About Freightways


The Board has determined for the purposes of the NZX Listing Rules that, as at 30 June 2016, Sue Sheldon, Kim Ellis, Mark Verbiest and Mark Rushworth are independent Directors; as at 1 July 2016, Peter Kean is an independent Director; and Dean Bracewell as Managing Director is not an independent Director.



Sue was appointed a Director of Freightways in July 2003 and appointed Chairman in October 2010. Sue is a Chartered Accountant and full-time professional director, and is currently a director of Contact Energy Limited and Real Journeys Limited. She is the Independent Chair of the Audit & Risk Management Committee of the Christchurch City Council. Sue is a former President of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.


Managing Director

Dean has been Managing Director of the Freightways Group since 1999. He joined the Group in 1979 and other than a 5-year period, including time overseas, he has spent his entire career with the Freightways Group. Dean held a range of senior executive and general management roles in a number of the Freightways businesses prior to his appointment as Managing Director.



Mark was appointed a Director in February 2010. He is a professional director who has a strong working knowledge of technology and technology-related businesses, as well as having extensive capital markets experience. A lawyer by training, with widespread corporate legal experience in private practice, he spent 7.5 years on the senior executive team of Telecom NZ through until mid-2008, where among other things he had executive accountability for two business units. Mark is Chairman of Spark New Zealand Limited, Transpower New Zealand Limited and Willis Bond Capital Partners Limited. He is also a director of ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited, a consultant to law firm Simpson Grierson and a member of the Commercial Operations Advisory Board of the Treasury.



Kim was appointed a Director in August 2009. He spent 28 years in chief executive roles in a number of sectors, including 13 years as Managing Director of Waste Management NZ Ltd until its sale in 2006 to Transpacific Industries Pty Limited, and has developed businesses in both New Zealand and Australia. Kim is now a professional director working with both private and listed companies. His current Board appointments include Port of Tauranga Limited, FSF Management Company Limited, Ballance Agri-Nutrients Limited, NZ Social Infrastructure Fund Limited, Metlifecare Limited and Enviro Waste Services Limited.


BE(Hons), MEM

Mark was appointed a Director of Freightways in September 2015. He has extensive experience in the technology sector, with a decadeís governance experience, predominantly in the high tech and innovation space. An electrical engineer by training, with widespread operations and marketing experience, he spent four years on the senior executive team of Vodafone NZ through until 2010, where among other things he had executive accountability for the fixed line business and as executive director of marketing. Currently Mark is the CEO of New Zealandís digital payments business Paymark Limited. Mark previously served as chief executive of Pacific Fibre and internet provider ihug.


Peter was appointed a Director in July 2016. He brings to Freightways many years of senior executive experience with the Lion group of companies in both New Zealand and Australia. Peter's last executive roles were as Managing Director of Lion Nathan New Zealand and Managing Director of Lion Dairy and Drinks, based in Melbourne. Peter retired from Lion in 2014 and has since developed his career in governance. Peter is also a Director of Sanford Limited, the New Zealand Rugby Union and a number of private companies.