Meet our board members – the people who help to set our goals and oversee our direction.



Appointed to Board in 2016, appointed Deputy Chair 2018, appointed Chairman in 2019

Role at Sanford

Chairman of Board and Nominations Committee, member of Audit Finance and Risk Committee and People, Health & Safety Committee.

Rob is also Chairman of Quayside Holdings Limited and Ngati Porou Holding Company Limited and a director of the Port of Tauranga Limited.

Rob has had an extensive professional and governance career both within the accounting profession and various public and private companies. His past directorships include, ANZ National Bank, Sky City Entertainment Group and Telecom. He is a past Chairman of Aotearoa Fisheries Limited (now Moana), Sealord Group Limited and was a Commissioner of the Waitangi Fisheries Commission. He has chaired and been a member of a number of Government Task Forces and is also a past Chairman of the New Zealand Business Roundtable. His most recent roles were as CEO of Ernst & Young Australasia based in Sydney from 2010 to the end of 2014 and New Zealand Chairman for the 2015 calendar year prior to his retirement from EY.




Appointed to Board in 2021

Role at Sanford

Member of People, Health & Safety Committee and Nominations Committee.

Mark has extensive commercial experience, including significant exposure to capital markets, gained from his previous role for the last 16 years as Chief Executive of NZX listed Port of Tauranga – New Zealand’s largest and most successful port.

He has a First-Class Honours Degree in Civil Engineering, a Degree in Business Studies, and a Master of Management. He is a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand and a Member of the Institute of Directors.

Mark describes himself as an accomplished fisherman and is passionate about sustainability, maintaining and enabling healthy oceans.

Mark is also currently a director of Meridian Energy Limited and Freightways Limited.




Appointed to Board in 2019.

Role at Sanford

Member of the People, Health & Safety Committee and Nominations Committee.

Peter is widely respected in global advertising and marketing, and has extensive knowledge and expertise in both Australasian and global markets. He is the former Chief Operating Officer of Saatchi & Saatchi (Worldwide), and its Chief Executive Officer (New Zealand) and Chairman (Australasia) for over eight years prior. Peter is the founder of Lewis Road Creamery Limited and has held various listed company directorships.

He holds Masters degrees in business Administration and Management.



LLB(Hons)/BCA, CFInstD, INFINZ (cert)


Abby was appointed to the Board in 2018.

Role at Sanford

Chair of People, Health & Safety Committee, member of Audit, Finance and Risk Committee and Nominations Committee.

With qualifications in both law and accounting, Abby’s executive career encompassed both disciplines, focusing on corporate finance and commercial transactions. She has experience in a number of diverse areas including mergers and acquisitions, treasury and structured finance transactions, and telecommunications. She also has experience in managing large projects and in strategic development and implementation.

Abby is a professional director with over 12 years’ experience as a director, including both NZX and Crown companies. Abby is currently chair of Z Energy Limited and a director of Freightways Limited. Abby’s previous governance roles include TVNZ, Transpower New Zealand Limited, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency Limited (LGFA) and Livestock Improvement Corporation Limited (LIC).



BCom / LLB(Hons), MBA


Appointed to Board in 2006

Role at Sanford

Member of Audit Finance and Risk Committee and Nominations Committee.

Peter has degrees in Commerce and Law from Auckland University as well as an MBA from the University of California, in Los Angeles. He is Chairman of trade finance and factoring company Lock Finance Limited, director of Zagga Limited as well as other private investment companies, including Avalon Investment Trust Limited (a shareholder in Sanford). Peter is a trustee of the Auckland Medical Research Foundation and St Andrew’s Village in Glendowie. He has previously practiced law and for some years was a director and Chairman of former listed radio company XS Corporation Limited.



PMD (Harvard University)


Appointed to Board in 2014

Role at Sanford

Member of People, Health & Safety Committee and Nominations Committee.

Peter has had extensive corporate experience in New Zealand, Australia and internationally. He is former Managing Director of three Lion Nathan divisions in New Zealand and Australia, including Retail; International, Beer, Spirits and Wine and Dairy and Drinks. He has had vast experience in dealing with major customers in a fast moving and complex world.

Peter is also a Director of The Lion Foundation, Southfuels/Northfuels, Freightways, and Bricklane Brewing Co (Melbourne, Australia).

Peter is Chairman of The Gin Company Limited.

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Appointed to Board in 2020.

Role at Sanford

Chair of Audit, Finance and Risk Committee and Nominations Committee.

Fiona Mackenzie is Head of Direct Wealth for Jarden (formerly First NZ Capital), which includes responsibility for the Direct Broking platform, designed to empower Kiwi investors to take charge of their financial future by investing for themselves.

Before joining Jarden, Fiona was Head of External Investments and Partnerships at the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation fund from 2011 to 2017, overseeing a $6 billion portfolio and chairing the investment committee.

She was Head of Traded Products, and later Head of Markets at NZX from 2009 to 2011. She previously held roles in Morgan Stanley’s institutional equities sales division in New York and San Francisco; and worked in e-commerce product development at Credit Suisse in New York.

Fiona holds an MBA from Columbia Graduate School of Business (New York), a BCom (Accounting) / LLB from the University of Otago and is a NZ Chartered Accountant (CA). She is also a trustee for the Outward Bound Foundation. She loves to travel, these days accompanied by partner and two children, who she has already introduced to the power of investing via their Kiwisaver funds.
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