The Authority

The CAA is governed by a board of community and aviation industry representatives whose focus is strategic direction, accountability and performance. The five members of the Authority are appointed in accordance with section 28(1) of the Crown Entities Act 2004.

Title Name Background
Chairman Nigel Gould ONZM

A qualified Chartered Accountant, Nigel graduated from Victoria University and following an initial period in public practice, has had a career in finance and establishing businesses in information technology, farming, and more recently, tourism.

Nigel played a key role in the establishment of Massey University in Wellington in 1999, was Chancellor of Massey until 2008 and was subsequently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce.  He also served as President of the Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce, and subsequently New Zealand President.

Elected to the Wellington Harbour Board in 1980, Nigel became Chairman in 1986 and following local government restructuring, became Chairman of Centreport — a position he held until 2008.

After a winter spent pursuing his passion for sailing in the Pacific, he re-established his interest in governance with appointments in the private sector, and in 2011 was appointed Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand. Nigel has also been appointed a Commissioner of the Tertiary Education Commission.

Nigel is a Fellow of both the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Directors.  In 2010 he was appointed Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Deputy Chairman Don Huse

Don is a professional director. He is chair of OTPP New Zealand Forest Investments Limited; deputy chair of the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand; and a director of Precinct Properties New Zealand Limited.

His previous corporate governance roles include being chair of Crown Irrigation Investments Limited; deputy chair of Transpower New Zealand Limited; and a director of Cavalier Corporation Limited, Sydney Airport Corporation Limited and TransAlta New Zealand Limited.

Don’s senior management roles have included being chief executive of Auckland International Airport Limited and Wellington International Airport Limited; and chief financial officer of Sydney Airport Corporation Limited.

He has also served in governance positions with a wide range of business, trade and tourism groups; and ‘not-for-profit’ organisations with interests in the community, health and natural environment.

Don has a degree in economics from Victoria University of Wellington and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He is a member of the Institute of Directors of New Zealand; the Australian Institute of Directors; and is a life member of the New Zealand Airports Association.

  Grant Lilly

Grant Lilly has had an extensive career in senior executive roles with both Air New Zealand, where he was General Manager International Airline, and Qantas Airways where he was General Manager for New Zealand and Pacific Islands. Grant established Jetconnect Limited for Qantas as their New Zealand based airline operator, employing pilots and crews to operate a fleet of New Zealand registered jet aircraft on a New Zealand licence (Air Operator Certificate). 

He currently has a varied portfolio of governance appointments on a range of central government, local government and corporate entities, and also industry associations.  Grant has a long history of involvement in wider business and government affairs and business councils.  His areas of management strength are strategic planning and project management, sales/marketing and commercial performance, operations management, and safety management systems/risk management frameworks.

  James (Jim) Boult ONZM

Jim was Chief Executive of Christchurch International Airport Ltd (CIAL) from February 2009 until December 31 2013, and a Crown appointee to the CIAL board for six years before that. In 2013 and 2010 he was named ‘Airport Personality of the Year’ by the New Zealand Airports Association. In 2011, CIAL was awarded the Jim Collins Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Aviation Safety, recognising CIAL’s actions before and after the Canterbury earthquakes.

Jim is currently Mayor of the Queenstown Lakes District Council - New Zealand's fastest growing region - and is Director and Chairman of several substantial companies. For 16 years, he was the Managing Director of Shotover Jet, which offers one of New Zealand’s most famous tourism experiences, and is a former Director and Deputy Chairman of Tourism New Zealand. He was appointed as a member of the Authority in 2013.

Jim has extensive business interests in many fields, including aviation, tourism, financial services, property, automotive, publishing and hospitality.

In 2014 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his contribution to the community and tourism industry. He gained a lifetime Contribution Award in 2014 also for service to the community from the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce and he was made a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management in 2011.

  Anna Adams

Anna Adams is a lawyer, partner and chair of the board of law firm Meredith Connell, where she leads the public law and health law team.

Anna’s legal career to date has involved public and local government law, regulatory law, judicial review, civil litigation, inquests and criminal prosecution. She has argued civil and criminal cases before the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal, conducted and advised on reviews for public bodies, managed legislative reform processes and advised on complex government issues.

Anna is an Aucklander and has practiced law in Auckland, Wellington and New York City. She is a graduate of Yale Law School in the United States and the University of Auckland, where she was the recipient of prizes in law and politics as well as scholarships to study in the United States. She is a member of the Auckland Medico-Legal Society Committee and the Advisory Council to the Human Rights Lawyers Association.

Executive Assistant Margaret Ninness