New directors for TLC board
Two new directors are joining The Lines Company board after Peter Till steps down next month after serving two terms.
Roger Sutton will take up a new director’s position with The Waitomo Energy Services Customer Trust on September 17.
Dr Timothy Densem takes over from Till on August 17.
Chair Mark Darrow said he looked forward to working with the new board.
‘‘As we move forward with our process of change and improvement and embrace the incredible collaboration and technology opportunities available to us we have a very talented and highly skilled board which bodes well.’’
He said Till worked hard making a significant contribution in dealing with key community issues.
‘‘Peter has been a great advocate for change and as an experienced local has helped us understand and deal with key community issues.’’
Sutton joins the board after leading an independent review into TLC’S service-based pricing last year.
He is currently a director of Network Tasman and an advisroy board director of the Wells Group.
Densem is currently a director of the Southwest Consulting Group which specialises in asset and risk management in the energy sector.
Based in Hamilton he serves on the board of Damwatch which is a consultancy specialising in engineering, hydro-electric power, water and irrigation.
He is also a trustee of the Maungatautari Ecological Island in the Waikato.
Ivan Haines chair for Waitomo Energy Services Consumer Trust said the high calibre of new directors will add to the expertise and energy of the board.
‘‘The quality of candidates for board roles was exceptional and after a robust selection process we are happy with the appointments during what is a critical stage for the company.’’
Reactions from people on the TLC Set Us Free Taumarunui questioned Sutton’s appointment as a conflict of interest.
John Mushet said it was unlikely their would be any changes to The Lines Company now Sutton was on the board.
‘‘Roger Sutton designed the market rules TLC operates under so it’s his little baby.’’
Secretary, Viv Haddard said Sutton and Till were on leave so would be contacted for comment when they returned.
‘‘The Trust refreshes the board on a regular basis (and) Peter Till has been an excellent and valuable director.’’