Board of Directors

Mark Darrow_Chairman

Mark Darrow

Following a successful 20 year executive career, Mark has been actively involved in governance roles for over 12 years covering a number of sectors including automotive, agriculture, food and beverage, testing services, manufacturing, education, financial services, infrastructure and investment.  This work has covered listed and private companies, incorporated societies and charitable trusts.
Mark has substantial experience as Chair for sub-committees, particularly Finance, Audit and Risk, supported by his CA qualification, and also experience as Chairman for several businesses including an NZX-listed group.  He holds a Bachelor of Business degree, has done Executive Management training at Ashridge Business School, London, and has further qualifications in Accounting, Business Studies and the Stock and Station Industry.  Among his current directorships, Mark is presently with the Primary ITO, New Zealand’s largest industry training organisation, Balle Bros Group, Motor Trade Association and VTNZ.

Simon Young

Simon has 15 years experience in the New Zealand electricity industry where he has worked throughout the value chain, from start-up to sale, from lines to generation and retail.  He has been founding Managing Director of Empower, Opunake Hydro, and EcoSecurities New Zealand and Managing Director of Alliant Energy New Zealand (a US investor in TrustPower and Infratil), and has been a Director of publicly listed companies TrustPower Limited and Windflow Technology Limited. He is currently General Manager of Opunake Hydro, a subsidiary of Canadian public company Coronado Resources, and Director of private companies Carbon One and The Karo Group.

Simon’s early career was in agricultural economic and market development, practicing in six industry sectors in a dozen different countries.  He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Studies and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Horticultural Science (both gained at Massey University), a Masters Degree in Science gained from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California, and a Masters Degree in Economics gained from The University of Auckland.

Peter Till

Peter has a wide appreciation of all aspects of electricity supply. At various times he has specialised in substation design, computer control, line design, hydro operation and economic modelling. Employment in South Canterbury, Horowhenua, South Taranaki, King Country Energy and Bay of Plenty Electricity culminated in 2 years involved in restoring supply with the UNDP in Iraq under the oil for food programme. It was refreshing to work in an environment where people craved electrical supply, queued to pay for it and respected engineers.
On returning to NZ after the second Gulf war Peter became District Engineer for the Ruapehu District Council and has subsequently been promoted to Chief Executive Officer. Charging for monopoly services, taxation and perceptions of fairness have become Peter’s passion over recent years.

John Rae

John is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and Director or Chairman of a number of NZ companies involved in the infrastructure, energy, waste and investment sectors. He was involved in banking in NZ & London in various treasury & capital market roles for 10 years before returning to NZ in 1991 and undertaking a number of private equity, venture capital & corporate finance transactions in NZ & Australia.  

For 9 years until early 2010 John was Managing Director of Stevenson Group, one of NZ’s largest private companies with more than 600 employees. He was responsible for a major transformation of this almost 100 year old company into a successful, diversified investment group with significant interests in construction materials, quarrying, mining, agriculture, engineering and property.  

In addition to chairing the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development, John is a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Board which provides independent advice to Treasury and the Minister for Infrastructure.




Richard Krogh

Richard has significant energy sector experience having been CEO of New Zealand’s second largest electricity and gas lines business and having held executive positions in New Zealand and Australia for more than 12 years. Richard is presently a director of Port Taranaki Limited, Top Energy Limited, PKW Farms GP Limited, and Energia Limited. He has previously been a director of a number of infrastructure businesses in New Zealand, Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. Richard has also served on a number of industry organisation boards and was a former chair of the Electricity Networks Association.

Richard is an electrical engineer and is a member of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Directors.