Board of Directors

Craig Ellison – Executive Chair, has a long history in the seafood industry. For many years he was a director, financial and quota manager for his whānau fishing company Ōtākou Fisheries. He was involved in the introduction of the Quota Management System and from 1992 – 2004 was a Te Ohu Kai Moana (Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission) Commissioner. Previous directorships include Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd from its inception until 2007, NZ Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) and NIWA. His current board appointments include Chair of the New Zealand Seafood Standards Council and Fenris Limited, Trustee of Poutama Trust, Wellington Zoo, Lesvos Abalone Limited and New Zealand Māori Tourism Boards.

Dr Richard Janes is an experienced company director with appointments in both the private and public sectors. His current director appointments include Gallagher Group Ltd and Deputy Chair of Centreport Ltd.
Dr Janes has an extensive background in management, especially in business development and international brand marketing. He has worked in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom as well as New Zealand. His past directorships include Deputy Chair of Lotto NZ, Merino NZ, Landcorp Farming Ltd and Director of Kapiti Cheeses Ltd and Tennis NZ.

Greg Summerton, Ngāi Tahu, is the founder, sole owner and Managing Director of Okain's Bay Seafood Ltd, New Zealand's largest privately owned long line fishing company. Greg left school and worked as a deck hand on the family's fishing boat in 1980. He bought his first vessel in 1984 and has built his company to where it is today, employing 45 people and concentrating on marketing premium fish through both wholesale and retail channels. Greg's knowledge of the seafood industry right through the value chain is a key skill that he brings to the Ngāi Tahu Seafood board.

Maria Pera is a representative and trustee with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and chair of the Treaty Tribes Coalition. Maria is currently the Regional Manager of Access Homehealth Ltd Southland and Otago. Maria has extensive experience in social service governance and iwi economic development as well as whānau start-up businesses.

Ben Bateman (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Waewae, Ngāti Mamoe) is Deputy Director of Legal Services for the New Zealand Defence Force, serving in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His broad legal experience includes international, operational and humanitarian law, commercial and contract law, criminal law, public and administrative law. He has represented New Zealand’s interests at various international engagement activities throughout the Asia Pacific, North America, the Middle East and Europe, providing legal advice on a range of complex international and commercial matters. Ben holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Canterbury.

Jen Crawford has 20 years’ national and international legal experience, along with governance experience in the Canterbury region. She has previously worked in leading law firms in New Zealand and the UK, including a partnership at Anderson Lloyd. Jen has considerable expertise in due diligence, resource management and infrastructure projects. She is a Director of Crown-Council entity Regenerate Christchurch and was Chair of the Christchurch Arts Centre from 2012-2016. Jen has been recognised for her governance work as a finalist in the 2015 Women of Influence Awards and recipient of a Local Hero Medal in the 2017 New Zealander of the Year Awards. She is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.