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Board of Directors

Trustpower’s Board of Directors governs our business strategy and key decision-making in New Zealand and Australia. If you look across our Board members you will see experience in major engineering projects, the evolution of water markets and irrigation economics, IT and customer facing systems, and a deep understanding of the electricity sector.

Paul Ridley-Smith LLB, MBA (Columbia)

BOARD CHAIR

Paul Ridley Smith

Paul joined the Board in January 2016 as chair. He is a senior executive at Morrison & Co, the manager of Infratil, Trustpower’s largest shareholder. Paul first joined Morrison & Co in 1998, rejoining in 2015 after 4 years as general counsel at Contact Energy. He has been a director of various Infratil group companies, including Wellington International Airport and iSite Media. He is currently an independent director of listed resthome operator, Arvida Group. Paul has a Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University.

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Geoff Swier MCom (ECON), MAICD

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Geoff joined the Board in 2007, and is also Chair of the Audit Committee. His other roles include Director of Melbourne consulting firm, Farrier Swier. Geoff has over 20 years of experience in micro-economic reform; notably in the establishment of competitive energy markets and privatisation in Australia and New Zealand; and in the development of water industries in Australia and Asia. His past roles include being a Member of the Australian Energy Regulator and Associate Member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Geoff holds a Master of Commerce from Auckland University.

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Richard Aitken BE (HONS), M.Eng.Sc (Syd)

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Richard has been a Director since 2010. He brings extensive experience in engineering project management and associated contractual matters, for major power and water infrastructure projects. Richard is also Executive Chair of the Beca Group, and has been with Beca for over 40 years. He holds a Master of Engineering Science and a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from Sydney University.

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Sam Knowles MSc (HONS)

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Sam joined the Board in 2007, bringing significant experience in the banking industry. He has been a senior manager for trading banks in New Zealand and Australia, specialising in areas including strategic planning, retail services, marketing, and business development. Sam is the former Chief Executive of Kiwibank and is now a Professional Director. He holds a Master of Science (Honours) from Canterbury University.

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Marko Bogoievski BCA, CA, MBA (Harvard)

DIRECTOR

Marko has held a position on the Trustpower Board since 2009. He is Chief Executive Officer of Morrison & Co and Infratil Limited; a Director of Infratil, and certain Infratil subsidiaries. Marko was previously Telecom Chief Financial Officer, responsible for corporate finance, M&A and group strategy. Marko has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.

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Alan Bickers MNZM, JP, BE, GDipBS, CFInstD, DistFIPENZ, FAMINZ

DIRECTOR

Alan was appointed to the Board in September 2014. He has a long history of governance in private companies, Government Boards and Crown Entities, and not for profit organisations. He is a civil engineer with a particular interest in renewable generation of electricity and sustainable management of the environment. He was formerly Chief Executive of Tauranga City Council and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and other professional organisations.

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Susan Peterson BCom, LLB

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Susan is currently an Independent Director on, NZX and ASX listed, Xero Limited, Vista Group International Limited and Property for Industry Limited. Susan is also an Independent Director on the Board of The New Zealand Merino Company Limited and a Chairman/Shareholder in Organic Initiative Limited. Susan is a Member of the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal. Susan’s earlier career was in law and financial services where she held a number of senior executive roles at ANZ. Susan has been an independent director of Trustpower since 27 August 2015.