Our directors

Geoff Vazey

BEng (Hons)

Geoff was appointed as an Orion board director in April 2009 and as chairman in April 2018. He is a professional director with strong commercial and governance experience, including 20 years involvement in infrastructure at the Ports of Auckland. Geoff is a fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand.  

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John Austin 


John was appointed as an Orion director in May 2014. He is a development banker and an infrastructure specialist and has recently returned to New Zealand after heading the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility Coordination Office of the Asian Development Bank in Sydney. John is a former executive director of the World Bank and was a director of the Asian Development Bank.  

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Dr Nicola Crauford


Nicola was appointed as an Orion director in August 2014. She is a director of Watercare Services, Wellington Water and the Environmental Protection Authority. She also chairs GNS Science and is deputy chair of Fire and Emergency New Zealand. She has previously held several senior management roles, including as a member of Transpower’s executive team, and is a former director of Genesis Energy. 

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Bruce Gemmell

BBS, CA (NZ and AU)

Bruce was appointed as an Orion director in September 2016. He is a professional director. Bruce was formerly a senior partner of international accounting firm EY. Bruce retired from the EY partnership in 2015. Bruce is either a Director, Councillor or Trustee of the following, the Highlanders rugby franchise, Lincoln University, Mirimar Consolidated Limited, Taylor Preston Limited, The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra Foundation Trust, and The Second Little Pig Was Right Limited. Bruce also consults to corporates on matters of value, capital raising and restructuring.

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Jason McDonald

BE Elec (Hons), MBA (Technology Management)

Jason was appointed as an Orion director in August 2017. Jason is an independent consultant and he is a director of Mevo. Jason has previously held senior executive positions in Meridian Energy and the former Electricity Corporation of New Zealand, and several governance and advisory roles in the energy sector – including with Arc Innovations, Powershop, RightHouse and WhisperTech.

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Jane Taylor

LLB (Hons), LLM, B.For.Sc (Hons),     
Dip Acc, FCA

Jane was appointed as an Orion director in June 2018. She is a professional director with strong commercial, legal, regulatory and governance experience. Jane chairs Landcare Research NZ Limited and Predator Free 2050 Limited, and she is a director of Radio NZ Limited, Silver Fern Farms Limited and the External Reporting Board (XRB). Jane is a barrister and solicitor of the High Court, a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

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