Rob Campbell 
wel group Chair

Rob has over 30 years’ experience in investment management and corporate governance. Currently he is Chair of Tourism Holdings Limited, Summerset Group Holdings Limited (NZ), Sky City Entertainment Group Limited and a Director of Precinct Properties. Additionally Rob is a Director of or Advisor to a number of hedge and private equity funds in a number of countries. Rob trained as an economist and has worked in a variety of capital market advisory and governance roles over a long period.

Geoff Lawrie

Director of WEL Networks Limited, Waikato Networks Limited and Ultrafast Fibre Limited and Chair of the Group Remuneration Committee

Geoff has 36 years of professional business experience in the technology industry in New Zealand and Asia/Pacific, 25 of those in General Manager or Managing Director positions. He has worked at a senior strategic level for some of the most respected international companies in this industry, including six years as the Managing Director of Microsoft NZ and nine years as the NZ Country Manager for Cisco Systems. Geoff was the inaugural Chairman of the New Zealand Technology Industry Association and maintains strong linkages with the technology-based innovation sector in NZ. Geoff is a Director at Howard and Company, Chairman of Auror, a Beachheads Advisor for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and is a Trustee of the Valens Group charitable organisation. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and the Ice Angel network in Auckland.

Tony Barnes

Director of WEL Networks Limited, Waikato Networks Limited and Ultrafast Fibre Limited

Tony has 30 years’ broad business experience in the utilities, media, HR services, technology and cyber security sectors in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Tony is currently CEO of IT security specialist Cyber Research Group Limited. He has previously served as CEO of LSE-listed smart metering pioneer BGlobal PLC, utility market software company Utilisoft, electricity retail outsourcer MBCGlobal, and as COO of ASX-listed HR services provider Chandler Macleod Group. Tony is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tony SteelE

Director of WEL Networks Limited, Waikato Networks Limited, Ultrafast Fibre Limited, Chair of the Group Audit and Risk Committee

Tony is a Chartered Accountant and has had a career in professional practice joining KPMG in 1988. His specialty area was in Business Advisory Services, which included a wide range of commercial and corporate services. Tony retired from the practice in December 2009, after having served 11 years as the Managing Partner of the Hamilton office and a similar term on KPMG’s National Management Board. He is a fellow of the Institute of Directors. Tony has been an Independent Director and Chairman of Maisey Group (formerly Forlong and Maisey) Limited since 2002. He also sits on the Boards of several subsidiaries of Maisey Group Limited in both New Zealand and Australia. Since retiring from KPMG, Tony has accepted appointments as an Independent Director of several local private companies.

Barry Harris

Director of WEL Networks Limited, Waikato Networks Limited and Ultrafast Fibre Limited; Member of the Group Audit and Risk Committee

Barry has extensive governance and executive experience including Chief Executive roles with Environment Waikato, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Hamilton City Council and as a Group Director of Fonterra Milk Supply and a member of the Fonterra leadership team. He is currently the Chair of New Zealand Food Innovation (Waikato) Limited, NIWA, Wintec, National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) Limited, OSPRI (formerly Animal Health Board) and McFall Fuels Limited. Barry is also a Director of TB Free New Zealand Limited, a Trustee of the Te Awa River Trust and a Member of the Waikato River Authority. Previous Boards include; CentrePort, RD1, International Nutritionals, Hamilton Riverside Hotels and Local Authority Shared Services.


Candace Kinser

Director of WEL Networks Limited, Waikato Networks Limited and Ultrafast Fibre Limited

Candace has held a number of senior roles in the tech sector including over a decade of experience as a CEO and Director on private, government and listed Boards. She is currently the Head of Transformation (Digital) at FNZC; an Advisor and Non-Executive Director for a number of high growth companies including NZX listed EROAD, bovine genetics technology company Livestock Improvement (LIC) and global tech recruitment company Talent International, based in Australia. Previously, she also served as a Director for Crown SOE entity Quotable Value (QV) and has worked to develop family-owned businesses McCashins Brewing and the Superb Herb Company. She is a NZ Advisor for Palo Alto data analytics and cyber company, Palantir Technologies and a Beachheads Advisor for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.


Carolyn Steele

Director of WEL Networks Limited and Waikato Networks Limited and Ultrafast Fibre Limited and Member of the Group Audit and Risk Committee.

Carolyn is a professional director with substantial experience in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and investment management. She is currently a Director of Metlifecare Limited, Green Cross Health Limited and the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation, is a Trustee of the New Zealand Football Foundation and previous Director of Datacom Group Limited. Until 2016 Carolyn was a Portfolio Manager at Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation, the Crown entity which manages the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. Prior to joining Guardians in 2010, Carolyn spent ten years in investment banking at Forsyth Barr and Credit Suisse/First NZ Capital.