board of directors

board of directors

South Port is governed by a Board of 6 Independent Directors. They are:

Rex Chapman - Chairman


Mr Chapman is a Senior Partner in Invercargill law firm Cruickshank Pryde. He has been in legal practice in Invercargill for 36 years. Mr Chapman’s practice covers a wide range of legal services including commercial and company law, litigation, dispute resolution and resource management.

He is a member of the Southland Regional Development Strategy (SoRDS) New Industries Team and the Southland Aquaculture Reference Group (SARG).

Rick Christie

MSc (Hons), AFInstD, CRSNZ

Mr Christie is a Company Director based in Wellington. He is currently Chairman of Service IQ, ikeGPS and independent Chairman of NeSI. He is a director of Powerhouse Ventures Ltd, Solnet Solutions Ltd and he is a Trustee of the Victoria University Foundation.

Prior to becoming a professional Director, Mr Christie held a number of government appointments and was a Chief Executive of a number of companies in the private sector. In 2011 he was made a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Philip Cory-Wright

BCA, LLB (Hons)

Mr Cory-Wright is a Company Director and a Strategic Adviser based in Auckland. He is inaugural Chairman of Papa Rererangi i Puketapu (New Plymouth Airport), and a Director of the Local Government Funding Agency and Matariki Forests.

Mr Cory-Wright was previously a member of the Local Government Infrastructure Expert Advisory Group. He has specialised in infrastructure businesses and recent roles include being acting Chief Financial Officer of Restaurant Brands, and an Adviser to Kordia, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, Auckland Airport, ACC and Higgins Group Holdings.

Thomas Foggo

Mr Foggo is based in Invercargill and is the Salmon & Aquaculture Development Manager for Sanford. He has held senior management positions and Directorships in the Seafood Industry for over 38 years and has for the past 20 years been a Director of Live Lobster Southland. He is also Chairman of Invercargill Airport.

Clare Kearney


Mrs Kearney holds a degree in Agricultural Science, majoring in Farm Business Management and Dairy Science. She holds a Masters of Professional Studies having completed her Masters’ thesis on Governance in 2013.

Mrs Kearney is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, currently Chairperson of Sport Otago, the Waitaki Safer Community Trust. Mrs Kearney was the winner of the Institute of Directors Otago Branch Aspiring Director Award in 2014 and in recognition of this award acted as an observer director to the Dunedin City Holdings subsidiary company Taieri Gorge Railway Ltd during 2015.

Jeremy McClean

BCom, CA

Mr McClean is a practising Chartered Accountant in Southland. He is a Principal in Invercargill accounting firm Malloch McClean Ltd, holds a Public Practice Certificate with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is a Justice of the Peace. Mr McClean has provided business advice to a number of Southland rural and urban businesses for more than 30 years.