Gas Industry Co has a board comprising seven non-executive directors, four of whom (including the Chair) are independent of the gas industry.

Independent Directors

Rt Hon Jim Bolger
Rt Hon James B Bolger, ONZ


The Right Hon. James Bolger has had a distinguished career in politics that includes being Prime Minister of New Zealand from October 1990 to December 1997, holding ministerial positions for 16 years, and leading the New Zealand National Party for 12 years. He has been the Chair of Gas Industry Co since the Company’s establishment.

Robin Hill
Robin G Hill

Deputy Chair

Robin has an extensive background in financial and business management. He was Chairman and Chief Executive of PricewaterhouseCoopers New Zealand from 1992 to 2003. He has been the Deputy Chair since the Company’s establishment

Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown

Andrew is a leading corporate lawyer with over 25 years’ experience as a partner at Bell Gully. Since leaving Bell Gully in 2010, Mr Brown worked on his own account and as general counsel for both KiwiRail and Housing New Zealand Corporation. He is currently a commercial advisor with Kāinga Ora.

Parekawhia McLean
Parekawhia McLean

Parekawhia has over 20 years of public policy and public sector management experience, including with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. She is currently the Chair of Te Whakakitenga o Waikato – the governing body of Waikato Tainui, and a Director of Sport Waikato.

Parekawhia has held numerous other governance roles, including with the National Science Resilience Challenge, Waikato Momentum Philanthropic Foundation, Mercury Energy, Te Mangai Paho/Maaori broadcasting funding agency and Waikato Means Business.

Non Independent Directors

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Babu Bahirathan

Babu is Vice President Downstream Energy and Chief Executive Officer Nova Energy. Babu graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical and Electronics with first class honours. He has since completed study towards a Masters in Finance from Massey University.

After graduating, Babu joined Transpower NZ as Assistant Development Engineer. He went on to spend nine years there in a wide range of roles including planning, development, design, operations and new investments. Babu was Technical Manager on various development projects and his last role with Transpower was as Team Leader in the Pricing Group, responsible for designing and implementing pricing methodology for transmission cost recovery.

In 1999 Babu joined Todd Energy as a Business Analyst just as Todd entered the retail electricity market. He has played a major role in developing and managing Todd’s electricity business from its infancy. Babu held the position of Group Manager Electricity from 2006 until 2011 when he moved into his current role. He is responsible for The Todd Corporation’s Wholesale and Retail Gas and Electricity businesses.

Mike Fuge
Mike Fuge

Mike is the CEO of Contact Energy. Mike has over 30 years’ experience in the energy sector which has included 19 years with Shell International in upstream oil and gas production over a range of countries in Europe, Middle East and South East Asia. Mike previously headed up Refining NZ Ltd and Pacific Hydro Ltd (based out of Melbourne).

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Paul Goodeve

Paul is the CEO of the Firstgas Group, being appointed in 2016 following the purchase of Vector gas assets and the Maui pipeline from Maui Partners.
The Firstgas Group has subsequently purchased New Zealand’s largest LPG retailer, Rockgas, and New Zealand’s only gas storage facility, Ahuroa.
Paul is a Chartered Accountant, Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and a member of the Institute of Directors. Paul is currently Director of Liquigas.

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