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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:

Bill Osborne MBA - Chair

Bill Osborne was appointed a Director in May 2017 and became Chair of Ports of Auckland in February 2021. 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. 

Andrew Bonner BA (Hons) CMInstD - Deputy Chair

Andrew was appointed a Director in December 2009 and became Deputy Chair of Ports of Auckland in February 2021. 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. 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 was on the Board of NZ Health Partnerships Limited, engaged with procurement for the health sector. He has also served until this year as a trustee of Emerge Aotearoa 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 Tāmaki and around New Zealand with over 100 low decile schools and supports 30,000 children to use high-end technology to accelerate learning improvement. Pat is the Executive Chair of the Trust.

​Sarah Haydon BSc FCA CMInstD - Director

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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.​

Jan Dawson - Director

Jan Dawson was appointed a Director in August 2021.   Jan is Chair of Westpac New Zealand, Deputy Chair of Air New Zealand Limited and a director of Meridian Energy Limited, Serko Limited and AIG Insurance New Zealand Limited. Jan is a professional independent director and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and of the Institute of Directors New Zealand.  She was previously the Chair and Chief Executive of KPMG New Zealand, following a career spanning 30 years specialising in audit and accounting services in the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand.

She is a Councillor of the University of Auckland and a member of the Capital Investment Committee of the Ministry of Health.  Jan was previously Vice President of World Sailing, President of Yachting New Zealand and a director of Beca Group, Goodman Fielder Limited and Counties Manukau District Health Board.

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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.