Meet the Team

Our People

From share fishers to scientists, farmers to filleters, growers to graders, Sanford is made up of all kinds of people who have two things in common – they love our industry and working in our business.

Meet some of the Sanford team who make it happen, and experience first-hand their passion for Sanford and the beautiful New Zealand seafood we share with the world.

Craig O'Connor


Coming from a family of fishermen, Craig’s love of fishing began as a child. Today, he skippers the San Tongariro, one of our vessels fishing for inshore and deep-sea species.

Jonny Bamford

Inshore Operations Manager

After completing a Marketing and Ecommerce degree, Jonny spent three-years working on boats in the Mediterranean. On his return he joined Sanford’s specialised in-shore team.

Kate Butcher

Senior Financial Accountant

In her role, Kate works across everything from payroll to fixed assets, and liaises daily with Engineers, Vessel Managers and General Managers – there’s always so much going on.

Kulusa Saviete

Auckland Factory Team Leader

Kulusa has been a part of our team for four years, he considers Sanford his home. With our leadership training under his belt, Kulusa strives to inspire, motivate and influence his team.

Sala Stoneley

Quality Control

Originally from Samoa, Sala joined Sanford in the Hoki processing team. She quickly moved through the ranks to become a Supervisor and now is proud to be Sanford’s Quality Control in Timaru.

Tania King

Processing Manager

Tania’s 20-year career with Sanford began on night shift as a General Hand, today Tania is completing her Diploma in Business and works as our Processing Manager in Timaru.