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Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Lance Swain

General Manager

Lance is SEA Container royalty having been involved in the game for more years than he'd like to admit.  We call Lance "M" (short for The Maharajah) in house as he has proven himself worthy.

M is tasked with leading the whipper snappers and heads up our modification business unit.

He has likely forgotten more than the rest of us know, so when he talks, we have found it wise to listen!

If you have something off the wall that you'd like to air, M's your man, as it's it's likely he's been there, done that, got the T-shirt!

Odin Madsen

Regional Manager - Northern

Odin is our resident energizer bunny. The only time he's not running at full tilt is when he's stuck in Auckland traffic. Unfortunately for Odin, this is more often the rule and not the exception these days. It's a tough gig, but he's got broad shoulders!

Odin had previously worked in the shipping game before doing his OE and going bush (Shepherds' Bush that is) for around 15 years and getting lost in the publishing game.

He has thankfully seen the light and is always keen to catch up and have a yarn.

When not in traffic, Odin can be often found hopping around a squash court near you, or in his much prized veggie garden.

John Bowen

Sales - Southern Region

John joins the SEA Containers team bringing with him a wealth of industry knowledge in the South Island.  He has a vast number of transport connections, so if you need a container anywhere within the Southern Region, call him on 0508 732-266

The rest of us can't understand his notion of 'fun' which involves crashing through forests on his mountain bike and doing swimming in mud during the Tough Mudder days out.  We have threatened his employment with termination if he ever suggests we all do this as a team bonding event! 

Nick Moore

Regional Manager - Southern

Nick is a proud born and breed Southern Man. As a result he likes to keep the rest of us "Northerners" in line and grounded.  For reasons which will become obvious when you meet Nick, us Northerners don't tend to argue with him too much!

Nick was a pretty handy footie player in his day, and was lucky enough to play professionally here and "in the Republic" before returning to his roots in Otago with his young family.

Before joining our team Nick had been flogging beer for Lion. As one of his old colleagues has pointed out, he will have a harder time swallowing his new products than he did his old ones!

When he grows up, Nick wants to become a farmer, but we hope he doesn't grow up just yet!

Scott Shrimpton

National Operations Manager

We don't operate without the man on the pulse ensuring everything behind the scenes runs smoothly so the client is kept happy.  

After a few years travelling and working across the ditch he returned to NZ in the late 80’s.  After a brief stint as a bean counter in a private practice he started in shipping with Seatrans (part of the Owens Group) involving a range of roles starting in accounts to imports and finally operations.  He has done the rounds with a range of shipping line companies, so has a great 'little black book' of whose who to know in the world of shipping ... effectively 20 years of ship jumping.

Mount Maunganui born and bred, he has fitted in well with the team at head office. 

Vanessa Burch

Customer Service Manager

Vanessa joins the SEA Containers team with shipping in her blood. Growing up in the beautiful Mount Maunganui watching ships come and go (Literally!). Her parents owned a Shipping Agency in the Mount where she spent a lot of time as a child visiting vessels with her father so has seen all sides of the business and containers ……….it was obvious she was going to gravitate to working in the industry.

After a 12 year stint in London working within the shipping industry, she returned to NZ shores with an English husband in tow. She clearly loves the industry as instantly returned to the front line working for a major shipping line, before we discovered her and offered her the role of Customer Services Manager to help manage our communication to clients as we continue to grow.

In the weekends she can be found chasing two young children and a puppy around the place. We have discovered she enjoys a dress up party, which is a hangover from her London days, so for this reason we have banned her from organising the Christmas functions.

In her Customer Service Managers role she will lead the charge to perfection in service to you, our clients, by keeping the Team in line……

Aleisha Whitehead

Marketing

Aleisha has recently graduated from Canterbury University with a leaning towards Human Resources.  Aleisha has also transformed the company into a more social media friendly environment and is leading our marketing campaigns.  Not to mention the communication that clients is receiving post sales is greatly improved and it is more than likely you will end up listening to her friendly persona.

Delwyn Burgess

Credit Control & Accounts Extraordinaire

Delwyn (we call her Del or Ma'am) joined us in October 2015 to help keep the fuel topped up in the SEA Containers engine room.  As all small businesses grow, cash flow is key and Del is the lady to ensure we get paid for the fantastic service and products we supply our clients.

Born in The Manawatu and schooled in Masterton, she has worked for the likes of The Ministry of Justice (be warned, she is well-connected), Hirepool, Henderson Rental Cars and Elders, before joining us in our head office at Mount Maunganui where she enjoys the Bay of Plenty lifestyle.

Despite having 4 children, 2 stepchildren and 7 grandchildren, she somehow finds spare time to make the most of her hobbies tramping, cycling, gardening and travelling NZ and the World.

In her own words, she is "pretty bossy and determined" and "loves the challenge of reducing company debt (and chatting to customers on the phone"). 

We would like to say to all of our clients, that we hope you enjoy chatting to Del as she has some great stories from her travels worldwide, but selfishly, we would prefer you didn't because if you are required to speak to Del that means you owe us money ...

Ainsley Webb

Customer Service

Ainsley is the newest member to the SEA Containers team who will most likely be the friendly voice on the other side of the phone.  Ainsley is new to the container industry but is picking up on the lingo very quickly and will be based in our head office in the beautiful Mount Maunganui, where she has spent most of her life.

When Ainsley is not working, she will often escape the Bay of Plenty on an adventure exploring the Bay's backyard.  After a weekend of exploring, you will often see Ainsley with a much needed coffee in hand before she is able to start her day.

Ainsley has the hardest job at SEA Container of keeping the males in the office in line.

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