Before he was appointed to his position at CERA, Mr Sutton was the Chief Executive Officer of Orion New Zealand Limited, a position he held for eight years. He was also chairman of the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority.
Before becoming the CEO at Orion, Mr Sutton was General Manager Commercial at Orion from 1998 to 2003. Prior to that, Mr Sutton was the General Manager Trading at Orion’s predecessor, Southpower New Zealand Limited, from 1996 to 1998. From 1988 to 1989 he was a Business Analyst at the New Zealand Electricity Commission (ECNZ). He commenced at ECNZ in 1987 as a Mechanical Engineer.
Mr Sutton has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Canterbury (1986).