Stuart was elected as a trustee in September 2015. He is married to Sue with three children. He is a sheep and beef farmer, farming at Aparima for over 30 years.
Stuart has served as a councillor on the Southland Regional Council and the Southland District Council and is a qualified hearing commissioner. He is also a member of the Aparima River Liaison committee.
His interests include a passion to serve his community, farming and politics and he also participates in many outdoor activities.