Our People

Board of Directors

Peter Stubbs

Peter Stubbs is a senior business lawyer who was a partner in the national law firm Simpson Grierson for 26 years until the end of 2017.

Peter had a rural community upbringing and early education, before moving to Auckland.

Since 1999 Peter has held Board roles in the public and private sectors, including facilities ownership and management such as Regional Facilities Auckland and Dunedin Venues; destination marketing including Tourism New Zealand; destination management, business development, investment attraction such as Rotorua Economic Development Ltd; economic development-supporting infrastructure including Rotorua Airport Company, marketing, events, consumer products and services.

Stuart Crosby, ONZM

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.

Tony Marks

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.

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.

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.

​ 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.

Rhys Frearson - Airport Operations Manager

The technical aspect of airport operations and working in a unique environment drew Rhys Frearson to Rotorua Airport. Being able to work around aircraft on a daily basis enhances his passion for aviation and as well as the technical aspect, Rhys enjoys the variety of people he gets to work with. keen outdoor enthusiast, when he’s not at the airport he can be found fishing in the region’s lakes and rivers, or out in the local surrounds camping.

Contact Rhys for any airport operations, airfield operations or drone enquiries.

Paul Tench - Manager, Safety Management Systems

Paul joined the airport in April in the newly created role of Manager – Safety Management Systems. His career has been primarily in the Royal Air Force. As air traffic control in the air force, Paul provided specialist air traffic control both in the UK and while serving overseas. His role at Rotorua Airport focuses on ensuring the safety of the airfield, and associated operations, and ensuring it meets all relevant requirements

Contact Paul for any queries around safety management, noise and operations.

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.

Contact Michelle for any queries around marketing, digital content, social media and PR.

 

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