James Carmichael

BE (Engineering) FEngNZ CMInstD

James is a director on the board of OtagoNet in February 2023. He is also Deputy Chair of PowerNet and a Director of The Power Company Limited (appointed 2022). He has over 45 years of experience developing large infrastructural projects. Initially, his involvement was as a professional engineering consultant, until late 1993 when he joined PowerGen PLC as Business Development Director South East Asia.

From 1995 until 2001, James was PowerGen International’s Regional Director of Asia- Pacific with responsibility for the successful delivery of the company strategy, including green-field developments, acquisitions, project implementation, asset management, operations and maintenance, and bottom-line profit and loss of the company’s power generating assets in the Region.

Since 2005, he has held several governance roles, including directorships on the boards of listed entities, including Ranhill Power (Malaysia) and Vector Ltd (New Zealand). He also provides independent strategic advisory and consulting services to companies seeking to expand their business internationally.

James has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Canterbury University, is a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (FIPENZ) and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors New Zealand (CMInstD).  He is an alumnus of the Columbia University School of Business.