Introducing The Waipa Networks Trust Team

Our People


Craig Sanders, Chairman

Personal Details: Married to Tania with two children Caitlin & Michael.

Occupation: Partner at Crowe Horwath.

Personal Interests: Rugby, Racing, Cricket, Solar Energy.

Other Community Involvement: Committee member of Te Awamutu Club, Trustee of Waipa Networks Trust and Grassroots Trust and Te Awamutu Primary BOT.

An advocate for increasing home efficiency, I want to continue initiatives such as promoting use of energy efficient light bulbs and housing insulation. In the interests of public safety, I support the undergrounding of overhead lines. I also support retention of the Trust ownership structure and encourage the return of benefits to the beneficiaries.



Andrew Bateman, Deputy Chairman

I am a Cambridge resident, married with 2 sons and 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry.

Currently I am a Trustee for Waikato Institute of Leisure & Sports Studies and have been a member of Cambridge Rotary since 2002.

I believe that the Trust has an important role to fulfil in ensuring that Waipa Networks Ltd continues to be run in an efficient manner and provide the greatest possible rebates to connected consumers.

As a graduate from the Institute of Directors Development program I believe that I bring governance experience as well as the willingness and ability to act in the best interest of consumers to Waipa Networks Trust.




Judy Bannon, Trustee

We have lived in Cambridge for just on 40 years, and my late husband, Dr Bannon and I have two children and 4 grandchildren. I have worked in senior management, which has resulted in managing Law Firms for 27 years. In addition to managing Law Firms I have been an auditor for a power supply company and the administration manager for a thoroughbred sales and tourism organisation.

I completed the Executive MBA (Masters of Business Administration) with Distinction at the University of Waikato, and have qualifications in Commerce and in Landscape and Design. I have also completed courses in governance, strategic planning and corporate finance with the Institute of Directors. I am a member of the MBA Association, the Executive Committee of the Waipa Ratepayers Association, and until I retired the New Zealand Institute of Management, and the Institute of Directors Association.

I firmly believe the Network should remain 100% community owned with all the benefits going back to the consumers. The primary role of the trustees is to appoint the directors who must have the appropriate experience and philosophy – lean, mean,working to maximise the benefits to all consumers.



Barbara Taranaki, Trustee

Personal Details:  Married to Doug; Resident of Waipa 47 years

Occupation:  Retired Waipa Distict Councillor, Retired Farmer, Past Retailer

Personal Interests:  Family, Wellbeing of Community, Reading

Other:  Retired Justice of the Peace, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, Trustee Resthaven, Trustee Waipa Networks




Ashley Reid, Trustee

I am a retired Local Government manager with an enduring interest in the distribution of electricity.

As a former Deputy Chairman and member of the Trust, I was a strong advocate for the provision of a second supply line from Honikiwi to Te Awamutu. The construction and commissioning of this important asset was accomplished in record time and with little inconvenience, and now connected consumers enjoy an uninterrupted service for their homes, dairy milking systems, and businesses regardless of the condition of supply line from Karapiro. This, I feel, was a major achievement by the company with the support of the former Trust.

I continue to have a deep personal interest in the progress and further development of the Trust. I believe that the Company must remain community owned, working in conjunction with the Trust to provide the best possible service to its customers at a reasonable price.




David McLean, Trustee

Personal Details:  Married to Catherine, four children, living on a lifestyle block at Ngahinapouri.

Occupation:  Senior Agribusiness Manager Westpac, Te Awamutu.

Qualifications:  Bachelor of Agricultural Commerce, Diploma of Banking, Registered Valuer, Kellogg Scholar.

Governance experience:  NZIPIM Committee, Ngahinapouri Primary School BOT, Director/Company Secretary.

With over 30 years in the agribusiness sector, I have worked through numerous opportunities to help people achieve their goals. This has been through both economic highs and lows which has developed my ability to see the big picture. These are some of the skills I will use to protect and grow our community asset, while ensuring the best possible return to consumers.

The energy sector is heading into uncharted territory with the growth in renewable energy, electronic vehicles and next generation battery storage. I’ll ensure the Trust works in its owner’s best interests to optimise the potential opportunities this will create in a sustainable long-term manner.



Sarah Davies, Secretary / Treasurer

I have been the Secretary/Treasurer of Waipa Networks Trust since April 2011.

I am a Chartered Accountant with extensive finance, business advisory and leadership experience.  I am currently the Manager of Finance for Waipa District Council and my role includes managing finance, revenue and procurement in a large and complex growth organisation.

I have experience working with governance boards in a vast range of fields (local government, private sector and community organisations).  I am a current Trustee of House of Science Central Waikato Charitable Trust and Board Member of Te Awamutu Chamber of Commerce.

I am a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers and the Institute of Directors.

I enjoy spending time with my Fiancé Justin and our five children, fishing, playing netball and other sports.