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 as the Chief Executive in 2018, bringing broad commercial experience from across a range of industries and deep expertise across the supply chain, transport and logistics sectors. Prior to Napier Port, Todd led strategic partnerships and new ventures at Kotahi Logistics, working on the introduction of bigger ships to New Zealand and the establishment of intermodal freight hubs.

He has over 25 years’ experience and has previously held senior roles at IBM NZ, Toll New Zealand, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets (UK) and Mainfreight.

Todd holds a Bachelor of Science and a Postgraduate Diploma of Business in Operations Management from the University of Auckland. He is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and is Chair of the Manawatu Inland Port, Napier Port’s intermodal joint venture with Halls Transport (Talley’s Group).

Kristen joined Napier Port as Chief Financial Officer in September 2015. Kristen has more than 25 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, a Chartered Financial Analyst, and is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

David joined Napier Port as General Manager – Commercial in 2018. David has an extensive background in transport and logistics and worked with Lodestar and Oji Fibre Solutions from 2005 to 2018.

David is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He is a member of the Eastern Asian Society for Transport Studies and the Humanitarian Logistics Association, as well as the Institute of Directors in New Zealand. David sits on the board of the New Zealand Cruise Association and the advisory board of ExportNZ Hawke’s Bay.

Viv brings 12 years’ experience at senior management level, having joined Napier Port in 2011. She leads our human resources, employment relations, health and safety, and culture functions. Prior to joining Napier Port, she was a Director of Wellington based firm Hatton Consulting and has an extensive background in consultancy and senior management roles, including as an Associate Director with KPMG’s management consulting practice and Strategic Human Resources Manager for the Department of Corrections.

Viv has been an independent member of the audit and risk committee of the Heretaunga Tamatea Settlement Trust since 2019. She holds a Master of Science in Organisational Psychology (Hons) from the University of Canterbury and is a registered psychologist (non-practicing).

As COO Adam has oversight across Napier Port’s container terminal, marine and cargo operations. Adam joined Napier Port’s human resources team in 2010 later becoming Container Terminal Manager and prior to his current position, was General Manager Marine and Cargo Operations.

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 is the immediate past Chairperson of the Port Industry Association.

Andrea joined Napier Port in 2019. She is responsible for leading strategic planning and performance, identifying growth opportunities, implementing new strategic initiatives and developing digital solutions. Andrea is responsible for the development and growth of Napier Port’s customer supply chain services. Andrea has previously worked with Kotahi Logistics, Goodman Fielder, Alcatel-Lucent, Brightstar, Vodafone and IBM.

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Science in Statistics, Management Science and Operations Research from the University of Auckland and a Diploma in Business Administration from Henley Management College.  She is a Non-Executive Director of Pacificomm and the Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce, a member of the University of Auckland Strategic Supply Chain Programme Advisory Group and a founding member of the Auckland Women in Supply Chain Network.

David oversees various critical aspects of the port’s operations including maintenance, planning, and construction of assets and infrastructure, as well as the environmental and sustainability programs.

David leads asset and master planning, which are instrumental in charting the course for future growth and development. Comprehensive in scope, this integrates and addresses capacity requirements, while placing a strong emphasis on emissions reduction and climate change management.

David’s background is in operational and complex asset management. He joined Napier Port in June 2021 as Fleet Services Manager. Prior to this he held engineering leadership roles with Jetstar Airways Ltd, BAE Systems Ltd Australia. He holds a diploma in Aeronautical Engineering & is currently studying for an MBA through Otago University.

Jo-Ann leads the corporate affairs function at Napier Port covering internal and external communications, community engagement and sponsorship, stakeholder relations and investor communications. She joined Napier Port in 2020 as Communications Manager and assumed the newly created Corporate Affairs Manager role in June 2022.

Jo-Ann brings experience in communications, marketing, media, and public affairs across infrastructure, politics, health, education and FMCG sectors, spanning New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, South Korea and the United Kingdom.
Jo-Ann holds a Master of Arts in Political Communication from Victoria University.