Rob Campbell 
Chair

Rob has over 30 years’ experience in investment management and corporate governance. He is currently Chair of Tourism Holdings Limited, Summerset Group Holdings Limited and SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited. He is also a Director of Precinct Properties Limited and various substantial private companies based in Australia and New Zealand. In addition, Rob is a Director of, or advisor to, a number of hedge and private equity funds in several countries. He is a Member of the NZ Equity Management Investment Committee. He trained as an economist and has worked in a variety of capital market advisory and governance roles over a long period. Rob was appointed to the Board of WEL Networks Limited in June 2017.


Barry Harris
director, audit and risk committee member

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, Wintec, NIWA, McFall Fuel Limited and Waikato Regional Airport Limited. Barry is also a Trustee of the Te Awa River Trust and a Member of the Waikato River Authority. Throughout his career, Barry has held a number of chief executive roles, including for 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 was appointed to the Board of WEL Networks Limited in October 2014.


JACKIE COLLIAR
director

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. 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. 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.


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 Metlifecare Limited and Green Cross Health Limited. Carolyn is also a Trustee of New Zealand Football Foundation.  Until 2016, Carolyn was Portfolio Manager at Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation, the Crown entity that manages the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. Prior to joining the Guardians in 2010, Carolyn spent ten years 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.


 

Geoff Lawrie
director, remuneration committee chair, innovation and technology committee MEMBER

Geoff has 36 years of experience in the Technology industry in New Zealand and overseas. He is currently the Chair of Auror Limited, a Director of Obex Medical and Plan B Ltd, and Chair of the Advisory Board at Younity. 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.


JULIAN COOK
director

Julian has 20 years' investment banking and senior management experience. He is currently a director of Sky City Entertainment Group Limited and 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.


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 20 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 is currently a director of ETEL Limited and Telarc Limited. Paul is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He chairs Bobux International Limited, The Accreditation Council and The Environmental Protection Authority’s Audit and Risk Committee. Paul was appointed to the Board of WEL Networks Limited in September 2019.