Tina Symmans, Chairman, Non Executive

Tina is a member of the Takeovers Panel and is an independent Director of Forsyth Barr and a director of Team New Zealand. 

Tina was previously an independent director of Turners and Growers and PSIS (Co-Operative Bank).

Tina has held senior executive positions at  Brierley Investments, Contact Energy and Telecom New Zealand.


John Bongard, Non Executive Director

John has had 36 years experience in the appliance sector, where he rose to be CEO of Fisher and Paykel Appliances.

John holds various Professional Company Director roles.

He is an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.


Hamish Whyte, Non Executive Director

Hamish has been the Owner and Director of Furnware Ltd, a company in the education furniture sector, for 22 years.

Hamish has taken Furnware from small local manufacturing company to an export company servicing over 20 countries.

He holds a number of directorships in NZ & Australian private companies.



Gary Gwynne, Non Executive Director

Gary has an extensive background in marketing, retailing and property development.

His other directorships include Michael Hill International, Oyster Property Group and Salvacare Biotechnologies.

Until recently Gary was a director of Sheppard Industries and Overland Footwear.


Sam Wood, Managing Director

Sam has been self-employed the majority of his working career, and was previously Managing Director of ATI Engineering Ltd.

At ATI Engineering, Sam turned a small basic engineering firm into a successful hi tech large capacity engineering firm, with over 600% revenue and profit growth over the 15 years he was involved. Sam is still the majority shareholder of ATI Engineering.

He has a strong background and proven track record in research and development and business expansion.

Sam was awarded the BNZ Innovation Award at the Hawkes Bay Wine Awards 1999, and Entrepreneur of the year in the Profit Magazine Awards 2013.

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