TIA Board of Directors

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Adventure & Outdoor Sector

Jeroen Jongejans (Co-Deputy Chair)

Director, Dive! Tutukaka

Jeroen Jongejans is a director of Dive! Tutukaka, an award-winning Northland business. He has been involved with the adventure tourism and outdoors industry for over 20 years and has also been on many boards, including Northland Tourism Development Group.

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Air Transport Sector

Steve Sanderson

Chief Executive, Wellington Airport

Steve Sanderson has been the Chief Executive Officer of Wellington Airport since February 2012. Prior to that, he was the Chief Executive at Queenstown Airport for five years. Steve predominately has a career background in infrastructure businesses.

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Attractions, Conferences and Events Sector

Graeme Stephens

Chief Executive, SKYCITY Entertainment Group

Graeme Stephens began as Chief Executive at SKYCITY Entertainment Group in May 2017 with deep expertise in the gaming, hospitality, and leisure industries.

Prior to SKYCITY, Graeme spent four years as CEO of Sun International, a casino, resorts and entertainment company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Under his leadership the company rebalanced its portfolio, diversified into growth areas in both South Africa and Latin America, redeveloped its flagship resort in Sun City and built a new casino resort near Pretoria. An accountant by profession, Graeme previously spent more than 10 years in banking and corporate finance.

 

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Co-opted Director

Kauahi Ngapora

General Manager, Whale Watch Kaikoura Ltd

Kauahi Ngapora is of New Zealand Māori descent with Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu links. Kauahi has been involved within the tourism and marine transport sectors for 25 years with Whale Watch Kaikoura.

Kauahi is a member of Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura, a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee the Kaikōura Marine Guardians and a member of the Governments Tourism Infrastructure Fund Panel.

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Co-opted Director

Duncan Small

Head of Government & Industry Affairs, Air New Zealand

Duncan leads Air New Zealand’s work with local and central government and its work with international governments in places the airline flies to. He also leads Air New Zealand's participation in the tourism, transport and trade sectors. Duncan joined Air New Zealand in early 2015. He has previously worked in the Policy Advisory Group of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and for KPMG and the New Zealand Treasury.

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Culture and Heritage Sector

Megan McSweeney

Director of Business, External Affairs and Tourism, Auckland War Memorial Museum

Megan McSweeney is the Director of Business, External Affairs and Tourism at Auckland War Memorial Museum. She leads commercial strategy and is responsible for all business activity including tourism and commercial events, along with marketing and communications, sponsorship and visitor research. She is also a Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Board Member.

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General Industry Sector

Justin Watson

Chief Commercial Officer – Aeronautical Christchurch International Airport

Justin is responsible for leading Christchurch International Airport's airline development, passenger attraction and commercial strategies. Prior to joining the airport, Justin was the Director of Trade, PR & Major Events at Tourism New Zealand. Justin held a number of significant marketing leadership roles and has industry experience across FMCG, retail, tourism and government. 

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General Industry Sector

Richard Lauder (Co-Deputy Chair)

Chief Executive, Real Journeys

Richard Lauder held chief executive positions at five successful companies over a 20 year period in manufacturing, aviation and infrastructure contracting prior to joining Real Journeys in 2012. Real Journeys runs extensive tourism operations from Te Anau into Fiordland National Park and operates the historic TSS Earnslaw and Walter Peak Station in Queenstown. Other Real Journeys businesses include Cardrona Alpine Resort, the International Antarctic Centre and Stewart Island Experience.  

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Hotel & Lodges Sector

Gillian Millar

Vice President New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia, AccorHotels

Gillian Millar is the AccorHotels Vice President New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia. She was appointed to the role in April 2017, based in the Accor Regional Office in Auckland. This is the first time a female leader has held this strategic role for New Zealand’s largest hotel operator. Gillian responsible for managing AccorHotels interests in the region – in New Zealand specifically this comprises 32 hotels, 4300 rooms and 10 brands which generate over $400 million in revenue. 

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Land Transport Sector

Grant Webster (Chair)

Chief Executive, Tourism Holdings Ltd (thl)

Grant Webster was appointed CEO of thl in December 2008, before which he was Chief Operating Officer – Attractions Division with the company for three years.  Grant’s background includes senior executive roles and directorships across the tourism, hospitality, gaming and retail industries. Immediately prior to joining thl Grant was a General Manager at SKYCITY Auckland.

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Motels, Other Accommodation and Hospitality Sector

Fergus Brown

Chief Executive, Holiday Parks New Zealand (HAPNZ)

Fergus Brown is Chief Executive of HAPNZ, which is a full member of TIA, BYATA and an allied member of the Tourism Export Council New Zealand. 

Graham Budd
Regional Tourism Organisations NZ Representative

Graham Budd

Chief Executive, Destination Queenstown

Graham Budd is Chair of Regional Tourism Organisations NZ (RTONZ) and Chief Executive of Destination Queenstown. Graham has leadership and governance experience across a range of tourism related organisations, including the Ski Tourism Marketing Network and the Queenstown Winter Festival Advisory Board.

 

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Tourism New Zealand Representative

Stephen England-Hall

Chief Executive, Tourism New Zealand

Stephen England-Hall joined Tourism New Zealand as Chief Executive on 3 April 2017.

Before joining TNZ, Stephen was Chief Executive of Loyalty New Zealand, the company behind New Zealand’s customer loyalty and data coalition, Fly Buys, and the analytics business LAB360. Stephen has extensive international experience working as a senior executive of world leading digital marketing, data and technology companies. Now he leads TNZ, the Government agency charged with growing the value of international visitors to New Zealand.  

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Tourism Services and Services to Tourism Sector

Anna Black

Executive Director, General Travel NZ Ltd & President, Tourism Export Council

Anna Black is the daughter of Peter Black, founder and Chairman of one of New Zealand’s first and longest running inbound tour operators, General Travel NZ Ltd. Anna came into the business after a banking career in London and Melbourne, when the call of tourism could no longer be ignored. Starting in 2003, she has worked her way up through operations to her current role as Executive Director and shareholder in the company.

Anna  is also the President of the New Zealand Tourism Export Council (TEC).

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Water Transport & Cruise Sector

Craig Harris

Managing Director, McKay Shipping

Craig Harris is Managing Director of ISS-McKays as well as holding directorships in marine, tourism and public companies. He was the founder of Cruise New Zealand, stepping down as its Chair in 2013. He was awarded the 2012 Horwath HTL Sir Jack Newman Award for his outstanding contribution to the tourism industry.