NZPBC  Executive Committee 2021



Timber Barron, Papakura Timber Processors – Director

Daniel has over 10 years’ experience supplying building materials into the South Pacific Islands, building long term relationships with a large range of key clients and stakeholders across the South Pacific.

He works across all areas of the supply chain management, from sourcing, customer processing through to shipment negotiations and dealing with his customers and their customers in the market. Timber Barron supplies a large range of bulk building materials including Timber, Plywood, Mouldings, Hardboard, Fibre Cement Products, Cement and Steel Products. Daniel has a strong interest and extensive experience in the Pacific region and ensuring its growth and prosperity. This led Daniel and his business partners to acquire one of their key processing plants Papakura Timber Processors in 2017 to ensure a continued supply of quality products that meet the markets needs.

He is well regarded for his deep experience problem solving, negotiating and advising on all things business with a wealth of knowledge and experience in bulk building materials from sourcing and supply chain management through to sales, marketing and distribution to end users in a diverse range of markets.

Daniel is driven by the success of the pacific which holds a special place in his heart, and will be more than happy to assist anyone who is looking to get involved in any part of bi-lateral trade with the Pacific Islands.



Sumpter Law - Principal

Catherine was born in France and is of French West Indian descent. She moved to New Zealand in 2002 after spending 15 years in the United Kingdom and Sydney as a teacher of modern languages. Catherine graduated from the University of Auckland with her Law Degree and was admitted to the Bar in 2007. She also holds an English Degree and a Postgraduate Degree in French Linguistics from the University of Tours in France.

She has played a very active role in the French community particularly in Auckland. Catherine is one of two approved Legal Counsel to the French Embassy in Wellington, a role she has held since 2009. From 2011 to 2014 she was appointed by ministerial decree as a Foreign Trade Adviser (Conseillère du Commerce Extérieur) to the French Embassy in Wellington on legal issues. She has been a member of the Board of the French New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Inc. since 2011 and acted as Vice-President from 2014 to 2017. She is also a member as emerging leader of the Super Diverse Women organisation.

Catherine has developed a significant legal practice with French-speaking clients based in New Zealand and abroad and strong ties with the private sector and business councils in New Caledonia and French Polynesia. She practises in the areas of Commercial Law, Estate Administration, Property Law and Relationship Property. She has a special interest in advising foreign investors (private or corporate) wanting to do business in New Zealand. In the past, she has worked at firms specialising in general civil litigation and franchising.

Mob: 027 555 0029



Astrolabe Shipping

Kia Ora. Bula, Bonjour, Iokwe, Halo, Kia-Orana, Malo, Talofa! Giles has enjoyed 20+ years of doing business in and with the Pacific Islands. Hisexpertise lies in shipping & logistics and my professional career has gifted him10 years living in the French Pacific Islands. He has been directly involved in opening new shipping routes between New Zealand and the Pacific, establishing and growing joint ventures and foreign investment in the region, and helping Kiwi & Pacific Island businesses grow their trading figures and networks.

DEVIN BROWN - Treasurer

DEVIN BROWN - Treasurer

ABB Ltd – Grid Automation Market Manager, New Zealand and Pacific Islands – Power Grids Division

Devin has developed extensive experience in the Pacific Region and leading teams. This experience grew out of the development of Northpower’s contracting business (in 2009) to target the build and expansion of critical grid and generation electricity infrastructure within the Pacific Island countries of Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Tonga, Fiji and Samoa. To facilitate these projects the establishment of a local entities was required, providing insights into the risks associated with operating a business in the Pacific Region. Eighty percent (80%) of the projects were funded by international funders such as the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, various government AID programmes, or a combination of these parties, which developed an in-depth understanding of drivers, funding and procurement processes.

An executive committee member of the NZPBC since 2012, Devin has held various roles with in the organisation, inclusive of Chair (fixed tenure, 2016 -2018). During this period, he has promoted and developed opportunities with New Zealand businesses who are looking to establish themselves or expand current activities in the Pacific Region. In addition,

Contributions to the organization in conjunction with the Executive Committee, include:

  • Rewriting and adoption of the constitution to align it with current focus of the NZPBC.
  • Embracing New Zealand’s own Polynesian Heritage by the formalization of a Maori name as well as implementing Maori values within the organization
  • Investment into the website to bring it in line with modern business tools.
  • Reestablishment of business missions for NZPBC members. (Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Cook Islands.
  • Lead strategic sessions and plan on how the organization will deliver value to its members.

Over the last four years Devin has had the privilege to attend two New Zealand government ministerial visits to the Pacific Region, both in his private sector capacity and as Chair of the NZPBC.

In his current role he maintains strong links to the Pacific region; particularly the development of renewable energy infrastructure.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner of Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.



ProDesigners Architects Ltd - Director

Kayhan Khadem is naturally proud of his company’s contribution to the development within the Pacific area.

Currently, he serves as the Honorary Consul for the Solomon Islands and as an Executive Committee member within the NZPBC.

Kayhan graduated with a Bachelor Architecture Degree and Master Diploma in Community Architecture (Town Planning). He is the owner and General Manager of ProDesigners Architects Ltd, an architectural company, founded 38 years ago in the Pacific area and 24 years ago in Auckland, New Zealand.

The architectural team consists of twenty-four architects and designers across all the offices in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Timor L’Este and the head office in Auckland, New Zealand.

Prodesigners Architects has considerable experience in commercial and residential developments. They efficiently produce working drawings for construction and for local authority applications. Their project experience covers hospitality, commercial, education, industrial, health, residential apartments and residential houses sectors.

Currently they are working on 2 hospitals, a few large resorts and a big market development center (Gordon Market) in Papua New Guinea; a Commercial Building in the Solomon Islands; a food court and several other commercial buildings in Fiji; and schools, kindergartens, residential and commercial projects in New Zealand.

With over 1000 projects completed to date, he feels profoundly connected to most countries in the Pacific area.



New Zealand Trade & Enterprise - Market Manager Australia / Pacific

Scott is the Market Manager for Australia and the Pacific, for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. New Zealand Trade and Enterprise is New Zealand’s international business development agency. NZTE’s role is to help New Zealand businesses grow into international markets.

NZTE sits ex-officio on the New Zealand Pacific Business Council working jointly to support companies doing business across the Region.   

Scott has been with NZTE for the past five years predominantly working directly with New Zealand companies operating across the globe. Scott now works directly to support companies with growth ambitions in Australia and the Pacific.  



Transnet New Zealand - General Manager Energy Division

Peter has 30 years’ experience managing energy related businesses in NZ Australia, Thailand, UK and lastly Tonga where he was the CEO and Director of Tonga Power before joining TransNet where his responsibilities include Pacific exports.

In 2012 TransNet created an Energy Division which has a focus on demand side management and storage of renewable energy using redox flow technically and more recently working with redT in the UK on hybrid Li-ion – redox storage machines. During 2015 TransNet developed a strategy to test micro grid opportunities in the South Pacific combining renewable energy with battery storage machines.

This included TransNet installing a micro-grid consisting of 70kW solar and 30kW-130kWh energy storage system to power the company’s National Distribution Centre in Auckland. Using its renewable energy, the daily operation of the complex is now 80% self-sufficient. The facility is also designed to showcase the technology to provide real-time information to work on alternative synergies to power the micro-grid.

Phone (09) 272 5619

Mobile 021 314458




Skills Consulting Group (SCG)

Skills Consulting Group (SCG) is dedicated to creating better working lives for people
around the world. As a leader in vocational education and workforce development, SCG
develops practical solutions for clients, helping organisations to upskills their workforce and
enhance performance, individuals to gain better career prospects, and countries to improve
their economic prosperity.

With over 20 years’ experience in management roles in financial, commercial and
government institutions, and over 15 years’ working with Pacific markets, Bridget is a
passionate advocate for growing trade between New Zealand and the Pacific. She has a
strong belief that partnerships and working together in business will deliver better outcomes,
and is happy to help connect you with the region where she can.



CocoNew - The Agency

CocoNew – The Agency is headed up by brother and sister duo Jack and Joanna Bourke
based in Tamaki Makarau.

Our business is to create impact for our partners. Our core activities are brand development, marketing and campaign management, communications and social media.

Together we have spent the last decade working and living in the Carribbean and the Pacific and we both have a wide network that covers government right through to the grass roots levels.

We have experience in communicating and connecting these key segments to each other locally and internationally.

We work with telcommunications, farmers, tourism and hospitality businesses right through to government and the arts and provide mentoring to business operators and rising stars.

CocoNew – The Agency provides a ‘fresh’ approach to business – and we encourage open lines of communication and collaboration for a successful relationship.

We welcome all connections whether it be online or in person. We see ourselves as partners collaborating to achieve a common vision.



GHD - Senior Technical Director

Wijnand has over 22 years’ experience in the environmental consulting sector, spanning 27 countries across Europe, South East Asia, the Pacific and Australasia. Wijnand’s has a broad range of consulting experience, with specialist skills and experience in environmental impact assessment, due diligence, environmental safeguards, water security, risk assessment and environmental remediation. He has acted as subject matter Expert Witness for major infrastructure projects for the Environment Court, and has also acted as an Expert Witness for major litigation cases in the New Zealand and Fiji High Courts. In his role at GHD, he has responsibilities for client management, business development, and technical delivery – covering a broad range of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, governments and private sector. Wijnand is passionate about driving positive outcomes for the environment and communities across the Pacific – at time when the challenges are ever increasing.



Fletcher Construction - General Manager Operations South Pacific

Christian has been with Fletchers over 30 years. In his role as GM Operations for South Pacific he is responsible for the oversight of all of Fletchers Construction operations in the region, a business unit with seven international locations and a headcount that fluctuates from around 800 – 1200 people, as well as an Auckland head office of 26 staff. Immediately prior to his current role, Christian was the Financial Controller for the South Pacific business unit for over 25 years and was responsible for the reporting of the division’s EBIT, cash and working capital, including contract reporting, contract backlog reports, preparation of budgets, repatriation of funds, preparation of overseas tax returns and compliance with overseas tax and regulatory requirements. He has an extensive knowledge of the financial intricacies of the South Pacific and the business unit.



ENTEC - Managing Director

Bob has been with Entec for 22 years, and as Managing Director he is responsible for governance and leadership across the business.

Entec is a multi-disciplinary technical solutions company, which provides Project and Service work into New Zealand’s heavy industrial and energy industries. Established in 1982, Entec’s scope of products and services encompass instrumentation and electrical installation and service work, specialist rotating equipment maintenance, and supply and support of gas detection equipment. Entec’s particular niche is hazardous area installation and service work, particularly in oil, gas and petrochemicals, from upstream exploration and production assets right through to downstream fuel terminals and distribution facilities. Entec also manufactures a wide range of switchboards, control panels, dosing and pneumatic panels, and mobile plant rooms.

Entec has locations in Auckland, Taranaki and Waikato, and currently numbers around 80 personnel.