Board of Directors
Trevor Janes is an Auckland-based businessman and company director with an extensive background in investment banking and finance. He is currently Chairman of Abano Healthcare, Certus Solutions, The International Development Commercial Advisory Panel of MFAT and the Tokelau International Trust Fund. He is also Deputy Chair and Investment Committee Chair of the Accident Compensation Corporation. Trevor is a member of the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal and the Postal Network Access Committee. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, and a Fellow of both the NZ Institute of Financial Professionals and Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.
Dame Paula Rebstock DNZM
Paula Rebstock is an Auckland-based economist and company director. She is Chairwoman of the Insurance and Savings Commission, Director of Synergia Ltd, Health Benefits Ltd, ACC, Health Alliance Limited, and a Director/Shareholder of Phoenix Limited. She is a Member of the University of Auckland Business School Advisory Board and the Probation Service Governance Board. She is also the Financial Performance Auditor for Nga Puhi Trust Board, the Lead Reviewer for the Review of the Crown Law Office, Ministries of MPIA, MWA, CLO, DOL, DOC and ERO.
John Leuchars is a professional company director who is a civil engineer by training, and has significant experience in senior management of international consulting engineering companies. He has governance experience in a number of large engineering consultancy firms and not-for-profit organisations. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand.
Rebecca Thomas (Mrs Rebecca Eele)
Rebecca Thomas has more than 25 years of experience in financial markets in New Zealand and overseas. She has a background in law and business having held roles as both a CEO and Independent Director on UK-based Boards. She is a Director of Mint Asset Management Ltd, Black and White Group Ltd, and an Associate Member of the Foundation Board of the Financial Markets Authority.
Kevin Thompson comes to KiwiRail after 13 years with OPUS International Consultants Ltd including his role as Chief Executive Officer from 2001 and Managing Director from 2007. Prior to OPUS, Dr Thompson was Chief Executive of Works Civil Construction Ltd, now known as Downer EDI Works Ltd. He is Chairman of both the Security and Reliability Council for Electricity Authority, and the Electricity Industry Group for Business NZ. He is also a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Wellington Catholic Homes Trust, a Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand.
Guy Royal has a background in private equity with commercial and corporate law for over 18 years in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. While in the UK Guy worked for CDC Capital plc, a private equity fund with over NZ$3 billion in direct investments and lending in various industries internationally. He is Managing Director of Tuia Group, a professional advisory firm with offices in NZ, PNG and Samoa. Guy has sat (and continues to sit) on the boards of a number of private and public sector businesses including Crown Forest Rental Trust, Film and Literature Review Board and NZ Fast Forward Fund Limited.
Paul Harper’s appointment to the Board of KiwiRail is his third direct involvement with Rail and ferries over a long and varied career. His first was in the 1960s when he completed a Mechanical Fitting apprenticeship at the Addington Workshops in Christchurch, before spending a decade at sea as a Marine Engineer. Several years of shore-based shipping company management followed in Norway, Scotland, Brazil and Australia before he gained further exposure to the Rail environment back in NZ as Group General Manager of the Interisland Line. He returned to the shipping and logistics game as the establishment CEO of Carter Holt Harvey Lodestar, and was then involved in the start-up of Netlogix Ltd, a 4PL Logistics company which he currently chairs. He recently completed nine years as a Director on the Board of the Port of Napier Ltd, is presently a Director of Health Alliance Ltd, chairing one of its subsidiaries, and is in the last year of a three-year contract as Dean of the NZ Maritime School. A chartered member of the Institute of Directors and a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Paul also has a Masters in Business Administration degree from Otago University.
A qualified Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the College of Chartered Accountants with an Executive MBA from IMD Lausanne in Switzerland, Mike Pohio has extensive experience both as a Director and an Executive. Following an early career in a number of executive roles in the NZ Dairy industry, he was Container Terminal Manager at the Port of Tauranga during its expansion phase in the early to mid-2000s, before being appointed CEO of Tainui Group Holdings (TGH) for eight years when he chaired Tainui Auckland Airport Hotel and the Raukura Moana Sealord Joint Venture, while he was also a Director on all TGH subsidiaries – experience which has given him a wide network of iwi connections across NZ. Mike’s governance background also includes six years as a Shareholder and Director of NZL Group Ltd, seven years on the Transpower Board, where he chaired the People & Performance Committee, and more latterly he was a Ministerial appointment to the University of Waikato Council. He also currently chairs BNZ Partners Waikato Region Board and is a Director of NIWA and Panuku Development Auckland.