Linda is proud to lead the fantastic and passionate team at Clutha Development on projects and activities that will make the Clutha District a great place to live, work, invest and visit. Having completed a Graduate Diploma in Not for Profit Management and with over 20 years’ experience of working in economic development, she believes a strong philosophy of working to our strengths and developing partnerships, gets the positive results. Linda is excited to live and work in an area where there is a strong sense of community and to be able to meet and work with proactive people who are wanting to make a difference.
When not focussing on the district, Linda enjoys walking her dog Chelsea and would love more time to bury herself in a good book.
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito” – Dalai Lama
A fifth generation Clutha District resident, Hamish is a dairy farmer at Stirling and is a Clutha District Councillor. Hamish has a BCom (Ag) from Lincoln University, and has a long history of community involvement here in the Clutha District. Hamish brings this wealth of experience, and occasionally his gumboots, to Clutha Development. He is passionate about creating an environmentally and economically sustainable agricultural future for the District.
Outside of his many roles, Hamish enjoys boating, fishing, skiing and mountain biking.
Originally from Dunedin, Sarah has a BA from Otago University, and a Graduate Diploma in Economic Development. She began her career in retail management, and is almost a local after 16 years in the Clutha District. Sarah enjoys working on various projects to make Clutha a great place to live and work, and making sure people are aware of the fantastic opportunities here.
Away from Clutha Development, Sarah is involved in many clubs and sports through her three busy children, and is also involved in the BOT for Rosebank School.
Sarah has lived in Waitahuna with husband Tony and their four children on a sheep and beef farm for 16 years after relocating from her family farm in Canterbury.
She is the treasurer for Simpson Park Sporting Complex, Lawrence Heritage and Cultural Trust and Waitahuna School Board of Trustees, as well as the Tuapeka-Lawrence Community Events and Tourism Coordinator.
At Clutha Development, Sarah helps connect local businesses with potential employees and assists those seeking to get work ready.
Sarah loves being a part of the community, helping with local projects that will see the community get ahead and children get to enjoy all our community has to offer.
Laura is a Clutha girl born and bred, having lived in Balclutha for 27 years. Laura recently married her husband Kerrod in early 2019, and together they have a wee girl Luca.
She loves a challenge and likes to keep busy. Laura is on the committee of Project Clutha and plays a huge role in organising the annual Big River Raft Race, raising funds for local organisations.
Laura also likes to volunteer her time to Sport Clutha with events throughout the year. She loves that Clutha is a small community where everyone rallies together.
Originally from Tauranga, Libby made the big move to the Clutha District in late 2018. Her first experience down south was at the University of Otago, where she graduated with a BCom in Marketing, and BA in Psychology.
Libby works in the Destination Management space here at Clutha Development, and is looking forward to exploring and showcasing this beautiful part of New Zealand.
After recently spending a year working in Canada’s Rocky Mountains, Libby discovered a love for hiking and snowboarding. She has recently joined Lawrence Lions Club, to get involved with local community activities.
Melissa was born and raised in Balclutha and although she went overseas in her early 20s she was enticed to come back to Romahapa to live with her now husband Mark. They have lived at Romahapa for over 15 years on a sheep and beef farm and have 3 children. Melissa studied at Otago Polytechnic and has a Certificate in Tourism Level 3 and 4 and a Diploma in International Tourism.
Melissa is the Chairperson for the South Otago Health Support Trust, Grants Officer for the Clutha United Swim Club and likes to help other community groups where she can.
Melissa is in a new role at Clutha Development as Stakeholder Relationship Manager and looks forwarding to developing and enhancing relationships with the Clutha District Businesses, Tourism Operators, Education Providers, Government Agencies and Stakeholders.
Melissa loves being from the Clutha District and is very enthusiastic about promoting our area. When not at work you will see her out and about watching her children with sport and spending time with family and friends.
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 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 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.
Steve Hill, Chief Executive of the Clutha District Council since June 2014, has a degree in Management Studies from Waikato University, a Masters in Public Management from Victoria University and has completed a senior executive development course at Harvard University. Steve has had extensive local government experience at Western Bay of Plenty District Council, a Business Excellence Gold organisation, as well as service in the Royal New Zealand Navy. Steve and his wife Lana have committed to the Clutha District, and Steve is passionate about the growth and investment opportunities Clutha District offers.
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, 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.
Craig grew up on an arable farm in Waiwera South. He now resides on his family farm with his wife Anna and their three children Esther, Freya and Ivy. Craig went to Lincoln University graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce in Agriculture, then going on to complete his OE before returning home to Waiwera South. Craig has had a variety of governance roles within the local community and primary sector and would like to help the Clutha District reach its full potential.
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 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 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.