Shaping our Future announces new Chair

16 January 2018



16 January 2018




Shaping our Future Inc Board announces new Chair


Shaping our Future elected Alastair Porter as Chair, Esther Whitehead Deputy Chair/Secretary and newcomer Julie Perry as Treasurer at their board meeting on 12th December 2017.


Alastair Porter is Chairman and CEO of the Porter Group, including its well-known Queenstown subsidiaries Remarkables Park Ltd, Shotover Park Ltd and Queenstown Park Station.  He was a co-founder of Shaping our Future and has been on the board since its formation in 2011.  He has participated in many SOF activities and served as Deputy Chair in 2017.   


Alastair Porter said “I thank our outgoing board members, in particular Mark Edghill for his work as Chair in 2017, and welcome our new board members.   We have an excellent mix of skills, experience and interests represented on the Board going into 2018.   Our immediate focus is to plan relevant activities to provide opportunities for our community to leverage the highly credible Shaping Our Future brand to be a catalyst for influencing preferred future outcomes for our region.”


Alastair Porter is also a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, has a B.Com, is an ACA member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand, a former chairman of the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce, a former deputy chairman of the NZ Game Industry Board. He is also a member of the International Cities, Town Centres and Communities Society of Australasia International Advisory Committee.


Esther Whitehead joined the Shaping our Future Board in 2016, she is the co-founder of Sustainable Queenstown and the local business connector with the national organization Sustainable Business Networks, driving SBN projects based out of the Lakes District region.  Esther is also Managing Trustee of the Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand.


Julie Perry is a chartered accountant and has extensive senior executive experience in a wide range of sectors.  Julie is the Secretary of the Lake Wanaka Trust Management Committee and a member of the Upper Clutha Water Group’s Management Committee. 



To view the 2017 Shaping our Future Annual Report and forum reports please visit


Picture Shaping our Future Board 2018 L to R:  Guy Hughes, Michael Sly, Kathy Dedo, Reece Gibson, Julie Perry, Esther Whitehead, Matthew Day, Alastair Porter, AJ Mason.  Absent:  Barry Bruce




For more information, please contact:

Shaping Our Future Chair Alastair Porter [email protected] +64 2199588

Shaping our Future Executive Anita Golden [email protected] +64 21 2221231


About Shaping Our Future Incorporated

A process designed to use collective community expertise to build consensus and create a great future for our district. Shaping Our Future was instigated in December 2010 and was incorporated as a charitable society in January 2013. In 2012 following a district wide visioning process, it established a draft vision incorporating a series of priorities.  Its forums and taskforces are directed to work towards the vision and connect with the priorities. The process of any given forum on any given subject begins with public forums and online discussions which progress to establishing volunteer task forces to work through issues and provide recommendations.   Recommendations are finally presented to local and national agencies as required. Since 2011 Shaping our Future has completed 10 forum topics.  For more information, please visit or join us on Facebook


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The Queenstown Lakes District is a unique area facing unique challenges.  Many agencies and individuals are focused on the problems of today. Without knowing where we want to go, how can we move in the right direction? 

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