Introducing the Clutha team

Linda Moore

Chief Executive

Linda provides strategic and operational leadership for the Clutha Development Inc. 

She leads and supports a high performing team, working together to achieve the best solutions for activities and initiatives that will make CluthaNZ a great place to live, work, invest and visit.

Sarah Hayward

Strategic Projects Manager

Sarah has the responsibility to lead and manage the development and delivery of strategic projects and initiatives with focus on the following key areas, More Quality Housing, Filling our Jobs, Management of Clutha as a Destination and Our Environmental Footprint. 

Sarah has a BA from Otago University, and a Graduate Diploma in Economic Development.

Sarah Homer

Sector Enablement Manager

Sarah is the Sector Enablement Manager. She primarily supports "Filling our Jobs". This comprises of attracting people to live and work in the Clutha District, business support and wellbeing including collaboration between employers and employees and developing and supporting business and education partnerships by promoting career pathways in schools.

Sarah also helps with the Management of Clutha as a destination, actively promoting and supporting tourism operators including agri-toursim opportunities and regional events.

Laura Baldwin

Heartland Services Coordinator / Project Support

Laura actively supports a range of administration tasks to ensure that Clutha Development runs efficiently. She also provides support to projects across the orginisation's key focus areas and is responsible for the management and delivery of Heartland Services.

Libby Hindmarsh

Destination Marketing Manager

Libby is responsible for the management of a portfolio of marketing and promotional activities - from campaigns and content creation and activation to business and community engagement.

Libby's focus is on the domestic and international marketing of Clutha NZ as a visitor destination and supporting the creation of marketing and promotional initiatives that will attract people to live and work in the Clutha District.

Originally form Tauranga, Libby's first experience south was at University of Otago, where she graduated with a Bcom in Marketing and BA in Psychology.

Melissa Sheppard

Business Support Co-ordinator

Melissa is the Business Support Co-ordinator.

She visits businesses in the Clutha District to introduce Clutha Development and the services available to support their business.

Each town across the district is visited every 8 weeks.

Hamish Anderson

Food, Fibre and Forestry Support

Hamish is predominantly involved on a as needed basis in the project management of activities related to the food, fibre and forestry sectors.

Introducing the Executive team

Bridget Tweed

Chairperson

Bridget grew up on a sheep, beef and deer farm in Southland.  She now resides on a farm in Waitahuna with her husband Luke and their four small children, Isla, Millie, Ava and George.  From the time Bridget left school, she knew she wanted to be involved in the agricultural sector.  After a few years shepherding, she completed a degree in Agricultural Commerce at Lincoln University, then worked in various rural businesses gaining experience in rural finance, marketing and product management.  Bridget is currently the Otago Area Manager for FMG, based in Clutha.  This role sees her leading a team of colleagues throughout Otago, who service the commercial, rural and personal insurance requirements of clients. 

Living, working and raising her family in the Clutha region shows her strong commitment to the area. She is passionate about the region’s future and is driven to contribute to the growth and sustainability for local businesses whilst promoting and maintaining a strong sense of community.

Will Clarke

Deputy Chairperson

Will Clarke is a dairy and beef farmer from the Clinton district where his family have farmed since the 1890’s. Will studied accounting and management at the University of Otago and he is a qualified Chartered Accountant. Will has travelled extensively and returned to the farm in 2012 which he now runs with his wife Stacey.

Will is committed to the Clutha district and is motivated to help make it an excellent place to Live, Work and Visit.

Jared McPhee

Executive Member

Jared is the managing Director at Balclutha Motors which operates the Nissan, Caltex, Pie face and Tyreland franchises here in Balclutha. Jared also has a variety of other business interests, giving him a great understanding of doing business in Clutha and the needs of local businesses and the importance of having people live and shop local to grow the area we live in. He is active in the community with being President of the Clutha Rugby Club amongst other interests.

Hamish Anderson

Executive Member

Hamish is a Dairy Farmer, our water quality project manager and has been a Clutha District Councillor for 15 years, 9 of these as Deputy Mayor. Hamish has vast governance experience, including: Livestock Improvement South Island board, followed by LIC National Council Chair, Chair of Lower Clutha drainage and flood protection liaison group with ORC, RMA accredited hearings panellist and RMA accredited hearings panel chair, Chair, Telford Dairy Farm advisory committee, Otago Land Transport committee, Clutha Health First trustee and the District Development Board as a board member and then Chair.

Simon Davies

Executive Member

Simon Davies, with his wife Joanna, farm a 6000su sheep and beef breeding and finishing farm at Toko Mouth. They have farmed in the Clutha region for five years and have been a member of Clutha Development Inc. since it began.

Simon has completed a B Tech at Massey and spent 12 years seafood processing, both in New Zealand and around the world. After a career in the seafood industry he returned to Taranaki to run his family’s sheep, and dairy support farm.

With a passion for the region, excellent communication skills and broad multi-industry experience, Simon is committed to the development of the Clutha district.

Matt Brooking

Executive Member

Matt is a recent addition to the Clutha District, having spent the last 6 years in Perth and prior to that hail from the central North Island where he worked for more than a decade as a small-town police officer. Matt moved to Clutha in 2020 to pursue his dream of operating a bed and breakfast (Fern and Thistle) which he successfully launched in Benhar following the recent lock down.

As well as building companies from scratch Matt has managed and coached football clubs and run information seminars for kiwis wishing to own property in Australia. Matt's Policing background has given him a firm foundation in customer relations, and has developed a holistic approach to problems faced by his community, whether it's in a business or personal capacity.

Noelene Scott

Executive Member

Noelene is the manager of the Cross Recreation Centre, who leads a small but effective team of five staff. She enjoys the challenges that each day brings in this position where they strive to ensure the facility works efficiently as they provide a valuable experience for all their users. Alongside six years contracted to Netball NZ managing and delivering the CoachForce programme over the Otago Southland area as part of the National Programme.

As a keen netballer Noelene has been involved in many aspects of the sport, coaching many Age Group teams over the years both at a local and provincial level, culminating with the Netball South Under 23 team. She has also been a Committee member for South Otago Netball Centre.

Josh Hurring

Executive Member

Josh grew up on a lifestyle block 5 minutes out of Balclutha in Barnego. After finishing high school at South Otago High School, he began a Commerce degree majoring in business management at the University of Otago. Following the completion of his degree, Josh began working full time for Mike Hurring Logging as the Health & Safety Administrator. Nowadays he helps with the day-to-day running of the company and the machine simulators that are used for training, a big focus of the company. 

In his spare time, Josh is really into hunting having grown up going out most weekends chasing deer, pigs and ducks, and in later years tsar and chamois. Rugby is also a big passion, having played for Clinton Rugby Club. Motocross was also a big part of his life during his school years racing all over NZ and gaining a Blues award in his final year at South Otago.

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