Alan Dennis

CHAIRMAN - Dip Teaching Adv

Encompassing every sector of our community, over 400 organisations, benefit from ILT and ILT Foundation support every year. I’m incredibly proud of that.

As President of your Trust and Chairman of the ILT Foundation, I have had the privilege of witnessing first-hand the positive impact it has on so many lives.

We contribute millions, but ultimately the true measure as to the value of our funding is evidenced by what the money tangibly achieves – from education, health and welfare to sport, recreation and the arts.

Let’s face it, giving the money away is the relatively easy part. It’s the passion, innovation and sheer hard work of so many who make the real magic happen by transforming it into such a vast array of benefits.

With initiatives like enrich@ILT and tertiary and trade scholarships to the creation of community assets the calibre of ILT Southland Stadium, we continue to add value to our city for its residents.

As Invercargill evolves, so do the needs of our community and ILT takes a proactive approach both commercially and socially to ensure we are strongly positioned to retain our funding levels.

Constructive partnerships with organisations influencing progress such as Community Trust South, the Invercargill City Council, SIT, Great South and HWR is fundamental to complete major projects.

In order to achieve our community endeavours, we remain steadfast in our long-standing approach to reinvest in our existing portfolio of commercial enterprises.

Invercargill’s cityscape is set to be transformed as construction of our $40 million inner-city hotel The Langlands continues while other significant projects include the $2 million redevelopment of the Homestead Avenal and the refurbishment of the Level One craft and cocktail bar at the Kelvin Hotel.

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

DEPUTY CHAIRMAN - LLB, BA

Mike is a litigation partner with an Invercargill law firm.

He is married to Jane and they have a 16-year-old son Jacob.

As well as being an ILT Board member, Mike is also involved with other community groups – as a trustee of the Miharo Trust, organiser of the annual Murihiku/Southland Polyfest; part of the leadership group of Healthy Families, Invercargill and chairperson of the James Hargest College Rugby Club.

Mike has played rugby professionally for Manu Samoa, the Highlanders, Otago, Southland Stags and for Coventry RFC in the United Kingdom.

He maintains a keen interest in all sports and now, like many parents, is on the side-lines supporting their children at their games.

Angela Newell

BA, PG Dip; Dip TCHG, Dip Grad, LTCL

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 Great South, formerly known as Venture Southland. Prior to this, I was a teacher. However, I support any initiatives which provide community well-being, regardless of the sector.

Ensuring our 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 LLB, FNZTA

I am a business and litigation lawyer who has practised in Invercargill since 1972.

I 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.

I am a fellow of the New Zealand Trustees Association and a Registered Trustee.

I have had a longstanding interest in Law Society activities, and have held various offices in the Southland District Law Society and New Zealand Law Society since 1983 including:

  • President SDLS board – 1991 – 1993
  • Board member NZLS – 1994-1998
  • South Island Vice President NZLS – 1998-2000
  • Member NZLS Specialist Committee dealing with automation of the Land Titles System – 1998-2014

I have a keen interest in all sports, particularly football (as a player and referee), golf and tennis.

Jason McKenzie

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

I am a passionate Southlander having lived in Invercargill for the past 22 years, 10 years of which I was teaching in South Invercargill.

I take every opportunity to be involved in the community and I love working with people and helping them to become the best they can be in all areas of their lives.

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

Prior to my work in sport I worked in education teaching Japanese, Physical Education and Health, and later as a guidance counsellor from 1993 to 2004. I also co-ordinated the Alternative Education programme on behalf of all Invercargill Secondary Schools during this time.

I am married to Suzanne and have two daughters, Madison and Briar.

Paddy O'Brien

ONZM

I am a proud Southlander with a passion for all sports knowing how much it contributes to the health and well-being of our community. I also have a particular interest in ensuring the elderly and sick are treated with respect, compassion and dignity.

As well as being on the ILT board, I am on the board of Calvary Hospital and Rest Home, a position I have held for five years.

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

I am married to Carolyn and have four adult children and three grandchildren. I have lived in Invercargill for over 50 years, having also resided for a time in Oamaru and Dublin, Ireland.

I look forward to contributing to the community after having been well supported by the people of the province and the ILT for many years.

Sean Bellew

I have been a licensed Real Estate Agent and Auctioneer for over 30 years.

My other interests include hunting and gathering and horse racing.   I have been President of the Southland Racing Club for over 12 years.

I have been a sitting board member on the ILT for nine years, which allows me to have real perspective as to what the community requires socially and commercially.

I am married to Becky and we are proud grandparents.

Suzanne Prentice

OBE

I have enjoyed four successful terms as an ILT Board Member and Trustee of the ILT Foundation.

For more than 44 years, I have successfully managed my own business in the entertainment industry nationally and internationally from my home town of Invercargill and continue to do so.    I also work with Hospice Southland as their Events Co-ordinator for three years.

I have been married for 42 years to Steve and have two children and four grandchildren.

While there are always major projects happening in the city, especially the building of our exciting new hotel The Langland’s, I personally enjoy working for the smaller groups and individuals in our community ensuring they also have an equal opportunity to achieve success.