Director Profiles

Board of Directors

Bruce Plested
Chairman & Founding Owner
Profile

Appointment to Board 1978 - With Mainfreight since 1978

As Chairman and Founder, Bruce shares his vision for the Company with the Mainfreight team, bringing a particular focus to quality and our culture. Likewise, his strongly-held beliefs relating to the importance of education and of recycling/ sustainability, continue to positively shape the Company’s behaviours.

Don Braid
Group Managing Director
Profile

Appointment to Board 2000 - With Mainfreight since 1994

Don has over 40 years’ experience in the freight industry, including 26 with Mainfreight. His leadership is underpinned by a strong belief in Mainfreight’s global competency and capabilities to provide high-quality supply chain solutions for our customers. His visits to our local and overseas operations guide our teams to be sales-focused and always aiming for operational excellence. He is fiercely proud of the Mainfreight culture seeing this as a key reason customers choose Mainfreight over the competition.

Richard Prebble
Independent Director
Profile

Appointment to Board 1996

Richard Prebble is by profession a lawyer. As a Government Minister, Richard was responsible for creating SOEs, deregulating telecommunications and broadcasting, reforming ports, airports, railways and aviation.

Today he chairs a group of telecommunication companies. Richard has been elected a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Other Current Directorships: Information and Communication Services Limited (Chairman), Seronic (NZ) Limited, and his family companies.

Bryan Mogridge, ONZM
Independent Director
Profile

Appointment to Board 2003

Bryan has a wealth of experience, both in executive and board roles. He has also lent his considerable support to not-for-profit organisations such as the Starship Foundation. His intellect and pragmatic approach is highly regarded at the Board table.

Other Current Significant Directorships and Trusteeships: BUPA ANZ Pty Limited (Chairman), Adherium Limited, Clearspan Limited, Thinxtra Australia, Starship Foundation, Massey University Foundation.

Simon Cotter
Independent Director
Profile

Appointment to Board 2013

Simon has a long association with Mainfreight having served as the Company’s main adviser for acquisitions, debt structure and other matters since 2003 (through Grant Samuel & Associates), prior to joining the Mainfreight Board. He brings strong financial skills and business acumen to the role.

Other Current Directorships:
Grant Samuel & Associates Ltd.

Kate Parsons
Independent Director
Profile

Appointment to Board 2017

Kate brings to the Board her broad financial and analytical experience acquired in a range of industries, both in New Zealand and overseas. Her knowledge of high-tech companies is a welcome addition to the Board’s capabilities, as is her familiarity with the complexities of acquisitions, and steering companies through growth and change.

Other Current Directorships: Member of the CFO Advisory Board, Auckland University Business School, Member of the Board of Trustees of Dress for Success Incorporated, and private family companies.

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