Graham Hodge has been working in the electricity industry for over 25 years. After graduating from University of Canterbury with both a B.E. Electrical (Hons) and M.E. Mechanical in 1977, he joined the Christchurch MED and worked in network operations and as system planning engineer before joining Electricorp Marketing in 1987 as commercial manager. Graham was a prime mover in the formation of Southpower in New Zealand, and more recently managed a technology start up company. He is now an independent strategic advisor in a variety of converging utility fields ranging from smart metering systems and power line communications, through to building robust economic deployment business cases for new technologies. Graham has been recently assisting Lord Consulting, focusing on the issues surrounding how best to maximize the economic life of power network assets by effectively using the emerging on-line asset monitoring systems.