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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)


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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


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.


Joanna Breare BSc (HONS), PhD


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.


Sheridan Broadbent BCom


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.


Peter Coman BA, BPA, MSc


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)


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.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith LLB


Michael lives in Tauranga and brings extensive governance experience in both private and listed entities. He currently chairs Craigs Investment Partners Superannuation Management Limited, among other directorships. He was also a director of Port of Tauranga Ltd for 16 years, during which it grew substantially to become New Zealand’s pre-emininent port with a market cap of $3 billion. Michael holds a LLB from Victoria University of Wellington and has practised as a commercial lawyer since 1985. He was a partner at Tauranga law firm Holland Beckett Solicitors from 1985, becoming a consultant in 1995 in order to pursue external business opportunities. He is now a professional director and fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Michael joins the Board as the representative for the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust (TECT) and their wholly owned subsidiary TECT Holdings Ltd, which is Trustpower’s second largest shareholder with 26.8% of voting shares, and is a non-independent director.