Southern

Community Panel

Who we are

We are a group of New Zealander’s who are leaders in the southern community, business and environmental sectors.

Carla Forbes

Carla Forbes

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.

Andrew Gorman

Andrew Gorman

Associate Professor

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.

Tessa Finlay

Tessa Finlay

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. 

Bridget Irving

Bridget Irving

Panel Convenor

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.

Dr Katharina Ruckstuhl

Dr Katharina Ruckstuhl

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.

Gillian Bremner

Gillian Bremner

CEO of Presbyterian Support Otago

As CEO of Presbyterian Support Otago Gillian brings a wealth of experience relating to social services and the support for the vulnerable and disadvantaged. Gillian is very experienced in governance matters. She is currently 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.

Philip Broughton

Philip Broughton

Panel Secretariat

Philip, consultant at Dunedin business advisory firm Polson Higgs, provides secretariat services to the Panel.  

John Whitaker

John Whitaker

Managing Director

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.  

YEPT

YEPT

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/

 

 

Tom Buckingham

Tom Buckingham

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.

Sean Woodward

Sean Woodward

President of the Southland Chamber of Commerce

Sean is a Partner at an Invercargill-based law firm. 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.