My current professional role is director and owner of NZAB (NZ Agri Brokers) – a start-up business that I formed with 2 other executive bankers, 2.5 years ago to assist farmers with access to financing, as well as providing strategic guidance to ensure that they were creating value in their businesses. Prior to that I held a number of different senior and national banking roles in both ANZ and BNZ.
Our business has been through a period of significant growth and we now look after over 3% of NZ Agri debt – over $2bn under active management. We employ 10 staff over three NZ wide offices and we are about to set up a Southland and Waikato office.
We focus on helping businesses succeed and in the process getting the capital they need to meet their growth aspirations.
Personally, I sit on the advisory boards of a number of large NZ private farming businesses – in both farming, commercial property, transport and in the food and beverage sector. The nature of our business mean that we have extensive business relationships and market knowledge of all the main trading banks plus a number of other capital providers, both domestic and international. I am a past independent director of several faming businesses and technology companies. I am a qualified mediator (associate status through AMINZ) and sit on the St Joseph’s BOT.
My wife Michelle and I have three girls and we live locally. We are also active in the tourism accommodation industry in both Tekapo and Central Otago, both of which are undergoing significant growth which presents opportunity and challenge.
I’m keen to represent all stakeholders on the SCCC board, however, I have particular interest in how I might support the current efforts to increase chamber engagement in the Agri sector.