Howie moved to Wanaka in 2005. His wife, Jodie is principal of Te Kura o Take Karara and his three daughters attend Mount Aspiring College. Over the years he has been Chair of Montessori Children’s House, Wanaka Primary School and Ignite boards.

Howie is currently People, Culture and Capability Manager for Mitre 10 Mega Wanaka. In this role he is responsible for the HR, Health and Safety, and Training and Development, for a team of over 130 people. Combining this work with his experience on various boards means that he has a good understanding of some of our community's key business issues like, workforce supply, worker accommodation, mental health, infrastructure, planning for growth, etc.

His key qualification is a passion for Wanaka , its people and the environment, and a desire to be a part of fostering a dynamic, resilient, and creative community.

Howie spent 2 ½ years travelling the world with his wife and decided that there was nowhere as great as Wanaka to live. He enjoys, hiking, climbing, skiing, and mountain biking. Although there is never enough time to do it all!