Peter Wilson, Independent Director & Chair

Peter was appointed a Director of Arvida and Chair of the Board in November 2014. Peter is a highly experienced director with wide ranging governance experience in the public and private sector and with Crown-owned entities.  He has extensive experience in banking, business establishment, problem resolution, asset sales and management of change functions. Peter was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2016 for his services to business.

Peter is currently deputy chair of Meridian Energy Limited. Peter was formerly a partner of Ernst & Young and chair of Westpac New Zealand Limited, PF Olsen Limited and a director of Farmlands Co-operative Society Limited.

Peter is a qualified Chartered Accountant.


Michael Ambrose, Independent Director 

Michael was appointed a Director of Arvida in January 2014. He is a director of Rodgers & Co, a chartered accountancy firm based in Christchurch and heads the firm’s aged care division. Michael has 19 years’ experience in the aged care sector, advising on the operation, expansion and development of his clients’ retirement villages. 

Michael led the aggregation of villages that formed the foundation of Arivda and was a promoter for the Arvida initial public offering.

Michael is the chair and an independent director of Manchester Unity Friendly Society and chair of Garra International Limited. He is also a director of Fiordland Lobster Company Limited, Rodgers & Co. Limited, as well as being advisor to the boards of several other private companies in a variety of industries. 

Michael holds a BCom from Canterbury University and is a member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants, the NZ Institute of Management and the Institute of Directors. 


Anthony Beverley, Independent Director 

Anthony joined the Arvida Board in November 2014. He is a professional director and business consultant with close to 30 years’ experience in the property, investment and capital market arenas. Anthony has a specialist property valuation and investment background having worked with AMP Capital Investors for 20 years, NZ’s largest investment fund manager, eight of these as Head of Property. 

Anthony has broad governance and directorship experience in both public and private companies with involvement in a wide range of property, infrastructure and investment entities. Anthony is currently chair of Property for Industry Limited with directorships including Ngai Tahu Property Limited. Past directorships include Summerset Holdings Limited, Precinct Properties Limited, Marlborough Lines Limited, and AMP Capital Investors (NZ) Limited. 

Anthony is a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers, a Fellow of the Property Institute of New Zealand, and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.  


Susan Paterson, Independent Director 

Susan joined the Arvida Board in May 2015. Susan has close to 20 years' of experience as a professional director having served on a number of private and public boards. She was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015 for her services to corporate governance. 

Susan has a Bachelor of Pharmacy and practiced as a pharmacist before moving into management roles in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Susan has a deep understanding of the health sector with many years spent as a clinician as well as a practice owner. 

Susan chairs Steel and Tube Limited and Theta System Limited. Other directorships include Goodman NZ Limited, Sky Network Television Limited, Les Mills Holdings Limited, EROAD Limited, Reserve Bank of New Zealand and Avantidrome – National Cycling Centre of Excellence. Susan is also on the board of the Electricity Authority and is a TEC Commissioner. Past directorships include Transpower NZ Limited, Abano Healthcare Group Limited, St Cuthbert’s College and Ports of Auckland.

Susan completed an MBA at London Business School.


Paul Ridley-Smith, Independent Director 

Paul was appointed a Director of Arvida in May 2015. Paul is a senior executive at Morrison & Co and Infratil where he is involved in the acquisition, disposal and management of Infratil assets. From 1998 to 2011, he was responsible for the group’s legal affairs. From 2011 to 2014,  Paul was General Counsel at Contact Energy where he led the legal, regulatory and government relations functions.

Paul is currently chair of Trustpower Limited and a trustee of Wallace Arts Trust. His previous directorships include King Country Energy Limited, Wellington International Airport Limited, Liquigas Limited, iSite Media Limited and Wallace Corporation Limited. Paul was also a member of the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal.

Paul holds an LLB from Victoria University and an MBA from Columbia University.


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