Eric was appointed to the Board in May 2015. He spent two decades serving Southland as an electorate and list MP for the National Party. He retired from Parliament in 2014 and was appointed a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for services as a Member of Parliament in the 2015 New Year Honours. Before entering parliament Eric was involved in a wide range of farming organisations and commercial activities. Eric currently farms three properties in Southland involved with deer, beef, sheep, and dairy support..