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Roger Gray
BARNZ President /  Group General Manager Airports, Air New Zealand
Roger is the Group General Manager Airports for Air New Zealand, responsible for Airport operations worldwide. He was previously Group General Manager Business Performance at Air New Zealand and has held senior positions in the logistics and food industries. He was a Board Member at the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council.


Chris Lethbridge
BARNZ Vice-President / New Zealand Regional Manager, Emirates

Chris joined Emirates as in 1997 as Manager New Zealand and Pacific Islands. In 2003 he oversaw the start of Emirates services to New Zealand. He has 24 years’ experience in the airline industry, prior to his current role as Regional Manager New Zealand for Emirates Chris held senior roles at Malaysia Airlines and Thai international. Chris also holds a private pilot licence.
Chris Lethbridge

Georgia Blackburn
BARNZ Vice-President / Regional General Manager New Zealand, Pacific Islands & South America, Qantas Airways Limited 
Georgia has been with the Qantas Group since March 2004. She has extensive experience in the airline industry, having previously held management positions in customer experience, human resources and operations at Qantas in Australia and overseas. Prior to her current role, Georgia was Head of Airline Loyalty for Qantas Loyalty, where she worked closely with the airline partners of Qantas Frequent Flyer to develop and implement strategies to drive engagement with the Qantas Frequent Flyer member base.

Simon Turcotte
General Manager NZ, Singapore Airlines
Simon joined Singapore Airlines in 2007 working in a number of roles at the Singapore Head Office. He has been living outside of Singapore for several years, having served in India and Spain prior to his current posting in Auckland. Simon is currently responsible for operations in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. 

Mark Pirihi
Country Manager New Zealand & Pacific Islands, Cathay Pacific Airways 
Mark began his career completing a cadetship with Atlantic Pacific Travel in Auckland. He joined Cathay Pacific in 1990 as a sales representative. At the time, the airline operated 2 flights per week to Auckland. Mark has worked in various sales and marketing roles and seen Cathay Pacific's New Zealand presence steadily grow. He is now Country Manager for New Zealand and Pacific Islands.

Mohan Chandra
Regional General Manager, New Zealand, Fiji Airways 
Before his role with Fiji Airways, Mohan has held several senior aviation management positions with a number of other airlines throughout his career. To name a few – he was Commercial Director Kenya Airways, Chief Operating Officer and Aviation Advisor for Emirates Post Group, based in Dubai. He has also been New Zealand Sales Manager for Emirates based in Auckland and Regional Manager for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines based in Dubai, responsible for UAE, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Yemen and Oman.

Mohan holds an Executive Management Diploma from American Management Association and a Diploma in Aviation Airline Transport Endorsement and holds a Commercial Pilot License from New Zealand. He represented Kenya Airways as Director on the Kenya Tourism board and also represented Kenya Airways with IATA. 





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Justin Tighe-Umbers
Executive Director
Justin has over thirteen years' experience in the telecommunications industry, working in utilities regulation, government affairs and industry stakeholder roles.

Most recently, Justin has worked with Chorus NZ Limited for eight years, where he held senior management roles in the regulatory, operational and commercial areas. This included working in the Chorus legal team on the Telecom Demerger and the establishment of the Crown Fibre Holdings Ultra-Fast Broadband agreement with Chorus.

Prior to that, Justin worked for Vodafone Australia in a regulatory advisor role, and Vodafone New Zealand. He has extensive corporate experience, having worked in legal, commercial, technology and operational functions.

Justin holds a Master's degree in International Business and an undergraduate degree in political science, both from the University of Auckland.

Ian Ferguson
Regulatory Manager

Ian has spent 15 years in utilities regulation and public policy in New Zealand and the UK. Prior to joining BARNZ he was Regulatory Policy Manager at Vector Limited and, most recently, a consultant in the Finance and Economics team at PwC NZ. He has extensive experience in monopoly regulation, regulatory policy and compliance. Ian has tertiary qualifications in economics and history.
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Christopher Tomlin
Planning and Operations Manager

Christopher has spent his career in the aviation business, moving to New Zealand in 2014 from the United Kingdom. Here in Auckland, he joined Menzies Aviation where he led the start-up and the ongoing management of American Airlines Operations at Auckland International Airport. Joining BARNZ as the Planning and Operations manager, Christopher brings a wealth of airline operational experience having held various senior roles for British Airways in both customer service and operational functions both overseas and at a corporate Head Office level.

Sue Burns
Sue does the accounts for BARNZ, but her true love is singing and she regularly performs in the band Bel Bossa. She began her singing career at the age of 12 with a fascination for such great singers as Barbara Streisand. Her passion for Brazilian music came from her Brazilian family roots and her admiration since childhood of such great composers as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz and Chico Buarque. Sue has also written many original songs and has performed with several other groups. She founded the group Corcovado and recorded an album of favourite Brazilian tunes entitled Sugarloaf with them.
Sue Burns

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