About

Board Members

Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson

Non-Executive Chair

Steve Thompson (BCom, FCA(PP), CFInstD) joined the Aurora Energy Board in June 2016 and was appointed Chair in December 2016. He was previously a Tax Partner and Office Managing Partner with Deloitte in Dunedin and retired from the partnership in May 2015. He continues to provide corporate and taxation advice to a number of public and private entities. Steve is chair of electricity distribution network company Alpine Energy and its electricity contracting subsidiary NETcon. He is director of a number of New Zealand companies involved in the energy, construction, investment, manufacturing and professional services sectors. Steve is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Simon Clarke

Simon Clarke

Non-Executive Director

Simon Clarke (LLB/BA) joined the Aurora Energy Board on 1 July 2021. He is a professional Director/Trustee and strategic advisor through his business, Matua Governance. Simon is an experienced director, senior executive (CEO, CIO, GM) and commercial lawyer and has a number of other governance roles including being Non Executive Chair of Priority One (Western BOP Economic Development Agency), Non-Executive Chair of Tauranga City’s largest CCO, Bay Venues Limited and a Trustee of the Bay of Plenty Community Trust (BayTrust). Prior to taking up a governance career, Simon had a number of senior executive roles in the energy sector. Simon completed the Advanced Management Programme at the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Business School), and he is a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Margaret Devlin

Margaret Devlin

Non-Executive Director

Margaret Devlin (BA Hons, CFInstD) joined the Aurora Energy Board in July 2017. She is a professional director operating primarily within the infrastructure sector with a particular focus on audit and risk. Margaret is Chair of Watercare Services Ltd and Harrison Grierson Consultants Ltd. She is a Director of Meteorological Service of New Zealand, IT Partners and Waikato Regional Airport Ltd. Margaret is also a Councillor on the University of Waikato and the Waikato Institute of Technology (WINTEC). She has extensive experience in governance and executive management in New Zealand and the UK, primarily in the water and infrastructure sectors. Margaret is also a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Board. She is a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Wendie Harvey

Wendie Harvey

Non-Executive Director

Wendie Harvey (LLB) joined the Aurora Energy Board in November 2018. She is a professional director whose governance appointments reflect her interests in strategy development, organisation change, infrastructure management and the promotion of health and safety in the workplace. Wendie is currently a Director of Napier Port, Hawkes Bay Airport, Centralines, the Electricity Training Company, Quality Roading and Services (Wairoa) Ltd and Fire and Emergency New Zealand. Following an extensive legal career specialising in employment law and human resource management, Wendie brings a wealth of experience as a lawyer, executive manager and business consultant. She is also a Council member of the Eastern Institute of Technology and a New Zealand Gambling Commissioner.

Stephen Lewis

Stephen Lewis

Non-Executive Director

Stephen Lewis joined the Aurora Energy Board on 1 July 2021.  He is a company director and business consultant with over 45 years’ experience in the electricity supply industry. He has previously held executive directorships, senior executive and operational roles in the electricity supply industry in the UK, US, and South America.  Other current directorships include MainPower NZ Ltd, Mt Cass Wind Farm Ltd and Greenpower NZ Ltd, and Electricity Invercargill Ltd. He has previously held governance positions in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors across a wide range of sectors including the arts.

Stephen is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Member of the Institute of Asset Management.