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 in 2018. He was re-elected as Vice Chair at the 2019 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.”

 

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.”

Craig Gibsone

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

Craig is serving his third term as a Board Member of SICCI after he was re-elected at the 2019 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 nine 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 2019 SICCI AGM. 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.”

 

Hilda Lamani

Board Member
Manager, Star Supplies Company 

Hilda is the Manager of Star Supplies Company Ltd, one of the subsidiaries of the country’s leading Newspaper, Solomon Star Company.  Her family has been in the Star Media business since 1982. 

She held a number of professional accounting and administrative contract positions within various organisations for 9 years since 2007 in Australia, Brisbane.

Hilda holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting and Business Law from the University of Southern Queensland and Diploma of Commerce from Queensland Institute of Business and Technology, Griffith University.

She currently serves as a board member of the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) representing Print Media 2019; previously served as treasurer of the Saint Andrews Anglican Church Board, Brisbane in 2015.

Vision for the Chamber

“My vision is to assists strongly SICCI in networking, connecting and growing relationships with more Solomon Islands business owners. Also, commitment to the SICCI board to be the voice of business for our people, professionally increasing the standard of more resourceful operations.  In addition, I would like to help SICCI address some issues in the business field by collaborating with business owners, local and overseas and the government for deeper insights into economic opportunities or investments for Solomon Islands.”

 

Ricky Fuo'o

Board Member
General Manager, Tropical Glass and Aluminium (TGA)

After graduating from University, Ricky started off his career by helping out his father Justin Fuoo in their family business Tropic Glass and Aluminium (TGA). In 2017 he became the General Manager of TGA and was given managing authority over sister company Tropic Group Builders (TGB).

This year will be his fifth year in the Gazing and Construction Industry.

Ricky did his foundation at the University of Queensland and later went to Bond University. In 2014, he graduated from Bond University with a Bachelor of Business Law.

Vision for the Chamber

“I raised my hands up for the Chamber of Commerce board because I am a proud Solomon Islander who has been a huge fan of the Chamber of Commerce and what it stands for. I believe the work the Chamber does is very important, especially in a country where conditions for operating a business is very harsh and lacks the support from the Government. I believe with a young, energetic and driven mind I can be of good help to the Chamber, to my fellow countrymen and women, and to this country.” 

Uta Temahua

Board Member
Head of Human Resources, Solomon Telekom Company Ltd

Uta is currently the Head of Human Resources and Support Services of Solomon Telekom Company Limited.

Prior to entering the commercial/private sector of Solomon Islands, Uta worked for various non-Government and Government sectors of the market in Project Coordinator to Chief Officer/Assistant Director roles.

Uta has more than 10 years of experience of Partnering Human Resources to Business Strategy and goals, ensuring business compliance and has a passion for partnering for mutual benefit and development.

Vision for the Chamber

“My vision for SICCI is that members and sponsors can get to see the direct benefit of leveraging SICCI’s influence for them; that SICCI’s success and failures not only depend on them but also determine the kind of business environment in which they get to operate in."