Governance

Shareholders Committee


Representing the interests of all shareholders, the Shareholders Committee consists of seven members. Four are voted on by shareholders with the remaining three appointed by the Ashburton District Council. Key responsibilities include; appointing directors, scrutinising the Statement of Corporate Intent and monitoring the performance of the company on behalf of shareholders.

Board of Directors


Our Board of Directors is appointed by the Shareholders Committee. There are six directors with two directors retiring by rotation every year. Directors are responsible for governance and setting the strategic direction of the business. The board meet monthly.

 

Board of Directors

MCKENDRY Phil

Phil McKendry

Chairman

Phil is a farmer based in Mid Canterbury and a company director. He has governance experience in an Ashburton-based farm supply buying group and in large-scale community irrigation development. Phil was appointed as a director in 2004.

FITZGERALD Richard

Richard Fitzgerald

Richard is a professional agribusiness executive and consultant, with an active involvement in an intensive irrigated Mid Canterbury-based family farm. He is a Nuffield Scholar and formerly the CEO of NZ Young Farmers and the Primary Industry Capability Alliance. He has a broad base of corporate experience which includes a number of national leadership roles, collaboration across sector groups, and strategic development and implementation.

MCPHERSON Bruce

Bruce McPherson

Bruce’s exposure to the electricity market came about during his tenure as CEO Ashburton Trading Society Limited. This experience included negotiation of large supply agreements first with Contact Energy then Meridian Energy. Bruce is currently a Council member of the NZ Cooperatives Association representing electricity and irrigation companies and is a member of the Institute of Directors. Bruce was appointed director in 2013.

SUTTON Roger

Roger Sutton

Roger is a Professional Director with a range of experiences to draw upon. He was Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority and immediately prior to that led the Christchurch-based electricity lines company Orion. He is currently a director of a range of other companies all associated with the energy industry. He is a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand.

MUNRO Paul

Paul Munro

Paul has 25 years of financial and commercial experience across a broad cross section of companies and industries. Paul is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. He is currently the CEO of Christchurch City Holdings Ltd, having previously had a 24-year career with Deloitte where he was a Corporate Finance Partner until mid-2016. Paul is an experienced director and Audit/Finance Committee Chair. His other current governance roles include Central Plains Water Limited, Vbase Limited and Spanbild Holdings Limited. Paul is a former Director of Orion New Zealand Limited and former member of the Deloitte Partner Board.

BARLASS Andrew

Andrew Barlass

Andrew is a senior finance industry professional who lives in Mid Canterbury and currently oversees a large dairy farming business. His local and international experience spans a range of industries including regulated utilities, infrastructure, airports, ports, funds management and industrial and agribusiness sectors.

Shareholders Committee Members

Ian Cullimore

Ian Cullimore

Chairman

Ian has been a Shareholder Committee Representative since 2003. He has owned and operated Cullimore Engineering for 31 years. Ian is also a member of the CPIT Employers Advisory Committee and the Ashburton Heart Foundation.

Alister Lilley

Alister Lilley

Alister is an Ashburton businessman with ownership interests in the Retail and Service industry sectors including local commercial properties. Alister is an experienced company Director and Chairman who was elected to the shareholders committee in 2017.

Jeanette Maxwell

Jeanette Maxwell

Jeanette Maxwell is married with three children and farms in partnership with her husband on a 300ha foothills sheep and beef property in Mid Canterbury. Jeanette has been actively involved in Federated Farmers since 2005 and has held the role of Meat and Fibre Chairperson and a National board member along with other portfolios. Jeanette is also involved with a variety of organisations both locally and nationally.

Chris Robertson

Chris Robertson

Chris is a partner in the Ashburton law firm Russell Moon & Fail. He is an Ashburton District Council appointee to the shareholders committee.

David Ward

David Ward

David runs a spray irrigated cropping and stock finishing farm near Fairton with his wife Hilary. He has been a member of the Shareholders' Committee since 2006.

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Robert Newlands

Robert is Managing Director of Newlands Auto Electrical in Ashburton, Rolleston and Timaru Batteries in Timaru. He is a 50% shareholder in Canterbury Communications Ltd. Robert is a member of the Automotive Electrical Engineering Reference Group with the Motor Industry Training Organisation and a committee member of the Mid Canterbury Mountain Bike Club. Robert has been a member of the Shareholders' Committee since 2017.

Anne Marett

Anne Marett

Formerly a registered nurse Anne is a Chartered Accountant and sole director/shareholder of Croys Ltd in Ashburton. She is board chair of Netball Mainland Inc, deputy chair of Aoraki Polytechnic Council and an Ashburton District Council appointee to the EA Networks Shareholder Committee in 2013.

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