Dr Harker first became a member of the Trustpower Board in 2000 and was appointed Chair in 2007.
While Dr Harker is to retire from the board of Trustpower, he has agreed to be appointed the designate chair of the entity resulting from Trustpower's recently announced demerger proposal which is to acquire Trustpower's wind assets and wind farm development opportunities, should the demerger proposal proceed.
Following Dr Harker's announced retirement, the Board has resolved to appoint Mr Paul Ridley Smith as a director of Trustpower with effect from the date of Dr Harker's resignation to fill the resulting casual vacancy. The board has also resolved to appoint Mr Paul Ridley‐Smith as the chair of the board upon his appointment.
Mr Ridley‐Smith was a senior executive with HRL Morrison and Co from 1998 to 2011, re‐joining earlier this year. From 2011 to 2014 he was General Counsel at Contact Energy Limited. He has previously been a director of various Infratil Group and Contact Energy subsidiaries, including Wellington International Airport Limited, Liquigas Limited and Mana Coach Services Limited. He is currently a director of Arvida Group Limited and King Country Energy Limited. The Board has determined that Mr Ridley‐Smith is not an independent director for the purposes of the NZX Listing Rules.