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 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 leads human resource management and health and safety 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 operations, with oversight across Napier Port’s container terminal, marine and cargo 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 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.

As Napier Port’s General Manager Assets and Infrastructure, David is responsible for the maintenance, planning and construction of all port assets and infrastructure, as well as overseeing our environmental and sustainability management programmes.

David leads the port’s master planning programme, planning for future capacity requirements including emissions reduction and management of climate change.

David come from a strong background in operational and complex asset management. He joined Napier Port in June 2021 as Fleet Services Manager. Prior to this David held engineering leadership roles with Jetstar Airways Ltd New Zealand and Australia, BAE Systems Ltd Australia, as well as aircraft engineering roles with Air New Zealand Ltd. He is a Licensed Aircraft Engineer.

David is currently studying for an MBA – Masters of Business Administration through the University of Otago.

Jo-Ann’s scope covers communications, stakeholder and investor relations, and community engagement at Napier Port. 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.