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Leadership team

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

Our Board of Directors governs our business strategy and key decision-making. Across our board members, you’ll see national and international experience in major infrastructure and engineering projects, finance, governance and risk management, as well as a deep understanding of the electricity sector.

Our senior managers bring together extensive skills and experience, gained in the power industry and other sectors, in New Zealand and all around the world.

Our board

  • Mark Darrow

    Chair

    Mark is an experienced businessman and professional director, specialising in corporate governance. He has a number of chair and director roles across a range of significant companies in New Zealand including NZTA, Primary ITO, Armstrong Motor Group, Balle Brothers Group and Trustees Executors.

    He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a Justice of the Peace.

  • Andrew Johnson

    Andrew’s commercial background spans a diverse set of industries, including farming, forestry and tourism. He has significant technology and data systems experience and enjoys engaging with communities for improved outcomes.

    He is currently managing director of IT Partners Group and has governance roles with Te Kūiti-based Inframax Construction Limited, the Waikato Anglican College Trust and the University of Waikato’s Audit and Risk Committee.

  • Craig Richardson

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

    Currently a partner at professional advisory board firm Faraday, Craig advises a number of small and mid-market enterprises. He is a director of the Institute of Minerals to Materials Research and has previously been a non-executive director of private and listed companies, crown entities and was President of CPA Australia in NZ.

  • Bella Takiari-Brame

    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.

  • Simon Young

    An experienced director with more than 20 years’ experience in the New Zealand electricity industry, Simon has worked throughout the value chain from start-up, corporate investment and divestment, through operations management, and public and private company governance.

    Simon’s earlier career in economic and market development saw him practising in six industry sectors in a dozen different countries. He is currently director of a number of other corporate organisations.

  • Simon Fleisher

    Simon has a strong background in engineering with a Masters in Engineering, sits on the Engineering New Zealand – Standards and Accreditation Board and is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand.  He also on the board of neighbouring electricity company, Waipa Networks Ltd.

    He is a successful and experienced engineering and project management consultant with a track record of achievement in challenging roles across various sectors, including electricity supply and telecommunications.

Our managers

  • Sean Horgan

    Chief Executive

    Sean has extensive and successful business development, strategic management and operational leadership experience within the New Zealand and international energy sectors.

    As well as Chief Executive, he is an industry representative on the Utilities Disputes Energy Complaints Scheme Advisory Committee, a director of our subsidiary Speedys Road Hydro Ltd and a foundation trustee of the Maru Energy Efficiency Trust.

     

  • Mike Fox

    GM — Network

    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.

  • Jo Ireland

    GM — Customer Service & Communications

    Jo’s senior management experience in the banking, health and local government sectors. She’s led teams, often through change and challenging times, to successfully deliver work programmes. Previous portfolios include communications, customer service, strategy, economic development and iwi liaison.

    She is passionate about strong customer and stakeholder relationships and open and transparent communication.

  • Sue Lomas

    GM — People & Safety

    Sue’s management experience in human resources and safety management spans the chemical, manufacturing and consulting industries both in the UK and in New Zealand.

    She leads people-related activities in the business, providing strategic direction, tactical and operational support and advice, and is responsible for leading the strategy for developing a high-performing company culture.

  • 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.

  • Mike Ullrich

    Chief Executive - FCL Metering

    Mike is a successful business leader with more than 20 years’ senior management experience. He’s been involved in a number of New Zealand’s fastest growing tech companies delivering consumer and industrial products globally addressing payments, agricultural, consumer, marine and automotive markets.

    Mike is responsible for the growth, development and strategic direction of FCLM, our wholly-owned  metering and data services company.