Our directors


Jane Taylor

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

Jane was appointed as an Orion director in June 2018 and as board chair in February 2019. She is a professional director with strong commercial, legal, regulatory and governance experience. Jane chairs Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research and is currently a director of Port Otago, Ontario Teachers Plan Forest Investments and Silver Fern Farms. She is also Deputy Chair of the External Reporting Board (XRB). 

 Jane Taylor 2019

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.  

 John Austin 2019

Sally Farrier

BE (Hons), MBA, GDipAppFin

Sally was appointed as an Orion director in August 2020.  She has more than 20 years’ experience as non-executive director with specialist expertise in economic regulation and governance of energy, utilities and infrastructure. Sally is a director of AusNet Services Ltd which owns and operates an electricity distribution network in Victoria, Australia, and is a former director of Meridian Energy. She has served on Ministerial panels, determination and review bodies related to pricing, planning and reform. She is an active angel investor and was a member of the team that founded Patientrack in the early 2000s.

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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 is Chancellor of Lincoln University. He is also either a director or trustee of the Highlanders rugby franchise, Miramar Consolidated Limited, Planz Consultants Limited, Central  Plains Water Limited, Lincoln Agritech Limited and other companies. Bruce also consults to corporates on matters of value, capital raising and restructuring.

 Bruce Gemmel

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 the chair of Mevo Limited and director of Red Bus Limited. 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.

 Jason McDonald 2019

Geoff Vazey

BEng (Hons)

Geoff was appointed as an Orion board director in April 2009 and chaired the board from April 2018 to January 2019. 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.  

 Geoff Vasey 2019

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