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Our team

He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata

He aha te mea nui i te ao? He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata.
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people. 

We believe in the value of our people. We know that the best solutions are achieved when you’ve got the best team of people – and we’re continually proving it through our industry innovation, safety leadership and commercial success.

That’s why our people are so important to us. It’s what drives our commitment to building a safety and wellness culture where all staff return home safe each day.

Whether we’re developing our existing people or bringing on new recruits, we’re committed to building a team of ‘better people’ – people skilled in their roles, with the confidence and ability to take the initiative, to look for the best solutions, and to achieve the best outcomes, safely, every time.

It starts from the top. That’s why we’ve built a resolute team of senior leaders who value our people, our culture and our commitment to safety. A senior leadership team strong in expertise, integrity and passion – leading the way in developing and inspiring talented and capable people.

Meet our team

Todd joined Napier Port in January 2018, bringing broad commercial experience across the transport and logistics sectors. Prior to Napier Port, Todd led strategic partnerships and new ventures at Kotahi Logistics, working on the introduction of big ships to New Zealand and intermodal freight hub joint ventures.  He has over 20 years’ experience behind him, having worked on international projects including the transformation of UK supermarket Sainsbury’s supply chain. He has previously held senior roles at IBM and Toll New Zealand. Todd is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

Kristen joined Napier Port in 2015 with more than 21 years’ financial experience and strong commercial and strategic planning skills. Kristen returned to Hawke’s Bay after some 18 years working across London, Moscow and Oslo. His previous roles have been with the London-based office of listed shopping centre group Westfield, London-based property investment company Grosvenor, Ernst & Young, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Kristen holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University and is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst, and a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

Viv leads all facets of human resource management at Napier Port, including talent development, employee wellbeing, safety and culture. She also oversees the port’s communications, sponsorship and community engagement. Viv brings a wealth of expertise in psychology and in her time at Napier Port, has overseen a transformation in safety culture. Her career has included roles with the Department of Corrections, KPMG and the State Services Commission.

Viv holds a Master of Science in Organisational Psychology from the University of Canterbury and was named 2016 Hawke’s Bay Leader of the Year. Viv sits on the board of the Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce.

Bruce joined Napier Port in 2005 with an in-depth understanding of shipping and port operations, a strong grasp of health and safety risk in a marine environment, and a global perspective on shipping and cruise industry trends. As Port Services Manager he oversees all marine activities, security, and infrastructure maintenance, repair and replacement. Bruce has 33 years’ experience in the shipping sector behind him and prior to joining Napier Port, he worked across the globe for P&O Nedlloyd in various roles including Swire North Asia services, Europe/East Africa and Indian Ocean Services, and regional and national operational roles in New Zealand.

Bruce holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Massey University, sits on the board of Cruise New Zealand and takes an active role in various marine operational forums.

Since joining Napier Port in 1998, Warren has worked across a diverse range of corporate and operational roles. Appointed Container Operations Manager in 2016, he is responsible for the strategic direction of Napier Port’s container terminal. Warren has previously served as Napier Port’s Finance Manager and as manager of the onsite packing facility Port Pack. He has been involved with a large number of the company’s business and capital initiatives. Prior to joining Napier Port, Warren was CFO at Montana Wines.

A Chartered Accountant, Warren has 36 years’ experience in finance and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Mark joined Napier Port in 2013 from a background in the ports and export sectors. As General Cargo Manager, he oversees on-site packing facility Port Pack and is responsible for the safe and efficient movement of non-containerised cargo through Napier Port.

Prior to joining Napier Port, Mark spent ten years as Container Terminal Manager at PrimePort Timaru and five years at P&O Ports in Tauranga, where he was involved in planning and supervising general cargo and container vessel operations. Mark has also spent time on the other side of the equation, working as a port agent for Tasman Asia Shipping Company and managing operations at ENZA’s Dunedin facility.

Adam leads the day-to-day operation of Napier Port’s container terminal, ensuring it runs smoothly and safely. He comes from a background in human resources, and joined Napier Port in 2010 as HR Advisor. Adam brings a keen interest in leadership and wealth of experience in people management. He has been involved in a number of Napier Port’s major projects, including the acquisition of a world-class crane simulator and the development of our off-site empty container depot.

Adam holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Management and Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Psychology, both from the University of Otago. He sits on the executive of the Port Industry Association, where he is the member responsible for education and training.

As Napier Port’s Infrastructure Services Manager, Michel is responsible for the maintenance, planning and construction of all port infrastructure, as well as overseeing our environmental management programme. Michel comes from a strong background in marine engineering, having previously held roles with Queensland’s Gladstone Ports Corporation and Fremantle Ports in Perth, along with specialist dredging firms.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture from the Australian Maritime College and a Graduate Diploma in Maritime and Logistics Management from the University of Tasmania.

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