Rob Campbell

Chairman and Independent non-executive director

Rob has over 30 years’ experience in investment management and corporate governance. He is currently the chair of Tourism Holdings Limited, Summerset Group Holdings Limited and Skycity Entertainment Group. 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 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 in June 2017.

Tony Barnes

Independent non-executive director

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 Ltd. 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 was appointed to the Board in June 2018.

Keith Goodall

Independent non-executive director

Keith is a chartered accountant in practice in Auckland and is primarily a professional director sitting on the Boards of companies involved in the energy, health, distribution, trades (in both Australia and New Zealand) and hospitality sectors. Keith has had a lengthy experience in the technology sector having chaired one of New Zealand’s first ISP’s, iHug Ltd and was subsequently appointed Deputy Chair of ASX listed iiNet Pty Ltd. Following his resignation from iiNet he joined the Board of Callplus/Slingshot until it was sold in 2015. Keith also acts as an expert witness in the High Court and Family Court on commercial and family matters and has held High Court appointments. Keith has been an Ultrafast Fibre Director since April 2017.

Barry Harris

Independent non-executive director

Barry has extensive governance and executive experience. He is currently the chair of New Zealand Food Innovation (Waikato) Limited, NIWA and McFall Fuels Limited. Barry is also a Director of DairyNZ, Dexcel Limited, TB Free New Zealand Limited, National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) Limited, Te Awa River Trust Trustee and OSPRI (formerly Animal Health Board). 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 in October 2014.

Candace Kinser

Independent non-executive director

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-Exec 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 NZ Trade and Enterprise.

She is appointed to the boards of WEL Networks Limited and Ultrafast Fibre Limited effective 24 August 2018.

Geoff Lawrie

Independent non-executive director

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 6 years as the Managing Director of Microsoft NZ and 9 years as the NZ Country Manager for Cisco Systems.
Geoff was the inaugural Chairman of the NZTech industry association and maintains strong linkages with the technology-based innovation sector in New Zealand. Geoff is also a Director at Howard & Company, a director at Ultrafast Fibre and WEL Networks, on the Advisory Board at Auror 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. He is also a New Zealand Advisor in the Beachheads program for NZTE.

Carolyn Steele

Independent non-executive director

Carolyn has substantial experience in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and investment management. She is currently a director of Metlifecare Limited, Green Cross Health Limited and Halberg Disability Sport Foundation. Carolyn is also 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 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 in June 2017.

Paul Connell

Independent non-executive director

Paul is an experienced director and chair with over 40 years of commercial, governance and financial experience, including 20 years as 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 tech and tele-communications companies and start-ups.

Paul is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He chairs Bobux International Ltd, The Accreditation Council and the Environmental Protection Authority audit and risk committee. He is a director of WEL Networks Ltd and ETEL Ltd.