/ The Trustees

Alan Dennis

Dip Teaching Adv

The diversity of the 400-plus organisations the ILT and ILT Foundation support annually leaves no aspect of lnvercargill life untouched. I'm incredibly proud of that.

As President of your Trust and Chairman of ILT Foundation, I have had the privilege of witnessing first-hand the positive impact in our community.

Research shows people feel a connection to their Trust more than ever before, fostered by a greater appreciation for the role it plays. From initiatives like Enrich@ILT, tertiary and trade scholarships, to the creation of community assets the calibre of Southland Stadium, we've been a key partner.  We work with the Community Trust South and the Invercargill City Council to get projects to completion, which adds value to our city.

Reinvesting in our business portfolio remains a focus - hence we have a new Southland Tavern, a redeveloped Northern, an upgraded bar at the Kelvin, additional motel units at Ashford Motor Lodge in Christchurch and exciting plans underway for the Waikiwi. I believe the Trust is a true icon and it's my quest to leave it in an even stronger position for future generations.

Mike Mika


Mike is a litigation and family lawyer. He is a trustee of the Murihiku Maori and Pasifika Cultural Trust, mentor in the FYD Project K programme and Chairman of the James Hargest College Rugby Club. Mike is married to Jane and they have an 11year old son Jacob. Mike has played rugby professionally for Manu Samoa, the Highlanders, Otago, the Southland Stags and for Coventry RFC in the UK. He maintains a keen interest in all sports and now like many parents, is on the side-lines cheering their kids on at their games.

Sean Bellew

By profession I am a Licensed Real Estate Agent and Auctioneer and hold a trainer’s license for thoroughbred race horses.

I am a typical southern man enjoying the outdoors with strong hunting interests, other board commitments include President of Southland Racing Club, board member of Gallop South, Racing Southland.

I am married to Becky and have a daughter Charlotte who recently made me a grandfather with granddaughter Isla.

Suzanne Prentice

I enjoyed six successful years on the ILT Board, three of those as Deputy President.

I have managed my own business in the entertainment industry successfully, both nationally and internationally for over 40 years. I have been married 38 years to Steve, have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

I continue to work on projects and events throughout the city, the rebuilding of the Southland SPCA being just one of those. While there are always major projects happening in the city, I personally enjoy working for smaller groups and individuals ensuring they also have the same opportunity to achieve success.

Angela Newell


It's a privilege to be elected to the ILT and I very much enjoy working alongside colleagues and staff in this dynamic and thriving business.   I'd like to think I bring a different perspective to the Board.

My interests and experience lie in the Arts, Events and Education. I've developed the Southland Arts Festival, Shakespeare in the Park and ILT Kidzone at Venture Southland. Prior to this, I was a teacher. However, I support any initiatives that provide community well-being, regardless of the sector.

Ensuring our twenty-five businesses continue to generate healthy profits and provide the city with quality hospitality outlets is vital. Distributing the profits equitably throughout the community is equally as important.

Chris Ward

Registered Trustee

Chris is a business and litigation lawyer who has practised in Invercargill since 1972.  He was involved in setting up the ILT Foundation in 2005 and was a trustee for the earlier organisations which started operating gaming machines in Invercargill in 1988.

Chris is a Fellow of the New Zealand Trustees Association and a Registered Trustee.  He has had a longstanding interest in law society activities, and has held various offices in the Southland District Law Society and New Zealand Law Society since 1983 including:

  • President SDLS  - 1991-1993
  • South Island Vice President NZLS - 1998-2000
  • Member NZLS Specialist Committee dealing with automation of the Land
  • Titles System - 1998-2014

Chris has a keen interest in all sports, particularly football (once a player, now a referee), golf, and tennis.

Jason McKenzie

BSR Mgmt, PG Dip Tchg, Grad Cert Career Couns, M. Couns

Married to Suzanne with two daughters, Madison and Briar.

I have been involved in education as a teacher (Japanese, Physical Education and Health) and latterly as a guidance counsellor from 1993 to 2004. I also coordinated the Alternative Education programme on behalf of all Invercargill Secondary Schools during this time.

Since 2004 until now, I have been working in sport providing athlete life and mental skills to our elite netball, rugby and bike athletes. I also co-ordinate the Academy Southland programme – a development programme for our most talented Southland athletes. In addition to this, I am a family court counsellor and provide family court counselling and supervision to other counsellors and youth workers.

I am a passionate Southlander, having lived in Invercargill for the past 22 years (10 of those years teaching in South Invercargill). I take every opportunity to be involved in our community and I love working with people and helping them to become the best they can be – in all areas of their life.

Paddy O'Brien



I am a proud Southlander who served in the New Zealand Police from 1978-1995  before becoming the World’s first professional rugby referee a position I held from 1996 till my retirement in 2005. Since then I have been the World Rugby 15s referee manager (8 years) and the Sevens Referee Manager from 2012 a position I currently hold.

Married to Carolyn with 4 adult children and 2 grandchildren I have lived in Invercargill for 53 of my 57 years.

I am currently on the Board at Calvary Hospital a role I have filled for the past 2 and a half years.

I have an interest in all sports and a particular interest in ensuring the elderly and sick are treated with respect compassion and dignity. I look forward to contributing back to the community after having been well supported by the people of the province and the ILT for many years.