Our Board of Directors
Peter Stubbs has over 20 years of governance experience. Until he retired at the end of 2020 he was a business lawyer for 35 years, 26 of those years as a partner at the national law firm, Simpson Grierson.
Since 1999 Peter has held Board roles in the public and private sectors, including facilities ownership and management, destination marketing, destination management, business development, investment attraction, economic development-supporting infrastructure, regional shared services, sector transformation, primary produce processing and marketing, events and consumer products and services.
Peter is also a board observer at a company of financial advisers.
Peter is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, holds a Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors and a Certificate in the Fundamentals of Management from Columbia Business School.
Peter had a rural community upbringing and early education, before moving to Auckland. He now resides in Cambridge.
Tony has been in marketing for most of his life, starting with co-founding a rock and roll band good enough to open for The Supremes and Stevie Wonder while he was still an undergraduate at Harvard.
Subsequently, he held marketing positions for Kraft Foods in England and Venezuela, Hellabys, Carter Holt Harvey and was head of marketing and sales for ten years at Air New Zealand. He finished his career as CEO of Zespri and latterly CEO of Virgin New Zealand.
He became a non-executive director in 2006 and has held directorships in food companies, primary industry, airlines, jet packs and tourism attractions. He is currently involved with companies promoting sheep milk, seafood, edible oil, law services and research, among others.
Tony chaired the Rotorua Tourism Committee for three years and served on the Board of Rotorua’s Economic Development Group for four years. He was appointed to the Rotorua Airport Board in 2016.
Stuart Crosby, ONZM (Chair Audit and Risk Committee & Board Advisor)
Stuart Crosby is experienced in both public and private sector governance. In the private sector, Stuart has been a company director in electrical contracting, residential construction, printing and publishing and, currently, in a temperature logging company.
In the public sector, Stuart has been a company director in hydro generation and public facilities and events. He is currently a director of Rotorua Airport and a consulting and professional development company for the local government sector.
Stuart has had over 30 years’ experience in the local government sector including 12 years as mayor of Tauranga and is currently the Vice President of Local Government New Zealand. He has held many chairmanship and leadership roles over that period. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and holds a Certificate in Company Direction.
Zeke MacFarlane - Board Observer
Born and raised in Rotokawa, Zeke spent the first 17 years of his life in his family homestead next to the airport (as have his past 5 generations) and has seen many changes to the airport over the years. His father and brother worked at the airport for many years first with Ansett, Qantas then Air New Zealand. His father also trained for his private pilot licence at the Rotorua Airport and this served to create a strong interest in aviation within his family. Zeke was also part of the airport runway extension in 2008, driving trucks and operating machinery from the beginning to the end of the earthmoving project.
Zeke is now the director of Macfarlane Contracting Limited, an earthmoving company. Prior to starting Macfarlane Contracting he was an employee within the forest industry. Zeke is excited to be given the opportunity to be a part of the Rotorua Airport's Board and hopes he gives as much to the position as he takes away.
Our Management Team
Mark Gibb - Chief Executive
Mark Gibb joined Rotorua Airport in 2017. Before this, Mark was General Manager Global Property for Fonterra.
Earlier in his professional career Mark worked in property development and management roles at McConnell Property and Westfield, was National Director Asset Services at CB Richard Ellis and was General Manager Property Management at Bayleys Real Estate.
As Chief Executive, Mark has overall responsibility for legislative compliance and development of the airport assets, including aviation sector development.
Mark holds a B COM (VPM) from Lincoln University, Canterbury.
Blair Simm - Commercial Manager
Blair joined the Rotorua Airport in February 2021 as the Commercial Manager, primarily responsible for driving the commercial side of the airport’s operations and its long term master plan.
Before joining the airport team Blair worked in regional economic development in Rotorua, having prior to that spent 15 years in banking and corporate finance in different locations across New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, and France. Outside of work Blair is a keen sportsman, who has unfortunately spent the last 25 years fruitlessly awaiting a call from the Black Caps selection panel.
Contact Blair for any queries relating to commercial and development activities at the airport.
Blair Simm: 0274 574 301 email@example.com
Michelle Herrick - Marketing + Digital Manager
Michelle joined the Rotorua Airport team in early November as part of a newly created part time role of Marketing and Digital Manager. This appointment is part of an initiative from management to have a strong focus on showcasing; new developments at the airport, the growing relationship with local Iwi, community events as well as sponsorship enquiries.
Michelle has a background in general marketing, graphic design, online digital marketing and social media and has recently moved down to the region from Auckland with her children. Any spare time is usually spent in the trails around the Redwoods or on the lakes waterskiing.