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Spark NZ switches up its board

Gordon MacLeod and Sheridan Broadbent appointed new directors, while Paul Berriman to retire.

Sheridan Broadbent and Gordon MacLeod.

Tue, 14 Jun 2022

The Spark New Zealand board has appointed Gordon MacLeod and Sheridan Broadbent as independent, non-executive directors, effective from the start of August.

MacLeod will be a member of the audit and risk management committee and Broadbent will be a member of the human resources and compensation committee.

Spark chair Justine Smyth said: "As we continue to transition to a digital services future, we are looking to broaden the skills and capabilities of the board with these two appointments. Sheridan brings a deep understanding of our sector, the speed of change, and the business transformation required to succeed, while Gordon’s business leadership experience and operational and commercial expertise will be a valuable complement to the existing skills-mix of the board.”

MacLeod held a range of senior executive roles over a 15-year period at Ryman Healthcare Group, where he most recently served as CEO.

Prior to this, he was a corporate finance and advisory partner with PWC, and the finance director of a London listed hi tech company, Xaar, based in Cambridge, England. He was recently appointed to the board of Delegat Group and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury, is a chartered accountant fellow, and a member of the Institute of Directors.

Broadbent's executive and governance career has spanned telecommunications, ICT, infrastructure, and energy. Her governance experience includes independent director for Manawa Energy, chair-elect of Pipeline and Civil Group, member of the government’s Cyber Security Advisory Committee and chair of Kordia (which will come to an end before her directorship at Spark).

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland, is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In accordance with Spark’s constitution, both will retire and offer themselves for re-election at the annual shareholders' meeting in November.

The board also announced Paul Berriman will retire at the next annual meeting, after 11 years as director.

“Spark has benefited significantly from Paul’s extensive experience and expertise in telecommunications and ICT, as we have transformed Spark from its earlier Telecom days and grown into new digital services markets," Smyth said.

“The board is well positioned with diverse and complementary skills to help guide Spark to deliver on its strategic ambitions and its purpose of helping all of New Zealand to win big in a digital world.”   

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