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PICTURED, FROM LEFT - David Thomas, Colin Magee, Hinerangi Raumati-Tu’ua, Julia Hoare, Margaret Devlin, Dave Chambers, Brendon Green, Frances Valintine, Nicola Crauford and Rob Fisher

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. She is currently chair of Lyttelton Port Company Limited and Women in Infrastructure Network and a director of Meteorological Services of NZ.

General disclosure of interests: Director, Meteorological Services of NZ Limited; Director, Waikato Regional Airport; Director, Titanium Park (wholly-owned subsidiary of Waikato Regional Airport); Director, IT Partners Group; Director, Aurora Energy; Independent Chair, Audit and Risk Committee, Waikato District Council; Chair, Advisory Board Women in Infrastructure Network; Councillor, Waikato University; Deputy Chair, WINTEC; Director and Chair, Lyttelton Port Company Limited; Chartered Fellow, Institute of Directors; Director, Infrastructure New Zealand; Chair, Hospice Waikato; Member, Institute of Directors Waikato Branch Committee.

Nicola Crauford


Chair of the AMP and Major Capex Committee

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 and a director of Pioneer Energy Limited and the Environmental Protection Authority. She is a former director of Genesis Energy, Wellington Water, Orion New Zealand, and Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

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; Director, Environmental Protection Authority (EPA); Member of Electoral Authority – Cooperative Bank Limited; Director and Shareholder, Riposte Consulting Limited; Director, Pioneer Energy Limited; Board member Käinga Ora – Homes and Communities; Director, CentrePort Limited Group; Trustee, Wellington Regional Stadium Trust; Member of the Statistics New Zealand Advisory Board.

David Thomas


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

Frances Valintine


Frances Valintine is a futurist and thought-leader in emerging and disruptive technologies with 20 years’ experience across business, technology and education. The CEO and founder of The Mind Lab and the Tech Futures Lab, she is a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and the technology sector.

In 2017, Frances won the New Zealand Flying Kiwi Award and was inducted into the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame. She is a board member of The Mind Lab and trustee of Dilworth Trust Board, and a former board member of Education New Zealand, KEA and NZTech. She is also the Futures Advisor for the BNZ Bank.

General disclosure of interests: Director and CEO, The Mind Lab Limited; Director and CEO, Tech Futures Lab Limited; Director, Harcourt Jasper Limited; Director, Pointed Tangram Limited; Director, Harper Lilley Limited; Director, On Being Bold Limited; Director, Sandell Trustees Limited; Selection Advisor, Edmund Hillary Fellowship; Trustee, Dilworth Trust Board; Futures Advisor, BNZ Bank.

Rob Fisher


Company Secretary

Rob Fisher is a barrister who has specialised in resource management, public law and local government law. As a litigator, he appeared frequently before the Environment Court, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. In a 40-year legal career, he has provided advice and expertise to both private and public bodies, especially in the consenting of large infrastructure projects. Rob was the 2010 Barrister of the Year in the New Zealand Law Awards and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours. He has been a board member of NZ Rugby, Sport New Zealand and Genesis Energy.

Julia Hoare


Deputy Chair, Chair of Audit and Risk Committee (until March 2016)

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 Vice President of the Institute of Directors' National Council.

General disclosure of interests: Director, AWF Madison Group Limited; Deputy Chair, The a2 Milk Company Limited; 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; Vice President, Institute of Directors' National Council; Director, Auckland International Airport Limited; Director, Meridian Energy Limited.

Brendon Green


Chair of the Strategic Transformation Programme Committee and the Committee for Climate Action Committee

Brendon brings a career spanning 25 years in NZ and offshore largely in the energy sector covering thermal generation, oil and gas exploration and renewables, notably wind and geothermal. Over recent years he has been involved in the decarbonisation of the transport sector by way of electric and hydrogen technologies. Brendon has worked with and within Māori organisations that includes establishing partnerships and joint ventures around natural resources inclusive of water, energy, forestry and dairy.

His career includes technical and commercial leadership roles with Mercury, Contact Energy, General Electric (in Mexico and the US) and the NZ Dairy Board. He is the founder of Kaitiaki Advisory Limited and holds a Bachelors of Chemical and Process Engineering and a Post Graduate Diploma in Dairy Science and Technology.

Brendon brings over a decade of governance experience inclusive of being a past Chair of Tainui Kawhia Incorporation and Tirohia landfill generation joint venture. Brendon currently holds governance roles with Hiringa Energy Limited, Tainui Kawhia Incorporation, Te Whakakitenga o Waikato, Waikato District Council – Infrastructure Committee, Manukau Institute of Technology – Runanga and government advisory panel Te Taumata Aronui.

General disclosure of interests: Director, Kaitiaki Advisory Limited; Infrastructure Committee Maangai Māori, Waikato District Council; Director, Tainui Kawhia Incorporation; Executive director, Advanced Biotech NZ; Director, Peak2Peak Limited; Waipapa Marae representative, Te Whakakitenga o Waikato; Waikato Tainui appointed member, Manukau Institute of Technology Runanga; Commercial Director ANZ, Wattstock LLC.

Hinerangi Raumati-Tu’ua


Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee (from March 2020)

Hinerangi Raumati-Tu’ua, who is of Ngāti Mutunga and Waikato descent, is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. She is also a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and Māori. Hinerangi has significant experience in investment, financial management, and governance. She was CFO of Tainui Group Holdings Limited from 2002 to 2009 and Executive Director Operations at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa from 2010 to 2014.

General disclosure of interests: Chair, Parininihi Ki Waitotara Inc; Trustee, PKW Trust; Chair, Ngā Miro Trust; Chair, Nga Kai Tautoko Ltd; Chair, Te Kiwai Maui o Ngaruahine Ltd; Director, Taranaki Iwi Holdings Management Ltd; Director, Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd; Director, Sealord Group Ltd; Director, Port Nicholson Fisheries GP Ltd; Director, Te Puia Tapapa GP Ltd; Director, Tainui Group Holdings Ltd; Executive Member, Te Whakakitenga O Waikato and Member, Venture Taranaki.

Dave Chambers

Chair of the People Committee/ Te Tangata Komiti

Dave Chambers is a highly experienced business leader with a background in large-scale customer-centric organisations. He was Managing Director of Progressive Enterprises NZ and Director of Woolworths Supermarkets in Australia and has held various operations leadership roles. Previously he was a board member of the New Zealand Business and Parliament Trust.

General disclosure of interests: Director, Paper Plus New Zealand Limited.