Meet the trust

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.


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 Chair of the Porangahau Catchment Group - Taurekaitai ki Te Paerahi and as a Trustee of the Connect Youth Development Trust.


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.


Laura Billings


Laura has lived in Central Hawke’s Bay for 25 years. Having previously worked for an accountancy practice in Waipawa she now undertakes accounting support services from home.  Laura, along with partner George and their two children live and farm at Tikokino.

In the past she has been actively involved with Plunket, Playcentre, Central Hockey Club, CHB Hockey Assn, CHB Soccer Club, and the Tikokino School and has always been hugely appreciative of the support Centralines has given to the various community groups throughout CHB. 

Laura is passionate about our CHB Community and is enjoying seeing our community grow.  It is important Centralines is at the forefront of that growth and that it continues to benefit our community.


Tony Murphy


Tony is a local resident, having lived in Central Hawkes Bay for the past 45 years.  He operates an electrical design business from his home in Waipawa.

Tony believes that Centralines is a valuable asset for the CHB community and it is important that this asset is maintained and governed for the benefit of all its shareholders.


Callum Gray


Callum and his family are fifth-generation farmers at Ongaonga and is actively involved in the community. 

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


Marcus Peacock


A local resident, married with three children and a fourth-generation farmer in Waipukurau. Marcus is a strong believer in Centralines continuing to maintain and add value to its shareholders, us, the local consumers. This is his third term.