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Board of Directors

Nicola Crauford

Nicola Crauford
Chairman
BSc, PhD, CPEng
(Appointed 1 July 2015) Wellington
Nicola has extensive management and governance experience gained in private and state owned companies. She is a director of Watercare Services Limited, Orion New Zealand, the Environmental Protection Authority, Wellington Water Limited and the Wellington Rural Fire Authority. Nicola is a member of the Local Government Risk Management Agency Establishment Board. She was formerly a member of Transpower's executive team and a director of Genesis Energy.

Sarah Haydon

Sarah Haydon
Deputy Chairman, Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee
BSc, ACA, MInstD
(Appointed 1 July 2014) Auckland
Sarah is a director of Ports of Auckland Limited and The Co-Operative Bank Limited, the Chairman of Cavalier Corporation Limited and New Zealand Riding for the Disabled Association Inc, a Council member of Unitec Institute of Technology and an Executive Committee Member of Waste Disposal Services. She is a chartered accountant and has worked for BP in the UK and also on international project work, and was CFO at OfficeMax New Zealand. Sarah has an extensive background in planning, finance, general management and organisational development. She has led very large teams of people and has strong HR and people skills.

S.Weaver

Professor Steve Weaver
BSc Hons, PhD, DSc, FGS, FNZIC, FRSNZ.
(Appointed 1 July 2010) Christchurch
Steve is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and former Head of the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Canterbury. He has held academic appointments at Birmingham, London and Nairobi universities. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and is a board member of the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation, the New Zealand Brain Research Institute, and REANNZ. Steve has published extensively on the geology of New Zealand, Antarctica and East Africa, specialising in igneous petrology, volcanology, isotope geochemistry, tectonics and environmental science.

Belinda Vernon

Belinda Vernon
BCom
(Appointed 1 July 2011) Auckland
Belinda is currently a consultant with a background in accounting and shipping, and is a Member of the Maritime NZ Authority. She has previously worked in senior accounting roles in the shipping industry. She is a former Member of Parliament (1996-2002), and Chair of the Auckland Philharmonia Foundation.

Chris Bush

Chris Bush
BE (Chem)(Hons), CMInstD
(Appointed 1 January 2016) New Plymouth
Chris is an experienced oil and gas professional with 30+ years spent in both Upstream and Downstream sectors including roles in New Zealand and overseas.  He runs his own consultancy providing strategy and risk management advice to the energy sector and associated industries, and has particular expertise in health and safety in high hazard industries.  He has held a number of director roles and was previously Chair of the Petroleum Exploration and Producers Association (PEPANZ) and of the Be Safe Taranaki Trust.

John Sharpe

John Sharpe
BSc, MSc (Tech), PhD
(Appointed 1 September 2016) Hamilton
John has held a number of executive leadership and director roles in early- to mid-stage technology companies in NZ and the USA. Trained in the physical sciences, John has spent much of his career developing and commercialising biomedical equipment and other sensor technologies with applications in primary industries, life sciences research, and human health. He has also been involved in state-owned and industry research organisations carrying out science and undertaking business development activities.