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. Nick is now Managing Director and the company employs approximately 400 staff on two sites, Kaiapoi and in Auckland.

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'.

Debbie AndersonDebbie Anderson - Trustee

Born and raised in England on a farm in West Sussex Debbie worked in London for four years in admin for the Personnel Department of Citibank before meeting and marrying Stuart Anderson and raising a family at 'Black Rock' in Cheviot.

During the upbringing of the children Debbie got involved in many community activities and played major roles in the local Plunket, Home & School, Church and Floral Art organisations.

In March 2008 Debbie opened Two Rivers Cafe and Gallery which operates alongside Mount Beautiful Wine Tasting Room in Cheviot.  She now chairs the Cheviot Promotions Group and the Cheviot Community Vehicle Trust which operates the community car.  In her spare time she will be found in her extensive garden or catching up with her children, two of which live overseas.

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.