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:


Don Nicolson

Don operates a grazing farm at Waimatua, east of Invercargill and a cropping farm at Irwell, Canterbury. He is Chair of the PowerNet Limited board, with previous governance roles as local and national President, Federated Farmers of New Zealand. Don is also a former Trustee of the Southland Electric Power Supply Consumer Trust.

Don is a member of the Institute of Directors.

Deputy Chair

Joe O’Connell


Joe joined the Boards of Electricity Invercargill and PowerNet Limited  in December 2016.  He serves as a Director on a number of Companies and was Chairman of Invercargill Airport Limited from 2011 – 2016.

He has worked in many industries including Transport, Timber, Concrete, Petroleum Distribution, Drilling Exploration, Property and Growing Media.

Joe is a Chartered Accountant and a Member of the Institute of Directors.

Doug Fraser

BSc (Chemistry)

Doug farms sheep and dairy cows on 595 hectares in Western Southland. He is a member of the OtagoNet Joint Venture Governing Committee, Deputy Chair of PowerNet Limited, and was Chair of Otago Power Services Limited until its amalgamation with Power Net Limited on 31 March 2016.

Doug is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Duncan Fea


Duncan is a principal in Crowe Howarth, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors based in Queenstown. He has broad business experience including corporate governance and recovery and advises both New Zealand and overseas clients on their commercial affairs. Duncan is a past Director of Pioneer Generation Limited and Queenstown Airport Corporation Limited.

Duncan is a Director of PowerNet Limited, PowerNet Central and Southern Generation Limited Partnership. He is also a member of the OtagoNet Joint Venture Governing Committee.

Duncan is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Thomas Campbell

BSc (Metallurgy)

Tom is a former Managing Director of Comalco and former General Manager of the Tiwai Aluminium Smelter who now works as an independent company Director.

His directorships include PowerNet Limited, Todd Corporation and Venture Southland as well as being the Chair of the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA) and Southland Regional Development Strategy Governance Group.

Tom is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Sarah Brown


Sarah joined the Board of Electricity Invercargill Limited on 1 November 2013. She is also a Director of PowerNet Limited.

She is the Project Manager for the Southland Regional Development Strategy, has been Council Chair of Southern Institute of Technology since 2011 and is a trustee of the 1000 Days Trust.

Sarah is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Locky McGregor

Locky is a Shareholder and a member of the Management Team in McGregor Concrete Limited. Locky is also a Shareholder and Director of Mainland Shotcrete Limited.

He has also 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.

Locky joined The Power Company and PowerNet Boards in September 2016

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.

Paul Kiesanowski

Paul joined the Board of Electricity Invercargill Limited 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 Limited. He is also a Commissioner for the Earthquake Commission, a director of Red Bus Limited, and of Apex Environmental Limited.