Advisory Body

Development West Coast is supported by an Advisory Body who assist them on matters around the commercial finance function.

Advisory body

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Shaun Drylie

Advisory Body Chair

Shaun started his finance career as a 16-year-old teller in Hokitika. Over the ensuing 35 years he worked in senior banking roles in eight different NZ and International locations, with his last corporate role as Group CEO of SBS Bank. He now lives in Christchurch and is currently working as a consultant and advisor to businesses in the sustainability and mortgage broking industries.

Shaun’s links with the Coast remain strong. His father, the late John Drylie, was one of the mayors involved in establishing DWC. He makes regular visits to Hokitika to visit family and to check on business interests. He says that being involved in the Advisory Body has reinforced the amazing potential and resilience the Coast has and the value a strong partnership with the great team at DWC can bring.

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Chris Milne

Advisory Body Member

Chris has had a 30-year career in finance and is currently a Managing Director at Murray & Co, a leading New Zealand investment banking firm providing expert financial, strategic and transactional advice to companies and other commercial entities. He joined Murray & Co in 2006 following a successful career in senior finance roles with large corporates both offshore and in New Zealand.

His previous roles have included seven years at Ngāi Tahu as CFO and COO and four years in senior finance positions offshore with Inchcape plc in the UK, Singapore, and Japan.

Chris is also a Trustee of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra Foundation, and a member of the Management and Finance Board of the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch.

Wendy Venter

Advisory Body Member

Wendy was appointed to DWC's Advisory Body in July 2022.