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Our Board

Collectively, our Directors hold experience developed during successful careers in shipping, logistics, transport and management in New Zealand and abroad and have extensive experience at both executive and board levels. Meet our board:

Liz Coutts ONZM BMS FCA CFInstD – Chair

Liz was appointed Chair in December 2015 and has been a Director since December 2010. She is also Chair of Oceania Healthcare, Skellerup Holdings and EBOS Group. Liz is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and Chartered Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Liz has extensive governance and executive experience across a range of industries and sectors. She has previously been Chief Executive of Caxton Group, Chair of Meritec Group, Industrial Research and Life Pharmacy, Deputy Chair of Public Trust, and a Commissioner of both the Commerce Commission and the Earthquake Commission. She has been a Director of Ravensdown, the Health Funding Authority, PHARMAC, Air New Zealand, Sport New Zealand, Trust Bank New Zealand, Sanford and Yellow Pages Group. Liz was a member of the Financial Reporting Standards Board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Monetary Policy Committee of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. She was Chair of the Risk and Assurance Committee of the Inland Revenue and is a former President of Institute of Directors in New Zealand.


Rodger Fisher - Deputy Chair

Rodger was appointed a Director in December 2013. He was a Director of the Lyttelton Port Company from 2003 to 2013 and Chair from 2007. He is currently Chair of The Property Group and a Director of TPGH Limited. He was Managing Director of Owens Group from 1987 to 1999 and has previously been Chairman of WEL Networks, Ultrafast Fibre, the Civil Aviation Authority, the Aviation Security Service and Auckland Blues.  

Rodger is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, a Fellow of Governance New Zealand, a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management and a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in New Zealand.


Andrew Bonner BA (Hons) CMInstD - Director

Andrew has been a Director since December 2009. He was previously a Director and founder of Marlborough Wines Limited and remains a Director of associated vineyard companies and of West Auckland Trusts.  He is currently Chair of Centauri Communities Limited. He is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

Andrew was formerly an executive with Foster's Group where he ran the import arm of the Foster's business in Australia and was Managing Director of Foster's Group New Zealand and also Managing Director and Chairman of Foster's Group Pacific in Fiji.


Patrick Snedden BCom BA - Director

Pat has been a director since May 2012. He is Chair of the Auckland District Health Board and Deputy Board Chair of the Counties Manukau District Health Board. He has been a Treaty of Waitangi negotiator for both iwi and the Crown. He has previously chaired the Housing New Zealand Corporation and was also a Director of Watercare Services, Auckland's wastewater and water company.  He is currently on the Board of NZ Health Partnerships Limited, engaged with procurement for the health sector. He also serves as a Director of Emerge Aotearoa Limited, a trust in service of people with mental health challenges.

In 2011, he helped to establish a new educational trust devoted to accelerating improvement in Māori and Pasifika educational outcomes. The Manaiakalani Education Trust works in T āmaki and around New Zealand with 90 low decile schools and supports 25,000 children to use high-end technology to accelerate learning improvement. Pat is the Executive Chair of the Trust.​


Sarah Haydon BSc FCA CMInstD - Director

Sarah was appointed a Director in August 2016. She is Chair of The Co-operative Bank and Deputy Chair of the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences.

She is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

Sarah has previously been Chair of Cavalier Corporation, a Director of AsureQuality Limited and Chief Financial Officer of OfficeMax New Zealand Limited. Her previous executive roles were with British Petroleum plc.


Karl Smith BCom FCA CMInstD - Director 

Karl was appointed a Director in October 2016. He is a professional director, having been Chief Executive of the Gough Group from 2008 to 2017, and previously held senior management roles with PDL Holdings, Progressive Enterprises, Crane Group and Citibank.

Past directorships include Lyttleton Port Company, Geosystems New Zealand, Building Point New Zealand, Sitech Construction NZ and The Crusaders Partnership. He is currently Chair of Hall's Group and FortHill Property and a Director of VetNZ and Hamilton Jet.

He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Karl is also a Chartered Accountant and in February 2018 become a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.


Bill Osborne MBA - Director

Bill Osborne was appointed a Director in May 2017. Bill is a professional director and chairs Page & Macrae Limited and is on the board of Transpower. He is currently the President of New Zealand Rugby, having previously served as a Director of the Chiefs Rugby Club and New Zealand Māori Rugby. 

He has an extensive business background including past roles as Group Manager International for New Zealand Post, Chief Executive of Quotable Value New Zealand, inaugural Chairman of 2 Degrees Mobile and Chair of CoreLogic New Zealand. He has served on boards of the Hillary Commission for Sport and the Sport and Recreation Commission (SPARC), as well as being trustee and director of a number of Māori trusts and enterprises. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand. 


Jonathan Mayson CNZM MBA - Director

Jon was appointed a Director in October 2014. He is a professional Director, having been Chief Executive of the Port of Tauranga from 1997 to 2005. He was honoured for his services to the shipping industry and the export sector in 2006 when he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Jon was Chair of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise from 2008 to 2012 and is currently Chair of Ziwi and Purpose Capital Impact Fund.


Future Directors

Ports of Auckland has appointed two future directors as part of the IOD Future Directors programme. This programme was started in 2013 and is about developing the next generation of directors and delivering new talent and fresh perspectives at board level. Good governance is a vital part of the success of New Zealand companies and to get good governance we need a strong and diverse talent pool of young directors. By hosting a Future Director we are playing our part in growing that talent pool and contributing to New Zealand's future success. 

Future Directors are not formally appointed to the board and as such hold no voting rights and do not contribute to the quorum. They are not part of the formal-decision making process, but are there to observe and participate in discussions.

Our first Future Director was Siobhan McKenna who worked with us from November 2017 to March 2019. 

Our second Future Director was Claire Neville who worked with us from March 2019 to April 2020.