• Executive Leadership Team

Meet the  Leadership Team at Lyttelton Port Company.

Roger Gray Chief Executive Officer

Roger Gray
Roger became Lyttelton Port Company's Chief Executive Officer in February 2020.

Before joining LPC, Roger was Group General Manager Airports at Air New Zealand. In this role he managed all ground handling and lounge operations at 55 airports around the globe, covering 2,800 staff who handle 18 million passengers annually. Prior to this, Roger was Group General Manager Business Performance at Air New Zealand.

Prior to this Roger was Managing Director – Australia for the Blue Star Print Group. He has also held several senior leadership roles with Goodman Fielder, including Managing Director of Quality Bakers – New Zealand and Supply Chain Director for Goodman Fielder Baking – Australia.

Roger has worked as a Logistician at the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympics Games, and was also an officer in the Australian Army.

He holds an MBA, a Masters of Business in Integrated Logistics Management, as well as Bachelor Degrees in Economics and Arts.

Jonathan Gardiner Chief Financial Officer

Jonathan Gardiner
Jonathan joined the Company in July 2014. A Chartered Accountant, he spent several years with KPMG, then ten years in a variety of financial roles in the United Kingdom. Seven of these years were with Starman London, a property investment company specialising in the Hotel Sector, where he was a key member of the Senior Management Team.

After returning to New Zealand in 2011, he joined Housing New Zealand as Financial Controller, Assets, and was appointed Programme Lead on the Housing Reform Programme.

Jonathan has a Bachelor of Management Studies (Hons) from Waikato University.

Simon Munt General Manager Container Operations

Simon Munt
Simon joined LPC in October 2008, in the role of Customer Relationship Manager for the containerised side of the business, and in December 2011 accepted the role of Marketing Manager.
As GM of Container Operations, Simon manages the Lyttelton Container Terminal, our Inland Ports, Coal, Maintenance and Commercial and Business Development.

Simon comes from a strong shipping background, having spent time in both operational, and sales and marketing roles within the shipping line business. This included sales and marketing roles for Maersk Line in both New Zealand and Australia and, prior to this, operational roles with P&O Nedlloyd, again on both sides of the Tasman. He has also spent time with Scenic Circle Hotels in a national sales role.

Simon has a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Human Resource Management, from Canterbury University.

Paul Monk General Manager Bulk Cargo and Marine Services

Paul Monk
Paul joined LPC in June 2011. As GM of Bulk Cargo and Marine Services, Paul manages the companies extensive marine services, Dry Dock, Te Ana Marina and bulk cargo business.

Former roles include senior operational management positions at the Canterbury District Health Board, managing Christchurch Hospital and Diagnostic Services across all Christchurch hospitals, and managing all South Island prisons - a challenging role with a strong focus on improving core operating systems and performance.

Having previously worked at Lyttelton Port, Paul has some hands-on operational experience and spent six years working for one of the waterfront unions in the mid 80s.

He has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from Canterbury University.

Mike Simmers General Manager Infrastructure and Property

Mike Simmers
Mike joined LPC in December 2013 in the role of Project Director as part of the Project Management Office, before becoming Infrastructure Manager in 2019. As GM Infrastructure and Property Mike is responsible for Infrastructure, Major Capital Projects, Civil Maintenance, Property, Security and Asset Management.

Mike comes from a background in delivering large complex projects overseas and back home in New Zealand having returned in 2003 with his family. Mike has worked as a manager in the telecommunications, energy and construction sectors – with projects including laying submarine fibre cables through Asia and tender manager for one of NZ’s largest irrigation projects.

Mike has a Bachelor of Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Science

Kirstie Gardener General Manager People and Safety

Kirstie Gardener
Kirstie leads the People and Safety team at LPC, managing the People Team, Health and Safety, Employment Relations and Organisational Development.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Kirstie started her career with Airtours a major UK tour operator. Since then Kirstie has had over 25 years of experience in New Zealand in Senior Human Resources Leadership positions with companies such as Holcim, General Cable, Solid Energy, the Ministry of Health and most recently ANZCO Foods.

Kirstie is an experienced General Manager with previous experience developing and leading teams in Human Resources, Health and Safety, Payroll, Communications and Sustainability as well as having international experience in emerging and developed markets across a diverse range of cultures.

Kirstie holds an Advanced Diploma in Business and Finance completed in the United Kingdom.

Phil de Joux General Manager Engagement and Sustainability

Phil de Joux
Phil joined LPC in November 2018. Phil manages Stakeholder Engagement, Communications, Environment and Planning, Sustainability and Māori Development.

He has worked in central government and in the private sector, in both corporate affairs and commercial roles. Phil worked previously as the General Manager for the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and for Air New Zealand as Head of Government and Industry Affairs, and managed long-haul market expansion in their Networks team. He also worked in Parliament in various roles, including as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister.

Phil has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science from the University of Canterbury.

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