Directors

Mark McGuinness , Chairman

MBA from Otago University

Mark has been Chairman of the Donaghys Board since 1999.

Mark is Managing Director of Willis Bond & Co, which he co-founded in 1988. He has over 30 years’ experience in property investment, development, funds management and private equity activities.

He acted as Executive Chairman of Pencarrow Private Equity Limited for a number of years and has also previously chaired and/or been a director of a number of other private and public companies such as Eskimo Logistics Group, Kapiti Cheeses and Restaurant Brands. He is a Director of the Hurricanes Ltd and is a trustee of the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust and of St Patrick’s College Board of Proprietors.

 

Jeremy Silva, Managing Director

B. Com

Jeremy grew up in Dunedin and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing and Finance from Otago University. He has been Managing Director of Donaghys since 2002.

Jeremy led a management buyout in 1994 of Eskimo Logistics Group which provided refrigerated warehousing and logistics services to New Zealand’s major primary producers. At Eskimo Jeremy and the team built the company turnover from $5m to in excess of $60m through acquisition and organic growth.  The company was sold in 2001 (in parts) to 2 multinational competitors.

Prior to joining Eskimo, Jeremy held marketing and general management positions with Wilson Neill Limited, New Zealand Salmon Company Limited, Mount Hutt Ski and Alpine Tourist Company Limited and Donaghys Limited.

 

Andrew Horsbrugh, Director

B.E. (Mech.), MBA

Andrew grew up on a sheep and beef farm in the Wairarapa before moving to Canterbury to study Mechanical Engineering. An extramural MBA was obtained a few years later.

After a brief period in design engineering, Andrew bought into Eskimo Logistics Group, a company providing refrigerated warehousing and logistics services to New Zealand’s major primary producers. Over 9 years, the organisation was developed from a regional supplier to New Zealand’s largest operator. The company was successfully sold in 2001 (in parts) to 2 multinational competitors. Andrew then had a year as the Business Development Manager of Road Freighters Ltd before moving to Donaghys.

In 2002 Andrew participated in the management buy-out of Donaghys, one of New Zealand’s oldest companies. From 2006 to 2013 Andrew was the Executive Director of Donaghys and oversaw manufacturing, sales, logistics and marketing. Focusing on range and manufacturing consolidation, a number of business acquisitions, and organic growth into patented agriculture products Donaghys is now one of the larger suppliers of consumables into New Zealand’s agriculture merchants.

In November 2013 Andrew joined Craigmore Sustainables, a rural investment management company, as Chief Executive Officer and remains a director and shareholder of Donaghys.

 

John Waller , Director (Until 20/09/2016)

B. Com, FCA - BNZ

*In memoriam

It is with the deepest regret that we advise of the passing of John Waller. John first joined Donaghys as an advisor to the Board in the early 2000’s, formally accepting a Directorship in 2009 after taking part in the 2008 Management buy-in. John’s friendship, sage advice, astute mind, and knowledge of the rural sector will be missed by the team at Donaghys. Our deepest condolences are extended to his family.

John had vast commercial experience with extensive involvement in mergers and acquisitions, corporate advisory services, business reviews and a wide range of corporate activities.

He joined the Fonterra Board in early 2009 as an Appointed Director and was Chairman of the Milk Price Panel, a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and a member of the Risk Committee. 

He was also a past Chairman of BNZ, the Eden Park Redevelopment Board and the Eden Park Trust Board. He was a Director of National Australia Bank Ltd, BNZ Investments Ltd, Haydn & Rollett Ltd, National Equities Ltd and Sky Network Television Ltd. John was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers for more than 20 years and led their advisor practice for many years. John was also an advisor and Director of Alliance Group Ltd for many years.

 

David Beattie, Chief Finance Officer

B. Com, Chartered Accountant

David’s family is originally from the MacKenzie Country before farming on the Canterbury Plains. He has a Bachelor of Commerce at Canterbury University and is also a qualified Chartered Accountant.

David has been in various finance roles, working for the Rural Banking Corporation, Waitaki International (running freezing works) and Telecom Mobile Radio before joining fellow Donaghys Directors Jeremy and Andrew at Eskimo Logistics Group as the General Manager of Finance. Eskimo was sold in 2001 before David did a brief stint as the CEO of the Youth Hostel Association.

In 2003 David was employed as CFO of Donaghys and has managed the Finance and IT team since then. He is an alternate director on the Donaghys Board.