Speaker Date Topic
CEO Chris Claridge Sep 28, 2021
Founder of Carrickmore, a dairy export company specialising in marketing infant formula.

Chris Claridge has an extensive business and academic background.

He is the founder of Carrickmore, a dairy export company specialising in marketing infant formula.

The Carrickmore product range was launched in China and New Zealand in 2012. He helped establish the New Zealand Infant Formula Exporters Association to maintain and protect the reputation of New Zealand infant formula.

Members included laboratories, can manufacturers, co-packers, ingredient suppliers and small and medium-sized infant formula exporters.

The Association's membership grew to 26 companies representing an export value of $60 million before being adversely affected by international dairy markets.

Prior to that Claridge founded ID Digital Media, a full service advertising agency specialising in marketing communications.

He was also the Dean of Business Studies and Senior Lecturer in Management at the Christchurch College of Education.

Passionate about horticulture and adding value to New Zealand’s primary produce he founded Claridges Organics, one of New Zealand’s first organic food exporting businesses.

He attended Lincoln University to study horticulture before transferring to Canterbury to complete a Masters in Biotechnology.

He is a member of the Royal Society and the New Zealand Institute of Food Science & Technology.

Nobby Clark Oct 05, 2021
3 Waters: I believe that the reform should not be progressed without a council by council engagement

Nobby Clark will be giving his personal opinion on the 3 Waters Reform.

A former navy medic, he describes himself as 70 years young. He has spent most of his career in social services management with CYFS, Family Start, Stopping Violence Southland and IHC.

Karen and Nobby are now "grey nomads" in their motorhome. 

Clark is well travelled having visited 35 countries, some many times. 

He is also a first-term councillor and the deputy mayor of the Invercargill City Council.






Shaun Drylie Oct 12, 2021
SBS Bank group ceo has an extensive 30 year background in the banking industry.

Shaun Drylie MMgmt (Dist), PGDipBank (Dist), SF Fin, CMInstD
SBS Group Chief Executive

Drylie has an extensive 30 year background in the banking industry.  He started his career in Hokitika as a teller and worked his way up into more senior and strategic roles. He has spent the past 13 years in diverse general management roles that have included leading teams of 1500 people, payments, strategy, products and international transformational programs.

As SBS Group CEO, he is responsible for the performance of SBS Bank along with its three subsidiary businesses; Finance Now Ltd, Funds Administration New Zealand Ltd (FANZ) and Southsure Assurance Ltd.

He has a Masters of Management with Distinction in Banking Management, a Post Graduate Diploma in Banking with Distinction and is a Senior Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Banking.

In Southland, he has joined the board of the Southland Chamber of Commerce and is part of the Housing Forum.


Ella Zhang Oct 19, 2021
Developing business opportunities in Asia

Ella Zhang is Great South's Asia Market development manager within the tourism team. 

Her role is to lead the development of business opportunities across export, investment and tourism sectors in Asia.

She completed a BA Honours degree from Victoria University, Wellington, in 2007, and has worked in the New Zealand public and private sectors for more than 12 years.