We have seven-person board, with elections held every year in October.
Unison chief executive Ken Sutherland is our board chair – a position he has held for 6 years. Based in Hastings, Ken has extensive experience and leadership within New Zealand’s utility, infrastructure and electricity sectors. He is a member of the Electricity Sector’s Chief Executive Group; Business New Zealand’s Major Companies Group CEO Forum; the Energy Networks Association CEO Forum in Australia; the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Powerco chief executive Nigel Barbour joined our board in 2010. Based in New Plymouth, Nigel has more than a decade’s experience in executive management roles. He was Powerco’s general manager for electricity before his appointment to chief executive in 2011.
Christchurch-based chief executive of Orion, Rob Jamieson, brings extensive electricity industry experience to the board. His previous roles span engineering in the generation sector, commercial sector work, management with a rural North Island power company and managing wholesale electricity purchases for Orion’s predecessor, Southpower Limited. Rob joined the Electricity Network Association board in 2013.
Vector’s chief networks officer Andre Botha is based in Auckland and brings a wealth of experience to the board. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the energy distribution and transmission industry in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Most recently, Andre was the chief operations officer at Western Power in Western Australia and Aurora Energy in Tasmania. He joined our board in 2015.
MainPower chief executive Bruce Emson joined the board in 2015 with more than 35 years’ executive level experience. Based in Rangiora, Bruce’s previous roles include chief operating officer for the Earthquake Commission; chief executive at Infratil subsidiary and public transport operator New Zealand Bus; and senior roles in Shell Australia, Singapore, Hungary and New Zealand.
Grady Cameron, chief executive of Delta in Dunedin, comes to our board with extensive experience in the global infrastructure sector, predominantly energy, heavy industrial and rail transport within New Zealand, France and United Kingdom. Grady is a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand and a Member of the Institute of Directors. He was awarded Young Energy Executive of the Year at the Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards in 2014 and joined our board in 2011.