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 seven directors; a non-executive Chairperson and six 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

Nikki was elected Chairman of Northpower in August 2014 and has been a Director of Northpower since 1995. She previously chaired the Audit Committee and served as a West Coast Energy Director and inaugural Northpower Fibre Director. She is currently a Director of Farmlands Co-operative Society Ltd, WorkSafe and Landcorp Farming Ltd. She is a Chartered Fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors and a Kellogg Scholar. Nikki and her husband Peter have been farming and involved in Northland’s forestry industry for over 30 years.

David Ballard
BE (Hons), MBA

David has been a Director of Northpower since 1999 and 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.

Richard Booth
MBA, Dip Ag

Richard is independent Chairman of the Kaipara District Council Audit and Risk Committee. He retired as Chairman of Delta Produce in Dargaville in August 2016 and was a ministerial appointment to the commission governing Kaipara District Council until October 2016.. He has held previous directorships on the Board of the Northland Dairy Co-op, the New Zealand Dairy Board, Kiwi Co-op and Fonterra. He has private business interests in two dairy farms and an avocado orchard and retired as President of the Mangakahia Rugby Club in November 2016.

Michael James
BCom, CA

Michael is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Plant & Food Research, a Crown owned science company assisting New Zealand’s horticultural, arable and food sectors. He has had significant senior executive experience, particularly with innovative or high technology organisations with international scale. Previously he was CFO at Navman, a global supplier of GPS based navigation products and General Manager Europe for Dynamic Controls.

Mark Trigg
B Eng Chemicals and Materials

Mark joined the Northpower Board in 2015 bringing extensive industry experience, with 18 years in the electricity generation and retailing sector. During that time he had responsibility for business development, 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 has completed an advanced executive programme at Columbia University and also holds directorships on Liquigas, Century Drilling and Energy Services, and Ngati Tuwharetoa Holdings Limited and associated subsidiaries.

Laurie Kubiak

Laurie’s career has spanned the ICT, telco, aviation, infrastructure and energy sectors. He has held senior roles in strategy, economics, regulation, country management, operations, business development and general management – in public and private sectors. Before becoming NZIER’s Chief Executive in 2014, Laurie spent 25 years in numerous commercial and strategic roles for FTSE-100 companies active in international markets.

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

Phil is an experienced director of listed and unlisted companies, with international experience in renewable energy in Germany and Australia. His early career was in commercial management in the mining sector with BHP Billiton and Queensland Nickel. He then moved into corporate finance as a partner of Wilson HTM Ltd (stockbrokers) in Brisbane. Since 2000 Phil has consulted to technology and energy companies, including periods as CEO or General Manager.