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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:

POAL-Extras-June2022-101-3.jpg​​​​​Jan Dawson CNZM BCom FCA (ICANZ) FInstD - Chair

Jan Dawson was appointed as Ports of Auckland's new Chair in August 2021. Ports of Auckland elected Jan as its new Chair, following the retirement of previous chair Bill Osborne. Jan was appointed to the board on 31 August 2021. Jan is a highly experienced director and chair, whose previous roles include being Chair of Westpac New Zealand Limited and Deputy Chair of Air New Zealand Limited. ​She is currently a director of Meridian Energy Limited and AIG Insurance New Zealand Limited. 

Jan is on the Council for the University of Auckland and the Capital Investment Committee of the Ministry of Health. Jan chairs the Audit Committee and Risk Committee and Remuneration Committee for a number of these entities. She was the Chair and Chief Executive for KPMG New Zealand for five years until 2011, following a career spanning 30 years specialising in audit and accounting services in the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand.

Her previous board appointments include Beca Limited and Goodman Fielder Ltd.​ She was elected as a Vice President of World Sailing President for the four years ending in November 2020 and was the President and Board Chair of Yachting New Zealand for six years to October 2013.

​Sarah Haydon BSc FCA CMInstD - Director


Sarah was appointed a Director in August 2016. She is currently Chair of The Co-operative Bank Limited.

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

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


Peter Chrisp - Director

Peter Chrisp is currently the Chief Executive of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, New Zealand's international business development agency. Prior to this, Peter spent 20 years in the engineering, manufacturing, and pulp and paper industries. Previous roles have included human resources, operations, logistics and supply chain, and General Manager of the Tasman paper mills in Kawerau. Peter has international experience as Senior Vice President Norske Skog Global, based in Norway, and Australasian Regional President based in Sydney. Peter has a BA/MA in Social Sciences with additional postgraduate studies in business.  Peter is the current Chair of NZ G2G Partnerships Ltd (trading as G2G Know-How, the Govt to Govt commercialisation partnership), a member of the New Zealand China Council and a member of the Institute of Directors. He was the previous Chair of the NZ Government Investment Taskforce.​​

Hazel Armstrong - Director

Hazel Armstrong was appointed a Director of POAL on 1 February 2021. She is a partner in Armstrong Thompson which is a law firm specialising in ACC, employment, and health and safety, where she works on behalf of workers and ACC claimants. She was appointed as a Director on the KiwiRail Board in 2018. She has acted as an expert witness in health and safety matters and been involved in inquiries into health and safety.​

Stephen Reindler ​- Director

Stephen is an Auckland based, professional director and mechanical engineer with extensive experience in heavy industry, large infrastructure, and workplace health and safety.

He holds several directorships, including Z Energy, Steel and Tube Holdings, Christchurch Multi Use Arena Project Delivery, Broome International Airport Group, and is chair of Waste Disposal Services, Clearwater Construction and D&H Steel Construction. He also provides advisory services to AgResearch, Air New Zealand and Lincoln University on infrastructure builds. He was previously on the boards of Port of Napier (for 8 years), Meridian Energy (10 years), Naylor Love (5 years), the advisory boards of Transfield Services and Glidepath, and is a past President of the Institution of Professional Engineers NZ​.

Geoff Plunket - Director 

Geoff is a Professional Director and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Member of the Institute of Directors.

Geoff worked for Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) and KPMG, in Dunedin and Birmingham, UK through the 1980's before joining Port Otago Ltd in 1988, as Chief Financial Officer. Geoff spent the following 29 years with the Port Otago Group, working across the business in a variety of roles, culminating in appointment as CEO in 2004. He is currently Chair of Blis Technologies Ltd.

Geoff brings significant experience in leading a large successful organisation with expertise in logistics, managing international trading relationships, supply chain, human resource, health and safety and risk management. Geoff believes success comes from a focus on quality and delivering outstanding customer service.

Andrew Flavell - Director

Andrew Flavell was appointed a Director of Ports of Auckland effective 1 June 2022. He is currently an Independent Director of Steel and Tube.

Andrew has extensive international experience in Information Technology, having worked at Nike and Microsoft Studios in the IT space, and as Chief Technology Officer at Laybuy and Plexure. He has a portfolio in leading large teams, driving digital transformations, delivering compelling consumer experiences, personalisation and loyalty, privacy and security, AI and machine learning, and has contributed significantly to risk management and governance in the application of digital technologies in his career. 

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.​