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John Strahl

John Strahl, Chairman


John Strahl joined the Board as an independent Director in December 2009.  John is an experienced commercial lawyer with extensive experience in local government commercial work as well as expertise in the financial services sector.  John has provided advice on corporate governance and trust structuring for local authorities including the establishment and funding of the Westpac Stadium.

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David Bassett

David Bassett, Director


David Bassett JP is Deputy Mayor of the Hutt City Council. David has a long career in managing organisations to achieve optimum profitability through the effective use of business assets and human resources.

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Nicki Crauford

Nicki Crauford, Director


Dr Nicola Crauford has a PhD in engineering from the University of Southampton, and a background in energy infrastructure and management. Nicki is a former GM of strategic services at the national electricity grid, Transpower, was CEO of the Institute of Directors and deputy CE of IPENZ.

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Sarah Free

Sarah Free, Director


Sarah has an electrical engineering degree and postgraduate qualifications in teaching and public health. She has worked for several years as a residential energy consultant, providing advice on both energy and water usage. Sarah is a Wellington City Councillor and a member of the Electricity Authority’s Retail Advisory Group.


Wayne Guppy

Wayne Guppy, Director


Wayne Guppy was first elected to Upper Hutt City Council in 1998. He was elected mayor in 2001 and has retained that position since then.


Ian Hutchings

Ian Hutchings, Director


Ian Hutchings was appointed to the Capacity Infrastructure Services Board on 1 July 2009.  Ian is a Senior Analyst in the Ministry of Economic Development's Radio Spectrum Group.  Outside of the Ministry, Ian is a member of the Johnsonville Licensing (Charitable) Trust, Hutt Mana Community Trust and Chairman of Hutt Mana Charitable Trust Holdings Ltd.


Raveen Jaduram

Raveen Jaduram, Director


Raveen Jaduram, ME, BE (Hons) FIPENZ is GM of maintenance services for Watercare Services, Auckland. He was chief executive of the private firm Murrumbidgee Irrigation between 2012 and 2013, and prior to that CE of Manukau Water. He has 25 years’ experience in the New Zealand water industry.


Nick Leggett

Nick Leggett, Director


Nick Leggett is the mayor of Porirua City. He has a BA in Politics from Victoria University and worked in commercial property prior to his election as mayor.