Michelle Guthrie became a director of the company in 2013. She has been a much-valued member of the Board for the past five years and her significant management and governance experience has helped Auckland Airport to deliver strong results for investors. Michelle officially retired from the Board on 31 March 2018 and was replaced by Mark Binns as set out below.
Julia Hoare became a director of the company after the 2017 annual meeting. She is an experienced professional director having previously been a Partner with PwC for 20 years. She is also a member of the New Zealand External Reporting Advisory Panel and the National Council of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.
Mark Binns became a director of the company on 1 April 2018, subject to final approval by shareholders at the annual meeting on 31 October 2018. Mark was previously CEO of Meridian Energy before retiring to become a professional director.
The Board continued close oversight of aeronautical pricing throughout the 2018 financial year. An ad-hoc Board subcommittee met regularly to provide governance oversight of this important task, which assisted the company in setting aeronautical charges for the financial years 2018 to 2022. James Miller chaired the subcommittee which also comprised the following directors: Justine Smyth, Christine Spring and Patrick Strange. The chair of the company, Sir Henry van der Heyden, attended meetings of the subcommittee, as well.
Terminal development programme
The Board increased oversight of capital programmes throughout the 2018 financial year. The ad-hoc Board subcommittee met regularly to provide governance oversight over Auckland Airport’s aeronautical infrastructure development plan and also in relation to specific projects including development of the domestic and international terminals. Patrick Strange chaired the subcommittee which also comprised Christine Spring and Mark Binns. The chair of the company, Sir Henry van der Heyden, also attended meetings of the subcommittee, as well.
Company officer changes
In November 2017, the chief executive announced the appointment of André Lovatt as Auckland Airport’s new general manager airport delivery and development.
André brings 19 years’ experience to Auckland Airport managing major infrastructure projects across Asia-Pacific. For the past five years he has been based in Christchurch and has played a central role in the redevelopment there, including as chair of Regenerate Christchurch and also as chief executive of the Christchurch Arts Centre rebuild. André came to us with airport experience from his role as a director of Christchurch Airport, which he had held since 2014. In his previous Christchurch roles, André also worked with a large number of community, government and business stakeholders.
Prior to his positions in Christchurch, André led the Singapore office of Arup – a global engineering consulting firm – where he and his team were involved in many significant infrastructure projects including the Marina Bay Sands development and the Singapore Sports Hub.
In May 2018, the chief executive announced the appointment of Anna Cassels-Brown as Auckland Airport’s new general manager operations. Anna is responsible for customer service, airfield and terminal operations, facilities and capacity management, maintenance engineering, commercial leasing, emergency services, security, and airport-related policy and compliance.
Anna had previously held the position as the company’s general manager people and safety. Before joining Auckland Airport in July 2015, she held leadership portfolios covering health and safety, human resources, environment, corporate social responsibilty and communications in some of New Zealand's leading organisations, including Air New Zealand, Fonterra, Refining NZ and Pāmu (Landcorp Farming Ltd).