Our Directors

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Board of Directors

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.

Meet the Board

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John Loughlin - Chairman

Chairman, Independent Director, appointed 2014
ANZIIF (fellow), AFInstD


  • Member, Audit Committee
  • Member, Health and Safety Committee
  • Member, Directors Remuneration Committee

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.

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Donna Smit

Elected 2019, FCA


  • Chair, Audit Committee
  • Member, Health and Safety Committee

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. 

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Michael Montgomery

Elected 2000


  • Member, Health and Safety Committee

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.

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Murray McBride

Elected 2009, IOD Directors Certificate, IOD Audit and Risk Certificate


  • Chairman, Health and Safety Committee

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).

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Mark Giles

Independent Director, appointed 2014, B Ag Econ


  • Member, Remuneration and Appointments Committee
  • Member, Health and Safety Committee

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.

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David Jensen

Elected 2018, B.Agr. Dip Agri.Sc


  • Chairman, Audit Committee
  • Member, Health and Safety Committee

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.

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Dylan Barrett

Elected 2019, BBS (VPM), MInstD


  • Member, Remuneration and Appointments Committee
  • Member, Health and Safety Committee

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.   

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Board Observer Role

Board Observer

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.

Nicholas Woolsey has been appointed to the board observer role for 2021.


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Board Charter

EastPack Board Charter

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