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).

Karl Retief

GM Property

Karl was appointed GM Property in December 2019. He brings almost two decades of experience in managing large scale, complex property portfolios through previous roles with listed entity Kiwi Property. He holds an MBA from Southern Cross University (NSW) and serves as a member on the Auckland Urban Design Panel.

Lyndon Settle

GM Finance & Investments

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 Maaori Business and in-house legal counsel at BNZ. Born in the Waikato and of Waikato-Tainui descent, Pierre is a proven leader in Maaori 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.

Richard Jefferies

GM Strategy & Commercial

Richard has previously held finance and management roles with KPMG, Open Country Dairy, and led 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.

Peter Tuck

GM Development

Peter joined TGH in December 2019 from a previous development role at Kiwi Property where he oversaw the expansion of Sylvia Park. He brings 25+ years professional experience in senior property development roles in New Zealand, Scotland, England, USA and UAE with businesses such as Exxon Mobil, Lend Lease and Westfield, and projects which included some of the world’s largest shopping malls. Peter holds a Masters of Commerce and Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Canterbury.

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