Wednesday 23 May 201812:00 PM - 1:30 PMAdd to calendar

Trailways Hotel, 66 Trafalgar Street, NelsonView map

How to survive a family owned or private company?

The panel comprising of experienced directors will focus on the governance of family or privately controlled companies from the perspective of owners and independent directors. Our panellists include Julian Raine, Darren Mark and Jan Aberhart.

Julian Raine

For over thirty five years Julian has been involved in the agricultural/horticultural industries in its broadest sense. During this time he has been involved in both the management and governance of food production, processing, packing, storage, sales and marketing in both the horticultural and dairy sectors.

Julian is currently a Director and shareholder of Raine Farms Ltd (which includes their regional milk brand Oaklands Milk and national brand Aunt Jeans Dairy), Wai-West Horticulture Ltd (chair), Hinetai Hops Ltd, NZ Hops Ltd, Cold Storage Nelson Ltd, NZ Dairy Desserts Co Ltd (chair) and Boysenberries NZ Ltd (chair). He is a past director of a wide range of boards including Cawthron Institute, Landcare Research (Deputy Chair), Sirtrack (Chair), Ngatahi Horticulture (Chair) and Nuffield NZ (Chair).

These entities cover a range of sectors and disciplines including science, research and technology to manufacturing and marketing products internationally. They include start-ups to mature businesses.

Julian also has extensive industry and community involvement. He is currently president of the Horticulture NZ and a founding shareholder and director of Waimea Irrigated Ltd which is joining the NCC/TDC to build the Waimea Dam. He has been member of the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Institute of Directors for many years.

Jan Aberhart

Jan first became involved with Lloyd Heslop Motors LTD in 1989 when Lloyd introduced computers into the workshop.  After a stint in Auckland and Christchurch, she returned to fill in for one week which turned into over 25 years and ended up being General Manager of the Heslops Group which employ 50 staff. 

Heslops started the journey towards succession planning in the late 1990’s working with their accountants. In 2010 a Governance Board was established, leading to Jan transitioning from the operational side of the business to governance.

Her input into this panel will be a first-hand account of putting a board into place in a family business, what they learned through that process and where it’s taken them to today.

Darren Mark

Darren has over two decades experience and is able to assist with advice on compliance, business strategy and financial structures. He has specialist knowledge around strategic and business planning, succession and exits, restructuring, business and share valuations, buying and selling businesses and due diligence.

He also chairs a number of family owned company boards and advisory boards in the primary, contracting, transport and professional services sectors. All of these have some or all of the Directors working in the business and some have non-executive family members as directors as well. Family business board dynamics can be a challenging area, especially as Chair, and Darren has had to help those Companies navigate their way through a myriad of issues.




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