Meridian Energy Limited announced that it intends to appoint Tania Simpson as an independent director to the Meridian Energy Board in August 2021. Ms. Simpson's appointment is subject to the Electricity Authority first granting an exemption under section 90 of the Electricity Industry Act 2010.Ms. Simpson will complement and add to the Board's skills and expertise following the retirement of two longstanding Directors, Peter Wilson and Anake Goodall whose terms will conclude at the Company's Annual Shareholders' Meeting in October. Ms. Simpson is a distinguished well-respected Mori leader who has served on a range of iwi, commercial and public entities. She is affiliated to Ngi Tahu, Tainui and Ng Puhi. She has extensive corporate governance experience having served as a director of Mighty River Power Limited for 13 years from 2001. She also holds the distinction of being the first Mori director on the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Board where she is currently the Deputy Chair. Ms. Simpson will retire and seek formal shareholder approval for her election at the Annual Shareholders' Meeting will take place in October 2021.