Trustee Profiles

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Kevin Brookfield, Chair, MainPower Trust

Kevin has been the Trust Chair since March 2018. The added time to Kevin's role with MainPower Trust effectively means other business ventures stay on hold. Alongside MainPower Trust, Kevin presides over a 15 hectare lifestyle block in Amberley. Kevin enjoys a close input with 4 growing grandchildren, and wouldn't have it any other way.


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Richard Allison

Richard was first elected to MainPower Trust in 1999 and is Deputy Chairperson. Following Massey University he and his wife Jeanette worked in London and back packed around Europe. They returned to New Zealand to go farming. This was combined with work in rural banking. From 2001 they have been managing preschools in Rangiora and Christchurch. Richard sees electricity as increasingly important in our daily lives. The growth of distributed generation means our lines network is now being used to send as well as to supply power. He hopes electricity will begin to displace fossil fuel use with MainPower transporting this energy both reliably and efficiently. Mainpower’s ability to do this is vital.


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Quentin de Hamel

Quentin works locally as a solicitor. His specialist areas are in property law, commercial transactions, conveyancing, farming, leases and business advice. He has been on the Board of Trustees of both Rangiora Borough School and Rangiora High School. He is also actively involved in the local Lions Club. Quentin is married with two adult children and lives in Rangiora. His approach is friendly and casual, but also caring and knowledgeable. His goal is to ensure we, as power consumers, get the best value for our investment.


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Jim Abernethy

Jim is now in his second six year term on Mainpower Trust , and is enjoying the challenge of protecting the Mainpower beneficiaries rights. Jim Abernethy lives in Kaikoura where he has been actively involved in the community through numerous organisations, associations and service clubs. Jim was an elected member of Kaikoura District Council and was Mayor of Kaikoura for six years. Prior to moving to Kaikoura Jim lived in Cheviot for most of his working life, during which time he and his brother Bruce owned and operated Cheviot Lime Company Ltd. Jim has been a member of both the Cheviot and Kaikoura Volunteer Fire brigades for 25 years and retired as Chief Fire Officer in Kaikoura. He was also the Kaikoura member of the Marlborough Harbour Board for 12 years. His community activity includes voluntary work in Cheviot, Kaikoura and the Marlborough region. Alongside all of these commitments, Jim has also been a Marriage Celebrant for the past 22 years.


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Jo Ashby

Jo was elected to the MainPower Trust in 2013. Jo and her family run a dairy farm business they have owned for the past 20 years. She is a qualified accountant (currently retired status) having specialised in rural accounting. Jo has been involved with a number of community organisations over the 35 years that she has lived in the Waimakariri district. 


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Allan Berge

Allan was elected as a Trustee in March 2017. Allan held the position of Chief Executive and Managing Director of MainPower for 28 years prior to his retirement in 2015. Allan is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Fellow of the Institute of Management New Zealand and a member of the Institute of Directors. 

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Hugh Lindo

Hugh has been appointed by the Trustees under their power of appointment following Ms McMillan's resignation. Hugh, a North Canterbury resident, is a senior partner at Simpson Grierson, based in the Christchurch Office. Hugh's involvement with other organisations includes being President of the Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Council of Business New Zealand, a Fellow of the Christ's College Board and Trustee of the Christchurch Foundation.