Our experienced directors hail from diverse backgrounds and lead Vector on behalf of our shareholders and other stakeholders.
ONZM, BA, AMP (Harvard) CFInstD
independent non-executive director and chair (appointed on 29 September 2022)
Doug McKay has over 35 years' commercial and operational experience and a deep understanding of New Zealand and Australian markets having held Managing Director and Chief Executive positions with Lion Nathan, Carter Holt Harvey, Goodman Fielder, Sealord, Independent Liquor and Proctor & Gamble. He was the inaugural Chief Executive of the amalgamated Auckland Council from May 2010 to December 2013 and a former director of Genesis Energy Limited and Ryman Healthcare Limited. He retired as Trustee (Chair) of the Eden Park Trust Board on 30 June 2023. In 2015, Doug was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and local government. He is the chair of Bank of New Zealand and currently holds directorships with Fletcher Building Limited, IAG New Zealand and National Australia Bank Limited.
BCom, CA, CMInstD, PMP, JP
Non-independent non-executive director (appointed on 23 September 2019)
Alastair Bell is a chartered accountant, chartered director and qualified member of the Project Management Institute. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the corporate, public and not-for-profit sectors. Alastair balances his professional life between board roles and leading a consultancy specialising in business and infrastructure projects. He is an elected Trustee of Entrust, chairing the Entrust board’s Regulation and Policy Committee. Formerly, he was Deputy Chair of Foundation North. Alastair is also Chair of the Orakei Community Association and a trustee of the Motutapu Restoration Trust.
MB, ChB, FRCOG, FACOG, Dip Com Health, Member of Institute of Directors
non-independent non-executive director (appointed on 8 December 2021)
Paul was elected to the AECT (now Entrust) in 2015. He is a clinician at Local Doctors (formerly East Tamaki Healthcare,) a former member of the New Zealand Medical Council as well as Director of a number of companies and a member of the Institute of Directors. Paul was the MP for Port Waikato, then Hunua from 1999 to 2014. He chaired the Health Select Committee from 2008 to 2014 and was awarded the NZ Medical Association’s award for outstanding contribution to health services in 2014. His other interests include science and innovation, sport, music and fishing and he enjoys spending time with his family.
BSc (Econ), Dip & MSc (Econ)
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (appointed on 16 April 2019)
Dame Paula Rebstock is a leading Auckland-based economist and company
director, who was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in
2015. She is Chair of NZ Healthcare Investments (Asia Pacific Healthcare Group), National Hauora Coalition, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Maia and
the New Zealand Defence Force Board and a director of SeaLink Group, Auckland
One Rail, AIA and the NZX. Dame Paula is the former Chair of the New Zealand Commerce
BE (Hons), ME, BCom
Bruce Turner is a highly experienced senior executive with deep experience across the dairy and energy sectors, both in New Zealand and internationally. Working in the energy industry for more than 30 years, Bruce was extensively involved in the development of the energy industries in New Zealand, Singapore and Europe. He was a member of NZ Electricity Market (NZEM) despatch rules working group, the NZEM Rules Committee, the MARIA governance board and the Electricity Authority’s Security and Reliability Council. Bruce was involved in the development of common quality standards and has been heavily involved in energy sector reforms. As well as the Vector board, Bruce’s governance experience includes joint venture boards for both Mercury and Fonterra. He is a director of GlobalDairyTrade Holdings Limited and an advisory board member at the University of Colorado’s JP Morgan Center for Commodities.
BCom, FCA, CFInstD, MAICD, ACIS, FNZIM
Independent non-executive director (appointed on 1 September 2021)
Anne Urlwin is a professional director with experience in a diverse range of sectors including construction, health, infrastructure, telecommunications, renewable energy, regulation and financial services. Her current governance roles include directorships of Infratil, Precinct Properties New Zealand, Ventia Services Group and City Rail Link. Anne is a former director of Summerset Group Holding, Queenstown Airport Corporation, Tilt Renewables, Chorus, and Meridian Energy, and a former Chair of national commercial construction group Naylor Love Enterprises and the New Zealand Blood Service. She is a Chartered Accountant with experience in senior finance management roles. Anne was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2022.
BCom, FCA (CAANZ), CMinstD
Independent non-executive director (appointed on 31 October 2023)
Bruce is an experienced director with extensive industry and sectors knowledge across the New Zealand economy in both listed and private companies. He is a Chartered Accountant who has specialist expertise in financial reporting, information system processes, risk management, business acquisitions & capital raising.
Bruce is currently the chair of Fletcher Building Limited, The Farmers’ Trading Company and Profile Group Holdings Limited and is a director of Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited. He was formerly the Senior Partner and CEO of PwC New Zealand.
Vector’s management team are experts in their field, committed to delivering world-class infrastructure services, and attuned to the rapidly evolving demands of our customers.
Grad DipBS (Dist), DipFin, NZCE
GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Simon Mackenzie is passionate about the
power of technology to transform the energy
industry and consumers’ lives. As Group Chief
Executive, he has expanded and driven Vector’s
portfolio of businesses to embrace innovative
technologies and strategies to deliver efficient,
sustainable energy solutions to consumers.
Simon was appointed Vector’s Group Chief
Executive in 2008. His tertiary qualifications
include engineering, finance and business
studies, and the Advanced Management
Programme at the Wharton School, University
MCom (Hons), FCA, CMInstD
Chief Financial Officer
Jason Hollingworth joined Vector as Chief
Financial Officer in May 2019. He has over
30 years’ experience in a range of senior corporate finance roles including being CFO
of public listed pay television company Sky
TV, CFO of telecommunications company
TelstraClear, Investment Manager for the
diversified investment company Ngai Tahu
Holdings, Executive Director at Asian private
power development company AsiaPower and
a director of corporate advisory firm Southpac
Corporation. Jason has a Master of Commerce
degree, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered
Accountants ANZ and a member of the
Institute of Directors.
BTech, Optoelectronics (Hons)
Chief Operating Officer, Vector Technology Solutions
Shailesh Manga leads Vector Technology Solutions (VTS) and is responsible for driving its growth. Specifically, he is charged with building relationships with key global partners to co-develop digital platforms critical to a new energy future, along with cyber services for critical infrastructure businesses. Shailesh has a strong focus on customer opportunities to increase revenue and deliver key aspects of our business strategy. His experience is unique and vast, having worked both locally and globally in the fields of physics, telecommunications, user experience and innovation. In his last role, Shailesh delivered innovative experiences for some of the world’s largest brands including Google, Microsoft, Samsung, and LG. He has been an owner/founder in a user experience consulting business as well as an SaaS Product company (Optimal Workshop) that services around half of the Fortune 500 companies.
Chief Legal and Assurance Officer and Company Secretary
John Rodger is Vector’s Chief Legal and
Assurance Officer and Company Secretary.
He is responsible for Vector’s legal, corporate governance, health and safety, business performance, internal audit, risk, compliance, privacy, government relations, and property functions. John joined Vector in 2006 and has extensive experience of Vector’s businesses and operations. He has worked across a range of sectors including energy, telecommunications and financial services and previously held legal roles in major corporates and professional services firms in London, the Cayman Islands and New Zealand.
chief operating officer electricity, gas and fibre
Peter Ryan is responsible for the strategic
operations of the electricity, gas and fibre network businesses. He has 20 years’ international experience within the
telecommunications and energy industries, leading engineering, field and operational teams, and customer operations in the deployment, operations, and maintenance of
telecommunications, electricity and gas networks. Most recently, Peter
was the Chief Network Engineering Officer
– Network & Service Operations at NBNCo
Australia, where he oversaw the highly successful implementation and operation of the broadband network. He brings a wealth of experience in operations management, performance transformation as well as a proven ability working across technical, operational, and commercial strategy to optimise business objectives.
LLB (Hons), BCom
Chief Public Policy and Regulatory Officer
With over 25 years’ experience across a range of sectors including energy, telecommunications, aviation and technology, Mark Toner has
consistently navigated market, regulatory
and policy changes across industries in
disruption. Responsible for leading the Group’s regulatory, public policy, decarbonisation and data insights functions, he combines strong stakeholder engagement and reputation
management expertise with his commercial
and legal background to drive Vector’s vision
of creating a new energy future. Mark is a past recipient of the New Zealand Prime Minister's Business Scholarship and in 2018 completed an Advanced Management Programme at MIT in Boston.
BA, Cert. Journalism
Chief People and Communications Officer
Sarah leads Vector Group’s people, marketing and communications business units. Along with her teams, she is responsible for planning and delivering strategies across these three disciplines. She is a seasoned executive with 30 years’ experience in communication-related
roles at an executive and board level, with broad experience in both corporate and agency environments. She joined Vector from Porter Novelli, a public relations and marketing agency where she held the position of Managing Director. Her experience ranges from crisis management, stakeholder engagement, reputation management, to consumer PR, internal communications, brand management,
digital and social. In 2019, Sarah was inducted into the College of Fellows of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand in recognition of her significant contribution to the industry and high levels of competence.
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