Wade is a registered electrician and has spent the great majority of his career in the practical electrical world both here in New Zealand and overseas, from residential to commercial, construction to heavy industry, and as a Power Controller to HV maintenance systems at NZAS. He is married to Judi and they have two adult sons.
He has previous governance experience with a national financial co-operative, serving as chair of both Audit/Risk and Governance committees. Has also served as President of the New Zealand Electrical Institute Inc. and the Rotary Club of Invercargill South.
He previously served a term as Trustee of the Southland Power Trust from 2011 to 2015.
Wade is active in the Southland community, holding office bearer positions with non-profit organisations. Besides family, other interests are hobby farming, the power industry, New Zealand and world affairs.