Wanaka businesswoman Jacqueline Cheyne has been appointed as the newest director of Pioneer Energy Ltd, effective October 3.

The appointment was announced by Central Lakes Trust chairwoman Linda Robertson. The trust is the owner of Pioneer Energy.

Ms Robertson said they were pleased to have secured such a highly qualified and experienced director.

‘‘Ms Cheyne has more than 30 years’ experience in financial reporting and sustainability. She currently chairs the sustainability committee for Stride Property Group, the risk and audit committee for NZ Green Investment Finance and is a member of the XRB, chairing the project steering group for the development of the Aotearoa NZ Climate Reporting Standards, amongst multiple other directorships across listed company, government and not› for›profit boards.

‘‘Jacqueline’s experience with climate risk assessment, sustainability and carbon reporting will prove extremely valuable to the board of Pioneer Energy.’’

Pioneer Energy chairman Rob Hewett said they were delighted to welcome Ms Cheyne to the board.

‘‘Through several strategic investment partnerships, Pioneer has access to a continued pipeline of growth opportunities. These growth opportunities will contribute to the development of a sustainable energy future for New Zealand,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s important we equip the board with the skills to take us into the future and Jackie’s expertise and experience in climate risk and sustainability is highly relevant.’’

The new board appointment fills a vacancy resulting from the resignation of Nick Lewis, a board member since 2015.

‘‘We would like to thank Nick for his service with Pioneer. His contribution has played a large part in determining why Pioneer has grown into the diversified and progressive energy company it is today and his contribution has certainly been valued over his time on the board,’’ Mr Hewett said.