Peter is the director and general manager of the multi-million dollar Southern Spars business - supplying the world’s yachting industry with leading edge technology and products.

Peter’s talk will touch on themes of innovation, creativity and reward for risk as well as:

  • The business of the America’s Cup
  • The NZ tech sector – the value-add engine of our economy
  • Taking on the world


Director & General Manager of Southern Spars Ltd and Chairman & Co owner of Integrated Hydraulics Ltd.

Peter joined Southern Spars as General Manager in January 2016, coming from an IT start-up company, EROAD, and being part of the team that took them to a public listed in 2014. Before this, Peter has had a diverse industrial background - having worked in the heavy transport industry as well as being chairman of exporting and manufacturing businesses. He began his working life with the Royal New Zealand Navy where he was a seaman officer for eight years.

He is a Chartered Director of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and has a Masters of Management, a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Business. He was awarded the New Zealand Military Service Medal and the New Zealand Operational Service Medal.