Our People: Taking the helm

LPC’s Board has appointed Kirstie Gardener as Acting Chief Executive Officer.  

Kirstie, who was already part of our executive leadership team as the General Manager People and Safety, stepped into the role following the Board’s decision in late December, following Roger Gray’s resignation. 

Having been with the Port for three years, Kirstie is well equipped to guide the company through this transition. 

Previously, Kirstie worked for ANZCO Foods Ltd, where she led the Human Resources team for five years. 

Kirstie says LPC has a clear path forward and the business remains committed to its strategy, focusing primarily on whanaungatanga, infrastructure for the future and sustainable profitability. 

“We have been making strong steps in our culture transformation action plan and we are looking forward to rolling out more initiatives this year.” 

A large part of this was also the signing of the High Performance High Engagement (HPHE) charter with three of the Unions representing LPC staff to develop an inclusive positive culture.  

“As LPC’s volumes continues to grow, it is vital that we have a strong team to work safely and efficiently to support Canterbury’s supply chain.  

“We are also committed to our role as kaitiaki (guardians) of the harbour and the environment remains a heavy influencer in the way LPC operates,” says Kirstie. 

LPC will continue our trend towards carbon reduction and being biodiversity positive for Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour.  

Kirstie will remain acting CEO until at least March as the board continues discussions on the way forward for the Port. 

“Leading the Port is a diverse role and it is an absolute privilege to have been appointed to the acting CEO role. I am looking forward to supporting everyone during the coming months,” Kirstie says. 

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