Councillor for Fendalton Ward.
James Gough is a third term City Councillor, representing the Fendalton Ward. He is the Chair of the Central City Development Forum, the Health and Safety Committee, Acting Chair of the Regulatory Performance Committee since 2018 and a member of the Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee.
He comes from a private enterprise background, particularly in the areas of property, asset management, strategy and governance.
James is a Director of Christchurch City Holdings Ltd (CCHL) and Chair of Civic Building Ltd (CBL), including the Joint Venture Board with Ngai Tahu Property Ltd.
He is also a Director of Gough Corporation Holdings Ltd, Gough Property Corporation Ltd, Countrywide Residential (2018) Ltd and a Trustee of the Antony Gough Trust. He has served as Chair/Director of Vbase Ltd and a Director of Canterbury Development Corporation Ltd, Canterbury Regional Innovation Systems Ltd, Jet Engine Facility Ltd and AMI Stadium Ltd.
James was also a Director of Gough Group Ltd - a large family business specialising in heavy machinery, transport and finance which includes the New Zealand Caterpillar dealership and employs approximately 900 people throughout New Zealand and Australia.
He is passionate about Christchurch and his local community, having served on the Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board since 2007 and has been involved at a governance or fundraising level for local charities including the Bone Marrow Cancer Trust, the Diabetes Research Institute Trust, the Foundation for Youth Development, the MacLean Institute Trust and the Canterbury Earthquake Children's Trust. He also sits on the Christchurch-China Sister Cities Committee.
James is married to wife Jasmine and they have two young children and a dog named Boston.