Executive Committee

Mark Mcfarlane

Chief Executive Officer of Upstream Energy

Babu Bahirathan

Chief Executive Officer Downstream Energy & Nova Energy

Neil McKay

Group Chief Financial Officer and Services

Evan Davies

Chief Executive Officer of Todd Capital

Mark Mcfarlane

Chief Executive Officer of Upstream Energy

Mark commenced in early 2021 as Chief Executive Officer of Todd Energy New Zealand and in 2022 was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Upstream Energy, which includes Todd Energy New Zealand and Todd Energy Canada.

Mark completed a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons) at the University of Melbourne in 1987 and joined ExxonMobil in Victoria. Over the next 10 years Mark held a number of developmental roles in reservoir operations and sub-surface engineering in both Australia and Malaysia.

In 1997, Mark joined Santos and over the next 14 years, he held a range of management and executive roles before becoming CEO of the Santos LNG project based in Queensland in 2010.

In 2013, Mark joined Tullow Oil, London as Director, Development and Operations and was subsequently appointed Executive Vice President, Africa. Prior to joining Todd Energy, Mark held of the role of Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for Tullow Oil’s HSE, exploration, operated and non-operated businesses, and commercial activities.

Mark, his wife and their youngest son relocated from London to New Plymouth in 2021. His three daughters currently remain in the UK where they are completing either their final school year or university education.

Babu Bahirathan

Chief Executive Officer Downstream Energy & Nova Energy

Babu graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical and Electronics with first class honours. He has since completed study towards a Masters in Finance from Massey University.

After graduating, Babu joined Transpower NZ and went on to spend nine years there in a wide range of roles including planning, development, design, operations and new investments.

In 1999 Babu joined Todd Energy as a Business Analyst just as Todd entered the retail electricity market. He has played a major role in developing and managing Todd’s electricity business from its infancy.  Babu held the position of Group Manager Electricity from 2006 until 2011 when he was appointed Vice President Downstream Energy. In 2022 he moved into his current role and is responsible for Todd Corporation’s Downstream Energy wholesale and retail gas, electricity and solar businesses including Nova Energy, Todd Generation, Sunergise and megaTEL.

Babu is a Sri Lankan born Kiwi and is married with three children. His interests include sport and travel.

Neil McKay

Group Chief Financial Officer and Services

Neil was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer in 2021and amended to Group Chief Financial Officer and services in early 2022.

Neil joined Todd in 2002 and initially had accounting and investment management responsibilities. In 2007 he was appointed General Manager, Corporate Services for the Corporation and Family Office. Following the creation of the separate Family Office company in 2010, Neil was appointed Chief Executive of the Family Office. He was responsible for the establishment of the strategy and operation of the business including the development of the Family Adviser structure and investment offerings. In 2017 Neil rejoined the Corporation as Group Manager Strategy and Planning.

Prior to joining Todd Neil held finance management roles in the dairy and financial services sectors. Neil has Bachelor degrees in Agricultural Science and Business Studies (majoring in Accountancy) from Massey University and a Masters of Applied Finance from Victoria University of Wellington. He is also a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Directors.

Neil is married with three children. His interests include sport and family activities.

Evan Davies

Chief Executive Officer of Todd Capital

Evan joined Todd as Managing Director of Todd Property in 2008 and in 2022 was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Todd Capital. Todd Capital is a portfolio of businesses and investments including: Todd Property, Integria Healthcare, Todd Minerals, PartsTrader and Todd Digital.

Evan has been responsible for significant commercial and residential developments in NZ and Australia including Todd Property’s development of Stonefields, Long Bay Village, Pegasus Town and Ormiston Town Centre.

Prior to joining Todd, Evan was General Manager of Brierley Properties where he led the licensing and development processes for the Sky City project in Auckland for Brierley.  

In 1996 Evan joined SkyCity and spent eleven years as Managing Director, growing the company from a single site to having business operations throughout NZ, South Australia and the Northern Territory, with an enterprise value in excess of $3 billion and more than 6,000 staff.

Evan was named the Deloitte/Management Magazine Chief Executive of the Year in 2001.

Evan holds a Bachelor of Town Planning from the University of Auckland, a Master of Science in Tourism Management from the University of Surrey and a Master of Philosophy in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Birmingham.

Evan has business interests in farming and viticulture and is involved in a range of charitable organisations.