Rob Telfer has been appointed the new chair of Gisborne Holdings Ltd.
The former Waipaoa Station sheep and beef farmer, who replaces Bob Proudfoot, has been on the board since 2014 and is looking forward to continuing the solid work his predecessor has done.
“I want to acknowledge Bob for his excellent leadership in getting GHL to where it is today,” said Mr Telfer. “I feel the company is in a very good position and I look forward to leading it in the future.”
He also has plenty of praise for the staff.
“They’ve done an excellent job and are a great team to work with to continue the growth of the company and thus a return to Gisborne District Council going forward.”
Mr Proudfoot will remain on the board until November. GHL chief executive Matt Feisst said the former chair had been a key part of the transfer of commercial activities from GDC to GHL.
“Having worked closely together for a number of years, I have seen first hand his passion and dedication to improving the commercial results of the community’s investments is second to none,” said Mr Feisst.
Mr Proudfoot has been on the board for six years – the past four-and-a-half as chair.
“I am very proud of the way we have pulled it all together,” he said. “Our board is indeed fortunate in having a strong and capable person in Rob (Telfer) who I can transfer the reins to. I am sure he will do a great job.”
Mr Proudfoot also paid tribute to the team and staff of GHL, and in particular Mr Feisst.
“We were lucky in having him with us for that initial stage to establish the base and transfer of the assets. GHL is in a very good position to grow as far as Council will let us. I see GHL as being a very significant contributor to the funding of infrastructural items for Council.”
He admitted to being a little sad about stepping down, but says he is looking forward to spending more time with his wife Maree and family.