The Board

The Board establishes and maintains the Utilities Disputes office. The five member Board is made up of an independent chair and four independent directors, following advice to the relevant Minister.


Heather Roy

Independent Chair

Heather has served on the Board since 2014. She was a Member of Parliament from 2002 – 2011, including Minister of Consumer Affairs (2008-2010). She is a professional director, chairing several boards, and principal and director of boutique consulting company TorquePoint Ltd. Heather is also invited to commentate on political forums on radio and TV.

Dr. Brian McCulloch

Independent Director

Brian has a portfolio of consulting roles and is an independent member of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. He held a wide variety of leadership roles across a range of portfolios in The Treasury for over 25 years, including as a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Major Campbell Roberts

Independent Director

Campbell is the founding director of the Salvation Army social policy and parliamentary unit. Campbell was a member of the Salvation Army New Zealand Governance Board and held senior management roles in the organisation. Currently a Director of Community Finance, the KiwiBuy campaign, and a member of the New Zealand Parole Board. He has held a range of governance roles with  New Zealand Housing Foundation, Robson Hanan Trust, Community Housing Aotearoa, and Habitat for Humanity. Campbell has held several ministerial appointments in the areas of housing, child poverty, and social policy. Campbell is a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Mark Gatland

Independent Director

Beginning his career as an Electrical Engineer, Mark has vast energy sector experience. As Chief Executive of Northpower for 17 years, Mark led significant development and growth initiatives, including the establishment of network services contracts in New Zealand and abroad. Mark was also Director of Northpower Fibre Ltd, Northpower Solutions Ltd, West Coast Energy Pty, and the Electricity Networks Association.

Kyle Christensen

Independent Director

Kyle is a water resources and infrastructure engineer and is the Director and Chief Consultant at Christensen Consulting Ltd. He has served on the Engineering NZ/Water NZ Rivers Group Committee since 2011 and is the immediate past Chair of this group. Kyle is also a member of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Board for the University of Auckland.