Paul Casson

Paul is the Chief Executive for Venture Southland which is a joint initiative of the Invercargill City, Southland District Council, and Gore District. Venture Southland is the agency responsible for the region’s economic and community development initiatives and he is proud to lead the agency to promote Southland and the region as a desirable place to live, learn, do business, and visit. Paul is an experienced Chief Executive with a demonstrated history of working within Central and Local Government. Paul has held senior management positions within economic development, education, the tourism and hospitality industry, together within regional and community development. Paul is educated and skilled in business and commerce, international business, the food and beverage sector, leadership and coaching, organisational development and culture, and hotel management with a strong focus on people and team building. Paul holds qualifications from the University of Otago including - Master of Business (Credit), Bachelor of Commerce, DipGrad, and a DipTechg, (Tertiary) in Business Administration and Management. Paul also holds qualifications in hotel management and hospitality together with working in South Africa, Thailand, and Hong Kong PRC and China and is also a Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.



Venture Southland 143 Spey Street, PO Box 1306, Invercargill 9840
Phone +64 32111402 |  Mobile +64 21 654 455 |  Fax +64 3 211 1401