Introducing The Waipa Networks Trust Team

Our People


Craig Sanders, Trustee

I am a Te Awamutu resident married to Tania with two children Caitlin & Michael.

An advocate for increasing home efficiency, I want to continue initiatives such as promoting use of energy efficient light bulbs, housing insulation and solar energy.

We are entering a new era in electricity distribution so we need to ensure our network can handle the increased demand for electric vehicles and other emerging technologies. Yet we must make sure that our farmers can milk their cows at the same time.

I strongly support retention of the existing Trust ownership structure and encourage the return of benefits to our beneficiaries. We should stay consumer not government owned.

I am an experienced leader, company director, trustee and business owner with a passion for developing the Waipa and wider community.
In summary we want a Power Lines Company that when we flick the switch the lights turn on.



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.



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 Matthews, Trustee

I am a Chartered Accountant with a professional career spanning Business Advisory, Financial Management, Strategy and Governance.

As a long-standing Waipā resident, I’m passionate about making a lasting, positive difference in organisations and our community.

I’m currently CFO of Ruapehu District Council and I was the Secretary / Treasurer of Waipa Networks Trust for over 10 years until I was elected as Trustee in 2021.

I’m a Member of the Institute of Directors and have strong governance experience; holding current board positions with several organisations across our community.

I was recognised for my exceptional financial management and governance skills by winning ‘Emerging Financial Manager’ at the 2021 NZ CFO Awards and a Raymond Wilson Governance Scholarship.

I am a proud Waipā resident who values the importance of local ownership and keeping Waipa Networks firmly in the hands of you, the consumers.

In my downtime, enjoy spending time with my husband Justin, our five children and our dog.  I enjoy travelling, fishing, walking and the odd run.



Marcus Gower, Trustee

I live in Kihikihi and love being involved in my community. My family has been living here for many years, I run my own IT business and am a Waipa District Councillor.

I believe the Waipa Networks Trust has done a great job and Waipa Networks is in really good shape, I look forward to being able to apply my governance skills and interests in technology to be able to positively help shape the future direction of our local lines company.

It’s important that Waipa Networks stays in our ownership so that our assets remain in local hands.



Ray Milner, Trustee

I have an electrical engineering degree and over thirty years’ experience of electricity distribution design and management including as a past CEO of Waipa Networks Ltd.

At Waipa Networks I built a new 110kV supply line for Te Awamutu to improve reliability and managed the company’s investment in Ultrafast Fibre. I was a director of Ultrafast Fibre.

I have an MBA (Exec) degree from Waikato University.

I was a trustee of the Waipa Community Facilities Trust established to manage the Council’s swimming pools and gymnasium.

I am currently an active member of the Cambridge Rotary Club and involved in many community activities.