New direc­tors for TLC board

Ruapehu Press - - Your Paper, Your Place - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

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.’’

Dr Densem.

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