Board of Directors Profiles


Joseph Thomas - Chair

Joseph Thomas is currently a Senior Consultant with Polson Higgs & Co in Christchurch and has a long history of engagement with the Chathams. Prior to joining Polson Higgs in October 2006, Joseph was CEO of the Chatham Islands Enterprise Trust.  He has over 10 years’ experience in various governance roles as a director, trustee and councillor.  Joseph is a chartered accountant, an Associate Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management Inc, and a certified management consultant and member of council with the Institute of Management Consultants of New Zealand.

Joseph’s areas of expertise include governance and management, strategic and business planning, problem solving and decision making, human resource management, organisational change, and delivery of corporate training.  Joseph is active in Maori business development through the delivery of Maori Business Facilitation Services and Maori Trustee Training for the Canterbury-Westland region.

In 2000, Joseph received the NZIM/IBM Young Executive of the Year Award and in 2002 received the Young Chartered Accountant of the Year award for the Upper South Island region. 


Tom McClurg

Tom McClurg is Ngati Mutunga and was the General Manager of Strategy and Planning for Aoteroa Fisheries Limited. He has an intimate knowledge of the quota management system, an in-depth understanding of the fishing industry and a reputation for providing sound strategic and economic advice. 

Tom has held executive management positions in the Ministry of Fisheries and the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission and prior to this as a principal of the Corporate Finance Division at Ernst and Young, he provided financial advice to a range of primary production companies including those in the fishing industry. 

Tom McClurg holds a MSc in Natural Resource Management (First Class Honours) from Lincoln University and a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from Massey. He has been a director on Maori owned fishing companies and he was a founding director of the Seafood Industry Council (SeaFIC) and the New Zealand Paua Management Company. He now runs his own consulting company, Toroa Strategy Ltd,

offering advice to companies operating in a range of sectors.  He has also been engaged by the World Bank to provide fisheries management and fisheries development expertise.


Andrew Harrison

Andrew is currently Managing Director of Koau Capital Partners Ltd.  Andrew worked for the Ngai Tahu Group for six years, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer of Ngai Tahu Holdings Corporation (NTHC).   NTHC is an investment company, and diversified conglomerate with assets over $600m and across the property, tourism, rural, healthcare and seafood industries.  

Andrew’s earlier background includes work in Asia, Mexico and London for Halliburton (oil and gas construction), culminating in the role of Global Proposals Manager. He began his career as a chartered accountant with PriceWaterhouse Coopers. 

Andrew has strong experience and skills in capital allocation, mergers and acquisitions, capital structuring and asset performance management.