Our Team

Drawing on our experience

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Keith Smith

Chairman & Independent Director

Keith Smith

Chairman & 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 Westland Dairy Cooperative Ltd. 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 14 years.

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John Dakin

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

John Dakin

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

John has been the Chief Executive Officer of Goodman in New Zealand since 2004. He is responsible for the overall management and operations of Goodman Group’s New Zealand business. John has over 25 years’ experience in the property industry, including property and corporate transactions, valuation, research, asset management and investment management. During his career John has held senior roles in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. John has been on the Board for 6 years.

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Susan Paterson

Independent Director

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 directorships including the Electricity Authority, Arvida Group Ltd, Les Mills Holdings Limited, Tertiary Education Commission and Sky TV. She has been appointed an external monetary policy advisor to the Governor of the Reserve Bank. Past directorships include Transpower NZ Limited, 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 10 years.

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Leonie Freeman

Independent Director

Leonie Freeman

Independent Director

Leonie is 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 25 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. In addition Leonie is a professional speaker focusing on Igniting innovation in organisations as well as Business Transformation. She has been a regular and sought after print, radio and TV commentator. Leonie is a Life Member of the Property Institute, was awarded the Supreme Property Award for 2017 and was a finalist in the recent Westpac Women of Influence Awards. She recently received the Judges Choice Leadership Award at the 2017 Property Council Awards. 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 7 years.

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Peter Simmonds

Independent Director

Peter Simmonds

Independent Director

Peter’s career has spanned over 30 years, with extensive experience in the listed property sector as a senior executive. He is a qualified chartered accountant and was one of the founders of Kiwi Property Group Limited (formerly Kiwi Income Property Trust) where he served as Chief Financial Officer for over ten years. For approximately five years from 2004 to 2008, he was Chief Financial Officer of GNZ where he had overall responsibility for the financial management of Goodman Property. Peter has been on the Board for 8 years.

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Gregory Goodman

Non-executive Director

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 15 years.

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Phillip Pryke

Non-executive Director

Phillip Pryke

Non-executive Director

Phil is a Director of Northridge Partners Pty Ltd, a Director of Goodman Group and a Director of Tru-Test Limited. His previous Roles include 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. Phil has been on the Board for 14 years.

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Andy Eakin

Chief Financial Officer

Andy Eakin

Chief Financial Officer

Andy's role as Chief Financial Officer involves managing the finance and associated activities of Goodman Property Trust and Goodman's New Zealand operations. Andy has over 25 years' experience in finance roles and has worked in Ireland, Scotland and New Zealand. Before joining Goodman in March 2011, Andy was Group Reporting Manager at Fonterra and prior to Fonterra he worked at Landco Limited and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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Kimberley Richards

Director - Investment Management and Capital Transactions

Kimberley Richards

Director - Investment Management and Capital Transactions

Kimberley is the Director of Investment Management and Capital Transactions, responsible for overseeing the investment decisions of Wynyard Precinct Holdings (WPH), the partnership between GMT and GIC, the Singaporean sovereign wealth fund. In addition, Kimberley is responsible for the acquisitions and disposals of GMT, WPH and Goodman NZ. She has 13 years' experience and previously worked in London for Europa Capital covering transactions across Northern Europe. Kimberley holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Property from the University of Auckland as well as a Masters in Real Estate Finance from the University of Cambridge, UK.

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James Spence

Director - Investment Management (GMT)

James Spence

Director - Investment Management (GMT)

James is the Director of Investment Management for GMT, responsible for overseeing the investment decisions of GMT and heading up the property team. He joined the Group in 2006 and held various roles within the New Zealand business before moving to Europe with Goodman in 2011. During his time in Europe, James was responsible for managing Goodman wholesale funds and leading its capital transaction programme. James has 13 years of experience in the property industry and holds a degree in Property from the University of Auckland as well as a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from Kaplan Education in Australia.

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John Dakin

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

John Dakin

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

John has been the Chief Executive Officer of Goodman in New Zealand since 2004. He is responsible for the overall management and operations of Goodman Group’s New Zealand business. John has over 25 years' experience in the property industry, including property and corporate transactions, valuation, research, asset management and investment management. During his career John has held senior roles in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. John was appointed to the Board in July 2012.

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Jonathan Simpson

Head of Corporate Affairs

Jonathan Simpson

Head of Corporate Affairs

Jonathan is Head of Corporate Affairs for Goodman in New Zealand. He has responsibility for Investor Relations, Corporate Communications, and managing sustainability initiatives including the Goodman Foundation. He has over 20 years of experience in the property and capital markets, with the last 13 at Goodman. Jonathan has previously held positions with the Property Council of New Zealand and the Investment Property Databank in the United Kingdom.

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Mandy Waldin

Marketing Director

Mandy Waldin

Marketing Director

As Marketing Director, Mandy is responsible for branding, advertising and corporate communications across all Goodman business activities in New Zealand. Mandy has over 20 years' experience in brand development and marketing, holding various senior management positions, most recently launching LG Electronics into NZ. She was co-owner and director of a marketing & graphic design company where she developed and implemented communication strategies for various NZX listed companies including Auckland Airport, Port of Tauranga and Trustpower. Mandy started with Goodman in 2010.

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Anton Shead

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Anton Shead

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Anton is responsible for the provision of legal and compliance support to the business. Anton has 20 years' legal experience. Prior to joining Goodman, Anton worked for Bell Gully. Anton has also worked for international law firm Herbert Smith LLP in its London office, Carey Olsen, a specialist corporate law firm in the Channel Islands and Buddle Findlay.

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Michael Gimblett

General Manager - Development

Michael Gimblett

General Manager - Development

As General Manager Development, Michael is responsible for all development activities for Goodman. Since joining Goodman in 2005, Michael has held a number of roles including acquisition, portfolio management and development management. With over 15 years' experience in the property industry, Michael has a proven track record of driving success in a variety of areas and has also formed solid relationships both internally and externally.