Publish date: 11/03/2019

Three new trustees have been appointed to the Enterprise North Canterbury (ENC) Board, including the first ever Trustee Intern. 

Bob Penter and Mike Weight joined the ENC Board in early 2019 along with Andrew Gilchrist, who has been selected as ENC’s inaugural Trustee Intern.

Bob Penter 2019 crop2Based in North Loburn, Bob is currently Chief Executive of the Waikato River Authority as well as an advisor to the Office of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. He sits on the Board of Governors for Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and was an independent commissioner for the Ruby Views and Silverstream subdivision hearings as well as chair for the Conway River plan change hearing. 

Bob says he applied for the ENC Board role because of his passion for North Canterbury, and its communities being a great place to live and work. “I believe economic growth and prosperity for the region can occur in a way that enhances our communities and the lifestyle we all enjoy here,” he said. Bob was particularly attracted to the catalyst role played by ENC in supporting business and social enterprise growth for the region.

Mike Weight 2020Mike also brings significant business experience to the Board from his current position as General Manager and Director of Wedderspoon – the Rangiora-based world class manufacturing facility dedicated to supplying the number one selling Manuka honey brand in North America. Mike says he opted to join the Board as his work at Wedderspoon has generated a real passion to see the North Canterbury area develop for the greater benefit of its population.

ENC Chief Executive Heather Warwick says, “We are thrilled to secure the strategic skill set and high calibre of all three new trustees. They all have a stake in North Canterbury as an owner or manager of businesses located in the region, and provide good sector representation. The ENC Trust, which comprises nine voluntary trustees and ten staff, takes an innovative and proactive approach to ensure it is a leader and facilitator of economic and tourism development within the region.”

Andrew Gilchrist crop2In late 2018 the idea for a Trustee Intern was raised by the Board. Andrew Gilchrist, of Gilchrist Brothers agricultural spraying and agronomy company, was selected as the inaugural Trustee Intern and he commenced his role in mid-February.

“The new role of Trustee Intern came about as the ENC Board wanted to engage with the next generation of talented, skilled, diverse local young entrepreneurs seeking a directorship path,” explains Heather.

“This role is designed to assist in developing a pipeline of talent for governance roles within ENC and other organisations.”

Enterprise North Canterbury operates as a Trust established by the Waimakariri and Hurunui District Councils. The aim of the Trust is to ensure that North Canterbury ‘inspires, attracts and retains individuals, businesses and social enterprises to invest in the region’.

To find out more about Enterprise North Canterbury’s role and to meet the other board members, visit