PowerNet Directors

There are ten Directors on the PowerNet Board, five from each of PowerNet’s shareholder boards Electricity Invercargill Limited and The Power Company Limited.

The Chair and Deputy Chair are appointed on a three-year rotational basis, alternating between each shareholder.

The Board meets on the last Thursday of each month.

The Directors are:

Chair

Donald Nicolson

Don joined the board of PowerNet in 2015 after being appointed a director of The Power Company Ltd. He is also one of The Power Company Ltd nominees on the OtagoNet Joint Venture governing committee.

From 1999 until 2011, Don was a trustee on the Southland Electric Power Supply Consumer Trust.

Earlier, farming and agri-business advocacy saw him hold many roles in the primary sector culminating as the national president of Federated Farmers of New Zealand from 2008 until 2011.

Don is a member of the Institute of Directors.


Deputy Chair

Joe O’Connell BCom FCA

Joe joined the Boards of Electricity Invercargill and PowerNet  in December 2016, he is deputy chair of PowerNet. He serves as a director on a number of companies and was chairman of Invercargill Airport Ltd from 2011 – 2016.

He is chair of the PowerNet Health, Safety and Environment committee and has worked in may industries including 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.


Douglas Fraser BSc (Chemistry) CFInstD

Doug farms sheep and dairy cows on 595 hectares in Western Southland.

He is chair of The Power Company Ltd and a member of the OtagoNet Joint Venture governing committee.  He was also chair of Otago Power Services Ltd until its amalgamation with PowerNet on 31 March 2016.  Previous governance roles include NZ Wool Board, Wools of NZ, Woolpro and AgITO.

Doug is a chartered fellow of the Institute of Directors.


Duncan Fea BCom FCA CFInstD

Duncan is a managing partner in Findex, Queenstown chartered accountants and business advisors.

He is chair of the OtagoNet Joint Venture governing committee and the PowerNet audit and risk committee. Duncan holds a number or directorships which include The Power Company Ltd, Electricity Southland Ltd and Southern Generation GP Ltd.  He is a past director of Peak Power Services Ltd, Pioneer Generation Ltd and Queenstown Airport Corporation Ltd.

Duncan is a fellow chartered Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is a chartered fellow of the Institute of Directors.


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 former general manager of the Tiwai Smelter.  He now works as an independent company director.

Tom’s directorships include Todd Corporation 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 PowerNet in October 2015.

She is a member of the OtagoNet Joint Venture governing committee, a director for Electricity Invercargill Ltd and Electricity Southland Ltd.  Sarah is on the Provincial Growth Fund advisory panel and a director of the Southland Regional Development Agency.  Sarah has also recently been appointed as a director of PGG Wrightson Ltd.

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

Sarah is a chartered fellow of the Institute of Directors.


Locky McGregor

Lachlan (Locky) joined the boards of PowerNet and The Power Company Ltd in September 2016.

Locky is a member of the management team in McGregor Concrete Ltd and is also a director of Mainland Shotcrete Ltd.

He has been an owner of a mountain bike tourist business in Queenstown and part owner of a concrete pumping company which operated in five locations throughout New Zealand.

 


Wayne Mackey B.E. (Electrical)

Wayne was CEO of Network Tasman Ltd for 18 years. He has also held directorships with Nelson Electricity Ltd and SmartCo Ltd.

From 1991-1998, he was CitiPower’s general manager and prior to that city energy engineer with the Nelson City Council.

Wayne joined the PowerNet board in September 2017 and is a director of The Power Company Ltd.


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 and is currently Company Secretary for City Care Ltd.

Paul is also a commissioner for the Earthquake Commission, a director of Red Bus Ltd, and of Apex Environmental Ltd.