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Nicola Crauford

Nicola Crauford
BSc (Hons), PhD, DistFEngNZ, IntPE(NZ), FAICD, CFInstD
(Appointed 1 July 2015) Wellington
Nicki has extensive governance and senior management experience in energy, water and telecommunications utilities. As a director she brings a combination of technical, commercial and strategic skills. She has a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and a doctorate in applied science from the University of Southampton and has worked in the oil and gas, energy and banking sectors. As well as utilities her governance portfolio has spanned, science research and development, fire and emergency management, and environmental protection and regulation. Nicki has Chaired GNS Science since 2015. She also chairs the Electricity Authority and is a director of Watercare Services, CentrePort and the is a trustee of the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust. She is a Distinguished Fellow of Engineering New Zealand, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

John Sharpe

John Sharpe
BSc, MSc (Tech) Hons, PhD, CMInstD
(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.

Paul White

Paul White
(Appointed 14 August 2017) Northland
Paul is from the Ngai Tūpoto hapū  of Te Rarawa iwi and has had a 30 year background in Māori development and wide experience in the public service. He is currently a management and development consultant and professional director and lives in Rawene in the Hokianga. He is an experienced director serving on a number of boards over the last 15 years including Housing NZ, Canterbury District Health Board, FITEC, the Health Sponsorship Council and Te Rarawa Iwi Asset Holding company, Te Waka Pupuri Pūtea. He is currently on the board of the lines company, Top Energy Ltd, Te Rarawa Farming Ltd, He Matapihi Executive, and the Māori Council of Heritage NZ. Previously he was the Chief Executive of Ngai Tahu Development Corporation, Regional Director for Te Puni Kokiri in Tai Tokerau, and Regional Manager for the Housing Corporation in Northland. Paul is a registered architect and has a Masters in Business Studies. He was also a member of Te Hiku Iwi’s team that successfully negotiated the Te Hiku Treaty claims settlements which were agreed to in 2012.

Felicity Evans

Felicity Evans 
Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)
(Appointed 1 July 2018) Wellington
Felicity has more than 25 years of experience in the finance industry, including in retail and commercial banking and human resources. She was formerly the General Manager Talent and Culture for ANZ New Zealand and Pacific and was a member of the bank’s executive leadership team for 10 years, providing strategic counsel on people and culture. She has held leadership roles across the bank, including in its highly successful 2012 merger of its National Bank and ANZ Bank brands and its technology systems. Felicity is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Chartered member of the NZ Institute of Directors, an Associate of the Bankers’ Institute of New Zealand, a former Trustee of Diversity Works, a former Trustee of the ANZ Staff Superannuation Scheme, a former Director of Arawata Assets Limited, a Director of Global Women NZ and a member of Defence Employer Support Council.  


Andrew Cordner
(Appointed 1 February 2022) Auckland
Andrew Cordner is Director of Legal at Fonterra. In this role, Andrew serves as Fonterra’s General Counsel and leads the highly experienced Fonterra Global Legal Team with lawyers based in New Zealand, Australia, China, Chile, the Netherlands, the United States, and Brazil.  Andrew also serves as Company Secretary to the NZX-listed Fonterra Shareholders’ Fund (NZX:FSF).  Prior to joining Fonterra in 2007, Andrew was a partner at Foley Hoag LLP, a leading US corporate law firm (with offices in Boston, New York, Washington DC, and Paris) specialising in corporate and commercial advisory work, venture capital, bankruptcy, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, and international transactions. He has a LL.B (Hons) and B.Com from Canterbury University and an LL.M from Duke University School of Law.  Andrew is currently a member of the NZ Law Society’s National Standards Committee, which investigates and considers complaints that are sufficiently major or complex or of public interest or importance to the NZ legal profession. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of St Andrew's Village, a large aged care charitable trust.


Wendy Venter
(Appointed 1 February 2022) Wellington
Wendy is a board director and independent consultant with expertise in governance, risk management, organisational change and assurance. She is a former partner at EY, deputy chief executive at the Ministry of Social Development and assistant auditor-general.Wendy is a director of Plant and Food Research and a trustee of Wellington’s Nikau Foundation. She is an independent member of the Treasury’s Audit Committee for the Government Financial Statements, and chairs the risk and assurance committees of Stats NZ and the Parliamentary Counsel Office. Wendy is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.