Board of Directors

As the sole shareholder, the Trust appoints the directors of Centralines to operate the company in the interests of consumers.

The Board of Directors set the strategic direction, goals and policy for the operation of the company. The day-to-day operation of Centralines is the responsibility of the General Manager, Commercial who relies on the support of his experienced team of technical staff and specialist trades people.

Directors’ profiles

Jon Nichols - Chair

Jon was appointed as a Director to Centralines in July 2011, and then as Chair in December 2015. Jon is an experienced director and business consultant involved in a number of strategic growth, regulatory and performance based initiatives for infrastructure related businesses in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. He also serves on the Board of Palmerston North Airport Limited where he chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. Additionally, Jon is the independent chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for Hastings District Council and Maungaharuru Tangitu Trust. He is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

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Wendie Harvey 

Wendie was appointed as a Director to Centralines in July 2014. Following a career that began as a lawyer specialising in employment relations and human resources, in 2004 Wendie entered the electricity sector taking up a position with Unison Networks Limited as a member of the senior management team. In 2011, she established Excellence in Business Solutions Limited, providing strategic management and human resources support to employers, predominantly operating in the Hawke's Bay region. As well as the Board of Centralines, Wendie is a Director of Napier Port Limited, the Hawke's Bay Airport, the Electrical Training Company Limited, and Aurora Energy Limited. She is also a Commissioner on the NZ Gambling Commission, Council Member of the Eastern Institute of Technology, and Board Member of Fire and Emergency NZ.

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Ian Walker

Ian was appointed as Director to Centralines in July 2013. Ian moved with his family into the district over 38 years ago, working as a veterinarian for Vet Services (Hawke's Bay) Ltd until March 2016, and subsequently obtained a good knowledge of the geography of the distribution area. Ian is directly involved with a family sheep, deer and beef farm, and is also involved in several community sporting and cultural groups. Ian was the Chief Executive of Veterinary Services (Hawke's Bay) Ltd for 14 years, retiring in March 2016. He is a Director of Kilgaren Farm Limited, DeeResearch Ltd, and chairman of Deer Industry New Zealand.

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Derek Walker - Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

Derek joined the Centralines Board in August 2016. He is a widely-experienced director and is presently Chair of Speirs Group Limited and The Factory NZ Limited. Derek’s previous directorships include Palmerston North Airport Limited, NZ Windfarms Limited and Quotable Value Limited. He is also a Principal of the business consulting practice, Third Bearing Limited. He has an honours degree in electrical engineering, a business studies degree, and has extensive management, governance and consulting experience in the electricity sector, including 11 years as Chief Executive and Managing Director of the electricity distribution company, CentralPower Limited.

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Fenton Wilson

Fenton was appointed to the centralines board in 2018. He has been a Hawke’s Bay Regional Councillor since May 2009 and is a Director of OSPRI New Zealand Limited, which manages National Animal Identification and Tracing  and the TBfree program. A passionate community advocate Fenton is also Chairman of the Wairoa Community Development Trust and Chairman of the Predator Free New Zealand Trust while farming a 235ha sheep and beef property in Wairoa. Previously, he was Operations Manager at iFarm NZ Limited. He sees Centralines as a key contributor to the CHB community.

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