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Board of Directors

The Board has determined for the purposes of the NZX Listing Rules that, as at 28 June 2022, Mark Cairns, Abby Foote, Peter Kean, Mark Rushworth, Fiona Oliver and David Gibson are independent Directors.


Mark Cairns



Mark was appointed a Director in April 2021.  He was Chief Executive of Port of Tauranga, New Zealand’s largest and most successful port, from 2005 until his retirement in June 2021 to pursue a full-time governance career. Mark was previously Chief Executive of Toll Owens Limited and Owens Cargo Company Limited. Mark has extensive experience in logistics, infrastructure, contracting and significant exposure to capital markets.  Mark is also a director of Auckland International Airport Limited, Meridian Energy Limited and Sanford Limited.

Abby Foote

LLB (Hons), BCA, CF Inst D, INFINZ (cert)

Abby was appointed a Director in June 2018. She is a professional director with over 13 years’ governance experience, with qualifications in both law and accounting. Abby has experience in a range of senior management, finance and legal roles, with a focus on corporate finance and commercial transactions. Abby is currently a director of KMD Brands Limited and Sanford Limited.

David Gibson

B.Com, LLB (Hons)

David was appointed to the Board in April 2022. David is a professional director and has a strong background in strategy and finance with over 20 years investment banking experience, including as Co-Head of Investment Banking in New Zealand for Deutsche Bank and Deutsche Craigs. During his finance career David has advised on many of New Zealand’s largest capital market transactions. David is also a director of NZME Limited, Goodman (NZ) Limited and Rangatira Limited.

Fiona Oliver

LLB, BA, CF Inst D

Fiona was appointed a Director in July 2021.  She is a professional director, holding governance roles across a range of business sectors including renewable energy, natural gas, technology, and financial services. She is a director (and Audit Committee Chair) of Gentrack Group Limited, the First Gas Group, BNZ Life Insurance Limited and BNZ Insurance Services Limited and Wynyard Group Limited (in liquidation). Fiona’s Executive career was in the financial services sector in New Zealand and overseas. In New Zealand, her roles included Chief Operating Officer of Westpac’s investment arm, BT Funds Management, and General Manager of AMP NZ’s Wealth Management division. In Sydney and London, Fiona managed the Risk and Operations function for AMP’s private capital division. Prior to this, Fiona was a senior corporate and commercial solicitor in New Zealand and overseas, specialising in mergers and acquisitions.

Mark Rushworth

BE(Hons), MEM

Mark was appointed a Director in September 2015. He has extensive experience in the technology sector, with a decade’s governance experience, predominantly in the high tech and innovation space. An electrical engineer by training, with widespread operations and marketing experience, he spent 4 years on the senior executive team of Vodafone NZ, where among other things he had executive accountability for the fixed line business and as Director of Marketing. Mark previously served as chief executive of Pacific Fibre, ihug and financial services company, Paymark Limited. Mark is currently Chief Executive Officer of private equity owned UP Education and a director of a number of private companies.

Peter Kean

PMD Harvard

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 involved in a number of private companies both in New Zealand and in Australia.