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Adrienne Young-Cooper - Chair 

Adrienne was appointed to the Board of Directors in November 2017. She brings more than 30 years' experience in resource management and planning to the role with particular specialty in spatial planning, metropolitan growth and management, including infrastructure planning and large projects. 

Adrienne is now a full-time director and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand. Adrienne is the Chair of Auckland Transport (AT) and former Chair of Housing NZ and has also been a director of several property development companies charged with complex urban regeneration projects. Her transport governance experience is extensive - she has previously served on the board of Maritime NZ.

Adrienne was founder and managing director of Hill Young Cooper Limited a consulting company until 2010. In this role she worked on strategic policy advice to governments and large projects. She led the first major community planning exercise "Tomorrow's Queenstown" in the early 2000s and a similar project for Wanaka as well as being involved in planning for Queenstown Airport. She is also a trustee of several charitable organisations. 

Adrienne spent several years living in the South Island and now lives in Wellington and Auckland. 

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Simon Flood - Deputy Chair

Simon Flood was appointed to the Board of Directors in January 2020. He is an experienced business leader, with more than 25 years’ experience in the global investment management industry having held a variety of senior leadership roles in London, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Simon is a trustee of the University of Canterbury Foundation and a member of the University of Canterbury Foundation Finance Committee. He is a Trustee for the Lakes District Hospital Foundation in Queenstown.

Simon and his wife Ei-Mynn live with their two children in Queenstown. Simon’s connection with the district dates back to his childhood when he was a frequent visitor; he has owned property here since the late 90’s and moved his family here in April 2015.  

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Norm Thompson

Norm was appointed to the Board of Directors in December 2014 and is the Chair of the Safety and Operational Risk Committee. He has a distinguished career in New Zealand aviation and tourism, most notably 46 years with Air New Zealand where he rose through the ranks and held the role of Deputy CEO prior to his retirement in 2013.

Norm is currently the Chair of the Young Enterprise Trust Board, Deputy Chair of Government’s Tourism Infrastructure Panel and a Director of Preno Limited and Golf New Zealand. He is also a Committee Member of the Environment Trust and Altitude Engineering. In 2017, he completed his terms as a Director of Tourism New Zealand, Dot Kiwi Ltd and Deputy Chair of Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED).

Norm’s strong connection with Queenstown developed in the early 1990s when Air New Zealand pioneered domestic jets into the resort, followed by international flights. He has a residential property in Queenstown and has done for more than 23 years. He and his family spend a substantial part of the year at their home at Millbrook.


Michael Stiassny

Michael was appointed to the Board of Directors in December 2014. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (retired), a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Barrister/Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and a Life Member of the Restructuring & Insolvency Turnaround Association New Zealand Inc. He has connections throughout the New Zealand business community, providing advice to both public and private companies on a range of financial and operational matters; 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 a director of many private and public companies and is currently Chairman of Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Rawa Ltd and TOWER Limited, and a Member of the Finacial Markets Authority. 

While Michael is based in Auckland his family has a holiday home in Wanaka.

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Mark Thomson

Mark was appointed to the Board of Directors in June 2017 following a period as Auckland Airport’s shareholder representative. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the commercial property industry, including investment management, development and corporate transactions, and has a wealth of experience in the transport and logistics sectors.

As General Manager Property & Commercial for Auckland Airport, he is responsible for Auckland Airport’s investment property, hotels, and retailing businesses including duty free, specialty retail, valet and car parking. He is also responsible for Auckland Airport’s hotel joint venture with Tainui Group Holdings. Mark is currently a national councillor of the New Zealand Property Council.

Mark has more than 25 years’ experience in real estate management and development, and he brings a wealth of experience in the transport and logistics sectors. Before joining Auckland Airport in April 2014, he was Director, Strategy Execution and Property (Asia) for Toll Global Logistics, responsible for a real estate portfolio spread across 12 countries including China, Singapore and India. Mark has a Bachelor of Commerce from Lincoln University and he has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.