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 - Chairman

Jon was appointed as Director to Centralines in July 2011 and then as Chairman in December 2015. Jon is a 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 serves on the Boards of the Port of Napier and Palmerston North Airport Limited. He is also a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and is on the Audit and Risk Committee for the Hastings District Council.

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Wendie Harvey 

Wendie was appointed as 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 Director of the Port of Napier, the Hawke's Bay Airport, the Electrical Training Company Limited, and Quality Roading Services Limited (Wairoa). She is also Commissioner on the NZ Gambling Commission.

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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 30 years ago, working as a veterinarian for Vet Services (Hawke's Bay) Ltd until March 2016, and subsequently obtained a good knowledge of the geographical 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 12 years, retiring in March 2016.  He is also Director of Kilgaren Farm Limited, Marama Farming Limited, and Deer Industry New Zealand.

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Derek Walker

Derek joined the Centralines Board in August 2016. He is a widely experienced director with current and past directionships that include Palmerston North Airport Limited (Chair), BCC Limited (Chair), NZ Windfarms Limited, Speirs Group Limited (Chair) and Quotable Value Limited.  He is also Director and Principal of business consulting practice, Third Bearing Limited.  He has an honours degree in electrical engineering, and 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 April 2018. He has been a Hawke’s Bay Regional Councillor since May 2009 and is a Director of OSPRI New Zealand Limited, which manages the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) and TBfree programmes. Fenton is also Chairman of the Wairoa Community Development Trust, a Trustee of Predator Free New Zealand and a Director of Hawke’s Bay Tourism, while farming a 235ha sheep and beef property in Wairoa. Previously, he was Operations Manager at iFarm NZ Limited.



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