Our management team

Andy Nock – Group Chief Executive Officer

Andy Nock has been Far North Holdings’ CEO since 2011. His career to date has encompassed a wide range of property and infrastructure development projects, both in the public and private sectors.

Before joining Far North Holdings Andy provided consultancy services to a number of listed property investment and development companies in New Zealand and abroad. The work primarily involved reviewing existing property portfolios or planned development projects, providing a strategic overview of how to move these forward, and identifying the necessary steps required to meet the targeted ROI.

Between 2006 and 2008 Andy was head of development at Auckland International Airport Ltd. Here he headed up property development of the 1,500ha of land owned by AIAL, both air-side and land-side. This involved work across a variety of land-use fronts, including; retail, hotel, warehousing, offices, etc, for both new projects and expansion or redevelopment work for existing or new AIAL tenants.

Before this he was managing director of Real Property Consultants based in Chester, in the United Kingdom. Here he oversaw a team that provided development, management and investment consultancy throughout Europe and Asia. His client base included listed retail companies, landowners and investment fund managers who wanted to maximise the value of their existing property portfolio or evaluate development opportunities. Clients included the likes of LaSalle Investment Fund, Pirelli, DEGI, Pradera and Sonae.

Andy holds a BSc (Hons) in Urban Estates Surveying from Nottingham University, England. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Rob Binney – Chief Operating Officer

Rob Binney is responsible for the overall daily management of, and has financial responsibility for, the company’s property portfolio. He reports to the CEO and to the Board of FNHL.

Rob has held senior commercial property positions within large, complex infrastructure companies, all focussed on customer service as a driver for business continuity and growth.

He came to FNHL from Kapiti Coast Airport Holdings Ltd where, as CEO, he was responsible for planning, delivery and management of a large scale, mixed use property development, along with the regional airport business.

Before this he was responsible for leading the property team and, ultimately, managing the commercial property functions of Doha International Airport and Hamad International Airport in Qatar.

Rob has also held senior property management and development roles at Auckland International Airport, Capital Properties NZ Ltd, Centreport, Lambton Harbour Management Ltd and at Tauranga District Council.

He holds a Bachelor of Property Administration degree from the University of Auckland.

Chris Galbraith – General Manager Marina and Maritime

Chris Galbraith is Far North Holdings’ general manager. He is responsible for the overall daily management of, and has financial responsibility for, the operational performance of key areas of the company. He reports to the CEO and to the Board of FNHL.

Before joining FNHL he was group manager, customer services at the Far North District Council (FNDC). Here he led a number of organisational improvement initiatives in the area of human resources and business process design. He led and implemented a number of capital projects including the Procter Library in Kerikeri and community facilities in Kaitaia.

As executive officer at FNDC between 1996 and 1999 Chris managed a district-wide portfolio of development projects, developed and implemented a restructure of the organisation, and undertook strategic business planning and analysis.

His commercial experience also includes five years with ANZ bank, with roles in marketing, systems implementation and relationship banking.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree and a diploma in Business Studies. He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Mark Henwood – General Manager Projects

Mark Henwood is responsible for overseeing construction and development projects undertaken across the region by Far North Holdings.

He is well versed in the New Zealand Building Act, Building Code, Compliance Schedules and Building Warrant of Fitness Scheme.

He has an excellent understanding of design philosophies, plans and specifications and how they relate to the New Zealand Building Code.

Mark came to Far North Holdings from the Far North District Council, where he led a team of 15 people managing building consent inspections and processing. Before this, he was the Council’s buildings control officer for the Russell and Paihia area.

Adrian Tonks – General Manager Engineering

Adrian is a design engineer and heuristic modeller with experience leading teams and delivering projects across a broad range of industries and sectors.

Adrian spent 14 years as a consulting civil engineer prior to joining Far North Holdings in late 2021 and since then he has enjoyed contributing that knowledge and expanding on delivery across FNHL housing and development projects.

Adrian lives in Whangarei with wife and two children and enjoys all that Northland has to offer, particularly boating and SCUBA diving which were the original lures to move North after returning to New Zealand from careers abroad.

Sandy Elliott – Finance Manager

Sandy Elliott is a key member of the finance team responsible for FNHL’s accounting and financial reporting functions, including cash flow management, budgeting, payroll, debtors, creditors and project claim payments.

Prior to joining FNHL in 2013 Sandy obtained extensive experience over a period of 23 years in all aspects of administration, payroll, import/export, inventory costing for an international company based in Auckland.

In 2010 the opportunity presented itself to move back to Northland and Sandy with her husband and their eight-year-old son relocated to the Bay of Islands where they enjoy all the Bay has to offer for boating enthusiasts.

Irwin Wilson – Business Development Manager

Irwin has been with the company since 2010 and looks after the commercial interests of the company’s honey business. Irwin works alongside the project team at the Ngawha Innovation & Enterprise Park looking after residual matters around the park and manages a number of other projects on behalf of the company.

Irwin is FNHL’s Cruise ship representative, responsible for ship security, ship and community liaison, and the management of the associated land-based activities.
Prior to moving into this present role, Irwin was the company’s Finance Manager for 9 years and thus has a broad knowledge across all the company’s activities. As a result, assists management in several key areas where required.

Before joining Far North Holdings Irwin owned his own business in the marine industry for 10 years, and prior to that held positions at Northland Port Corporation, (now Marsden Holdings Limited) including Company Secretary and Financial Controller, Group Engineering Manager and Deputy General Manager.

Ross Baker – Group Property Development Manager

Ross Baker is responsible for daily management of lease and property contracts, project management of all new property, maritime and aviation projects where time extensions or relocations are required and identifying new investment and development opportunities for the company.

Ross has held property and planning positions in both the public and private sectors, focused on negotiations, development and creating “added value” solutions.

He came to FNHL from Far North District Council where, as Parks and Reserves Planner, he was responsible for the delivery of reserve management plans, land audit, and provision of parks and reserves advice to all parts of Council.

Before this he has held roles at Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, property manager for Top Energy Limited, property consultant at Align Limited and a managing director of Baker Property Consultancy Limited providing property services to Council’s.

He is well versed in property lease, acquisition and disposal negotiations, land development, and statutory land processes.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Urban Valuation and Property Management from Lincoln University.

Michele Nicholls – Commercial Property Manager

Michele Nicholls deals with FNHL’s asset and rental valuations, insurances, property sales and purchases, asset development and much of the legal work of the Company. She also administers the day-to-day management of FNHL properties and their tenants.

Michele has been with FNHL for over 20 years. She joined the company in 1994 when it was only a three-person band, as office and accounts manager.

The company’s offices were then situated at the land end of the Opua Wharf in an old building formerly owned by the Northland Harbour Board. This building also housed the local Post Office.

The only other building the company owned in Opua at that stage was the Opua Powder Store. Between it and Ashby’s Boatyard there were only a few work sheds and undeveloped land.

Before the Bay of Islands Marina was built Michele managed FNHL’s accounts, residential rental properties, swing mooring leases and the many overseas yachties that cleared Opua as a Port of Entry. At that stage the yachts rafted up, sometimes as many as six deep on the inside of Opua Wharf, waiting to be cleared by Customs and MAF. Cruise ships moored on the other side of the wharf.

Terry Munden – Maintenance Manager

Terry Munden is Far North Holdings’ maintenance manager. He is a fitter welder by trade and a registered electrical service technician.

Before joining FNHL in 2017 Terry ran his own contract engineering and maintenance business in Whangarei and Napier. This saw him running a wide range of projects, both on land and on the water, for customers like North Pine, Napier City Council and Port of Napier.

He has managed engineering and maintenance projects in the food, hospitality, construction, fishing and timber industries, and is a skilled plant and machinery operator.

Kylie Cox – Executive Assistant

Kylie Cox is responsible for administration and many of the marketing functions at Far North Holdings. She leads the organisation of many of the events run by the company and its business units, and is responsible for advertising in and production of Opua Business Association’s ‘Gateway’ magazine.

She joined Far North Holdings in 2013 from the Far North District Council, where she held senior administrative roles reporting to the chief executive, the general manager of finance and business performance, and the general manager of customer focus and culture.

Before joining Council she worked in management and supervisory roles at Scenic Hotels.

Kylie holds a Level 4 NZQA certificate in emergency management and she is a local CIMS welfare manager for FNDC Civil Defence. She is studying towards a degree in human resource development from Massey University and holds a National Certificate in tourism.

Jimmy Huang – International Investment & Development Director

Jimmy’s role is developing markets and relationships in Asia, and particularly in China for the Far North honey products and other Northland and New Zealand produced goods.