Board of Directors – Electricity Invercargill Ltd.

The Electricity Invercargill Board is made up of two representatives from the Invercargill City Council and three community representatives appointed by Invercargill City Holdings Limited.

Directors’ responsibilities are governed by the company’s constitution and the Companies Act 1993. The directors’ roles include determining policy, preparing a Statement of Intent, Business Plan and Asset Management Plan, monitoring PowerNet’s performance, reporting to the shareholder (Invercargill City Holdings Limited), publishing an Annual Report and ensuring PowerNet complies with relevant legislation.

The Directors are:


Thomas Campbell BSc (Metallurgy) CFInstD

Tom is chair of Electricity Invercargill Ltd and Chair of Southern Generation GP Ltd, a former managing director of Comalco and general manager of the Tiwai Smelter. He now works as an independent company director.  His directorships include PowerNet Ltd, Todd Corporation Ltd and Port Otago Ltd.  He is chair of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) and was chair of the Southland Regional Development Strategy Governance Group. Tom is a chartered fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Sarah Brown LLB BA CFInstD

Sarah joined the Board of Electricity Invercargill Ltd in November 2013.

She is a director for PowerNet Ltd and Electricity Southland Ltd.   Sarah is also a member of OtagoNet Joint Venture Governing Committee.  Sarah is on the Provincial Growth Fund Advisory Panel and a director of the Southland Regional Development Agency.

Sarah practiced as a commercial lawyer and now works as an independent company director.

Sarah is a chartered fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Joe O’Connell BCom FCA CFInstD

Joe joined the boards of Electricity Invercargill Ltd and PowerNet Ltd in December 2016.  He serves as a director on a number of companies and was chairman of Invercargill Airport Ltd from 2011-2016. 

He has worked in many industries including banking, insurance, transport, timber, concrete, petroleum distribution, drilling exploration, property and growing media.

Joe is a fellow chartered accountant of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a member of the Institute of Directors.

Paul Kiesanowski

Paul joined the board of Electricity Invercargill Ltd on 28 March 2019.

He is a former partner of KPMG. Paul brings strong financial management skills, risk management and assurance over a career working with a large number of clients. He is a shareholder and director of Paul Kiesanowski Advisory Ltd.

Paul is also a commissioner for the Earthquake Commission, a director of PowerNet Ltd, Pylon Ltd, Red Bus Ltd, Craigpine Timber Ltd and Amalgamated Holdings Ltd.