Neil has held CEO and senior leadership roles in New Zealand, UK, Hong Kong and Australia, in a wide variety of industries including power construction, manufacturing, sales and distribution, financial services, transport and the public service. He was the inaugural Chief Executive of Industry New Zealand (INZ), a crown entity responsible for industry and regional development. Under his leadership INZ was acknowledged by the OECD as having “economic programmes and strategies that were at the forefront of best practice internationally”.
Neil has extensive governance experience in a broad range of sectors and organisations, covering transport, regional economic development, energy, services, manufacturing, finance, non-profit and new technology companies. He is currently an executive director of a new technology businesses including; Injection moulding manufacturing (polymer, metal and ceramics), and water security (quality monitoring, risk management and water & waste water treatment).
Neil was appointed Director of Electra in 2007 and Chair in July 2016.
Shelly Mitchell-Jenkins (BBS FCA CMInstD) is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors.
Shelly is a Director of Colbert Cooper Limited, a chartered accountancy practice located in Levin, providing business, accountancy and tax services to clients throughout the region and across NZ. She is currently Chair of the Eastern and Central Community Trust and is a Trustee of Horowhenua based charitable trusts; Levin Charitable Trust and Horowhenua Scholarship Trust. Previously she has served as independent director of Oxford Finance Corporation Limited, elected District Councillor for the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants, Trustee of the Life to the Max Horowhenua Trust, Trustee of Horowhenua Events Centre Trust and on the Board of Nature Coast.
Brought up in Whanganui and with a BBS from Massey University, Shelly worked for Audit NZ and the Office of the Auditor General before spending several years in Japan and then settling in Levin in 1996.
Shelly was appointed a Director of Electra in 2014 and is Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee.
Chris has held several executive roles within Telecom New Zealand and Chorus New Zealand. He has experience across multiple disciplines including commercial, strategy, marketing, product management, industry and stakeholder management, engineering and infrastructure build and has worked in the ICT, health, education, local government and electricity sectors.
Chris is currently the Chief Customer & Operating Officer at Palmerston North City Council and is also a director of Swimming Wellington and trustee on the Kapiti College Board of Trustees. He holds degrees in law and commerce from Otago University and is a Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.
Chris was appointed a Director of Electra in 2014.
Alan McCauley is a senior Executive with substantial experience in the Electricity Sector. He has held senior executive positions with Meridian Energy as General Manager Retail and Red Energy (in Victoria Australia) as General Manager Customer Management.
He currently has his own Management Consulting Business operating across NZ, Australia and Asia.
A competitive runner, Alan has competed in the World Masters Mountain Running Championships and has also been a Director on the Board of Athletics NZ and Athletics Victoria.
In his spare time he now enjoys running over the hills behind Kapiti.
Alan was appointed a Director of Electra in August 2016
John Boshier (FEngNZ ME MBA) holds a number of governance positions after extensive general management experience in energy and engineering companies. He is a Director of two crown entities; the Standards Approval Board from March 2016 and the Accreditation Council from July 2014.
He is presently treasurer and trustee of the Harkness Fellowships Trust Board, and a trustee of the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka Trust; both being educational not-for-profit trusts. His professional association is a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand.
Previously John was Executive Director of the National Generators Forum, the representative body for Australia’s electricity generators, and Chief Executive of Engineers Australia, the professional institution for all engineers.
Before moving to Australia in 1999, he was a General Manager in the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand, and Chief Executive of Capital Power, Wellington’s electricity retailer. These were exciting positions in the electricity generation and supply industry.
John’s community involvement is through the Rotary Club of Wellington, and he was resident for six months in the Stout Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington.
John was appointed a Director of Electra in August 2016.
Mike Underhill has had a range of governance roles in the energy sector. He is currently a Director of Network Waitaki Ltd, and has just stepped down as chair of the Security and Reliability Council. Previous director roles have included TransAlta NZ, Citipower and EECA.
Mike has had extensive energy sector experience as a chief executive including EnergyDirect, WEL Networks, EECA and TransAlata. He is passionate about energy efficiency and renewable energy, and is a strong promoter of electric vehicles (he owns two).
He has a degree in electrical engineering, a master’s degree with honours in economics and has completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard.
Mike has strong family roots in the Horowhenua and he and his wife spent some years on Volunteer Service Abroad in Samoa.
Mike was appointed as a Director of Electra in August 2018.