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Leadership team

Our board, senior leaders and 160-strong team are committed to our customers and our community.

Our board

  • Bella Takiari-Brame

    Chair

    Bella is a chartered accountant and has worked in the oil, gas and utilities industries. She has a wealth of global market understanding and governance expertise.

    She is currently a member of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Council, an independent member of the Group Audit and Risk Committee of Waikato Tainui, a trustee of the Māniapoto Māori Trust Board, Māngai Māori representative for the finance committee of the Hamilton City Council and is a current Director of Te Ohu Kai Moana Trustee Limited including Chair of Audit and Risk Committee and Director on Te Ohu’s Portfolio Management Services Limited.

  • Andrew Johnson

    Andrew is the founder and Managing Director of LondonGreen which owns and invests in technology based companies. He holds a number of external governance roles.

    A chartered member of the Institute of Directors, Andrew holds a Bachelor of Electronic Commerce from the University of Waikato and has studied strategy and leadership at Harvard University.

  • Craig Richardson

    Craig is an internationally experienced CEO, CFO and non-executive director across the infrastructure, technology, healthcare and FMCG sectors.

    Currently he is CEO of healthcare company Autonomy, a partner at professional advisory board firm Faraday and executive director of Founders Capital.

    Craig has previously been a non-executive director of private companies, listed companies, crown entities and President of CPA Australia in New Zealand.

  • Mike Underhill

    Mike (Ngāti Raukawa) lives between Wellington and Otaki. He has a wealth of electricity industry experience gained over a career spanning more than three decades. He is currently a director on two other lines company boards: Network Waitaki (Oamaru) and Electra (Kapiti and Horowhenua) and has also recently been appointed to the board of Wellington Water Ltd.

    Between 2007 and 2016 Mike was also the chief executive of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), a government organisation tasked with promoting energy efficiency and renewables. Prior to that, Mike was chief executive of WEL Networks, which owns the electricity networks for Hamilton and Northern Waikato.

  • Todd Spencer

    Todd is a commercial lawyer with extensive energy, infrastructure and governance experience. He advises leading private and public sector organizations on a range of commercial issues. He has significant transactions experience in New Zealand, Europe and Asia. Todd also has direct experience of developing strategy and new business opportunities from new energy technologies (demand response, solar PV, batteries).

  • Fraser Jonker

    Fraser is the current CEO of Pioneer Energy, a position held since 2010. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy sector as an energy consultant in South Africa before moving to New Zealand.  Fraser’s areas of experience include project development, contracting, electrical and fibre networks, renewable generation, electricity retail and industrial and waste to energy supply.

Our managers

  • Mike Fox

    Acting Chief Executive

    Mike has worked in the electricity industry for 15 years, bringing an extensive background in asset management, planning, engineering and strategic direction to the team.

    He is responsible for the short and long-term management of our network assets and is passionate about making sure customers have a safe, reliable, electricity supply.

  • Audrey Scheurich

    GM — Finance

    Audrey brings more than 20 years’ experience in senior financial roles, as well as significant commercial experience in the infrastructure sector to our team.

    She is responsible for providing financial and commercial support to the business to ensure strong financial management. Audrey is also a member of the board on TLC-established Maru Energy Trust.

  • Mike Ullrich

    Chief Executive - Influx

    Mike’s been a successful business leader in some of New Zealand’s fastest growing tech companies delivering consumer and industrial products and services globally across energy, IOT, payments, agricultural, consumer, marine and automotive markets.

    He brings this wealth of experience to Influx Energy Data Limited (our wholly-owned metering and data services company) leading business transformation, and responsible for driving growth, acquisitions, and developing new innovative products and services.

  • Simon Batters

    GM — People & Safety

    Simon’s senior management experience in human resources and safety management spans the technology, agricultural, horticulture, construction, and transport sectors in New Zealand.

    He’s passionate about creating workplaces which enhance employee wellbeing through humility, ambition, and courage to create high performing environments where people can flourish.

  • Craig Hackett

    Acting Manager, Network

    Craig’s experience in the electricity industry covers 30 years, in a range of senior management roles including in engineering, asset management and energy metering.

    He is responsible for our customer experience and community engagement, the long-term planning of the network assets, and ensuring we provide a safe and reliable supply of energy.

  • Jared Murrell

    Acting Manager, Service Delivery

    Born and bred in Te Kūiti, Jared has been with TLC for over 20 years. During that time, he has held multiple positions within the company beginning as an electrical apprentice, then faults person, project manager, and now Acting Manager, Network Services division where he is responsible for construction of the assets on the TLC network, fault response and delivery of private electrical works for TLC’s customers.

    Jared has a comprehensive multi-level understanding of the electricity industry. His extensive knowledge, inherent and authentic leadership skills, accurate focus on quality customer experience and highly developed technical skills saw Jared become a finalist for New Zealand’s Young Energy Professional of the Year award in 2020.