Blair Walter (Chair)

Blair Walter is an experienced mechanical engineer with specialist skills in project management and advisory services on renewable energy projects in the international energy sector.  Blair is Aurecon's renewable energy leader with over 16 years' experience in the wind energy sector and 23 years' overall experience in the energy sector.

Blair started his career in Wellington in 1996 with DesignPower. He then moved to Mott MacDonald in the UK and established their wind team. In 2005 he moved back to Wellington to establish Aurecon’s wind analysis team.  In the last 14 years, he has advised clients in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and further afield on all aspects of wind farm development, financing and construction.   Blair has been a member of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency advisory panel for the last five years.   In addition to wind energy, Blair provides technical-advisory services to clients on solar PV, solar thermal, bioenergy, pumped hydro and battery energy systems.

Blair has been a director of NZWEA since 2007 and is passionate about the success of the New Zealand wind sector.   Blair has acted as Chairman of NZWEA since 2013 and has guided the association through a period of significant change including replacing the CEO and refocusing the association’s strategy.