Piloting the company through the current challenging and changing times, Ports of Auckland’s Directors draw on in-depth knowledge developed during successful careers in shipping, logistics, transport, law and management in New Zealand and abroad, and extensive experience at both executive and board level.
Richard Clive Pearson
Mr Pearson was appointed a Director in December 2010 and Chairman in 2011. He has extensive experience in port operations and investment around the world and has recently returned to New Zealand following a long career with Hutchison Port Holdings Group, most recently as Managing Director, Hong Kong International terminals Ltd (1996 – 1998) and Managing Director – Europe Division, President ECT Rotterdam (1998 – 2007).
He is currently Chairman of Wellington Electricity Distribution Network Holdings Ltd.
Graeme Scott Hawkins BSc, BCom
Director and Audit Committee Chairman
Mr Hawkins was appointed a Director in September 2009. He is a professional Director, with extensive experience in senior management roles in the private sector, including at Fletcher Challenge and as Chief Executive of Dominion Breweries in the late 1980s.
Mr Hawkins is currently Chairman of Southern Cross Healthcare and a Director of Cavalier Corporation. He has previously been a Director of a number of dairy industry organisations including Fonterra.
Andrew Bonner BA (Hons)
Mr Bonner became a Director in December 2009. He is also a Director of Marlborough Wines. Mr Bonner was formerly an executive with Fosters Group Limited where he ran the import arm of the Fosters business in Australia, was Managing Director of Fosters Group New Zealand and also Managing Director and Chairman of Fosters Group Pacific Limited in Fiji . He is currently a founding partner in an export focused wine business.
Elizabeth Mary Coutts (Liz) BMS, CA
Appointed a Director in December 2010, Ms Coutts is also a Director of EBOS Group Limited, Skellerup Holdings Limited, Ravensdown Fertiliser Cooperative Limited and Chair of Urwin and Co Limited and the IRD Audit Committee.
She has previously been Chief Executive of Caxton Group, Chairman of Meritec Group Limited, Industrial Research Limited and Life Pharmacy Limited, Deputy Chairman of Public Trust, and a Commissioner of both the Commerce Commission and Earthquake Commission. She has been a Director of the Health Funding Authority, PHARMAC, Air New Zealand, Sport and Recreation New Zealand and Trust Bank New Zealand, and a member of both the Financial Reporting Standards Board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Monetary Policy Committee of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
Wayne Walden ONZM
Wayne is an experienced Company Director, and was previously Managing Director and shareholder of Farmers/Deka Ltd. He has had more than 30 years senior management experience in the liquor, wholesale and retail trades in New Zealand.
Wayne’s past directorships include, Director of Farmlands Co-Operative Society, Director of the Westpac Bank NZ Advisory Board, Deputy Chairman of Meat New Zealand, Director of Mighty River Power Limited, Chairman of Tranz Rail and Chair of Maori Television. Wayne was also a member of the Board of the Auckland Transition Agency. He is currently Chair of Television New Zealand Limited.
Patrick Nesbit Snedden BCom BA
Mr Snedden was appointed a Director in April 2012. He has a background in corporate governance most recently as chair of both Housing NZ and the Hobsonville Land Company Ltd and chair of Auckland District Health Board. He was a founding director of Mai FM Ltd and is a Chief Crown Negotiator in Treaty Settlements for the Far North and in the Hawkes Bay/Wairoa District.