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, Hop Revolution Limited, Coda GP Limited, and Meat Industry Association of New Zealand Inc. John is the co-founder and owner of Askerne Winery.
Elected 2019, BBS (VPM), MInstD
Dylan is a Registered Valuer specialising in commercial, industrial and horticultural property. He owns and operates kiwifruit orchards in teh Te Puke region and is a board representative on EastPack Entity Trust.
Dylan 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.
Independent Director, appointed 2014, B Ag Econ
Mark has broad leadership and governance experience across large multinationals to home-grown New Zealand companies and the not-for-profit sector. Mark is currently Independent Director and Chairman at ITM Co-operative Limited, and Chairman of Coretex Limited and Techspace Consulting Limited. Mark holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from Massey University.
Braden has been growing kiwifruit in Te Puke since 2005. He has experience in operations management, product and orchard developement. He has previously held an executive role in EastPack overseeing Grower Services and Prospa Orchard Management divisions.
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. David has also been a Director of Livestock Improvement, Farmlands and Figured. He is currently Chair of numerous MyFarm Limited Partnership Orchards in the BOP. He and his family own and operate orchards in the Tauranga region.
Elected 2009, IOD Directors Certificate, IOD Audit and Risk Certificate
Murray has extensive management and governance experience from his active and continuing involvement in all facets of the Kiwifruit industry since the 1980's. Murray is exceptionally passionate about maximising outcomes for stakeholders and believes that the best route to success is through focus on business vision and strategy. 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.
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. 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 2020, FCA
Ngaire is a Chartered Accountant and has experience at senior executive and governance roles. She comes from a rural background in the Waikato and has been involved in the kiwifruit industry for over 10 years. She serves as a Chief Financial Officer for Trinity Lands Ltd, a large scale business that operates a portfolio of kiwifruit, dairy and other commercial investments. She has participated in the Zespri Industry Governance Programme.
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.