The Board - HDWL Directors
Andrew Fraser - Chairman
Andrew is a farmer in the foothills of the Hunter District and joined the Hunter Downs Irrigation Committee in 2011. Andrew currently milks 1,600 cows through 2 sheds on a dry land farming system with a leased support block. He recently purchased an irrigated property and will milk a further 700 cows commencing production for the 2012/13 season. Andrew also farms deer focused on velvet and antler production for a Trophy Hunting business. Andrew has held various positions in the Deer Farmers Association up to National Executive committee level. Andrew owns 800 ha included in the Consented Area.
Ross lives in St Andrews and is involved in cropping and dairy farming in the Consented Area. Ross first started converting 300 hectares into dairy five years ago and is in the process of another conversion. Ross has been irrigating for the last 30 years and has been involved with the Hunter Downs Irrigation Committee from its inception.
Bruce lives and farms at Glenavy in the Waimate district. He is a director of Murphy Farms Ltd, a family business which has grown through the strategy of land acquisition to milk 5000 cows on six properties and three support blocks. Bruce has a hands-on role in business planning, industry matters, OSH and environmental compliance components of the operation. He is an appointed member of the Lower Waitaki South Coastal Zone Committee, which is a committee of ECan and two local district councils and was put together to develop and champion guidelines for environmental change in the sub-regional planning process.
Bruce is also the current LIC shareholder councillor for South Canterbury and North Otago region. He was appointed to the Board of Hunter Downs Water in 2016. Bruce is married to Lesa and together they have four children aged between six and thirteen.
Murray has a 40 year background of consulting engineering experience for Jacobs Engineering Group – working in infrastructure and engineering management, as well as directorship responsibilities since 1995 on the boards of 20 companies. He brings a broad base of understanding of governance requirements. Murray was the principal technical advisor in the settlement of some of New Zealand’s largest ever insurance claims caused the Canterbury earthquakes, has led the investigation of strategic power projects and has developed significant environmental consenting approvals for a number of major industrial projects.
Andrew is the Chief Executive Officer of Alpine Energy and was appointed to this role in June 2009. Andrew has had extensive electrical industry experience having worked in the generation, transmission and distribution side in New Zealand. He is a director of SmartCo Ltd and the NZ and Pacific Solar Council and the current vice president of the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce.