Meet the Trustees
The Trust is made up of five elected Trustees, who hold all the shares in Unison on behalf of consumers connected to Unison’s electricity network in Hawke’s Bay. The Trustees are Diana Kirton (Chair), Barbara Arnott, David Pearson, Kirsten Westwood and Jeff Farnworth, following an election which concluded at 5pm on Thursday 1 October 2020. The HBPCT operates under a Trust Deed which sets out, in detail, the responsibilities and duties of the Trust and the Trustees.
If you would like to contact the Trust, please use the online form click here, or phone the secretary on phone: 06 873 8037
Diana Kirton, Chair
As a trustee Diana has ensured the interests of power consumers remains the trust’s highest priority. She strongly believes that Unison must remain in public ownership for the benefit of the local power consumers and is committed to paying the annual cash dividend directly to householders.
Committed to governance and community service, Barbara served 12 years as Napier Mayor and currently volunteers for Pathways and the Historic Trust amongst other community organisations.
Barbara’s work with people in diverse roles has shown clearly how distributing good information leads to good decision making. She makes it a priority to involve consumers in decisions that affect them.
Barbara considers it a privilege to be working with consumers and the Trust.
David was on the Eastern Institute of Technology Council for 15 years, serving as Chair of Council for 13 of these. Previously, he was a Trustee for Sport Hawke’s Bay for 9 years and is currently a member of the Institute of Directors. These experiences teamed with his involvement with the governance of the national accounting firms he has been aligned with over the years has provided him with significant governance skills and insight into the diverse aspects and factions that make up the Hawke’s Bay Region.
David strongly believes in the Trust’s role in ensuring the community continues to benefit from the ownership of Unison Networks through the continuation of a high quality, reliable service. He would like to see an increase in community understanding of what the trust does and exactly how it works to benefit the community it serves. David fully supports paying the annual dividend to householders.
After completing her commerce and law degrees at Otago University, Kirsten worked in a variety of legal/HR roles in London, UK. On return to NZ; she held roles in Health Promotion, including teaching on the Diploma of Health Promotion at EIT where a Masters in Health Science followed. Kirsten has a passion for health and looks for ways to support the community.
Kirsten is the Assistant Head of School for Health and Sport Science at EIT, and has been at EIT since 2013. In this role she works with organisations throughout Hawke’s Bay to establish connections with staff, students and programmes of study in ways that support positive outcomes for our region.
I then worked for Transpower the Grid Operator for another 9 yrs and retired in 2013. Now seems an opportune time to pass on my experience gained in the industry to the HBCT as a fellow Trustee.