Board of Directors

Martin (Marty) Boyce

Chairman of Directors

Martin Boyce LL.B (Hons) is Canterbury born-and-bred and is the senior partner in law firm Clark Boyce. He has practised as a barrister and solicitor for over 40 years and is a past member of the Canterbury District Law Society Disciplinary Tribunal.

He specialises in commercial and property law and, as a long-serving member of the Canterbury legal fraternity, brings a wealth of experience in governance, compliance and statutory requirements to the Board. He is also professionally involved in legal work on behalf of clients in both the corporate and commercial sectors.

Martin is married, has two children and lists rugby, golf and fly-fishing as his recreational interests. He has both played and coached rugby and now fills an administrative role with the HSOB club. Martin was appointed to the Board on 1st March 2011.


Franc de Visser


Born and educated in the Netherlands, Franc de Visser graduated from Eindhoven Technical College after which he had 6 years practical experience, including 2 years in the Dutch Air force one year of which was spent in the Navy in Dutch New Guinea.  Aged 24 years, he arrived in New Zealand where he met his wife Ngaire, whom he married in 1965. That year he started with SCE in the fitting shop, working through several positions over the following 33 years including manufacturing, purchasing, design and marketing, holding various management positions.

In January 1998 he semi-retired at the age of 58 and moved to a lifestyle block in Loburn.

As a director, Franc also works for SCE in a consultancy role on specific projects.

Franc has been privileged to work alongside very skilled engineers and other professionals in the Netherlands and New Zealand. Coupled with his thirst for learning, this has greatly assisted him in the positions he has held.

 Leisure is a mixture of fishing, walking and working his land, together with keeping up with his 3 children and grandchildren.

William Cockerill


William recently joined SCE as a Director in 2012. He is the Managing Director of Octa Associates Ltd, and has been in that role since founding Octa in 1973.

William was the first person in New Zealand to apply project management as a professional service. Along with Octa’s founding Chairman, the late Professor Frank P S Lu, William “pioneered” effective project management and organisational structures to handle tertiary hospital, large industrial, infrastructure and commercial projects.

William has a Bachelor of Science in Pure and Applied Mathematics / Computer Science,  a first class honours Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration, with distinction.

On a personal front, William has restored, extended and extensively landscaped the 1859 Black’s Homestead. This was the first building in the Manuherikia Valley, Central Otago. William is married with four adult daughters.

Graeme McMaster

Managing Director

Graeme joined Southern Cross Engineering in 1967 as a Design Draftsman with a background in sawmilling.

He was appointed to General Manager for SCE in 1973, and then appointed Managing Director in 1982. He has extensive knowledge of the engineering, manufacturing and timber industries.

Graeme is married to Joan, his wife of 47 years and together they have three grown girls.



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