|LEONARD SAMPSON CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Leonard was appointed to role of Chief Executive on 1 July 2021, having previously been the Chief Operating Officer since September 2019.
He joined the Company as Port of Tauranga’s Commercial Manager in 2013 from the role of General Manager – Sales at KiwiRail. He also held senior roles at Carter Holt Harvey and Mainfreight.
|SIMON KEBBELL CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER and COMPANY SECRETARY
Simon was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Port of Tauranga Limited in 2020. He has been with the Company since 2003 and was previously IT / Finance Manager. He is a Chartered Accountant and has a First Class Honours Degree in a Bachelor of Management Studies.
Prior to joining Port of Tauranga, Simon was Manager – Internal Audit for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Singapore. He also held positions at Ernst & Young in Singapore and Auckland.
|DAN KNEEBONE PROPERTY & INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGER
Dan joined the Port of Tauranga Senior Management Team in January 2013. He was previously National Property and Development Manager for Bunnings Limited and held senior roles at Trans Tasman Properties Limited, Fletcher Property Limited and Simes Limited.
Dan has overall responsibility for both the property portfolio and engineering interests of the Port. He is a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Valuation and Property Management.
|PAT KIRK GROUP HEALTH & SAFETY MANAGER
Pat joined the Company in 2013 and the Senior Management Team in March 2020, reflecting the importance of health and safety to our ongoing success. Pat holds a Diploma in Business and Administration (with Distinction), is a Bachelor of Social Science and Master of Business Studies (Ergonomics) (1st Class Hons).
Pat has three decades of extensive strategic and applied industry health and safety experience across a wide range of sectors. He is Chair of the Port Industry Health & Safety Committee and a member of various national health and safety organisations, including the WorkSafe/ACC National Industry Prevention Working Group, the WorkSafe/Maritime NZ Industry Advisory Group (Port Sector) and the Business Leaders’ Health & Safety Forum.
|BLAIR HAMILL COMMERCIAL MANAGER
Blair joined the Company in July 2020 after 20 years at Zespri International, the world’s largest kiwifruit marketer. Blair held a variety of senior roles at Zespri, including Global Commercial Manager and, most recently, Chief Global Supply Officer.
Blair is a Bachelor of Business Studies, majoring in Accountancy and is a former Chartered Accountant. Blair oversees port operations, marketing and new business opportunities.
|MELANIE DYER CORPORATE SERVICES MANAGER
Melanie joined the Port of Tauranga’s Senior Management Team in August 2020 from Trustpower Limited, where she was General Manager, People and Culture. Prior to joining Trustpower in 2014, Melanie spent 11 years at Hydro Tasmania.
Melanie has a Master’s Degree in Organisational Development and Leadership studies. She is a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Sociology, and holds a Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management.
|ROCHELLE LOCKLEY COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Rochelle joined the Port of Tauranga Senior Management Team in September 2020. She has Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) and a Diploma in Journalism.
Rochelle, a former journalist, held senior communications roles in tourism and telecommunications in New Zealand and overseas before establishing a communications consultancy in 2005.