The Board

John Strahl
John Strahl, Chairman

John Strahl is Chairman of Wellington Water's Board. John is an experienced commercial lawyer with extensive experience in local government commercial work as well as expertise in the financial services sector.

John has provided advice on corporate governance and trust structuring for local authorities including the establishment and funding of the Westpac Stadium. He joined the board of Capacity Infrastructure Services as an independent director in December 2009.

 Cynthia Brophy
Cynthia Brophy, Director

Cynthia Brophy is the Chief Executive of the Human Rights Commission and is an experienced leader with skills in people and performance management, corporate and government relations and infrastructure management.

Prior to working for the Human Rights Commission, Cynthia was general manager of People and Corporate Relations for Transpower. Her role also encompassed all aspects of communication and government relations as well as Transpower’s community programmes.

She has extensive experience in the financial services sector, working as a general manager for corporate affairs for the National Bank and ANZ Bank, and headed corporate affairs at Airways Corporation.

 Nicki Crauford
Nicki Crauford, Director

Dr Nicola Crauford has a PhD in engineering from the University of Southampton, and a background in energy infrastructure governance and senior management. Nicki chairs the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Science (GNS) and is Deputy Chair of New Zealand Fire Services Commission. She is a director of Watercare Services, Orion New Zealand and the Environmental Protection Authority. She is also a member of the Local Government Risk Management Agency Establishment Board.

Nicki is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a fellow of IPENZ.

 David Wright
David Wright, Director

David is a professional company director and business consultant. He has held Chief Executive and senior management positions in the primary production, transport and electricity industries across both the private and state sectors.

He is currently Chairman of the Air Rescue Group and Establishment Chair of Solomon Islands Airport Corporation Limited. He is a Director of WEL Networks Limited, the Waikato based electricity and fibre infrastructure provider, NZRS Limited and is a Director on the Advisory Board of the Global Safety Index Pty Limited.

 Dave Benham
David Benham, Director

In September 2014, after nine years in the role, David stood down as Chief Executive of the Greater Wellington Regional Council. Prior to that he was Chief Financial Officer, and subsequently managed the bulk water and plantation forestry responsibilities of that Council. Earlier roles included a number of financial positions in the private sector.

David is a director of Wellington's port company Centreport Ltd. He's the independent chair of Otago Regional Council's audit and risk committee as well as the independent appointee to the Hawkes Bay Regional Council's finance audit and risk committee.

David joined the Board of Wellington Water in July 2015.