Trustee Profiles

Alistair Setter

Elected Chairman

A local farmer and a General Manager for a New Zealand Technology Firm. Alistair believes it is vital that power is extremely reliable and delivered at the best value to consumers. The Governance Issues are extremely important and need to be evaluated in terms of what is in the best interest for us, as beneficiaries of the Trust. Alistair was elected onto the Trust in 2012.

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Marcus Peacock


A local resident, married with three children and a fourth generation farmer in Waipukurau. Marcus is a strong believer in Centralines continueing to maintain and add value to it's shareholders, us, the local consumers. This is his second term.

Marcus is also involved in the community as a Waipukurau School Trustee and a Trustee of the CHB Community Trust.

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Libby Tosswill


Libby, her husband and three young sons farm in Porangahau. Libby has a Bachelor of Commerce from Otago University and over 15 years experience in the financial markets, banking and agriculture sectors both in NZ and the UK. 

Since moving here 10 years ago, she has been impressed by the strength and diversity of the CHB community. She wants to see its people, land and businesses thrive and sees Centralines as playing a key role.

Libby also serves as a Trustee of the CHB Community Trust and the Connecting For Youth Employment Trust.

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Karen Middelberg


Karen has lived in CHB most of her life, attending Central Hawkes Bay College and then Massey University, gaining a Degree in Veterinary Science. Karen then went on to work in rural NZ and overseas as a veterinarian before returning to the district to settle down and work with the team at Vet Services HB. She  has served on a local primary school board and is currently on the HBDFA committee. Karen's three children are now teenagers and she is currently involved in two family farming businesses in Takapau and Hatuma.

Karen believes It is important that electricity remains affordable, accessible and reliable to the whole community.

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Catherine Avery (Catie)

The CHB Mayoral Representative

Catie is a Recovery Advisor in the MBovis Programme, Biosecurity New Zealand for the Ministry for Primary Industries. Prior to this role she was Rural Manager with Rabobank for 18 years, based in Central Hawke's Bay (CHB). She is a fifth Generation CHB resident. Catie is active in the community being a member of Rotary, several Professional Women's Groups, a judge for the Ballance Environmental Awards and a mentor for Primary ITO.

Catie has a strong desire to see CHB prosper in every respect. She brings her long developed local and professional knowledge to the table as well as her passion for the development of our community.

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George Williams

CHBDC Appointee

George is currently the Central Hawke's Bay constituency representative for the CHB District Council. George was appointed by the District Council in 2011. George lives at Tikokino and is the third generation of Williams' Farm Te Maire. George is on the Board of Trustees for Tikokino School, a committee member of the Hawkes Bay DFA and on the Central Hawke's Bay Farmers Vet Club.

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Callum Gray

Silver Fern Farms Appointee

Callum and his family are fifth generation farmers at Onga Onga and is appointed to represent Silver Fern Farms on the CHBCP Trust. Callum is actively involved in the community. 

Callum represented New Zealand Skiing for three years and was a proffessional coach for another ten years before returning to the family farm.