We are a group of New Zealander’s who are leaders in the southern community, business and environmental sectors.
Andrew brings to the Panel a science and academic perspective, gained from his knowledge and experience as an Associate Professor in Geophysics at Otago University, specialising in the seismic imaging of offshore geology.
Philip, consultant at Dunedin business advisory firm Polson Higgs, provides secretariat services to the Panel.
Chief Executive Officer | FARRA Engineering Ltd
As CEO of Farra Engineering, and a member of Engineering Dunedin's executive committee, Gareth brings to the panel the perspective of Dunedin's business and in particular engineering communities.
Bridget is a Partner at a Dunedin law firm. She is a founding member of Dunedin Young Professionals, and is heavily involved with the Otago Women Lawyers Society, and the Dunedin Tunnels Trails Trust. As well as drawing on her wide ranging community networks Bridget represents the youth perspective of Otago.
Representation from the Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust
The YEPT representatives bring an environmental and conservation focus to the Panel. The Trust, which works to preserve the rare and endangered yellow-eyed penguin, including managing penguin habitats along the Otago-Southland Coast. http://www.yellow-eyedpenguin.org.nz/
Representation from South Catlins Charitable Trust
The South Catlins Trust’s mission is to promote the scenic heritage, environmental and cultural features of South Catlins, and foster the sustainable management of the area’s natural and physical resources for the benefit of the local and wider community.
Representation from Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki
Kāti Huirapa rūnaka ki Puketeraki engages in activities that affect the long-term well-being and rights of its members as identified in the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Act (1996). Dr Ruckstuhl heads the rūnaka’s energy portfolio and researches and writes on mining. The rūnaka is developing a specific policy on oil and gas.
Chief Executive of Aoraki Development
Nigel has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services sector and is currently Chief Executive of Aoraki Development – Timaru Districts Economic Development Agency. He has first-hand experience as a business owner through to various governance roles and involvement with a number of community organisations. He currently serves as a board member on Sport Canterbury, is the Independent Advisory Board Chairman of 100% Pure New Zealand Honey , a Trustee of both the Aoraki MRI Trust and the Aoraki Sports Persons Charitable Trust. A born and bred South Cantabrian he is passionate about the region and doing what he can to make it an even better place to live and do business.
Chief Executive of South Port
Nigel was appointed to the role of Chief Executive of Southport on 1 October 2017. He has 23 years’ experience in the port industry and has held positions in commercial, operations and finance at South Port. Prior to joining South Port, Nigel worked in the Meat and Oil sectors. Nigel is a Director on the Southland Chamber of Commerce Board, has extensive business and community networks across the Southern Region and reflects these perspectives at the table.
Representing Southland Business Community
Former Panelist Jason is a very experienced Invercargill business person – he is Managing Director of long-standing family business H&J Smith. Jason is also heavily involved in community organisations including as Chair and Board member of his children’s former primary school in Invercargill.
Southland Chamber of Commerce
Carla is President of the Southland Chamber of Commerce. She owns Southland’s principal marketing consultancy and is involved with a number of regional business and community initiatives. She has extensive business and community networks across Southland and Otago and brings this perspective to the table.
Trainee Accountant at Crowe Horwath
Southlander Tessa Finlay is a Trainee Accountant at Invercargill accounting firm, Crowe Horwath. She has previously been a member and co-chair of the Invercargill City Council Youth Council which she sat on for four years. Tessa represents the youth sector of Southland.
CEO of Presbyterian Support Otago
Formerly CEO of Presbyterian Support Otago Gillian brought a wealth of experience relating to social services and the support for the vulnerable and disadvantaged, as well as extensive governance experience. Prior to moving from Otago she had been a ministerial appointee on the Council of the Otago Polytechnic (a position held since 2010), and has previously been a Director of the former Dunedin Primary Health Organisation.
John brings strong Dunedin community networks with a focus on the engineering profession developed through his 12 years as managing director of a large Dunedin engineering firm.
Member of Southland Chamber of Commerce
Sean is an Invercargill based lawyer. He is the Past-president of the Southland Chamber of Commerce, Deputy Convenor of the NZLS Southland Standards Committee and is heavily involved in the Southland branch of the New Zealand Law Society. Additionally, he is the director of a number of companies, including Bennetts Bookstores Limited and Santa’s Choice Inc. His extensive Governance experience, also including Director of Rotary Invercargill,and member of the Institute of Directors, allows him to bring insightful perspective to the table.