Rob Campbell 
Group Chairman

Rob has over 30 years’ experience in investment management and corporate governance. He is currently Chair of Tourism Holdings Limited, Summerset Group Holdings Limited and SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited. He is also a Director of Precinct Properties Limited and various substantial private companies based in Australia and New Zealand. In addition, Rob is a Director of, or advisor to, a number of hedge and private equity funds in several countries. He is a Member of the Capital Markets 2029 Steering Committee. He trained as an economist and has worked in a variety of capital market advisory and governance roles over a long period. Rob was appointed to the Board of WEL Networks Limited and Waikato Networks Limited in June 2017 and Ultrafast Fibre Limited in April 2018.


Barry Harris
group director, audit and risk committee member

Barry has extensive governance and executive experience. He is currently Chair of OSPRI (formerly Animal Health Board), TBFree New Zealand Limited, National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) Limited, New Zealand Food Innovation (Waikato) Limited, Wintec, NIWA and McFall Fuel Limited. Barry is also a Trustee of the Te Awa River Trust and a Member of the Waikato River Authority. Throughout his career, Barry has held a number of chief executive roles, including for Environment Waikato, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Hamilton City Council. He was also a senior executive with Fonterra for five years. Some of Barry’s previous directorships include CentrePort, RD1, International Nutritionals, Hamilton Riverside Hotels and Local Authority Shared Services. Barry was appointed to the Board of WEL Networks Limited and Waikato Networks Limited in October 2014 and to Ultrafast Fibre Limited in April 2018.


Candace Kinser
group director, innovation and technology committee chair

Candace has held a number of senior roles in the technology sector including over a decade of experience as a CEO and Director on private, government and listed boards. She is currently the Head of Transformation at FNZC; an Advisor and Non-Executive Director for a number of high growth companies including NZX listed EROAD, bovine genetics technology company Livestock Improvement (LIC) and global tech recruitment company Talent International, based in Australia. Previously, she also served as a Director for Crown SOE entity Quotable Value (QV) and has worked to develop family-owned businesses McCashins Brewing and the Superb Herb Company and was the CEO of NZTech, founding TechWeek and TechWomen. She is a Beachheads Advisor for NZ Trade and Enterprise and a Director for Auckland Council’s Regional  Facilities.  Candace was appointed to the Board of WEL Networks Limited, Waikato Networks Limited and Ultrafast Fibre Limited in August 2018.


Carolyn Steele
group director, audit and risk committee

Carolyn has substantial experience in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and investment management. She is currently Chair of the Halberg Foundation and a Director of Metlifecare Limited and Green Cross Health Limited. Carolyn is also a Trustee of the New Zealand Football Foundation and previous Director of Datacom Group Limited. Until 2016, Carolyn was Portfolio Manager at Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation, the Crown entity that manages the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. Prior to joining the Guardians in 2010, Carolyn spent ten years in investment banking at Forsyth Barr and Credit Suisse/ First NZ Capital. Carolyn was appointed to the Board of WEL Networks Limited and Waikato Networks Limited in June 2017 and Ultrafast Fibre Limited in April 2018.


 

Geoff Lawrie
group director, remuneration committee chair, innovation and technology committee

Geoff has 36 years of experience in the Technology industry in New Zealand and overseas. He is currently the Chair of Auror Limited and a Director of Howard & Company. He is also a Beachheads Advisor to New Zealand Trade & Enterprise. Geoff has previously held directorships with Ngai Tahu Farming and Pivot Software Limited, and was the first elected Chairman of the industry body, NZ Tech. Geoff was appointed to the Board of WEL Networks Limited in June 2018, Waikato Networks Limited in April 2018 and Ultrafast Fibre Limited in April 2017.


Tony Barnes
group director, innovation and technology committee

Tony has 30 years’ broad business experience in the utilities, media, HR services, technology and cyber security sectors in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Tony is currently CEO of IT security specialist Cyber Research Group Ltd. He has previously served as CEO of LSE-listed smart metering pioneer BGlobal PLC, utility market software company Utilisoft, electricity retail outsourcer MBCGlobal, and as COO of ASX-listed HR services provider Chandler Macleod Group. Tony is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Tony was appointed to the Board of WEL Networks Limited, Waikato Networks Limited and Ultrafast Fibre Limited in June 2018.