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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.