Past Executive Experience

1988 – 1997

Carter Holt Harvey Limited

1995 – 1997

Carters, Auckland

Carters’ was a division of Carter Holt Harvey Limited and comprised 35 timber and hardware retail outlets with associated timber prefabrication operations across New Zealand. Sales were $350 million and total employees 900.

1991 – 1995

Caxton Group of Companies, Auckland
Chief Executive

Caxton was a vertically integrated forestry, pulp and paper manufacturing, distribution and marketing business with operations in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and markets in New Zealand, Australia, Pacific, Asia and United States.

The main highlights were leading Caxton into the deregulated economy and competitive market environment, increasing sales and maintaining market share and profitability significantly above analysts’ forecasts; and developing and implementing the strategic plan for the tissue and disposable business which resulted in the acquisition of Bowater Tissue, Australia.

1988 – 1991

Caxton Group of Companies, Auckland
Group Financial Controller

1987 – 1988

Caxton Paper Mills Limited, Kawerau
Financial Controller

1986 – 1987

Caxton Paper Mills Limited, Kawerau
Financial Accountant

1985 – 1986

Lockwood Buildings Limited, Rotorua
Chief Accountant

1980 – 1985

Tasman Group of Companies (Division of Fletcher Challenge Limited)

1983 – 1985

Tasman Lumber, Kawerau
Site Accountant

1980 – 1983

Tasman Pulp and Paper Company Limited, Kawerau


Department of Education, Matamata College
Part time teacher – Economics and Book keeping

1977 – 1980

Forest Research Institute, Rotorua
University student vacation worker.