Meet the Team

Nigel Davenport 

Chief Executive,

Nigel has over 30 years experience in the financial services sector and brings a varied set of business skills, knowledge and networks to the role of Chief Executive. Having first-hand experience as a business owner through to various governance roles and involvement with a number of community organisations enables Nigel to fully understand the challenges and opportunities facing new and existing local businesses. He serves as a board member on Sport Canterbury, Independent Chairman of Scarlett Hydraulics Ltd (one of NZ’s leading hydraulics companies), Independent Advisory Board Chairman of 100% Pure New Zealand Honey (NZ’s largest privately owned exporter of manuka honey) and is the immediate past Chairman and Mayoral Trustee of the Aoraki Foundation.
A born and bred South Cantabrian he is passionate about the region and doing what he can to make this an even better place to live and do business.

Di Hay

Di Hay

Operations Manager,

With a background in communications and marketing, Di has worked in print and radio journalism, public relations, marketing and on-air presenting for commercial radio. She has also been involved in establishing and running two retail businesses, specialising in importing goods. Di holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies and Certificates in Journalism and Adult Teaching.

Julie Loffhagen

Office Manager,

Julie joined the team in December 2013. Julie has come to Aoraki Development with 10 years tertiary education experience, working as an Account Manager in the Regional Education Programmes Faculty at Aoraki Polytechnic. Julie is a graduate of the Diploma in Business and Diploma in Human Resources.

Alice Gray

Financial Controller

Alice has been an accountant since 1978 and enjoys working with clients to provide timely advice. Alice previously tutored Business Studies at the local polytechnic for approximately 20 years, heading the department in latter years. She thoroughly enjoyed passing on her extensive knowledge of Business Studies. Alice specialises in accounting, tax and small business profitability.

Aoraki Development Board of Directors

Mark Rogers, Paul Smith Earthmoving, Board Chairman

Mark Rogers, chairman

Mark is CEO at Paul Smith Earthmoving, a Ministerial Appointment on the South Canterbury District Health Board and a director on the board of Dunedin International Airport Limited. He is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and Member of the New Zealand Institute of Management. Mark has a broad background in governance, senior management, finance, operations and health and safety, and is experienced in commercial and local authority spheres. Mark holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science.

Brian Rae, Solaray Technolog, Deputy Chairman
Brian is involved in many local businesses holding directorships with Solaray Technology, Wild Berry CafĂ©, Riverstone Media, and he has a small sheep & cattle farm between Temuka and Pleasant Point. Brian and his wife Sarah run Solaray Technology, supplying and installing on and off grid solar power systems and LED lights.  He is also the Commodore of the Lake Tekapo Power Boat & Water Ski Club.

Brett King, Fulton Hogan
Brett has been involved in the business sector for over 30 years specialising in business leadership and relationship management. Brett is currently Operations Manager for Fulton Hogan and has been with the company since 2001. He joined the Aoraki Development Board in October 2010. Brett is involved in various governance roles for local not for profit organisations. He is contractual advisor to the South Canterbury Hockey Turf Trust, a life member and past  Chairman of the Canterbury West coast region of NZ Red Cross as well as being a past member of the National Board.

Nicky Hyslop, McFarlane Rural Business
In partnership with her husband Jonty, Nicky owns and farms Levels Estate, an intensive sheep, beef and arable irrigated property on the outskirts of Timaru. She has worked for 20 years in the sheep, beef & deer industry as a registered farm advisor, predominantly with Macfarlane Rural Business, based in Ashburton.  In 2003 Nicky joined Levels Plain Irrigation Company as a director and in 2006 was elected Chairman. In 2006 Nicky became a director of Opuha Water Limited (of which Levels Plain Irrigation Company is a shareholder). Nicky is also Chair of Irrigation New Zealand.

Andrea Leslie, Timaru District Council representative
Andrea's background is in tertiary education and she has a consultancy business, Authentic Education which designs education solutions for training within the primary industry sector. Andrea farms in partnership with her husband Warren, a 700 hectare, sheep and beef property just west of Cave.  A member of the Institute of Directors and having recently completed a Masters of Professional Studies, Andrea has a variety of governance roles, including chairman of the Craighead Diocesan board of trustees and as board member on both the South -Mid Canterbury and National YMCA.