WDC Holdings Ltd – Board of Directors

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EquiP has been appointed by Whanganui District Council to undertake the recruitment of six board positions for Whanganui District Council Holdings Ltd. (WDCHL).

Expressions of interest are invited for six board positions for WDCHL. WDCHL is a Whanganui District Council controlled organisation responsible for the strategic management and oversight of the council’s commercial assets, which include Gasnet, the New Zealand International Commercial Pilot Academy, Whanganui Port and the airport.

We are looking for individuals who can make a significant contribution to the strategic and future direction of WDCHL and its considerable assets, growing the ROI while supporting Whanganui’s Leading Edge Strategy

Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated track record of governance experience, however, some consideration will also be given to those in the early stages of their governance careers who bring a strong business and commercial background. The Board is structured around portfolios so exposure to commercial port, aviation and energy sector operations will be highly regarded.

A strong affiliation with the district is a given, however, applications from throughout New Zealand will be considered. Whanganui District Council value the importance of diversity in ensuring that the Board has the makeup to oversee all the needs of the district’s communities.

Confidential enquiries can be made to Scott Necklen, Executive Director EquiP LP on 029 924 1210. 

Applications, including a cover letter stating your preferred portfolio and a CV, should be submitted to applications@lgnz.co.nz by 1 pm Friday 24 November attention: WDCHL Board of Directors.

Information for applicants

Please indicate your preferred portfolio; please also advise if you would like to be considered for other portfolios.

As part of your application please outline your experience and approach to:

  • Governance and organisational leadership
  • Value creation and strategic leadership
  • Technical competency in your professional field and/or preferred portfolio
  • Commercial acumen
  • Cultural competency
  • Acting as a good employer

Please also briefly outline your current commitments and your motivation and interest in these roles.

Please also outline any potential conflicts of interest and how you propose to manage these. 

Click here to view WDCHL portfolio structure & directors fees

Key Links


In July 2015, Central Government, in consultation with Horizons Regional Council and district and city councils, commissioned a Regional Growth Study which identified a number of opportunities and key enablers to help realise economic prosperity in our Region.  The implementation programme from this study is known as Accelerate25.

Under this implementation programme, the 
Manawatū-Whanganui Economic Action Plan was created by business, iwi, local and central government with the purpose of unlocking the potential within the region to create opportunities through the means provided by enablers, identifying priorities to implement and key agencies to work with. 

Statement of Privacy:

Any personal information provided as part of your application may be shared with relevant agent/s and staff, as well as any elected member and employee of the Whanganui District Council involved in the recruitment process. This information is only provided for the sole purpose of undertaking this recruitment assignment.

We do not provide or sell your personal information to other organisations.

On completion of this assignment we may retain personal information for future consideration of similar roles. We will seek your permission prior to submitting any personal information to other potential employers.

We take all reasonable steps to ensure your personal information is protected from unauthorized access, loss, misuse, disclosure or alteration. We also take measures to delete your personal information when it is no longer required for the purpose for which it was collected. 

Date updated: 10 November 2017