Our team

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Keith Smith

Chairman & Independent Director

Keith is a professional director. He was previously a partner in the Chartered Accountancy practice of BDO. Keith is a Director of Mercury NZ Limited and Sky Network Television Limited. 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 15 years.

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John Dakin

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

John is responsible for all aspects of Goodman Group’s New Zealand business including the management of Goodman Property Trust. With an industrial portfolio valued at $3.8 billion and a market capitalisation of $3.2 billion it is the NZX’s largest listed property entity. John has been the CEO of Goodman NZ for 17 years and prior to this he held senior roles in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. His career has included asset management, investment management, property and corporate transactions, research and valuation. He is a member of the Goodman Group Operations Committee, a Director of Goodman (NZ) Limited, and a Champion For Change advocate.

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Leonie Freeman

Independent Director

Leonie is the CEO of the Property Council. Prior to this she has been 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 almost 10 years.

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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 17 years.

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Phillip Pryke

Non-executive Director

Phil is a Director of Northridge Partners Pty Ltd, a Director of Goodman Group and a Director of Carbine Aginvest Ltd. His previous Roles include former deputy chair of Contact Energy Ltd, 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.

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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 is the Director of Investment Management and Capital Transactions, responsible for the acquisitions and disposals of GMT and Goodman NZ. She has 16 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 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 14 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 is responsible for all aspects of Goodman Group’s New Zealand business including the management of Goodman Property Trust. With an industrial portfolio valued at $3.8 billion and a market capitalisation of $3.2 billion it is the NZX’s largest listed property entity. John has been the CEO of Goodman NZ for 17 years and prior to this he held senior roles in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. His career has included asset management, investment management, property and corporate transactions, research and valuation. He is a member of the Goodman Group Operations Committee, a Director of Goodman (NZ) Limited, and a Champion For Change advocate.

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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 25 years of experience in the property and capital markets, with the last 17 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

As Marketing Director, Mandy is responsible for branding, advertising and corporate communications across all Goodman business activities in New Zealand. Mandy has over 25 years' experience in brand development and marketing, holding various senior management positions in electronics, publishing and office products sectors. 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 and is also Co-Chair of Property Council New Zealand’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

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Anton Shead

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Anton is responsible for the provision of legal and compliance support to the business. Anton has over 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

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 20 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.

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David Gibson

Independent Director

David is a professional director, investor and business consultant. His current directorships include NZME Limited, Rangatira Limited and Trustpower Limited while his private interests include Sidehustle App, Harker Herbals and Jess’s Underground Kitchen. David has over 20 years’ investment banking experience having held senior positions and governance roles with Deutsche Craigs and Deutsche Bank, in New Zealand. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury.

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Laurissa Cooney

Independent Director

Laurissa is a professional director. Her current directorships include Accordant Group Limited, Air New Zealand Limited, Aotearoa Circle, Ngai Tai ki Tamaki and Tourism Bay of Plenty where she is also the Chair. Prior to these governance roles she was Chief Financial Officer of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. Her professional career has also included senior auditing and consulting roles with Deloitte. She holds a Bachelor of Management Studies (Hons) from Waikato University, is a Fellow of the Charted Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.