Board of Directors

Marlborough Lines is managed by a highly experienced and qualified board of directors. Directors are appointed by the trustees on a rotating basis and have responsibility for the commercial operation of the company.
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David Dew

LLB

Chairman

David Dew is a commercial and personal lawyer and principal of Blenheim legal firm Dew and Company. He has been a member of the Board since December 2001. David is a director of Nelson Electricity Ltd and a director of various other companies.

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Ken Forrest

BSc Hons (Eng), MIPENZ

Managing Director

Ken Forrest has been the Managing Director of the Company since 1993, prior to which he was General Manager of the Marlborough Electric Power Board. Ken has a long history of service to the New Zealand electricity industry at a national level. His current directorships include: Nelson Electricity Ltd, Otago Power Services Ltd, OtagoNet and Cuddon Ltd – along with other private companies.

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Jonathan Ross

LLB

Director

Jonathan Ross was appointed to the Board in September 2014. He was for 23 years a partner of Bell Gully in Wellington and Auckland, specialising in corporate, securities and finance law and transactions. He is a member of the Panel of Experts of P.R.I.M.E. Finance in The Hague. He is a director of Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

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Tim Smit

BSc Eng (Civil) Hons, MIPENZ

Director

Tim Smit was appointed to the Board in September 2014. Tim is a practicing civil engineer and project manager with more than 30 years’ experience and is a Principal of Marlborough Management Services and TMCo. Prior to his appointment as a director Tim was the chairman of the Marlborough Electric Power Trust.

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Ivan Sutherland

VFM, ANZIV, MNZM

Director

Ivan was appointed to the Board in September 2015. He was one of the early pioneers of the Marlborough wine industry, developing his own vineyards and subsequently the wine label Dog Point. Ivan has an extensive sporting background with NZ Rowing and is still heavily involved administratively. He was previously a Director of Marlborough Lines from 2000-2003 and Chairman of Otago Power from 2000-2003.

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Peter Forrest

BCom (Canterbury), ACA

Director

Peter was appointed to the Board in September 2015. He has been a Director of WK Advisors and Accountants Ltd since 1984, specialising in taxation. Peter was a former chairperson of the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce and an inaugural trustee of the Marlborough Electric Power Trust.

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Phil Robinson

NZCQS, MInstD

Director

Phil was appointed to the Marlborough Lines Board in September 2015. He is Managing Director of Robinson Construction Ltd and has been involved in business interests that include several construction and development related companies. Phil is a Director of various other companies.

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Steven Grant

BCom, LLB Hons

Director

Steven was appointed to the Board in February 2017. After commencing his career as a lawyer at Bell Gully, Steven moved into investment banking, working for Macquarie Bank in London and then in Auckland. More recently, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Northington Partners, specialising in business sales, acquisitions, mergers, and capital raising transactions. He is a director of The New Zealand Automobile Association Limited and various other privately-held companies.


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