Regenerative Recovery Advisory Group

Together the advisory group will contribute to the evolution and achievement of the Recovery Plan, which will be steered by Vision Beyond 2050. 

The Regenerative Recovery Advisory Group represents a wide range of backgrounds, knowledge and experiences. Their volunteer contributions are greatly appreciated by the Council. 

The group will look at innovative ideas for the future of the whole community, contributing to the development of the Diversification Plan and providing another channel of engagement to help shape He Mahere Kahurutaka, Council’s 2021-2031 Ten Year Plan.

Members of the advisory group:

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  • Erica bring a resilience focus to the Advisory Group, with over 16 years’ experience in disaster recovery; risk management; organisational resilience; crisis management; business disruption; and post-disaster reconstruction.  Erica is an Executive Director of Resilient Organisations (, a Commissioner on the Board of the Earthquake Commission - EQC ( ), Chair of the RRANZ consortium ( delivering response and recovery leadership development for New Zealand, and is a Principle Investigator with QuakeCoRE, a center of research excellence on earthquake resilience (  She is author of the book Resilient Organizations: How to survive, thrive and create opportunities through crisis and change and has led several large research programmes on resilience, particularly focusing on business and organisational responses to change and adversity. 

    Erica lives in Wanaka with her husband and two primary school aged boys.

  • Julian Knights has more than 35 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry, having held a number of senior roles in investment banking and funds management. He was a Founding Partner of leading Australasian private equity firm Ironbridge Capital and has served on a wide range of portfolio boards (including Envirowaste in New Zealand). He is widely respected in the private equity industry and was elected Chairman of AVCAL, the private equity and venture capital industry body.

    Julian has devoted a significant amount of time to the Not for Profit sector over the past fifteen years. He served as Chair of the leading Australian contemporary dance group Sydney Dance Company from 2007 to 2013. In 2013 Julian was appointed Chair of the Major Performing Arts Board, the umbrella body responsible for the 28 major performing arts companies in Australia. He was also Chair or on the Boards of The Biennale of Sydney, Kaldor Public Arts and Sydney Art Quartet, a highly regarded chamber music ensemble. Julian was also Chair of Human Rights Watch Australia.

    In June 2016 Julian was made an Officer in the Order of Australia, for services to the Performing and Visual Arts and to the Financial Services Industry.

    Julian and Lizanne have owned property in Arrowtown for 10 years and moved to live here permanently in early 2020.

    Julian is a Founding Benefactor and Chair of the Three Lakes Cultural Trust, a recent initiative to nurture and develop Arts and Culture across the Three Lakes Region.

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  • Simon is a Wānaka based governance professional with a portfolio of privately owned business directorships. These roles currently span the transport, software, agritech and residential construction sectors. He is the founder of Appoint Better Boards, a social enterprise committed to increasing the diversity and transparency of board appointments in Aotearoa.  

    Simon is deeply involved in the community, leading a multi-year advocacy project for building safe and protected cycleways and other active transport initiatives within Wānaka.  Over the past five years he has helped rejuvenate Bike Wānaka and led its community advocacy for retaining Sticky Forest as a recreational asset. He was the inaugural head judge and convenor of the Ignite Wanaka Business Awards and a founding Trustee of Crux.

    Simon is a graduate of the University of Canterbury in Law (Hons) and Commerce and has lived and worked in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand. He shares his passion for mountain biking, snowboarding and the outdoors with his wife and two school aged daughters.


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