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, Toll New Zealand 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 Napier Port’s intermodal joint venture at Longburn and director of Total Advantage Group in Auckland.

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 in 2018, and comes from an extensive background in transport and logistics. Since arriving on New Zealand shores in 2005, he has worked with Lodestar and Oji Fibre Solutions in operational and executive leadership roles. At Napier Port, David leads our Commercial team.

David holds a Masters of Science in Transport Management from Lincoln University. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics and sits on the organisation’s national council. He is also a member of the East Asian Society for Transport Studies and the Humanitarian Logistics Association. David sits on the board of Business Hawke’s Bay, as the Napier Port representative.

Viv leads human resource management, health and safety, communications and community engagement at Napier Port. She joined Napier Port in 2011, bringing a wealth of expertise in culture, leadership development, industrial relations and safety. Her career has included human resources and organisational psychology roles with the Department of Corrections, KPMG and the State Services Commission.

Viv holds a Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Canterbury.

Adam leads Napier Port’s Marine and General Cargo functions, including the log operation, logistics and planning, security and shipping operations. He comes from a background in human resources, and joined Napier Port in 2010 as Human Resources Advisor.

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.

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 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, 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.

As Napier Port’s General Manager Infrastructure Services, Michel is responsible for the maintenance, planning and construction of all port infrastructure, as well as overseeing our environmental sustainability management programme and is Project Director for 6 Wharf. 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 throughout Asia.

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.

As General Manager Container Operations, Zia is responsible for Napier Port’s container terminal, empty depot services and crane and plant Services. Joining in March 2020, he brings a strong background in logistics and supply chain management to the role, coming from a role as Head of Engineering and Supply Chain Development – ANZ at Kraft Heinz. Kia has previously worked with Toyota Motor Corporation, McKinsey & Company and General Motors.

Zia holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Economics as well as a Bachelor of Engineering, majoring in Mechanical and Manufacturing, both from the University of Melbourne.