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.

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.

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.

Corey Hebberd

Future Director

Corey (Rangitāne o Wairau, Te Ātiawa, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Apa, and Ngāti Kuia) is the General Manager of the Rangitāne o Wairau Group. Corey is passionate about caring for communities, which is at the heart of who we want to help. As well as being a Future Director of UDL, Corey also holds governance positions with the Cancer Society of New Zealand, Te Kotahi o Te Tauihu Charitable Trust and the Marlborough Regional Skills Leadership Group.

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.

Ruth Smithers

Independent Director

Ruth is the Chief Executive for FinCap and joins us as an experienced leader and manager in the not-for-profit and government sectors in health and social services organisations. Ruth was previously Deputy Chief Executive at Tui Ora, a large iwi-based health and social services provider in Taranaki. Ruth has also run her own management consultancy and serves on a number of boards bringing governance expertise to UDL.