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  • Ali Timms, Chair Environment Southland
  • Tracy Hicks, Mayor Gore District
  • Tim Shadbolt, Mayor Invercargill City
  • Gary Tong, Mayor Southland District

The Governance Group

A Governance Group was appointed in October 2015 to oversee the strategy’s implementation. The Governance Group is chaired by Tom Campbell.

Tom Campbell

Tom Campbell

Chair of Governance Group

Tom is probably best known in Southland as a former General Manager of the Tiwai Smelter and later as Chairman of NZAS Ltd.

Tom left Southland in 2004 to be Managing Director of Comalco New Zealand based in Wellington then moved to Canada where he was Global Head of Research and Technology for Rio Tinto Alcan.

Returning to New Zealand in 2009 Tom has since pursued a career as an independent company director. He is currently Chair of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority and a Director of Todd Corporation. He is also a director of a number of Southland companies, including PowerNet, Electricity Invercargill, Southern Generation and Venture Southland.

He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Until recently he was Chair of the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS), and has been on many other company and not-for-profit boards during his career in several countries.

Tom claims the perhaps unique distinction of having migrated to Southland four times over the last 35 years from four different countries (Scotland, Australia, Wales and Canada) but is now permanently settled in the South with his wife Jessie, and is enjoying being close to family here.

In October last year he was appointed Chair of the Southland Regional Development Strategy Governance Group.

Other members of the Governance Group

Trish Boyle

Trish Boyle

Chair, Community Trust of Southland

Neil McAra

Neil McAra

Principal Partner, Crowe Horwath

Lloyd McCallum

Lloyd McCallum

Councillor, Environment Southland

Gretta Stephens

Gretta Stephens

General Manager, New Zealand Aluminium Smelter

Tracy Hicks

Tracy Hicks

Mayor, Gore District

Jeff Grant

Jeff Grant

Farmer at Balfour, Professional Director

Rob Phillips

Rob Phillips

Chief Executive, Environment Southland

Maria Pera

Maria Pera

Ngai Tahu

The Programme Directorate

Managing and overseeing the day-to-day implementation of the strategy is the Programme Directorate.

  • Sarah Hannan, Programme Director, email: Enable JavaScript to view protected content.
  • Sarah Brown, Project Manager, email: Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

The Action Teams

Nine action teams are the focal point for the strategy’s implementation and activities. Check out The Action Teams page for more information.

Delivery Agencies

These agencies have an important and crucial role in supporting the delivery of the actions that will be identified in the team action plans.

  • Environment Southland
  • Gore District Council
  • Invercargill City Council
  • Southland District Council
  • Venture Southland
  • Otago Southland Employers’ Association
  • Southland Chamber of Commerce
  • Community Trust of Southland
  • Invercargill Licensing Trust
  • Southern Institute of Technology
  • Major businesses, corporates and sector groups