of vibrant and dynamic staff, committed to giving people more power and more choice when it comes to their energy, literally...

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SHANE SPICER (BSc)
SHANE SPICER (BSc)

Shane is a highly skilled people and project manager who has overseen the installation of hundreds of PowerSmart systems across Australia and New...

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RICHARD CULLWICK (BPHED)
RICHARD CULLWICK (BPHED)

Richard has been working with PowerSmart since 2013 and looks after all marketing and communications at PowerSmart. He works closely with many of...

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NOEL ACKERMAN
NOEL ACKERMAN

Noel has been with PowerSmart for two and a half years with a role in purchasing and logistics. Noel and his wife Kris installed a 3kW system on...

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COLLEEN SCHUMACHER
COLLEEN SCHUMACHER

Originally from: Tauranga, NZ.  Interests: Running, bush walks, water sports and hitting the beach in summer, just hanging out with my 8 year...

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PRANAY KAR (MENG)
PRANAY KAR (MENG)

Originally from: Assam, India. Interests: Tramping, camping, photography, driving, opening up electronic equipment/computers and playing with...

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Vicki Raynel
Vicki Raynel

Originally From: Te Puke. Recently returned from living in Perth, Western Australia for over ten years.  Interests: V8 Supercars, cats, friends...

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JETHRO EICHLER
JETHRO EICHLER

Originally from: Omokoroa, NZ. Interests: Landscaping, gardening, cars, sustainability, renewable energy, installing PV solar systems. Previous...

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Jayde Sleeman
Jayde Sleeman

Originally from: Born in Yeppoon, Australia but grew up in Waihi Beach and Tauranga. Interests: Getting out and about with my kids and enjoying what...

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Testimonials

"We have never had a project go so smoothly, they finished two weeks ahead of schedule."

Dan Udy - Director: Udy Group

"We deal with a great number of contractors and would rate PowerSmart's delivery onsite as amongst the very best"

 

Jason Happy - National Facilities Manager at Kiwi Property

We are delighted to be supplementing our existing renewable energy supply, which already incorporates solar water heating, wind and biological initiatives with solar PV electricity. This will certainly assist us achieve our ultimate goal of self-sufficiency.”

Peter Yealands founder Yealands Estate Wines.