Our Team

We're a passionate group of people united by our goal to help build a better, more sustainable future with our customers. We work together as one team solving complex waste challenges with expert knowledge and industry-leading products.

Meet Our People

Arne Strachan

Chief Executive Officer

I am Arne, the CEO of Pioneer. I've been with the company since I was young, learning everything I could from my father about the business. We began as a general engineering company, but now we're proud to be a full-service provider of waste and recycling solutions for organisations that want to manage their waste effectively. Our ultimate goal is to develop and create world-class solutions that will help us build a better, more sustainable future together. I am deeply committed to this vision and look forward to continuing to make a positive impact with Pioneer in the years to come.

Peter Strachan

Chief Operating Officer

Greetings, I am Peter and I hold the position of COO at Pioneer. My primary responsibility is to address critical issues in our manufacturing value chain, minimise service-related obstacles, and improve processes and systems to enhance customer satisfaction. I collaborate closely with various partners and technology enthusiasts worldwide to innovate and create exceptional products for Pioneer. The role is demanding, but I find it gratifying to ensure the smooth functioning of our organisation.

Surajit Mahanty

Head of Sales & Marketing

Hi there! I am Surajit and I head the Sales & Marketing department at Pioneer. My primary responsibility is to provide strategic direction and bring a structured approach to Pioneer's sales and marketing initiatives. I am responsible for driving the overall growth of the company in a profitable manner. I lead a highly skilled sales team and ensure that they deliver top-notch results. As a marketer, I take pride in creating a strong brand identity for Pioneer, setting up a robust digital infrastructure and devising clear communication and go-to-market strategies. Apart from work, I love travelling and capturing pictures of my adventures.

Dave Morello

Key Account Manager

Hi there, my name is Dave, Pioneer’s Auckland-based Key Account Manager. I am passionate about the waste industry. Specifically developing, delivering, and supporting technically complex waste and recycling solutions to businesses, across a wide spectrum of industries. With twelve years’ experience and the amazing solutions offered by Pioneer, I can continue to help businesses achieve their goals around sustainability, recycling and waste-to-landfill reduction. I take pride in actively helping customers grow their businesses and I am honoured to be regarded as a top expert and trusted advisor.

Burhan Miyasaheb

Key Account Manager

Hi! I'm Burhan, the Key Account Manager at Pioneer Group. With a background in mechanical engineering and five years of hands-on experience, I specialize in providing tailored solutions to complex problems across various industries. I'm passionate about minimizing waste and reducing costs while prioritizing my clients' needs. Outside of work, I enjoy board games, scuba diving, and hiking.

Helen Wilkes

Services Sales & Office Manager

Hello, it's great to meet you! I'm Helen and I am the Office Manager at Pioneer with an extended sales role. I like helping customers with their service-related challenges and often I am their first point of contact. I have extensive background in office management, banking, and administration. Whilst not at work I like to spend time with my family and especially my granddaughter. I also like my peaceful time at the beach or a day out in my boat fishing.

Jade Casebow

Office & Sales Support

Hello lovely people, I am Jade. If you call our office direct number, it's more than likely you are talking to me. I recently joined Pioneer and I am responsible for keeping everything running smoothly. That includes managing online sales and making sure all our data is organised. I am also working hard to earn my Certificate in First Line Management (Level Four). When I am not at work, I love spending time with my three-year-old son. And if I have a little free time, I like to play around with different musical instruments. It's a great way to unwind!

Nadine Page Dauth

Finance Manager

Hey there! My name is Nadine and I work as the finance manager at Pioneer. I've been an accountant for over 20 years and have worked in a variety of different industries throughout my career. When I'm not busy crunching numbers, I love to spend time with my family and enjoy the great outdoors. It's always nice to get away from the office and recharge my batteries.

Guido Strachan

Warehouse & Logistics

Brentley Garton

Service & Parts Manager

Hain Meyer

Production Manager

Hi everyone, my name is Hain and I have the privilege of working with an amazing team of individuals at Pioneer where we create incredible products every single day. I have been with the company since 2017, starting out as a fitter and turner, fabricator and welder. Since then, I have worked my way up to become the Production Manager in 2019. My top priority is to ensure a safe and efficient work environment on the factory floor. With my previous experience in reclaiming, demolition, engineering, drilling, and the mining industry, I am able to guide the team with my technical and managerial expertise. During my free time, I enjoy engaging in activities such as hunting, fishing, gardening, and even a bit of farming.

Karl Kairau

Team Leader - Hook Bin Line

Manoj Varghese

Team Leader - Gantry Bin Line

Clint Nicie

Team Leader - Parts Production Line

Jade Heyne

Team Leader - Blasting & Painting Line

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