NEW Zealand’s Port Taranaki has a new board member with the appointment of Kathy Meads to the body last month.
Ms Meads cut her port-management teeth at Lyttelton Port Company, where she has worked as executive manager, CFO and corporate services manager.
During her tenure at LPC, Ms Meads led the team that settled the Port’s insurance claim following the 2011 earthquake and oversaw LPC’s operations throughout the post-earthquake rebuild.
Ms Meads said she appreciated the link Port Taranaki has with the community through the Taranaki Regional Council as the sole shareholder.
“I think that connection is very important, as it puts responsibility on the Port to maximise its business to support the Taranaki region and economy,” she said.
“Port Taranaki is also adapting strategically to supply chain changes in the shipping industry and maintains an important position in New Zealand logistics, particularly through its key role in the oil and gas industry, and the burgeoning logging sector.”
Ms Meads is the second female to be appointed to the Port Taranaki board, joining Charlotte Littlewood, who is a Taranaki Regional Council-appointed member.
“The port and shipping sector has been a male-dominated industry, but it is changing,” Ms Meads said.
“I think the appointments of the likes of myself and Charlotte are acknowledgement that plenty of women have wide-ranging business and management experience and can be valuable assets to port companies, offering a different perspective on issues.”