Paul Ridley-Smith LLB, MBA (Columbia)
Paul joined the Board in January 2016 as chair. He is a senior executive at Morrison & Co, the manager of Infratil, Trustpower’s largest shareholder. Paul first joined Morrison & Co in 1998, rejoining in 2015 after 4 years as general counsel at Contact Energy. He has been a director of various Infratil group companies, including Wellington International Airport and iSite Media. He is currently an independent director of listed resthome operator, Arvida Group.
Paul has a Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University.
Geoff Swier MCom (ECON)
Geoff joined the Board in 2007 and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Geoff has over 25 years of experience in micro-economic reform notably in the establishment of competitive energy markets and privatisation in Australia, New Zealand and Asia; and in the development of water industries in Australia. He is a Director of Tilt Renewables Australia Pty Ltd and Melbourne based consulting firm Farrier Swier Consulting. 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), ONZM, Dist FIPENZ
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. Up until April 2017, Richard was Executive Chair of the Beca Group, having previously been the Beca Group Chief Executive Officer, and having been with Beca for over 40 years. He holds a Master of Engineering Science and a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from Sydney 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.
Alan Bickers MNZM, JP, BE, GDipBS, CFInstD, DistFIPENZ, FAMINZ
Alan was appointed to the Board in September 2014. He has a long history of governance in private companies, Government Boards and Crown Entities, and not for profit organisations. He is a civil engineer with a particular interest in renewable generation of electricity and sustainable management of the environment. He was formerly Chief Executive of Tauranga City Council and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and other professional organisations.
Susan Peterson BCom, LLB
Susan is currently an Independent Director on, NZX and ASX listed companies Xero Limited and Vista Group International Limited and NZX listed companies Property for Industry Limited and ASB Bank Limited. Susan is also an Independent Director on the Board of The New Zealand Merino Company Limited and a Chairman/Shareholder in Organic Initiative Limited. Susan is a Member of the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal. Susan’s earlier career was in law and financial services where she held a number of senior executive roles at ANZ. Susan has been an independent director of Trustpower since 27 August 2015.
Steven Fitzgerald BEcon, ANU (Australian National University)
Steven joined the Board in 2017. He is Head of Asset Management for HRL Morrison & Co. He is Chair of Perth Energy and other directorships include Perth Airport and RetireAustralia. Steven's prior roles include being CEO and director of Wellington International Airport, CEO of Infratil Airports Europe and General Manager Airport Operations at Sydney Airport. Steven has 25 years of infrastructure experience and, prior to his senior executive roles, he was involved in the Australian Government’s corporatisation and privatisation programme. Steven has an economics degree from the Australian National University, has completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.