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Our Board of Directors is appointed by the Shareholders Committee. There are seven directors with two directors retiring by rotation every year. Directors are responsible for governance and setting the strategic direction of the business. The board meet monthly.
Representing the interests of all shareholders, the Shareholders Committee consists of seven members. Four are voted on by shareholders with the remaining three appointed by the Ashburton District Council. Key responsibilities include; appointing directors, scrutinising the Statement of Corporate Intent and monitoring the performance of the company on behalf of shareholders.
Phil is a farmer based in Mid Canterbury and a company director. He has governance experience in an Ashburton-based farm supply buying group and in large-scale community irrigation development. Phil was appointed as a director in 2004.
Richard is a professional agribusiness executive and consultant, with an active involvement in an intensive irrigated Mid Canterbury-based family farm. He is a Nuffield Scholar and formerly the CEO of NZ Young Farmers and the Primary Industry Capability Alliance. He has a broad base of corporate experience which includes a number of national leadership roles, collaboration across sector groups, and strategic development and implementation.
Paul has 25 years of financial and commercial experience across a broad cross section of companies and industries. Paul is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. He is currently the CEO of Christchurch City Holdings Ltd, having previously had a 24-year career with Deloitte where he was a Corporate Finance Partner until mid-2016. Paul is an experienced director and Audit/Finance Committee Chair. His other current governance roles include Central Plains Water Limited, Vbase Limited and Spanbild Holdings Limited. Paul is a former Director of Orion New Zealand Limited and former member of the Deloitte Partner Board.
Andrew is a senior finance industry professional who lives in Mid Canterbury and currently oversees a large dairy farming business. His local and international experience spans a range of industries including regulated utilities, infrastructure, airports, ports, funds management and industrial and agribusiness sectors.
Janine currently works for Environment Canterbury as the Ashburton Zone Delivery Lead, and is based in Methven. She has a wealth of experience across the fields of resource management, local and central government, public relations, community relations and journalism. Janine is also a trustee of Methven Care Trust.
Currently Executive Project Advisor to the Hastings District Council, Tony was previously Chief Financial Officer at Hastings District Council. Prior to that, Tony held the senior finance role at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Mighty River Power, and TVNZ. Tony is currently a director of Civic Financial Services, Artemis Nominees, Quality Roading and Services (Wairoa), EA Networks, Centralines and is chair of Ngāti Pūkenga Investments, Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Commercial and Te Turapa Wai Ariki.
Melinda has a commercial background with over 17 years of management experience gained from roles with a number of well-known New Zealand companies. She is currently Head of Trents Wholesale, a large food and beverage distribution company owned by Foodstuffs South lsland Ltd and is on the Board of Trustees of St Bede’s College in Christchurch. Melinda’s areas of expertise are in commercial management, strategic thinking, customer relationships and people leadership and development.