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Introducing our Executive Leadership Team of CentrePort Wellington


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Derek Nind (Chief Executive)
BCom, MCom
Kieran Sweetman (Chief Financial Officer)
BCom, CA
Nick Wareham (General Manager, Property)

Derek Nind is the Chief Executive, responsible for all group activity including port and property interests.

Derek joined CentrePort in August 2012, as General Manager Commercial and assumed the role of Chief Executive in December 2015.

He has extensive port knowledge having previously been Commercial Manager at Port Lyttelton and Southport.

He also has significant international trade experience with exporting roles at major New Zealand food processors.

Derek joined the port in August 2012 from infrastructure specialist Delta where he was General Manager Market and Strategy and Development.

He is Chair of CentrePort's joint venture company Direct Connect Container Services and is a Director of Wellington Port Coldstores.

Derek holds a Master’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Otago.

Kieran Sweetman is the Chief Financial Officer, responsible for managing CentrePort’s Group Finances.

Kieran joined CentrePort in March 2013 after a career spanning a cross section of industries and sectors including a partner in Ernst & Young; Finance Director of MWH Asia-Pacific; and CFO roles at Ngai Tahu Holdings Corporation and AMI Insurance .

Kieran is a qualified Chartered Accountant with a Commerce degree from Auckland University.


Nick Wareham is the General Manager of Property.

Nick has more than 20 years’ experience in property investment and development. 

In the latter half of his career, he has focused on development and management of property holdings within operational sectors, such as forestry, airports and now shipping ports as well as running and controlling the commercial business divisions.

Nick joined the port in March 2008 following a 5 year term at Wellington International Airport as General Manager Commercial.

Nick has a Bachelor of Business Studies in Property Management and Valuation and a post graduate qualification in Applied Finance and Investment from the NZ Securities Institute.

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Ray Mudgway (General Manager Container Services)
Anthony Delaney (General Manager Infrastructure and Environment)
BEng (Civil), BCom (Mgmt)
Andrew Steele (General Manager Ferries and Bulk)

Ray Mudgway is the General Manager Container Services. He is responsible for the growth, development and delivery of all services in the container sector including terminal, depot and engineering, as well as satellite sites and the CentreRail network. He is also a Director of Direct Connect Container Services, a joint venture company of the Port that operates satellite sites in Whanganui and New Plymouth.

Ray was previously the General Manager Commercial and has been with CentrePort for five years.

He has over nine years’ experience in the military, as an officer and pilot in both the RNZAF and RAF, where he participated in and led large scale NATO exercises in Europe, North America and the Middle East.

He returned to New Zealand in 2006 and joined the New Zealand Post Group where he held various Sales and Marketing roles for 6 years.

Ray has an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Anthony Delaney is the General Manager Infrastructure and Environment.

He is responsible for the asset management and delivery of projects related to port infrastructure, along with all CentrePort environmental and planning activities.

Anthony joined CentrePort in November 2016, following the Kaikorua Earthquake, and is leading the Port’s infrastructure immediate response and recovery efforts.

Anthony has acted as a Project Director on major infrastructure projects in both Australia and New Zealand. He brings a broad cross section of experience, including previous experience as a client, contractor and consultant.

Anthony is experienced in the planning and delivery of projects, and the asset management of large scale infrastructure businesses.

He has a civil engineering degree, and a Bachelor of Commerce, from the University of Wollongong.

Andrew Steele is the General Manager Ferries and Bulk.

He is responsible for the growth, development and delivery of services to the ferry companies and oil companies across the Port.

Andrew joined CentrePort in April 2016 as Commercial Manager and became the General Manager Ferries and Bulk in January 2017.

Andrew has had a career spanning a number of industries and sectors in New Zealand and overseas. This has included the professional services, banking sector, professional sports administration and major international sporting events.

Prior to joining CentrePort Andrew was involved in the planning and delivery of Rugby World Cup 2011 and Cricket World Cup 2015.

Andrew is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a Masters of Management degree from Waikato University.

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Murray Julian (General Manager People, Safety and Culture)
Blair Spencer (General Manager Break Bulk)
Bsc(Tech)For, DipMgtSt, MBA

Murray Julian is the General Manager People, Safety and Culture.

He has over twenty years’ experience in safety, people and capability and operational management. He was previously a GM at a NZ owned export manufacturing company with factories and sites in both New Zealand and overseas.

Murray is responsible for Health and Safety, People & Capability, along with Business Improvement.

Prior to this appointment, Murray was CentrePort’s Business Improvement Manager. He has been with CentrePort since 2011.

Murray has a Bachelor of Business Studies in commerce, majoring in human resource management.

Blair Spencer is the General Manager Break Bulk. He is responsible for the growth, development and delivery of all Break Bulk services including the cruise, vehicle, forestry and project cargo sectors. He is also the manager of CentrePort’s Marine and Security Teams.

Blair was previously CentrePort’s Commercial Manager, he joined CentrePort in 2016.

Blair has over 20 years’ experience in the forestry, building and electrical sectors both in New Zealand and Australia, where he held general manager, supply chain manager and strategy roles.

Blair returned to New Zealand in 2009 into a General Manager role importing and distributing to the local electrical wholesale trade. Prior to this role he was General Manager Supply Chain at Rexel Group Australia and had previously held senior roles at Powerco NZ and Fletcher Challenge Forests and Building.

Blair has a Bachelor of Forestry degree, a Diploma in Management Studies and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management in Sydney.

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