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PowerNet Directors

There are nine Directors on the PowerNet Board. This is comprised of directors from the shareholding boards – five from The Power Company Ltd and four from Electricity Invercargill 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, and is currently trustee on the Environomics Trust.

While farming, active involvement in agribusiness 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 CFinstD

Joe joined the boards of Electricity Invercargill Ltd and PowerNet Ltd (currently deputy chair) in 2016. He is chair of the PowerNet Health, Safety and Environment committee.

He serves as a director on a number of companies and was chairman of Invercargill Airport Ltd from 2011-2016, and has worked in many 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 chartered fellow 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. Doug was also chair of Otago Power Services Ltd until its amalgamation with PowerNet in 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 Ltd audit and risk committee. Duncan holds a number of 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 chartered fellow of 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 Ltd and Port Otago Ltd. He was chair of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) and 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 Ltd in 2015.

She is a member of the OtagoNet Joint Venture governing committee, a director for Electricity Invercargill Ltd and Electricity Southland Ltd. Sarah is also a director of PGG Wrightson Ltd.
She is on the Provincial Growth Fund advisory panel and is a past project manager for 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.

 

Wayne Mackey B.E. (Electrical) MIEEE

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 Ltd board in 2017 and is a director of The Power Company Ltd.

Wayne is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Paul Kiesanowski BCom ACA CMInstD

Paul joined the board of PowerNet Ltd in 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.
Paul’s directorships include Electricity Invercargill Ltd, Craigpine Timber Ltd, Red Bus Ltd and Amalgamated Holdings Ltd.

Paul was until recently a commissioner for the Earthquake Commission.

Paul is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a charter member of the Institute of Directors. 

Peter Moynihan B.AgSc.

Peter joined the board of PowerNet Ltd in 2019. He is also a director of The Power Company Ltd.

Peter brings experience as a director in the agribusiness sector.

He is currently on the board of agricultural cooperative, Ravensdown Ltd, and a director of dairy farming businesses, Rathmore Farm Ltd and Aerodrome Farm Ltd.

Since 1993, Peter has held several roles with Westpac NZ Ltd. He is currently the bank’s agribusiness regional manager – South Island.