Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Metro Performance Glass has an experienced and balanced Board. Its members collectively contribute a diverse range of skills and backgrounds including executive and governance roles at various building products companies, publicly listed companies and other significant entities both in New Zealand and internationally. The Board comprises an independent, non-executive Chairman, four independent non-executive directors and one executive director. 

Sir John Goulter KNZM, JP

Independent, Non-Executive Chairman Member of Audit and Risk Committee

Sir John has long-standing experience in both the public and private sectors in New Zealand. He currently acts as Chairman of the New Zealand Business and Parliament Trust, Marsden Maritime Holdings Limited, and Northport Limited. He is a former Chair of the NZ Lotteries Commission and NZ Carriers Group; a former director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Television NZ Limited, Vector Limited and was the inaugural Managing Director of Auckland International Airport Limited.

In 2003, Sir John was appointed the New Zealand Herald Business Leader of the Year and a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DCNZM) for services to business and the community. This honour was re-designated as Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (KNZM) in 2009.

Sir John is a graduate of Harvard Business School (Advanced Management Program), a Justice of the Peace and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management. He was inducted as a Laureate into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame in 2003.

Nigel Rigby

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Nigel was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Metro Performance Glass in 2012. Nigel has over 15 years’ of experience working in the building products sector in New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the United States.

Prior to joining Metro Performance Glass, Nigel was with the James Hardie group for 13 years, including Executive General Manager – USA for James Hardie. In this role he led James Hardie’s largest international business division, which included managing large and complex capital projects as well as the day-to-day management and responsibility for the performance of this division.

Russell Chenu

Independent, Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Audit and Risk Committee

Russell has significant experience in the corporate sector with more than 22 years in senior management roles. He has considerable experience in financial roles, including with building products companies.  Russell is currently an independent director and the Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee of ASX listed businesses Leighton Holdings Limited and Reliance Worldwide Corporation Limited.

Russell had a 23 year career at James Hardie, holding various management and executive positions in a number of countries, including most recently serving as group Chief Financial Officer from 2004 to 2013.

Before this role, Russell served as Chief Financial Officer for several ASX-listed companies (Tab, Delta Gold, Australian National Industries and Pancontinental Mining) and Mighty River Power. Russell was also previously Treasurer of Pioneer International.

Russell has a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne, an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management and is a Member of the Society of Certified Practising Accountants (Australia).

Willem (Bill) Roest 

Independent, Non-Executive Director and Member of Audit and Risk Committee

Bill has extensive experience in the New Zealand corporate sector both in executive and non-executive functions, in particular in the domains of finance and corporate governance.

He is currently on the boards of Synlait Milk (where he chairs the Audit and Risk Committee), Fisher & Paykel Appliances (where he chairs the Audit Committee) and New Zealand Housing Foundation.

Prior to his non-executive roles, Bill held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Fletcher Building for 12 years. Before this, he held several leadership roles within the Fletcher Group, including Managing Director of Fletcher Residential and Fletcher Aluminium.

Bill is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (United Kingdom) and an Associate member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Gordon Buswell

Independent, Non-Executive Director 

Gordon has more than 25 years’ experience in the building and construction industry. He currently holds a number of industry associated directorships, including the Building Industry Federation, Platinum Homes Limited, Construction Strategy Group and the Registered Master Builders Association of New Zealand. He is also a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Prior to moving into governance roles, Gordon was the chief executive of Independent Timber Merchants (ITM) for 13 years and also spent 12 years with Carter Holt Harvey.

Gordon holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland.

Peter Griffiths

Independent, Non-Executive Director 

Peter is currently the Chairman of Z Energy Ltd and NZ Diving and Salvage Ltd, Deputy Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority, and a director of Marsden Maritime Holdings Limited and Wings Over Whales (NZ) Ltd. He has previously served on the Boards of NZ Refining Company Ltd, Liquigas Ltd, Wanganui Gas Ltd, NZ Oil and Gas Ltd and Bitumix Ltd.

Prior to moving into governance roles, Peter worked for BP Oil New Zealand for 21 years, the last 10 of which he was Managing Director.