Dr Bruce Harker BE (HONS), PHD (Elec. Eng), MIPENZ
Bruce has been a Director of Trustpower since 2000 and Board Chair since 2007. He is also a member of the Audit Committee. Bruce is an executive of HRL Morrison & Co Limited, and is extensively involved in the New Zealand and Australian electricity industries. His previous roles have included Commercial Development Manager with ECNZ, and consultancy with Ernst & Young’s Energy Division. Bruce has been the Board Chair of Australian generator Southern Hydro, and has worked with the Queensland Government and BHP Power on a number of Australian energy projects. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering, as well as a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).
The Trustpower Board is focussed on understanding and looking after the risks inherent in our business, and preparing for the major decisions we see coming up. We focus on value, and in our industry that means good positioning for the medium to long term.
Geoff Swier MCom (ECON), MAICD
Geoff joined the Board in 2007, and is also Chair of the Audit Committee. His other roles include Director of Melbourne consulting firm, Farrier Swier. Geoff has over 20 years of experience in micro-economic reform; notably in the establishment of competitive energy markets and privatisation in Australia and New Zealand; and in the development of water industries in Australia and Asia. His past roles include being a Member of the Australian Energy Regulator and Associate Member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Geoff holds a Master of Commerce from Auckland University.
Richard Aitken BE (HONS), M.Eng.Sc (Syd)
Richard has been a Director since 2010. He brings extensive experience in engineering project management and associated contractual matters, for major power and water infrastructure projects. Richard is also Executive Chair of the Beca Group, and has been with Beca for over 40 years. He holds a Master of Engineering Science and a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from Sydney University.
Michael Cooney LLB
Michael has been on the Board since 2002. Beyond Trustpower, he is Chair and Trustee of the Tauranga Energy Consumers’ Trust. Michael was a Property and Business Law Partner in Tauranga law firm, Cooney Lees & Morgan for many years, and remains a consultant to the firm. He was also Tauranga district Coroner for a number of years. He is actively involved in the community and has been Chair of St Mary's School Board of Trustees; Trustee of Life Education Trust; and Trustee of Western Bay of Plenty Disadvantaged Persons Trust. Michael has a Bachelor of Law from Auckland University.
Sam Knowles MSc (HONS)
Sam joined the Board in 2007, bringing significant experience in the banking industry. He has been a senior manager for trading banks in New Zealand and Australia, specialising in areas including strategic planning, retail services, marketing, and business development. Sam is the former Chief Executive of Kiwibank and is now a Professional Director. He holds a Master of Science (Honours) from Canterbury University.
Marko Bogoievski BCA, CA, MBA (Harvard)
Marko has held a position on the Trustpower Board since 2009. He is Chief Executive Officer of Morrison & Co and Infratil Limited; a Director of Infratil, and certain Infratil subsidiaries; and Board Chair of Aotea Energy Holdings Limited, the holding company of Z Energy. Marko was previously Telecom Chief Financial Officer, responsible for corporate finance, M&A and group strategy. Marko has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.