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Wānaka resident appointed to QAC Board of Directors

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 12 Nov, 2020 | By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Wānaka resident Anne Urlwin has been appointed as one of three new directors to the Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC)'s Board of Directors.

Urlwin is a director of Precinct Properties New Zealand Ltd, Tilt Renewables Ltd, Steel & Tube Holdings Ltd and Summerset Group Holdings Ltd. She is Deputy Chairman of Southern Response Earthquake Services and a director of City Rail Link Ltd and Cigna Life Insurance New Zealand Ltd. She is a former director of Chorus Ltd and her previous governance roles have included chairmanship of the New Zealand Blood Service and of the Naylor Love Construction group.

Urlwin is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the New Zealand Shareholders Association and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to commencing her governance career, Urlwin held executive finance roles in the meat and IT industries following several years with KPMG.

Urlwin said:” I have been involved in governance roles for quite a few years.

“What attracted me to this role was the opportunity for me to contribute my professional skills to our community.

“And I am interested in aviation and infrastructure. I need to travel for work and family and so fly a lot. My interest in aviation goes back to my time as a director of Airways Corporation.

“Apparently, there was lots of interest in the role- you have to apply like any other job.”

The other new directors confirmed at the QAC's 30 October Annual General Meeting were Arrowtown resident Andrew Blair and air industry professional Michael Tod.

The three replace Michael Stiassny and Norm Thompson, who both retired after serving on the Board since 2014, and fill a gap presented by the resignation in July of former Chair Prue Flacks for personal reasons.

Originally appointed in 2017, Adrienne Young-Cooper has been re-appointed for a further four-year term and retains the position as the Board's Chair. Mark Thomson has also been re-appointed as the Director nominated by Auckland International Airport Ltd.

Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult said he would like to thank the outgoing members for their time on the Board.

“This year, in particular, has been extremely challenging for anyone involved in the aviation industry,” Boult said.

“The two outgoing board directors provided valuable advice and direction in helping negotiate a period of complexity and change, and I wish them all well on their respective future endeavours. There are undoubtedly still challenging times ahead for the industry as we have yet to really grasp the full extent of COVID-19 on global travel and the world's economy. Times like these need strong leadership and people with the skills, knowledge and experience to think innovatively and to make some difficult decisions. We were fortunate to have a lot of interest in these roles and I am confident with clear direction and strong leadership from QLDC, we have a solid Board at the helm.”

Queenstown Airport is a Council-Controlled Trading Organisation (CCTO) with two shareholders - Queenstown Lakes District Council (75.1 per cent) and Auckland Airport (24.9 per cent). It is managed by QAC and governed by a Board of Directors.

 

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