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Our Board of Directors.

Our Board of Directors.

Our Board is sharply focused on creating long-term value for shareholders – providing strategic guidance for Mercury, and effective oversight of management. The Board of Directors is accountable to shareholders for the company’s performance.

Prue Flacks // <span class="font-normal">Chair</span>

Prue Flacks // Chair

Prue was appointed a Director of Mercury in May 2010 and Chair of the Board in September 2019. Prue is a professional director with experience across a range of industries. She was formerly a commercial lawyer and a partner in the national law firm Russell McVeagh for 20 years. Her expertise included corporate and regulatory matters, corporate finance, capital markets and business restructuring. Prue is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors, and was formerly a director of Chorus Limited, Bank of New Zealand and chair of Queenstown Airport Corporation. Prue is a member of our People and Performance Committee and Chair of our Nominations Committee.

Hannah Hamling // <span class="font-normal">Director</span>

Hannah Hamling // Director

Hannah Hamling joined the Mercury Board in February 2020, and was recently appointed as a member of its Risk Assurance and Audit Committee. She is an environmental scientist with a particular interest in sustainable development and resilience. Until January 2020, she was President of the Asia Pacific Region and Global Sustainable Development Leader for Golder, a Canadian global ground engineering and environmental science company. Prior to joining Golder, Hannah was Managing Director of New Zealand environmental consultancy firm Kingett Mitchell. Hannah has extensive background in consulting, management and board roles across various sectors including electricity, construction and water management.

Andy Lark // <span class="font-normal">Director</span>

Andy Lark // Director

Andy Lark joined the Mercury Board in July 2014. He has a background in entrepreneurship, marketing and digital technologies. Andy is currently the Chair of Group Lark, an accelerant for brand and digital transformations, and Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer for Dubber, a provider of cloud-based call recording and voice AI. Prior roles include Chief Marketing & Online Officer for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Chief Marketing Officer for Dell’s Large Enterprise & Public Group, Chief Marketing and Digital Officer for Foxtel, and Chief Business Officer for Xero.

James Miller // <span class="font-normal">Director</span>

James Miller // Director

James Miller was appointed a director of Mercury in May 2012 and is a member of the Risk Assurance and Audit Committee and the Nominations Committee. He is Chair of NZX and a director of The New Zealand Refining Company. James was recently appointed as a director of Vista Group International, with effect from 31 August 2021. He has specialist expertise in utility economics and 15 years’ experience in capital markets. James’ prior roles included director and Head of NZ Wholesale Equities with Craigs Investment Partners, and Head of Equities and Head of Research at ABN AMRO. James is a Fellow of the Institute of Finance Professionals and the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Scott St John // <span class="font-normal">Director</span>

Scott St John // Director

Scott St John joined the Mercury Board in September 2017 and is the Chair of its People & Performance Committee. He has an extensive background in investment advisory and capital markets. Scott is Chair of Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation and a director of Fonterra Cooperative Group, ANZ New Zealand, and Next Foundation. He was formerly a member of the Capital Markets Development Taskforce and the Financial Markets Authority Establishment Board, and was Chancellor of the University of Auckland. He was the Chief Executive of First NZ Capital from 2002 to 2017.

Patrick Strange // <span class="font-normal">Director</span>

Patrick Strange // Director

Patrick Strange joined the Mercury Board in February 2014 and is a member of its Nominations Committee. He was previously a director of our company in 2006-2007 before being appointed Chief Executive of New Zealand’s transmission owner and operator, Transpower New Zealand Limited, a position he held for more than six years. Patrick currently chairs Chorus and Auckland International Airport and was previously a Director of NZX Limited and Essential Energy, Australia.

Kim Gordon // <span class="font-normal">Future-Director</span>

Kim Gordon // Future-Director

Kim was appointed as Mercury’s fourth Future-Director on 1 May 2021, as part of the Future Directors Programme which provides people with the opportunity to participate on a Board. Kim is a partner at MinterEllison, specialising in technology consulting. She has a wide range of experience with public and private organisations, across legal, energy and finance sectors and an extensive background in technology and technology-centric transformation. As a Future-Director, Kim is invited to attend meetings and Committee meetings, although she does not participate in decision-making.

Mike Taitoko // <span class="font-normal">Director</span>

Mike Taitoko // Director

Mike Taitoko was appointed to the Board in August 2015. He is a leading advisor on Māori economic development and has well-established networks in Māoridom. Mike has strong commercial skills in the application of digital technologies and is the co-founder and CEO of Takiwa Limited, a technology company commercialising cloud-based geospatial analytics services. He was formerly a Director of Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED).

Dennis Barnes // <span class="font-normal">Director</span>

Dennis Barnes // Director

Dennis was appointed to the Board with effect from 1 September 2021. He was most recently Chief Executive of Contact Energy, a nine year role during which he led Contact Energy’s investment in renewable energy and flexible generation (including construction of the Te Mihi geothermal power station, the development of the Tauhara field and the introduction in 2011 of the Ahuroa gas storage facility and Stratford peaking plant). Before this role, Dennis managed Origin Energy’s significant market portfolio of wholesale market activities.