John Gilks Web

John Gilks - Chairman

John was appointed to the Board of Directors in October 2011 and has been Chairman since 2012. As Chairman, John brings over 40 years of business experience to QAC. He is a Chartered Accountant and was previously Chief Executive of Frontline Finance Holdings and Motor Trade Finances for more than 30 years. He has held Directorships across some 15+ companies including the National Bank, Port Otago, Radio Otago, Otago Air Ambulance Trust, Leukemia and Blood Foundation, and the University of Otago Advisory Board.

In 2001, he was awarded the Insignia of Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to business and the community. A longtime Wanaka local, John has deep connections to the community and enjoys lending his support to various events including the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow.

James Hadley Web

James Hadley

James was appointed to the Board of Directors in November 2008 and is the Audit and Risk Committee Chairman. A Chartered Professional Engineer by profession, he has more than 20 years of experience in the design, management and construction of commercial, industrial and residential buildings. His engineering experience has added tremendous value to Queenstown Airport, particularly through the airport’s various expansion projects.

James holds Directorships in Hadley Consultants Ltd and Wharehunga Forestry Ltd and is a former Director of the Council Controlled Trading Organisation, Lakes Engineering Ltd. He was also previously a Civil Defence Controller for the Lakes District. A longtime Queenstowner, James is closely involved with the community, particularly with local youth efforts and supporting the snow sports industry and local cricket.

Grant Lilly Web

Grant Lilly

Grant was appointed to the Board of Directors in November 2011. He has had an extensive career in senior executive roles with large corporate organisations, specialising in aviation and tourism. These roles have included Qantas Airways Regional General Manager and Group General Manager Commercial Strategy and Air New Zealand Regional General Manager Sales and Marketing.

Based in Auckland, he now works as a professional Director around the country. He has a varied portfolio of governance appointments, including Civil Aviation Authority, Aviation Security Service, New Zealand Experience Ltd, Service IQ, and Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa, and is also providing contract advisory services to AA. He is the former Chairman of New Zealand Tourism Industry Association.

Michael Stiassny Web

Michael Stiassny

Michael was appointed to the Board of Directors in December 2014. A Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and Barrister/Solicitor by profession, he is currently the senior partner at corporate advisory firm KordaMentha and has deep connections throughout the New Zealand business community. Michael has worked with all major banks and financial institutions and provided advice to both public and private companies on a range of financial and operational mattes, including due diligence, investigating accounting work, mergers and acquisitions, organisational and financial restructuring and business valuation.

He has a distinguished governance record in both private and public companies and is a leading proponent for improving diversity on New Zealand boards. He is currently Chairman of Vector Ltd, Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Rawa Ltd and Tower Ltd and is a director of Stride Property Ltd and a number of private companies. He is also President of the Institute of Directors New Zealand Inc and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors Inc. While Michael is based in Auckland his family has a holiday home in Wanaka.

Norm Thompson Web

Norm Thompson

Norm was appointed to the Board of Directors in December 2014 following a distinguished career in New Zealand aviation and tourism. His career at Air New Zealand spanned 46 years and he held the role of Deputy CEO prior to his retirement at the end of 2013. Norm is the current Deputy Chair of ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development) and is a Director of Tourism New Zealand, Dot Kiwi Ltd and Preno Limited, as well a trustee of the Young Enterprise Trust Board. He has also been a Committee Member of the New Zealand Golf Open for the last three years.

Former chairmanships include the Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand, Air New Zealand Environment Trust and Altitude Engineering. Norm’s strong connection with Queenstown developed in the early 1990s when Air New Zealand pioneered domestic jets into the resort, and then international flights. He’s had residential property in Queenstown for the past 15 years and he and his family spend a good part of the year at their home at Millbrook.