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  • Anna Yallop

    General Manager, Seafood Innovations

    Anna Yallop

    General Manager, Seafood Innovations

    Anna is the current General Manager of Seafood Innovations Ltd (SIL), of which Seafood New Zealand and Plant & Food Research are shareholders.   SIL administers a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) funded R&D Partnership Programme that was established in order to add value to the seafood sector.  Anna was previously the General Manager of the Bioresource Processing Alliance (BPA) – another MBIE funded R&D programme that turned low value by-products from the primary sector into high value products for export and she is also on the Board of Wool Industry Research Limited (WIRL), a Partnership looking for new uses for coarse wool.  Previously, Anna has been a Technology Scout for Bayer Animal Health, a Business Manager for UniServices, has run Global Expert (Northern Region) for the Ministry of Science and Innovation and had her own start-up manufacturing business which she sold in 2011.

  • David Cole

    Chief Executive, Mt Cook Alpine Salmon

    David Cole

    Chief Executive, Mt Cook Alpine Salmon

    David Cole is the CEO of Mt Cook Alpine Salmon, a role he has held for the last five years, presiding over significant growth in revenues and profitability. Originally educated in New Zealand, David has held leadership roles in a wide variety of industries both here and overseas in multi-national and entrepreneurial organisations. Based in Queenstown, David is a keen musician who is actively interested in the arts and has penned a novel between job assignments. 

     

  • Prof. Chris Battershill

    Prof and Chair Coastal Science , University of Waikato

    Prof. Chris Battershill

    Prof and Chair Coastal Science , University of Waikato

    Chris Battershill became the inaugural Professor and Chair of Coastal Science with the University of Waikato in January 2011. He has returned to New Zealand following twelve years as leader of the Marine Resources and Biodiversity Teams at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), focusing on sustainable use of biodiversity, oil and gas industry development, new species aquaculture and biodiscovery. From an MSc in environmental toxicology (Maui Environmental Program), he completed his PhD at Auckland University in 1986 then led the New Zealand marine collection program funded by the National Cancer Institute (US), spending time also in Australia with their discovery program. During work with NIWA over 11 years, he examined sustainability of aquaculture, and continued focus on anti-tumour actives from the sea. The drug Halaven® and two other leads, now in late phase preclinical trial at the NCI, resulted from the New Zealand teams’ work, with four drug leads advanced in Australia. All were produced in early stages by aquaculture. Battershill’s research in the field of Marine Biotechnology has been based on examining the chemical ecology of biologically active metabolites from marine invertebrates and algae, thus allowing translation to applied uses beyond medicine to agriculture. 

  • Dr Stephen Haines

    Senior Scientist, Ag Research

    Dr Stephen Haines

    Senior Scientist, Ag Research

    Dr Stephen Haines was trained in the field of synthetic organic chemistry and completed his PhD at Victoria University of Wellington in 1983. Following 18 months spent as a post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, in 1985 Dr Haines took up a position at Invermay with MAF Technology (which in 1992 became AgResearch). Early on he became involved in deer velvet antler research. Since moving to AgResearch’s Lincoln campus in 2010, Dr Haines has broadened his research focus to include the composition and biological activity of a broad range of food and other naturally derived products. This includes the detection of bioactive peptides in complex mixtures taking advantage of the world class mass spectrometry facility at AgResearch Lincoln, and the use of bioinformatics to predict the biological activity of products such as enzyme hydrolysates derived from animal and plant proteins.

  • Alexandra Allen

    Chief Executive, New Zealand Food Innovation Network

    Alexandra Allen

    Chief Executive, New Zealand Food Innovation Network

    Alexandra is Chief Executive of The FoodBowl, Te Ipu Kai, in Auckland.

    A highly motivated business leader with skills and experience across the full spectrum of the food and beverage industry from managing the economic success, operational activities and strategy of The FoodBowl Innovation plant, to the research and development of new products, client management and sales roles.  

  • Graham Fletcher

    Team Leader - Seafood Technologies

    Graham Fletcher

    Team Leader - Seafood Technologies

    Graham Fletcher leads the Food Safety and Preservation research team within Plant & Food Research. His team works on various aspects of post-harvest seafood processing and preservation plus the microbial safety of seafood and horticultural products. Recently they have begun a project to understand what makes our seafood delicious and how to make sure that our consumers always have a good experience from it. 

  • Lincoln MacKenzie

    Senior Research Scientist, Cawthron Institute

    Lincoln MacKenzie

    Senior Research Scientist, Cawthron Institute

    Dr Lincoln Mackenzie initiated research on toxic and noxious marine phytoplankton in the early 1980s, before these were recognised as an important public health and quality assurance issue for aquaculture in New Zealand’s coastal waters. His early research at the Cawthron Institute provided much of the science underpinning current nation-wide marine biotoxin and harmful phytoplankton monitoring programmes. His current activities are mainly focused on identifying the physical and biological determinants of toxic dinoflagellate blooms in coastal embayments and the application of in situ real time instrumentation and molecular methods for their detection and enumeration.  Lincoln provides frequent advice to regulators and the aquaculture industry.  He is a member of Scientific Steering Committee Global HAB project (SCOR, IOC), a former council member of the International Society for the study of Harmful Algae (ISSHA) and serves on Editorial Board of the journal Harmful Algae,( Elsevier Science). 

  • Andrea Leslie

    National Group Manager, Primary ITO

    Andrea Leslie

    National Group Manager, Primary ITO

    Andrea is the National Group Manager for Meat Fibre and Seafood at the PrimaryITO. She has over 27 years experience within the vocational education sector and has a particular passion for workplace training.  PrimaryITO has worked collaboratively with the seafood industry to develop the new suite of seafood qualifications to be launched in 2019. Andrea is looking forward to presenting these to you and supporting ongoing training for the seafood sector.

  • Prof Phil Bremer

    Department of Food Science, University of Otago

    Prof Phil Bremer

    Department of Food Science, University of Otago

    Phil Bremer is a Professor at the University of Otago in the Department of Food Science, where he lectures on the microbiology, safety, shelf-life and regulation of food.   Prior to joining the University of Otago, Phil worked in the Seafood Research Unit  (Plant & Food Research) in Nelson, where his research revolved around Listeria.  Currently Phil’s research interests include novel processing, shelf-life extension and Chinese consumer’s perceptions around food safety.  Phil has published over 200 scientific papers on a wide range of topics.  He is the Chair of the Science Leadership Team of the New Zealand Food Safety Science Research Centre and co-chair of the Centre’s Consumer Insight Theme.  He is on the Executive of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology and he is a former President of both the New Zealand Microbiological Society and the New Zealand Association of Food Protection.

  • Dr Phil Sutton

    Physical Oceanography Research Scientist, NIWA

    Dr Phil Sutton

    Physical Oceanography Research Scientist, NIWA

    Dr Phil Sutton is a physical oceanography research scientist at NIWA. After undergraduate studies in physics at Auckland University, he graduated with a PhD in Physical Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego in 1993 and then returned to New Zealand to start at NIWA. His research has ranged broadly from tidal flows in French Pass through studies of regional boundary currents to global ocean heat content analyses. Phil has always had a focus on large scale physical oceanography and the ocean’s role in climate, participating and leading many voyages. Phil has also been involved in Argo since 1999 and is New Zealand’s representative on the Argo Steering Team. Argo is an international programme that maintains a global network of about 3500 drifting, profiling floats with each float making a measurement of the upper 2000m of the ocean every ten days. Combining Argo data with satellite products and direct measurements has allowed us to observe and interpret ocean changes in near-real time with unprecedented resolution. Some of the largest changes in ocean heat content are occurring at around 40°S- making them very relevant for New Zealand.

  • Florian Graichen

    Science Leader – Biopolymers and Chemicals, Scion

    Florian Graichen

    Science Leader – Biopolymers and Chemicals, Scion

    Dr Florian Graichen is Science Leader for the area of Biobased Polymers and Chemicals at Scion - developing advanced biobased products through modification and engineering of biopolymers and chemicals. This includes agile, modular and mobile processing such as 3D printing and customized extrusion approaches.

  • Charles Heaphy

    Resource Manager, Sealord Group Ltd

    Charles Heaphy

    Resource Manager, Sealord Group Ltd

    Charles Heaphy is the Resource Manager at Sealord.  After graduating from Otago with a BSc in zoology and psychology, it was a natural progression to a career in aquaculture. A grad diploma from University of Tasmania locked it in.  Over a 20 year career Charles has had many and diverse roles in aquaculture, fisheries and operations management.  As Resources Manager, Charles is the Sealord representative for the fish that are still in the water. The role is focused entirely on responsible, sustainable and innovative management of our marine resources.   Charles has been a Director of Precision Seafood Harvesting since 2017, he reckons PSH is a great tool to have in the net shed.

  • Janice Molloy

    Trust Convenor, Southern Seabird Solutions Trust

    Janice Molloy

    Trust Convenor, Southern Seabird Solutions Trust

    The focus of Janice’s career has been conserving New Zealand’s native animals. She spent her early years in the back blocks of Taranaki focused on protecting species like kokako and kiwi, but moved to a national role in the Department of Conservation in the mid 1990s when the potential impact of fishing on seabirds was receiving significant public attention. At the time there was little constructive dialogue between the fishing industry, government and environmental groups. In 2002 Janice spearheaded the establishment of a coalition between the fishing industry, environmental interests, government departments, and scientists to work collaboratively on the issue. This coalition was named the Southern Seabird Solutions Trust, and seventeen years on Janice remains the Trust Convenor.   

  • Dr Jeremy Helson

    Chief Executive, Fisheries Inshore NZ

    Dr Jeremy Helson

    Chief Executive, Fisheries Inshore NZ

    Jeremy Helson has worked in fisheries management for the last 15 years. He is currently the Chief Executive of Fisheries Inshore New Zealand, and a director of Seafood New Zealand. Prior to working for the seafood industry, he spent 10 years in government, most recently the Manager of Deepwater Fisheries at the Ministry for Primary Industries.  Other relevant experience includes working as a marine biologist, lecturing on marine ecology at Victoria University, and a year at Tokyo University of Fisheries as a postdoctoral fellow.  Dr Helson graduated from Victoria University with a Doctorate in Marine Ecology and also has a degree in law. 

  • Kevin McEvoy

    Director Digital Monitoring, Fisheries New Zealand

    Kevin McEvoy

    Director Digital Monitoring, Fisheries New Zealand

    Kevin McEvoy is the Director of Digital Monitoring and took up the role in March 2018.  Since being appointed, the significant milestones of the programme have included Electronic Catch and Position Reporting implementation which has completed two stages (as of time of writing), and the initial stage of on-board cameras has been announced by the Prime Minister and is due for implementation from 1 November 2019. 

     

    Prior to coming to Fisheries New Zealand, Kevin was in the Royal New Zealand Air Force.  Through his career he undertook a range of flying, headquarters and operational postings with his last appointment being the Deputy Commander Forces NZ.  

  • Paul Hersey

    Co-founder, eCatch

    Paul Hersey

    Co-founder, eCatch

    Paul Hersey is co-founder of the fisheries electronic reporting company eCatch.  eCatch is an independent, Dunedin based company committed to offering cost effective options for commercial fishers in the change to electronic reporting. Using the knowledge and skills of a top-level computer programmer and an experienced IT educator, eCatch provides a simple to use, intuitive platform for complying with MPI’s reporting requirements.  Paul’s background in this field is through commercial fishing and fisheries compliance. He has worked as a commercial fisher, and also as a Fisheries Officer for what was then the Ministry of Fisheries. This experience has allowed Paul to help shape eCatch into a system that fishers can understand and become comfortable using.

  • Alastair Kennard

    National Sales Manager - Commercial Fishing, ENL

    Alastair Kennard

    National Sales Manager - Commercial Fishing, ENL

    Ali has been with ENL for over 11 years now working out of the commercial fishing focused Nelson Branch.  In 2012 he became manager of the branch and in 2016 took on a national role looking after commercial fishing, due to his knowledge and understanding of the industry.  Ali has led the introduction of many new local and international products to the market, and after aiding in the design is now leading the roll out of ENL’s digital monitoring solution.

  • Sam Shukla

    Business Analyst, FishServe Innovations New Zealand (FINNZ)

    Sam Shukla

    Business Analyst, FishServe Innovations New Zealand (FINNZ)

    Sam is currently leading the implementation and roll out of the FINNZ Deckhand e-logbook and GPR solution to industry. During his time at FINNZ, Sam has worked on several solutions for government and government agencies, all of which operate in a highly regulated environment and therefore has a strong focus to ensure that the solutions are compliant with regulations. One of these solutions is the FishServe Kupe solution which Sam worked on from design to implementation of key modules.

  • Wayne Lowther

    General Manager (Client Services), FishServe

    Wayne Lowther

    General Manager (Client Services), FishServe

    Wayne’s background is in administration and over the last 20 years Wayne has been leading the team that runs all the statutory administrative processes within the QMS.  Wayne joined MAF back in 1980 and moved into the “fisheries” area in 1992 where he managed the Observer programme here in Wellington.  He was involved on the project to establish the Ministry of Fisheries in 1995.  In late 1999, he was appointed to the position of Registry Services Manager when FishServe was formed and still holds a similar position.  Wayne has been working very closely with the digital monitoring team at MPI with the introduction of electronic reporting.  He is overseeing the roll out of the various stages of the introduction of ER throughout 2019 as well as ensuring the FishServe systems have been updated to accommodate the changes.

  • Matt Watson

    Fisheries Outreach Manager for Oceania and South-East Asia, Marine Stewardship Council

    Matt Watson

    Fisheries Outreach Manager for Oceania and South-East Asia, Marine Stewardship Council

    Matt Watson is the MSC Fisheries Outreach Manager for Oceania and South-East Asia, working with stakeholders across the region that wish to demonstrate the sustainability of a fishery against the MSC standard for sustainable fishing. Matt has been based in Fremantle, Western Australia since 2014 after moving across from the UK where he worked for the UK government after completing his studies at the University of Southampton. Working across various global roles in the fishing industry over the past 11 years, Matt strives for balance and fairness when listening to stakeholder groups whilst recognising the ecologically holistic value of sustainable fishing to address the global challenge of overfishing. Matt is currently studying for a Masters of Sustainability and Climate Policy at Curtin University in Australia.

  • Craig Ellison

    Executive Chair, Seafood New Zealand

    Craig Ellison

    Executive Chair, Seafood New Zealand

    Craig has extensive experience in governance across a wide range of sectors. He is chair of Seafood New Zealand, as well as chair of Ngai Tahu Seafood, Wellington Zoo, and Poutama Trust.

    He serves in governance roles on the National Science Challenge: Science for Technological Innovation and the Strategic Science Investment Fund Antarctic Platform, and is an advisory board member of Iron Duke Partners.

    Past roles show a long involvement in the fisheries and seafood sector including being the past chair of the Seafood Standards Council, as well as serving on the boards of the Fishing Industry Board, Prepared Foods, Aotearoa Fisheries (in three different iterations), the Sealord Group and numerous stakeholder organisations.

    He maintains a strong interest in governance, and Maori collaboration.

     

    He has previously served on the boards of Airways New Zealand, NIWA, the Trade Liberalisation Network, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, the Carter and Spencer Group, Foodstuffs Fresh, and also as a commissioner (and deputy chair) with the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission (Te Ohu Kaimoana).

  • Sir Tipene O'Regan

    Ngai Tahu

    Sir Tipene O'Regan

    Ngai Tahu

    Sir Tipene O’Regan is a widely recognised participant in the debate on the shape and character of the Maori economy and the modernising of iwi governance models. He holds multiple positions on Maori and educational bodies and he has a highly-regarded depth in traditional history and ethnology of Ngai Tahu and Te Waipounamu. 

    Sir Tipene led the Ngai Tahu Claims process before the Waitangi Tribunal from 1986, culminating in a notable settlement with the Crown in 1998. He was a primary architect of the Treaty Fisheries Settlements in 1989 and 1992 and became the founding Chairman of Te Ohu Kai Moana, the Maori Fisheries Commission. Sir Tipene was (1993-2002) Chairman of Sealord Group Ltd and served two terms as a Director of the London-based Marine Stewardship Council. He has been chairman and director of a wide range of entities in both the public and private sectors and has held major board appointments in both the heritage and environment sectors.

  • Hon Shane Jones

    Regional Economic Development Minister

    Hon Shane Jones

    Regional Economic Development Minister

    Hon Shane Jones is a New Zealand First List MP based in Kerikeri, and as a Cabinet Minister in the Labour-New Zealand First Coalition Government holds the portfolios of Forestry, Infrastructure, Regional Economic Development, Associate Finance, Associate State Owned Enterprises and Associate Transport. He is responsible for overseeing both the Government’s ambitious one billion trees planting programme and the Provincial Growth Fund, which will see one billion dollars spent per annum on economic development opportunities in the regions. 

    He was previously the Ambassador for Pacific Economic Development, with a particular focus on fisheries, agriculture and tourism, given the significance of these resources to enhancing economic development in the region. 

    Mr Jones was also a Member of Parliament from 2005 – 2014, during which he held positions including Minister of Building and Construction, Associate Minister of Immigration, Associate Minister of Trade, Associate Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, and Chair of the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee.  

    Mr Jones has a long history of involvement in the fisheries sector and New Zealand’s Maori fisheries settlement. Mr Jones was Chair of Te Ohu Kaimoana (the Maori Fisheries Commission); Chairperson of Sealord Products Limited, and has held a number of senior positions more broadly in the public and private sector.

    Shane Jones was born in Awanui, Northland, New Zealand, and is of Te Aupouri and Ngai Takoto descent. He has a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University earned on a Harkness Fellowship.

  • Paul Goodwin

    Managing Director, Institutional New Zealand, ANZ

    Paul Goodwin

    Managing Director, Institutional New Zealand, ANZ

    Paul leads ANZ’s Institutional business in New Zealand. The Institutional business manages large client relationships and provides specialised markets, transactional and financing products and solutions to the bank's customers. In doing so, it supports some of New Zealand’s largest companies operating in a wide range of industries, both in New Zealand and offshore.  Institutional NZ is part of the ANZ Group’s Institutional Banking business. Paul is a member of both Institutional Banking’s leadership team and the leadership team for ANZ New Zealand. Paul has more than 25 years’ experience in banking and finance and has been with ANZ New Zealand since 2004, where he was previously Head of Institutional Relationships. He has held senior corporate finance roles at Credit Suisse and The National Bank of New Zealand and worked for Ernst & Young in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.A graduate of Victoria University of Wellington, Paul is also a member of the Executive Boards of the New Zealand China Council, INFINZ and the Sustainable Finance Forum Leaders’ Group.

  • Sharon Zollner

    Chief Economist, ANZ

    Sharon Zollner

    Chief Economist, ANZ

    Sharon joined the ANZ economics team in 2010 and became Chief Economist in late 2017. She started her career as a macroeconomist at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in 1998, and has also worked at the central bank of Norway for two years, before moving to the New Zealand banking sector. Sharon holds a Master of Commerce from the University of Canterbury.  Sharon developed the ANZ Truckometer, an economic indicator based on traffic flow data, and writes the weekly ANZ Charts that Matter. In addition to general macroeconomic analysis she has a particular interest in machine learning and big data.

  • Gorjan Nikolik

    Senior Industry Analyst, Food & Agribusiness Research & Advisory, Rabobank International

    Gorjan Nikolik

    Senior Industry Analyst, Food & Agribusiness Research & Advisory, Rabobank International

    Gorjan Nikolik (40) has been an industry analyst focusing on the global seafood sector including aquaculture, wild-catch, seafood trade and processing. In his primary role, he works as a senior sector expert to Rabobank departments such as Mergers and Acquisitions, Leveraged Finance, Venture Capital, Credit Risk Management and the Relationship Bankers. He is a regular speaker on global seafood and aquaculture conferences and has published research reports covering the seafood industry. He also has experience as a commodity analyst having covered the sugar industry. Gorjan holds a masters degree in Finance and Business Administration from the University of Maastricht and an MBA from Maastricht School of Management.

  • Dr Rich Ford

    Manager of Fisheries Science

    Dr Rich Ford

    Manager of Fisheries Science

    Dr Rich Ford is Manager of Fisheries Science for Fisheries New Zealand. He worked for Auckland University for 7 years on urbanisation impacts upon coastal marine communities. Since then he has worked for over 10 years for Fisheries New Zealand (and its predecessors) on the environmental effects of seafood production, including such diverse topics as trawling impacts, aquaculture standards, shark risk assessments and impacts from the Kaikoura earthquake. Rich is looking to help drive more transparency and collaboration between the seafood industry and the science done in Fisheries New Zealand. 

  • Matt Taylor

    Chief Executive, Western Rock Lobster

    Matt Taylor

    Chief Executive, Western Rock Lobster

    Mr Taylor has a strong background in the fishing industry, including years as a commercial fisherman across numerous sectors. He then completed a degree in aquaculture and seafood science before being awarded first class Honours in 2000. He then worked for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) for six years, including establishing and coordinating the national research flagship for water.

    Mr Taylor was elected to the 39th Parliament of Western Australia as the Member for Bateman on 9 March 2013. He was promoted to Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier before becoming the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for State Development; Transport; and Innovation. He was a very strong advocate for the fishing and aquaculture industries during his time as a Member of Parliament and has developed knowledge and networks that are valuable to his role as CEO of the industry’s peak body.

    As Chief Executive Officer, Mr Taylor has a primary responsibility for the delivery of the Western Rock Lobster Council’s strategic goals and objectives. He is the conduit between WRL’s Board of Directors, industry, government and the broader community which puts Mr Taylor in a unique position to describe the recent events affecting the Western Australian lobster industry.

  • Mike Arbuckle

    Independent Fisheries Consultant

    Mike Arbuckle

    Independent Fisheries Consultant

    Michael Arbuckle is an independent consultant working on fisheries policy and governance for a wide range of international, government and private sector non-profit and commercial entities.  He has worked on fisheries policy, management, governance and investment for over 25 years including 10 years as a senior advisor at the World Bank and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation designing and implementing fisheries investments in West Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and the Pacific.  In New Zealand, he was the General Manager of Fisheries Management within the Ministry of Fisheries for five years and has held chief executive and director positions in several seafood industry organizations. He holds a M.Sc. (Hons) Degree in Resource Management from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. 

    Mike is currently an independent Director of FishServe Innovations New Zealand Ltd.  He is also a director and stock holder of North Atlantic Inc and Bali Seafood International, a socially responsible and sustainable fisheries venture in North America and Indonesia.  He is leading the development of fisheries management systems and governance arrangements to support investment in value chain development within these companies and with supply partners across South Asia.

  • Tom McClurg

    Consultant, Toroa Strategy

    Tom McClurg

    Consultant, Toroa Strategy

    Tom has over twenty five years’ experience with fisheries management and the seafood sector in New Zealand during a career in which he has held senior executive positions with Government, Te Ohu Kaimoana, Aotearoa Fisheries Limited and Ernst & Young.    Since 2009, he has provided consultancy and directorship services through his company, Toroa Strategy Limited, including roles as Chairman of Commercial Fisheries Services Limited (FishServe), director of the Ngati Mutunga o Wharekauri Asset Holding Company and director of Koura Inc GP.  In addition to local advisory roles, he has been engaged by the World Bank, NZAid, PNA Office and other organizations to provide fisheries management and fisheries development expertise in West Africa, the Middle East and the Pacific and has worked with MRAG (Asia Pacific) on Pacific and Australian fisheries sector projects. Tom is Ngati Mutunga o Wharekauri and lives in Wellington. 

  • Dion Tuuta

    Chief Executive, Te Ohu Kaimoana

    Dion Tuuta

    Chief Executive, Te Ohu Kaimoana

    Dion Tuuta (Ngati Mutunga, Ngati Tama, and Taranaki descent) is the Chief Executive of Te Ohu Kaimoana (the Maori Fisheries Trust).  Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Limited (Te Ohu Kaimoana) was established to manage the fisheries quota allocation to Iwi following New Zealand’s historic Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Settlement in 1992.  This settlement divided an allocated 20% of all commercial fishing quota to iwi, made provision for customary fishing regulations and provided $150m to enable Maori to acquire a 50% stake in the fishing company Sealord. Maori fisheries are now valued at over $1bn.  Dion has extensive senior management experience in the public and private sector and been involved in Maori economic and social development at a national level.  He has extensive experience in working with Maori businesses and post-Treaty settlement governance entities and holds a Masters Degree in History from Massey University.  Dion has held a number of diverse roles during his career including Iwi manager, communications manager, historian, policy manager, Treaty claim negotiator, writer, and historian.  Dion was heavily involved in the establishment of Port Nicholson Fisheries Limited Partnership – a collective of over 30 Iwi lobster quota owners – of which he is presently the Chairman.  He is also a Director of Seafood NZ.

  • Hon Christopher Finlayson

    Barrister

    Hon Christopher Finlayson

    Barrister

    Christopher Finlayson was born and educated in Wellington. After graduating with a BA in Latin and a LLM from Victoria University he practised law in Wellington as a solicitor before going to the Bar in 2002. He was elected to Parliament in 2005 and became Attorney-General and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations in 2008. He held those positions until October 2017. During his Ministerial career he also held a number of other portfolios. He was chair of the Privileges Committee of Parliament from 2011-2017.

    Mr Finlayson retired from Parliament on 30 January 2019 to return to the Bar.

    In the course of his career, Mr Finlayson has served on a number of professional bodies including The New Zealand Council for Legal Education, The Rules Committee of the High Court, The New Zealand Council of Law Reporting and a number of New Zealand Law Society Committees.

    Mr Finlayson is a foundation author of McGechan on Procedure, the leading text on the practice and procedure of the Senior Courts of New Zealand. In 2018 he received a grant from the New Zealand Law Foundation to complete a book on the Crown Maori relationship, and he is also in the initial stages of writing a book on the Office of the Attorney-General.

    In the course of his career he has appeared in all the courts of New Zealand in public and commercial law cases. Examples of commercial cases are cases involving the Commerce Act, copyright, contract interpretation and many others. Prior to entering Parliament in 2005 his last case involved acting for the Sisters of Mercy in an historic abuse case where he was successful in both the High Court and Court of Appeal.

    In 2013 he represented New Zealand in the International Court of Justice in a case where Australia sued Japan seeking to stop commercial whaling in the Southern Oceans. New Zealand intervened and Mr Finlayson led the case for New Zealand.

  • Ambassador Scott Brown

    United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa

    Ambassador Scott Brown

    United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa

    Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa Scott Brown has a long history of public service. He served in the Army National Guard for over 35 years and retired at the rank of Colonel. His last tour was a four-year stint at the Pentagon as the Deputy Chief Legal Advisor to the Joint Chief of the National Guard. 

    Ambassador Brown has also served in politics for over 30 years, beginning his career as an Assessor for the Town of Wrentham, then a State Representative, State Senator and a United States Senator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. While in the US Senate, Ambassador Brown was the Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee and a Member of the Veteran’s and Small Business Committees. Then Senator Brown was known as the most bipartisan Senator in the US Senate and was confirmed as Ambassador by a margin of 94-4, which is the largest margin of approval by the Senate of a nominee of the Trump Administration. Ambassador Brown was the second Ambassador confirmed by the US Senate. 

    As an Ambassador, Ambassador Brown has focused on human, drug and child trafficking, terrorism, China’s expansionism in the Indo-Pacific region, trade and improving the Five Eyes relationship in New Zealand. 

    An avid triathlete and musician, Ambassador Brown will compete in the World Triathlon Championships in Switzerland in August and recently played guitar for the fifth time with Hall of Fame Inductees Cheap Trick while they toured in Australia. Ambassador Brown and his wife Gail have been married for 33 years and have two children, Ayla and Arianna.

  • Mary Kerrigan

    Creator, Everything Business Education

    Mary Kerrigan

    Creator, Everything Business Education

    Mary Kerrigan is the creator of Everything Business Education a website and mobile app that provides up to date and engaging NZ business case studies and video resources for Business Studies teachers and students.  She has taught Commerce subjects for the past 12 years and is currently teaching part time at Mt Albert Grammar. Prior to entering the education field Mary spent 11 years as the Financial Controller for Nokia Networks both in NZ and overseas.  Mary is passionate about education and most particularly about education that is topical, relevant and interesting!

  • Lou Sanson

    Director General

    Lou Sanson

    Director General

    Lou Sanson was appointed Director-General of the Department of Conservation in September 2013. DOC is responsible for managing 8.5 million hectares of public land (approximately 30% of New Zealand’s landmass), 44 marine reserves covering almost 1.28 million hectares, and 6 marine mammal sanctuaries (covering nearly 2.4 million hectares). DOC manages over 14,000 km of track over 13,000 structures, 967 huts, 324 campsites and 487 areas.

    Prior to this appointment, Lou was Chief Executive of Antarctica New Zealand – responsible for developing, managing, and executing New Zealand’s activities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

    Before this Lou was at DOC as Conservator for Southland Conservancy in charge of Fiordland National Park, Stewart Island and the Sub-Antarctic World Heritage Area. He also led the establishment of Rakiura National Park and some of the world’s largest island eradication projects and helped establish a network of marine reserves in Fiordland.

    A keen outdoor person, Lou enjoys natural history, hiking, ski-touring, diving and photography.

  • Vaughan Wilkinson

    Wilkinson & Associates Limited

    Vaughan Wilkinson

    Wilkinson & Associates Limited

    Vaughan's diverse career associated with the seafood sector spans almost 40 years. He began his working life as an oceanographer with a DSIR division (now part of NIWA), focusing on primary production systems supporting short chain fisheries. Vaughan then shifted roles to that of a fisheries manager in the Fisheries Management Division of MAF (now MPI), during the lead up to the QMS introduction. A few years later he left the public service, as the Northern Region's senior fisheries manager, to join the commercial seafood sector. Much of Vaughan's career since was spent as the executive director of Simunovich Fisheries Limited. This was followed by a decade at Sanford Limited where he served firstly as the Business Development Manager and subsequently as General Manager- Marketing and Development. Vaughan has also represented the industry in numerous stakeholder roles during his career, including many years on the Seafood Industry Council and two terms as President of the Fishing Industry Association. In the past few years he has been assisting select interests (domestic and international) with strategic advice, predominately relating to the seafood sector. One of these interests is Whakatohea Mussels (Opotiki) Limited which is currently developing a substantial aquaculture enterprise five miles offshore of Opotiki.

  • Grant Rosewarne

    Chief Executive Officer, New Zealand King Salmon

    Grant Rosewarne

    Chief Executive Officer, New Zealand King Salmon

    Grant originally began his career with a science degree and worked in technical and production roles before obtaining an MBA and switching to marketing, sales and ultimately general management.  He has significant experience having worked in most FMCG categories from dairy, wine, breakfast cereals, edible oils, condiments/sauces, coffee/tea, fresh produce and all foodservice segments from cafes to fine dining.  Grant’s international business expertise spans Britain, Europe and Australasia, including such blue chip companies as Unilever, Cerebos and Douwe Egberts/Sara Lee.

    Grant was appointed CEO of New Zealand King Salmon in 2009 after a successful career culminating as Managing Director of Douwe Egberts UK and  Chairman of Sara Lee Corporation UK/Ireland, as well as serving as Chairman of the British Coffee Association. Grant’s mission at New Zealand King Salmon was originally to lift its unique product from a premium commodity to a worldwide branded food delicacy.  With the company’s ?ra King brand now on 400 of the world’s top menus the challenge is now to take NZ King Salmon to significant scale and achieve cost competitiveness.

  • Dr Rosemary Hurst

    Chief Scientist Fisheries, NIWA

    Dr Rosemary Hurst

    Chief Scientist Fisheries, NIWA

    Rosemary has been involved in fisheries research since 1979, with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries until 1995, and then with NIWA. She spent much of her research career conducting inshore and middle depth trawl surveys around New Zealand and the Chatham Islands, tagging fish, and characterising and assessing fisheries, and is a long-time participant of Ministry stock assessment working groups for inshore and deepwater fisheries.  For the last 10 years she has been the Chief Scientist Fisheries at NIWA, responsible for overseeing fisheries stock assessment and impacts of fishing research, primarily for Fisheries New Zealand, and developing new areas of research such as ecosystem approaches to fisheries and impacts of climate change.  Passionate about the marine environment, Rosemary enjoys just about anything to do with the sea, including family holidays on the yacht, photography, and sampling New Zealand’s wonderful kaimoana.

  • Lisa Martin

    General Manager Sustainability, Sanford Ltd

    Lisa Martin

    General Manager Sustainability, Sanford Ltd

    Lisa Martin has been General Manager of Sustainability at Sanford Group, New Zealand’s largest and most diverse seafood business for the past 3.5 years, and she is now director of her own consultancy, specialising in business strategy, risk and sustainability. For Sanford, sustainability sits at the core of the business, being both fundamental to the company’s survival, and the foundation for its growth. A direct report to the CEO, Lisa had responsibility for developing, implementing, communicating and integrating sustainability into mainstream Sanford business, with strategy, initiatives and reporting focused on the material issues. Her key areas of focus include governance and risk, climate issues, ecosystem health, marine plastics, partnerships and engagement.

    Lisa was passionate about delivering outcomes that would not only future proof, but position Sanford to deliver on its vision to become the Best Seafood Company in the World through the sustainable growth of the business. She also led delivery of Sanford’s integrated Annual Reports, which have been recognised through international awards in the United States and Australasia. Further insights into Sanford‘s areas of focus can be found in our most recent integrated Annual Report 2018 – The Elements, for which Sanford recently received the prestigious ‘Annual Report of the Year’ in the Australasian Reporting Association (ARA) awards.

  • Graeme Sinclair (MNZM)

    Frontier Television

    Graeme Sinclair (MNZM)

    Frontier Television

    Graeme Sinclair (MNZM) is presently Managing Director of Frontier Television (NZ) Ltd, producing the popular TV series "Gone Fishin". He is married to wife Sandra (Sandee) and has two children, James and Amelia. Graeme continues to support Gone Fishin's sponsors with speaking engagements, hosting fishing trips, function MC, product and sales support and has achieved significant success within the industry spanning many years. He is currently working on the third series of Ocean Bounty.

  • Tim Pankhurst

    Chief Executive, Seafood New Zealand

    Tim Pankhurst

    Chief Executive, Seafood New Zealand

    Tim Pankhurst joined Seafood New Zealand in April 2013 as Chief Executive. He was previously Chief Executive of the Newspaper Publishers' Association.

    He was a journalist for 35 years in New Zealand and Australia (The Australian, Melbourne Sun). 

    Tim was Editor of four major New Zealand daily newspapers - The Dominion Post, Waikato Times, The Press and The Evening Post. Earlier in his career he was the fishing reporter on the Nelson Mail.

    He is author of Roughy on the Rise, the story of New Zealand’s most controversial fishery.

    As both leader of New Zealand’s peak seafood body and a keen recreational fisherman and diver,  Tim has a vested interest in the state of our marine environment, working with numerous stakeholders to shape an industry that is sustainable and highly regarded both at home and internationally.