Director Profiles

Board of Directors

Bruce Plested
Bruce Plested
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.

Profile

Appointment to Board 2000 - With Mainfreight since 1994

Don has over 45 years’ experience in the freight industry, including 29 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
Richard Prebble
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.

Richard has been elected a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Other Current Directorships: Private family companies.
 

Bryan Mogridge, ONZM
Bryan Mogridge, ONZM
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), SeaDragon Limited, Thinxtra Limited, Starship Foundation, Massey University Foundation.

Simon Cotter
Simon Cotter
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
Kate Parsons
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: Entrada Travel Group Limited (and a number of subsidiary companies), Rush Digital Interactive Limited, and private family companies.

Annie Steel
Annie Steel
Profile

Appointment to the Board 2024

Annie was born in Hong Kong and immigrated with her family when she was young and excelled in her education in New Zealand. She is a partner for a corporate law firm and has had considerable experience across complex and challenging corporate transactions and strategic advisory engagements. These include cross-border M&A activity Annie’s energy and commercial expertise, along with her trilingual background is a welcome addition to the Board table.

Other Current Directorships: Harmos Horton Lusk Limited and private family or investment companies.
 
Hayley Buckley
Hayley Buckley
Profile

Appointment to the Board 2024

Hayley has broad commercial and capital markets experience and has acted as lead counsel for a number of large companies in the transport and supply chain sector. Hayley’s career includes time spent in London and the US and she has acted on a number of cross-border transactions. She is a member of the Institute of Directors of New Zealand and is an Alumnae of the Harvard Business School. Hayley’s commercial acumen, energy and work ethic will be of great assistance to the Board.

Other Current Directorships: The Snowball Effect Limited.
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