Board of directors

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

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 including Auckland Transport, NZ Post and ACC. Pip is Chair of First Gas Holdings TopCo Limited (and subsidiary companies) and Gas Services NZ Limited (and subsidiary companies), and Deputy Chair of Abano Healthcare Limited. Current directorships include Chubb Insurance New Zealand Limited, Fonterra Shareholders Fund, NZ Superannuation Fund and Tamaki Research Limited. She is also a trustee at Ngahere Trust, and an advisor at NEXT.

Prior work experience and knowledge includes over 20 years in the areas of capital markets, banking, finance and investment management. Pip holds a degree in Horticultural Science from Lincoln University. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst from the CFA Institute USA. 


Dean Carroll

Deputy Chair

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.   


Professor Jan Evans-Freeman

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 has a PhD in electronic engineering from Manchester University. 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.


Bill Osborne

Bill is Director of Rangitira Services Limited and Ports of Auckland Limited. He is also Vice President of New Zealand Rugby Union Incorporate.

Previous experience includes being group manager of New Zealand Post, CEO of Quotable Value, inaugural Chair of 2 Degrees mobile, and being Chair of CoreLogic New Zealand.

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

Bill has also served on the NZ Māori Rugby Board and played 48 games for the All Blacks from 1975 to 1982.


Dr Tim Densem

Tim has held executive, senior management and engineering roles within electricity and gas network companies, electricity generator/retailers and tertiary training.
Between 2009 and 2013, Tim was CEO of the Electricity Supply Industry Training Organisation (now Connexis), and prior to this occupied General Manager roles at Mighty River Power (now Mercury). Through most of that time, Tim led Mighty River Power’s hydro and thermal generation business unit.

Tim holds a PhD degree in electrical engineering and has completed undergraduate papers in economics, computer science and organisation management from the University of Canterbury.


Ilze Gotelli

Ilze has worked in the New Zealand water sector for eleven years. Currently, she is responsible for managing Watercare’s engagement with large-scale housing developers. In this capacity, she is proactively involved in the dialogue on infrastructure requirements to service Auckland’s growth and housing requirements. Prior to this role, she was Environmental Planning Manager, responsible for leading Watercare’s inputs to the Auckland Unitary Plan. She also led Watercare’s involvement in Council and Government led initiatives on growth and development, providing input on the infrastructure aspects of servicing growth in Auckland.

Ilze holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Policy and in Law and Diplomacy (The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy) and a Masters Degree in Urban and Environmental Policy (Tufts University).


Kathy Meads

Kathy is currently a Director and Audit & Risk Committee Chair on the Port Taranaki Limited, NZPM Group Limited, Enable Services Limited and Shipowners Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association (Luxembourg) Boards.

Kathy has a strong background in commercial and financial management from in her career spanning over 30 years in Chief Financial Officer and operational roles.  This experience has been across a broad range of business sectors including Telecommunications, Property, Tourism, Seafood, Equities and latterly the Ports and Insurance industries. Kathy’s key executive roles over the last 20 years have been in Telecom NZ Ltd, Ngai Tahu Holdings Corporation Ltd, and for the last 12 years until 2016, Lyttelton Port of Christchurch.

Kathy holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accountancy from the University of Canterbury and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ. She  also serves voluntarily as a Trustee on the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.


Sheridan Broadbent

Sheridan Broadbent has been working in executive and governance roles in the infrastructure, technology and energy sectors for over 20 years. Most recently, she was Chief Executive of lines company Counties Power. Sheridan is on the Board of Kordia Group, the New Zealand Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum, the Chair of the advisory board to UMS NZ Limited, and is Chair of data analytics start-up Ampli Limited.

A chartered director, Sheridan is an inaugural graduate of the IOD’s Future Directors programme, of which Transpower is an active current participant.