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PICTURED, FROM LEFT: David Thomas, Hon. Dame Annette King, Julia Hoare, Margaret Devlin, Brendon Green, Nicola Crauford, Catherine Harland.


Margaret Devlin



Margaret Devlin is a professional director with extensive experience in governance and executive management primarily in the water and infrastructure sectors in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She has served as a director for a range of entities with a particular focus on audit and risk.

General disclosure of interests: Chair, Harrison Grierson Limited; Director, Meteorological Services of New Zealand Limited; Director, Waikato Regional Airport; Chair, Titanium Park (whollyowned subsidiary of Waikato Regional Airport); Director, IT Partners Group; Director, Aurora Energy; Independent Chair, Audit and Risk Committee, Waikato District Council; Chair, Women in Infrastructure Network; Member, Waikato branch of Institute of Directors; Councillor, Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec); Councillor and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the University of Waikato; Chair, Waikato Spatial Plan Joint Committee; Chair elect, Lyttelton Port Company Limited.


Julia Hoare


Deputy Chair; Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee

Julia Hoare brings a comprehensive range of commercial, financial, tax, regulatory and sustainability expertise to Watercare, which she developed over the course of 20 years as a partner with PwC. She retired from the PwC partnership on 31 December 2012 to pursue a full-time corporate governance career.

Julia is a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and is the chair of the Auckland Committee of the Institute of Directors.

General disclosure of interests: Director, AWF Madison Group Limited; Director, New Zealand Post Limited; Deputy Chair and Director, The a2 Milk Company (New Zealand) Limited; Director, Port of Tauranga Limited; Chair, Auckland Committee, Institute of Directors; Member, Advisory Panel to External Reporting Board; Member, Institute of Directors National Council; Director, Auckland International Airport Limited.

Hon. Dame Annette King


Chair of the Strategic Transformation Programme Committee

Former MP, Dame Annette King brings 30 years of governance, community and public health experience to Watercare. During her time in Parliament, Annette held several key ministerial portfolios – Health, Transport, Justice, Police and State Services – and was a member of the Finance and Expenditure, Health, and Local Government and Environment Select Committees. Annette continues as patron for a number of community organisations.

General disclosure of interests: Chair, Life Flight Trust Wellington; Interim Chair, Earthquake Commission (EQC); Member of the Appropriations Review Committee of the New Zealand Parliament.


Catherine Harland


Chair of the People, Remuneration and Appointments Committee

background in research and public policy in local and central government. She has worked for MartinJenkins, The New Zealand Institute and Auckland University of Technology’s Institute of Public Policy. Catherine was an elected local government member for 15 years and involved in various community groups including five years as Chair of the Auckland Observatory and Planetarium Trust Board.

General disclosure of interests: Director, McHar Investments Limited; Director, Interface Partners Limited; Trustee, One Tree Hill Jubilee Educational Trust; Member, Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board; Member, Water Allocation Technical Advisory Group.

Nicola Crauford


Chair of the Asset Management Plan (AMP) and Major Capex Committee (AMCC)

Dr Nicki Crauford is a professional company director with extensive experience in infrastructure including executive roles in oil and gas and the electricity sectors in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She is currently Chair of GNS Science, Deputy Chair of Fire and Emergency New Zealand and a director of Wellington Water, Orion New Zealand and the Environmental Protection Authority. She is a former director of Genesis Energy.

Nicki is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

General disclosure of interests: Chair, GNS Science Limited; Deputy Chair, Fire and Emergency New Zealand; Director, Orion New Zealand Limited; Director, Wellington Water Limited; Director, Environmental Protection Authority (EPA); Member of the EPA decision-making committee relating to OMV’s application for a discharge consent; Member of Electoral Authority – the Co-operative Bank Limited; Specialist Advisor, WorleyParsons New Zealand Limited; Director and Shareholder, Riposte Consulting Limited.

Brendon Green


Brendon Green brings extensive experience from New Zealand and offshore, primarily in resource development for power stations (gas, geothermal, landfill and wind), forestry, minerals, oil and gas exploration, water and dairy sectors. His career includes technical and commercial roles with the New Zealand Dairy Board, Contact Energy, General Electric (Mexico and the United States) and Mercury in developing its renewable energy portfolio under Mighty River Power.

Brendon is the founder of Kaitiaki Advisory Limited and holds board and executive board positions with Tainui Kāwhia Incorporation, Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo, Bay Dairy Limited and Advanced Biotech NZ Limited. He has served as chair for Tainui Kāwhia Incorporation and Tirohia Landfill Generation Joint Venture. Brendon is of Ngāti Hikairo and Ngāpuhi descent.

General disclosure of interests: Director, Kaitiaki Advisory Limited; Director, Tainui Kawhia Incorporation; Director, Peak2Peak; Executive Director, Bay Dairy Limited; Executive Director, Advanced Biotech NZ Limited; Executive, Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo; Management contract, Tainui Kawhia Minerals Management Ltd; Consultant to Trility (Australian water infrastructure company); Representative of Waipapa Marae, Käwhia, Te Whakakitenga o Waikato Tainui


David Thomas


David Thomas has over 35 years’ experience in the building industry, and has led key business units within Fletcher Building for the past 25 years. He is currently the General Manager of Winstone Wallboards Limited. David was on the founding board of the South Auckland Crown Health Enterprise and represented Fletcher Challenge Limited on the board of the Maori Development Corporation.

General disclosure of interests: Chair, Ngāti Whakaue Tribal Lands Incorporated; Chair, Gypsum Board Manufacturers of Australasia; Shareholder/Employee, Fletcher Building Limited; Director, New Zealand Ceiling & Drywall Supplies Limited; Chair, Altus NZ Limited; Director, Delcon Holdings (No.8) Ltd; Director, Fletcher Building Products Ltd; Director, Fletcher Concrete and Infrastructure Ltd; Director, Home&Dry Ltd; Director, Iplex Pipelines NZ Ltd; Director, Pinkfit Ltd; Director, Selwyn Quarries Ltd; Director, Tasman Insulation New Zealand Ltd; Director, Winstone Wallboards Limited.

Tony Lanigan


Chair of the Capital Projects Working Group (CPWG)

Dr Tony Lanigan is a professional civil engineer (FIPENZ), project-management consultant and former General Manager of Fletcher Construction. He was Chancellor of Auckland University of Technology and a director of Infrastructure Auckland.

General disclosure of interests: Director, Habitat for Humanity New Zealand Limited; Director and Chair, New Zealand Housing Foundation Limited; Director and Shareholder, A G Lanigan & Associates (2007) Limited; Director, Tamaki Makaurau Community Housing Limited; Director and Shareholder, Lanigan Trustee Limited; Member, Ministry of Health Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group for Canterbury; Member, Ministry of Health Southern Partnership.

(Dr Lanigan retired from the Watercare Board on 31 October 2017.)