Management Team

Chief Executive Officer - Ian Coventry

Ian was appointed CEO in August 2015 following previous roles as OPAC’s Commercial Manager and Grower Services Manager. Ian is a qualified accountant and in his previous roles oversaw OPAC’s financial, IT and strategic planning processes as well as key areas of grower liaison and administration of the grower pools. 

Ian has first-hand knowledge of the industry’s grower oriented structures, gained from personal experience as an OPAC grower, as well as bringing previous experience from senior financial roles in the pulp and paper, forestry, research, and education sectors.

Email Ian:ian.coventry@opac.co.nz 


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Executive Assistant - Carrie-Ann Callaghan

Carrie-ann joined OPAC from Brisbane, Australia in 2018 as an Executive Assistant.  Previously working at the PA Hospital in Brisbane as the Directors Secretary, assisting the Administration Management Team and various other services within the hospital.  With over 5 years’ experience in professional Executive Assistant type positions, Carrie-ann has a proven track record of senior level support and management assistance.  She has a strong ability to maximize efficiency and build relationships with staff and clients.

Carrie-ann supports our OPAC Management Team and is the point of contact for Shareholders and client queries.

Email Carrie-Ann:carrie-ann.callaghan@opac.co.nz 


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Post Harvest Operations Manager - Nicki Paget

Nicki joined the OPAC team late in 2013 and is now the Operations Manager in charge of OPAC’s post harvest, quality, production, planning, fruit optimisation, coolstore and logistics functions. Nicki is OPAC’s representative on the Industry Supply Group, an industry-wide body involved with ensuring the effectiveness of the industry’s integrated supply chain. Nicki is the Supplier nominated director on the board of KVH which manages all things Biosecurity for the Kiwifruit industry.  

Nicki has a Bachelor of Agriculture from Massey University. Nicki has worked in the kiwifruit industry in various roles including orchard operations, site management, post-harvest operations, quality management and grower liaison for several Northland and Bay of Plenty companies since the year 2000.

Email Nicki:nicki.paget@opac.co.nz 


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Commercial Manager - Jaco Grobbelaar

Jaco recently joined OPAC as a commercial and agricultural production specialist and was previously employed by ANZ Bank as Commercial and Agribusiness Manager. Jaco made New Zealand his home in 2013. Prior to his family’s relocation, he was in various customer facing and management roles in the agribusiness sector of South Africa. 

Key focus for Jaco in his role as Commercial Manager, is delivering a high standard of service to OPAC’s grower clients through his leadership of the grower liaison team. Jaco is also responsible for OPAC’s communication, marketing and business development strategies.

 

Email Jaco:jaco.grobbelaar@opac.co.nz 


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Information Technology Manager - Mark Forsyth

Mark leads OPAC’s long-term strategic vision for technology and is responsible for the continued development of an innovative, robust and secure information technology environment, whilst maintaining a strong customer focused IT support service.

 

Mark joined OPAC in 2018. Prior to returning to the Bay of Plenty, Mark spent 13 years developing the IT strategy and leading multiple IT teams in a high-paced and rapidly expanding billion pound revenue multi-utilities company in London. Mark brings over 20 years of commercial IT experience.

Email Mark:mark.forsyth@opac.co.nz 


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Orchard Operations Manager - Simon Dondi

Simon joined OPAC in 2009 after coming to New Zealand from Kenya; initially working as Orchard Manager before being appointed as the Orchard Operations Manager in January 2016. Simon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from University of Nairobi-Kenya. 

Simon had a strong background in managing large-scale horticultural operations before joining OPAC and has now added an excellent knowledge of growing kiwifruit.

 

Email Simon:simon.dondi@opac.co.nz 


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Chief Financial Officer - John Anderson

John manages the finance team and is secretary to the Board. John joined OPAC in October 2018. John is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.  John has many years of senior financial management experience in a range of different industries including utilities, construction, health and retail.

Email John:john.anderson@opac.co.nz 


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People and Capability Manager - Rona Simanu

Rona has over 20 years human resource and change management experience across public sector, entertainment, banking and professional services. Originally from Kawerau, Rona ran his own management consultancy in Auckland before moving back to the Eastern Bay of Plenty to join OPAC. 

Rona oversees human resources and health & safety.

Email Rona:rona.simanu@opac.co.nz 


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