The Team


Richard Lang (Chair)

Richard Lang is a Christchurch-based partner at Duncan Cotterill.  He has over 17 years’ experience in legal practice focusing on trust, agribusiness, property and commercial work and holds numerous trusteeships. Richard brings his legal skills including extensive expertise in advising trusts and charities to the team.

Olive Webb

Olive has a long history of involvement in social issues and membership of local and national boards including Canterbury District Health Board, Access Home Health, Special Olympics NZ, Selwyn Community Care Trust. She is the St Johns Hororata Church organist and pianist and lives in Hororata.

Mark Stewart

Mark brings extensive business and fundraising experience to the Trust.  He has served on a number of local and national community based boards. Mark currently Chairs the Antarctic Heritage Trust and sits on the Go Hororata project team and Hororata Reserve BoardMark is the Honorary Consul for Malaysia, Honorary Patron of the New Zealand Malaysia Business Council and is Patron of the Malayan Veterans Association.

As Managing Director of family investment business Masthead Limited, Mark has interests in health, food, farming, forestry, tourism and investment sectors, and is currently a Director  Ziwipeak Limited, Foodcap International Limited and the Masthead group of Companies. 

Dee Innes

Dee is well known for her voluntary community work on various committees and advocating the arts; particularly whilst on the Malvern Community Arts Council and in instigating Celebrating Selwyn. Dee has lived on a sheep and beef farm in Windwhistle for 31 years with her husband Gerald.  Dee has been part of the Hororata Highland Games organising committee since its inception, organising the stalls at the event.

Ainsley Walter

Ainsley has a background in strategic development and a keen interest in philanthropy. She played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Hororata Community Trust in 2010 and continues her support of this community as a Trustee. As part of original committee Ainlsey was responsible for formulating and managing the inaugural Hororata Highland Games.   Ainsley has a strong community focus being involved in significant fundraising efforts and other community projects. She sits on the Board of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, is a trustee of the NZ Symphony Orchestra Foundation and a trustee of The Arts Foundation.

Chris Thwaites

A lifelong Hororataian, Chris has been involved with many of the Trust activities over the past 10 years, he has deep family connections to the area and volunteers his time to many different groups. Chris is a motivator; he gets people involved in the community and leads by example by rolling up his sleeves. Chris lives with his wife Jane and three children on the Thwaites family farm in Hororata. A passionate sports person Chris is involved with the Selwyn rugby club, cricket club and Mt Olympus Ski Club, he is also on the Hororata Primary School board of Trustees. Chris is also a representative of the Go Hororata group working on developing new facilities for the community.


Management Team

Cindy Driscoll – Executive Officer

Cindy has lived in the wider Hororata district most of her life growing up on Ryton Station on the shores of Lake Coleridge. After spending five years in Australia working in events, Cindy returned to Christchurch where she worked as the National Marketing manager for a building products supplier.  Cindy now lives in Colagate with her family.

Contact:  021 366 606