Board of directors

Our board has up to 8 members appointed by the shareholder, Auckland Council. Board members are appointed for a term of 3 years and can be reappointed for 2 more terms. Our board currently has 7 members with a diverse range of backgrounds and skills.
Margaret Devlin

Margaret Devlin, BA Hons Business Studies, Finance and Economics, CFInstD


Margaret Devlin is a professional director with extensive experience in governance and executive management primarily in the water and infrastructure sectors in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She has served as a director for a range of entities with a particular focus on audit and risk. She is currently chair of Harrison Grierson and Women in Infrastructure Network and a director of Meteorological Services of NZ. 

Margaret is also a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Board. She is a Chartered Fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors. 

General disclosure of interests: Chair, Harrison Grierson Limited; Director, Meteorological Services of NZ Limited; Director, Waikato Regional Airport; Chair, Titanium Park (wholly-owned subsidiary of Waikato Regional Airport); Director, IT Partners Group; Director, Aurora Energy; Independent Chair, Audit and Risk Committee, Waikato District Council; Chair, Women in Infrastructure Network; Member, Waikato branch of Institute of Directors; Councillor, WINTEC; Councillor and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Waikato University; Director and Chair, Lyttelton Port Company Limited; Chartered Fellow, Institute of Directors;  Director, Infrastructure New Zealand; Member, National Infrastructure Advisory Board.

Julia Hoare

Julia Hoare, BCom, FCA, MInstD

Deputy Chair; Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee

Julia brings a comprehensive range of commercial, financial, tax, regulatory and sustainability expertise to Watercare which she developed over the course of 20 years as a partner with PwC. She retired from the PwC partnership on 31 December 2012 to pursue a full-time corporate governance career. 

Julia is a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and is the chair of the Auckland Committee of the Institute of Directors.

General disclosure of interests: Director, AWF Madison Group Limited; Director, New Zealand Post Limited; Deputy Chair, The a2 Milk Company Limited; Director, The a2 Milk Company (New Zealand) Limited; Director, Port of Tauranga Limited; Chair, Auckland Committee, Institute of Directors; Member, Advisory Panel to External Reporting Board; Member, Institute of Directors National Council; Director, Auckland International Airport Limited.

Catherine Harland

Catherine Harland, BA, PGDipBus, MBA, MInstD, JP

Chair of the Remuneration and Appointments Committee

Catherine Harland is a consultant with a background in research and public policy in local and central government. She has worked for MartinJenkins, The New Zealand Institute and Auckland University of Technology’s Institute of Public Policy. Catherine was an elected local government member for 15 years and involved in various community groups including five years as Chair of the Auckland Observatory and Planetarium Trust Board.

General disclosure of interests: Director, McHar Investments Limited; Director, Interface Partners Limited; Trustee, One Tree Hill Jubilee Educational Trust; Member, Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board; Member, Urban Planning Pillar Critical Friends; Member of the Committee of Broadway Park Owners’ Society Incorporated.

Nicola Crauford

Nicola Crauford BSc (Hons), PhD, FEngNZ, CPEng, FAICD, CFInstD

Dr Nicki Crauford is a professional company director with extensive experience in infrastructure including executive roles in oil and gas and the electricity sectors in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She is currently Chair GNS Science, Deputy Chair of Fire and Emergency New Zealand and a director of Wellington Water, Orion New Zealand and the Environmental Protection Authority. She is a former director of Genesis Energy. 

Nicki is Chartered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

General disclosure of interests: Chair, GNS Science Limited; Deputy Chair, Fire and Emergency New Zealand; Director, Orion New Zealand Limited; Director, Wellington Water Limited; Director, Environmental Protection Authority (EPA); Member of Electoral Authority – Cooperative Bank Limited; Specialist Advisor, WorleyParsons New Zealand Limited; Director and Shareholder, Riposte Consulting Limited.

Brendon Green

Brendon Green, BE Chem and Process (Hons), Post Grad Diploma in Dairy Science and Technology

Brendon brings extensive experience from NZ and offshore primarily in resource development for power stations (gas, geothermal, landfill and wind), forestry, minerals, oil and gas exploration, water and dairy sectors. Brendon’s career includes technical, commercial roles with the NZ Dairy Board, Contact Energy, General Electric (Mexico and the US) and Mercury in developing its renewable energy portfolio under Mighty River Power.

Brendon is the founder of Kaitiaki Advisory Limited and holds board and executive board positions with Tainui Kawhia Incorporation, Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo, Bay Dairy Limited and Advanced Biotech NZ. He has served as chair for Tainui Kawhia Incorporation and Tirohia Landfill Generation Joint Venture. Brendon is of Ngati Hikairo and Ngapuhi descent. 

General disclosure of interests: Director, Kaitiaki Advisory Limited; Director, Tainui Kawhia Incorporation; Director, Peak2Peak; Executive Director, Advanced Biotech NZ; Executive, Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo; Management contract, Tainui Kawhia Minerals; Consultant to Trility (Australian water infrastructure company); Representative of Waipapa Marae, Kawhia, Te Whakakitenga o Waikato Tainui; Runanga Manukau Institute of Technology - Te Whakakitenga o Waikato representative. 

David Thomas

David Thomas, BCA (Hons)

David Thomas has over 35 years’ experience in the building industry, and has led key business units within Fletcher Building for the last 25 years. He is currently the General Manager of Winstone Wallboards Ltd. David was on the founding Board of the South Auckland Crown Health Enterprise and represented Fletcher Challenge Ltd on the Board of Maori Development Corporation.

General disclosure of interests: Chair, Ngāti Whakaue Tribal Lands Incorporated; Chair, Gypsum Board Manufacturers of Australasia; Shareholder / Employee – Fletcher Building Limited; Director, New Zealand Ceiling & Drywall Supplies Limited; Chair, Altus NZ Limited, Director, Winstone Wallboards Ltd.

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