Our leaders

Our Co-op leaders are driven to do the right thing for our customers, communities, Co-op and country.

Dean Waddell (Chair)
Dean Waddell (Chair)
PAK'nSAVE Cameron Road
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Dean Waddell (Chair)

PAK'nSAVE Cameron Road
Appointed to the Board in 2013, Dean is a third-generation grocer who began working in the family supermarket, New World Brookfield, at age 13. He left to study at Massey University, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Studies before returning to work at New World Brookfield. Dean became a Member in 1992 when he purchased New World Brookfield and moved to his current business, PAK’nSAVE Cameron Road, in 2013. Dean and his wife Julie have three children.
Brendon Jones
Brendon Jones
New World Howick
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Brendon Jones

New World Howick
Appointed to the Board in 2018, Brendon began his career at Foodies in 2001 at Write Price Wanganui and in 2005 took ownership of New World Gonville. In 2007, he opened the brand new New World Wanganui, before moving to New World Howick in 2014. Brendon is a Director on the Eat My Lunch Board. He is married to Kate and they have two children
Craig McKeown
Craig McKeown
PAK'nSAVE Sylvia Park
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Craig McKeown

PAK'nSAVE Sylvia Park
Appointed to the Board in 2014, Craig was chosen as the pilot Operator for the conversion of Gilmours stores to owner-operated. Craig was the Owner-Operator of Gilmours North Shore for more than six years, before taking ownership of PAK’nSAVE Sylvia Park in August 2015. Prior to joining Foodies, Craig held senior management positions in a number of large retail organisations throughout Australasia. Craig has an MBA from Auckland University and a Masters of Enterprise from Melbourne University. He and his wife Kathryn have one child.
Jane Freeman
Jane Freeman
Independent Director
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Jane Freeman

Independent Director
Independent Director Jane has held senior marketing and general management positions at Telecom, ASB, Bank Direct and Clear Communications, and is currently a Director of Kiwi Property Group. She has previously held board positions with ASB, Delegats Group, Pumpkin Patch (Chair), Air New Zealand, St George Bank NZ, Albert Street Dental, Publicis Groupe NZ, Sheffield and SKYCITY Entertainment Group. Jane has a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from the University of Auckland. She and her husband Chris have three children.
Jason Witehira
Jason Witehira
PAK'NSAVE ALBANY
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Jason Witehira

PAK'NSAVE ALBANY
Jason was appointed to the Board in 2019. He began his career with Foodstuffs North Island in 1998 as the Owner of New World Taumarunui. In 2001 he became the Owner of New World Botany, before taking ownership of New World Victoria Park in 2010 then PAK’nSAVE Albany in 2021. He has played a key role in the Foodies Co-op over the years as previous Chair for the New World North Island Committee, and New World Auckland Committee. Jason was also awarded the Aotearoa Outstanding Māori Business Leader of the Year award in 2015. He is a proud father of four and has eight mokopuna.
Karl Marryatt
Karl Marryatt
PAK'nSAVE Kapiti
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Karl Marryatt

PAK'nSAVE Kapiti
Appointed to the Board in 2014, Karl has spent his entire working career in supermarkets and the retail sector. He became a Member in 2004 with the purchase of New World Naenae, which he owned and operated for three years before purchasing New World Railway Metro in central Wellington. In June 2018, Karl took ownership of PAK’nSAVE Kapiti. Karl is married to Caroline and they have two children.
Malcolm Boyd
Malcolm Boyd
New World Hillcrest
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Malcolm Boyd

New World Hillcrest
Appointed to the Board in 2017, Malcolm studied at the University of Waikato, the Australian Graduate School of Management and Massey University Business School. In 2007, he purchased his first store, New World Morrinsville, and in March 2017 took ownership of New World Hillcrest. Malcolm was Chair of the New World Committee and is currently a Board member for Boyds Asparagus Industries Limited. Before Foodies, Malcolm was a business owner, held governance positions and senior roles in finance, strategy and project management, and is a Chartered Accountant. He is married to Angela and they have three children.
Peter Schuyt
Peter Schuyt
Independent Director
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Peter Schuyt

Independent Director
Independent Director, Peter, has held senior executive roles in finance and strategy areas at the New Zealand Dairy Board, Fonterra and NZ Post Group. Peter is on the Board and chairs the Audit & Risk Committees of Tatua Dairy Company, Alliance Group and Dairy NZ, is a Board member and chairs the Audit Committee of TSB Bank and is currently Chair of Tax Management NZ Ltd. Peter holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Economics from Canterbury University. Peter and his wife Tracey have five children.
Rob McGregor
Rob McGregor
PAK'nSAVE Papamoa
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Rob McGregor

PAK'nSAVE Papamoa
Appointed to the Board in 2017, Rob McGregor began his career working at New World Te Kuiti, in his father’s store. He graduated from Waikato University with a Bachelor of Computer Studies and applied this knowledge to develop computer programmes for the business. In 1995 Rob purchased New World Hillcrest, before moving to Auckland and purchasing the newly built New World Victoria Park. In 2010, Rob opened the newly built PAK’nSAVE Papamoa where he is Owner Operator today. He is also a Director on the Ruel Foundation.
Sarah Aston
Sarah Aston
New World Milford
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Sarah Aston

New World Milford
Sarah was appointed to the Board in 2018. She joined the Co-op as the Owner of Four Square Oneroa in 2008. Prior to joining Foodies, she held several senior business roles at Coopers and Lybrand (now PwC), and Telecom New Zealand (now Spark) including the Programme Lead of an operational capability development programme and Head of the 1200-strong Customer Care Team. Sarah became the Owner of her current store, New World Milford, in 2010. Sarah is also a Board Member of the Milford Business Association and was the Chair of Laura’s Angels (a fundraising committee for the Laura Fergusson Trust). Sarah and her husband Grant have two children.
Sir Henry van der Heyden
Sir Henry van der Heyden
Independent Director
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Sir Henry van der Heyden

Independent Director
Independent Director Sir Henry has served in dairy industry governance roles for over 25 years. He is currently Chair of Rabobank Australia Limited, Tainui Group Holdings, Maxwell Farms Limited and Manuka S.A. Limited. He is also a Director on the Board of Pascaro Investments. Sir Henry holds a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours from Canterbury University. He is married to Jocelyn and they have four children.
Chris Quin
Chris Quin
CEO
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Chris Quin

CEO
Chris joined Foodies as CEO in September 2015 with 28 years' experience in leadership roles. His most recent position was CEO of the Home, Business, and Mobile division of Spark NZ (previously Telecom NZ). Prior to that, he formed the successful IT services business Gen-i (within Telecom) by merging three businesses. In 2010, he received a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award for his leadership achievements and contribution to the community, which included being Chair of The Icehouse business growth organisation. Chris has a Bachelor of Commerce and Accounting from Victoria University and completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business executive programme.
Catherine Tardif
Catherine Tardif
General Manager Strategy & New Ventures
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Catherine Tardif

General Manager Strategy & New Ventures
Catherine arrived at Foodstuffs Auckland in May 2013 as Manager Strategy & New Ventures and was appointed to the role of GM Strategy & New Ventures in July 2016. Before Foodies, she was Senior Manager of Corporate Development for Thomas Cook Group in the UK and held senior investment banking roles at Citi and PwC. Catherine has an MBA from the London Business School, a Bachelor of Finance from Université Laval in Quebec, Canada, and is a CFA charter holder.
Cindy Chaimowitz
Cindy Chaimowitz
General Manager Wholesale & Customer Service
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Cindy Chaimowitz

General Manager Wholesale & Customer Service
Cindy joined Foodies in 2015 and has held roles in our Commercial Operations, Strategy & New Ventures, and Wholesale team. Before joining our team, she held a number of senior advisory and accounting roles in large organisations across New Zealand and South Africa, including EY and the Serious Fraud Office.
David Stewart
David Stewart
General Manager Merchandise
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David Stewart

General Manager Merchandise
David joined in 2010 as Chief Financial Officer at Foodstuffs Auckland and became Chief Financial Officer at Foodstuffs North Island in 2013, then GM Merchandise in 2016. Before Foodies, David worked in Europe in senior finance roles at France Telecom, Orange, and PwC. Then, he returned to New Zealand to work at Yellow Pages as Chief Financial Officer. Named New Zealand’s CFO of the Year for 2015, David is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce from the University of Auckland and is a graduate of the Stanford School of Business Executive Programme.
Jo Allan
Jo Allan
Chief Financial Officer
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Jo Allan

Chief Financial Officer
Jo joined Foodies as Chief Financial Officer in January 2017 and brings more than 20 years’ Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) finance and leadership experience to the table. She has held senior finance, strategy, leadership, and transformation roles for a number of leading companies including Frucor, Danone, Fonterra, Tegel, and Lion. She is also an engineer and has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) and is a CPA (Certified Practicing Accountant).
Jonathan Box
Jonathan Box
General Manager Supply Chain
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Jonathan Box

General Manager Supply Chain
Jonathan was appointed GM Supply Chain in June 2018. Prior to this, he spent almost 30 years with Nestlé around the world before Fonterra brought him to New Zealand. He has extensive leadership experience in Operations, Marketing, Sales, Supply Chain, and Business Transformation across a broad range of product categories and countries. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Science from King’s College London and is a graduate of the Programme for Executive Development at IMD in Lausanne.
Lindsay Rowles
Lindsay Rowles
General Manager Membership & Property
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Lindsay Rowles

General Manager Membership & Property
Lindsay joined Foodstuffs North Island in May 2016 as GM Property, taking on a new role in 2018 of GM Membership & Property. Previously, Lindsay spent eight years at Woolworths Australia, where he held various leadership roles in their property group. Most recently as Group Property Operations Manager – North, he was responsible for the development and execution of their national network strategy plan and their property strategy. Before Woolworths, Lindsay worked for ALDI for eight years, establishing and operating the ALDI retail brand in New South Wales. He graduated from Deakin University with degrees in Commerce and Law.
Mike Brooker
Mike Brooker
General Counsel & Company Secretary
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Mike Brooker

General Counsel & Company Secretary
Mike joined Foodstuffs in 2009 as GM Legal at Foodstuffs Auckland and was appointed to the role of General Counsel & Company Secretary at Foodstuffs North Island in 2013. Prior to Foodies, Mike was a Partner at DLA Piper where he had a broad commercial practice, including acting for a number of franchised businesses, of which Foodies was the largest. Mike was the 2015 Private Sector In-house Lawyer of the Year. He studied at the University of Auckland and gained a Bachelor of Laws and a Masters of Commercial Law.
Simon Kennedy
Simon Kennedy
Chief Digital Officer
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Simon Kennedy

Chief Digital Officer
Simon joined in April 2019 as Chief Digital Officer. Before Foodies, Simon was most recently CIO at Air New Zealand, following seven years at The Warehouse Group, with the last four years there as Group CIO. A New Zealand citizen who is originally from the UK, Simon started his career with Accenture in London and held a number of consulting industry roles in the UK, NZ, and India before settling permanently in Auckland in 2009. Simon holds an MA in History & Economics from Oxford University.
Wendy Hammonds
Wendy Hammonds
General Manager People & Capability
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Wendy Hammonds

General Manager People & Capability
Wendy became GM People & Capability in March 2016. With more than 15 years of experience in developing talent and leading people, Wendy is passionate about driving cultural change and strong employee engagement in large organisations. Prior to Foodies, she led the HR team for the retail business unit within Spark that looks after home and small business customers. She also worked for Westpac, AMP Banking, and Bendon, following ten years in the UK.