• Executive Leadership Team

Meet the  Leadership Team at Lyttelton Port Company.

Graeme Sumner Chief Executive Officer

Graeme Sumner
Graeme became Lyttelton Port Company’s Chief Executive Officer in September 2023.

Graeme’s executive experience includes CEO of Airways New Zealand, the SOE responsible for the management and control of New Zealand’s airspace, as well as having an extensive international business providing products and services to 33 countries worldwide.

Before joining Airways New Zealand in 2017, Graeme held various leadership roles in New Zealand and Australia, including Managing Director of Service Stream, Managing Director of Transfield Services New Zealand and Managing Director of Siemens New Zealand. Earlier, Graeme held General Manager level roles with New Zealand Post, Contact Energy and Telecom.

Simon Munt Chief Customer and Supply Chain Officer

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.

Now, as the Chief Customer and Supply Chain Officer, Simon manages our commercial and customer relationships across our entire customer base including containers, coal, general cargo, cruise, marinas, and property. Simon also has responsibility for our Inland Ports and initiatives in the wider supply chain.

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.

Mike Simmers Chief Infrastructure Officer

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.

In 2022, Mike was appointed Chief Infrastructure Officer and is responsible for engineering, electrical, mechanical, and civil maintenance, security, projects, planning and asset management, and port services.

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.

Phil de Joux Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

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

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.

Vincent Mortimer Chief Financial Officer

Vincent Mortimer
Vincent joined LPC in January 2023 as the Chief Financial Officer with responsibility for all financial, risk, and insurance matters.

Vincent has a history working in some of Canterbury and New Zealand’s iconic brands with a focus in recent times in the heavy equipment and manufacturing industries with the Gough Group and HamiltonJet. He has previously worked for large international accounting firms, on private equity investment projects, and in large national and international corporates.

He brings CFO and CIO experience in global corporate finance and tax planning, business investment and divestment projects, strategic planning development and execution, ERP implementation delivery, cyber security risks, and data intelligence projects.

Vincent has been a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand for more than 25 years and is a Member of the Institute of Directors.

Eugene Beneke Chief Operating Officer

Eugene Beneke
Eugene joined LPC in October 2021 as Head of Commercial and Supply Chain, before being appointed as Chief Operating Officer in December 2022.

With close to 20 years’ experience in the supply chain and logistics sector, Eugene has worked in various roles in shipping, freight management and the port industry, most recently as General Manager – Business Development for Port Nelson and General Manager QuayConnect which partnered with a variety of importers and exporters to link them to both the export and import parts of the supply chain.

Eugene is an experienced leader of teams and brings an extensive background in entrepreneurial business processes primarily focusing on operational efficiencies and outcomes.

Steven Barclay Chief Health and Safety Officer

Steven Barclay
Steven joined LPC in April 2016 as a Senior Health and Safety Advisor, having previously held a similar position at Port Otago Limited. Steven has held a variety of roles at LPC including Senior Risk and Assurance Manager, HOD Health and Safety before recently being appointed as Chief Health and Safety Officer in June 2023.

Steven is responsible for leading Health and Safety and supporting the planning, development and execution and system implementation all of which contribute to operational risk reduction.

Steven brings Health, Safety and risk experience in New Zealand mining operations, large government entities, and the Port industry. Steven has served in the New Zealand Police and New Zealand Defence Force.

Steven is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Management Governance Committee and New Zealand Institute of Directors.

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