GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Matt was appointed chief executive of Eastland Group in 2003. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the utilities and infrastructure sectors, including senior roles with major players such as United Networks, Matt has worked in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Southeast Asia, South America and the Pacific Islands.
Brent Stewart leads the team responsible for the overall management and operation of the electricity distribution and transmission network assets of Eastland Network. He has worked in the electricity distribution industry for more than 30 years. Brent joined Eastland Network 2002 after management positions within the industry in Wellington and the Bay of Plenty.
Gavin Murphy joined Eastland Group in 2004 after many years heading projects and teams in New Zealand and offshore. He has extensive experience in the utility sector, particularly the electricity industry, which saw him spend time in Indonesia heading a key project.
Born on the East Coast, Andrew has been involved in the local forestry industry from an early age, from driving trucks in Mangatu forest to planting around Ruatoria. His role encompasses the management of Eastland Port and its associated debarking operations in Gisborne and Northland, Gisborne Airport, as well as the CookStores, Gisborne's largest cold and dry store facility.
TE AHI O MAUI GEOTHERMAL PROJECT
Originally from the Waikato, Ben joined Eastland Group in 2004 following a three year role with London Underground on the Public Private Partnership project to modernise the system through the privatisation of the maintenance and upgrade of the network. While in the UK, Ben obtained a Diploma in Financial Management which complemented his training as Mechanical Engineer. He has also worked in the construction sector as a process engineer for Firth Stresscrete.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
With long-term experience in the United States financial sector, at Eastland Group Aaron is responsible for the finance, treasury, accounting, tax, legal, company secretary and financial administration functions of the company. He supports the Group Chief Executive, the Board of Directors, the businesses within the group and the company's growth initiatives.
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Before joining Eastland Group, Kathy was communications manager at Tairawhiti District Health Board and previous to that was Gisborne’s Heart of City manager. Kathy also spent many years working in senior management roles in advertising agencies in New Zealand, Australia, Britain and China. A former radio, newspaper and magazine journalist, she holds an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University.
HEALTH, SAFETY & ENVIRONMENTS
Jarred has spent more than 10 years specialising in health and safety management and has a key focus on ensuring the correct engagement methods are used with all levels of personnel within a company to ensure the right attitudes towards safety management are achieved. Prior to his current role as Eastland Group’s health, safety and environmental Manager, Jarred spent four years working for Hikurangi Forest Farms; his last two years were spent as the company’s health, safety and environmental manager. In the five years previous to that, Jarred established and operated Integrated Safety Solutions, an occupational health and safety company in Gisborne.
With a background in recruitment, organisational behaviour, learning and development and performance management, Maria has 10 years of experience within the field of human resources. Swedish-born, she holds a Bachelor of Human Resource Management and experience with a broad range of businesses in both private and public sector, in Sweden, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Prior to her current role as Eastland Group’s HR advisor, Maria spent almost four years as HR Advisor at Tairawhiti District Health.
Nelson is also chair and director of MSC Consulting, a structural and Civil Engineering consultancy firm. Nelson has previously been Chair and director of Lanzafuels Ltd and Techscape. His many other directorships include Guardian Healthcare, Kerifresh and Netball New Zealand. He has also fulfilled board advisory roles for Sports New Zealand in football, cycling and swimming. He brings his extensive local and international experience in the oil industry to his role with Eastland Group.
QSO, JP. Mayor of Gisborne for 12 years, John was
chairman of Port Gisborne prior to its purchase by ECT and his present appointment as a director of Eastland Group, Eastland Network and Eastland Port. John is a viticulturalist who is also deputy chair of New Zealand Winegrowers. He is a board member of Eastwoodhill Aboretum and a trustee of the Sunrise Foundation, as well as being involved in a number of local philanthropic entities.
With extensive experience in the commercial arena, Mike has worked in large New Zealand companies as an investment banker and advisor to some of the biggest companies in South-East Asia and Australasia. He manages his own company, FSL Foods, and is a chairman and director of two Nelson companies with national operations. Mike has a law degree and, over the years, has been a director of a number of private companies in New Zealand and Australia, including 10 years as a director of electricity distributor Network Tasman.
Currently special projects manager at Hastings District Council. Tony was previously chief financial officer at Hastings District Council. Prior to that, Tony held the senior finance role at Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu (2 years), the CFO role at Mighty River Power (7 years), and the same position at TVNZ (12 years). He has been on the board of various companies and is currently an independent director of Ngati Apa Developments, director of the New Zealand Local Government Insurance Corporation, chair of Ngati Pukenga Investments, and board member of the Omarunui LFG partnership.
John has a broad range of management and directorial experience with, and in, a variety of different of business sectors including banking, investment, venture capital, technology, infrastructure, construction, and engineering. He has had wide-ranging geographic experience with responsibility for operations in New Zealand, Australia, Asia and Europe and experience as a director in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. In addition to chairing the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development, John is a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Board which provides independent advice to Treasury and the Minister for Infrastructure.
Kieran is an electrical engineer with more than 40 years experience within the electricity and energy industries both in New Zealand and offshore. He has served as a senior manager in generation, transmission and System Operations, including managing the real time electricity market, within the New Zealand industry. He has recently completed a role as the interim chief executive of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand. For seven years he has been a trustee, and is currently the chair, of the Centre for Advanced Engineering. He is an industry member of the Natural Hazards Research Platform Strategic Advisory Group. Kieran is a fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers (NZ), a senior member the IEEE (USA), and a member of the IET (UK).