Hopper developments employ a high level of skilled and experienced professionals to manage key
assets and projects.

Leigh Hopper

Managing Director

As the principal shareholder and managing director of Hopper Developments, Leigh is responsible for the strategic planning and direction of the organisation. He possesses an incredible talent for creating a master plan vision for all of the developments the company is involved with. Leigh leads a team of highly experienced property development professionals, consulting planners and engineers. As a result Hoppers have maintained a high level of construction quality and amenity value throughout a vast number of projects. Leigh continues to strive to provide unbeatable lifestyle value in residential, marine and retirement living. Leigh maintains strong family values and is a well-respected leader within the organisations and communities that he is involved with.


Tim Brooks

General Manager (CA)

Tim has been involved in the Property Industry for over 30 years, 20 of which were as Financial Controller of Hopper Developments.  As a Director he has been wholly supportive of the “Hopper Strategy” of Quality, Comprehensive, Lifestyle and Enduring developments and operations based on Land.  He attends Property and Retirement Village industry meetings,  is a qualified Accountant and a member of CAANZ.


Shana Hopper

Sales & Brand Manager
(BBS Marketing Communication and Management)

Shana has worked at Hopper Developments since 2008, starting as personal assistant to Leigh and assisting in marketing while she studied at Massey University. In 2012 Shana graduated with a Bachelor of Business Studies double major in Marketing Communication and Management, and shortly after, was appointed Marketing Manager. Since late 2016 Shana has taken a (small) step back after having son Hunter, and now Manages the sales functions, as well as having creative direction on the company branding.



Andy Grey

Financial Controller (CA)

Andy has been involved in the property industry (Commercial and Residential) for over 10 years, and has worked for Hopper Developments on and off since 2006. He specialises in evaluating the commercial consideration for operational and investment decisions, and is heavily involved in new project investigations. Andy is a member of NZICA, and a member of the Company Accountants Special Interest Group.



Project Manager

Howard joined Hoppers in 1979. Over the years he has been involved in numerous land development projects and overseen the development of thousands of sections and building projects at different subdivisions carried out by the Company.

Since the Maygrove Retirement Village commenced back in 2000 he has taken over responsibility for advancing additional Retirement Village Consents while maintaining involvement in all of the Companies other projects. In more recent times Howard dedicates most of his energy into growing the Companies Retirement Village Projects


Gray Hopper

Project Manager

Gray has been involved with the family business from a very young age, initially working in civil construction at Hopper Construction, later moving onto project management at Hopper Developments. Gray spends much of his time between each of our coastal destinations, has a good knowledge of all three canal developments, and has formed close relationships with many of the residents. He spends most of his spare time, fishing and cruising the eastern coastline.



Construction Manager (LBP)

With over 20 years experience in the property and construction sectors, David is responsible for the planning and delivery of our building projects. His role includes feasibility cost input, design and buildability and the management and reporting of our projects. David has worked for Real Estate Investment Trusts and Property Development companies in NZ, UK and Canada and brings this wide experience to his role and Hopper Developments.


Michelle Kirkpatrick  

Marketing & Business Development Manager

With a broad background in Business Development and General Management within the Property, Hospitality and Tourism Industries, Michelle has successfully managed and marketed destination properties around New Zealand. She is responsible for the research and development of new projects, the marketing of our products and understands the importance of strong business relationships, strategic planning and quality market research.  


Jonathan Graham

Management Accountant

Jonathan joins the team at Hoppers as our Management Accountant. He is a provisional member of CAANZ (Chartered accountants Australia and New Zealand) and is working towards becoming a Chartered Accountant. Jonathan’s responsibilities include: preparing and analysing financial information to facilitate decision making, preparing year end accounts and budgets and developing and improving financial systems.


Hollie Smith

Graphic Designer & Marketing Assistant

Hollie has a Bachelor of Graphic Design and Animation and has worked within the industry for over 4 years.  She works closely with Michelle and Shana on the creative side of projects and has a broad knowledge in all aspects of design work.  Based in Marsden Cove she has a personal and long standing interest our stunning waterways projects and loves the coastal lifestyle.


Liz Goodfellow

Office Manager

Liz has joined the team to assist Tim and Andy in the day to day Accounts and other Office Administration Duties.  She is our friendly face at Reception and has the task of bringing all our systems up to date and more efficient.  Liz has lived on the HBC for over 30 years and is a Mum of two.  Her background as well as Accounts, is in Event Management and is heavily involved with local sports in Management and Coaching roles, as well as still playing Touch and Netball competitively.