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Pioneer chairman Stuart Heal said Dr Crauford's reputation for assisting organisations in new environments made her a welcome addition to the board table.
Dr Crauford has more than 25 years' experience in senior management and governance roles in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
She is the current chairwoman of GNS Science and UFB Connect, a joint governance board for Chorus and Visionstream, a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of the Directors in New Zealand and a Chartered Professional Engineer and International Professional Engineer.
She is also a director for Watercare Services and the Environmental Protection Authority.