Our Leadership Team

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Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Strong leadership drives a culture of performance, contributing to the success of Grower Shareholders.  Our team take this responsibility seriously and aim to deliver on what’s important to Growers.


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Hamish Simson

Chief Executive Officer

Hamish is an experienced executive with a number of leadership roles at CEO, general manager, and executive director levels.


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Merv Dallas

Chief Financial Officer

Merv has held a number of senior financial roles. He has worked in Europe, Australia, Asia and the Pacific Islands, and was CFO at Zespri for nine years.


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Braden Hungerford

General Manager - Grower & Orchard Performance

Braden has vast experience in operations management, product and orchard development, and has a number of successful orchards.

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Phil Karl

General Manager - Operations 

Phil joined EastPack after many years in the Dairy Industry. Phil is a capable operations leader with extensive experience across the supply chain.

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Richard Fraser-Mackenzie

General Manager - Logistics & Supply

Richard has expertise in logistical management and has previously worked for Zespri in a commercial role.

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Kirsty Shores

Chief Technology Officer

Kirsty has over 25 years esperience in delivering large IS projects.  She has significant expertise in a number of sectors working in both the UK and NZ.


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Heather Burton

General Manager - Human Resources

Heather has a wealth of expertise in all aspects of human resources and health and safety.

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Ginny Moore

Business Improvement Manager

Ginny is responsible for ensuring operational processes are optimised and best practice continues to evolve.

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Neil Te Kani

Manager Maori Relations

Neil has significant governance experience in the New Zealand kiwifruit industry and was instrumental in the development of the Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project (KISP). Neil’s role is part of EastPack’s long-term strategy to support the substantial growth of Maori investment in the kiwifruit industry.