Holly Sterne preferred image cropHolly Sterne - Chair

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. 


Craig Rust photo 2019 resizedCraig 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 PricewaterhouseCoopers prior to forming his own companies - Business Innovators Ltd and Divine Cakes and Desserts Group, a South Island-based food manufacturing and retail business of which Craig is Director and owner
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.

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.

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.  

Mike Weight - Trustee

Mike Weight 2019Mike is the 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. Much of the honey exported by Wedderspoon is sourced from North Canterbury, and it is this work with local apiaries and other businesses that has given Mike a passion to see the area develop for the greater benefit of its population.

After gaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Manufacturing from Massey University, Mike worked in a variety of industries both in New Zealand and abroad. He has lived in the North Canterbury district for over a decade with his wife and young family.

Bob Penter 2019 cropBob Penter - Trustee

Bob lives in North Loburn with his wife Adeline and their children Isabella, Harry and Jack. His 22 years’ experience spans the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He is the Chief Executive of the Waikato River Authority, an advisor to the Office of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and sits on the Board of Governors for Rangi Ruru Girls’ School. He was an independent commissioner for the Ruby Views and Silverstream subdivision hearings, and chair for the Conway River plan change hearing. 


Jim Palmer cropJim 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.



Andrew Gilchrist - Trustee Intern

Andrew Gilchrist cropAndrew joined the ENC Board as its inaugural Trustee Intern in 2019. Andrew is Director of local agricultural spraying and precision ag company Gilchrist Brothers Ltd, along with his brother Peter.

Andrew grew up in Central and North Canterbury, attending Lincoln University before starting his career with Pyne Gould Guinness. In 2004 he started a sheep handling contracting business before purchasing the company that is now Gilchrist Brothers Ltd 14 years ago. Andrew, Peter and their seven staff operate spray rigs, tractors and bulk liquid tankers as well as farming 170ha and manufacturing spray trucks for clients throughout the country.

Andrew lives in Swannanoa with his wife, Jane, and their three children.