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Directors and Management

Rural Equities Limited is governed by a Board of four directors including some of the most experienced people in New Zealand’s rural and business sectors.

Board of Directors



David CushingDavid Cushing (Executive Chairman) is an investment banker formerly with the Bank of New Zealand. He is a Director of a number of companies and has various investments in the rural sector.
1Rodger Finlay (Deputy Chairman) was a successful international investment banker with 25 years’ experience and has significant agricultural knowledge having previously part-owned and farmed a dry stock operation in South Canterbury. Rodger is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Directors.
Nigel AtherfoldNigel Atherfold is a partner in the corporate finance and economics advisory business TDB Advisory Limited. He has over 25 years’ experience in banking, treasury, and corporate finance, including five years with the New Zealand Dairy Board. He holds governance roles in large dairy farming operations in Canterbury and has specialist knowledge of the rural sector.
Selwyn CushingSir Selwyn Cushing has been involved with a number of public companies either as a Director or as Chairman. He is a chartered accountant and a highly skilled businessman having particular empathy with the rural sector.
Brian BurroughBrian Burrough, Chief Executive Officer, is highly skilled in the rural sector where he has worked for over 25 years.  His work has included various management positions in rural servicing, rural finance, rural real estate sales, and commercial property management. He is from a farming background and is a Lincoln University graduate with an Agricultural Commerce degree.
James WrightJames Wright, Chief Operating Officer, is from a farming background with experience in the corporate management of farm servicing companies and funds management. James has been associated with Rural Equities under its former structure and the New Zealand Rural Property Trust since 1990.

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