Councillor for Fendalton Ward.

Councillor for Fendalton Ward, James Gough

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James Gough

Councillor for Fendalton Ward, James Gough

About James

James Gough is a fourth term City Councillor representing the Fendalton Ward.

He has a business background in property, asset management and corporate governance. Prior to his election to council in 2010 he was a member of the Executive of the Central City Business Association.

James is chair of the Central City Momentum Working Group and co-chairs, with the Mayor, the City Momentum Committee. He is also chair of the Health, Safety & Wellbeing committee and a member of the Chief Executive Performance & Employment committee.

He is a director of the city’s commercial arm, Christchurch City Holdings Ltd, chair of Civic Building Ltd, council’s joint venture property company with Ngai Tahu Property Ltd and also chairs its Joint Venture board.

James is a board member of the Canterbury District Health Board and a director of Gough Corporation Holdings Ltd, Gough Property Corporation Ltd, Countrywide Residential Ltd and a Trustee of the Antony Gough Trust which developed and owns the Russley Retirement Village. He was a former director of Gough Group, a large private heavy machinery and transport company employing approximately 1,000 people throughout Australasia and included New Zealand‘s Caterpillar agency.

He served as chair of Vbase Ltd and is a former director of Canterbury Development Corporation Holdings Ltd (prior to its merger to become ChristchurchNZ Ltd), CRIS Ltd (Canterbury Regional Innovation Systems), Jet Engine Facility Ltd and AMI Stadium Ltd.

James is married to wife Jasmine and they have two young children together. When not spending time with family he enjoys food, film, travel and sport.

With a business background and a people focus James is committed to positively contributing to Christchurch’s future.

He has served on the local community board since 2007 and has been involved with a number of local charities at fundraising or committee level including Keep Christchurch Beautiful Inc, the Bone Marrow Cancer Trust, the Diabetes Research Institute Trust, the Maclean Institute Trust and the Canterbury Earthquake Children’s Trust.