NZPBC Council Executive Committee

Chris Freer

Chris Freer

Pacific Business Manager - Tonkin & Taylor

Chris is the Pacific Business Manager for Tonkin & Taylor International, a New Zealand based environmental and engineering consultancy firm with around 700 staff. Chris has more than 30 years of engineering experience covering 17 countries within the Pacific region on a wide range of infrastructure projects – from roading to ports and international airports. Chris Freer is a Chartered member of Engineering New Zealand (Institute of Engineering Professionals) and past Chair of the New Zealand Pacific Business Council.

Brent Leach

General Manager - Fletcher Construction South Pacific

Brent is the General Manager for the Fletcher Construction South Pacific business unit Brent has over 25 years of experience in the civil engineering construction industry. This experience has been gained on numerous projects encompassing a wide range of civil engineering disciplines including piling, drainage, dredging, rail, water services and specialist works such as micro tunnelling both in the UK and New Zealand. Brent holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance, Commercial Law) degree and an NZCE (Civil).

Adam Fraser


Adam has 18 years’ experience in environmental and social management of projects in a range of sectors including highways and bridges, airports, rail, energy, water infrastructure, master plans, natural resource management and community development. This includes projects funded by the main development banks (World Bank/ International Finance Corporation, Asian Development Bank,) and bi-lateral aid agencies (MFAT/ NZAid). Adam’ has in-country work experience in Australia, Cook Islands, Egypt, Fiji, Jordan, Kuwait, Liberia, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and Vanuatu.


Partner- Chapman Tripp

Hamish specialises in construction law and major projects and has practiced in this area for the last 11 years (six years overseas and five years in New Zealand).
Hamish has worked on major construction projects, both within New Zealand and around the world (including in the Pacific), in a variety of sectors including infrastructure, mining, energy, oil and gas, commercial and residential. He has extensive experience working on ‘large-scale’ projects (his projects have a combined value exceeding NZ$40b). His experience includes both greenfield and brownfield projects and a significant amount of this experience has involved project finance transactions including some of the largest and most complex projects in the Middle East.
Hamish previously worked for UK “Magic Circle” law firm Allen & Overy where he spent approximately six years in their projects team in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, acting for sponsors undertaking major projects in the Gulf region and financial institutions (including commercial banks and ECAs) lending to those projects. He has extensive experience drafting, negotiating and advising on various project contracts including concession/ project agreements, large-scale EPC contracts, operating agreements, project management agreements, FEED contracts, technology licences, engineering agreements, feedstock supply agreements, marketing and offtake agreements, land leases and other ancillary project documents.
In addition to project contracts, Hamish has an intimate understanding of project finance agreements and his experience includes reviewing, drafting, negotiating and advising on finance documents including debt term sheets, facility agreements, intercreditor agreements, security documents and direct agreements.
Hamish is recognised as a “next generation lawyer” in Legal 500 2018.
Richard Messinger

Richard Messinger

Registered Quantity Surveyor

30 years of experience, with the last 14 years working throughout New Zealand & the South Pacific region.

Providing a full range of professional Estimating, Quantity Surveying and Project Management functions throughout the South Pacific and New Zealand.
Strong knowledge in contract formulation and administration, Tendering & Cost estimation, Quantity Surveying and Contracts.
Comprehensive understanding and managing work related to Proposals, Contract Formulation and Administration, Quantity Surveying, Estimating/Cost Planning, Project Management.
Worked across all major sectors Building & Infrastructure (High rise Residential, Commercial, Retail, Industrials, and Institutional), Infrastructure including Airfield Runways, Marine and Power projects.
Proactive attitude, ability to work independently; exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills, calm and composed in dealing with and resolving conflicts.

Craig Strong

Craig Strong

CEO - Pacific Cooperation Foundation

Craig was born and raised in Suva, educated at Kings College Auckland and then attended Massey University in Palmerston North graduating with a Bachelor of Business Studies.

With a background in commercial roles in NZ for companies such as James Hardie Pipelines, Humes Pipeline Systems and Mico Plumbing & Pipelines, Craig has spent the last 12 years in Fiji where held General Management positions of significant Fijian trading companies such as the hardware company Vinod Patel & Company Limited and supermarket chain RB Patel Group. Craig was most recently the General Manager of the Shipping Company, Pacific Agencies Fiji Limited. Craig relocated to New Zealand to take on the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation in October 2017.

Craig has comprehensive Pacific based experience in the governance of commercial, government and not for profit organisations. Craig is the former President of the Fiji NZ Business Council, former Chairman of the Fiji Export Council, former Chairman of the Fiji Ship Owners and Agents Association and the former Chair of the Friends of Fiji Heart Foundation. Craig has also been involved in Pacific based Business Councils having been a board member of the Fiji Australia Business Council and the Fiji PNG Business Council. Craig has previously held board directorships of the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation, Pacific Agencies Fiji Limited, Container Services Fiji Limited, the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji, the Housing Authority of Fiji, and Public Rental Board of Fiji and Fijian Holdings Fund Management Limited. Craig is currently a Director of the NZ Institute of Pacific Research and holds professional membership of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Richard Cronin

Richard Cronin

Director - Seasonsal Pacific Ltd

Richard resides in Christchurch and joined the Exec in 2016. Richard has over the past 25yrs worked for large multinationals such as Coca-Cola, Heineken, Fisher & Paykel and most recently Fexco Pacific. Richard has also owned and operated a number of his own businesses around New Zealand. Richard has been actively involved with the New Zealand RSE (Seasonal Worker) programme since 2012 and today operates a dedicated freight service for seasonal workers from NZ to the South Pacific called Turtle Box. Richard is still actively involved with Fexco Pacific (No1 Currency) with over 50 branches and operations in 9 South Pacific countries. Richard has brought to the council a large network of people throughout the South Pacific and New Zealand who are “invested” in the South Pacific.
Kayhan Khadem

Kayhan Khadem

Director-ProDesigners Architects Ltd

Kayhan Khadem is naturally proud 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.

Catherine Sumpter

Catherine Sumpter

Senior Solicitor

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.

Michael Greenslade

Michael Greenslade

Trade Commissioner - Pacific Trade Investment (PTI)

Michael Greenslade is Trade Commissioner for Pacific Trade Investment (PTI) in New Zealand based in Auckland with a full complement team of seven.

P T I, the Economic Development Agency of the Suva based Pacific Island Forum Secretariat, engages directly with the Pacific private sector and their organisations throughout the Pacific.

Key functions include Trade & Investment facilitation for member countries of the Forum which include The Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, The Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. The French Territories are associate members of the Forum.

The P T I network has offices, in addition to Auckland, in Beijing, Geneva, Sydney and Tokyo. Michael has hands on experience in both the private and public sectors. He has specialised in export trading globally including the Pacific with specific experience in Deal Making.

Michael spent 12 years working with New Zealand Trade & Enterprise where he initially served as Regional Manager in Otago – Southland- Chatham Islands, then Trade Commissioner in Fiji for 5 years and as Pacific Trade Commissioner based in Auckland for a further 5 years.

Michael majored in Politics at Otago University and went onto complete a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) at Massey specialising in International Trade

Michael sits on a number of Auckland Boards and associations including both School and University Alumni and has at one time or another been elected to the Executive all the six Pacific Island Business Councils in Auckland
Michael is married to Kate and they have 4 grown up children, most still at home, all of whom spent their formative years in Fiji and a dog called Mattie.

Michael is an avid follower of Otago sport including the Highlanders – (Pacific Highlanders) to reflect their magnificent backline!

Peter McGill

Peter McGill

Peter McGill – General Manager Energy Division, TransNet

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.

Contact Details:
Phone (09) 272 5619

Mobile 021 314458


Clyde Young

Clyde Young

Managing Director - William Buck Christmas Gouwland

Clyde is Managing Director of William Buck Christmas Gouwland, a member of the William Buck network, Australasia’s largest wholly owned chartered accounting firm. William Buck Christmas Gouwland has been helping people and their businesses for over 115 years.

The Auckland office has seven directors, including three Audit Directors, and around 60 staff. The William Buck Group consists of over 70 directors and 500 professionals across Australia and New Zealand. We have offices in Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

In addition to being M.D., Clyde is Director of Business Advisory. He provides his clients with advice on business strategy, administration, accounting and tax issues. Originally from Samoa, Clyde prides himself on being friendly and understanding, enabling him to facilitate open communication between clients and his team.

Clyde sits on several boards including Find Your Field of Dreams and A.C.E Aotearoa.

Paul Pledge

Paul Pledge

General Manager- Operations Tradestaff Global

Tradestaff Global is a New Zealand based international recruitment agency that specialises in the supply of Expat workers in contract, temporary and permanent positions across a variety of sectors.

Part of New Zealand’s largest privately owned recruitment group we offer a unique method of supplying labour. Our approach delivers significant benefits to companies operating
internationally and in particular more remote locations.
We have supplied clients of varying sizes from one worker to large projects with over 100 Tradestaff Global workers on site at any given time in a multitude of different sectors including;-
• Remote Projects
• Construction
• Engineering
• Oil & Gas
• Power & Energy
• Civil & Infrastructure
• Mining


Scott James

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 as ex-officio on the New Zealand Pacific Business Council working jointly to support companies doing business in the Pacific. Scott has been with NZTE for the past five years predominantly working directly with New Zealand companies operating across the globe in a customer manager capacity. Having moved into the Pacific role in 2018 Scott now works directly with companies active across Pacific markets.