Richard Thomas May22 TEST

Richard Thomas, Chair 

Born and bred in Queenstown, Richard has a strong commercial background and has been involved in businesses throughout New Zealand and overseas. After returning home from the UK in 2002 to take over a family-owned business, he’s now a director of Skyline Enterprises Ltd, amongst a number of other entities. He is also heavily involved in many other facets of the Queenstown Lakes District community, including Snow Sports NZ and Destination Queenstown. When he has time he enjoys all the wonderful activities Queenstown has to offer including skiing, fishing, tramping golf and quality time with his wife and children.  


Joanne Conroy, Deputy Chair

Jo has lived in Queenstown for the past 30 years and for most of that time has been involved in the property industry.  She currently contracts to APL Property, a Queenstown based property management and valuation Company.  Jo has a strong involvement in the Queenstown community and has a clear understanding of local housing affordability challenges faced by residents.



Raymond Key

Otago born-and-bred, Raymond Key lives in Queenstown with his wife and three children. He brings financial expertise to the Board after 20 years’ experience in financial markets, specifically global physical and financial precious and industrial metals as well as iron ore. He is currently a founding partner in a global commodity company called TrailStone Group. Ray is passionate about Central Otago and achieving the right outcomes for people living the region.


Jayne McDonald

Partner at Queenstown based law firm MACTODD, Jayne specialises in Environmental and Local Government law as well as advising on related transactional matters. She has lived in Queenstown for the past 25 years and takes an active interest in the community, serving as Chairperson of the Queenstown Primary School Board of Trustees and Lakes District Hospital Foundation, and a Trustee of the ADEPT-MACTODD Charitable Trust.


Phil Smith

Phil Smith

Originally from West Otago, Phil grew up holidaying in Wanaka and moved there permanently in 2002. He is experienced in the building industry, having held management and ownership roles in local firms and serving on the Central Otago Executive of the Registered Master Builders Association. He recently joined Integrity Homes as Business Development Manager. Phil and his wife are active in the Upper Clutha community along with their three children.


Brad McLeay

Brad McLeay

Brad hails from Rotorua, and moved to Queenstown in 1992 then after some time away moved back in 2018. A property professional for over 25 years’, his diverse background covers experience in land development, civil and building construction, consenting and land title, property acquisition and disposal, project and development management. He currently works as a Senior Property Consultant for The Property Group.