Westpower-ElectroNet Board of Directors
Mike Newcombe (Chairman)
Appointed to the Board in September 1996, Mike Newcombe is the former owner and Managing Director of Newpower Streat, one of New Zealand’s biggest nation-wide electrical contracting and servicing companies, and has been associated with the electrical contracting industry for over fifty years. Mike commenced employment with the West Coast Electric Power Board in 1962. He then went on to establish Newpower in 1981 and developed the company into a highly successful enterprise. After the acquisition of Streat Electrical in 1998, Newpower Streat had a turnover of $25 million and employed 180 skilled staff operating from a network of ten customer service bases throughout New Zealand. The Newpower Streat business was sold in 2000 to Tyco International, a corporation with revenues of more than $US35 billion worldwide. Mike now works as a Director and Trustee for a number of organisations.
Hugh Little (Director)
Appointed to the Board in September 1999, Hugh is a retired Deputy CEO and General Manager Operations for Westland Milk Products. During his time with Westland Milk Products, Hugh guided the dairy company through a series of major expansion programmes, while ensuring that product produced on the West Coast remained of the highest quality. Hugh has vast project and people management skills and his experience in operational activities and attention to detail provides added value to the Board. Hugh is now a Director on the Westland Milk Products Board and also a Trustee of Development West Coast. In his spare time, Hugh can be found working on the family dairy farm, involved in family activities and takes a keen interest in sport.
Sue Merriman (Director/Audit Committee Chair)
Sue Merriman joined the Board in December 2001. Sue is a Chartered Accountant and Managing Director of Marshall and Heaphy Ltd in Greymouth. Sue brings public sector governance skills and private sector financial, commercial and entrepreneurial skills to the Board of Westpower Limited. Sue’s skill mix made her the obvious choice as Chair of the Westpower Audit Committee.
Tony Williams (Director)
Tony Williams joined the Board in August 2010. As Managing Director of the Williams Group of companies Tony has a proven ability to successfully contribute knowledge on a wide range of business ideas and initiatives. As well as commitments to businesses owned by the Williams Group, Director Tony Williams has past experience on the Boards of Solid Energy New Zealand Limited, Tourism West Coast and Development West Coast. He has held numerous other directorships and had involvement with a significant number of industry bodies bringing experience gained within these roles to his position on the Westpower/ElectroNet Board.
Ross Sinclair – Director
Ross Sinclair has spent the last 40 years in an around the NZ electricity industry. Ross has held senior roles in Distribution, Retail Electricity, Automation, Electrical Contracting and Renewable Energy Companies. More recently Ross was General Manager of an Irrigation company and a Hi Tech start up. Ross continues to contract/consult to various energy related companies and Westpower is his first board appointment.