Brian Walshe, Board Chairman
Brian Walshe was appointed Chairman in April 2012 and is also Chairman of Urban Plus Ltd. He is a trustee of the Te Omanga Hospice Foundation and the Laura Ferguson Trust, and is on the advisory Boards of several private companies.
Brian was formerly the founding partner of the chartered accounting firm, Sherwin Chan & Walshe, which subsequently became WHK Wellington, and was CEO for the last 9 years prior to retiring from that role in December 2010, and is now a Consulting Principal with the Group on Business Advisory.
Peter Steel, Director (from April 2017)
Peter has degrees in Engineering and Economics and has had a career as a Consulting Engineer, with over 35 years experience in the design and implementation of a wide range of civil and infrastructure projects. Another area of expertise is infrastructure asset management to optimise life cycle costs and performance risks for infrastructure assets. His career has involved senior positions with the Beca Group, KiwiRail and the Australian SMEC Group.
He is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a Fellow of IPENZ as well as a Member of the Institute of Directors.
Peter has substantial experience in the design and construction of port, marina and coastal protection projects as well as urban design and infrastructure for commercial/residential building projects.
Peter is a past President of the Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce and has been Councillor and Deputy Chair of Weltec Polytechnic as well as Councillor for Weltec and Whitireia's Combined Council.
Deborah Hislop, Director (from December 2020)
I am a long-time resident of Hutt City. I have 2 adult children and 6 grandchildren. I am the Practice Manager at Lower Hutt Law Firm, Gillespie Young Watson/HomeLegal.
I have been involved with Hutt City Council for many years. I was a Central Ward Committee member from 2001 – 2004 and in 2004 was elected as a Central Ward Councillor. I served 2 terms in that role and also chaired a committee. In July 2010 I decided to step away from Council duties to spend more time with my family.
I always knew that I wanted to return and made a decision to stand for election in 2019 and was thrilled to be re-elected as a City Wide Councillor. In December 2020 I was appointed by the Council to the Seaview Marina Board.
In my spare time I love spending time with my family. I love the outdoors whether it is walking, cycling or going to the beach. I am also an avid reader.