Our People

Our Board of Directors

Peter Stubbs

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.

John Fenwick

John Fenwick brings to the board table, a wide and varied experience in the private sector Maori land governance space with a focus on sustainable commercial development.

John is Rotorua born and bred, tertiary educated in the science field and together utilizing several decades of proprietor ship and operational experience in mineral processing, forestry, aquaculture and geothermal power generation development, has created his own consulting firm.

John holds currently five company directorships, chairing three of them, in addition to sitting on over twelve Maori Incorporations and Land Trusts and chairing four of those entities. He is currently a director of Rotorua Airport Limited. John also has interests in sports administration, chairing the Executive of a highly esteemed Rotorua rugby club and holding VP positions on two local rugby sub-unions.

John looks forward to serving his community further by developing commercial linkages between private Maori land asset stakeholders and public community asset organisations to raise Rotorua’s aspiration potential and outcome delivery.

Danielle Auld

Following a degree in Financial Mathematics, Danielle has worked in the wealth management industry since 2004 in Edinburgh, London and Rotorua. Roles have included private client advice, management of a large division of an exclusive Private Bank in London and more recently as the Managing Director of a Rotorua based Financial Advice company.

Danielle is highly qualified in the investment space and has also completed the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation. She is a Chartered Director and holds a Certificate in Company Direction.

Mere George

Mere became a qualified Chartered Accountant in 2005, while working at Deloitte as an auditor in Risk and Assurance from graduation until early 2009.  Mere has worked with commercial entities across a broad range of industries, including Māori businesses, public sector entities, telecommunications and insurance. In 2009, Mere returned home to Rotorua working with Hulton Patchell Ltd, before joining GHA in June 2012. Mere enjoys working closely with iwi groups, Māori trusts, marae and incorporations. Mere is a conscientious and honest professional committed and passionate about Māori business and Māori economic development.

Mere joined the Rotorua Airport Board in March 2020 and is a highly valued member of the team.

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.

Contact Mark for any media or commercial enquiries
Mark Gibb: Ph: 07 345 8808 mark@rotorua-airport.co.nz

Julie Rowe - Terminal Services and Finance Manager

Combining a career in accounts and office administration, with a love of watching planes and people, saw Julie Rowe land her dream job at Rotorua Airport.

Julie has been at Rotorua Airport since 2006, after emigrating from England a year earlier and loves the airport atmosphere and the people she works with.

Contact Julie for any queries relating to terminal services carparking, or accounts.
Julie Rowe: 027 340 5461 julie.rowe@rotorua-airport.co.nz

Logan Charters-Leahy - General Manager, Airport Operations and Infrastructure

Logan is the Airport Operations Manager and brings strong leadership to the the Fire and Operations Team. His background at the NTC in Rotorua as a FENZ Simulation Trainer and Developer is extensive. He is also the Deputy Chief Fire Officer in Tirau managing a team of around 20 volunteers. The unique environment of the airport is what enticed Logan to join the team. Having come from an emergency service background he was keen to bring his experience and combine the skills of the team into a high performing environment.  Outside of work Logan enjoys travelling and woodworking.

Contact Logan for any queries relating to all air traffic control, operations and infrastrucure
Logan Charters-Leahy: 027 721 9496 Logan.Charters-Leahy@rotorua-airport.co.nz

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 blair@rotorua-airport.co.nz

Jayne Marsh - SMS Manager

Jayne joined the Rotorua Airport team in March 2020 as SMS Manager. Her background is in aviation and she's a qualified Mechanical Engineer. She holds a Commercial Pilot Licence (Aeroplane), a paraglider PG2 rating and is a CAR Part 102 Certified RPAS pilot. She has also worked in the Engineering sector of aviation both for Air NZ and a general aviation maintenance company that also restored vintage aircraft. While traveling she designed composite processing equipment for the Aviation industry. Other non-aviation experience includes Project Manager at Red Stag Timber and Reliability Engineer at Mercury.

Jayne has lived in Rotorua since 2010 with her husband and two boys. Her hobbies are mountain biking, playing the drums and gardening. Jayne is a vastly experienced aviation practitioner and a welcome member of our team.

Contact Jayne for any queries relating to SMS and airport safety.
Jayne Marsh: 021 188 6225 jayne@rotorua-airport.co.nz

 

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