Our People

TGH employs around 40 well-qualified people to manage our commercial, agricultural, equity and property investments.

These roles include property development and management, investment analysis, accounting and finance, communications and IT, and human resources. Waikato-Tainui tikanga (protocol) is a fundamental part of our work culture.

Senior Management Team

Chris Joblin


After four months in an acting capacity, Chris Joblin was officially appointed to the CEO role in August 2015. He is a director of Waikato Milking Systems and sits on the board of the Group’s hotel and fishing interests. Chris joined TGH in 2009 as CFO, coming from similar roles with Affco Holdings and with companies in the UK. He is a member of the NZ Institute of Accountants (CA) and the Institute of Finance Professionals NZ (INFINZ – CTP).

Dean Shields

GM – Property

Dean was appointed to his role in January 2015. He was previously a senior development manager with Todd Property, involving major projects in Kapiti and Hamilton. Dean holds a Bachelor of Property, a Graduate Business Diploma and a civil engineering qualification.

Lyndon Settle

GM - Strategy and Finance

Coming from a managing partnership with BNZ Partners in Auckland, Lyndon returns to the Waikato with years of experience in corporate banking, including Rabobank New Zealand and global banks in Australia, UK and Germany. He hails originally from Hinuera, and his appointment begins in July 2016.

Pierre Tohe

GM - Engagement

Pierre joined us in February 2017, bringing a depth of experience from his previous roles as Head of Maori Business and in-house legal counsel at BNZ. Born in the Waikato and of Waikato-Tainui descent, Pierre is a proven leader in Maori Business and is currently a trustee at Taniwha marae with family links to Waahi and Kaitumutumu marae. He holds a Masters of Laws (LLM) from the University of Auckland.

Robert Batters

GM - Operations

Robert brings a strong working knowledge of driving large-scale, complex infrastructure and commercial projects from his previous roles in the electricity sector. Prior to his appointment in February 2017 he was National Delivery Manager – Substations at Transpower NZ and previously the Senior Project Manager for Meridian’s Te Uku Wind Farm in Raglan. Robert is of Ngaapuhi and Te Roroa descent.

Richard Jefferies

GM - Commercial

Richard has previously held finance and management roles with KPMG, Open Country Dairy, and lead strategy development in tourism for New Zealand Rugby, and Manchester City Football Club in the UK in a contracting role. Richard is currently a director on the Group’s Hamilton hotels and a commercial joint venture with Sealord. Richard is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ (CA), Institute of Finance Professionals NZ (INFINZ – CTP), and the NZ Institute of Directors.

Leesah Murray

GM People and Culture

Leesah (Ngaati Maniapoto, Ngaati Tuwharetoa) joined TGH in October 2017 following more than 15 years with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in a variety of roles from corporate services, to health and safety management and strategic development roles. This included three years as Executive Director – Quality & Corporate Services at the educational provider which has 1,500 employees serving more than 30,000 students. Leesah holds a Bachelor of Environmental Management as well as an MBA with Distinction and is currently studying towards a Diploma in Te Reo Māori. Leesah is also a Trustee at Te Tokanganui-a-Noho marae.

Graduate training for the future

Since 2008, TGH has run a forward-thinking graduate recruitment programme that provides suitable graduates the opportunity to develop and gain experience in a range of management positions. The aim is to build and maintain long-term capability within Waikato-Tainui. Contact HR Manager Julie Alexander for more information about the programme.

Careers and job vacancies

At TGH we are always on the lookout for talented, passionate and forward-thinking people to join our team. If that sounds like you, click one of the links below.

Partnerships in the community