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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.
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.
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 over 25 years of financial and commercial experience across a broad cross section of companies and industries including a 24 year career as a Corporate Finance Partner at Deloitte and six years as CEO of a publicly owned investment company which managed a portfolio of commercial infrastructure investments. Paul also has 10+ years’ experience as an Independent Director with his Board experience including current or former Director roles with MHV Water, Online Distribution, Lynn River, Orion New Zealand, Toitu Envirocare, Central Plains Water, Spanbild Holdings, and Venues Otautahi. Paul is a Chartered Accountant Fellow (FCA) of CAANZ and a Chartered Fellow (CFInstD) of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Janine runs her own consultancy providing resource management, communications and governance services. She has worked for industry body IrrigationNZ, irrigation schemes and agribusiness, alongside local and central Government. Janine is also chairperson of Methven Care Trust.
Rob has been a member of the Board since September 2023 and has worked in the New Zealand Electricity industry for over 35 years, including as Chief Executive of Orion NZ Limited and Chair of Connetics Ltd. Rob has master's degrees in electrical engineering and business administration. He is also a chartered member of the NZ Institute of Directors. Rob's other roles include chair of Electricity Invercargill Ltd and director of Marlborough Lines.
Leandra is an experienced commercial lawyer and is the Managing Partner of Ashburton based private equity firm, Genesis Capital. Leandra is also currently a Director of New Zealand Fruit Tree Company Limited and Chairman of Ashburton Aquatic Park Charitable Trust.