Ché has a practical personal background in farming and forestry and a broad experience in various public sector roles, including: agricultural trade relations and cooperation with China, regulatory management of New Zealand National Parks, competition regulation and price-setting of NZ’s telecommunications sector, and government infrastructure funding packages.
Ché initially joined Craigmore in early 2010 to build Craigmore’s first business – Craigmore Forestry. However, over the past 9 years Ché has used his diverse experience and roles to build Craigmore’s core capability to invest in, grow and operate truly sustainable forestry, farming and horticultural businesses. In addition, Ché chairs the Investment Board for one of New Zealand’s largest Māori trusts, which specialises in real assets (energy, farming) and tourism. He also is one of three founding Trustees of Te Puna Taiao, a charitable organisation transforming outdoor environs at schools in lower socio-economic areas into interactive learning spaces for students and wider communities.