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Board of Directors

Keith Smith

Keith Smith Chairman and Independent Director

Keith is a professional director. He was previously a partner in the Chartered Accountancy practice of BDO. Keith is the Deputy Chairman of The Warehouse Group Limited, having been involved since its establishment in 1982. He is also a Director of Mercury NZ Limited and Sky Network Television Limited. Keith also holds board positions for a number of private companies in the motor vehicle, finance and health industries, and is a past President of the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand. Keith has been on the Board for 15 years.

Susan Paterson

Susan Paterson Independent Director

Susan has been a professional director since 1996. She has a Bachelor of Pharmacy and practised as a pharmacist before moving into management roles in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Susan completed an MBA at London Business School and was a strategy consultant for the Boston based Index Group across Europe and the USA. She chairs Steel and Tube and Theta Ltd, with other Board positions including the Reserve Bank, Electricity Authority, Arvida Group Ltd, Les Mills Holdings Limited, Eroad, and Sky TV. She has been an external monetary policy advisor to the Governor of the Reserve Bank. Past directorships include Airways (Chair), Transpower NZ, Abano, St Cuthbert’s College, the NZ Eco Labelling Trust, Housing New Zealand and Ports of Auckland. Susan was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015 for services to corporate governance. Susan has been on the Board for 12 years.

Susan will be retiring from the Board on 31 March 2021 after 13 years of valued contribution as an Independent Director.

Phil Pryke

Phillip Pryke Non-executive Director

Phil is a Director of Goodman Group and a Director of Carbine Aginvest Ltd. His previous roles include former deputy chair of Contact Energy Ltd, Director of Northridge Partners Pty Ltd , Vice President of EDS, Chief Executive of Nextgen Networks, Chief Executive Officer of Lucent Technologies Australia Pty Limited and New Zealand Health Funding Authority, and a Member of the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission.
David Gibson

David Gibson Independent Director

David is a professional director, investor and business consultant. His current directorships include NZME Limited and Rangatira Limited while his private interests include Sidehustle App, Harker Herbals and Jess’s Underground Kitchen. He is also on the Board of Trustees of Diocesan School for Girls and Chair of its Heritage Foundation.

David has over 20 years’ investment banking experience having held senior positions and governance roles with Deutsche Craigs and Deutsche Bank, in New Zealand. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury.

The effective date of the appointment is 2 February 2021.
Gregory Goodman

Gregory Goodman Non-executive Director

Gregory is the Chief Executive Officer of Goodman Group and is responsible for its overall operations and the implementation of its strategic plan. He has over 30 years of experience in the property industry with significant expertise in the industrial property arena. Gregory was a co-founder of Goodman Group, playing an integral role in establishing its specialist global position in the property market through various corporate transactions, including takeovers, mergers and acquisitions. He is a director and/or a representative on other subsidiaries, management companies and partnerships of the Goodman Group. Greg has been on the Board for 16 years.

 

John Dakin

John Dakin Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

John is responsible for all aspects of Goodman Group’s New Zealand business including the management of Goodman Property Trust. With an industrial portfolio valued at $3.3 billion and a market capitalisation of around $3.4 billion it is the NZX’s largest listed property entity. John has been the CEO of Goodman NZ for 17 years and prior to this he held senior roles in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. His career has included asset management, investment management, property and corporate transactions, research and valuation. He is a member of the Goodman Group Operations Committee, a Director of Goodman (NZ) Limited, the current National President of the Property Council of New Zealand and a Champion For Change advocate.

Laurissa Cooney

Laurissa Cooney Independent Director

Laurissa is a professional director. Her current directorships include Accordant Group Limited, Air New Zealand Limited, Ngai Tai ki Tamaki and Tourism Bay of Plenty where she is also the Chair. Prior to these governance roles she was Chief Financial Officer of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. Her professional career has also included senior auditing and consulting roles with Deloitte. She holds a Bachelor of Management Studies (Hons) from Waikato University, is a Fellow of the Charted Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. 
Leonie Freeman

Leonie Freeman Independent Director

Leonie is the CEO of the Property Council. Prior to this she has been an entrepreneur, business futurist and speaker who has broad experience across a range of property disciplines having held senior development, property management, strategic and education roles. Her 30-year career has also included the establishment of RealENZ.co.nz in 1996 (later renamed realestate.co.nz), a successful property consultancy business as well as the purchase, transformation and sale of a large property management business in 2007. She spent eight years holding senior and advisory positions with local and central government – either in strategic property advice or troubleshooting public sector development projects. In October 2016 she launched a philanthropic and independent initiative with the sole purpose of solving Auckland’s housing crisis – called thehomepage.nz. Leonie is a Life Member of the Property Institute. She achieved first class honours in her Masters of Commerce Degree and has previously held board positions with the New Zealand Institute of Valuers, the Massey University Property Foundation and Government Property Services. Leonie has been on the Board for nine years.