Board of Directors

Leading the way

Napier Port delivers great results because we have the right team of people. We’re united in our objective to be the leading destination and departure point for shipping in central New Zealand.

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Meet our directors

Our Board of Directors has been carefully selected to bring together a diverse range of skills and expertise. With both local and national experience across a broad selection of industries, our team is well placed to steer Napier Port to deliver current targets and future successes.

Blair was appointed as a director of Napier Port in June 2019 and in December 2022 was appointed Chair. Blair is a Hawke’s Bay based company director and board advisor, with governance experience in NZX listed, central and local government, and private entities. He is a former Port Chief Executive, with 25+ years of local and international senior executive experience, including infrastructure, energy, property and transport.

He is currently Chair of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Recovery Agency, a director of Unison Networks Limited, Central Air Ambulance Rescue Limited, and is Chair of the Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust. He also operates a board/commercial advisory business. He is a former director of NZX listed Z Energy, and former Chair of Crown Entity Maritime New Zealand.

John joined the Napier Port Board in February 2019. John has a background in financial services, including NZX listings, acquisitions, mergers and financial reporting, with over 35 years’ professional experience as a Chartered Accountant. He was a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 23 years, including eight years as Managing Partner at the Auckland office.

John is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and is currently a director of Heartland Bank and Kathmandu Holdings. He previously served on the Board of Port Otago for nine years, and has been a director of Investore Property, Stride Property Group, Ballance Agri-Nutrients and APN News and Media.

Vincent joined the Napier Port Board in February 2019. He has broad experience in the port sector, having served for 16 years as CEO of Flinders Ports Holdings, which owns seven South Australian ports, the Adelaide Container Terminal and Flinders Logistics.

Vincent is currently Chair of Riverland Water Holdings, Chair of SouthernLaunch.Space, and a director of GeelongPort and Green Industries SA. He has served as Chair of Ports Australia and the South Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and as a director of Australia’s National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. Vincent also worked for Toll Ports and Resources, managing the ports of Geelong and Hastings in Victoria. In 2020, Vincent was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia (AM) for ‘significant service to shipping infrastructure and freight transport’.

Stephen was appointed as a director of Napier Port in December 2016 and is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Stephen brings an extensive background in institutional banking and financial markets, having held senior roles at Westpac Institutional Bank, Credit Suisse (Singapore) and Citibank (Singapore, Thailand and Australia).

Stephen is a director of Chubb Life Insurance New Zealand Limited and is the Chair of the Audit Committee, a director of the Todd Family Office, and Chair of the ASB Bank Investment Committee. He was previously a director of the Guardians of New Zealand superannuation, a non-executive director on the BNZ board, and Chair of both BNZ Life Insurance and BNZ Insurance Services, as well as the advisory board to the Victoria University Chair of Business in Asia. Stephen was previously a member of the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal.

Kylie was appointed as a director of Napier Port in August 2022 and has a corporate legal background across a range of industries. Kylie is currently a director on Auckland Transport and a member of the Waitematā Health New Zealand Capital Advisory Group. Her previous governance roles include Waitematā District Health Board, Counties Manukau District Health Board, Sport New Zealand and High Performance Sport New Zealand.

Dan joined the Napier Port Board in August 2022. Dan is a chartered accountant, business advisor and professional director with broad experience across business sectors including agribusiness, health, infrastructure, property and investment. He holds a Commerce degree from Lincoln University, is a Fellow of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Dan was appointed to the Napier Port Holdings Limited Board in August 2022. He resides in Hawkes Bay and is also chairperson of the Hawkes Bay Regional Investment Company Limited (HBRIC). He also sits on the board of Unison Networks Limited and Bostock New Zealand Limited and was previously a Trustee of the Hawkes Bay Community Fitness Centre Trust.