The Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has appointed a new director to the Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) Board of Directors. Queenstown resident Simon Flood was recommended as the successful applicant at a governance subcommittee meeting in November 2019, and appointed by council during a public excluded section of the December 12 meeting.
Grant Lilly was appointed to the QAC Board in 2011 and retired late last year after serving two terms.
There are six shareholder appointed directors on the QAC Board. Five are appointed by QLDC, as majority shareholder and one by Auckland Airport (AIAL) as minority shareholder.
Mr Flood has an extensive business background, with more than 25 years as a business leader, investor and financial analyst. QLDC Mayor Jim Boult said Flood’s experience would prove a valuable addition to the QAC board.
“We had a lot of interest in this vacancy with some highly skilled applicants. After a thorough
selection process, we are happy to welcome Simon Flood to the board of QAC,” he said.
“We’re confident Simon has the right skills to help provide strong governance for the organisation during this busy and challenging time of growth. He has a solid track record of leadership and we’re looking forward to seeing that applied at QAC.”
Taking up a role for an organisation that is dealing with high levels of conflict within the community is not an easy task. However, as a local resident with school-aged children, he is well aware of the contentious nature of the role and says he’s up to the job.
“I have enjoyed visiting the Southern Lakes region since I was a child and actually learnt to ski at Coronet Peak. I have owned property in Queenstown since the late ‘90s and have lived here permanently with my family since 2015. Above all the Queenstown Lakes District is the place that we have chosen to raise our family. I am committed to the region and that was my motivation for applying for the directorship. I welcome the opportunity to contribute as a director on the QAC Board.”
No specifics have been given on Flood’s experience in environmental issues such as climate change or sustainability — issues which are plaguing current discourse on the airport. There is also no current information on what he can bring to the table on conflict resolution and helping heal the breach between opposing factions on airport growth. However he said, “I have held senior positions in the U.K, Singapore and Hong Kong in the investment management industry. This is the experience I will bring to the QAC Board.”