TIA Board of Directors

Trent Yeo
Adventure & Outdoor Sector

Trent Yeo

Executive Director, Ziptrek Ecotours

Trent Yeo is the Executive Director of Ziptrek Ecotours in Queenstown, which opened in 2009. Ziptrek is a sustainability-focused business providing personalised ziptrek eco-tours while telling a place-making story to thousands of guests.

Trent has served in a number of governance roles and is a strong sustainability advocate. He is a licensee and curator of TEDxQueenstown and is a regular speaker and panellist on sustainability, education, tourism and entrepreneurship programmes and events.

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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

Reuben Levermore

Head of Tourism and Regional Affairs, Air New Zealand

Reuben Levermore is Head of Tourism and Regional Affairs at Air New Zealand.  Prior to joining Air New Zealand, Reuben was Director of Communications at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade and served as New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines and as Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR. He has also worked in international trade negotiations, and as a financial markets advocate in the City of London.

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Culture and Heritage Sector

Phillipa Tocker

Executive Director, Museums Aotearoa

In the 12 years Phillipa Tocker has been with Museums Aotearoa, she has developed strong relationships across culture and heritage, and a broad and deep understanding of the enormous contribution this sectors make to New Zealand's society. Phillipa is also very aware of the challenges that culture and heritage organisations face.


Justin Watson
General Industry Sector

Justin Watson

Chief Commercial Officer – Aeronautical Christchurch International Airport

Justin Watson 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 (Chair)

Chief Executive, Wayfare

Richard Lauder has held chief executive positions at six successful companies over a 27-year career in tourism, manufacturing, aviation and infrastructure. Since joining Real Journeys in 2012, he has tripled the size of the company and recently restructured it to become Chief Executive of Wayfare, a company that owns and has oversight of some of New Zealand’s most loved tourism brands: Cardrona Alpine Resort, Go Orange, International Antarctic Centre, Canyon Food & Brew Co, as well as Real Journeys.  Combined, the group hosts about 1.6 million guests each year and employs around 1500 staff during peak periods.

Richard is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and has served as a director on the boards of a number of industry organisations (TIA since 2014) and private companies. He currently holds the chairmanship of both TIA and the Wakatipu High School Foundation. He was appointed TIA Chair in September 2018.

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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 (Co-Deputy 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.

Fergus Brown
Motels, Other Accommodation and Hospitality Sector

Fergus Brown (Co-Deputy Chair)

Chief Executive, Holiday Parks New Zealand (HPNZ)

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

Graham Budd
Regional Tourism Organisations Sector

Graham Budd

Chief Executive, Destination Queenstown

Graham Budd is Chair of Regional Tourism New Zealand (RTNZ) 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

Started by Anna Black's father Peter in 1973, General Travel NZ Ltd is one of New Zealand’s original and longest running inbound tour operators. Anna initially pursued a career offshore in corporate banking, however she joined the business in 2004 when the call of tourism could no longer be ignored. She has progressed from FIT reservations, to product sales and marketing, general manager and into her current role as Executive Director and shareholder in the company.

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


Debbie Summers
Water Transport & Cruise Sector

Debbie Summers

Executive Director, ID New Zealand

With 20 years of cruise experience, Debbie Summers works closely with the vast majority of the world’s cruise companies, and she has a wealth of critically important industry connections at the very highest levels.

Debbie is Executive Director of ID New Zealand (the largest NZ cruise ground handler) heading up their Cruise Division and has been the New Zealand Cruise Association Chair since 2016.