Ernest Bergins is well known in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry and Conservation circles. He is a Teacher by profession and has held senior managerial positions at Spes Bona Bank, Ford Motor Company and the Urban Foundation before starting his own company Network Consultants. Bergins holds a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from leading USA universities. He has had a distinguished career in the Public Sector having served on the Boards of the East Cape Liquor Board since inception in 1994 and the East Cape Parks and Tourism Agency. He has served these institutions with distinction, having a 100% attendance at all Board Meetings, Provincial Portfolio Committees and relevant Tourism and Conservation functions. As Chairperson of Marketing and Tourism Promotion of the East Cape Parks and Tourism Agency he had the opportunity of representing the Agency, and no doubt, Nelson Mandela Bay at various local, national and international forums.