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Introducing the Clutha team

Linda Moore

Chief Executive

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

Hamish Anderson

Project Manager

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.

Sarah Hayward

Project Manager

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 14 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 and Clutha Health Inc.

Eion Mills

Project Manager (Lawrence to Waihola Feasibility Study)

Eion is currently undertaking a feasibility study for the extension of the cycle and walking trail from Lawrence through to Milton via the Manuka Gorge and then onto Waihola. He moved his family to South Otago 33 years ago and has been here ever since. Working as a farm manager near the Manuka Gorge, a forest manager based in Milton and on-going forestry consultancy, Eion is well placed with the skills and knowledge to work with the landowners, working group and stakeholders on the potential cycle trail.

Not too far away from work, Eion is a keen sportsman and regular social cyclist.

Karla McPhee

Client Liaison Manager

Originally from North Otago, Karla spent her school years growing up in Gore. Karla trained as a Veterinary Nurse working in Oamaru before starting her three-year OE. Since returning from the UK, Karla has spent 14 years working in the primary industry managing retail stores, working as a technical sales representative and an area manager. Karla is very passionate about her role at Clutha Development, working alongside local businesses supporting them attract and retain great people to live and work in the Clutha District.

Outside of work, Karla enjoys life with her young family, travelling, biking and adventure racing. She is a proud supporter of the Clutha Rugby Club and holds the reins to co-ordinating the women’s committee making sure the players are well fed after the games.

Toby Bennett

District Marketing Manager

Toby believes we all live in one of the greatest places on earth.

So spending his days marketing and promoting Clutha as a fantastic place to live, work, play and stay is a way of life and not just work.

He spent a decade broadcasting on the radio and the last ten years running restaurants and brewing beer.

Toby passionately believes where we all call home has amazing potential to develop and grow.

He lives with his lovely wife in the Catlins and every day realises just how lucky they are.

Shelley Phillips

Administration Manager

Born and bred in Dunedin, Shelley has just returned to the area and is thrilled to be back home.

A passionate people person, she’s a proud mum of three and loves long leisurely walks on our beautiful beaches.

A little known secret is that Shelley once won a gold medal for rowing on Lake Waihola.

She’s the first face you see when you come to Clutha Development and you’re guaranteed a warm welcome and a big smile.

Nicola Law

My Little Local Clutha App

Nicola is originally from Riverton, she made the big move to Clutha, married a local lad and has never looked back. 

She is a key part of the exciting team which is connecting Clutha’s communities through our very own app. 

Nicola studied at the University of Otago, graduating with a BCom and has a background in banking.

She has two young boys and thinks Clutha is the perfect place to raise their family.

Introducing the Executive team

Rob Hewett


An experienced Company Director, Rob is involved in a variety of companies and business interests in New Zealand and Australia, including his farm in the Manuka Gorge. As well as being Chairman of Clutha Development, Rob Chairs the Board of Directors for Silver Fern Farms, being elected in 2013 after serving on the Board since 2008. Rob is also a Director on the Board of Directors for Farmlands Cooperative Society Incorporated as of October 2015, and served on the Farm IQ Board prior.

Gaye Cowie

Deputy Chairperson

Gaye and her husband Nigel are sheep & beef farmers in Tuapeka West. Gaye is also a Director Principal of Shand Thomson Ltd, a chartered accountancy practice based in Balclutha servicing the rural community. Gaye has a passion for supporting the Clutha District.

Linda Wilson

Executive Member

Linda is a Physiotherapist who graduated from University of Otago and has worked in NZ and Britain. While working in Britain she worked for BUPA Wellness and developed a strong interest in Workplace Wellness for both the Corporates and the Industrial Athlete. On returning to NZ she studied a Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health while establishing her business Rehabilitation Associates with a practice in the Les Mills Gymnasium in Dunedin. Moving to live with her husband and family on a farm in South Otago has diversified these skills and has recently developed a clinic in Balclutha working with RATA South Ltd.

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.

Steve Hill

Executive Member

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 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.

Aileen Clarke

Born and raised in Owaka, Aileen has over twenty years’ experience of starting small to medium business, and management roles. Ex RNZAF, has traveled extensively and worked in Europe and Australia for 10 years before settling in Christchurch for 15 years. Moved back to Owaka 6 years ago, with her husband and girls, starting the Catlins Café. Chair of the Owaka Going Forward group and Treasurer of Catlins Promotions she has a strong community focus and is in the final stages of completing her Bachelor of Business Management.

Simon Davies

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.