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Christchurch City Holdings Announces Appointment of New Dire

Christchurch City Holdings Announces Appointment of New Directors to Orion NZ Ltd, Christchurch International Airport And City Care LTD.

Christchurch City Holdings Limited (CCHL) announced today that they have made director appointments to three of their subsidiary companies with the Council approving the CCHL recommendations to fill vacancies on the boards of Orion, Christchurch International Airport and City Care.

Nicola Crauford and Bob Simpson have been appointed to the board of Orion and commenced as from the AGM in August.

Craig Boyce has retired from Orion after chairing the company since 2006 and the new Chair is Jeremy Smith who has served as a director on the board for a year, having been appointed as ‘Chair elect’.

André Lovatt has been appointed to the board of Christchurch International Airport. He has recently filled a vacancy which has been on the board since late last year after the resignation of Philip Carter who served on the board for many years.

Jen Rolfe and Gary Leech will commence as directors on the board of City Care following the Annual Meeting on 31 October 2014. Tony King is retiring from this board having served since 2003. The second vacancy has been since Jim Boult resigned late last year to take up a new post with Hawkins Construction.

CCHL advises that a robust process to seek out the best candidates has been used and these appointments will bring the experience and skills these boards need in current times. A brief bio on each director is set out below:

Dr Nicola Crauford has been a senior executive with over 20 years experience in the UK and NZ in oil, gas, electricity and the banking sectors including being a member of the senior management team of Transpower. She holds a PhD in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. She is currently a director of Watercare Services Ltd, Capacity Infrastructure Services, the Environmental Protection Authority and chairs the Wellington Rural Fire Authority. She was previously been a director of Genesis Power Ltd and deputy chair of the Centre of Advanced Engineering at the University of Canterbury. Nicola brings to Orion not just her engineering capability and electricity sector knowledge but also a wealth of governance experience.

Bob Simpson has had a long career in the electricity industry mostly with Transpower in the position of Chief Engineer. Bob holds a First Class Honours degree in Electrical Engineering and Master of Engineering at Canterbury University. He is President of the Electricity Engineers Association and a board member of NZ Engineering Diplomas and has been a member of the Electricity Commission Transmission Advisory Group, Trustee of the University of Canterbury Power Engineering Excellence Trust and the Electric Power Engineering Centre and a business mentor. He is clearly a well respected member of the electricity industry in NZ.

André Lovatt is the Chief Executive of the Arts Centre of Christchurch, New Zealand's largest collection of heritage buildings. He has a background in consulting engineering and the delivery of large building projects. Prior to returning to Christchurch in 2012, he led the Singapore operation of international design firm Arup for six years. This work included involvement with airport development projects in Singapore, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. André has engineering degrees from the University of Canterbury and a Masters of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore.

Jen Rolfe has a career in marketing and is a partner in her own company Rainger and Rolfe with a wide range of corporate clients and extensive business network. Previously Jen was GM of Saatchi and Saatchi NZ. She is currently a director of Dunedin Venues Management Ltd, Daffodil Enterprises (Cancer Society) and the NZ Rugby League. Jen has a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honours in Marketing Management from the University of Otago.

Gary Leech is a founding partner of Leech & Partners and accounting firm based in Ashburton and Christchurch. He has worked with significant clients in the contracting industry in the past. He is a director of Heartland NZ Ltd, Electricity Ashburton and South Pacific Seeds Ltd. He has previously been the Chair of Lincoln Ventures Ltd, Lincoln Hospitality Ltd and has been on the Lincoln University Council. Gary has served on the National Council and Chaired the Canterbury branch of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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