Operations

Team

Joseph Thomas (Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri, Te Ati Awa), joined Ngāi Tahu Seafood as its new Chief Executive in April 2016. Joseph has an extensive background in executive and senior management roles and governance.

He currently holds a number of directorships: Chair, Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri Asset Holding Company Ltd, Trustee, Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi Trust, and Deputy Chair, West Coast District Health Board.

Andreas Carrara, Andreas joined the team in 2008 as the Commercial Manager. He has over 15 years commercial experience having started his career in Christchurch as an auditor for PWC prior to working overseas in the UK for over five years, in financial positions in the property, banking and music industries. Andreas holds both a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Canterbury and is a full member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Bill Udy, Bill is the Northern Area and Trading Manager responsible for the sale of frozen export seafood products. He is also the liaison person for fishers in regard to their Ngāi Tahu quota packages. Bill represents Ngāi Tahu Seafood on a number of fishing species bodies. He has spent 25 years in the seafood business mainly involved with sales and marketing and operational aspects. Outside of work Bill enjoys running, mountain biking and tramping.

Ken Gray, Ken is the National Domestic Sales Manager and Southern Area Fisher Liaison and has been with Ngāi Tahu Seafood for 11 years. Previously he was in the hospitality industry for 30 years which he believes gives him many advantages within both his roles especially when it comes to people skills and contacts, not to mention cooking abilities. Ken is married to Ann and has two children and seven grandchildren. He plays lawn bowls at the mighty Belfast Club and enjoys a social round of Golf when he can.

Thomas Hildebrand, Thomas is the first Marine Biologist to be employed by Ngāi Tahu Seafood. He grew up in Bluff and has worked within the fishing industry from the age of 14, in processing plants, pāua diving and aquaculture farms. Thomas moved to Christchurch to attend the University of Canterbury, where he completed an undergraduate degree in biology and recently graduated with his Masters. While studying he was involved with the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre and attended a First Nations Future Conference at Stanford University.