Management Structure


Constitution Documents | Corporate Structure | Board of Directors

L-R:  Steve Gray, Mark Cairns, Leonard Sampson, Sara Lunam & Dan Kneebone. 


Executive Team


Mark Cairns has been Chief Executive of Port of Tauranga Limited, New Zealand's largest and fastest growing port - since 2005. Prior to joining Port of Tauranga, he was Chief Executive of C3 Limited (formerly Toll Owens Limited) for five years. He is a director of Northport Limited, Coda GP Limited and Quality Marshalling Limited. He was appointed to the Board of Meridian Energy Limited in July 2012.

Mark has a First Class Honours Degree in Civil Engineering, a degree in Business Studies and a Master of Management. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand, a member of the Institute of Directors and a member of LEADR (accredited mediator).



As Chief Financial Officer, a position that also incorporates the role of Company Secretary, Steve is responsible for the financial management of the Port. He continually monitors the financial performance of the business and part of his role includes providing forecasts and advice on the financial implications of specific programmes or projects planned for the future.

Steve is also responsible for briefing analysts, stockbrokers and the New Zealand Exchange and oversees the development of information systems within the Company. As Company Secretary, he works closely with the Board of Directors and also takes care of the Port's legal matters.

Steve has been with the Company since 1987 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in July 2007.



Sara is a key member of the Port's Senior Management Team, involved across the business from human resources to providing assistance on operational and commercial matters.

Sara's role in human resources includes overseeing the personal development and training of staff, the Company's health and safety policy, industrial relations and ensuring the Port continues to attract top calibre staff.

Sara also assists the port in representations to various regulatory authorities on issues likely to affect the business and its operating environment. She was appointed to this position in 2010 and has extensive experience in port related industries. 




Commercial Manager Leonard Sampson oversees port operations, marketing and new business opportunities and is closely involved in working with the Port's customers. He manages a wide range of Port services including marine pilots, tugs, the planning of berths for shipping arrivals, wharf space, security and labour resources within the Port.

He also plays a key role in the relationships between the Port of Tauranga, shipping lines and importers and exporters. Part of this role includes promoting the development of the Port to meet customer needs.

Prior to joining the Company in September 2013, Leonard held the position of General Manager - Sales at KiwiRail Limited where he was responsible for the management and development of KiwiRail's freight markets, with revenues of ~$500 million.

Prior to KiwiRail/Toll Rail, Mr Sampson worked for Carter Holt Harvey Limited and also Mainfreight Limited in sales and marketing roles.



Dan Kneebone has overall responsibility for both the property portfolio and engineering interests of the Port. His role is to ensure that developments at the Port meet the needs of existing and potential customers. This involves the planning and construction of new projects and maintaining the assets of the Port.

Dan joined the Port of Tauranga Senior Management Team in January 2013 and will play an important role in the Port's strategic planning.