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.

Contact Peter for all media enquiries peter@peterstubbs.co.nz

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 - Chair Audit and Risk Committee

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 - 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.

Grant Lilly

Grant Lilly works as a professional Director, mainly in the aviation and tourism sectors. He has a varied portfolio of governance appointments on a range of central Government (Statistics NZ), local Government (Chair: Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa, Chair: Invercargill Airport Limited, Rotorua Regional Airport Limited), corporate (New Zealand Experience/Rainbows End Theme Park Ltd), and service organisations (Search and Rescue Services Limited). 

Grant had an extensive management career in top executive roles with large aviation corporates, including Air New Zealand where he was General Manager Global Sales and Marketing and then General Manager of the International Airline, and then at Qantas Airways where he was Group General Manager Commercial Strategy in Sydney and then General Manager for New Zealand and Pacific Islands.  A former Director of the Civil Aviation Authority NZ, and CEO/Senior Person on a Part 119/121 large commercial airline aviation certificate business that he established (Jetconnect), he has significant aviation experience. Having lived and worked in Singapore for 6 years, and also worked throughout many of the global regions of importance to New Zealand business and exporting, Grant has extensive experience in international business.

Grant has an MBA from the University of Auckland, and an earlier Dip BIA also from the University of Auckland.    

Darryl Church - Board Observer

Darryl Church is the Managing Director of a commercial architecture practice with offices in Rotorua and Hawkes Bay undertaking work across most genres, including Local Government, Education, Police, and private commercial development sectors. Darryl has spent most of his life living, working and raising his family in Rotorua and is passionate about our city and region. A recipient of a Resene Lifetime Achievement award in 2017 for services to colour in architecture and a Rotorua Boys High School Hall of Fame alumni. DCA Architects were also the Rotorua Westpac Business Excellence Supreme Award winners in 2019.

One of DCA Architects core values is “lifelong learners”, so Darryl is excited at the observer opportunity to participate in the Rotorua Airport Board and learn alongside wise and experienced directors. 

Kate Williamson - Board Observer

Originally from the Manawatu, Kate moved back to NZ in 2015 after 15 years living in Australia then Laos. Kate settled in Rotorua with her partner and they now have a son, a dog and 2 chickens in the whanau.

Flying runs in the family, her Father and Father-in-law are both pilots. Kate, however, is content being a passenger and loves to travel, for work and fun. Kate is a Maintenance & Reliability Engineer and owns her own business, ReEngineering, mainly working in the Energy sector. Kate is grateful for the opportunity to be an observer on the Rotorua Airport Board and is looking forward to the challenge. 

Our Management Team

Logan Charters-Leahy - Interim Chief Executive

Logan is the Interim Chief Executive and brings strong leadership to the organisation. He has been with RRAL for the 18 months and has a wide range of aviation experience. His background at the NTC in Rotorua as a FENZ Simulation Trainer and Developer is extensive prior to FENZ Logan brings experience from the Health and Finance Sector. 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.  

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

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

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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