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 of Aoraki Development. 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 Advisory Board Chairman of 100% Pure New Zealand Honey (NZ’s largest privately owned exporter of manuka honey) and is a past Chairman and Mayoral Trustee of the Aoraki Foundation. He is also Trustee of the Aoraki MRI Trust and also of Aoraki Sports Persons Charitable Trust.

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

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.


Courtney has a background in tourism, graduating from the Diploma in Tourism Course at Aoraki Polytechnic in 2013. The past 4 years Courtney has been working at the Timaru Information Centre as a Sales and Promotions manager. Her passion is in customer relations and office administration work. Courtney did her secondary schooling on the West Coast in the town of Greymouth, soon after she moved to Timaru where she calls home.

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, Professional Director, Board Chairman

Mark Rogers, chairman

Mark is a professional director. He is a Ministerial Appointment on the South Canterbury District Health Board, a director on the Board of Dunedin International Airport Limited and holds Chair and Member positions on a number of Advisory Boards. Mark has a broad background in governance and experience to Chief Executive level. Mark has worked in both the commercial and governmental spheres and is experienced in strategy, finance and operations with a specialist knowledge of change, risk and health and safety. He is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, a Member of the New Zealand Institute of Management and a Member of Risk NZ. Mark holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science.

Brian Rae, Solaray Technology, Deputy Chairman
Brian and his wife Sarah have a small sheep & cattle farm between Temuka and Pleasant Point. Brian and Sarah run Solaray Technology Ltd, supplying and installing on and off grid solar power systems.

Nicky Hyslop, Company Director and Rural Professional

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.  Nicky holds director positions with Opuha Water Limited (Vice Chair), advisory board positions on several private farming companies and Chairs Irrigation New Zealand. Nicky has a passion for rural New Zealand, its communities and sustainable agriculture.

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.

Warren Park- Company Owner/Director

Warren is the joint owner of retail clothing businesses Camerons Clothing and Evolv with 4 stores in Timaru, Waimate and Oamaru. With 33 years hands-on retail experience and 14 years of ownership he has embraced the need to continually adapt to the changing face of retail and is passionate about the future growth of this sector in South Canterbury.Proudly born and bred in Timaru, Warren and his wife Beth have two school-age children and enjoy being actively involved in this family-friendly community.