Metro Performance Glass - Senior Leadership team
Below are the profiles of our Senior Leadership team
Simon Mander - Chief Executive Officer
He has broad leadership expertise at senior levels across industries ranging from ag‐tech, building products, to flexible and fibre-based packaging. During Simon’s career, he has specialised in performance improvement, as well as in strategy development and execution. He has worked internationally in a number of industries and has recent experience in the New Zealand and Australian building products market.
Simon joined Metroglass from Tru‐Test Corporation Limited, a world-leading New Zealand-based ag‐tech company where he was CEO. Prior roles have been with well‐known companies such as Fletcher Building, DS Smith, Carter Holt Harvey, Partners in Performance, Lion Nathan and McKinsey. He was also a director of NZX-listed Wellington Drive Technologies for nine years.
Simon has a trade background in aircraft engineering and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mech) degree from the University of Auckland. In addition, he represented New Zealand in yachting on a number of occasions including in the International 470 class at the 1988 Olympic Games.
John Fraser-Mackenzie - Chief Financial Officer
John was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in May 2015. Before his appointment, he worked for Goodman Fielder for eight years, initially as Finance Director of their Dairy Division and latterly as New Zealand Finance Director. Prior to Goodman Fielder he held a number of business development and finance roles for Heinz in Europe.
John is a chartered accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Science degree (majoring in Finance) from the University of Cape Town.
Brent Mealings - Chief Financial Officer (effective 29 January 2020)
Brent was appointed Chief Financial Officer in November 2019, commencing with the group in late January 2019. Brent joins Metroglass following a 17-year career with Fonterra Cooperative Group, where he held various leadership positions, most recently Director Commercial Global Operations. Prior roles included Director Group Finance and Group Financial Controller.
Brent is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from the University of Canterbury.
Robyn Gibbard - General Manager Upper North Island
Robyn leads the Upper North Island region for Metroglass and has worked in the business for more than 20 years. She has previously led Metroglass’ sales force nationally, and held many customer-facing roles across commercial glazing, branch management and sales management.
Gareth Hamill - General Manager Lower North Island
Gareth leads the Lower North Island region and has worked for Metroglass for more than 15 years, and brings particular experience in commercial glazing. He is a Director of the Glass and Glazing Institute of New Zealand, and also a Member of The Institute of Building (NZIOB) and of the Window & Glass Association of New Zealand (WGANZ) Glass Technical Committee.
Gareth holds a Bachelor of Building Science degree from Victoria University of Wellington.
Andrew Dallison - General Manager South Island
Andrew leads the South Island region for Metroglass. He brings over 30 years’ experience, having held senior sales, technical, operational and general management roles in both the packaging and chemical industries. Before joining the company, his most recent role was leading the packaging division of The Industrial Group, based in Saudi Arabia.
Andrew holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Deakin University in Australia and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Canterbury.
Barry Paterson - General Manager Commercial Glazing
Barry leads Metroglass’ technical team and commercial glazing business nationally. He has 15 years of experience across the New Zealand and Australian glass industries. Barry has held a diverse range of commercial and management finance roles in the arable and manufacturing industries, and was a director on the board of Westland Milk Products from 2010 to 2016.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Management degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from Lincoln University.
Dayna Saunders - Human Resources Director
Dayna leads Metroglass’ Human Resources team nationally. She has over 10 years’ experience in HR, Talent & Recruitment spending eight years at Fletcher Building before commencing with Metroglass.
Dayna holds a Bachelor of Business degree in Marketing & Management and a NZ Diploma in Business from the Auckland University of Technology.
Amandeep Kaur - Group Health and Safety Manager
Amandeep leads Group Health and Safety across both our New Zealand and Australia businesses, responsible for the development and implementation of health and safety strategy. She brings with her a wealth of experience, with strengths in creating and implementing a high-performing safety culture. Before joining the company, Amandeep held senior health and safety roles at Harrison Grierson, Sinclair Knight Merz, and Compass Group, after starting her career in quality assurance with Nestlé, Frucor and Real Foods.
Amandeep holds a Master in Food Science Technology degree as well as a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.