The Board of Directors of the Company is appointed by the Northpower Electric Power Trust, as the shareholder. Their role is to supervise the management of the Company and its subsidiary companies. The Board establishes the Group's objectives, strategies and overall policy framework. The Board delegates day-to-day management of the Group to the Chief Executive and monitors management's performance.

The Northpower Board considers oversight and leadership of health and safety as both a value and a responsibility that we have taken very seriously for many years. The Northpower Board adheres to the Four Pillars of Governance Best Practice:

  1. Determination of purpose
  2. An effective governance culture
  3. Holding to account
  4. Effective compliance

The Four Pillars of Governance Best Practice is the Institute of Directors comprehensive reference guide for directors in New Zealand. The Four Pillars blends high level principles in governance best practice with practical guidance on day to day directorship and an interpretation of legislation affecting directors.

Code of Conduct
As part of the Board's commitment to the highest standards of behaviour and accountability, the Company adopts a code of conduct to guide executives, management and employees in carrying out their duties and responsibilities. The code covers such matters as:

Board Operations and Membership
The Board comprises eight directors; a non-executive Chairperson and seven non-executive directors. Board members have an appropriate range of proficiencies, experience and skills to ensure compliance with all governance responsibilities.

The Board meets monthly and has additional meetings as required to address specific issues.

The primary responsibilities of the Board include:

Audit Committee
The Audit Committee is responsible for overseeing the financial accounting and audit activities of the Group, including reviewing the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls, meeting with and reviewing the performance of the external auditors, reviewing the consolidated financial statements and making recommendations on financial and accounting policies. The Committee met four times during the year.

Statement of Corporate Intent
In accordance with Section 39 of the Energy Companies Act 1992, the Board submits to the Northpower Electric Power Trust a draft Statement of Corporate Intent (SCI) for the coming financial year. The SCI sets out the Company's overall objectives, intentions and financial performance targets.

Risk Management
The Board has overall responsibility for the Group's internal control systems. The Board has established policies and procedures that are designed to provide effective internal control. In addition, the Board reviews ways of enhancing existing risk management strategies, including the segregation of duties, the employment of suitably qualified and experienced staff, and the implementation, where considered necessary and effective, of recommendations made by the external auditors.

Nikki Davies-Colley, Chair

Elected Chairman in August 2014, Nikki has been a Director of Northpower since 1995. She has previously chaired the Audit Committee, and served as a West Coast Energy Director from August 2009 until October 2014, and an inaugural Northpower Fibre Director since December 2010 until July 2014. Nikki is a Chartered Fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors, a Kellogg Scholar and holds a Masters of Business Administration.

Nikki and her husband Peter have been farming and involved in all aspects of the Forestry industry in Northland for over 30 years. Appointed in December 2011, and re-elected in 2014, Nikki is a founding Director of the merged Farmlands Co-operative Society Ltd, it's subsidiary Farmlands Finance Ltd, and sits on the Farmlands Remuneration Sub-Committee. She is also a Director of Landcorp Ltd since May 2012, and Chairs the Employment Sub-Committee of that company.

David Ballard, Director
BE (Hons), MBA.

David has been a Director of Northpower since 1999 and is also Managing Director and founder of NZ Bloom Ltd since 1992. David has extensive experience in the exporting industry and has established offices in Auckland, Los Angeles and Osaka. Prior to this David was a Technologist with the NZ Dairy Board.

Russell Black, Director
BE(Civil) (Hons), FREng, FIPENZ.

Russell has had a long project management career in tunnelling and underground railway construction in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, London, China and Australia. Until 2010 he was Executive Projects Director for Hong Kong's MTR Corporation Ltd (underground railway owner/operator) for 18 years, responsible for railway projects in Hong Kong and China. He is currently a member of the NZ Earthquake Commission Board, and has farming and forestry interests in the Kaipara District.

Richard Booth, Director
MBA, Dip Ag.

Richard’s current governance roles are as independent Chairman of Delta Produce (a Dargaville kumara packing and marketing co-operative)and a ministerial appointment to the commission governing Kaipara District Council until October 2016. Previous Directorships have been the Board of the Northland Dairy Co-op, the New Zealand Dairy Board, Kiwi Co-op, and Fonterra. Private business interests include two dairy farms and an avocado orchard. Community work is as President of the Mangakahia Rugby Club.

Michael James, Director
BCom, CA.Michael is currently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Plant & Food Research, a large Crown owned science company providing research and development to New Zealand’s horticultural, arable and food sectors. Michael has had significant senior executive experience in particular with innovative or high technology organisations with international scale. Michael’s past positions include CFO at Navman, a global supplier of GPS based navigation products for marine and land applications, and General Manager Europe for Dynamic Controls, a global supplier of mobility control systems for health sector.

Mark Trigg, Director
B Eng Chemical and Materials.

Mark joins the Board in 2015, and brings extensive industry experience through his 18 years in the electricity generation and retailing sector. During that time he has had responsibility for business development (including offshore investments), large scale project management, operations, strategy and trading. Prior to his time in the electricity sector he had a decade in the financial markets industry. Mark is also a Director of Century Drilling and Energy Services, a privately owned company specialising in providing drilling services to the geothermal and oil and gas sectors, and engineering services to the geothermal and hydro generation sectors.

Laurie Kubiak, Director

Laurie’s career has spanned the ICT, telco, aviation, infrastructure and energy sectors. He has held roles in strategy, economics, regulation, country management, operations, business development and general management – in public and private sectors - advising on the formation and execution of commercial strategy, public policy and regulation. Before becoming NZIER’s Chief Executive in 2014, Laurie spent 25 years in in numerous commercial and strategic roles for FTSE-100 companies active in international markets. After a series of financial and commercial roles for BP Amoco, Shell and SITA, Laurie joined BT Group in 2000 and was appointed Head of Economic Analysis for BT Global Services in 2003. He was then successively Head of Products, Head of UK and, in 2010, Director of Global Competition and Regulation. He was also Chair of the Working Groups for Economics and Business Services for the European Competitive Telecommunications Operators Association (ECTA) in Brussels for seven years.

Phil Hutchings, Director

B.Eng. (Hons), Dip Bus Admin.

Phil was born in Rotorua and studied mechanical engineering at Canterbury University. He started his career with BHP Billiton in Melbourne, and after further business studies, moved into commercial management in the international mining sector. He had ten years in corporate finance, as a partner of Wilson HTM Ltd (stockbrokers) in Brisbane and as Head of Equity Research. Since 2000, Phil has consulted to technology and energy companies, including periods as CEO or General Manager. He has wide international experience and has fifteen years involvement in the renewable energy sector in Germany and Australia. Phil has been an active mentor with Business Mentors New Zealand. He is an experienced director of listed and unlisted companies. In his spare time, Phil is a licensed amateur radio operator.