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Board of Directors

Trustpower’s Board of Directors governs our business strategy and key decision-making. If you look across our Board members you will see experience in major engineering projects, the evolution of water markets and irrigation economics, IT and customer facing systems, and a deep understanding of the electricity sector.

Paul Ridley-Smith LLB, MBA (Columbia)

BOARD CHAIR AND NON-INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

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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, re-joining 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. Paul is a non-independent director due to his association with Infratil, Trustpower's largest shareholder.

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Kevin Baker BMS

NON-INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Kevin joined the Trustpower Board in June 2018. His 25 year executive career has covered energy, airports, retirement living, transport and data centres. Kevin was previously Morrison & Co's CFO and an executive director from 2010 – 2019, CFO of Infratil from 2005 to 2014 and Natural Gas Corporation Holdings Ltd from 1999 to 2005. He is a director of Infratil Infrastructure Property. He has been a director of Lumo Energy / Infratil Energy Australia, Metlifecare, CDC Data Centres and Wellington International Airport. Kevin was for 6 years a member of the New Zealand Market Disciplinary Tribunal, retiring from that position on 31 March 2018. He has a Bachelor of Management Studies from University of Waikato and is a member of Directors Institute, Institute Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and Institute of Financial Professionals NZ. Kevin is a non-independent director due to his association with Infratil, Trustpower's largest shareholder.

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Joanna Breare BSc (HONS), PhD

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Dr Joanna Breare has recently retired from Chief Executive Todd Energy, New Zealand after nearly 7 years with the company. During her tenure she was also Chair of the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand, the Chair of BeSafe Taranaki, a Board member of Venture Taranaki and Chair of the Taranaki 2050 Lead Group working towards a low emission economy. Joanna, born in the UK, graduated from London University with a BSc. (Geology, Hons 1st class) and a PhD (Geology). Joanna had 32 years’ experience in the energy industry with involvement in exploration, development, project management and production roles. She has worked in the UK and Vietnam with BP. Joanna migrated to New Zealand in 1997 and was a consultant to Shell, Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) and Fletcher Challenge Energy prior to joining STOS in 2002. During her 12 years at STOS, Joanna held the positions of Deputy General Manager, Joint Venture Business Manager and Exploration and Development Manager. Her role in Todd saw oversaw the expansion of the onshore Mangahewa natural gas field, the acquisition of the onshore Kapuni natural gas field from Shell and the acquisition of the Kapuni Gas Treatment plant from Vector.

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Sheridan Broadbent BCom

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Sheridan Broadbent is a business consultant and independent director with a career in senior executive roles in infrastructure, technology and energy in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific. She has been a director of Kordia since 2014, is presently Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum and an independent director of safety technology provider Cloudsource (SaferMe). She has previously been on the board of Transpower Ltd, Timberlands Ltd and was an Interim Board Member of Waka Kotahi NZTA. Sheridan is the former Chief Executive of lines company Counties Power, a former executive of Genesis Energy and held executive positions with Downer Group in New Zealand and Australia. She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a chartered member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, a member of Global Woman Inc, a member of the Te Runanga o te Ngati Maru and a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. Sheridan holds a BCom in International Business from the University of Auckland.

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Peter Coman BA, BPA, MSc

NON-INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Peter is head of social infrastructure investing at Morrison & Co and a member of the Morrison & Co Management Committee. He is currently chair of RetireAustralia, Pacific Radiology, Infratil Infrastructure Property Ltd and a director at Wellington International Airport Ltd. His career background is in infrastructure and property investment management with 25 years experience in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He has BA and BPA degrees from Auckland University and a MSc degree from Cass Business School, London. Peter is a non-independent director due to his association with Infratil, Trustpower's largest shareholder

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David Gibson BCom, LLB (HONS)

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

David joined the Trustpower Board in September 2020. He is currently also a director of Goodman (NZ) Limited, NZME Limited and Rangatira Limited. His career background is in corporate finance with 17 years experience at Deutsche Bank and Deutsche Craigs in New Zealand. He has a BCom LLB (Hons) degree from University of Canterbury.

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Dr Keith Turner PhD in Engineering

NON-INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Dr Keith Turner spent his 40 year executive career in the New Zealand electricity industry. He has a PhD in engineering, is a Distinguished Fellow of IPENZ and holds the Sir William Pickering Medal for Engineering Leadership. Keith joined the NZED from Rotorua Boys High School in 1968. As a young engineer, he specialized in HVDC technologies, including a CBI scholarship to the UK, before heading NZED’s, and then ECNZ’s, power planning and developement groups during the 80’s. After attending Stanford University in California in 1990, he became Managing Director, DesignPower and then the Chief Operating Officer for ECNZ prior to its breakup in 1995. He had leading roles in renegotiating the Maui Gas Contract, Comalco Aluminium Smelter supply contract, the completion of Clyde Dam and the start of the Manapouri Second Tunnel project. During the period 1985-1995 he took a leadership role in reform of the Electricity Industry, both in industry review teams and acting for the Government on a range of industry Boards to establish M-Co ( the new market operator), Transpower, Contact Energy and Meridian Energy. He became an inaugural member of the Electricity Market Surveillance Committee in 1996. In 1999 he became the first Chief Executive of Meridian Energy following the breakup of ECNZ, a role he held for 9 years, before retiring in 2008. He is currently Chair of Fisher and Paykel Appliances, and a Director of Victoria Power Networks, SA Power Networks and TransGrid in Australia. He was formerly Deputy Chair of Auckland International Airport Board, a Director of Spark Infrastructure (Aus), Chorus, and Chair of Team NZ. Keith joined the Trustpower Board on 26 July 2019 and is a non-independent director due to his association with Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust, a major shareholder in Trustpower.