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King Country Energy announces two new directors

King Country Energy (KCE) has today announced the appointment of two new additions to its Board of Directors.

Phil Wiltshire of Manawa Energy has joined the Board effective 1 February 2023, following Chair Kevin Palmer stepping down on 31 January.

General Manager of King Country Energy, Chris Fincham, acknowledges the significant contribution Palmer made during his five year tenure on the Board.

“With over 25 years’ experience in the energy industry, Kevin’s deep knowledge of the sector allowed him to provide critical guidance to the company during this important phase in our history.

“He leaves with our recognition of this commitment, and thanks for his contributions. As he moves on to pursue other governance roles, we wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Wiltshire brings over 20 years of leadership experience to the KCE Board, having worked in CFO roles for large New Zealand businesses across the infrastructure and FMCG sectors. He currently leads Manawa Energy’s Finance, People, Technology and Business Performance functions.

In addition, Catherine Thompson has joined the KCE Board effective 1 January 2023, replacing Rob Buchanan who stepped down effective 31 December 2022 following his resignation from Manawa Energy.

Catherine is the GM of Regulatory and Risk at Manawa Energy, and brings substantial sector and governance experience to the Board from her time working at Contact Energy and as a director on industry bodies including Liquigas Limited, ERANZ, the Gas Industry Company and various Contact Energy subsidiaries.

Incumbent Director Robert Carter, trustee of the King Country Trust, remains on the Board.

“We’d like to extend a warm welcome to both Phil and Catherine, and look forward to gaining the benefit of their skills and knowledge.”