David CushingDavid Cushing

Executive Chairman

david cushing competencies

David was appointed a director of REL in 2004 when REL was separated from Williams & Kettle Limited. He was appointed REL’s Executive Chairman in 2012. He is a former investment banker with the BNZ and has over 20 years’ experience as a director of listed companies.

David is currently an independent director for Skellerup Holdings Limited and Managing Director of private investment company H&G Limited. He has experience across a broad range of industries having previously been a director of Fruitfed Supplies Limited, Williams & Kettle Limited, ASX listed Webster Limited, Tourism Holdings Limited, Acurity Health Group Limited, PGG Wrightson Limited, Red Steel Limited and NPT Limited.

David is a member of the REL Audit, Equity Investment, Health and Safety and Remuneration Committees.



Nigel AtherfoldNigel Atherfold


nigel atherfold competencies

Nigel joined the board in 2016 and is an experienced director. In the last 15 years he has served on boards that have covered the spectrum from farming to manufacturing to consumer-branded goods, from start-ups to rapid growth to mature companies.

Nigel is currently Deputy Chair of Landcorp Farming Limited and a director of Melody Dairies GP Limited, Spring Sheep Dairy NZ Management Limited, Terracostosa Limited and Shopping Centre Investments Limited.

The early part of his career was spent in the property finance and corporate banking areas of New Zealand’s major banks before spending five years in the treasury division of the New Zealand Dairy Board. He has been self-employed since 2006 and is part-owner of an economics and treasury risk management advisory firm, TDB Advisory Limited.

Nigel is a member of the REL Audit and Health and Safety Committees.

Rodger FinlayRodger Finlay
BCom, FCA, CFInstD

Deputy Chairman

roger findlay competencies

Rodger has been a director of REL since 2008 and has extensive private and public sector governance experience. He is currently Deputy Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Chair of their Financial Stability Oversight Committee and a director or trustee of several other New Zealand and internationally based entities.

Previous governance roles include Chair of listed company PGG Wrightson Limited, Chair of NZ Post, Chair of the Independent Advisory Panel of the Provincial Growth Fund and Crown Regional Holdings, Chair of New Zealand Oil and Gas and Kiwi Group Holdings, a director of Public Trust, Ngai Tahu Holdings and ASX listed Tandou Limited and a Governor of Radio New Zealand. He has significant agricultural knowledge having previously part-owned and farmed a dry stock and arable operation in South Canterbury.

Rodger is a member of the REL Audit, Health and Safety and Remuneration Committees.

Core Competencies key