Board

Peter Ellis, Chairman

Peter has been an Independent Chairman, Director and CEO for over 25 years with New Zealand and multinational companies involved in manufacturing, distribution, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), food, agribusiness, banking and health. He joined the board as an independent director and chairman in 2016. Peter is married to Fiona and lives in Havelock North. They have two adult children.

Steve Wyn-Harris, Independent Director

Steve is a well-known farmer, broadcaster, columnist and director with a farming career that began in 1985. Steve’s corporate experience includes having served on the boards of Landcorp (2003-2007) and Farmlands (2006-2012). As an independent director on our board since 2016, Steve chairs the Fund Managers Central Limited audit, risk & compliance committee.  He and wife, Jane, live in rural Central Hawke’s Bay.

Graham Throp, Director

Graham has been a partner in Hastings’ law firm Bramwell Bate Lawyers since 1980. He specialises in commercial and conveyancing law, with an interest in subdivisions, trusts and nominee mortgages. His is also a Director of, and has interests in, several private companies, including a small finance company. A director on the board since 2004, Graham chairs the Midlands Mortgage Trust loans committee. Outside the office Graham enjoys family, fishing, travel, golf and the Hawke’s Bay lifestyle.

John Campbell, Director

John was the founding chairman of the board from 2004 to 2011, and has continued as a director from that time.  He has been a partner with Waipukurau law firm, Davidson Armstrong & Campbell, since 1983 where he focusses on trusts, estates, commercial, farm succession planning and rural law.  He and his wife, Marian, live on a small farm near Waipukurau and his interests outside work include skiing, mountain biking, tramping and occasional golf.

Ken Horner, Director

Ken is a third generation principal of Halliwells. He has an LLB from Auckland University and has been at Halliwells since 1976. His areas of expertise include financing, conveyancing, commercial, forestry ventures and administration of Trusts and Estates. Ken has been a director on the board since 2004. He lives with wife, Jennifer, near Hawera.  Their property, Puketarata Garden, was listed as a garden of national significance by the New Zealand Gardens Trust in 2008.

Peter Hutchison, Director

Peter joined the board in 2016.  A Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Management, he has vast experience in banking, finance and fund management. He is involved in a number of charitable and community organisations and is the President of the National Board of the Cancer Society of New Zealand.  Peter and wife, Susan, live in Dunedin.