Nick Harris - Chairman

Nick Harris Chair cropNick was born and raised in the North Canterbury district. Cheviot was his home for his early years and he continues to have strong ties to this area with a half share holding in Harris Meat (Cheviot) Ltd with brother Bryan. They process and sell from their Abattoir near Domett.

In 1993 together with Todd Heller and two other partners they started Heller Tasty Ltd at its current site just north of the Waimakariri Bridge. 


Ron van Til2Ron van Til - Trustee

Having owned Rangiora Bakery for some 25+ years now and having invested about $20m into land and buildings in the Waimakariri District, it would be fair to say Ron has a vested interest in both the business community and the people of Rangiora.

Ron currently employs about 200 staff who mostly live in the Waimakariri area and has supply contracts with most leading Multinational Food companies in both New Zealand and Australia as well as a strong retail presence in Rangiora under the branding of Artisan by Rangiora Bakery.

From a personal development perspective, Ron is part of the Icehouse Alumni having completed a Owner Manager Program through the Auckland Business School.

David Ayers 2017David Ayers- Trustee

David has been the Mayor of Waimakariri since 2010.

He was born and brought up in Christchurch but has roots in the Woodend-Rangiora area going back into early colonial times.

After gaining an MA in History and a Diploma of Education at the University of Canterbury, he entered the teaching profession, eventually to become Assistant and Deputy Principal at Cashmere and Rangiora High Schools.

He has lived in Rangiora since 1976 and first entered local government in 1983, winning a seat on the Rangiora Borough Council.  Since then he has completed nine terms and is Waimakariri’s longest-serving councillor since the 1989 reorganisation of local government.

Winton DalleyWinton Dalley- Trustee

Winton is the Mayor of Hurunui.

Winton Dalley has been running a successful farming operation in the dry hills of North Canterbury for more than three decades.  Winton also has a long history in local government in the Hurunui, including 18 years as a Ward committee member and nine years on Council.

He was involved in developing the Hurunui Water Strategy, is currently the council representative on the Hurunui-Waiau Zone Water Management Committee and Canterbury Regional Water Committee.

Craig RustCraig Rust - Trustee

Craig is a well-known presenter and business coach, delivering workshops and speaking to conferences throughout New Zealand and abroad. 
Craig was a Senior Manager at Pricewaterhouse Coopers prior to forming his own companies -Business Innovators Ltd and Craig is the Director and owner of the Divine Cakes and Desserts Group, which is a South Island Based Food Manufacturing and Retail business with over 30 staff. 
He has won several prestigious awards such as Deloitte fast 50 and Exporter of the Year and is the author of two books; 'Where's the Money' and 'Bullet Proof Your Business'.

Craig Patterson ENC Board Trustee

Craig Patterson - Trustee

Craig - originally from England - grew up in Canterbury, attending both Lincoln High School and Lincoln University. On graduating, he joined the Ag Quarantine Service as part of MPI and then moved to corporate animal health with Pfizer where he worked in a variety of roles over 21 years. Returning to North Canterbury provided Craig the opportunity to join North Canterbury Veterinary Clinics. As Business Manager and Director, Craig works with a great team, focusing business development and delivering veterinary services to both farmers and pet owners in an ever changing market.

Craig became an ENC Board Trustee in 2017 to be involved in supporting business development and innovation in the wider business community of our region.

Clare Giffard Jan 2018Clare Giffard - Trustee

Originally from Auckland, Clare Giffard has lived and worked in Canterbury for almost 20 years and now operates a number of high profile hospitality businesses in the North Canterbury region. Owner of San Dona Lodge in Ohoka, Flat White Café Bar in Pegasus and Urban Revival Café at Silverstream, Clare is also the director and chairperson of San Dona Olives, president of a Pegasus Town International Lions Service Club, a board member at Ohoka School and a well-known supporter of the local business community.

Clare became an ENC Board Trustee in 2018. She applied for the role so she could help to grow business opportunities in North Canterbury, and expand awareness of the fabulous region that she calls home.  

Holly Sterne preferred image cropHolly Sterne - Trustee

Holly is the General Manager and Company Director of one of North Canterbury’s largest employers; Patoa Farms. Based near Hawarden, Patoa Farms is a family owned and operated outdoor farrow to finish pig farm. Before becoming involved in the family business, Holly worked in banking as an executive assistant in the agribusiness sector of ANZ and a rural banking consultant for what was then The National Bank.

Holly became an ENC Trustee in 2018. She was inspired to apply for the role so she could help to support small businesses, people and community development in the North Canterbury region. 

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Jim Palmer - Advisory Trustee

Jim is the Chief Executive of Waimakariri District Council and has held the role since 2004. He is responsible for providing advice to the Council, and giving effect to the Council’s decisions. The Council is responsible for $104 billion of assets, and has an annual turnover in excess of $80 million

For two years prior to this time he was the Council’s Manager, Finance and Business Support.  Before joining the Council Jim was a Director with Audit New Zealand responsible for auditing a wide variety of public sector organisations.


Hamish Dobbie HDCHamish Dobbie - Advisory Trustee

Hamish is the new Hurunui District Council Chief Executive.  Recently appointed he brings a strong mix of commercial and local government experience along with an extensive rural and horticultural background.

For six years prior to his appointment with Hurunui District Council Hamish was the Chief Executive Officer of Lakes Environmental Ltd, delivering regulatory services to the Queenstown Lakes District Council and others.  Prior to this he held executive business development, processing and technical management positions.