Board of directors

As a State Owned Enterprise, Transpower’s Board is appointed by its shareholder – the New Zealand Government.

Tony Ryall

Chairman

Tony is a Director of nib NZ Limited and nib NZ Holdings Limited and is currently the Head of Public Policy at Simpson Grierson.

Prior to joining the firm, Tony had a distinguished career in public service as a Member of Parliament from 1990 to 2014. As a senior minister in the Government, Tony held a number of portfolios: Minister of Health, Minister of State Owned Enterprises, Minister of State Services. He also held ministerial positions between 1997 and 1999. Tony was Shareholding Minister for Transpower from 1997-1999 and 2011-2014.  

Tony holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree from Massey University, and became a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2015 New Year Queen’s Honours.

 

Don Huse

Deputy Chairman

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Don is Chairman of OTTP New Zealand Forest Investments Limited and Crown Irrigation Investments Limited. He is a director of Precinct Properties New Zealand Limited. He was Chief Executive Officer of Auckland International Airport from 2003 until he retired in 2008; Chief Financial Officer of Sydney Airport Corporation from 1998 to 2003; and Chief Executive of Wellington International Airport from 1991 to 1998.

From 1990 to 1999, Don was a Director of TransAlta New Zealand and of its predecessor entities. His earlier career included chief executive and senior financial management roles with the Cable Price Downer and Steel and Tube groups.

 

Professor Jan Evans-Freeman

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Jan is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Engineering at the University of Canterbury, and specialises in engineering and technology.  Before moving to New Zealand in 2009, Jan was the head of engineering at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK.  She is currently a Director of the Wireless Research Institute, the Electric Power Engineering Centre and the University of Canterbury Quake Centre. She is also a member of IPENZ governing board, and has served on many UK government advisory and funding panels. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers (FIPENZ) and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK).

Jan's research has concentrated around looking at defects in semiconductors for engineering applications, and the development of novel materials for light-emitting devices. She led many significant research projects in Europe on these topics before coming to New Zealand.

 

Pip Dunphy

Pip has worked as a non-executive director for the last 8 years. Recent governance roles include a diverse range of industries and companies. Current directorships include Abano Healthcare, Academic Colleges Group, Fonterra Shareholders Fund and NZ Super Fund. She is also a trustee at Ngahere Trust, and an advisor at NEXT.

Prior work experience and knowledge include the areas of capital markets, banking, finance and investment management.

 

Tim Lusk

Tim Lusk holds a degree in Power System Engineering and has over 45 years experience in the NZ electricity, telecommunications and construction industries.

He has worked in the public and private sector, including executive positions in McConnell Dowell International, Power NZ Limited, Transpower NZ Limited, Telecom NZ Limited and Meridian Energy Limited.

Tim is the Independent Chairman of Enable Networks Ltd, and Independent Director at Wairarapa Rural Fire Board. He is also a Director of the Environmental Protection Authority and was previously a Director of Unison Networks Limited.

 

Bill Osborne

Bill was CEO of Quotable Value from 1998 to December 2015.  He is well-known for his contribution to New Zealand’s property sector. He was also inaugural Chair of 2 Degrees mobile having been part of the establishment Board in 2002 and taking the organisation to launch in 2009 before retiring from the board in 2012. Most recently Bill was Chair of CoreLogic New Zealand having driven through the merger between PropertyIQ and Terralink International.

Bill is of Te Atihaunui descent (Whanganui area) and has committed much time to Maori development over the years.  He has served on the Maori Economic Development Commission and was responsible for establishing Te Huarahi Tika Trust, a pan Maori trust handling Maori interests in Radio Spectrum.  He also chaired Hautaki Limited, the commercial arm of the Trust.

Bill has also served on the NZ Maori Rugby Board and played 50 games for the All Blacks from 1975 to 1982.

 

Dean Carroll

Dean Carroll has over 30 years energy industry experience in New Zealand and internationally, most recently as CEO and Director of Lumo Energy Australia, Infratil Energy Australia and related companies. Dean held a number of senior executive roles at Genesis Energy and worked for ECNZ. He has also been a Director of Energy Online, Direct Connect Australia and the Energy Retailers Association of Australia, and served on the New Zealand Electricity Market Rules Committee. Dean has previously worked in the oil and gas sector in Canada and New Zealand for Fletcher Challenge Petroleum and earlier for Shell Oil NZ.