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.
Kevin Baker BMS
Kevin is CFO of Morrison & Co and a member of Morrison & Co’s Investment and Asset Management Committees. He was formerly CFO of Infratil. In addition to playing an active role in the assessment and financing of new investments, he is responsible for financial reporting, treasury and taxation, and aspects of governance for Morrison & Co investment mandates.
Prior to joining Morrison & Co in 2005, Kevin had considerable energy sector experience as CFO of NGC Holdings.
Kevin is on the board of several Infratil investments including as Chairman of NZ Bus, and a director of CDC. He has been a director of Lumo Energy / Infratil Energy Australia, Metlifecare, 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.
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.
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 on the Board of Global Women 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.
Dr David Prentice BEng (HONS), PhD, FEngNZ
Chief Executive and Non-Independent Director
David is Chief Executive of Trustpower Limited and a non-independent Director on the Board. He was appointed CEO in Jan 2020 in an acting capacity following the departure of the previous CEO, Vince Hawksworth.
David was most recently the Chair of the Interim Committee for Climate Change – an independent organisation tasked with providing analysis and recommendations to Government regarding emissions from agriculture and electricity generation. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive and Managing Director of Opus International Consultants, an NZX listed global infrastructure professional services company employing around 3000 people in 80 offices. He also served on the Board of Directors for Opus as a non-independent and executive board member.
David graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) degree and a PhD in Engineering and came to New Zealand as a Civil Engineer in 1997. He was Chairman of Business New Zealand’s Infrastructure sub-group for 5 years, is a member of the Institute of Directors, and a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand. David was also appointed as Chair of Martin Jenkins in Dec 2019.
Geoff Swier MCom (ECON)
Geoff joined the Board in 2007 and is Chair of the People and Remuneration Committee and a member 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 and New Zealand, road pricing reform and water industry regulation. He is a Director of Tilt Renewables Australia Pty Ltd, Health Purchasing Victoria and Melbourne based consulting firm Farrier Swier Consulting. His past roles include being a Member of the Australian Energy Regulator. Geoff holds a Master of Commerce from Auckland University.
Dr Keith Turner PhD in Engineering
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. During that time he established wind as a mainstream source of renewable energy in NZ, building 5 windfarms across NZ and Australia. He completed the Manapouri second tunnel, boosting station output to nearly 900MW. He also invested in Australian Hydro projects, then sold them down for a $650M profit after only 2 ½ years. During his CEO tenure Meridian paid the Govt more than $2200M of dividends. Since 2008 he has forged a role as a full time professional director. 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 is a hands on engineer having built himself a 38ft steel ocean cruising yacht, and a 2500 sq ft replica colonial home.