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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Jenn Bestwick

Advisory Body Chair

Jenn spent many years working with KPMG leading their Auckland strategic management consulting practice before moving to Christchurch. She went on to manage a day surgical hospital before working with Ngai Tahu. More recently Jenn was working with Environment Canterbury on the implementation of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.

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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.

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Shaun Drylie

Advisory Body Member

Shaun started his finance career as a 16-year-old teller in Hokitika. Over the past 35 years he has worked in eight different NZ and International locations in senior banking roles. He is currently the Group CEO of SBS Bank, which has its Head Office in Invercargill.

Shaun’s links with the Coast remain strong. His father, the late John Drylie, was one of the mayors instrumental in establishing DWC. He makes regular visits to Hokitika to visit family and friends and to check on business interests. He says that being involved in DWC is one small way he can give back to the Coast.