I have had a 30 year banking and finance career including 22 years at ASB Bank in their Rural division. My most recent executive position was General Manager Rural at ASB – leading a team of 200 across New Zealand. I’m proud to join the Hazlett team – a focused and ambitious business passionately delivering to the needs of our farming clients and of course our team. Outside of work I hold a handful of independent director and advisory board roles. I’m married to Lou, have three boys and we are actively involved in the outdoors with a lot of sport!
I have been involved in rural banking and the stock and station industry for the last 28 years. I started in 1992 towards the end of the Rural Bank era, followed by time with PGG and Rabobank – all based in Ashburton. There has been a lot of change in that time throughout Canterbury – consolidation of farm holdings, land use change, extensive irrigation development and more recently farm environmental compliance. Throughout all this change farmers have remained positive and resilient – and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working alongside them. My personal time is spent on a 100 ha irrigated farm at Winchmore, following my teenage daughters activities and socialising with family and friends.
I was born in Dunedin but have spent most of my time in Christchurch. After graduating from University with a Commerce degree majoring in Accounting and Taxation, I started working in the insurance industry where I remained for 5 years before moving to the Funding & Procurement team at Hazlett in June 2017. In my spare time, I like to go for walks and enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
After qualifying as an accountant, I worked in the Stock & Station industry from 1986 until 1999. Since then I have worked at Day-Timers, Hawksbury Trust, and most recently for the CDHB at Burwood Hospital. I am married to Ann and we have two great adult children. I am an avid Canterbury, Crusaders and All Blacks fan and go to all home games. I also enjoy travelling, cycling and camping.