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Board of directors

Warwick Wilshier (Chair)

Warwick has been in the road freight transport industry since he left school. He completed an Automotive Diesel Apprenticeship and then purchased his first logging truck. 

He has spent 40 years in the industry and in that time has built a large logging fleet across the central North Island and East Coast regions. 

He first joined the Rotorua Licenced Carriers Association which later amalgamated into Road Transport Association Region 2. 

Committed to building safety practice and improving outcomes, Warwick is a founding member of the successful Log Transport Safety Council and has been chair for more than 20 years.

In 2020, Warwick was inducted into the New Zealand Road Transport Hall of Fame in recognition of outstanding service to the industry.

Neil Reid

Neil has had management roles with New Zealand Express, Freightways Group and the Newman’s Group. The freighting division of Newman’s Group was sold to Transpac in 1987. When Transpac was placed in receivership in 1988, Neil with partners, purchased the Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast operation from the receiver and renamed it TNL Group Ltd. As managing director from 1989 to 2007, he built the company into a customised road transport, contract warehousing and international freight and customs operation.

Neil retains directorships in a variety of companies, including Waimea Contract Carriers Ltd near his home base in the Tasman District. 

Neil is the immediate past chair of the Transporting New Zealand (then Road Transport Forum) board.

Deborah O’Brien

Deborah is managing director, of Debz Transport in the Hutt Valley. Following her father into the road transport industry, Deborah has established herself as a successful operator in her own right in both metro and line haul transportation, and storage services. Deborah has also recently acquired a freight forwarding company in Rongotai. 

Deborah has a long governance service in the industry, including as a director of Road Transport Association, and is a previous regional president. She is a strong supporter of women in business and governance and this is evidenced by her involvement in associated groups and activities.


Brett Hamilton

Brett has been in the transport industry for 21 years – his entire working career. HIs first decade was spent as a qualified diesel technician, however Brett had early ambitions to operate a heavy transport fleet. In 2011, Brett joined Open Country Dairy as an owner driver operating a modern milk collection tanker, from there he has grown his own fleet at the same time managing Southern milk transport for Open Country. Currently, Brett is managing director of BLH Holdings Ltd, General manager southern milk transport, and Talley’s group fleet manager. 

I thoroughly enjoy my time in the transport world, is consists of a fantastic bunch of people doing an essential service for New Zealand communities.

Sean Rooney

From a very young age Sean always had a passion for trucks and started learning to drive them as soon as he was old enough. He began driving full-time after leaving university and his road transport career expanded from there. Sean’s entire working career has seen him either been directly employed, self-employed or closely associated with the industry.

The many opportunities and skills such as logistics, project management, running businesses and a psyche of never giving up that have been gained through working in the road transport industry.

This has led to a passion for improving the professionalism and image of the industry so it further becomes an attractive career choice for young people so they too can have the wonderful experiences that Sean has had.