Board of Directors
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.
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.
Bob Major has spent many years working in the dairy industry, including at the New Zealand Dairy Research Institute, New Zealand Dairy Board and on the senior leadership team of Fonterra. He's also a former director of Sealord Group and Barker Fruit Processors, a current director of Westland Milk Products and BioVittoria Ltd and is Chair of Gibb Holdings (Nelson) Ltd.
John Dennehy has served on a number of boards in New Zealand and in the UK, and is currently Chair of the Mercer Group Ltd. He has a background in financial services focusing on international transport and infrastructure, including rail, shipping, road and aviation in the private and state-owned sectors.
Sue McCormack is a senior partner at Mortlock McCormack Law, specialising in corporate and commercial law. She is the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Canterbury and has previously been a director of the Lyttelton Port Company Limited, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Public Trust.