Jay Bartlett

Chair
Director, Hatanga Ltd

Jay is a young visionary leader who has been the SICCI Board Chair since 2015. He was Vice Chair in 2014 and has been a SICCI member since 2013. As director of Hatanga Limited, Jay has over 10 years in the construction business and has served a number of Board roles.

Vision for the Chamber

“My vision is for SICCI to be an effective advocator and voice for our members and wider business community. To continue to strengthen and develop the relationship between the Solomon Islands Government and local businesses and all the other local, regional and international stakeholders that we engage with. Internally I’d like to continue to build on the achievements we have made to date as leadership team and office to ensure that we as an organisation are committed to meeting and exceeding members’ expectations and to ensure the viability and sustainability of the SICCI in the medium to long term.” 

David Rupokets

Vice Chair
Managing Director, Capitol Construction Pty Ltd

David joined the SICCI Board as a Co-opt Board Member in 2017 and served as Treasurer before he was elected as Vice Chair at the 2018 SICCI AGM. Since 2016 he has been employed as Managing Director and Principal owner of Capitol Construction Pty Ltd, a company engaged primarily in Civil Works/Construction.

In his recent employment he has held a senior management position of the Director of Corporate Services of a peak Regional Organisation in the Pacific. In this position, his sphere of work and responsibilities included financial, accounting and human resources management, strategic and business planning encompassing integrated planning and reporting frameworks, development and management of multiyear workprogram and budgets and performance monitoring and evaluation.

David is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and is a graduate in Business and Accounting from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the PNG University of Technology (PNGUT).

Vision for the Chamber

“My vision is to see SICCI maintain a clear strategic focus and is results and output driven to meet the needs of its wide range of membership. I also want to see that the business community through SICCI is part of the development agenda of the country, contributing prominently in investment and economic development policy debates through its engagement with the Government.”

 

Joseph Huta

Treasurer
Management Accountant, South Pacific Oil Limited

Joseph is a member of the senior management team at South Pacific Oil Limited. SPO has been a long-time supporter of SICCI and is currently a Platinum Sponsor Member. 

Joseph is also a member of the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) with the Institute of Certified Management Accountant Australia. Joseph spent the last 12 years working with organisations; Forum Fisheries Agency, Morris & Sojnocki Chartered Accountants, Solomon Islands Tobacco Company and Solomon Islands Water Authority holding senior finance roles.

He previously served on the board of the Institute of Solomon Islands Accountants, currently on the Solomon Islands Australia Awards Alumni council and few other task force committees. Joseph graduated from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Business with double majors in Accounting and Financial Management.

Vision for the Chamber

“See businesses whether small or large increase visibility, increase credibility and expand contacts. Make Solomon Islands a better place to live and work through growth in the economy driven by the private sector."

 

Belinda Botha

Board Member
Owner Operator, Dive Munda

Belinda is the owner operator of Dive Munda, a multi-award-winning SSI Instructor Training Centre business in the Western Province. Dive Munda has been an active member of SICCI since 2016.

Belinda is a senior human resources executive and an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in international Human Resources and Business Management encompassing project implementation and management, business consulting, managing culture and customs in developing communities, building partnerships, organizational development, performance, talent management, training and development in various industries – with the past 10 years in the tourism sector.

She’s operated in the tourism sector and dive industry in the South Pacific, North America, Africa, Caribbean, Europe and other developing countries, with various specialities.

Belinda established a track record in stakeholder management (private and public sectors) with firmly established relationships with key stakeholders including SIVB, MoCT, tourism operators, travel wholesalers and agents, journalist, travel writers, media, AHC, NZHC, WPTA, Solomon Airlines.

Vision for the Chamber

“My vision is really quite simple and encompasses three elements; to enthusiastically help to increase SICCI member representation in our provinces, add vibrant value to Board as tourism expert – validating the critical role the sector plays in resource protection and sustainable tourism development moving forward – and last but certainly not least, bring fresh, positive and passionate international expertise and female leadership to a phenomenal power house in the Hapi Isles.”

Lyn Fa’arodo

Board Member
Manager Electronic Channels, Bank South Pacific

Lyn is the Manager Electronic Channels for Bank South Pacific (BSP) Solomon Islands. Lyn joined BSP in November of 2017 and is responsible for driving the digital banking platform for BSP.

This includes mobile phone banking, Internet Banking, ATM network, EFTPOS and Agent Network across Solomon Islands. Lyn’s prior role was Head of Retail Banking for ANZ and worked 20 years with ANZ. Lyn had several senior leadership roles within ANZ such as Quality Assurance Manager, Retail Operation Manager, Branch Manager, and Retail Business Analyst.

Lyn has vast experience in Retail Banking and her strengths are in Leadership, Risk Management, Sales Management, Cross Selling, Financial Literacy and Coaching.

Vision for the Chamber

“My vision is to make the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry more inclusive. Our economy is more micro and informal. Micro businesses must be embraced and seen to be a credible part of our economy.”

Craig Gibsone

Board Member
General Manager, Guadalcanal Plains Palm  Oil Limited (GPPOL)

Craig is serving his second term as a Board Member of SICCI after he was re-elected at the 2018 SICCI AGM. GPPOL is currently a 2018 Gold Sponsor Member and has been part of SICCI for many years.

Craig has been with GPPOL for the past eight years, previously as Plantation Manager and later Head of Plantations before he took up the position of General Manager.

Vision for the Chamber

“As a major employer and contributor to the Solomon Islands economy, I would like to continue the strong involvement that GPPOL has had with SICCI.”

Sohaib Mahmood

Board Member
Country Head, ANZ Solomon Islands

Sohaib is the Country Head of ANZ Solomon Islands who is currently a 2018 Platinum Sponsor Member of SICCI.

Prior to transitioning into the current role, Sohaib was the Head of Commercial Banking with ANZ Samoa and before this spent three years as an Associate Director with the Large Corporates team at ANZ Papua New Guinea, managing the significant natural resources portfolio. Sohaib is originally from the ANZ’s Australian business where he has held numerous relationship banking roles with the Institutional business in Melbourne, Victoria.

He has the talent of transforming his client’s visions into reality through strategy development and execution, demonstrating this through the various milestone transactions for ANZ and its customers. Sohaib has the ability to instinctively see opportunities within the organization and is passionate about helping people grow and extend their thinking which in turn drives material business and personal success. He is seen as an inspirational leader who through coaching and mentoring nurtures action.

Visions for the Chamber

“To implement and promote initiatives in Solomon Islands that bring communities together with a common view to enhance our investment potential now and for our future generations.”

Sir Bruce Saunders

Board Member
Managing Director, AJ & G Blum Ltd

Sir Bruce was re-elected to the SICCI Board at the 2018 SICCI AGM after serving as a Co-Opt Board Member from 2017. He is one of the long serving members of SICCI. He has been part of the SICCI Board on many occasions including serving as the Vice Chair. He was co-opted to return to the Board in late 2017 and later re-elected for his strong commitment to the Chamber and his rich experience of the private sector run organisation.

Apart from his business commitments, Sir Bruce is closely involved in community work and has spanned from working with the Chamber to a number of charity organisations.

Vision for the Chamber

“The MOU signed in mid-2017, between SICCI and SIG has resulted already in several joint meetings. I am optimistic of positive outcomes being achieved in the year ahead.”

Frank Wickham

Board Member
General Manager, National Fisheries Development (NFD) Ltd 

Frank was chair of the previous Board’s internal sub-committee. He has been involved with SICCI since 2013 when his business became a member. In previous roles, Frank has been Head of School of Natural Resources at the then Solomon Islands College of Higher Education (SICHE), he was Project Manager at an EU Support Programme and he was a Capacity Development Advisor to SPREP in Samoa. NFD is also a Platinum Sponsor Member.

Vision for the Chamber

“To assist in delivery of the SICCI Objectives and contribute to supporting the interest of members.”

 

Toata Molea

Board Member
Managing Director, Didao Development Corporation Ltd

Toata runs a number of businesses under the Didao Development Corporation Limited, most notable the Didao Service Station in Honiara. He was appointed to join the Board in May 2017 in recognition of his success as a Small Medium Enterprise (SME) businessman.

Toata has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur in the fuel retail business. His academic background is in marine science as a marine biologist. He holds 2 degrees, a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and a Master of Science (MSc) in Marine Science from the University of South Pacific and later did postgraduate studies (PhD) at James Cook University in Australia which is currently pending.

Vision for the Chamber

“I’d like to add more voice to the private sector which is the engine room for the country’s economy and SICCI is the only avenue this can be done through.”