New directors were yesterday appointed to two Waitaki
District Council subsidiary companies, due to the retirement of
long-serving directors at Whitestone Roading and Tourism
As part of the council's annual review of company
directorships, Oamaru accountant Adair Craik was appointed to
take over from council chief executive Michael Ross, who had
been a director of Tourism Waitaki since 2004, and
Dunedin-based chartered accountant Steve Thompson was
appointed to take over from Natalie Evans, following her
six-year stint on the board of Whitestone Roading.
Mayor Alex Familton said the council was impressed with the
calibre of the applicants for this year's review and had been
pleased and encouraged to be able to attract applications
from people with ''a great depth of ability and experience''.
''Ms Craik brings with her not only valuable business and
accountancy skills, but also a high level of enthusiasm for
and experience with the development of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle
''Mr Thompson has considerable experience as a tax consultant
and business adviser working with both public and private
institutions, and also brings with him 20 years of governance
experience covering a wide range of industries, including
roading and contracting.''
Mr Familton paid tribute to the contributions of the two
''Both Mr Ross and Ms Evans have contributed a great deal to
these companies. Their contribution has been invaluable and
council thanks them for their service to the boards.''
The incumbent directors were appointed to the council's two
other companies, Omarama Airfield Ltd and Waitaki District
Health Services Ltd.