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

Independent Directors

 Jim Bolger ID 9201

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 ID 9202

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 ID 9203

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 Crown Infrastructure Partners Limited. 


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 

Nigel Barbour ID 9205

Nigel Barbour

Nigel is the Chief Executive of Powerco.  Nigel is responsible for leading the business to deliver on all customer, financial and operation targets. He joined Powerco in October 2002 and has been in Executive Management roles for the past 14 years. He was appointed Chief Executive in October 2011. 

In addition to being a board member of the Gas Industry Company, he is also Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Electricity Networks Association.

Nigel has an economics and legal background and has previously held roles with Transpower and Bank of New Zealand.

Dennis Barnes ID 9206

Dennis Barnes

Dennis Barnes is Chief Executive Officer of Contact Energy.  His role followed 13 years in Australia with Origin Energy, including in a range of gas-related roles and serving on the boards of two Australian gas regulators.  Prior to that, Mr Barnes worked in various international energy markets, including managerial roles with Scottish and English electricity companies.

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Gabriel Selischi

Gabriel studied engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest and graduated a master delivered by the four most prestigious schools in Paris in 1994. He served as Senior Manager at Schlumberger and Principal at Gemini Consulting. He has managed the transfer of several mature offshore oil & gas concessions in Africa while stabilising production. He has acted as Programme Manager for the post-merger integration of Total, Fina and Elf in Europe. In 2006, he joined OMV where he served as Head of Strategy, Project & Engineering, Domestic Asset and member of the Executive Board responsible for the Upstream Division of Petrom. His various international positions have taken him to several countries in the EU, South Africa, Algeria and Angola.

In April 2016 Gabriel was appointed Senior Vice President responsible for the Australasia organisation of OMV. 

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