Feet on the Ground, Eyes on the Future

The core philosophy that Bill Richardson championed still flows through this family-owned business.

Owners and Directors

Shona Richardson

On marriage to Bill I became involved in his business which at that time was Southern Transport.  Neither of us envisaged how it would grow in the intervening years.  I am no longer a Director but continue to take an active interest in our HWR Group. I’m proud of the way it keeps evolving while maintaining the principles that Bill instigated, and I hope that it will continue on as a family business that looks after its people, and gives good service to its customers.

Jocelyn O'Donnell

Joc is a Director of HWR Group and has been since taking on a governance role in the family owned business on the death of her father Bill in 2005.  Joc cares deeply about the family business and ensures the values the business was built on are reflected in todays companies.  She has spearheaded the redevelopment of Bill’s truck collection and the result is Bill Richardson Transport World which opened to the public late in 2015.  Joc is married to Scott and they have three children.

Scott O'Donnell

Scott is director of the HWR Group and was previously Managing Director for ten years from 2005. Aside from his director role he also spearheads the HWR property portfolio and assists with overseeing Bill Richardson Transport World. He has led the HWR Group through a decade of considerable growth in both size and turnover. Scott is married to Joc and they have three children.

Albert Brantley

Albert was appointed as Chairman of HWR in October 2019, having previously sat on the Board as an Independent Director. Trained as an engineer and geologist, over the past 40 years Albert has lead the construction and operation of large scale oil and gas, mining and utility assets throughout the world. Until recently he was the Chief Executive of Ōtākaro Limited, the Company responsible for the Government rebuild programme for Christchurch, and was the Chief Executive of Genesis Energy before that. He held similar roles in New Zealand for OceanaGold and L&M Mining.

A Canadian, Albert is married to a New Zealander and has been a resident of Canterbury for more than 30 years, although working overseas for much of that time. Albert now concentrates on governance roles, particularly in agriculture services and in local government.

Executive Team

Scott O'Donnell

Scott was appointed as Acting CEO in June 2020.

Peter Heenan

Peter joined HWR in 2011 as Executive Director of Finance. During this time he has been a part of the significant growth in the Group including a number of acquisitions. Peter is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. External roles are Trustee of Southland Hospice and Southland Boys High School..

Peter Dynes

Peter is the CEO of Dynes Transport which formed a joint venture partnership with HWR Group in December 2016. Peter has been passionate about the transport industry since his younger years and was driving full time before taking over the management role of the business in 1997. His vision for the future is to have systems, IT and people in place that will improve efficiencies and will result in providing the best service for their valued clients.

David Foon

David was appointed to the new role of HWR Group General Manager Petroleum and Concrete in 2020. He is responsible for the New Zealand and Australian petroleum businesses and the concrete division. Prior to this David was General Manager Business Growth and was involved in a number of acquisitions made by HWR since 2011. David himself joined HWR following the acquisition of Kauriland Petroleum (Mobil Fuels Distributor) in 2010 by Allied Petroleum.

Colm Hamrogue

Colm joined HWR as Group General Manager in December 2018. In his role, Colm has overall responsibility for the Groups’ transport operations. Before joining the Group, he was Chief Operating Officer and Director of Strategy for Farmlands Co-operative. Colm originally hails from Ireland and moved to New Zealand in 2012. He holds an honours degree in Strategic Management and Planning and a Masters Degree in Communications.

Dale Cocker

Dale is General Manager Specialised Transport responsible for four individual companies encompassing eleven different brands providing niche transport and storage solutions to the marketplace nationwide. He started with HWR Group in 1993 as a truck driver with Freight Haulage and has held several roles prior to being appointed General Manager in 2007. 

Grace Frisby

Grace was appointed to the new role of HWR Group General Manager Marketing and Communications in 2020. Prior to this she was the HWR Group Marketing and Communications Manager. She is responsible for planning, developing and implementing all HWR marketing and communication strategies both internally and externally and coordinating the strategic and operational activities for the Group.

She has more than 15 years’ experience in the marketing, public relations and communications fields and has a background in journalism.

Alastair Tennant

Alastair is the General Manager of Allied Petroleum. He is responsible for the operations of the business and has overseen significant growth in the company in recent years. He joined Allied Petroleum in early 2009 and is based in Christchurch. Previously Alastair has had a varied career working in commercial and operational management roles across a number of industry sectors.

Rick Gibson

Rick joined HWR as Chief Information Officer in May 2020 during the Covid-19 lockdown. In his role, Rick has overall responsibility for the provision of the Groups’ Information Services including the Servicedesk, Application support, Project support and Reporting functions. Prior to joining the Group Rick had IT Management and CIO roles with Holcim NZ, Gough Group and Westland Milk. Rick was raised in the Bay of Plenty but has been in Christchurch for 30 years so considers himself a Mainlander.
He holds and BSC in Computing and NZIM Advanced Management qualification

Dean Elder

Dean is the General Manager of the HWR Contracting Division and is responsible for nearly 300 staff across three companies.  He joined the HWR Group in 2004 working as an operator and studied part to gain his Diploma in Civil engineering.  Since he has held several roles prior to being appointed General Manager in 2018.  Dean has 15 years’ experience in the engineering and contracting industries with a background in civil engineering.

Chris Wight

Chris is the General Manager of Petrogas, a Fuel & Lubricant distributor based out of Melbourne, Australia. Chris was the Financial Controller for Petrogas in the five years prior to taking the role as General Manager in September 2015.  Chris has long standing family ties to the fuel industry and prior to joining the business held a variety of other roles within the fuel wholesale and retail industry, as well as a large corporate accounting firm.

Wayne (Ox) McEwan

Wayne McEwan, or Ox as he is more commonly known, is the General Manager of the Rural and Joint Ventures Transport. He is responsible for 13 transport companies and one lime quarry in various locations throughout New Zealand. Ox has been in the transport business for the last 44 years and with 32 of those spent at Ryal Bush Transport. He was appointed to the General Manager role in 2007.

Elliott Mitchell

Elliott joined HWR in February 2021 as Group General Manager of People, Safety & Engagement. These areas encompass strategy creation and implementation to enhance the complete employee experience at HWR. Elliott’s professional background includes employment relations law in NZ and abroad before focusing in HR consulting. He is passionate about leadership development, especially high performing teams as well as strengthening employee engagement culture. Elliott holds a Bachelor of Law and Arts from Otago University.

Phillip Botting

Phil Botting was appointed as Group General Manager for Health, Safety & Wellbeing in February 2021. With over 16 years’ experience he is now responsible for our people's overall wellbeing and guiding the health and safety strategy for all of HWR. Before this role he was the HWR Transport H&S Manager for over four years. Phil also holds a diploma in OHS and an Electrical Engineering trade.

The notion of game-changing ideas is still very much part of our business philosophy across the companies within our Group.

In the highly competitive marketplaces we operate in, we know the value of having technologically advanced equipment, including one of the most modern and efficient truck fleets. We also have strong technical expertise in developing new products and helping customers resolve their technical issues. Our service ethic has deep roots but we are constantly looking at innovative ways we can deliver that little bit extra for our customers.


Whatever we decide to do, we’ll continue to build a Group with its feet firmly on the ground and its eyes firmly on the future.

Casting our eyes forward, we can certainly see room to further develop our existing companies, as well as opportunities to invest in new businesses on both sides of the Tasman that could potentially complement our existing operations.



We buy and operate the most modern and efficient truck fleet.


We operate safely and develop people to make the right decisions at the coal face

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We create value by forming alliances with customers in the productive sector.