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Introducing our Executive Leadership Team of CentrePort Wellington


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Derek Nind (Chief Executive)
Kieran Sweetman (Chief Financial Officer)
Nick Wareham (General Manager, Property)

Derek Nind is the Chief Executive, responsible for all group activity including port and property interests.

Derek joined CentrePort in August 2012, as General Manager Commercial and assumed the role of Chief Executive in December 2015.

He has extensive port knowledge having previously been Commercial Manager at Port Lyttelton and Southport.

He also has significant international trade experience with exporting roles at major New Zealand food processors.

Derek joined the port in August 2012 from infrastructure specialist Delta where he was General Manager Market and Strategy and Development.

He is Chair of CentrePort's joint venture company Direct Connect Container Services, Chair of CentrePac Limited, and is a Director of Wellington Port Coldstores.

Derek holds a Master’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Otago.

Kieran Sweetman is the Chief Financial Officer, responsible for managing CentrePort’s Group Finances.

Kieran joined CentrePort in March 2013 after a career spanning a cross section of industries and sectors including a partner in Ernst & Young; Finance Director of MWH Asia-Pacific; and CFO roles at Ngai Tahu Holdings Corporation and AMI Insurance .

Kieran is a qualified Chartered Accountant with a Commerce degree from Auckland University.


Nick Wareham is the General Manager of Property.

Nick has more than 20 years’ experience in property investment and development. 

In the latter half of his career, he has focused on development and management of property holdings within operational sectors, such as forestry, airports and now shipping ports as well as running and controlling the commercial business divisions.

Nick joined the port in March 2008 following a 5 year term at Wellington International Airport as General Manager Commercial.

Nick has a Bachelor of Business Studies in Property Management and Valuation and a post graduate qualification in Applied Finance and Investment from the NZ Securities Institute.

Ray Mudgway (General Manager Container Services)

Ray Mudgway is the General Manager Container Services. He is responsible for the growth, development and delivery of all services in the container sector including terminal, depot and engineering, as well as satellite sites and the CentreRail network. He is also a Director of Direct Connect Container Services, a joint venture company of the port that operates satellite sites in Whanganui and New Plymouth.

Ray was previously the General Manager Commercial and has been with CentrePort for five years.

He has over nine years’ experience in the military, as an officer and pilot in both the RNZAF and RAF, where he participated in and led large scale NATO exercises in Europe, North America and the Middle East.

He returned to New Zealand in 2006 and joined the New Zealand Post Group where he held various Sales and Marketing roles for 6 years.

Ray has an MBA from Warwick Business School.

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