Adam Harvey – Container Terminal Manager
Adam Harvey has enjoyed great growth in his career at Napier Port. He’s currently Container Terminal Manager, in charge of the day-to-day running of the container terminal. This includes responsibility for about 120 staff, so Adam understands the importance of good people skills.
“My role is all about relationships and people and culture, and creating an environment that empowers my team to succeed. The key to this role is leadership and people management. I’m very much a collaborative-style leader so my focus is on helping my team to see the bigger picture.”
Adam started in his career at Napier Port eight years ago as an HR Advisor, and after 16 months was an Operations Supervisor managing a team of around 60 people. In 2014, he became the port’s Operations Manager, and in 2016 moved to his current role as Container Terminal Manager.
“I love my job. I love the people, and seeing people succeed, being developed, and bettering themselves. You can teach people anything if they want to learn, and you give them the right pathway that helps them succeed.”
Adam has two tertiary qualifications, and brought some good career experience with him when he joined the port. He’s enjoyed a lot of training and development opportunities since becoming part of the team. But the most valuable course he’s been on was the 2014 Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Leadership Programme, which “completely changed me as a person – my outlook on life as well as my outlook on work.”
Adam recognises that the most important part of his role is making sure his team deliver for Napier Port. He’s incredibly proud of the part he plays in helping Napier Port towards its goal of being the safest port in New Zealand.
“It’s a privilege to work here and people have to value that. We look after our team and we expect them to look after the business in return. I think that’s very much the culture of the organisation. When we recruit, we’re looking for the right attitude first and skills second. If I can get people with the right attitude, I can teach them the skills. My job is to help them be more successful in what they do.”