More about the Board

Errol Gardiner

Errol Gardiner has over 50 years’ experience in the international freight and household removals industry. He is the managing director of New Zealand Van Lines Ltd which he purchased in February 1986. His main focus has been continuously ensuring that the company’s statement of purpose of providing exceptional service to its customers is embedded through all tiers of the organisation. Errol has led the company in successful negotiations with some of New Zealand’s most prestigious removal contracts.

In his early twenties Errol spent some three years in Australia pursuing an acting career (he comments that the returns were even worse than the moving industry!).

Errol was previously President of NZ Overseas Movers Association and a director on the board of the Overseas Moving Network International (OMNI). In 2010 he was elected Vice-President of FIDI, and took over the President's role in 2013.

Rob Chipman

Rob is the CEO of Asian Tigers Mobility – Hong Kong, a position that he has held since 2001. He is a member of the Asian Tigers Executive Committee that sets high level strategy for the AT Group.  He is the past Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and serves on the boards of several community service organisations. Rob is celebrating his 20th year in the moving and relocation industry.  Before that, he was a commercial banker serving in New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Boston.

Rob’s academic days are fully behind him but he is a graduate of Arizona State University and the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management where he serves on the Thunderbird Global Advisory Committee. He also earned both the CFP and CFA designations, which are highly superfulicious to his current post. He is a keen but underachieving golfer, a professional photographer (only in his own mind), a doting father with two wonderful kids, a great wife and a beautiful golden retriever.

Freddy Paxton

Freddy has been at Paxton International since its inception in 1998, and with the Paxton Companies since 1983. He started with the family company packing and loading local vehicles during summers, achieving top local driver status in 1987.

He graduated from St. Lawrence University in New York with a BA in Government and Fine Arts, and earned his Virginia Real Estate Agent license the same year. In 1999, he received an Executive MBA from George Mason University and passed the Employee Relocation Council’s professional relocation standards test (Certified Relocation Professional).

As Paxton’s Chief Marketing Officer, he has travelled to over 75 countries working with the International Team. He sits on the Atlas Advisory Group to Atlas World Group’s Board of Directors. Freddy also currently is a Trustee for the Worldwide ERC Foundation. Freddy has received numerous awards, international and domestic, in the transportation and logistics industry.

Ebru Demirel

Ebru is President of Asya International Movers, one of Turkey's most trusted moving companies with long-standing relationships with both commercial and diplomatic clients. 

Since joining the family business in 1992 Ebru has worked in all levels of the business and gained an in-depth understanding of the industry. In 1996 Ebru established the sister company, Bedel Mobility Solutions, of which she is also the CEO. In 2013 she took over the presidency of Asya International Movers, and was elected to the board of FIDI as its first female board member.  

Ebru holds a degree in Tourism and Hotel Management from Bilkent University and is a passionate sportswoman, basketball player, and has run in half marathons.

Laura Maria Coimbra Ganon

Laura Ganon is currently partner and CEO of Transportes FINK and director of PODIUM GLOBAL SPORTS LOGISTICS. She created PODIUM, a company specialised in sports events logistics, which was chosen by FIFA as the official operator for the FIFA Confederation Cup 2013 and the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014, in its first year of operation.

Between 1990 and 1999, Laura held the position of commercial director in Transroll Shipping Line, a company of the FINK Group. Between 1984 and 1990, she was the vice president of POLICON Ltd and during that time, opened Policon branches in Ecuador and Colombia.

Laura was a director in the board of OSA – OMNI SHIPPING ASSOCIATION, with responsibility over the East Coast of South America. In 2004, she was elected director of the LACMA board and in 2010, the first woman president of that association. In 2014, she was elected vice-president of the FIDI Board. Laura graduated in social communications from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro.