Board of Directors
Six member board with three members appointed by Timaru District Holdings Limited and three members appointed by Port of Tauranga.
Roger Gower, Chairman
Roger Gower is an experienced board director with a lengthy career in the transport and logistics sector. He has a B. Com from Auckland University, an MBA from Massey University and an M Phil from Cambridge University.
Roger's executive career included senior management roles at Air New Zealand and Tranz Rail.
Roger is currently a Director and Chairman of PrimePort, Orion Minerals Group and NZ Food Innovation Auckland. He has been an external director in a wide range of organisations for more than 20 years.
Damon Odey is an experienced businessman, he holds share holdings and directorships on several local businesses and is the Managing Director of engineering company Parr & Co; the Chairman of Timaru District Holdings Ltd; Mayor of the Timaru District Council and is a director on Hunter Downs Development Co.
As the current Mayor and a previous Councillor, he has extensive experience in local body leadership and an in-depth knowledge of the engineering industry.
He is a member of NZ Institute of Directors, has a Management Diploma, and Diplomas in Business and Human Resource Management.
Ian is an experienced company director and advisor. Ian is a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and holds several directorships with private and public entities.
Ian's current directorships including being a Waikato University Council member, a director of Timaru District Holdings Ltd, the Ministry of Foreign Affiars and Trade Audit and Risk Committee and is a former Chairman of Kiwibank Ltd.
Ian is also an independent director of two New Zealand Government Department Programme Boards that have significant elements of technological change to improve organisational performance and service.
Port of Tauranga Appointees
David is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and has BSc and BE (Chem) degrees from Canterbury University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Dairy Science and Technology from Massey University.
He currently chairs Rangatira Ltd, Hellers Ltd and Port of Tauranga Ltd. David is also a member of Northport, Zespri International Ltd, Douglas Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Rangatira Ltd and Tuatara Brewing Ltd. David is also currently a trustee of New Zealand Community Trust.
Bill is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and has a Master of Commerce degree from Otago University. A Fellow of the NZICA and NZIM, Bill has had extensive governance experience over more than 30 years as both a Director and Chairman of a wide range of publically listed, SOE and large private companies in amongst others the infrastructure, agri, tourism and construction sectors.
Tony is a former Senior Executive of the Port of Tauranga with 30 years' experience in Port Development, Property and Commercial Contracts. He is currently a Director of Port Nelson Ltd, Timaru Container Terminal Ltd, Quality Marshalling Ltd and MetroBox Ltd. Tony has a Civil Engineering degree from Canterbury University.
Phil Melhopt, Chief Executive
Phil joined PrimePort as Chief Executive in December 2014. Phil has held Chief Executive roles in both local government and state owned enterprise sectors. His background also includes logistics and sales management in both the forestry and FMCG sectors. Phil was the inaugural chairman of the Otago Rural Fire Authority and has an active interest in rural fire management.
Nick Donaldson, Finance Manager
Nick joined PrimePort in January 2012. Nick brings strong commercial, financial and project analysis to existing activities and development opportunities. He is responsible for overall management of the accounting, administration, finance and IT areas of the company. He was involved in the company's alliance with Port of Tauranga in December 2013.
Prior to joining PrimePort, Nick has had senior financial accounting roles with HC Partners and BDO in New Zealand.
Nick is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and the Institute of Directors.
Keith Michel, Operations Manager
Keith joined the Port in 1974 and has worked in many areas, including container and multi cargo operations, stevedoring, marine, plant operations and port maintenance. Keith has held many different roles and was appointed Operations Manager in 2000.
Arun Chaudhari, Marine Manager
Arun joined PrimePort in September 2015. A Master Mariner, with 20 years sea-going experience, Arun was in command of oil tankers carrying well over a quarter million tonnes of cargo. After settling ashore, Arun was in charge of the hydrocarbon business at Port Taranaki for 14 years, overseeing an operation in which up to five million tonnes of bulk liquid cargo was handled annually.
Arun holds a B.Com and an MBA degree. He has an active interest in business, having served as Chairman of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Oil and Gas Specialist Technologies Group. His senior management experience in ports and at sea, coupled with business interests in business led Arun to run his own marine consulting company for a while before coming to PrimePort.
Tony Cooper, Infrastructure Manager
Tony joined PrimePort in 2015. He is a Professional Civil Engineer with over 35 years' civil engineering and business management experience, including senior management roles within Fletcher Building, Rail and Mining Industry and Engineering Consultancy. His extensive engineering experience includes Rail Asset Management, Bridge Design and Construction, the construction of Port Infrastructure, Dams, Tunnels, Water Treatment Plants and Pipelines. In recent years Tony has been engaged as the Project Manager/Director of various high value / high profile business and engineering projects in NZ and overseas.
Tony is tasked to provide fit for purpose infrastructure assets for PrimePort.
Kerry Elstone, Health & Safety Manager
Kerry joined PrimePort in May 2015. Kerry has worked for Fulton Hogan, Firth Industries and Milmeq Ltd. He brings with him a broad range of experience in production management, general engineering, hard rock quarrying, concrete masonry manufacture, quality and safety auditing and health and safety management.