Change of chair
Sir Henry van der Heyden
Sir Henry van der Heyden became a director of the company in September 2009 and was appointed Chair in 2013. Sir Henry officially retired from the Board on 31 October 2018.
Patrick Strange was appointed Chair of the Board. He has been a director of Auckland Airport since 2015. Patrick is currently chair of Chorus and a director of Mercury NZ and Essential Energy Australia.
Dean Hamilton became a director of the company after the 2018 annual meeting. He was previously CE of Silver Fern Farms and prior to that held senior roles for Deutsche Bank in both New Zealand and Australia, advising clients on a broad range of capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions.
Tania Simpson became a director of the company after the annual meeting on 31 October 2018. She is an experienced professional director and is currently a director of The Reserve Bank of New Zealand and Tainui Group Holdings. She previously served as a director of Mighty River Power for 13 years. She has experience leading Māori organisations and further supports Māori development as a trustee of Radio Maniapoto and Waitangi National Trust.
Michelle Kong – Future Director
Michelle Kong was selected to participate in the Future Director Programme in January 2019. She has an extensive background in infrastructure and strategic development with over 15 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, prior to her current role at Fletcher Distribution as General Manager for Digital Ventures and Snappy. The future director participates in all Board and committee meetings but does not take part in the actual Board decision-making.
James Miller became a director of the company in September 2009 and was for several years Chair of Auckland Airport’s Audit and Financial Risk Committee. James officially retired from the Board at the 2018 annual meeting.
Company officer changes
General Manager Corporate Services
In October 2018, the chief executive announced the appointment of Mary-Liz Tuck as Auckland Airport’s new General Manager Corporate Services and General Counsel. Mary-Liz is responsible for leading the company’s key corporate functions, including legal, people, safety and public affairs.
Mary-Liz brings a strong background in the law, as well as considerable commercial and operational experience having worked for Fisher & Paykel Appliances in operational, customer experience, quality, business excellence and legal roles.
Most recently, Mary-Liz was Executive Vice President, Business Excellence and Quality, which involved leading an organisational transformation programme, delivering important benefits to the business. Prior to these positions, Mary-Liz practiced as a lawyer for 15 years, including with New Zealand law firm Harmos Horton Lusk and London-based firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
General Manager Technology & Marketing
In May 2019, the chief executive announced the appointment of Jonathan Good as Auckland Airport’s new General Manager Technology & Marketing. Jonathan is responsible for the strategy and execution of technology and marketing programmes to improve customer experience and ensure operational excellence to meet Auckland Airport’s current and future growth needs.
Jonathan has had extensive commercial experience and held numerous leadership roles, specialising in the creation of strong teams and delivery of critical projects. Most recently, he was Chief Technology and Operating Officer of T&G Global, where he transformed technology and associated processes, including the delivery of an online auction site and mobile applications. Before this, he led the transformation of RD1 into Fonterra Farm Source as General Manager Business and Retail Development.
His background also includes working as CE and co-founder of a technology start-up in the United States that was acquired by Ancestry.com, prior to that he worked for six years as a management consultant at McKinsey.