• Barry Harris

    Barry Harris


    Barry has extensive governance and executive experience. He is currently Chair of OSPRI (formerly Animal Health Board), TBFree New Zealand Limited, National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) Limited, New Zealand Food Innovation (Waikato) Limited, NIWA, McFall Fuel Limited and Waikato Regional Airport Limited. He is a Director of Melody Dairies GP Limited. Throughout his career, Barry has held a number of chief executive roles, including Environment Waikato, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Hamilton City Council. He was also a senior executive with Fonterra for five years. Some of Barry’s previous directorships include CentrePort, RD1, International Nutritionals, Hamilton Riverside Hotels and Local Authority Shared Services. Barry joined the Board of WEL Networks Limited in October 2014 and was appointed Chair in June 2022.

  • Paul Connell

    Paul Connell

    Director, Audit and Risk Committee Member

    Paul is an experienced Director and Chair with over 40 years of commercial, governance and financial experience, including over 22 years as a professional Director of listed and private companies, community-owned companies and Crown Entities. He was a Director of lines company Unison Networks for nine years and has been a Director of technology and telecommunications companies. He currently chairs The Accreditation Council and is a Director of ETEL Limited, Telarc Limited and The Environmental Protection Authority, where he is chair of audit and risk. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He is an Independent Member of the Risk and Assurance Committee for Waikato Regional Council and an Independent Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Auckland Council. Paul was appointed to the Board of WEL Networks Limited in September 2019.

  • Julian Cook

    Julian Cook


    Julian has 20 years' investment banking and senior management experience. He is currently Chair of Sky City Entertainment Group Limited and a Director of Winton Property Limited and Deakin TopCo Pty Limited (trading as Levande). He started his career with 11 years working in the investment banking division of Macquarie Bank. In this time he covered a number of sectors and worked on a number of transactions in the electricity distribution and generation/retail sectors. Following this he spent three years as the CFO of Summerset which is New Zealand's second largest retirement village and aged care operator. During this time he worked on the initial public offering of Summerset on the NZX. He then spent 7 years as the CEO of Summerset, stepping down in early 2021. Julian was appointed to the board of WEL Networks Limited in June 2021.

  • Geoff Lawrie

    Geoff Lawrie

    Director, People and Culture Committee Chair

    Geoff has 36 years of executive experience in the technology industry in New Zealand and overseas. He is currently the Chair of Auror Limited and Younity Limited. He is a Director of Plan B Limited and Enable Networks Limited. Geoff has previously held directorships with Ngai Tahu Farming and Pivot Software Limited, and was the first elected Chairman of the industry body, NZ Tech. Geoff was appointed to the Board of WEL Networks Limited in June 2018.

  • Carolyn Steele

    Carolyn Steele

    Director, Audit and Risk Committee Chair

    Carolyn has substantial experience in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and investment management. She is currently Chair of Halberg Foundation and a Director of Green Cross Health Limited, Oriens Capital GP2 Limited, Vulcan Steel Limited and Property for Industry Limited. Carolyn has previously worked as a Portfolio Manager at Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation and in investment banking at Forsyth Barr and Credit Suisse/First NZ Capital. Carolyn was appointed to the Board of WEL Networks Limited in June 2017.

  • Jackie Colliar

    Jackie Colliar

    Director, People and Culture Committee Member

    Ko Taupiri te Maunga, ko Waikato te Awa, ko Tainui te Waka, ko Waikato te Iwi, ko Ngaati Mahuta te Haapu, ko Taniwha raua ko Waahi o ngaa Marae.

    An experienced governor and director, Jackie is a trustee for Taniwha Marae and serves as a member of the executive board (Te Arataura) for Te Whakakitenga o Waikato, the iwi organisation for Waikato-Tainui. She is also a Trustee of Ngaa Muka Development Trust. Jackie is a Crown Appointed member to the Waikato River Authority, Director to the Waikato River Clean Up Trust and an intern on the Waikato District Council Independent Water Governance Board. She is also a Director of Te Maataarae Ki Rangiriri General Partner Limited. Professionally, Jackie is an Environmental Engineer, Researcher and Infrastructure Strategist with over 20 years’ experience working for and with communities, local authorities, iwi and the private sector. Jackie's work currently focuses on three-waters infrastructure strategic planning and development in the wider Waikato-Hamilton Metro Area and Waikato River Catchment. Jackie was appointed to the Board of WEL Networks Limited in June 2021.