Mary Ross - Chair
Registered Nurse and a farming partner
Retired Director of Nursing and Clinical Services within the Ashburton & Rural Health Services and Chairman of the Board of Governors, Christ College, Christchurch. Mary is now fully immersed in farming at Westerfield.
Chris Wylie - Deputy Chair and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee
Senior Partner, Mid & South Canterbury, BNZ Partners
BNZ banker since 1988 and in Ashburton since 1994. Previously an Agri banker, now leading BNZ Agri team across Canterbury and the West Coast.
Past Chairman Ashburton Borough School Board & past Chairman Christchurch Girls High School Rowing. Married to Jacqui and father of four daughters. Chris loves cycling, climbing hills and tramping in his spare time.
Elizabeth Ashford - Chair of the Communications Committee
Qualified barrister and solicitor.
Director of Ashford Handicrafts Ltd.
Past - board member of the Furniture Industry Training Organization (FITO), Chair of the Rangi Ruru Girls School House Committee, Trustee for Allenton Primary School and Wastebusters Trust Canterbury
David Keeley - Chair of the Grants Committee
David is married to Ruth and they have three adult children, and seven grandchildren. His family operate a mixed stock and crop farming business, growing a variety of crops in the Hinds and Lagmhor districts.
David has governance experience in community organisations, education, co-operative businesses along with his family business.
Ross Gibson - Chair of the Investment Committee
Director Gabites Limited, Chartered Accountants, Ashburton
Ross has been a chartered accountant since 1991 and worked in the United Kingdom for a number of years before returning to Ashburton to join Gabites Limited.
He has been involved on a number of sporting committees. He is married to Deborah and has three daughters and one son. His interests include supporting our families sports teams, boating, cycling, hunting and travel.
Nicki farms with her husband Peter and family in Dorie and Kirwee. They have three adult sons.
Nicki has been involved in a range of community groups in Mid-Canterbury and is a Justice of the Peace.
Her interests are sports, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.
Managing Director of Scammell Painting & Decorating Ltd and Elite Scaffolding 2014 Ltd. Mark is on the National Advisory Group for the BCITO, representing Master Painters NZ and Chairperson of the Staveley Campsite Committee for 9 years.
Residing in Ashburton, Mark is married to Andrea and together with their 4 boys enjoy boating, fishing & camping.
Mayor Neil Brown
Current Mayor of the Ashburton District Neil joins the Advance Ashburton Board.
Neil is a born and raised local, living and farming in Rakaia for most of his life, and together with his wife Judy, they have raised 3 children of their own. Neil completed his education at Ashburton College and subsequently Lincoln University. As well as farming Neil has been a Councillor for the Ashburton District for the past 16 years and is currently serving his first term as Mayor.
Tim Silva - Solicitor and Partner at RMF Silva
Tim has been a partner in his current and predecessor firms since 2006 specialising in agri business, commercial law and succession planning. Tim lifestyle farms near Ashburton with his wife and twin sons. Tim is a keen outdoorsman – hunting, fishing and endurance running.
Trevor Croy - Chair
Retired director and founder of Croys Ltd, Chartered Accountants and business advisors
CA in Public Practice since 1981, member of NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, NZ Trustee Association. Trevor in his spare time enjoys tramping, reading, and travel (especially in the South Island).
Our Co-opted Committee Members
Alan is one of the founding members of our investment committee and brings a great deal of knowledge of the share market. Formerly a sheep and cropping farmer near Mayfield and still does a lambing beat on his hobby farm near Ashburton. Alan was also very involved with the Mayfield community, where he was secretary for the Mayfield Golf Club for 53 years, and secretary for the Mayfield A&P show for 39 years. Both Alan and wife Margaret have now retired to town and enjoy visiting their 4 children and grandchildren around the world.
Grant is a Chartered Accountant and since 2008 has been the Chief Financial Officer of Ashburton Contracting Ltd (ACL). ACL is a diverse civil contracting company based in Mid Canterbury employing 135 staff. His interests include commercial property ownership, investment and farming. He is a trustee (and treasurer) of the Waihora Ellesmere Trust and Life Member and Secretary/Treasurer of the Waihora Clay Target Club.
Don is a retired chartered accountant from Ashburton. Don was an employee, then partner in Brophy Knight & Partners from 1956 to 1981. Since then he has had extensive experience with directorships, trusteeships and his own property investment companies. He is married to Robyn and still enjoys tramping and skiing.
Graham is a well-known Chartered Accountant who has practised with Brophy Knight Ltd for over 40 years. He has also been actively involved in community activities including the Ashburton Aquatic Park Charitable Trust, and more recently the Mackenzie Charitable Foundation. He is an Independent Director and Chairman for a number of private and public companies. Graham was appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to business.
Frank and his wife Tonia moved to NZ in 2006 from the UK and have enjoyed Ashburton ever since. For 18 years Frank was immersed in investments with Prudential before retiring at the age of 40. During retirement Frank developed an interest in wills and probate and as Chairman assisted in the development of Trust inheritance. He was a member of The Senior Council of The Society of Willwriters and was instrumental in the establishment of PALS (Professional Association of Legal Services). His hobbies include travel, flying and 4 wheel driving.
Andrew Withers – Senior Investment Advisor at Forsyth Barr Limited, Christchurch
Andrew has worked at Forsyth Barr since 1997 and specialises in managing investment portfolios for individuals and charitable/community organisations.
He is married to Schira and has three sons. Andrew lives in Sumner and enjoys paddle boarding and mountain biking.
Team leader, Community and Public Health, CDHB
Ange has worked in Public Health for the past 16 years and for the last 8 years, works part time for her and her husband Ross' building company. Ange was born and raised in Ashburton and along with Ross, raises their two boys on a lifestyle block in Ashburton. Ange has been involved with a number of sporting groups and enjoys time outdoors with friends and family.
Rachael is a local retailer and owner of Kitchen Kapers, The China Shop and Swarovski Boutique. She and husband Chris have raised their four children in Ashburton and remain committed to the Ashburton District.
Jan Early farms in the Ruapuna area and is a director of BCI, a local irrigation infrastructure co-operative. Jan recently spent time as a Board Observer on the Pamu board, and completed the AWDT Escalator programme and IOD Mentoring for Diversity Programme. Involved in several local community organisations she looks forward to being involved in the Communications Committee of Advance Ashburton.
Audit & Risk Committee
Solicitor and Partner at Argyle Welsh Finnigan
Solicitor and Partner at Argyle Welsh Finnigan
Accountant at Brophy Knight
Accountant at Brophy Knight