The Northpower Board of Directors includes a Chair and five Directors appointed by the Northpower Trust.
BBS, MBA. CFInstD
Nikki was elected Chairman in August 2014 and has been a Director of Northpower since 1995. She previously chaired the Audit Committee and is currently a Director of Farmlands Co-operative Society Ltd, WorkSafe New Zealand and has recently retired from 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.
MBA, Dip Ag
Richard is the former 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 is currently 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.
B Eng Chemical 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’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. 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.
B.Eng. (Hons), Dip Bus Admin
After training as an engineer in New Zealand, Phil moved into commercial management in the export oriented mining sector with BHP Billiton and Queensland Nickel. He had nine years in corporate finance as a partner of Wilson HTM Ltd (stockbrokers) in Brisbane. Since 2000, he has consulted to a small group of technology and energy companies, including periods as CEO or General Manager. Phil has a background in renewable energy in Australia and Germany and is an experienced director of listed and unlisted companies.