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Philip Hocquard
Chair, Audit and Risk Committee Member and Remuneration Committee Member

Philip Hocquard is a business adviser, company executive and director with broad experience of many different types of business, corporate and commercial structures, financing options, business strategies and governance. He holds a law degree from Victoria University and is a Chartered Member of the New Zealand of Directors.

Philip was appointed to the Unison Networks Limited board in July 2009. He joined Unison Contracting Services Limited Board in June 2010 and the PBA Limited board in April 2022. He is a director and Chairman of a number of privately owned Hawke’s Bay companies.

Rob Wheater

Rob has worked in senior business roles in New Zealand, the Middle East, Australia, China and North America. This work included 27 years on the electrical industry where he gained experience in many fields including strategy, business development, mergers and acquisitions, electrical contracting and manufacturing, finance and information technology.

He has served on various Boards, Advisory Boards and other governance committees. Rob joined the Board of Unison Networks Limited in February 2017 and is currently Deputy Chair. He previously served as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Rob is a director of ETEL Limited and ETEL Services Limited. He is also Director and General Partner at True North Equities Limited.

Rob lives in Havelock North and has an honours degree in Commerce and is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He is also a chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

Lucy Elwood
Audit and Risk Committee Member

Lucy Joined the Board of Unison Networks in 2015 and is currently on the Boards of Unison Fibre, RPS Switchgear and Te Toi Mahana.

Lucy brings to the board over 20 years experience working across diverse industries, including community services, technology, and infrastructure. She has previously held senior roles (including Chief Executive and General Counsel roles) for listed companies, not-for-profits, law firms and the public sector. Lucy has extensive stakeholder engagement, change management and regulatory experience.

Lucy is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and lives in Wellington. She has a science degree as well as an honours degree in law.

Dan Druzianic
Audit & Risk Committee member

Dan is a chartered accountant, business advisor and independent director with broad experience across business sectors including agribusiness, health, infrastructure, property and investment.

He holds a Commerce degree from Lincoln University, is a fellow of the Institute of Charted Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Dan was appointed to the Unison board on 5 May 2020 and resides in Hawke’s Bay. Other current governance roles include Director of Unison Contracting Services, Chair of the Hawkes Bay Regional Investment Company (HBPIC), Director of Napier Port Holdings; Director of Bostock (NZ) and Bostock Brothers.

Barbara Elliston
Audit & Risk Committee member

Barbara is an electrical engineering with power systems background. A short stint in transmission system development with the NZED was followed by commercial experience with Comalco, looking after the aluminium smelter power contracts and liaison with both Transpower and ECNZ. This was followed by past directorships with Transpower, Genesis and Counties Energy.

Barbara’s current board roles are with Unison, ERGO and a solar inverter startup, Easy Warm. Barbara also sits on the board of the Smart Energy Council, the Australian solar peak body based in Canberra, and is a member of the Security and Reliability council of the Electricity Authority.

Barbara is keen to gain a better understanding of the Hawke’s Bay region and its economic contribution to the rest of New Zealand, and to help Unison grow as it meets the challenges and opportunities presented by decarbonisation and an electricity sector becoming much more engaged with communities.

Blair O’Keeffe
Audit & Risk Committee member

Blair O’Keeffe is a Hawke’s Bay based company director and advisor, with governance experience in NZX listed, central and local government, and private entities.

He is a former Chief Executive with 25+ years of local and international senior executive experience, including infrastructure, energy, property and transport.

Blair joined the Unison board in August 2022.

He is also currently Chair of NZX-listed Napier Port, Hawke’s Bay Regional Recovery Agency and Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust and is a director of Central Air Ambulance Rescue Limited. He also operates a board/commercial advisory business.

Blair is a member of the institute of Directors and holds a Postgraduate Degree in Business.