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Behind the Octopus - David Charlton

A few months into our journey as New Zealand's newest power player, we're already making energy affordable and easy-as for thousands of Kiwis. We wanted to introduce you to some of the team.

David Charlton

Role: Head of Technology Delivery

Tell us what brought you to Octopus?

I’ve been working in the New Zealand energy industry for 10 years now and I was looking for somewhere I could really make a difference. A lot of companies have really good visions, but struggle to actually deliver on those. Octopus has a strong history of “getting it done”, and that's what attracted me to Octopus. That and the people.

What does sustainable living mean to you?

Sustainable living to me is a lot more than just “being green”. You could live extremely frugally and tick all the green boxes, but the lifestyle itself needs to be sustainable - it needs to be easy to keep making those green choices. It’s also about supporting others around you to do this. And driving an EV of course! 

Tell us something about yourself that may surprise your work mates?

When I first moved to New Zealand, I used to regularly go Lindy Hop dancing. 

What’s the best advice you have heard or been given?

You seldom regret what you do. You regret what you didn't do.

Do you collect anything?


If you could pick up a new skill in an instant what would it be?

Kite surfing.

How do you like your eggs?

Fried, sunny side up with drizzle of Tabasco.

Published on 22nd September 2022
Monique O'Malley
Monique O'MalleyHead of Marketing

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