Executive Team

Grant Webster

Chief Executive Officer

Grant was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer in December 2008. Grant has served on various industry and Government bodies including nine years on the Tourism Industry Aotearoa Board including periods as Chair and Deputy Chair. Grant was also a co-Chair for the New Zealand Government’s Tourism Futures Taskforce in 2020.

Grant’s background includes senior executive roles across the tourism, hospitality, gaming and retail industries, where he held Director and general management roles within the retail sector before moving into tourism. Grant holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Victoria University and has completed executive studies at the Insead Advanced Management Programme in Fontainebleau and Monash University, Melbourne Australia. Outside of thl, Grant is on the Board of Les Mills Holdings NZ.

Nick Judd

Chief Financial Officer

Nick started with thl in September 2020 in the role of Chief Finance Officer with responsibility for Finance, Human Resources, Digital, Risk and Sustainability portfolios. Nick was previously the Chief Strategy, Networks and Alliances officer at Air New Zealand where during a 17 year career he held various senior financial and commercial leadership positions across Auckland, Sydney, Shanghai and Los Angeles. He has also spent time living and working in the United Kingdom and Canada. Nick holds a Bachelor of Management Studies (hons) from the University of Waikato.

Gordon Hewston

Chief Operating Officer – Northern Hemisphere

Gordon started as COO Northern Hemisphere in September 2020. Joining thl in May 2012, Gordon led the Waitomo Group until July 2016 when he became the GM for New Zealand Operations. Gordon moved to the States in July 2018 to lead the El Monte business and assumed responsibility for the Road Bear operation in July 2019 when he became the Senior Vice President for thl’s US Operations. Gordon’s background includes senior roles in conservation and heritage tourism with the UK’s National Trust and Heritage New Zealand, Pouhere Taonga. Gordon holds an MBA and a MSc in Environmental Science from the University of Nottingham, UK.

Kate Meldrum

Chief Operating Officer – Australia

Kate commenced as Chief Operating Officer, Australia in September 2020 having held the role of General Manager of Australian Operations since July 2017. She joined thl in 1991 in the Sales and Marketing team as Account Manager for North America. She left in 1996 and held several part-time and contract marketing roles whilst raising a family before re-joining the company again in 2003 as Sales & Marketing Manager for New Zealand. Kate joined the executive team in November 2009 as General Manager Marketing & Customer Experience and in April 2014 assumed responsibility for Group Revenue for the self-drive experience businesses, and overall responsibility for marketing and sales channels. Kate holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business from Auckland University.

Matt Harvey

Chief Operating Officer – New Zealand

Matt started with thl in April 2010 as Commercial Operations Manager and progressed through to the role of National Operation Manager for NZ Rentals in January 2012. In August 2013 Matt moved across to Melbourne and led the Australian Operations team. Matt was Vice President of El Monte RV from July 2017 prior to returning to NZ and taking up the position of GM NZ Operations from April 2018 through to September 2020 when Matt moved to COO NZ.

Matt’s background includes a number of operation management roles within the SkyCity Group in New Zealand and financial analyst roles within the Gaming industry in London. Matt holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Auckland University.

Ollie Farnsworth

Chief Commercial and Customer Officer

Joining thl in October 2017, Ollie is responsible for group Revenue, Sales & Marketing, Data Analytics, and Customer Experience development. Prior to joining thl, Ollie spent 10 years in consulting services and business start-up. This included leading iris Worldwide’s consulting offering in Shanghai, Atlanta, and New York, and various positions with Deloitte Strategy & Operations in Auckland and Chicago. Ollie holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Auckland.

Juhi Shareef

Chief Responsibility Officer

Juhi joined thl in December 2020, and is responsible for leading the group Risk and Sustainability functions, including thl’s commitment to the Future-Fit Business Benchmark.

She has over 15 years’ experience in delivering sustainability strategies and supply chain projects in the UK and internationally, and has worked with clients across a variety of sectors including luxury, fashion, retail, film, theatre, events and sports. Previously in NZ Juhi was Sustainability Lead at energy company Vector Ltd and Fuji Xerox NZ.

Juhi is a co-founder of Moonshot:City – a think-tank and podcast series exploring regenerative cities – and is Chair of the Battery Industry Group (B.I.G.) which is designing a circular product stewardship scheme for large batteries. She sits on the Government Advisory Group for the new NZ National Waste Strategy and the WasteMINZ Product Stewardship Sector Group. Juhi holds a B.Com (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh and has completed a Master’s course on Strategies for Sustainability Management from Harvard Extension School.

Steven Hall

Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Joining thl in February 2015, Steve is responsible for leading the group finance functions, including treasury, management and statutory reporting, internal audit, and tax across thl’s New Zealand, Australian and USA operating businesses. He was appointed to the position of Deputy CFO in September 2020. His previous experience includes 5 years of group consolidation and external reporting in the banking industry at Westpac New Zealand and HSBC Group in London, and 5 years of external audit experience at Deloitte.

Steve is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and holds a Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours, and Graduate Diploma in Statistics from the University of Waikato.

Jo Hilson

Chief Technology Officer

Jo started thl in August 2021 in the role of Chief Technology Officer responsible for leading and maintaining thl’s global IT operations and continuing the development, implementation and growth of thl’s bespoke modern booking, pricing, fleet management and telematics products. Jo brings over 20 years digital experience to thl having gained a broad range of IT and leadership experience across publicly listed companies, web start-ups and software development companies within NZ and UK. Jo holds a Bachelor of Business Studies and Graduate Diploma in Business Studies from Massey University.

Chris Devoy

Chief Executive Officer – Action Manufacturing

Joining thl in 2006 as an Operations Manager, Chris has had a variety of roles in our manufacturing businesses. Most recently he spent 3 years as Chief Operations Officer for Action Manufacturing before taking on the role of CEO in March 2021. Chris also holds roles as an Executive Director of Action Manufacturing (2017) and SEVA Australasia (2016). Chris has an extensive background in Manufacturing and Vehicle Design across a wide range of industries, including 10 years in Aviation, and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies from Waikato University.