Publish date: 20/11/2019

The Enterprise North Canterbury (ENC) Board has a new look, with a newly appointed Chair and a new Deputy Chair position created. Hurunui District Mayor Marie Black and Waimakariri District Mayor Dan Gordon have also joined the Board for the first time, following their appointments in the recent local body elections.

Board member Holly Sterne (pictured) was recently appointed Chair of the ENC Board following the departure of long-term Chair Nick Harris in May. Holly, who is the General Manager and Company Director of Patoa Farms as well as Operator of The Hogget Bar & Grill in Hawarden, joined the Board in February 2018.

“In my role as Chair I hope to ensure the Board is enabled to make strategic and clear decisions that are aligned with our intent to promote economic development in the North Canterbury region,” said Holly.

“It is also important to me to maintain a great relationship between ENC’s staff and Board”.

For the first time since the Board’s inception a Deputy Chair position has been created. The role will be filled by an existing Board member at the upcoming Board meeting and the Deputy Chair will be expected to support Holly in her role as Chair.

ENC Chief Executive Heather Warwick says “this year the ENC Board has welcomed a number of new people from varied business backgrounds and specialties, yet the quality, focus and passion of our Board members remains extremely high and we all look forward to working towards our shared goal of ensuring the best economic development strategies and outcomes for our region.”

Enterprise North Canterbury operates as a Trust established by the Waimakariri and Hurunui District Councils. The aim of the Trust is to ‘inspire, attract and retain individuals, businesses and social enterprises to invest in our region’. The Trust comprises ten staff and a number of voluntary trustees, who make up the ENC Board.

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