Two new directors have been appointed to the Board of charitable company Kerikeri Retirement Village Ltd. Richard Aston and Ajit Balasingham replace outgoing director Kevin Hall.
Kerikeri Retirement Village Ltd is owned jointly by the Kerikeri Village Community Trust and Presbyterian Support Northern, a charitable organisation established to strengthen New Zealand communities. Directors are appointed to the seven-person Board by the shareholders, using a skills-based appointment matrix.
Mr Aston’s professional experience has been predominately in the social services sector but spans psychology, non-profits, management, and IT and digital services in the corporate arena.
He is a former Chairman of Consumer NZ. His experience in the not-for-profit sector includes establishing and leading Big Buddy, a mentoring organisation for fatherless boys. His governance experience covers a wide range of Boards, Trusts and government panels, including the Ministry of Social Development Benefit Review and health regulator professional conduct tribunals. He is also currently a lay member of the Medical and Osteopathic councils.
Mr Balasingham is deputy-Chairman of the Board of Alzheimers Northland. He has run his own business advisory consultancy since 2009, specialising in growth, turnarounds and exit strategies for shareholders. He has experience across a wide range of industries including food manufacturing, sales and distribution, transport, civil engineering and steel fabrication. This is augmented by interests in property development, quarrying and boat-building. He is also a former Chairman of Northland Rugby.