Management of WBS
WBS is governed by an independent Board of Directors. It operates in terms of a Trust Deed, the Trustee being Trustees Executors Limited.
The Auditors are KPMG, one of the largest accounting firms. Day to day management is undertaken by a group of experienced and highly trained executives and staff.
Because WBS is locally owned and operated it does not receive directives from a head office in Wellington, Auckland or overseas. All Directors on the Board are Wairarapa residents.
People – Committed to the Wairarapa
Board of Directors
COLIN GILBERT OLDFIELD – CHAIRMAN (Masterton)
Colin Oldfield became a Director of WBS in January 2012. Colin was Managing Director of Oldfield Group Limited, a roading contracting company with branches in Masterton, Wellington and Nelson. He held that position for over 20 years before the sale to Higgins Group Limited. He currently holds several directorships both locally and nationally. They include ForsythMorison Limited, Glendonald Farm Limited, Wedgelock Equipment Limited, Renalls (2004) Limited and formerly Infratrain and Roading NZ with time as Chairperson. He also holds Directorships in several other private companies.
STEPHEN WALLACE BROWN – INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR (Masterton)
Stephen Brown became a Director of WBS in 2006. A builder by trade, Stephen became Managing Director of the family building firm, M B Brown Limited in 1996. He has a 34 year history in the building industry and extensive experience in both domestic and commercial building. He is a past president of the Wairarapa Registered Master Builders Association. Stephen has a life-long interest in sport and is on a number of sporting Trusts and administrative bodies. He is a Director of M B Brown Holdings Limited.
GRAHAM DEAN HAYES, AREINZ – DIRECTOR (Masterton)
Dean Hayes joined the Board in 2008. Dean has been in the Real Estate industry for 41 years and has substantial experience in all facets of the business having spent 10 years as a regional manager covering the central and southern North Island for a major company. From 1992 he owned and operated a number of Real Estate offices until he retired. Dean currently runs a fattening farm in partnership, and is a Director of Rakiraki Punawai Limited.
KRISTY PEARL McDONALD – QC – INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR (Gladstone)
Kristy McDonald was appointed to the Board of WBS in July 2012. Kristy is a barrister with extensive experience in commercial, civil, criminal and administrative law. Kristy has undertaken a range of government and public sector inquiries and has been a Crown prosecutor for many years. Kristy is a member of the Crown prosecution panel in Wellington and a member of the Serious Fraud Office prosecution panel. As well as being in active practice as a barrister Kristy has considerable governance experience. She was Chair of the Judicial Control Authority for Racing between 2008 –2015. She is also a director of ACC, Chair of Kiwifruit NZ and an independent member of the MSD Audit and Risk Committee.
ALEXANDER GREGORY McLEOD – DIRECTOR (Greytown)
Alex McLeod joined the Board in 1998. He worked in the retail business for over 50 years, specialising in high quality men and women’s fashion. Alex retired in February 2014 as owner of Alex McLeod Limited, Bullick Blackmore Limited and the Vault Jean Company. He is a Director of McLeod Properties Limited.
ANTHONY GERARD BEECH – INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR (Masterton)
Tony was born in Pahiatua and spent his educative years in Wairarapa, gaining his BBS from Massey University. He spent the next few years after his European OE, in the UK as Chief Financial Controller of a large trading company, and in a Chartered Accountancy partnership. On his return to New Zealand he was appointed a Manager in Ernst & Young’s Wellington Office, before returning to his roots in the Wairarapa, where he has been partner of local Chartered Accountancy Firm, Lawson, Avery, Levy & Armstrong for the last 29 years. Tony has been heavily involved in the local community sporting arena, most notably as chairman of many boards, including that of the Wairarapa Bush Rugby Union, and manager of Wairarapa College 1st XV rugby, 1st XI cricket and senior boy’s basketball teams, and has held the position of honorary auditor for a number of local organizations and charities.
ADAM GRAEME PARKER, LLB, BSC, – INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR (Masterton)
Adam Parker joined the Board in 2016. Adam has been practicing law since 1999 and is a partner at Gawith Burridge in Masterton. Adam has a wide range of legal experience at several organisations including competition law at the Commerce Commission, Ministerial advice and drafting legislation, Ministry of Economic Development, Intellectual property law at AJ Park, litigation and general practice. Adam also holds Directorships in several trustee companies and has served on the Hadlow School Board and is Honorary Solicitor for several local charitable organisations.
NICHOLAS FREDRIC ROGERS – INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR (Gladstone)
Nick joined the Board in 2017 and has been a resident of the Wairarapa for over 11 years. Nick previously worked for DB Breweries in various commercial and marketing roles and held this position for 17 years before deciding to run his own Experience Business, which includes managing the Tui Brewery and Monteith’s Brewery Experiences. Nick also is affiliated with Wings over Wairarapa, Castle Point Station, and the New Zealand National Aviation Centre.