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Anthony (Tony) de Farias

(MInstD)
Chairman, Member of the Board's Audit Committee

Tony was appointed the Chairman of the Board in August 2016  and has been a Director of Horizon since 2009.

A resident of Ohope, Tony ...

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Anthony (Tony) de Farias

Tony was appointed the Chairman of the Board in August 2016  and has been a Director of Horizon since 2009.

A resident of Ohope, Tony has a long association with the kiwifruit industry in the wider Bay of Plenty. He was instrumental in the establishment of Seeka Kiwifruit Industries Limited where he was Managing Director until his retirement in 2006 and now has a career as a professional Director.

Tony is currently Chairman of Opotiki Packing and Coolstorage Limited (OPAC); The Fresh Fruit Company of Nelson Limited and the Commercial Advisory Board of Whakatane District Council.  He is a Director of the following entities: Chiefs Rugby Club GP Limited, Kawerau Dairy Group, The LeaderBrand Group, Ngati Awa Farms Limited, White Island Tours Limited, Matai Pacific Iwi Collective and a number of private companies.

Tony recently retired as a Director of Zespri Group, having served for 11 years. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

Christopher Boyle

(MBA, BE (electrical and electronic), AFNZIM, MIPENZ, MInstD)
Member of the Board

Christopher’s background in heavy current electrical and electronic engineering is led by seventeen years in the electricity industry as a Networ...

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Christopher Boyle

Christopher’s background in heavy current electrical and electronic engineering is led by seventeen years in the electricity industry as a Network Manager and an international consulting career in infrastructure asset management and corporate structure. His assignments have taken him to the Maldives, Butan and Nepal.

He has worked with Anglian Water, one of the United Kingdom’s largest in the water reticulation sector, and with various infrastructure companies in Australia, as well as being a management and business consultant to a number of New Zealand companies. He is also the Managing Director of a high tech superconducting engineering company based in Christchurch.

He enjoys the Eastern Bay of Plenty for surfing, mountain biking and spear fishing.

Christopher is currently a Director of Third Bearing Limited, Fabrum Solutions Limited, FS Assets Limited, AFCryo (SAS) and Biolumic Limited.

Chris Ellis

(BE, MS)
Member of the Board

Chris’ background spans the manufacturing, heavy construction and engineering sectors. He has held CEO roles with Brightwater Group and prior to ...

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Chris Ellis

Chris’ background spans the manufacturing, heavy construction and engineering sectors. He has held CEO roles with Brightwater Group and prior to that at Fletcher Building Limited where he was Chief Executive of the Building Products Division.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Canterbury and a Masters degree (Engineering Science and Management) from Stanford University in California.

Chris is currently Chairman of Hiway Group Limited and also serves on the Board of Directors of WorkSafe New Zealand, Steel and Tube Ltd, and Steelpipe Ltd.

John Beveridge

Member of the Board

John has held a range of senior executive roles across a variety of sectors from building and industrial materials manufacturing, distribution, fin...

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John Beveridge

John has held a range of senior executive roles across a variety of sectors from building and industrial materials manufacturing, distribution, finance and consumer goods.  He was most recently the Chief Executive for the leading building trade materials supplier at Placemakers.

John is currently chair of the New Zealand Scaffolding Group, a Director of the Horizon Energy Group and a Director of Design Windows Holdings.

He acts as an Advisory Chair for Eat the Kiwi Hong Kong and Dynamic Vanuatu and is a member of the Building Industry Federation Advisory Board.

John is a Chartered member of the Institute of Directors.  He has an economics degree from Otago University, Marketing Post Graduate Diploma from the University of Auckland and completed the Senior Executive programme at Columbia University, New York.

Lorraine Witten

Bachelor of Business Management HONS, CA
Board Member

Horizon Energy Group appointed Ms Lorraine Witten as an indepen...

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Lorraine Witten

Horizon Energy Group appointed Ms Lorraine Witten as an independent director to the Board effective from 1 November 2018.

Lorraine replaces previous Board member and Chair of Audit and Risk Committee, Mr John McDonald, who retired from the Board in January 2019 following a period of 10 years of service to the Company.

Lorraine is a business person with extensive experience in high growth and high change environments. Her skills are in technology, ICT, construction, services and network economics, where she has 30 years’ experience in senior management roles. Lorraine spent five years in Telecom as General Manager of the Mobile network and business.

She is a Chartered Fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors with 20 years governance experience in strategy, health & safety and risk.

Lorraine is a professional Director and is currently Chair of the company she founded in 2007, Simply Security Limited. She is also Chair of ZAG Limited, Star Now Limited, and vWork Limited. She is a Director of NZX Listed Rakon Limited and TIL Logistics. Lorraine is also a member of the Audit & Risk Governance Committee for the Department of Corrections.

Lorraine holds a Bachelor of Management Studies (Hons) and is a Chartered Accountant. She is based in Wellington and has two teenage children. Her interests are travel, hiking, art, reading, cycling and interior design.