Network Tasman Ltd’s governance is provided by a group of six directors. The appointment of directors is overseen by trustees of the Network Tasman Trust.


Michael J McCliskie (John), Dip Horticulture, Fellow IOD

Chairman, (Director since 2008)

John has a background in international fruit marketing and is a director of a number of local and national companies involved in primary production. John is an experienced company director with past involvement in a range of SMEs, corporates, co-operatives and government entities.  

Tony Reilly, B.Agr Com

Director (since 2008)

Tony has been involved in agricultural governance since 1995 at a local and national level, particularly in the dairy sector. Tony is also a director of Ravensdown Limited, Cold Storage Nelson Limited, New Zealand Co-operatives Association, Landcorp Farming Limited and a number of private companies. 

Roger A Sutton

Director (since 2015)

Roger has an extensive background in the energy industry as both an executive but also as a director.  He was Chief Executive of Orion NZ from 2003-2011 was Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority from 2011- 2015. Roger’s directorships have been of private, listed and Government organisations.

James O Williamson (Jim), BE (Hons) Electrical, NZCE (Telecommunications), Dip Management, IOD

Director (since 2007)

Jim is an experienced Company Director with a track record of Governance and Executive Management over several different industries. His employment career has principally been in the operation and development of large scale public infrastructural assets. He is the past Chief Executive of Port Nelson Limited.

Sarah-Jane Weir, LLB, Masters of Intellectual Property Law

Director (since 2013)

Sarah-Jane practised as a commercial lawyer for over 20 years and now combines this with her governance work. She has provided legal advice to clients active in many sectors including the electricity industry, and to entities in both public and private ownership. Sarah-Jane is also a director of Nelmac Limited and has involvement with a number of trusts and other community organisations.

Sarah Smith, BCom, CFInstD

Director (since 2017)

Sarah has extensive business and governance experience in both the private and public sectors. She has held key financial and business development roles in New York and New Zealand. As an independent director, Sarah has more than 20 years of governance experience and is currently chairman of Ngai Tahu Tourism. Sarah is also a director of SLI Systems Ltd, WhereScape Software Ltd, EcoCentral Ltd, The Lion Foundation and a trustee for several charitable organisations. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.