Directors’ Profiles


Kevin Atkinson MNZM
Chairman, Remuneration Committee Chairman and Audit and Risk Committee Member

Hawke's Bay-born, Kevin Atkinson is a Director who has spent the majority of his working life in the technology sector.  He is the Principal and Managing Director of the software company, Information Management Services Limited.  He is also the Chairman of the Hawke's Bay District Health Board, and a Director of Hawke's Bay Rugby.

Kevin is an Accredited Director of the Institute of Directors (AMInstD), a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (FInstD) and a Fellow of the Institute of Management (FNZIM).  He was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to Business and the Community in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Kevin was appointed to the Unison Networks Limited Board in June 1998, the Unison Contracting Services Limited Board in March 2007 and the Unison Fibre Limited Board in February 2010.

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Andrew Bayly
Audit and Risk Committee Member

Appointed to the Board in May 2013, Andrew Bayly is a local director based in Havelock North.  Andrew has successfully developed a governance and business advisory practice, AB360 Limited, over the past two years by combining his knowledge and experience, with his passion for helping businesses and individuals to grow and succeed.

Previously, Andrew was a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Napier office, working with some of the region’s largest businesses.  He has a range of specialist knowledge including strategic planning, governance, business risk, and performance improvement.

Andrew is a Director of TrueNorth 360 Limited, Ask Holdings Limited and Ask Your Team New Zealand Limited.  He is currently also a member of the Advisory Board for Emmerson Transport Limited and Hatuma Lime Company Limited.

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Paul Connell
Audit and Risk Committee Member

Paul Connell is an independent Director with over 35 years of experience as a Consultant, Executive and investor in a variety of industries, including over 14 years as a Director of public companies and private companies.

He is also Chairman of listed Just Water International Limited and a Director of Hall’s Refrigerated Transport Limited, and Telarc SAI Limited, a Crown subsidiary.  He is independent Chairman of the Hamilton City Council Audit and Risk Committee. 

Paul is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and associate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  He was born and educated in Hawke’s Bay and resides in Auckland.

Paul was appointed to the Unison Networks Limited Board in July 2010 and joined the Unison Fibre Limited Board in October 2010.

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Lucy Elwood
Audit and Risk Committee Member

Lucy Elwood is a Wellington based Director with experience across diverse industries, including energy networks. Lucy has extensive regulatory knowledge, and through her legal practice she frequently advises on projects at the crossroads of commercial interests and Government policy.

Lucy was appointed to the Unison Board in June 2015. She is a member of the Institute of Directors, and received the Aspiring Director award from the Institute in 2013. She is a Director of the Domain Name Commission, which manages the .nz space, as well as a Director of Elwood Law. She is also a Trustee on a number of trusts, some of which she Chairs.

Lucy has a science degree as well as an honours degree in law, and has previously held roles in listed companies, Government departments and at a regulatory body.

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Brenden Hall
Audit and Risk Committee Member

Brenden Hall is an independent Director and Business Advisor with over 25 years of experience across multiple industries including electricity, information technology and agricultural export.

He holds a commerce degree from Victoria University of Wellington, and is a member of the Institute of Directors.  He currently provides advisory services in strategy development, mergers and acquisitions and export market development.

Brenden joined the ETEL Limited Board in May 2009, the Unison Networks Limited Board in July 2011 and the Unison Fibre Limited Board in December 2011.  He was born and educated in Wellington and now resides in Auckland.

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Philip Hocquard
Audit and Risk Committee Member and Remuneration Committee Member

Philip Hocquard is a Business Adviser, Company Executive and Director with broad experience in many different types of business, corporate and commercial structures, financing options, business strategies and governance. 

He holds a law degree from Victoria University of Wellington and was a Partner of the Hastings legal firm, Bannister & von Dadelszen, for over 20 years, before retiring in 1999 to set up an independent mentoring business providing strategic, legal and general advice to selected private businesses.

Philip was appointed to the Unison Networks Limited Board in July 2009.  He joined the Unison Contracting Services Limited Board in June 2010. 

Phillip is a senior Management Executive or Director of a number of privately owned Hawke’s Bay companies and Chairman of some of those.  He is also a Trustee of the Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust.

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Rob Wheater
Audit and Risk Committee Member

Rob has worked in senior business roles in various industries including 27 years’ experience in the electrical industry where he gained extensive experience in many fields including strategy, business development, mergers and acquisitions, electrical contracting and manufacturing, finance and information technology.

He previously worked with Schneider Electric where he held roles as Chief Financial Officer in New Zealand, the Middle East, Australia, China and North America and more recently he worked in global information technology. Over this time he has served on a number of Boards, Advisory Boards and other governance committees.

Rob has an honours degree in commerce and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Directors and lives in Havelock North.

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