Grower success is the driving force behind EastPack’s Board of Directors. Our Board is made up of six elected Grower Directors, and two appointed independent Directors.
Chairman, Independent Director, appointed 2014
BCA, MBA, FCA, INFINZ (fellow), FNZIM,
ANZIIF (fellow), AFInstD
John has extensive board experience including directorships with Zespri Group Limited, AgResearch Limited, Port of Napier Limited and Toll NZ Limited. John is currently chairman of Powerco Limited, Rockit Global Limited and Meat Industry Association of New Zealand Inc. John holds an MBA and BCA from Victoria University of Wellington.
Elected 2019, FCA
Donna has corporate governance and management experience, expertise in strategy and finance, and practical knowledge across multiple rural industries.
She comes from a rural background in Edgecumbe and has been involved in the kiwifruit industry for many years. Donna worked at EastPack as Company Administrator for 24 years and is currently developing a 13 hectare G3 orchard.
Michael has been involved in the kiwifruit industry as a grower and a postharvest operator since 1981. Michael is chairman of TKL Logistics Limited, which manages wharf and transport services for kiwifruit in the Bay of Plenty. Michael is a board representative on EastPack Entity Trust and a past member of NZKGI (New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated). He completed the Kelloggs Rural Leadership Training Programme in 2002. He owns and operates orchards in the Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne Areas.
Elected 2009, IOD Directors Certificate, IOD Audit and Risk Certificate
Murray has been involved in the kiwifruit industry since 1979. He managed the McBride family post-harvest facility and purchased his first orchard in 1990. Since then, Murray has been heavily involved in developing gold orchard plantings and is renowned in the industry as a leader in this field. Murray is a member of the Zespri Gold Development Group, NZKGI (New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated), and IAC (Industry Advisory Council).
Independent Director, appointed 2014, B Ag Econ
Mark joined EastPack as an independent director in 2014. Mark has a broad range of skills and successful track-record throughout a diverse business life, predominantly within the ICT sector. His leadership experience has spanned across large multinationals to home grown New Zealand companies and the not for profit sector. Mark has extensive international General Management, sales and marketing experience and served on a number of boards including that of Vodafone New Zealand, Vodafone Mobile New Zealand, and Alcatel New Zealand. Mark is currently an independent director at ITM Co-operative Limited, and chairman of Coretex Limited and Techspace Consulting Limited. Mark holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from Massey University.
Elected 2018, B.Agr. Dip Agri.Sc
David is an experienced Director of several Co-operative and private companies. He is a past director of Satara and has been the past Chairman of the EastPack Entity Trust. He and his family own and operate orchards in the Tauranga region.
Elected 2019, BBS (VPM), MInstD
Dylan is a Registered Valuer specialising in commercial, industrial and horticultural property. He holds a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in Property Valuation & Management, completed the Kellogg’s Rural Leadership Programme and has completed a wide range of governance training courses through the Institute of Directors.
Dylan's involvement in the Kiwifruit industry began with private orchard ownership, and then later extended to further investment in a larger syndicate orchard, all of which are situated in the Te Puke region. Further involvement includes Kiwifruit valuation and advisory work, EET involvement and a Chairman role in KEL Rangiuru Limited.
A one year board observer role has been introduced by the EastPack board. This governance position will be mentored and developed for leaders of the future, for EastPack Entity Trust (EET), EastPack, Zespri and the Kiwifruit industry as a whole.
Mark Ericksen has been appointed to the board observer role for 2020.