Invercargill City Forests Limited is an Invercargill based company that owns forestry assets.

The company is a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of Invercargill City Holdings Limited, who in turn are owned 100 per cent by the Invercargill City Council.

Invercargill City Forests Limited currently have 3,000 hectares of land on which plantation forest are planted. These forests are predominately planted in Pinus Radiata with some Douglas Fir and Eucalyptus varieties.

Invercargill City Forests Limited have a philosophy of full silviculture and forest management practices to ensure that the forest crop is presented in the best possible condition upon harvesting.

The company has a sustainable harvest programme that ensures that the trees are harvested at optimal times to ensure a consistent return to the shareholder.

Board Members



Brian is an experienced professional Director with a wealth of experience from a range of private and public sector roles. Brian is currently Chair of Buller Holdings Ltd, Westreef Services Ltd, Delta Utility Services Ltd, and Canterbury Linen Services Ltd.

He is a Director of Lyttleton Port Company Ltd, Harrison Grierson Holdings Ltd, Mainpower Ltd and Buller Recreation Ltd. He’s also Chairman of the Christchurch City Council’s project steering groups for the Library and Town Hall rebuilds. Brian is also Chair of the Oversight Group for the construction of the highway and rail line from Picton to Christchurch. He has held the role of Director on Dunedin City Holdings Ltd as well.

He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and holds a Master of Business Administration (Otago)



Jenn’s public and private sector experience has involved working in consulting, management and governance roles.  Jenn currently works across sectors as diverse as Science and Innovation, Education, Tourism, Engineering and Environment.

In addition to being on the Invercargill City Holdings Limited Board, Jenn is Chair of
Tonkin + Taylor, the Tertiary Education Commission and the New Zealand Cycle Trail, and on the boards of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and Arrow Irrigation C.  She was formerly on the boards of Tourism New Zealand and Southern Response Earthquake Services and chaired the Ara Institute of Canterbury.

Jenn’s background is in strategy and organisational performance.  She has previously held a number of senior management roles and performed various reviews for government agencies.

Jenn is a member of the Institute of Directors.



Director – FCA, CMInstD, Dip Grad, Bcom, NZDipBus

John provides strategic, facilitation, mentoring, tax advisory and governance services to the start-up, commercial, local government, retail, rural, and professional services sectors.

He is the CEO of Malloch McClean Limited and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA).  John is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, holds a Certificate of Public Practice with Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

John is both a Trans-Tasman and New Zealand Regional Councillor for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Other governance roles include a local social enterprise company as well as several other private organisations. In addition, he serves on the Southern Institute of Technology’s Business Consultative Group and on the Board of Trustees at St John’s Girls School.




Peter has had a wide range of experience across a range of sectors included whilst a Chartered Accountant, in senior management positions as well as, as a Director.

Whilst continuing to hold a senior management role in a large privately owned company,
Peter is Chair of Southfuels Limited and Sicon Limited and a Director of Invercargill City Property Limited.

Previous directorships have included Blue Sky Meats (NZ) Limited and Invest South LP.

He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and holds a B Com from Otago University.



Mervyn has held senior roles in both the public and private sectors via roles such as leading the NZ Treasury SOE  ( State Owned Enterprises) team, and being in the senior executive teams for the Natural Gas Corporation and Transalta. His governance experience is broad, apart from the SOE leadership role where he was responsible for overseeing the Governments portfolio of commercial entities and setting up several new SOEs, he has been the Director of Governance in the Ministry of Health responsible for DHB Boards and other entities.  Along with this he has been a director for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority and the Hillary Outdoors Trust.

He was recruited to establish NZs first Electricity Market Regulator. In this role he oversaw substantial new investment in the national transmission grid and the resolution of a number of important market function issues.  Mervyn was also an Assistant Commissioner at the NZ State Services Commission responsible for the natural resources sector, was an executive in a Wrightson subsidiary, and Deputy Director General for Strategy and People at the Department of Conservation.  Currently he lives in Southland and works part time for the Department of Conservation leading Treaty of Waitangi Settlement implementation work.

Mervyn has holds an MBA – Master of Business Administration (with distinction),  has attended executive education programs at Harvard and the London School of Economics, and is a member of the Institute of Directors

Applications open for forestry fund


The New Zealand Institute of Forestry Foundation is offering awards of up to $5000 to Invercargill
residents, thanks to a donation from Invercargill City Forests Ltd.

The Invercargill City Forests Award, administered by the NZIF Foundation, is intended to assist
Invercargill residents in studies, research, or travel in an area which benefits forestry.

Invercargill City Forests Ltd Chairman Alastair McKenzie said the scholarship was important to the
ICFL board in supporting the local forestry industry.

The NZIF Foundation can make one or more award each year, up to a combined total of $5000.
Scholarships, grants, or prizes may be awarded from the fund.

To view the application criteria, visit www.nzif.org.nz

Applications must be received by 5pm on Wednesday, 20 June 2018.

The awards will be announced at the Awards Dinner of the NZIF Conference in Nelson in July 2018.

The awards will continue to be offered for at least three years.