Directors’ profiles

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

Philip Hocquard is a business advisor, 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 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. 

Philip 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.


Brenden Hall
Deputy Chair, Audit and Risk Committee Member and Remuneration 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.

Brenden holds a commerce degree from Victoria University of Wellington and is a Chartered 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.


Rob Wheater
Audit and Risk Committee Chair

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


Lucy Elwood
Audit and Risk Committee Member

Lucy Elwood has experience across diverse industries, including energy networks.  She has extensive regulatory knowledge from over 15 years in legal practice advising on projects at the crossroads of commercial interests and Government policy. This period included over five years as Managing Director of Elwood Law.

Lucy is a Wellington-based director and currently Head of Legal & Regulatory at Trade Me.

Lucy was appointed to the Unison Board in June 2015. She is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, and received the Aspiring Director award from the Institute in 2013. She is also a Director of the Domain Name Commission, which manages the .nz space and a trustee of a number of trusts.

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.


Christine Spring
Audit and Risk Committee Member

Christine Spring was appointed a director of the Company in July 2017.

Christine is a civil engineer and has approximately 25 years' experience in infrastructure development and strategic planning roles in New Zealand, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Asia and the Pacific Islands.

During her career to date, Christine's experience has been focused in strategy, stakeholder management and the planning of significant capital development projects in the aviation industry.

She has been a Hawke's Bay resident since 2013, after choosing to relocate back to New Zealand after a couple of years working in the Middle East. She was proudly the CEO of the Hawke's Bay Opera House until its closure for earthquake prone reasons in May 2014, and is delighted to be able to again contribute to the Bay with her appointment to the Board of Unison Networks Ltd.

Christine is also a non-Executive Director of Auckland International Airport Ltd and the recently formed Western Sydney Airport Ltd in Australia.

Christine (360x360)